Each year at Detroit’s Autorama, cars being shown for the very first time compete for hot rodding’s top award, The Ridler Award. Before being named the Ridler winner, finalists are first selected into The Great 8 prior to final voting. This year two Corvettes were included in The Great 8 including this amazing midyear coupe called the 1966 Split Ray.
The Split Ray was built by The Auto Shoppe of Burlington, Vermont. It was inspired by modern C6 and C7 Corvettes and features components from each. From a distance the Split Ray looks like a custom 1966 Sting Ray. Once you’re closer to it you realize that the proportions all different. That because the entire car has been widened by 6 3/8”. Think about that for a minute. That means the roof, front fascia, rear end, hood, and even the glass all had major modifications done to them. We’ve seen wide body cars before, but never like this. Other exterior cues include a dropped and restyled front end, relocated gills, aluminum bumpers, and a dropped floor pan.
Inside you’ll find essentially a 2015 Z06 interior. The instrument panel, center console, seats, and door panels all have been customized to fit into the 1966 body. There’s even a matching embroidered suitcase in back waiting for your next road trip.
The Split Ray is motivated by a 638hp LS9 that’s backed to T56 Magnum 6-speed transmission. Pirelli P Zero Corsa tires wrap Evod 19” front and 20” rear wheels while 14” Baer brakes halt the Split Ray after high speed runs.
Attention to detail can be found everywhere you look on the Split Ray. From the integrated supercharger cooler to the Stingray logo on the wheel center caps, it’s a car like you’ve never seen before. If you couldn’t see it in person last weekend in Detroit, you can peruse our Split Ray gallery below.
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