The all-new Chevrolet Corvette will bow next month, so naturally Chevy is throwing out some teaser videos to build the hype. One such video is specifically outlining the brand’s legacy with mid-engine Corvette concepts, of which there’s been a few.
While a mid-engine Corvette never found its way into showrooms, it wasn’t without several attempts. The first attempt started in 1959 with the CERV I, which was engineered by Zora Arkus-Duntov, the original chief engineer of the Corvette program. Arkus-Duntov actually makes an appearance in the video; fitting given the C8 Corvette is rumored to go by the codename “Zora.”
Chevy churned out various other mid-engine Corvette concepts over the decades since 1959, including the XP 817 from 1964 and the XP 882 Aerovette from 1976.
The chief engineer–obsessed with the idea of a mid-engine Corvette–never got his wish, but that’s changing in 2019. On July 18th Chevrolet will pull the covers off its C8 Corvette, which will be a mid-engine super car.
Technical details of the new Corvette are still scarce, but there are some rumors going around that the base version of the C8 will retain the Corvette Stingray badge and be powered by the current car’s 6.2-liter V-8.