How this popular YouTuber turned an already powerful C8 Corvette into a tracked weapon

Key things

  • YouTuber Do It With Dan teamed up with C7 Carbon to turn his C8 Corvette Stingray into a race car by installing carbon fiber aero upgrades.
  • The installation process went smoothly, with bolt-on components for the front splitter, dip planes, side screens and rear diffuser. The chassis-mounted wing required cutting the rear bumper and wiring harness.
  • The total cost of the aero kit and wing is around $17,000 and the wing alone can produce up to 771lbs of downforce at 160mph. Dan also added a Corsa Performance carbon intake for increased power and torque.


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If you’ve spent any time reading or watching car reviews, you’ve undoubtedly heard an automotive journalist use the phrase: β€œIt’s a racing car on the road” or some similar variant. More often than not, it’s not a road racing car. It is sport car with suspension paralyzing the spine and an exhaust that will give you tinnitus if you drive the thing for more than 15 miles.

The main things that differentiate a road car from a race car are tires, suspension and aerodynamic grip. Manufacturers spend thousands of hours in CFD developing smart ways integrate their aerodynamic tricks into the car’s design. Racing cars, on the other hand, tend to use more brute force.

YouTuber Do It With Dan merged with Chevrolet body specialists C7 Carbon have taken the latter method and deployed a host of carbon fiber aerodynamic enhancements – turning their C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray into a proper “road racing car”. While Dan revealed the finished rail car project over a month ago, this video goes behind the scenes and shows the complete DIY installation process, with things going surprisingly smoothly.

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Dan has to cut out the rear bumper to fit the chassis mounted wing

C8 Corvette C7 Carbon Legacy Edition Aero Kit Installation

  • Dan teamed up with C7 Carbon to test and demonstrate their Legacy Edition body kit and rear wing mounted on a Victory chassis.
  • The front splitter, dip planes, side skirts and rear diffuser are all bolted on and only a few holes need to be drilled
  • The chassis-mounted wing requires more work, with parts of the rear bumper and wiring harness having to be cut away
  • The total cost of the kit and wing is around $17,000, and the wing alone can produce up to 771lbs of downforce at 160mph.
  • Dan also installed a Corsa Performance carbon intake which slightly increases power and torque

Dan says he’ll tackle the most challenging and intimidating part of the process first, and that’s starting at the back of the car. Essentially, he needs to remove the entire rear body, which involves removing a number of bolts and fasteners from inside the rear trunk, under the car and in the rear wheel arches.

Once Dan has everything unbolted, he disconnects the taillight wiring, sensors, removes the entire rear body and wiring harness. From there, Dan starts modeling the mounts for the wing, marking and drilling holes in the carbon fiber crossmember and rear tub using the brackets as guides.

After drilling and cleaning the holes, Dan screws on the mounting brackets and bracket support beam. Unfortunately, the newly installed mounts mean the plastic cable retainer won’t fit properly, so Dan has to cut some pieces off the retainer to get it aligned.

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Next, Dan removes the factory side cover from the rear bumper before mocking up and drilling the holes for the replacement C7 Carbon side cover. He then attaches the new steering wheel to the bumper using factory mounting clips. The next step is to cut out the bumper to accommodate the chassis mounted wing mounts – something Dan was worried about. the upper rear trim is almost $800 to replace before painting.

Fortunately, C7 Carbon provides 3D printed clips that line up with the factory holes in the bumper to show how much you need to cut. Dan marks things with a marker, drills holes at the top and bottom of the mark, then goes between the two spots with a sander. Once satisfied with the fitment, Dan files down the rough edges of the cuts to ensure they are straight and clean before fitting the bumper, lower carbon fairing and rear diffuser before moving on to rear wing and wing tips.

Installing the rest of the carbon kit is much easier

Next up for the C8 is the fitting of the C7 carbon side skirts. Dan had already fitted the aftermarket side skirt about a year ago, so it started by removing that piece before modeling the new skirt. After he gave the side of the Corvette spray and cleanDan then attaches the new carbon skirt with some self-tapping screws and double-sided tape.

When the skirts are done, Dan moves to the front of the car. First, it removes the front bumper and front side bumper grilles and replaces them with C7 carbon grilles. Dan then reinstalls the bumper before fitting the massive carbon front splitter. From there, Dan installs the front dive planes before drilling into the front bumper and locking them in place with lock nuts.

What are the benefits of the Aero Kit?

Dan’s plans for the C8 Corvette

  • Dan has committed to using the C8 on the track regularly
  • Aero kit will provide higher grip at high speed with more downforce
  • At some point, the C8 may get a full C7 Carbon widebody kit based on the Corvette C8.R GTLM race car

Dan tracked his car throughout the year with the plan to always use a track-focused aero kit. Dan is working with C7 Carbon to test and demo their ‘Legacy Edition’ Carbon kit and ‘Victory’ carbon wing, which comes to about $17,000 in total. While C7 Carbon doesn’t list downforce totals for the complete kit, it claims the rear wing can produce up to 771 lb of downforce at 160 mph when running at an angle of attack of 10 degrees.

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Now pressure is a bit of a black art, but basically it’s a process directing air flow to create different areas of high and low pressure which artificially adds downward weight to push the car into the ground and increase the contact area of ​​the tire with the road. The higher the speed, the more air flows over the aerodynamic surfaces and the higher the downforce.

However, the effect will diminish with diminishing returns once suspension and tire limits are reached. Speaking of tires, Dan also managed to secure sponsorship with Kumho and runs their V730 semi-slicks on both his race and street bikes.

This C8 Corvette also gets a Corsa Performance carbon air intake

Red 2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray with Corsa Performance carbon intake
via Do It With Dan (YT)

2020 C8 Chevrolet Corvette Specs

Engine

6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 engine

Drivetrain

Mid engine, rear wheel drive

Transmission

8-speed dual-clutch automatic

Power supply

495 hp (base), 527 hp (corsa performance exhaust and intake)

Torque

470 lb-ft (stock), 499 lb-ft (corsa performance exhaust and intake)

Value

$99,193 (average)

(figures with permission Chevrolet/performance races/classic.com)

Another modification Dan has done to his C8 is a new carbon fiber air intake from Corsa Performance. The installation process is pretty simple, but it does require Dan to cut out a piece of the trunk’s rear panel.

The C8 Corvette has a removable plastic cover in the trunk that provides access to the intake port, which is covered by the trunk liner. The Corsa Performance carbon intake kit replaces the plastic cover with its carbon cover which has a clear plastic window so you can see the intake every time you open the boot.

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Corsa Performance claims the intake will increase power by 14 horsepower and 13 lb-ft of torque and all in all, the kit costs a cool $3,000. Carbon fiber will also provide a weight saving benefit. While the car still runs on the stock suspension, Dan tested the car on the track with the aero upgrade and says he’s thrilled with the results, but won’t elaborate as he’s saving the track shakedown for his next video.

Source: YouTube @ Do It With Dan, Chevrolet, Corsa performance, classic.com, C7 Carbon