Rumor has it Chevy is working on a mid-engine Corvette, perhaps just two years away.
If that’s too long for you to wait, just take a look at this stunning mid-engine Corvette concept designed by The Aria Group, a two-decade-old design firm and fabrication company that builds concept cars for major automakers.
The Aria Group was co-founded by Charles Taylor, who just happens to be the son of legendary GM designer Ed Taylor, whose nickname was “Fast Eddy.”
As a tribute to the elder Taylor, The Aria Group named their creation “Fast Eddy” and say they based the design on the mid-engine Chevrolet Aerovette XP-882, which debuted nearly 40 years ago.
The design, we must say, is absolutely stunning. We particularly like the rear treatment that pays tribute to the C2 Corvette.
The best part is that Aria is actually considering producing a limited run of the cars, probably less than 100, if the demand is there. Unfortunately, you’ll need deep pockets, say to the tune of anywhere from $200,000 to $1 million.
“This car has been designed with the feasibility and engineering needed to build this car and achieve amazing performance and quality levels,” says Aria’s other co-founder, Clive Hawkins. “Aria has the full capabilities to engineer and build this car.”
Unfortunately, since the real mid-engine Corvette is rumored to be available in a couple of years and Aria says it would be 18 to 24 months before Fast Eddy could be available, we’re not sure if there will be sufficient demand for such a knock-off. Most people would likely buy the “real thing” from Chevy.
No matter if the car ever sees the light of day on the open road (it has no engine or interior right now), the Fast Eddy definitely shows the amazing potential of what a real mid-engine Corvette could look like.
“This car is an homage to the very best of Corvette and GM,” Hawkins says. “The design, however, is uniquely Aria’s.”
Hawkins says the Fast Eddy represents Aria’s continued passion for automotive design.
“Our belief is that in a world currently fascinated with products, technology, and ‘mobility,’ there is still a space for design in its highest form,” Hawkins says. “Cars should be moving sculptures, breathtaking for the onlooker and truly emotional for the driver.”