GM might be zeroing in on what to call the upcoming mid-engine Corvette.
When we last heard about the mid-engine Corvette’s name, an inside source said that the base version would be called the Manta Ray in keeping with the current C7 Corvette Stingray. We were also told that Grand Tour would be used for a GT-version of the same car, and Grand Sport would reprise its role as a trim name for the super sporty version.
But another name has been floating on the winds since at least last August: ZORA. Always presented in all capital letters, the trademark was filed in 23 different countries since 2014, including the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, China, Japan, Korea, and Australia.
The name honors late Chevy engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov who was credited with creating the first V8-powered ‘Vette in 1955 and who would later become the Corvette’s chief architect in the early ‘60s. He was a huge proponent of a mid-engine Corvette, but he was never able to convince GM to fund development of the car in his lifetime.
Debate still rages as to what exactly the Zora name will be used for, but it seems almost certain that it’ll be used for something. After it’s last trademark back in 2014, GM has renewed that same name as of December 12th, 2018 at the US Patent and Trademark Office for "motor land vehicles, namely, automobiles."
We’re still waiting for GM to take the covers off the upcoming C8 ‘Vette, and it seems we may have to wait a little bit longer than initially anticipated. A recently discovered problem with the car’s electrical wiring has delayed its unveiling by a reported 6 months. This means we might not see the C8 take the camouflage off until much later in 2019 than planned.
On the plus side, that gives us plenty of time to speculate over just what the ZORA nameplate will be used for.