BADGE EN­GI­NEER­ING

Wheels (Australia) - - Redlinde -

What badges the Corvette will wear is still un­der in­tense dis­cus­sion in­ter­nally. It’s widely ex­pected the Zora name­plate – ref­er­enc­ing Zora ArkusDun­tov, the ‘fa­ther’ of the orig­i­nal 1953 Corvette – will grace the C8 Corvette. Holden trade­marked the Zora name six months be­fore GM Asia-pa­cific chief Ste­fan Jacoby con­firmed Aus­tralia would get a V8 sports car, with­out de­tail­ing which one.

Over­seas GM has re­served E-ray, which is ex­pected to be ap­plied to the hybrid flag­ship. Whether Aus­tralia will get the clas­sic Corvette wings badge is a mat­ter for IP Aus­tralia, which last year re­jected an ap­pli­ca­tion to register the logo on the grounds it too closely rep­re­sents the Red Cross. Holden has since reap­plied and is await­ing a re­sponse.

Dra­matic, Sim­coeap­proved ex­te­rior will in­cor­po­rate ac­tive aero­dy­namic el­e­ments front and rear for re­duced lift, im­proved sta­bil­ity and an ul­tralow co­ef­fi­cient of drag. For the two Ice-only vari­ants, ex­pect two dif­fer­ent spec V8 en­gines. Choice be­tween new su­per­charged dohc ‘LT5’, or pushrod 375kw small block. High-tech ar­chi­tec­ture to make use of ad­vanced ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing car­bon com­pos­ites for struc­tural com­po­nents. Will be built in left- and right-hand drive. A 500kw hybrid, likely called E-ray, will be the range-top­per. Bat­tery packs will be un­der the floor and in the nose, with elec­tric mo­tors pow­er­ing the front wheels.

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