Chevron ready for comeback with GR8

Chevron ready for comeback with GR8

Chevron GR8 rendering

The history of the British automobile is full with dozens of small, independent cottage-industry automakers. Many have stood the test of time with some flourishing, but there are some which have faded into the night like Triumph, Sunbeam and AC. Now one of these carmakers is ready to make a comeback.

Founded by Derek Bennett in 1965, Chevron Cars has produced more than 60 distinct racing cars during its history. But the Lancaster-based automaker faded into obscurity many years ago. The marque is now owned by Westfield Sportscars, makers of Lotus 7 continuation cars, which is now ready to bring back the Chevron with the pictured design.

The new Chevron GR8 is cleverly being developed as the spiritual successor to the original G8, a popular lightweight mid-engine race car built in the late ’60s. The new car follows a similar formula with a fiberglass body over a steel spaceframe and a mid-mounted 255hp 2.0-liter Cosworth engine. While that may not sound like a lot of power, the expected curb weight of the G8 is just 600kg which should keep the power to weight ratio on the fun side.

Chevron is planning an exclusive initial run of 20 examples, each to be sold for £49,500 (about $113k NZ). They’ll be prepared for the GR8 Challenge, a new one-make racing series. If that works out, Chevron plans to turn the GR8 into a track-day special available for public buyers. Unfortunately, no road-going version of the car is planned for now.

Chevron GR8 rendering

The history of the British automobile is full with dozens of small, independent cottage-industry automakers. Many have stood the test of time with some flourishing, but there are some which have faded into the night like Triumph, Sunbeam and AC. Now one of these carmakers is ready to make a comeback.

Founded by Derek Bennett in 1965, Chevron Cars has produced more than 60 distinct racing cars during its history. But the Lancaster-based automaker faded into obscurity many years ago. The marque is now owned by Westfield Sportscars, makers of Lotus 7 continuation cars, which is now ready to bring back the Chevron with the pictured design.

The new Chevron GR8 is cleverly being developed as the spiritual successor to the original G8, a popular lightweight mid-engine race car built in the late ’60s. The new car follows a similar formula with a fiberglass body over a steel spaceframe and a mid-mounted 255hp 2.0-liter Cosworth engine. While that may not sound like a lot of power, the expected curb weight of the G8 is just 600kg which should keep the power to weight ratio on the fun side.

Chevron is planning an exclusive initial run of 20 examples, each to be sold for £49,500 (about $113k NZ). They’ll be prepared for the GR8 Challenge, a new one-make racing series. If that works out, Chevron plans to turn the GR8 into a track-day special available for public buyers. Unfortunately, no road-going version of the car is planned for now.

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