Aria Concept For A Mid-Engine Corvette Is A Thing Of Beauty

By now, you’ve all heard that the next chapter in the Corvette’s timeline will mark the introduction of a mid-engine model into the lineage. We don’t know what it will look like yet, but we wouldn’t mind one but if it was very close to the real-life concept you see here.

In case you have no idea what this car is, we’ll start by telling you that it was designed by the Aria Group, a California-based design and fabrication company, as an homage to GM’s late designer, Ed Taylor, also known as Fast Eddy.

Aria says it wanted to build a car that Fast Eddy himself would have loved to drive; a “mid-engine Vette.”

The company’s co-founder, Clive Hawkins, told Car & Driver that when they started making this concept, they made sure not to step on anybody’s toes over at GM – which is why you can still call this design “unique”, despite the Corvette connection.

That said, you can definitely spot a few Corvette-like features, especially from the rear. Speaking of which, in order for you to actually see the taillight graphics, the lights have to be on, which is a neat little trick, we’d say. Another thing that sets this concept apart are its satin black custom wheels, courtesy of HRE that shared some of these pictures, and which feature a 5 double spoke design, and can be ordered in four different sizes (20″, 21″, 22″ and 24″.)

Unfortunately, the car doesn’t have an actual engine installed, being a static a concept, but according to Hawkins, if they had to put something in there, it would definitely be the engine from the Z06, the one with 650 HP and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque.

He also said that the chassis is ready and that overall, the car would weigh about 3,000 lbs (1,360 kg) – so here’s hoping somebody makes this thing drivable really soon.

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  • mb4design

    A good start. With any luck GM may start finding it’s way back from the design abyss.

  • john1168

    Great looking concept but I think these pics are more about the wheels than the car. Great looking wheels too. I love HRE. Where’s pics of the front of this car???

    • JohnCarscoop

      Refresh the page, just added new images.

      • john1168

        Cool, thanks:)

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Wait. This is REAL?!?

    GM, PLEASE HIRE THEM!!!

    • JohnCarscoop

      Yes it is real, but it’s stationary for the time being. Aria has built dozens of concepts for companies, including the Hyundai Genesis, Fisker Latigo and Ford GR-1.

    • Gustavo Adriano

      It’s cool, but the front remind a lot the classic Ferrari FX “Concept”
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8798ca03220c906339bc4f175fbc03c572841ae979db1cb0e462d80839948de7.png

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Please tell me that this isn’t Pininfarina designed…

        • lol sorry it is… But it looks like a Pontiac from the 90s

          • Tumbi Mtika

            It hurts seeing that.

          • antbee

            It most certainly does! It’s almost like a stretched Pontiac Sunfire, and I hated those! Even the wheels scream, “I’M NOT A PONTIAC, BUT A FERRARI, BUT THESE WHEELS FELL OFF OF A PONTIAC!!”

        • Gustavo Adriano

          It was, and was a order from the Brunei Sultan.. Apparently 8 was made. (I particularly like this car, I don’t know why, but it’s rear was very different for that time). https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/61cadea37e8fce8a732648c32ca641d4699c5f395a3b1680744d7e51a70b9cab.jpg

          • Tumbi Mtika

            How rich is the sultan?!?

            HE GETS EVERY FERRARI!

          • Gustavo Adriano

            He was f*cking rich, he had a famous collection (I suppose you should know something about it), he also had a 456 wagon, 456 sedan, 456 convertible (these two last are very weird, but the SW is amazing!). Also, he used to have some Ferraris Concept Cars, like the Mythos… Actually it’s brother had to stop him to spend too much money with these pleasures, Brunei is a very poor country though.

          • He had several of those Ferraris. Had several Bentley Dominator too. The real first SUV of Bentley made for him. Based on the Range Rover of time. And so many other cars just for him. He is still in power collecting cars. You can find websites dedicated to all his cars. Even one only his Bentleys.

          • Status

            People who run nepotistic despotic dictatorships are usually quite wealthy.

          • Lol not only every Ferraris, almost all car makers made him cars just for him.

          • Tumbi Mtika

            Damn.

      • Chad Gordon

        The Saturn supercar we never got! (or even asked for)

  • Abdul Majeed

    …contract the design job out to the Germans and Italians.

  • kachuks

    The hood treatment is unique, keep it.

    The rest is a bit too Italianish.

  • INTERESTING. I LIKE SEEING IT WITHOUT THE CHOPPED OFF REAR OF THE C6 AND C7.

  • Six_Tymes

    nice! sleek, Duntov would approve.

  • Maricaibo

    What a beauty! Very nice!

  • Honda NSX-R

    Those taillights remind me of the Aventador.

  • ErnieB

    That looks expensive 😜 God it’s amazing!

  • MrP

    Oh my. If there was ever going to be a “better” reboot of the series, this would be a suitable vehicle for the new Knight Industries Three Thousand [K.I.T.T if you prefer] for Knight Rider. If you doubt it look at pic #13, it gave me tingles.

    It’s goregous, just beautiful.

  • milwaukeegregg

    No big deal.. Now Ford blows it away. All these futuristic rides look the same. I’m not a Ford fanboy just sayin!!!

  • Balcis

    lean and beautiful, now I call this a concept. Bring it on!

  • Carlos Gamarra

    I feel like if Sideswipe was brought back into the Transformers movies, this would be his alt mode

  • They managed to use Corvette design clues… wich is not easy. Does look good.

  • Blanka Li

    Geezus, just build it.

  • Plutonium

    Front reminds me of Chevy Monza, or Buick Skyhawk from the late 1970s. Roadkill has couple of YouTube episodes of “boosting” Chevy Monza.

    • THAT’S IT. COULDN’T PUT MY FINGER ON WHAT IT REMINDED ME OF.

  • Craig

    It should be a Cadillac not a Chevrolet.

    • LWOAP

      Cadillac Cien?

  • SteersUright

    I dont love this. Its cool, in a 90’s concept car kind of way, but is isn’t beautiful to my eyes. I hope the real ME Corvette doesn’t look like this.

  • Nikolovski Nikolce Nidžo

    I don’t get it really. Why bother to make Corvette mid engine car? I mean it is a great concept with better balance, but that isn’t the spirit of Corvette, is it? Just make the mid engine car a name it different. Leave the legend as it is. Look at Porsche for example.

  • maserati123

    UGLY YEA REALLY UGLY.

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