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C2 Corvette designer involved in revived EV version. Image by AVA.

C2 Corvette designer involved in revived EV version
Pete Brock will assist Ian Callum and co in re-engineering the 60s Corvette for EV power and the AVA Hyperclassic.
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What's all this about?

The C2 Chevrolet Corvette (1963-1967) is, without a doubt, one of the most stunning cars ever to see the light of day. As with any automotive product, a number of people were involved in the development of its breathtaking design, but one of the most important was Pete Brock. As a young whippersnapper, he was part of GM in 1957 and drew the original sketch that then-design-chief Bill Mitchell selected as the one that would replace the first 'C1' Corvette. That Brock left GM in 1959, four years before the C2 saw the light of day (and had been largely penned by Larry Shinoda in the interim), is neither here nor there: he was instrumental in this glorious piece of Americana.

A lovely story. But, if I may be so bold, why the devil are you even telling me this?

Because Brock is going to redesign the C2 Corvette again, for a brand-new venture. Irish entrepreneur and multimillionaire Norman Crowley has set up a car-making company in the Wicklow Mountains, which he has called AVA. He wants this marque's first product to be an all-wheel-drive, electric hypercar with a four-figure power output (anything between 1,200- and 2,000hp) and a seven-digit price tag (1.2-2 million, about 1.06-1.76m on current exchange rates), but the underpinnings are going to be housed in a body that resembles the C2 Corvette. It's like one of those mega-expensive modernised classics, such as a Singer 911 or Eagle E-Type, only this time around, it's electric. And not only has Crowley got Brock involved, he's also roped in Callum, the outfit founded by Ian Callum CBE following the British designer's departure from Jaguar Land Rover. These two will unveil their 21st century take on the C2 Corvette in the coming weeks, ahead of production of the AVA Hyperclassic (that's the car's name) commencing at the Irish HQ in the future.

Sounds impressive. Can you give me any more details on the car?

Not at the moment, but we're sure they'll be forthcoming soon. What we can give you are a few soundbites from the three main men involved in the AVA Hyperclassic project. Over to Crowley himself first, who said: "The partnership aims to push the limits of advanced engineering to breathe energy of the future into cars of the past. It will bring together heritage, iconic design and high performance, to create an entirely new automotive offering."

Brock added: "To be involved in this project is a tremendous responsibility. The C2 Corvette is already an accepted icon in the world of automotive motor design but we want to take all the best aspects of that design and make it crisper."

And Callum, who has set up a design studio under his own surname, also said: "Applying next-generation technology to cars that we are fond of and familiar with is hugely exciting. Callum's expertise in translating Peter's concept to a design feasible for production will support AVA to write a new chapter in this car's story."



Matt Robinson - 2 Feb 2020








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