If you are a savvy designer with a taste for automotive art, creating mid-engined masterpieces from existing front-engine cars is the cool thing to do right now. That’s what we get in this awesome Chevrolet Corvair rendering from Abimele Design, but there is one major difference. The classic Corvair had no engine up front. It was rather at the rear – as in the very back.
Built from 1960 to 1969, the Corvair is now devoted to its customers who appreciate the car’s elegant styling and the lively handling of the rear engine. The only lingering complaint among enthusiasts is the lack of power from its flat-six engine, but that problem is solved – at least numerically – with the blue beast featured here. It’s called the Corv8 and the reason should be obvious. Instead of a six-cylinder mounted behind the rear wheels, a 6.2-liter LT2 V8 from the Corvette C8 is mounted up front.
Unfortunately, this digital transformation means the four-seater Corvair becomes a two-seater, but there’s no denying that this second-gen model seems to be rocking. impressive. As usual with Abimele Design renderings, the detail work is extraordinary. The car is modeled from several points of view, and that includes an exceptional cutaway rendering showing how well the engine fits into the car – from the transaxle and exhaust to the fiber air intakes. of carbon mounted in the quarter glass. It looks like a real car and we really want to drive it.
The 490 horsepower (365 kilowatt) V8 would be a tremendous improvement over the 140 horsepower (104 kW) air-cooled flat-six, and moving the engine forward would give the Corvair better weight distribution. The packaging would add considerable weight as well, but such an infusion of power should more than make up for it. And lest you think such a thing is not possible, there have been a few Corvair V8 trades over the years that use a similar design.
That leaves us with only one question. Who will take up this challenge and bring the Corv8 to life?