A Chevy Design project in the Bobby Alloway vein
Bobby Alloway hot rods are known for their big wheels, low ground clearance, super-clean detailing, and otherwise largely stock appearance. His style has found plenty of fans in the new-car design world, so when the Chevy design team set out to build a SEMA showcase for its new LT376 crate engine and 4L75E four-speed automatic transmission, they went for a pure Bobby Alloway look. They also chose a vehicle that tugged at the heartstrings of Chevy’s VP of performance vehicles and motorsports, Jim Campbell—his first car was a ’69 Chevelle.
The new 535-hp 6.2-liter LT376 crate engine and 4L75E transmission are engineered as a complete drop-in powertrain solution, shipped with the controllers and harnesses required to make them work in a vintage installation like this one. Naturally, adding that much modern horsepower to a vintage car would be irresponsible without upgrading the rest of the chassis, so this project gets a six-piston front and four-piston rear disc brake setup (the rear parts are still in prototype stage, but the fronts are already available). An air suspension allows the car to crouch down on those 18-inch front, 20-inch rear tires when parked, and then elevate to clear gum wrappers and similar road hazards when in motion.
The design work is impressive. Since the point of the car is to showcase the engine, the under-hood compartment is dressed up with a completely smooth firewall and closure panels to cover up the cooling system and other unattractive necessities. This clean sheet metal nicely frames both the engine and the bright red cold-air intake filter. Up front there’s a chromed aluminum billet grille, full LED lighting, and body color bumpers that have been sectioned and reshaped to minimize their protrusion while still appearing stock. The interior gets a red upper, black lower treatment, with everything wrapped in leather to match the stuff covering the 2016 Camaro front bucket seats.