Long before the C8 Corvette ever made its debut, General Motors had been toying with the idea of a mid-engined ‘Vette. In fact, the story of the sports car we see today really began all the way back in the 1960s with the CERV I and CERV II racing prototypes. And while it took the automaker several decades to finally fulfill the dreams of Zora Arkus-Duntov, it is fun to imagine what could have happened if things had taken a different turn. Thanks to Instagram user Karan Adivi, we have a glimpse of what would have been a very different 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Known as the “Camaero”, this muscle car rendering is a mid-engine Camaro powered by the C8’s LT2 V8 engine.
An LT2-Powered Mid-Engine Camaro
Adivi’s Camaero concept is not his first crack at a mid-engined muscle car. In fact, this rendering is a sister project to his 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 powered by a Ferrari V8. Just like the Ford, this mid-engine Chevrolet Camaro wears a significant amount of extra bodywork that almost makes the car unrecognizable. That said, the unmistakable front facia of the first-gen muscle car is a dead giveaway as to what is underneath. The bodywork may be a bit much for some, but the added aero bits are what give this project its namesake. We particularly like the front intake, which the artist says was inspired by the one found on the Ferrari 488 Pista. Combined with the louvered rear glass and the safety net in the window, this mid-engine Camaro concept does look like it means business.
It doesn’t hurt of course that this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro rendering packs a serious engine behind the passenger compartment. The 6.2L LT2 V8 produces up to 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque in the C8 Corvette. While that may not be as much power as the range-topping ZL1 V8 engine from 1969 produced, it will be more than enough to spin those steamrollers out back. Besides, we happen to know a shop or two that is more than willing to turn the wick up on the LT2 V8, locked ECU be damned.
The Art Of Renderings
The rise of fan-made automotive renderings in recent years is truly an awesome thing. Projects like this mid-engine Camaro help to push the boundaries of what we expect from cars, whether they be brand new or vintage. And while we aren’t always a fan of all of the changes artists make, this Camaero is undeniably unique. Quite frankly, we’d love to see a madman try and build this thing, as it would surely be a blast behind the wheel.