Mid-Engine C8 Corvette Spy Photos!

Article by Rick Jensen (Turboguy). Photos courtesy of Chris Doane Automotive/Car and Driver

This automotive Frankenstein may be the most important American sports car ever—a bona fide, in-the-sheetmetal mid-engined Corvette. But until GM gets some proper Corvette bodywork on it, you can call it the StingHoldIllac.

A production mid-engine Corvette has long been a dream of Vette lovers, ever since Zora Arkus-Duntov, the "father of the Corvette,” experimented with mid-engine prototypes in the 1960s. While he created some amazing test cars, the mid-engine Vette was never greenlighted.

Until now, apparently. Spy photog Chris Doane got just a few shots of the ‘Illac before its security team wrapped it up in a blanket. But judging from that short nose and looong rear deck, there’s a GM engine hiding behind the cabin, under that thar tonneau cover.

This…thing…wears a Holden Commodore SSV’s front clip, a Holden Ute’s sheetmetal from the doors back and a Stingray’s cabin, roof and mirrors. Sweet push bar on the rear bumper, no?  

This development mule is working on a tight timetable: word is, Corvette wants to introduce a new C8 halo car as a 2017 model. The smart money is calling this next-gen supercar either Zora or ZR1. Or even better, Zora ZR1. But whatever it’s called, it’ll change the face of American performance forever! 

Would a mid-engine Corvette be the most important American sports car ever made? Sway our opinions in the comments!


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Rick Jensen (Turboguy)

Rick's a Turbo Buick and EFI GM nut who was born in Nebraska, then reborn on the mean streets of Queens, NYC. Spent high school and college wrenching and racing before moving to NYC and spending 13 years as the editor-in-chief, editor, and writer for some of America's best automotive magazines, websites, and ad agencies. Favorite moments include running low 10s in my Turbo Buick, Exposing GM's weak-assed early CTS-V drivetrains, road racing Corvettes and Camaros, and doing high-boost launches to make my kid laugh.
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That's a holden not a chevrolet, most likley a ute