The prospect of getting the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 on the market is very much welcomed by everyone but when we heard that it will carry a mid-mounted engine things got even more interesting. In fact, even with a number of vehicles released before this one which had a prospect of getting a mid-mounted engine, there was never a production version car ready to have one. There were a number of concepts and prototypes which had this idea and included this kind of a setup but it never came to fruition.
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 will probably be the first model which will place the engine behind the driver and it will be based on the current Chevrolet Corvette vehicle. The name of this car will help you differentiate the models between each other as the base Corvette will use the same setup that it has now while the Zora ZR1 will carry a mid-mounted engine and will sport the prospect which we are all excited to see.
There is still a lot which is not confirmed for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 and we are basing our review on the current available rumors and data which has leaked or has been available to the public. But a lot of it is still keeps us assuming what will happen so stay tuned for more information which will come soon.
History of Zora Cars
In 1955, Zora Arkus Duntov came to work for Chevrolet team and started his career by adding a V-8 engine into America’s first sports car. This was a radical idea from the start but one which managed to give him a lot of acclaim and defined the future and the prospect of Chevrolet cars which were yet to come. During his stint at Chevrolet, Zora always sought better and improved ways to make the small 2-door vehicle go faster and make it reach new heights. He was determined to add greater speed and better performance and always wanted to make the car better and faster and in many ways he managed to achieve that.
Some of the results that he made include a record in a Corvette production car achieved in Pikes Peak, starting the Grand Sport racing program and getting a Dayton standing-mile record. Besides this he also planned to add a mid-mounted engine to the lineup for quite a long time and the only result were the numerous prototypes which were produced. The time has come for a Corvette production version to carry its engine in the mid-mounted positon.
What might the 2019 Corvette Zora ZR1 Exterior look Like?
The newest 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 is aimed to follow the design of the current C7 model. We are expecting to get an evolutionary design of the current car which might be a good choice to make a Zora ZR1 possible. This means that the cockpit would need to be slightly moved forward and a bit down. With the nose part, it will feature a generally pointy shape and add tapered edges which Vette enthusiasts will find to be mostly familiar. Added are going to be some more very aggressive looking cooling ducts, a large front splitter, a wider track and greatly enhanced performance. The nose is positioned slightly lower and it allows exceptional visibility outward from the front part.
The profile has a design which reminds us on Porsche 918 and LaFerrari models. It is supposed to decrease lower pressure for the nose and enable the air to go though in a more efficient manner. The signature sculpting is placed just within the front part of the doors and the side view is finished off by adding a Stingray logo. The rear end has the same silhouette used and will add similar lighting-styled elements but at the same time use a wider track. We also expect to see new fenders with massive ducts and a rear bumper with an enormous rear diffuser and a double spoilers placed over each of the rear fenders but smaller compared to the last version. The trademark quad exhaust will still be used but will be updated and still be kept in the center position.
This is basically how a rendering of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 could look like and we see this as a high possibility of happening.
How Might the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 Interior Change?
The designer’s team should have all the freedom in the world to design the inside of the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1. So we are expecting them to make the cabin as luxury as possible and they will do so by incorporating a lot of leather materials, with Alcantara of course, and also add carbon fiber inserts all over. Expect high-tech gadgets to be added as well as the likes of bigger LCD screens and LED lights will be found inside the cabin. Seats will be much more improved compared to the Corvette C7 one and we also think that the Zora version to make other changes like an squared, aggressively styled, steering wheel which should patch right in with the new look of the car.
The Engine for the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1
The newest 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 will not only be known for carrying a mid-mounted engine, but will probably enhance the power and be even faster than any of the current Corvette models. The most powerful engine is the supercharged V-8 which is found in the Z06 and if they want to make a supercar model they will need to up the ante and update this one so it gains more power.
So using the newest V-8 with twin-turbo technology would work and will increase the power all the way to 700 horsepower and nearly 700 pound-feet of twist. It will probably be offered only in the RWD form but there are also talks which mention a potential hybrid version which might use an electric setup and create an AWD function. We predict a 7-speed manual as well as a 8-speed automatic transmission coming into the mix.
The results will come to a 0-60 mph performance of 2.8 seconds with a top speed between 215 and 220 mph.
Potential Future in Racing
The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Zora ZR1 might also have a potential use and future in racing. In fact, there are rumors that Ford is making a new GT model which would mark a potential use for Le Mans. Porsche is preparing its 919 LMP1 racer while Ferrari is doing the same with LaFerrai FXX model. If they decided to, the Zora ZR1 may do the same and they could provide a platform which could win any kind of a race and even the Le Mans one.
The Corvette cars and their racing team have already made a lot of success within the lower racing championships, so using this one may bring them more success which may transfer to the bigger stage. It would be fun to see the newest Chevy Zora and Ford GT going against each other.