2009 C3R Retro Corvette Stingray Design Study

Article by Christian A., on November 24, 2008

The C3R Chevrolet Corvette Stingray project was reported at the beginning of this month, and now it is confirmed that the initial design has been improved a bit to provide it a more assertive and tough posture.

The fresh C3R is a classic-styled tribute to the 1969 Corvette Stingray, but not like a lot of the computer produced Corvette mock-ups observed previously this one is determined to enter very restricted manufacture.

Although the C3R project is currently in the initial stages, its designers plan to utilize a contemporary C6 Chevrolet Corvette platform to assist speed improvement.

The measurements on the C3R are almost identical as the C6 except the length, since this vehicle is about four inches longer. The present C6 Corvette is known for its supercar-like performance, while its third-generation forerunner, the 1969 Corvette Stingray, won popularity for its untamed styling and muscle-car attractiveness.

Currently, Christian Cyrulewski, the main designer behind the car, is hoping to couple these two qualities by designing his own understanding of the vehicle. Cyrulewski said that the most current alterations consisted of a chamfer where the body confronts the rear diffuser to aesthetically lift the rear.

The rear has received an extension of about 25 mm and narrowed in excess of 50 mm, at the same time the front fender in front of the wheel has been extended outward a little bit to improve lead-in to the grill section.

C3R will be introduced at the Woodward Cruise in Detroit next year, where Cyrulewski comes from, and will go to SEMA after initial public introduction.

Cyrulewski is currently focusing also on a '427' variant of the C3R, which will try to integrate the optional hood and side pipes seen on the 1969 427 Corvette. Following the original 427 it would also utilize a 427 cubic-inch engine from Katech, the company that also manufactures the racing motors for the C5R and C63 vehicles.

The Chevrolet Corvette carried the Stingray name in its third generation (C3 generation) from model years 1969 to 1976. While this marked the second time the Corvette would bear the Stingray name, it was the first time that the moniker appeared as one word, from “Sting Ray.” The "Stingray" script nameplates were found on front fenders.

Compared to its predecessor the Corvette C3 Stingray had no separate release button and had headlight washers. In addition, the front grilles of C3 Stingray were all finished in black. Inside, the sports car featured revised door panels and standard headrests. Its steering wheel was made smaller to 15 inches for easier ingress and egress.

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