When General Motors trademarked the “Zora” name for use of “motor land vehicles, namely automobiles,” it was easy to draw a comparison to what Ferrari did with the Enzo, the first name of the company’s founder and what the company named the predecessor to the new LaFerrari. Zora Arkus-Duntov, after all, is largely seen as being the father of the Corvette over 60 years.
If GM is indeed intending to create a “Zora Corvette,” it would indeed need to be a very special vehicle. And according to Motor Trend, that seems to be underway, as the next Corvette ZR1 (if the name doesn’t change to Zora) will be mid-engined. As will be the C8 Corvette.
Repeat: mid-engined. Engine behind the seats and in front of the rear axle. Mid. Engine.
But, we’ve all been burned before. Just how many mid-engine-mounted Corvette rumors have there been before this? It only feels like yesterday when the automotive blogosphere was ablaze with suspicion that the C7 would adopt this layout. And just how many mid-engine Corvette concepts have there been? The CERV II, The Aerovette, The CERV III, to name some, other teasers like the Corvair Monza GT.
Yet, this one seems much more believable, more probable than before. We may actually soon see our first production mid-engine Corvette.