Jerry Harrison created his own wide-bodied super street rod, the Ravenhawk, after being frustrated with the confines of a more traditional rod. Now he is working toward manufacturing and marketing the car, which can be customized to fit any buyer's option list.
Jerry Harrison sits at the wheel of the Ravenhawk on the plaza at Exploration Place. He has logged nearly 10,000 miles on the low-slung roadster since completing it and plans another road trip to Florida to court potential customers.
The GPS/road camera setup tucks nicely into the center console. The red toggle switch setup activates the electric fuel pump; starting is accomplished with the touch of a flush-mounted billet push-button beside the electronic display.
By widening the body and frame 14 inches, the designer was able to give the Ravenhawk a more spacious, inviting interior for extended road trip comfort. Heated leather-covered bucket seats with 6-way power adjusters in the LSR version will fit occupants up to at least 6-foot-9, according to the designer.
The Ravenhawk with the top up, from the other side. Harrison styled his prototype car with two different themes -- this side in basic black, with no graphics or sidepipes. The passenger side has pipes and flames.
Tucked neatly under the forward-tilting clamshell hood is a Corvette LS6 V-8 producing 405 horsepower. The Ravenhawk can be set up to accept any V-8 powerplant/transmission combo, from a Dodge Hemi with an automatic to a 540 hp Ford with a 5-speed.
Harrison chose cycle-type front fenders that steer left and right with the American Racing 17-inch front wheels. The fenders' lines are continued in the sculpted swells on the lower front quarter panels.
A closer look at the instrument panel reveals a full complement of analog white-faced gauges, including fuel, speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, water temperature and voltmeter. The dash itself is a leather-covered aluminum panel.
Through the magic of Ric Wolford's lens at Shoot Your Ride, this angle reveals the Ravenhawk's driver's side, minus sidepipes and graphics, but gives us a view of the 405 hp Corvette engine through the hood.