Automotive rendering artists typically use Photoshop and other software to help create fantasy vehicles or envision future products from OEMs. We here at GM Authority often share renderings that fall under both of these categories, like the Chevrolet Silverado monster truck rendering we featured a couple of weeks ago or our digital interpretation of the upcoming Chevrolet Bolt EUV crossover.
Auto rendering artist Abimelec Arellano recently used his talents for a different reason, though. He was approached by a car builder to digitally recreate the Buick Grand National he’s currently working on in his spare time. This isn’t just any Grand National, either. The owner in question recently had a supercharged 6.2L Hellcat HEMI V8 installed in the coupe, creating the world’s first General Motors G-body vehicle with a third-generation HEMI swap.
While the Buick Grand National has already received the Hellcat swap, the vehicle is still a work in progress, so Arellano’s rendering will help guide the builder as they complete the various cosmetic aspects of the build. As we can see from the rendering, the vehicle is in line to receive a fresh coat of gloss black paint, tinted headlights, a cowl induction hood, aftermarket vented quarter panels, modern aluminum alloy wheels and a small rear spoiler.
Under the hood, the owner appears to be planning to coat the engine in gloss black paint and dress it up with some bright red contrasting accents. An aftermarket air intake with a red conical filter serves as the cherry on top of this ultra-clean engine bay.
While many GM faithful will think a Buick Grand National with Hellcat V8 is sacrilege, we can understand why someone would want to be the first person to drop a third-generation HEMI V8 into a GM G-body. This seems like the kind of build that would be perfect for the always insane SEMA Show, but unfortunately, this year’s event has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.