The C8 Corvette has had some mixed reviews from critics and enthusiasts alike. And while not everyone likes the new Corvette style, everyone loves the performance, including the Overhalin’ TV star Chip Foose. In this video by Hagerty, Foose shows us what he would have done if he were on the C8 Corvette design team. And we have to admit; we love his thought process behind the redesign of this iconic sports car.
Foose states that he’s not sure if he likes GM’s latest version of the Corvette yet, and if the rendering god doesn’t know by now, we’re guessing that he doesn’t. However, Foose is always messing with cars and changing things, and like any artist, everyone’s a critic. Some love his work, and others don’t. No matter how you feel about Foose’s style, you have to agree that his thought process on the redesign of the C8 is on the money. Instead of just building a mid-engine car, Foose wonders why Chevrolet didn’t incorporate some of the car’s previous elements into the design, and we’re wondering the same thing. Lucky for us, Foose gives us a rendering of how the car might have looked if previous Corvette elements were introduced into the latest Corvette.
If it’s one thing that saved the pony cars over the last ten years, it was the design. Chevrolet, Ford, and Mopar all paid homage to their classic lineup with vintage elements incorporated throughout. These cars have been successful, especially for Mopar and Ford. While the redesigned Camaro came out of the gate running in 2010, sales have dwindled as the company abandoned the design by adding new elements that have had enthusiasts scratching their heads. So why didn’t Chevrolet use the same recipe for the C8? We don’t know, but we think they should have. It seems that Foose agrees with us on this topic, too, as he integrates features of past Corvettes into his rendering.
One thing we like about this concept is Foose kept the outline of the C8 the same meaning, GM could have built the car. The wheelbase is the same, and nothing is severely changed other than the body lines and angles. As Foose starts to work on the rendering, he talks about incorporating elements from the C7 like new side air vents, headlights, and taillights. Another car he uses for inspiration is the beloved C2 Corvette built from 1963-67, and its styles are noticeable in the body with a straight bodyline and with the rounded rear fenders.
Even though Foose was only able to produce a “rough sketch” for his version of the C8, we love the direction. Of course, it will have some things people don’t like, but we feel like it could be a vast improvement over the current design. Pulling pieces back in from Corvettes of the past only seems natural. Abandoning the lineage of the car doesn’t make sense to us. After all, it takes more than a name and badge for a Corvette to be a Corvette, or does it?