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The Images Are Just Renderings Now, But That Will Change Soon

Competition Carbon C8RR Speedster 11

What you see before you is a rendering right now, but that will change soon. California-based Competition Carbon currently prides itself in making high-end body kits for the Lamborghini Huracan and C7 Corvette, and it comes as no surprise that their attention has now turned to everybody’s favorite mid-engined sports car right now: the C8 Corvette. The most extreme of which is dubbed the Corvette C8RR Speedster; a fully open cockpit design that forgoes necessities such as the windshield and headlights to create something wildly exotic looking. From those that at least want to protect their face, there are two other “normal” Corvette C8RR body kits coming from Competition Carbon: one with headlights, and one without.

The roofed version without headlights may be our personal favorite. There’s a bit of Ferrari FXXK in its shape, and that’s always something we love to see. Between this and the Valarra Corvette, we’re not sure which one we’d rather have.

“Price will be $15,000-$30,000 depending on the material used,” Khoa Nguyen of Competition Carbon told MC&T in an interview. “(I plan on) making as many kits as I can. I’m sure the speedster will be extreme and probably 2-3 cars max. For normal widebody, I hope to do 6-10 kits a year.”

Competition Carbon C8RR

Competition Carbon aims to reveal the upcoming Corvette C8RR body kits next year at SEMA 2021, and hopes to finish the first builds for the show by summer 2021. Some other design elements of the body kits include a roof-mounted hood scoop, top-mounted exhaust, revised ducts on the sides, and a reimagined lower fascia. Despite the extreme appearance, the powertrain will go untouched. And considering the lack of tuning available at the moment, it’s probably for the better.

Some of the material that will be used in the construction of the Competition Carbon C8RR body kits include fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP), carbon fiber (all kinds of weaves and weight), and carbon kevlar. Nguyen tells us that many of the parts will be 3D printed, such as the front bumper and the spoiler. He promises they will be “100 percent to render.”

A C7 Corvette that was revealed at last year’s 2019 SEMA Show for the Toyo Tires is a testament of CC’s capabilities, and is pictured below.

Competition Carbon C7 Corvette SEMA 2019 Toyo Tires

Since the Corvette is America’s most popular two-seat sports car by sales, it would make sense that owners and companies are willing to push the limits on personalization for the C8. Even if it means removing the headlights. But we’ll have to wait and see on the take rate for that.

“No headlights is not for everyone,” Nguyen admits.

Competition Carbon C8RR With Lights


Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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