By Dave Ashton
The iconic Chevrolet C2 Corvette is receiving a complete makeover by the Irish car company Studio AVA.’ They are currently turning the classic into an all-electric 1470kW ‘Hyperclassic,’ with refinements to the original design.
Two of the main players in the company include Peter Brock, the original C2 Corvette designer, and Ian Callum, from Aston Martin and Land Rover fame. The main concept behind the project is a healthy balance between the old and the new, mixing ‘the body and soul of a classic’ along with ‘hyper-modern power and performance.’
While the project is still in its early stages, the accompanying video and information see the company taking the original C2 sketch design and improving where necessary. Having two heavyweight designers on board is a clear sign of the legitimacy of the company. But these aren’t going to be mass-produced vehicles, rather a limited line of bespoke cars. This is echoed by the company statement, ‘each car’s creation embodying the unique personality of its owner.’
While details about the car are thin at this moment, the electric power plant should kick out as much as 1470kW. According to an online calculator(as I can’t do the conversion in my head) which changes kilowatts to mechanical horsepower, the power equates to 1971.302HP. If the figures are correct, that’s a lot of horses, or should we now say electric horses, to power this American classic.
The original Chevrolet C2 Corvette wasn’t short on power from its 1963 to 1967 life-cycle. Engines ranged from a 5.4L(327cu) to a 7L(427ci) V8 with 425HP at the time, and the car was obviously praised from then on for its distinctive looks.[embedded content]
Reimagining a Classic
If nothing else, it will be very interesting to see how the original designer of the Chevrolet C2 Corvette will tweak the concept. The video above briefly touches on how Peter Brock will change certain elements for the new car.
Like any designer’s work, their final proof has to be finished within a certain time period. This means there will always be elements that could be refined if given enough time. Peter Brock has obviously had a few decades to mull over improvements to the original, which will now be set in place.
The other interesting factor is taking a bona fides classic and making it all-electric. No matter how you view the current electric vehicle wave, it’s coming thick and fast, with all manufacturers gearing up for an all-electric car future. In this respect, AVA is simply ahead of the curve, as it’s more than likely a good portion of future classic owners will want to turn their vehicles electric. The fine balancing act should deliver topline power and performance, while still respecting the heritage of the design and original power plant.
If you want to keep track of the car’s development, check out the AVA website here.
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