First Close Look On The 2018 Corvette ZR1’s Active Aero Kit?

It looks like GM is willing to go the extra mile as far as the 2018 Corvette ZR1 is concerned, with the latest spy shots casting more light on the aerodynamics of the new flagship Corvette.

So far we’ve spied on several occasions GM testing the upcoming Corvette ZR1 with two different rear wings, with rumors talking about an advanced active aero agenda finding its way into the C7’s swansong version.

These images, courtesy of Corvetteblogger, show the rear end of a prototype ZR1 fitted with the smaller wing, revealing that the wing’s struts are actually mounted through openings on the rear bodywork.

If this is the real deal indeed, this could only mean that this ZR1 prototype is fitted with the rumored adaptive aero agenda, with the wing’s struts being connected to an adjustable element, responsible for the angle -or even height- of the rear spoiler, increasing downforce on demand.

Previously spotted prototypes of the 2018 Corvette ZR1 with the larger wing appear to have fixed mountings instead, leading us to believe that GM is going to offer two different aero packages.

According to the patents that were leaked back in March, GM is readying an active aero agenda, with adjustable elements everywhere, including the rear spoiler, rear diffuser, shutter, front splitter and air dam, with sensors even adjusting the vehicle’s height and rake.

Saying goodbye is never easy and apparently GM wants a proper send off for the last front-engined Corvette.


  • SteersUright

    Hidden aero that extends with motors does lead to a beautiful, clean aesthetic. But, it also adds considerable weight to a car that seems to be prioritizing lap times. Wonder which direction they’ll go with. Maybe offer both? Like a fixed aero kit for track junkies and retractable for those looking to mostly street drive this monster? Cant wait to see the test drive reviews come in for this car!

    • Six Thousand Times

      The upside is that the Corvette is very light to begin with.

    • Matt

      How much weight do you think it would add? Id think tiny motos to support the fiberglass/carbon fiber wouldn’t be much, the wires to the motorized wing would probably be the most of it. The z06 with the stage 3 wing has the vette losing its fast accelorating speed around 150mph if i remember correctly from videos ive seen at various tracks. Ive also seen some z06 vs comp that did have a retractable wing and during long straights where the cars can really get up to speed the z06 was i want to say 10-20mph slower bc of the wing.

      • SteersUright

        I thought not much weight at all. Then I read that all little motors for everything from aero to seats eventually add a couple hundred, and on this type of car they count ounces. Remember, due to the hundreds or more pounds of downforce acting on the rear wing and transferred through the body to the tired, the motors and entire assembly must be very robust.

  • Six_Tymes

    I cant wait to see a full video review of this beast

    • Jeff Rosenberg

      worried it still uses the A8 which is not that great espec compared to my ZF 8 speed in my BMW

  • fabri99

    *heart rate accelerates*

  • john1168

    Can’t wait for this one! The Corvette needed active aero BADLY! The spoiler on the back of the Z06 creates so much drag at high speed.

    • Jeff Rosenberg

      yeah but that monster wing will also creat Drag unless its gone. lol