The case for the existence of the mid-engine Corvette has been building as of late. Last we heard, there were daytime sightings of the new Corvette testing and today, we learned that even more incriminating evidence has surfaced.
According to GM Inside News, Katech, the one-time development company for Corvette racing, decided to create a new placeholder page on its site named “2018+ Corvette ZR1/Zora LT5.” This smoking gun aligns with a number of other reports about the mid-engine Corvette, including the 2014 trademark of the “Zora” nameplate and the LT5 engine that GM trademarked back in 2013, which many believe to be the engine that GM will place behind the seats of the next-gen Vette.
Another bit of evidence is the fact that GM has thrown an extra $290 million into its Corvette plant in Kentucky. Given the C7 Corvette has pretty much maxed out the capacity of the front-engine, rear-drive setup with its Z06 variant, this cash would more effectively go toward retooling the shop to handle a mid-engine model alongside the classic front-engine `Vette.
Sadly, GM is keeping its cards close to its chest, but all of this evidence is pointing toward a high probability that this mid-engine sports car will come in the next few years.
We’ll continue to keep our eyes on the possible development of this mid-engine rig, so keep it locked here for updates.