Belgian-born engineer Zora Arkus Duntov was one of the most interesting people connected with the legend of the Corvette. Often called “The Father of the Corvette,” Arkus-Duntov wasn’t with Chevrolet when they designed the original model. But soon, he led the team of engineers and transformed the Corvette into what it is today.
He did that first by giving the Corvette V8 power and second, by entering it in the races. This approach proved successful, so Zora Arkus-Duntov saved the model. And he had an influence on its development until he retired in the early ’70s.