• May 5th 2010 at 3:32PM
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Chevron GR8 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Fast. It's what every sportscar and racing car manufacturer has in its sights, but Chevron – as deep as its history runs – has found speed in another regard. It's been barely six months since the British firm announced the GR8 project, and though few thought it could be done, the first batch is already built, and the one-make racing series they're earmarked for is set to kick off this coming weekend.

The Chevron GR8 is a lightweight racing car powered by a relatively modest 255-horsepower ]two-liter Cosworth engine, placed smack in the middle of a compact steel spaceframe with fiberglass bodywork. Chevron apparently considered going with carbon composite construction, but cost aside, the gestation period would have taken much longer. Instead, after only half a year has gone by from concept to construction, the first ten examples are ready – and spoken for – for their first race this weekend at Silverstone. By the second round at Brands Hatch on June 19, Chevron plans to have doubled the grid with the second batch. Now that's what we call fast.

Check out the renderings in the gallery below for a closer look at the new GR8, and stay tuned for an update with images of the finished car undergoing testing.

[Source: Chevron via PistonHeads]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yawn. It's hard to mess up the design of a MR car, but it looks like it looks like someone succeeded. They couldn't try to make this car more underwhelming.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Google Chevron B8. I think for a modern interpretation of a vintage car they did a pretty damn good job.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well that's great!
        • 5 Years Ago
        What?! "GR8" was my submission to Pontiac for the name of the G8 sport truck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. What a godawful rendering. What are they using, Rhino 1.0? This looks awful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's so hard not to just call it "Great" instead of "Gee-Arr-Eight"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait, now the oil companies are making cars? WUT
        • 5 Years Ago
        Chevron Oil and Chevron Race Cars are 2 very different entities. Chevron has been building race cars since the 60s. This GR8 is a modern interpratation of their legendary B8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A road going version of this car would be so much fun. Looks like a lotus sort of, updated, more aggressive, more power... and simple!
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