Aero packages, giant wings, and even scissor doors.
The Chevy Corvette aftermarket has been insane for decades, and the revelation of the new mid-engined C8 generation was never going to change that. If anything, the Corvette looks more like a supercar now than a sports car, so a whole new generation of body kits was inevitable. Predictably, some so far are amazing, and some not so much. We can't list every package available, even though it's still early days, but these are the ones that have caught our eye so far - for better or for worse. We'll let you decide for yourself what's hot and what is not.
The Japanese brand Pandem was one of the first companies out of the gate with a widebody kit for the C8 Corvette. If the styling looks familiar, it's probably because Ken Miura runs Pandem, and you're getting a Rocket Bunny feeling from them. He designed Rocket Bunny's Subaru BRZ/Toyota 86 widebody kits. As far as widebody kits for the new Corvette go, this one isn't particularly expensive. The full kit costs $7,000.
Speedkore had a little luck and launched its subtle but effective Carbon Aero Kit just as Chevrolet discontinued its factory carbon-fiber aero kit option. SpeedKore's carbon-fiber parts have an exposed-weave look finished with either a matte or gloss clearcoat. The front splitter weighs just 1.6 pounds, while the rocker panels weigh 4.4 pounds each, creating just an extra eight and bit pounds of added weight. Speedkore isn't vocal about how much downforce the parts create, but most owners will fit them for the sharp and more aggressive look they bring at $4,562 for the kit.
Chevrolet is nuts if it doesn't create its own widebody C8 Corvette, but if it the brand doesn't, we can be assured the aftermarket will give us a lot of choices. One of those is this 32-piece kit from Sigala Designs that brings GT racing car style to the new Corvette. It may not be the most tasteful way to modify the mid-engined sports car, but it will certainly get noticed. It'll cost a pretty penny, though, as the fiberglass kit costs $14,995 while the carbon-fiber version clocks in at $24,995. For those that want to pick 'n mix, the parts are available separately. Despite the massive wing, Sigala doesn't make any claims about aerodynamic benefits.
If the problem you have with the new Corvette is that it doesn't have the doors of a billionaire, then Arizona-based Eikon Motorsports has you covered. The company has plenty of experience doing scissor door conversions, and the kit for the Corvette is just $2,899, or $4,300 with the installation added. The doors use the factory bolt pattern, so the modification can be reversed, and the kit includes two gas shocks and a direct bolt-on hinge kit. It also comes with a lifetime warranty, but we're not sure what it'll do to the factory warranty.
RSC Tuning comes out of Columbus Ohio, and its Complete Aero Package features a carbon fiber front splitter, side skirts, and a rear spoiler. The website says that the kit's track testing results are coming soon but promises that "As C8 owners ourselves since March of 2020 the first thing we knew we needed to change was the spoiler. This beautiful hand-crafted spoiler is made from the exact same manufacturing process as our Lamborghini parts. This lightweight, yet strong, functional aerodynamic piece will reduce drag compared to the high mount spoiler & increase downforce." The kit can be picked up for $5,400.75.
LG Motorsports says its wing "offers incredible downforce for your track or race Corvette." For that reason, the massive piece of carbon fiber has to be mounted on the frame of the car, and, ideally, the factory spoiler should be deleted. The kit includes carbon fiber end plates and aluminum upper mounts and costs $2,790.95, but the mounting kit is an extra $975.95, and the spoiler delete kit is $795. LG Motorsports recommends the wing is used with a front splitter to balance out downforce but doesn't give any details about how much downforce it produces. The company also says a GT2 splitter is coming soon.
The American Hydrocarbon engine covers are not really a body kit, but we're filing it under aesthetic upgrades. They start at $685 and are painted with any of the Corvette's 16 body colors. American Hydrocarbon uses genuine GM parts to fit the C8 Corvette perfectly, and the company will buy back the stock covers for $100. The C8 flag logos are all hand-painted, and the side sills and lettering can be finished in different colors. Also available are matching valve covers costing an extra $550.
The aero package available from AG Motorsport is one of the more affordable ones out there. It costs just $2,799, and the company is keen to point out that it's made using "FULL 100% CARBON FIBER" and that you "DON'T PAY OUR COMPETITORS "VETTE TAX"!" The website also features the baffling sentence: "It features our signature "V" weave in the center, giving you that OEM look!"
If the boomer-style all-caps and confusing marketing doesn't put you off, the kit includes a front lip and side skirts and all the necessary hardware to fit it in around 30-45 minutes.
Atomic 6 Carbon is one of AG Motorsport's competitors, and the company's OEM 5VM-Style Ground Effects package is a lot pricier. It comes in at $5,999, with options for pinstriping and local installation (Florida) as an extra cost. Atomic 6 Carbon doesn't give any idea of what effects the kit has on aerodynamics, so we would be wary there. The company offers other less costly packages as well as individual body pieces.
We've stuck to kits that exist until now, but we'll finish the list on a rendering. Xeigen promised this Corvette C3 race car-inspired design would become a reality in 2021, but we're not holding out too much hope now. That's a shame because we genuinely love this idea around the office and how it works as a homage to John Greenwood's race cars of the 1970s. The Xeigen rendering looks mean and logical, including the roof-mounted intake, the wide splitter, the aggressive inlets below the headlights, and the positively demonic and steeply raked hood.