The Stingray name lives on, according to the latest reports. A mid-engine test vehicle had its interior photographed revealing a “Stingray” badge between the seats.
The photos, published by Carscoops, help suggest that the car will be named Stingray, rather than Zora. Trademarks filed by Chevrolet for the name led to speculation about the 8th-generation Corvette bearing the “father of the Corvette’s” name.
That doesn’t mean that Zora Arkus-Duntov’s name won’t appear anywhere on the car. Separate pictures, also from Carscoops, show a C8 steering wheel with a “Z” button on it. That could function similarly to BMW’s M button and be a nod to Arkus-Duntov.
The name Stingray has been applied to the Corvette since the late ‘50s when it was applied to a concept car (pictured below) whose design language came to define the C2 Corvette, also known as Stingray.
That concept was based on the ’57 Corvette SS. Designed by Arkus-Duntov as an endurance racer, the Corvette SS was supposed to race at Le Mans, but the project was abandoned when the Automobile Manufacturer’s Association banned manufacturer-sponsored racing.
The C3 and C7 Corvettes both also bear the storied name.