Apparently, our friend Chazcron has been taking a little heat for his renders, specifically the shape and trim on his C8 side intake scoops.
Hate the game, not the
I caught this post over at the MidEngineCorvetteForum.com where he uses these actual spy photos to show why he has shaped the scoop as such on his renders.
I would be very happy with this design, and Chazcron has basically said that until there is other concrete info that shows it differently, it’s staying as is. FYI, he has also previously stated that the actual car will be so much better than any of the renders shown to date…
Here’s Chazcron in his own words.
I stated in a very early post that the bottom scoop shape I’ve concocted was the most appealing to ME and would not change it without compelling photographic evidence. I tried more than a few. I followed the contours visible in the early canvas bag camo down to where they meet the curved lower door crease. I opted to curve it back forward closer to the rear of the door rather than have it stay at one consistent width for two reasons. One, as it comes forward, it enables the scoop to trap more air, and second, I like the way it looks tapering outward toward the bottom than straight from top to bottom. Since no one has come forward with ANY proof of the actual shape, I will stick with it rather than tilt at windmills and constantly change the shape. My renders would lack overall consistency, and while I am constantly refining the overall shape, I do that because there are multitudes of actual photographs of much of the rest of the car. I’ve also stated that the bottom third is very likely wrong and that what GM did will look better and have aerodynamic reasons for the shape.
Crabby [Corvette Forum member], I took note of the body colored scoop blade visible in the center stripe. This is fairly compelling to me that the blade is real. This also compelled me to drop the carbon fiber for now. It may be an option, and while THIS GUY likes the contrast it provides the side of the car, many don’t.
Shape stays stubbornly the same.
Chazcron also shared this photo showing the scoop in various spy photos and how his render matches what we can actually see:
The MECF’s administrator-extraordinaire John chimed in with his observations that the C8’s side scoop may see three different trim finishes on the car that may include the scoops. The leaked RPOs from that Canadian customer who spec’d his C8 showed three choices for the Exterior Trim Finish with one of those being Carbon Flash:
This seems to me to be an evolution of what we saw on the C7 Corvettes with the trim and vents eventually offered in Body Color and Shark Gray. Personally, I think offering the three exterior trim levels from the start is a great idea. I never thought the Body Color or the Shark Gray vents looked the same on the C7s as the Carbon Flash trim because they were offered later in production and everyone was used to seeing them in Black.
And speaking of Black, check out this new render from Chazcron showing the rear of the C8 mid-engine Corvette. We’ve heard through the grapevine that the renders are close in some areas and not so close in others. We always felt the rear of the C8 has never really been rendered in detail as its one of the most hidden areas on the C8 prototypes, but I think we’re getting closer!