The United States Patent and Trademark Office has given the 'Zora' trademark serial number 86297324. As of Thursday, June 5th 2014, status of the trademark changed to "New Application - Record Initialized Not Assigned To Examiner." Filed under the category of "Vehicles and Products for locomotion by land, air or water", the correspondent listed for 'Zora' is Timothy G. Gorbatoff, a GM Legal Staff employee.
Whatever way you look at it, these hard facts suggest that Chevy is making preparations to rollout a performance-oriented Corvette variant which will honor the iconic engineer. Unfortunately, General Motors hasn't revealed anything about the recent trademark filing, and continues to keep its lips tightly shut.
With information on this matter pretty scarce at this moment, we imagine that this 'Zora'-branded Vette might be an ultralight, track-focused machine, that'll pay tribute to the engineer's pet project - the Grand Sport program.
If memory serves you well, you might remember that the 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport special edition was a sub-four second 0 to 60 mph machine. Basically, it used the 436 hp LS3-based powertrain with the bodywork and suspension of the Z06, with the addition of go-faster stripes and unique alloy wheels.
Fingers crossed the upcoming 'Zora' Corvette will prove to be one of the best sorted American sports cars ever.