litre Duratech, inline 4 cylinder
bhp @ 8,200 rpm
kgs / 1,323 lbs
UK-based specialist race car construction company Chevron have
revealed the production specifications and images of their latest
vehicle, the GR8.
The GR8, which is the company's first all-new coupe for forty
years, uses some of the design cues from Chevron's previous
B8 coupe model. Although for the new car the bodywork has been
made considerably sharper and more contemporary.
The Chevron GR8 has been designed from the outset as a race
car, not a road car. It will also get it's own one-make race
series called the Chevron GR8 Challenge - which should make
for a pretty good spectacle thanks to the car's 400 hp-per-ton
power to weight ratio. Two rounds of the GR8 Challenge Series
will be run at each of a planned eight BARC meetings per year.
Races will feature rolling starts. Entries are open to either
one or two drivers. With a team of two, the idea is for each
to contest one round. Accepting entries for two drivers creates
obvious opportunities for sharing costs. As part of a comprehensive
entrant support package, Chevron plans to have a pool car on
hand as a spare should a competitors own GR8 be unable
to start a race for whatever reason.
For the drivetrain Chevron enlisted the help of Cosworth, one
of the most respected names in the powertrain engineering industry.
Mounted in the center of the car is a Cosworth developed 2.0
litre, inline 4 cylinder Duratech (YD) engine which produces
255 horsepower @ 8,200 rpm. This is mated to a Hewland gearbox
driving the rear wheels. The LCD instrument panel of the GR8
also comes courtesy of Cosworth. This unit offers clear and
concise read outs - essential for racing, and seamless integration
with the Cosworth ECU (Electronic Control Unit) data.