The C8 Chevrolet Corvette was finally the result of decades of hints at a mid-engined Corvette. Over the lifetime of America’s most iconic sports car, there were several tasty concepts that hinted at what a Corvette could be with the engine behind the driver, but none of them ever came to fruition. Many of these were in the CERV line of concepts, which stood for Corvette Engineering Research Vehicle. Over the years, the Corvette team produced three official concepts, and the first was the most radical: an open wheeled race car. Now, General Motors Design have shown us their take on the original with a sensational design sketch. Take a look at the rendering below, made by Brian Geiszler, a current designer for GMC trucks.
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It’s called the CERV 5, which makes sense in the Corvette lineage. If you consider there were three official CERV concepts, and the C8 Corvette is number four, this would be number five. If it was real, of course. One can only dream.
Just like the first CERV Corvette, it’s an open wheeled racer with a slim windshield, and looks completely focused on going fast. Very fast. The Instagram post description sarcastically calls it a “simple seat-time Chevy,” and the only thing simple about it is the minimalist design. We particularly like the bronzy, coppery accents on the brake calipers, front splitter and side of the vehicle.
It would be a wild offering from Chevrolet – an Ariel Atom-esque track day toy with open wheels, and an open roof. Yet, there’s virtually no chance Chevrolet or General Motors would ever take the Corvette to this extreme. The C8 Corvette Z06 will fit that role of a track car for the road. But our own Manoli Katakis drew some parallels to the Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo car, and this seems like the perfect kind of vehicle for Chevy to let wild on the virtual race tracks.
Naturally, we’d be happier driving it in a video game versus looking at it on Instagram.