One video is hardly enough to capture the long history of the Chevrolet Corvette, but Donut Media has crammed as much knowledge as it can into one 10-minute-long episode of its “Up To Speed” series. So, jump in and take a look back on the Corvette’s history.
The Corvette began life as a fiberglass-bodied, inline-six powered sports car. And although it looked good, the sales didn’t follow. For its first two years following its 1953 debut, the Corvette was somewhat of a flop. With only 150 horsepower and ho-hum driving dynamics, 1955 saw a big change: a V8 engine.
The modern day Corvette was born, and the rear-wheel-drive, V8 formula would become the car’s defacto setup for decades to come. Of course, a man by the name of Zora Arkus-Duntov pushed more than a couple of times for the Corvette to move to a mid-engine layout, but we all know how those attempts ended.
At present, the C7-generation Corvette still follows the original car’s formula and has become a true world-beater, especially in ZR1 form. Now, Zora’s dream of a mid-engine Corvette seems more likely than ever with multiple prototypes spotted of a mid-engine C8 Corvette. The C7 Corvette may max out the nameplate’s front-engine, RWD formula, but the future seems sweeter than ever.