Given the nickname "Blackjack" by GM employees, the mid-engined Maloo was hand-built in 2014 at GM's Warren Technical Center in Michigan and served as the first C8 mule. Reflecting its Corvette ambitions, Blackjack sports an interior that shares its major hardware with that of the C7 Corvette. Likewise, Blackjack shares its V-8 engine with the seventh-generation Corvette, although it uses a Porsche-sourced dual-clutch automatic transmission (or PDK in Porsche-speak).
GM couldn't let the public know what it was up to, so the company tested the mid-engine platform under the bodywork of a Holden Maloo pickup truck. Take one look at this cobbled together development mule, though, and it's obvious this is no ordinary Maloo. With its wide fender flares, big wing, and Corvette-sourced windshield and A-pillars, this hacked-up Holden fooled few into believing it was anything but an early development vehicle for a forthcoming mid-engined sports car.