Is France’s Prato Orage Actually Just A C6 Corvette?

One of the more intriguing cars to be displayed and driven at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend was the Prato Orage.

Built by a French company, very few details about the car were known in the lead-up to its dynamic debut at Goodwood. Even now, mystery surrounds the eye-catching French supercar but according to British journalist, Lewis Kingston, the Orage is actually based around a C6-generation Chevrolet Corvette.

Images of the supercar’s interior provide a number of hints about its true identity. For starters, it is clear that the steering column is identical to the one you’ll find on the C6, including the same adjustment lever and headlight and wiper stalks. Additionally, the gear lever is in the same location as the C6 Corvette. A look at the door panels also reveals that it has identical wing mirror adjustment switches to the C6 and features the same window toggles.

Also Read: France’s Curious Prato Orage Supercar Heading To Goodwood

The journalist also says that the positioning of the brake calipers is a dead giveaway about the car’s underpinnings.

Prato claims that the 8.1-liter V8 engine powering the Orage is the most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 used by any production car. While running up the Goodwood hillclimb, the car certainly sounded like a Corvette, even if it does displace a little more and pump out more horsepower, a claimed 888 hp to be precise.

It’s not unusual for small companies to base their supercars around existing models but usually, they’re quite open about it. Nowhere in any press material release by Prato does it say that the Orage is either based around a C6 Corvette or at the very least, shares a number of parts with it.

 

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  • Cool guy

    TURDD!!!!!!!

    • donald seymour

      Cool guy, I’m joining in with you. TURRRDD!!!!!!

  • Bash

    Corvette or not, this thing is ugly.

  • John Smith

    Wow even worse than I thought, it’s not even a C7. Lol

  • kachuks

    I guessed C7. But the older platform is obviously cheaper.

  • SteersUright

    The execution looks to be of pretty good quality. The engine note is fantastic, far better than almost any Corvette I’ve heard as it seems that they’ve managed to squeeze some more rpm’s out of the big V8 and add ITB’s. That said, the 2-tone front, cheap looking headlights & taillights and some other design details essentially ruin this for me. If you’re going to rebody a car, it should be to make it look better. While neat from some angles (rear 3/4) it just falls apart from too many others. Not too, too far off though. They could tweak it a bit and make this work!

  • THEY BOUGHT SOME SWITCH-GEAR AND MAYBE THE ENGINE THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S BASED ON THE CORVETTE. IF IT WAS WHY NOT THE C7?

  • MarketAndChurch

    Kind of cool, but a few changes could make it awesome.

  • Felipe Politano

    “Is France’s Prato Orage Actually Just A C6 Corvette?” No, it’s the Lego version.

    • Jarosław Kotowicz

      LOL

  • Porkopolis

    This would’ve been my favorite toy in 1:43 as a child.

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