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.