Between a Rock and a Hard Place
While the market for performance vehicles gets tighter and tighter due to the modern climate (figuratively and literally), many other brands have sought to remain relevant by branching into the EV market.
However the Corvette line remains strictly loyal to its ICE powertrain. And while a sudden switch to electric power may not seem as appropriate for the brand, much like the public’s reaction to the Mach-E, introducing a front-engine hybrid model may prove as a great intro to the potential of electric power while honouring the heritage of the Corvette brand.
A Look Back
The two main Corvettes I wanted to reference for my design were the C2 and C3, each for their proportion and unique design cues and proportions.
The New Pop-up
Given pop-up headlights’ history being a part of Corvette’s design language, I decided to create an inverted pop-up design, with the graphic reminiscent of the Corvette badge.
Once the headlight panels fold downwards the primary highbeam is revealed, as well as a hidden air intakes that leads to each wheel motor and the brakes.
Harkening back to the C2 Corvette’s split rear glass without sacrificing visibility, this design incorporates a split to the back body instead. The resulting pinch surrounds the greenhouse and leads to the tailight below.
While still dedicated to a driver-oriented layout, the grand-tourer format means a more open layout. The driver is less cacooned by the interior like the current C8 and encourages more longer, comfotable drives.
The console is a mix of leather and soft-touch materials, with metal accents for areas that involve physical interaction. A slim touchless display handles airconditioning and media while a gauge cluster screen handles the heart of the vehicle.