When Rocket Bunny widebody kits hit the scene they were both embraced and hated, and chances are that this Black Manta Corvette by Gi Automotive may receive the same treatment.
Upon first glance this Corvette ZR1 (not a typo) reminded us of a car straight out of the Need for Speed video game series brought to life. It even has an updated audio system (remember NFS Underground 2?). To clarify, this isn’t a C7 ZR1. It’s an LS9-powered 2013 Corvette ZR1 with a C7 front-end.
This high-budget project was built by Gi Automotive, and to us it is the fruition of contemporary tastes: a low, flush stance with no gap, 20 x 13 deep dish wheels, a racing-inspired widebody comprised of carbon fiber, and a whopping 800-wheel-horsepower.
The Black Manta Corvette checks several dream project car boxes – exclusivity, sensational form, and from what we can imagine, heart-jolting function. This is because Amber Blonigan and Angie Mead King, the two women who head Gi Automotive, demand that their cars look as good as they perform. The ZR1 Corvette is already an absolute knock-out when it comes to performance, and this should be even more exhilarating than one in stock form.
Other goodies include a custom Varex active exhaust system, Pfadt Race Engineering suspension with Johnny O’ Connell signature sway bars, an AccuAir system with struts by AirREX, and an Alcantara interior with Recaro seats.
To prove that the Black Manta Corvette is more than just an assembly of expensive parts to be put on display at SEMA, Gi Automotive has planned multiple time attack runs as well as top speed events for the upcoming year, and we can’t wait to see how it performs.