Is your car faster than our Corvette Z06 project? | #FastFriday

Colin
By Colin Wood
Mar 26, 2022 | Chevrolet, #FastFriday, Corvette

Ever wanted to compete against our 2004 Chevrolet Corvette project car? Well, now you can at the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge Presented by Grassroots Motorsports.

What is the Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge? It’s our annual no-holds-barred track competition. The only rule is that car and driver must pass a NASA safety inspection.

Simply put, the goal of Project Ultimate Corvette is to take GM’s fiberglass sports car and explore virtually every avenue to make it faster. How’d we do that? We dropped in a built LS3 good for 455 horsepower, fed it a steady diet of ethanol, replaced the rear leaf springs with coil springs, added plenty of downforce, and upgraded to a big-brake kit to stop everything on a dime.

What’s the car’s greatest strength on track? We defer to the Corvette’s driver, our own J.G. Pasterjak:

It's easy to drive. Very forgiving and neutral.

View this car, along with the rest of the field, on the UTCC website. If you think you have what it takes to win, enter your car here.

The 2022 UTCC returns to Virginia International Raceway May 13-14 in the center of NASA’s HyperFest weekend.

The Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge is presented by Grassroots Motorsports in association with Wilwood EngineeringCRC IndustriesDeatschWerksHP TunersSPA Technique and Volkswagen, with trophies from BimmerWorldXS Power BatteriesSensor ConnectionTrack Advantage and Stifflers.

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JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
3/25/22 1:28 p.m.

I wonder if I can show up and beat myself?

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
3/25/22 1:30 p.m.

I'd like a do-over on that last post please.

calteg
calteg Dork
3/25/22 2:09 p.m.

I would very likely be the slowest car there by an order of magnitude.

jimgood
jimgood New Reader
3/25/22 5:38 p.m.

Maybe next year. My new car is too new to me to even consider being a contender. Until now, I've never even driven a car on track capable of more than 120ish mph.

LanEvo
LanEvo Dork
3/26/22 2:43 p.m.

I'm going to be there in my new project car. But I don't think I'll be anywhere near competitive given some of the firepower other folks are bringing along. 

A 401 CJ
A 401 CJ SuperDork
3/26/22 4:52 p.m.
jimgood said:

Maybe next year. My new car is too new to me to even consider being a contender. Until now, I've never even driven a car on track capable of more than 120ish mph.

Holly sh-t.  Now that's bringing a gun to a gun fight.

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
3/26/22 6:24 p.m.
jimgood said:

Maybe next year. My new car is too new to me to even consider being a contender. Until now, I've never even driven a car on track capable of more than 120ish mph.

Oh I think we'll definitely be pals next year (although you have wide fives, which immediately makes you cooler).

jimgood
jimgood New Reader
3/30/22 3:03 p.m.
JG Pasterjak said:
jimgood said:

Maybe next year. My new car is too new to me to even consider being a contender. Until now, I've never even driven a car on track capable of more than 120ish mph.

Oh I think we'll definitely be pals next year (although you have wide fives, which immediately makes you cooler).

Like any good racer/track day enthusiast, I torque my lugnuts before a session. This being my first foray with this car, I snapped the very first one clean off trying to torque it to 150 ft-lb (lack of research on my part). After missing an entire Friday of Open Track sessions trying to find a local wide 5 hub and trying to see if I could punch out the old stud (negatory), I decided on Saturday to just send it on 4. It was fine. But that was an expensive lesson.

I was kind of wishing I had the uncool hubs.

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