The carbon fibre badges on the Corvette C8 costs a lot more than you'd hope
But then there's a pinch of value as well
Replacing steel car parts with carbon fibre alternatives can be quite rewarding. They are lighter, stronger and more durable. Also, they are super expensive. However, sculpting mere badges from carbon fibre weaves shouldn’t be that expensive, isn’t it? Wrong.
It turns out, carbon fiber anything can be super expensive. And if you happen to have some money and the latest C8 Chevrolet Corvette, you can get yourself these carbon fiber Stingray emblems at a whopping price of $495! To provide some reference to this price, Chevy retails chromed badges at just $100.
Adding a pinch of value to this sub $500 offering, the manufacturer will be providing not one but three of these badges - two for the doors and one for the rear hatch. These have been carved from OE-grade 3K twill carbon fiber, and a Vinyl-ester infused resin which lends strength and lightweight characteristics to the product, rendering it almost indestructible. But one can always try!
These carbon fiber embellishments are offered by Nowicki Autosport, a design company that specialises working with exotic materials like Kevlar and carbon fiber. The company further excels in tweaking Corvettes (developed the NAD Concept 7 prototype car), so you know the emblem won’t resemble a bad second-hand copy.
But then, the customers of the Chevy Corvette don’t seem to be heavily bothered with the prices. Especially after one notices the surprising rates being charged by Chevrolet for the smallest of components. Center wheel caps for $250, custom colour seat belt for around $400 and a Corvette museum delivery is priced at $995! And suddenly, asking just under $500 for three pieces of genuine carbon fibre emblems doesn’t seem like that big an ask. Or does it?