The mid-engine Corvette C8 prototype that Chevrolet paraded through Manhattan last week featured a subtle hint to Zora Arkus-Duntov – the first-ever chief engineer for the Corvette program and a major proponent of the mid-engine layout.
Zooming in on a few of the photos reveals a small black and white sticker featuring a silhouette of Duntov’s head. One of the stickers is located on the portion of the side scoop that moves with the doors, while the other is on the side-view mirror.
These stickers were first noticed by Corvette Blogger. The website also intelligently notes that the sticker on the side scoop could be a visual cue for the door handle, which, as we know, is located underneath the scoop on the door.
The ‘Zora’ name has long been affiliated with the mid-engine Corvette C8, with General Motors filing to reserve the rights to the name for use on automobiles last summer and then again in January of this year. Spy shots of the supercar’s interior have already revealed that it will retain the Stingray name, however, so Zora may be reserved for a certain trim level, like a potential high-horsepower variant.
It was Duntov who spearheaded the development of the CERV (Chevrolet Engineering Research Vehicle) – an experimental open wheel car designed as a testbed for its emerging suspension, engine and transmission technology. The CERV was the start of a long campaign by Duntov to make the Corvette a mid-engine car and the beginning of Chevy’s foray into mid-rear layout experimentation. His efforts have ultimately culminated in the mid-engine Corvette C8, so it would be fitting for Chevrolet to include some sort of nod to the Belgian-born engineer on the car.
Source: Corvette Blogger