#The Idea behind the Blue Jay GTZ
Most cars that are built under the VMW brand name are really just cars that don’t fit the lore of my prior companies: American Eagle Automotive and Redhawk Performance Group.
This is one such vehicle. This was my submission to the CSR 26, and it was intended to be a curve ball. The idea of a Muscle Car turned Super/Hyper car? Yes! I knew it wouldn’t have much of a chance at winning, but I wanted to see what kind of reaction I got from it in the reviews. Unfortunately the review for this car disappointment me a bit.
So, I tried to carry the Muscle Car concepts of a light weight body, big block OHV engine, and a solid axle rear end into this. It has a carbon-fiber body just to keep competitive with the csr round. The engine was designed previously for my first attempt at the CSR 26 (more about that later), so I reused it.
##455ci Big Block OHV V8
An engine ripped straight from my other company lore, it has a 4.30" bore and 3.90something inch stroke. This is the big block I AEA created in 1963, just modernized (and using Modern OHV as part of that).
I had created a Twin Turbocharged version prior that produced around 850hp, but it would not fit in the engine bay of this body, so I decided to expand the N/A version. I really like how that turned out.
As the ad reads, I did try to base my 6 speed manual trans on the ones Tremec produces, while customizing the ratios for the challenge. Tremec doesn’t have any 7 speeds – besides the one specifically built for the Corvette, so I tried to stick with a 6 speed. (though in hind-sight, I should have gone with the 7).
I did use the Corvette’s specs as a comparison when building the Blue Jay, and they are quite similar.
Yeah, I’m not sure how to explain how I create the look, I think the car defines it’s own look. I started building with just a simple grill so I could get the rest of the car set up, then went back and filled in the look the car was calling out for.
I always start with the front. With this particular build, the car called for something sorta old-school, but with modern tech, so old-school headlights with modern fog/signal lights. The hood needed a bulge or vent to “hide” the air intakes, and the one used on it seemed to fit perfectly.
I like to accent the body lines, so on the side came the chrome. Pretty standard usage for me with my muscle cars, making the “C” shape as I have in the past. (got that from the Mustang)
Props if you can call what car and challenge the red one was in!
The rear end treatment was a variation of the same technique I’ve used for a while now: Namely lining up 3 to 4 taillights (like the '68 Shelby Mustang GT500) Then decorating around them with grills and strips. The diffuser is a new technique I am really starting to like. The vertical bars on it are chrome strips squashed horizontally and stretched vertically. And that particular wing is probably my favorite, knowing how frequently I’ve used it.
So there you are, some insight into the Muscle / Super car I submitted for CSR 26!