After stealing the show at last year’s Manila Auto Salon, Gi Automotive with the help of the folks at Philippines-based Car Porn Racing is ready for the big stage in the U.S. with an even wilder version of their Black Manta Corvette – this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas that runs through Friday.
While the original version of the car was based on a C6 Corvette with a C7 facelift and a custom rebody, a 2013 Corvette ZR1 provides the bones for this year’s version, with parts from the original Manta molded, test-fitted, and grafted onto the ZR1 after being shipped to the U.S.
Since this is basically a one-off car, the 3D scaled design was fine-tuned by hand sculpting.
“We did 3D (scaling) as well as foam cutting, but went back to hand shaping and cutting,” Car Porn Racing’s Ian King says. “The kit was pre-fit to the best of our abilities before being sent to the U.S.”
Since the ZR1 has the LS9 engine, workers had to modify the hood slightly to clear the supercharger.
Once satisfied with the overall look, they then recreated the kit in dry carbon fiber for the U.S. Manta, which is a foot wider in the front and 14 inches wider in the back.
Last year’s model was all black, but this time Car Porn Racing upped it a notch with two shades of satin camo and silver highlighters to contrast with the car’s gloss carbon body. Also new are 20” x 13” gold DPE wheels surrounded by 305mm Toyo tires up front and 345mm tires in back.
Ride height is easily changed, too, with AirRex struts and an Accuair management system allowing the car to rise when needed for ground clearance.
The 800 horsepower LS9 also makes its presence known through a Varex variable exhaust system, with a remote control for quiet starts or free flow performance. Pfadt Race Engineering provided Johnny O’Connell signature sway bars to keep the suspension under control.
As for the interior, Gi’s leaders – Amber Blonigan and Angie Mead King – demanded that Alcantara and Recaro seats be used.
All in all, a super mean ride that’s being unveiled this week at SEMA. Don’t miss it at the Toyo Tread Pass, where the car is ready for delivery!
Of course, the ultimate goal of this build is to provide updates for other C6 Corvettes out there. Gi Automotive says they’re ready to take yours to the next level.