When Joel Feingold climbs behind the wheel of his 1998 Corvette, which he bought new in January 1998, it’s definitely not your typical C5.
Joel started his mods simply enough. Not satisfied with the stock exhaust sound, he added a Borla exhaust.
Then he added a cold air intake, headers, and an engine tune to get more power, but he still wasn’t done, not by a long shot.
This video shows Joel, who loves competing in standing start one-mile runs, during three runs in the Mojave Mile sponsored by MKM Racing at the Mojave airport’s 2.2 mile, 200-foot-wide runway.
Not just three runs, however. How about three consecutive runs over 200 mph, starting at 206.8 mph, dropping to 201.8 mph, and then climbing again to 202.5 mph! What’s the secret to all this speed?
Says Joel: “I rev the engine to 2,500 rpm, let the clutch out and bring the Corvette to the point of losing traction. I short shift it at 5800 [rpm] into second and continue to fight for traction. Now I shift into third at 6300rpm where I can to go wide open throttle through the rest of the gears to sixth at 200+ mph.”
Of course, it doesn’t hurt that a 418cid stroked LS3 engine has been slammed under the hood, with AFR 225 heads custom ported by Tony Mamo.
Joel gets a broad torque range thanks to a cam grind specified by Ryan Cunningham of Cunningham Motorsports. An East Coast Supercharging C5 Corvette kit with a Paxton Novi 2000 supercharger and a 1,450 CFM intercooler definitely ups the horsepower.
He had an Aviaid 12-quart 4-stage dry sump oil system installed, and the engine was built by QMP Racing in Los Angeles.
It all adds up to one super-cool engine that produces an amazing 824-rwhp at 6,700 rpm and a rip-roaring 740 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm.
The long list of mods also includes a McLeod dual disc clutch, an RPM-modified six-speed manual transmission that uses G-Force low ratio 5th and 6th gears to get Joel moving as fast as possible, a UNITRAX differential with a 3:73 final drive, Pfadt coil-overs, Brembo GT brakes, and HRE 18×9.5 front and 18×10.5 rear wheels on Toyo R888 tires rated for 200 mph.
But this car is not all about performance. The exterior of this one-of-a-kind Corvette includes a custom silver and red paint job. The interior, meanwhile, features a Doug Rippie Motorsports 4-point roll cage welded to the frame and a racing seat with five-point restraint from which he watches custom gauges to keep in touch with his engine’s wild performance.