With the first examples of the all-new 2020 Corvette now finally in the hands of enthusiasts, some owners are ramping up build ideas and modifications, with some adding twin turbochargers, and others adding a healthy shot of nitrous. However, boost and laughing gas is nothing compared to what YouTuber Rob Dahm is cooking up, with plans to yank out the mid-mounted, naturally aspirated LT2 6.2L V8 in favor of a four-rotor engine.
While the proposition of a rotary-engine 2020 Corvette might seem outrageous, the idea actually harkens back to the late ‘60s, when GM’s Lead Designer, Bill Mitchell, dreamed up a mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette concept with a four-rotor powerplant dubbed the Aerovette. Dahm was inspired to create a modern version of the concept using the new C8.
Although the YouTuber originally planned on acquiring a brand-new 2020 Corvette for the build, he ended up purchasing a wrecked C8 that was totaled after just one day of ownership after it was hit by a drunk driver. On his way home after buying the new project vehicle, Dahm makes a few stops as part of an “apology tour” to explain the forthcoming rotary engine swap.
Dahm’s first stop is at Holley HQ in Bowling Green, Kentucky, after which he visits NCM Motorsports Park for a few hot laps in a non-wrecked 2020 Corvette to see what it should feel like when pushed to the limit on a racetrack. It’s a great way to set some baseline expectations for the upcoming build, and Dahm is obviously enthralled by the experience.
Afterwards, Dahm heads over to the National Corvette Museum to see some of the history behind the 2020 Corvette, as well as all kinds of interesting Corvette factoids and tidbits.
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