A short time ago, Motor Trend magazine released the following statement and photo on their web site:
You like rumors? Hot, hard-to-resist rumors? Here’s one to jack your blood pressure through the roof! The next Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 will be mid-engined. That’s right, kids! Multiple sources have told us that the next version of the Corvette ZR1 will be mid-engined. One of these sources even stated that the next-generation Corvette — the C8 — will ship with its engine mounted in the middle. The rendering above, by Tom Matsumoto, shows what the mid-engined Corvette could look like.
A couple months ago, we predicted that after seeing GM trademark the name “Zora”, [ Could a mid-engine Corvette called the “Zora” be in the works? ] we predicted that a high performance ZR1 was unlikely for the C7 generation, but that:
The C8 platform will be able to accommodate a mid-engine design and an ultra high-performance, mid-engined Corvette called the “Zora” will be offered. This mid-engined Corvette could be powered in a similar fashion to Porsche’s 918 Spyder supercar, or the new hyper exotic Ferrari LaFerrari ; both of which use a hybrid-based powertrain.
If there’s any validity to Motor Trend’s “scoop”, our prediction might not be too far off base!!
Motor Trend Article: http://wot.motortrend.com/1408_scoop_mid_engine_chevrolet_corvette_is_a_go.html