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C8 Corvette Becomes Insanely Cool Wall Art

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That's one way to make use of a pre-production prototype.

"Motor" and "sports" typically come together on the race track, but automakers are also keen to capture the attention of sports fans. Like Chevrolet does with the Detroit Red Wings and the Little Caesars Arena.

Though the Bowtie brand doesn't title-sponsor the venue like Ford Field, Nissan Stadium, or the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it has served as the official vehicle of both Detroit's NHL team and its home arena for the past several years. And it's capitalized on that with pretty awesome display, mounting a new mid-engined Corvette Stingray on the wall above the northeast entrance.

Steve Fecht via Chevrolet
Steve Fecht via Chevrolet
Steve Fecht via Chevrolet

The vehicle in question is a pre-production prototype, like the one it put on display at the National Corvette Museum. The Stingray Z51 3LT has been repainted from its test camo to Torch Red, fitted with a vanity license plate reading "PWR PLAY," and likely stripped of much of its mechanical components to make it easier to mount on the wall, 22 feet above the floor. And behind it are a pair of metal stripes emanating from its rear wheels to convey a sense of motion even when it's sitting permanently still, mounted at 90 degrees to let fans see it as if from above.

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Steve Fecht via Chevrolet
Steve Fecht via Chevrolet
Steve Fecht via Chevrolet

Though it could be the coolest installation yet, it's not the first time that Chevy has pulled off something like this. It's been lifting its latest vehicles for years atop the Chevrolet Fountain behind center-field at Comerica Park, most recently fitted with a Traverse and a Silverado. It also installed a unique Wheels & Wings sculpture, replicating the Red Wings logo out of mechanical bits, which now rests on the wall below the Corvette.

Chevrolet has served as official of the team since 2015 and the arena since 2017 when it opened as the home not only of the Red Wings but the NBA's Detroit Pistons as well.

Steve Fecht via Chevrolet
Steve Fecht via Chevrolet
Steve Fecht via Chevrolet
Steve Fecht via Chevrolet
Steve Fecht via Chevrolet

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