A Corvette engine is just the start.
Sometimes a kit car comes along that boasts both impressive performance and looks. The DDR Motorsport Grullon GT8 is one such vehicle. The Miami, Florida-based company was founded back in 2001 by Diego Grullon. Its first model was the DDR SP4, which was followed by the GT8, GT8SS, and GT4. All utilize a spaceframe chassis with composite bodywork weighing around 2,700 pounds. The GT8, an example of which is up for sale right now on Bring A Trailer, is actually a C5 Chevy Corvette-based kit car from where it got the majority of its parts.
The kit comes with the welded tubular spaceframe featuring a steel floor, fiberglass body panels, front windshield, a custom fuel tank, radiator, dashboard, center console, and few other odds and ends. What it doesn't include is the engine, transmission, shocks, springs, steering wheel, seats and seat belts, wiring harness, and a long list of other items buyers will need in order to get the car up and running.
Like any kit car, customers can complete the build at home. Alternatively, for a fee DDR Motorsport can do the entire build for them.
This particular GT8 is powered by a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 from the C5 generation, rated at 345 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. That power is directed to the rear wheels through a Getrag six-speed manual gearbox sourced from a 986 Porsche Boxster S. This powertrain also utilizes a Kennedy Engineered Products adapter plate and clutch assembly, and a PSI Performance engine harness and ECU.
Step inside and you'll find a relatively sparse cabin, with red stitching and accents, a digital instrument panel, air conditioning, diamond-plated floor, a Wildwood brake and clutch pedal assembly, and fixed-back bucket seats with Tanaka four-point racing harnesses. The exterior features 20-inch wheels, an adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing, and a roof scoop. All told, it tips the scale at just 2,900 pounds and has only about 1,200 miles.
The build was completed only last September, hence the low mileage. And yes, it is street-legal and currently registered in Connecticut. As of this writing, the highest bid was $9,000 but we expect this to climb given there are a few days left until the auction ends. Although this Grullon GT8 doesn't exactly have a huge amount of horsepower, the power to weight ratio isn't terrible and it has exotic looks that'll surely grab plenty of attention and questions.