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News Artist Renders Corv8: Love Child of C8 Corvette and 1965 Corvair

Artist Renders Corv8: Love Child of C8 Corvette and 1965 Corvair

Corvair meets C8 Corvette in renderings of modern meets classic

  • Corv8 adds modern engine and suspension to classic styling

  • Artist borrows from Porsche, Koenigsegg to create 1965 Corvair masterpiece


Chevrolet putting the engine in the back of the latest generation of the Corvette is great for the performance of the affordable supercar, but there are some interesting side benefits of the move as well. Inspiring ideas like this one that renders what a 1965 Corvair would look like merged with the best parts of a C8 chassis. It’s called the Corv8, and it’s amazing.

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The Corvair was GM’s rear-engined compact sedan that arrived in the 1960s. It got a reputation for some handling issues that probably put a stop to it after the second generation, even though the issues had been fixed by then. Still, it’s a beautiful car, and one that’s become a bit of a cult classic.

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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

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Posted to Instagram by Abimelec Design, this design takes a 1965 Corvair Coupe and imagines dropping in some more impressive power.

The 6.2L LT2 V8 of the C8 Corvette, along with its rear-mounted eight-speed dual-clutch are virtually inserted into the rear of the Corvair, mounted on what the artist says is a cradle loosely based on that of the Porsche 550 Spyder.

Keeping the rear in place is a suspension inspired by Koenigsegg and massive brakes all around. With a carbon diffuser and what looks like an active-aero rear spoiler.

The work put into this rendering, including the various interior views and cutaways, is astounding. It makes us hope that someone will take the idea and run with it because the Corv8 deserves to see the light of day. And the smoke of tires.

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