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    Mid-Engine Mule Pictures Here!

    Developing story; please see post # 3 below for CorvetteOnLine article which originally posted these CorvetteBlog pictures.

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    Thanks and credit to AutoBlog! Thanks and credit to CorvetteOnLine!
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    And here in stark contrast is a juxtaposition picture of the ZR1 and the ME. Notice the proportional differences between the front deck, cabin location, and the size of the rear deck.

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    Following ME article with those above three ME mule pictures is thanks to CorvetteOnLine:

    Cha-Ching! Behold The 2018 Mid-Engine Corvette

    Awe yeah. Check out these latest [above] pics of what is allegedly the mid-engine Corvette we’ve been waiting on for for decades. Caught in inclement weather these cars will be shielded from in the real world, the prototype looks lithe and rakish with a hint of old school NSX profile. Our friends over at AutoBlog bring us the story.

    We also get a peak of said mid-engine mule smack dab next to a C7 ZR1 prototype and the design differences are readily apparent. While the thought of a new GM supercar alongside the C7 is titillating indeed, after seeing this mule, we think Michael Simcoe will have to earn his keep in grafting 65 years of Corvette heritage cues onto a blueprint the enforces hard styling points, aka cab forward windshield, lower cowl, smaller greenhouse etc.

    The prototype looks smaller than the current C7 and with all the weight saving tech going on at GM–see Gen Six Camaro–expect this thing to be a relative featherweight. Combine low weight, (3000 pounds?) and the rumored big horsepower DOHC V8 and it look like the Ford GT has a fight on it’s hands.

    With Bowling Green doubling in size, GM is aiming for a top-of-the-heap purveyors of high performance cars the world over. Porsche, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Audi should all be paying very close attention as well.

    We still have problems with a premature death of the C7 and the front engine, rear wheel drive platform altogether though. There is a part of us here at Corvette Online that hopes it is really just a Cadillac and we can all live in harmony…

    Now, about those folks at the airport.
    Cha-Ching! Behold The 2018 Mid-Engine Corvette
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    The article does not identify where these pictures were taken. Perhaps at Kapuskasing, Ontario (GM's winter testing grounds located 560 miles north of Toronto)?
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    And now AutoBlog's own article on the ME:

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    There are two new super Vettes on the way: a crazier version of the current C7 we believe will revive the ZR1 name and the long-rumored mid-engine Corvette. These new spy photos show the two of them side by side undergoing testing, and they give a good look at what's the same and what's not quite the same between them.

    We'll start with the similarities. Somewhat surprisingly, they look nearly identical from the A-pillar to the B-pillar. The mid-engine car, which might be considered a C8 or an offshoot of the C7, has what appears to be the same A-pillar rake, windshield, roof panel, side windows, side mirrors, and even the C7 taillights peeking out under the vinyl covers. This could just be a result of Chevy using a current car as the basis for the mid-engine test mule, but to us it looks a lot more finished than something normally cobbled together. That puts a lot more legitimacy behind the theory the mid-engine "Zora" will be a sort of last hurrah for the C7.

    And then there's what's different. The front end of the mid-engine car is of course much shorter and the rear is extended – that's what happens when the engine swaps ends. It's a little tough to see under all of the camouflage, but the front shortening is most evident if you compare the overhangs and also where the front wheel is in relation to the A-pillar. On the mid-engine car, there's basically just enough body to cover the wheels, just as it should be.

    The mid-engine Vette's unique cooling needs are also made apparent here by the big slots aft of the doors. The door skins also appear to have been resculpted to route airflow – and in this case some nice snowballs – to those intakes.

    We expect the C7 ZR1 to show up as a 2018 model, with the mid-engine C7/8 arriving a year or two down the line. With all this awesomeness on the way, it's hard to imagine what could come after these.
    The mid-engine Chevy Corvette and C7 ZR1, together at last - Autoblog
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    Originally posted by Jeremy with additional Pics HERE:

    ZR1 and Mid Engine Testing Together - New Pics
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    I believe they put the number "8" on it so the GM mechanics would be able to tell it from the C"7". Yes, yes, I know - unnecessary sarcasm...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobius View Post
    I believe they put the number "8" on it so the GM mechanics would be able to tell it from the C"7". Yes, yes, I know - unnecessary sarcasm...

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    Mobius, that is Ralph Earnhardt's racing number, Sr's dad. Those pictures are cool to look at and analyze, hmm AWD, C?, 975hp (factory specs), 1000hp true output, oh never mind we shall see!

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    I love mule pictures! Have your seen the latest mules revealed?

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