Zora-Arkus Duntov was not the father of the Corvette, but it was he who had made it a real sports car. Born in Belgium to Russian Jewish parents, Duntov and his family emigrated to the United States just as the Second World War began. He joined the Corvette team after the launch of the car in 1953 and immediately set out to compete with the best in Europe.
It was Duntov who propelled the Chevrolet compact V-8 into the 1955 Corvette and led the engineering of the legendary Sting Ray. He transformed the car, but his ambitions were even greater. Duntov wanted a mid-engine car. He has created a number of central engine prototypes over the years, but none of GM's executives has pushed the company to put such a Corvette into production.