This is an ambitious build project.
With demand vastly outstripping supply, getting your hands on a Chevrolet Corvette Stingray is proving difficult right now. Chevrolet has already been struggling to keep up with demand amid supply issues caused by the semiconductor chip shortage. To make matters worse, severe storms have battered the Bowling Green Kentucky factory, destroying more than 120 Corvettes.
If the standard Stingray's looks aren't to your liking, tuners can customize the Stingray with aftermarket components. But one owner in Austin Texas who was lucky enough to receive their delivery has decided to create their own custom C8 Corvette with interesting results.
Photos shared on Reddit show the C8 Corvette Stingray fitted with custom body panels inspired by the classic C2 Corvette. The rear has also been modified with custom round taillights inspired by the C2 and cutouts have been added for the pop-up headlights. We'll reserve judgment for now as the project is still a work in progress but transforming the mid-engine Stingray into a C2 is certainly ambitious.
It gives us an idea of what the C2 could have looked like if Chevrolet decided to switch to a mid-engine layout earlier in the Corvette's history. One obvious problem is the custom components covering the side air intakes. This could create some cooling issues.
According to the user who shared the images on Reddit, the owner has a lot of experience building custom Corvettes. The same owner has also converted a C5 Corvette into a C1, which can be seen in the background in some of the photos. The owner is also testing the modifications on a brand-new Corvette Stingray instead of a junk car.
Some enthusiasts will find this a sacrilegious way of treating a C8 Corvette Stingray, especially when they are in short supply, but we're curious to see how it turns out when the project is complete.