Many classic supercars and racers did in fact have velocity stacks, designed to feed air directly into the cylinder. But they weren’t always practical. Because they allow air directly into the engine, debris and moisture could also find their way into the combustion chamber, hence their absence in the modern world. But the aesthetic is nevertheless missed. Perhaps therein lays the opportunity for this C8 Corvette LT2 engine cover from Custom Cre8ions.
Yes, what you’re looking at is an LT2 engine cover with fake velocity stacks. And they’re priced from $1,495. But you can’t even buy them outright at the time of writing, you must first put down a $750 to preorder the part. It appears the engine cover itself is plastic, and it attached with just four clips. The velocity stacks look stainless steel, but it’s hard to be sure on pictures alone. You can option the engine cover itself in a C8 Corvette exterior color, but for a non-functional engine part that is completely out of place on a modern car, that’s a big ask.
Custom Cre8ions says their engine cover is “modeled after classic super cars, bringing focus into the engine bay.” We fear that anyone who fits this part may get plenty of attention, but little of it will be positive. Regardless, patent-pending C8 Corvette engine cover is certainly unique.
If the cost of this fake velocity stack engine cover isn’t an issue, and you really truly want to adorn your C8 Corvette Stingray’s engine bay with this strange visual accessory, Custom Crea8ions says the part will begin shipping in February 2021.
What’s next for the C8 Corvette? A fake supercharger engine cover? Fake brake covers? Gauges that do nothing? As the world continues to become increasingly absurd, none of these products coming to market would surprise us. It’s not like that ECU is getting unlocked anytime soon, so this is kind of what customers are left with.