There’s no doubt that the mid-engine C8 Corvette represents a major evolution for the iconic sports car nameplate, but it’s hardly the first GM vehicle to mount the engine behind the cabin. For example, the Chevrolet Corvair is most notable for its innovative rear-mounted engine layout. So then – what about combining the modern C8 Corvette powertrain with the classic styling of the Corvair? What would that look like? Well, as it turns out, that’s exactly what we have here in the following rendering dubbed the “Corv8.”
Posted to social media by automotive artist Abimelec Design (@abimelecdesign), this high-quality rendering stuffs the C8 Corvette’s naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 engine and M1L eight-speed dual-clutch transmission into the rear end of a 1965 Chevy Corvair, and the result is impressive. The artist did a wonderful job making the transplant look like a real engine swap, including a number of cutaways to show off all the technical details, such as a custom cradle loosely based on a Porsche 550 Spyder, and a custom exhaust system to boot.
When equipped with the optional performance exhaust system, the C8 Corvette’s LT2 engine produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque, which is a hefty sum for a vehicle like the lightweight Corvair. As such, the artist decided to add custom pushrod suspension to the mix, taking cues from the Koenigsegg One:1 for the design. There’s also a set of big brakes to make sure the C8 Corvette-powered Corvair is, as the artist puts it, “safe at any speed.”
Further details include a carbon fiber intake fed through an air inlet in the rear quarter windows, while the Corvair body was widened and adorned with extra carbon fiber aero bits. In back is an air brake flap that deploys when charging hot into a corner.
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Here’s something I’ve been working on that I am really excited to show off: The Corv8. A 1965 Chevrolet Corvair with the engine and transaxle of a Corvette C8, a custom pushrod suspension, and a custom carbon-fiber intake. Not too long ago the amazing team over at @overkillracingandchassis reached out to me to do some concepts, and after seeing the incredible work they do, I was really itching to try and do something more “technical” than usual. Everything starts off with the Corvette’s LT2 paired to the dual-clutch transaxle, it sits on a custom cradle loosely based on a Porsche 550 Spyder structure. The pushrod suspension borrows geometry from a Koenigsegg One to One, and there’s big brakes on the end of it to keep it all “safe at any speed” 😝. The exhaust loops around the cradle in between the suspension and all the way to the end. Under that, there’s a carbon-fiber diffuser, and on top of the engine, a custom designed air intake is connected to the rear quarter windows in Singer 911 fashion (which to be honest, I’m not sure it would work 100%, but I like how it looks 🤣). All that is wrapped around a relatively stock looking ‘65 Corvair body, slightly wider fenders were needed to accommodate the new guts and some carbon fiber bits up front as well. To keep things controlled, part of the deck lid is now an air brake which in my mind deploys under heavy braking, although the shape of the panel might disturb the air a little too much. Color was hard to choose, but this blue won my heart. What do you think? Would you like to see more stuff like this with detailed internals? Let me know what you think! . . . . . . . . #chevrolet #corvair #corvette #corveight #corv8 #custom #midengine #hotrod #air #intake #cradle #blue #dualclutch #supercar #fast #3d #render
With the modern guts of a C8 Corvette and the old-school cool of a Chevy Corvair, this sporty mashup is thoughtfully executed and tastefully designed. What are your thoughts? Is this a swap you want to see in the real world? Let us know in the comments, and make sure to subscribe to GM Authority for more Chevrolet Corvair news, mid-engine Corvette news, Corvette C8 news, Corvette news, Chevrolet news, and around-the-clock GM news coverage.