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 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.
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.