Over the course of the past year, we spent a great deal of time discussing the next Corvette. Some people believed that it would be the C7 ZR1 and others thought that it would be the new mid-engine Corvette. We know now that the ZR1 was the next big news from Chevy, and since the 755-horsepower supercar was introduced to the world, attention has been diverted away from the mid-engine discussion.
Well, the mid-engine discussions are about to come back with a head of steam, as CAD imagines that reportedly show the new midship Corvette have been posted online. GM has reportedly had them taken down, but they have been saved by forum members – meaning that they will live on forever via the world of social media
That being said, there have been reports of other media outlets receiving legal notices after sharing those images of the mid-engine Corvette, so we won’t be sharing them. You can, however, check them out at CorvetteForum.com by clicking here.
The Mid-Engine Corvette CAD Images
The CAD images posted to CorvetteForum.com show a few different aspects of what is believed to be the mid-engine Corvette. They illustrate the front suspension with the short area ahead of the windshield that we would expect from a mid-engine car. There is also an illustration of the engine from two different angles, mated to a transaxle unit needed with a mid-engine design – along with a look at the rear portion of the chassis, where the engine would sit in a mid-engine car.
There were also some other images of the mid-engine Corvette that were successfully removed, but portions of them are still available online. This includes what appears to be one side of a turbocharger, leading to the discussion about the rumored turbocharged LT7 V8. At the same time, the larger engine pictures don’t appear to have turbochargers, and we get a pretty good look at the header-style exhaust manifolds in those shots.
Are They Real?
There is no way of knowing right now whether or not these CAD images of the Chevrolet Corvette with a mid-engine design are legit, but if they werent real – why would GM want them removed from the internet? Perhaps someone with a CAD program created them just to get a rise out of everyone (and it worked), but it seems unlikely that GM would look to have homemade designs removed from the internet. That leads me to believe that these images are legit and we have gotten our first look at inner workings of the midship Corvette.
Of course, it might not be called a Corvette, but it certainly looks like GM is still working on a mid-engine supercar to battle the world’s best.