2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 is the first mid-engined coupe from Chevy

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Although we have already written about the collaboration between Ford and Chevrolet on a hyper-car, rumors now abound about a mid-engined hyper-car called the Corvette Zora. It has been quite some time since Corvette offered such an option, 1953 was the last year that you could purchase a mid-engined Corvette. It seems that the rumor of such a car is leaning toward being more than that, we think that Corvette will definitely put one in to production.

2017 Chevy Corvette Zora ZR1 release date

There are many un-answered questions, perhaps even some questions that GM themselves don’t know the answer to as well, but if plans succeed, there will definitely be another all American hyper-car available.

Expectations are that a working prototype will be released in early 2017.

Release date: early 2017

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 redesign

Although there have been a good number of photos published, no one really knows just what this new car will look like; heavily disguised prototypes have been used on public roads to test various elements, but they don’t give much clue to the style.

The photos we have here are just the American automotive medias ideas and expectations, nothing has been confirmed, not even the name of Corvette ZR1 Zora.

2017 Corvette Zora ZR1 exterior

The car will have an element of aerodynamic styling; rear wing and diffuser, coupled with a flat floor, all made in a composite material; the perfect recipe for a hyper-car.

2017 Chevy Corvette Zora ZR1 engine specs

Everything is unknown at the moment; there is no existing platform that could accommodate a mid-engine layout, and developing one is a huge expense, perhaps this is where the Ford-Chevrolet collaboration will be most useful?

The engine will quite possibly be the 6.2 liter V8 that has been fitted in a number of vehicles, maybe fitted with some sort of forced induction though; turbo charged, twin turbo or even supercharged? One thing is fairly certain though, it will need at least 750 BHP to live with the current hyper-cars.

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2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 video review

2017 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 hybrid is possible

All this is of course, pure speculation, so while we’re at it, what about a hybrid? All of the supercar manufacturers are taking that route; McLaren, Porsche and Honda to name just three. So what would the configuration be?
More than likely that any such hybrid would start with a forced induction V6, fitted with electric motors, possibly driving all wheels.
One major advantage of the hybrid is weight distribution; they all have an extremely low Center of Gravity, thanks to the myriad of batteries fitted in the floor pan.

2017 Corvette Zora ZR1 pictures

 

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Mid-engine Corvette might be a risky but productive experiment. We'll see whether GM decided to put Ferrari-like Corvette into production or not.

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