And Now For Something Completely Different….an Insanely Cool Corvette-Inspired Porsche 911
The rivalry between Corvette and Porsche is as old as, well, Corvette and Porsche! Since Chevrolet started building the Corvette in 1953, it has become a singularly targeted competitor for the Porsche company, and most especially for the Porsche 911. The comparisons are unavoidable – the cars both have similar horsepower, similar price points, and similar customer demographics. While the German-engineered Porsche has often been considered a more refined car, there has been a great many enthusiasts who embrace the Corvette for its raw horsepower and its pure Americana feel. For nearly seventy years, this rivalry has waged on, with divided victories between the two brands.
But now, UK artist Al Yasid, known to his Instagram fans as “Asyasiddesign,” has created a Porsche/Corvette restomod that does more than suggest that the better car might be the byproduct of both cars. Let me explain…
In the past, Corvette and Porsche restomods have traditionally been the bi-product of taking a classic sports car – either a Porsche OR a Corvette – and infusing it with modern technology, horsepower, and engineering. Over the years, this type of restoration has become increasingly popular, with high-horsepower iterations of classic Corvettes and Porsches showing up in greater numbers. California-based Singer Vehicle Design has become one of the most celebrated Porsche 911 fabricators, and with good reason. They have built some of the best Porsche restomods on the planet and have advanced the restomod hobby into the stratosphere. Similarly, companies like Corvette Conspiracy in Cleveland, Ohio have done the same for Chevy Corvette.
Unfortunately, each camp of fabricators has remained on their side of the fence. With his latest design, Al Yasid asks the question “what if you took the best of the Porsche 911 and the Chevy Corvette and you infused each into an entirely new hybrid? The answer, as you can see here, is both spectacular in its form, and controversial by its very nature.
Yasid has infused the front end of a modern Porsche 911 with a variety of Chevrolet elements, including the coke bottle rear fenders, side skirts, and the overall shape of the third-generation Corvette. The rear of the car harkens back to Bill Mitchell’s Manta Ray concept (the similarities are unmistakable). In addition to these two iconic automobiles, Yasid’s car also pays homage to the Porsche 928 and the fourth-generation Corvette. There is some precedent to suggest that the car’s profile was inspired by the McLaren Speedtail and/or the Rolls-Royce Boat Tail designs, both of which provided influence to Mitchell when designing many of his concept Corvettes during his era as the VP of Design with Chevrolet.
Out front, the Porsche 911 headlights have been re-fitted with LED lights. In the rear of the car, the elongated tail sports a slim, full-width light bar above a pair of exposed exhaust tips and a partially exposed turbocharger. The rear glass looks in on a “hypothetical” engine, though as this is only a rendering, no formal engine designation has been assigned. The assumption, given the car’s PORSCHE badging, is that the car would utilize a boxer-style engine like those used on the Porsche Caymen GT4 and Porsche 911 GT3 racers. Anything less powerful would be, well, uncivilized.
Yasid has not named his creation yet, though he refers to the concept as the “Zero Two.” Instead, he has invited his Instagram followers to propose a name for his wild creation. While we ponder some names for this unique automobile, we encourage you to share your thoughts with us – and, if you are so inclined, to include your own ideas for a name in the comments below.