Time and time again we see custom supercars built around the C6 Corvette. The Rossi 66 and Bertone’s Mantide are two that have successfully made the jump from vaporware to production. And last week we learned German-based Endora cars is planning on using the C6 Corvette as the basis for their supercar, the Endora SC-1.
Tuners & Exotic Vettes
When Fast Five opens in theaters later this month, fans of the Fast & Furious franchise will be treated to another round of beautiful cars doing some of the most outrageous stunts conceived. One of the hero cars used in the opening sequence is a 1963 Corvette Grand Sport replica that we first caught a glimpse of in the trailer that aired during this year’s Super Bowl. Edmunds get’s their hands on the very car driven by Vin Diesel and brings us a cool video showcasing the car and how it was used in the filming of Fast Five.
Last week’s Top Marques car show in Monaco saw the introduction of the Soleil Anadi, a coachbuilt Corvette designed and built through a partnership with Ugur Sahin and Spada Concepts. We’ve featured Sahin’s wonderfully radical designs here in the past, namely the Z03 that was to be a joint partnership with US tuner Mallet Cars. But this is the first prototype we’ve seen from him that has made the jump from vaporware to the real deal.
Texas tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering is known for their performance packages that substantially increase the power of GM and other American-built cars and trucks. Right after the initial introduction of the Corvette ZR1, HPE came out with their ZR700 package which boosted the ZR1′s horsepower to 705. Hennessey also offers the ZR750 package which brings the power on tap to 755-ponies, a ground-pounding 728 pounds-feet of torque and a top speed in excess of 224 mph! If those kind of numbers appeal to your inner racer, we encourage you to read on.
The premise behind SPEED’s CAR WARRIORS is pretty simple. Give two teams identical cars and 72 hours to turn it into a custom ride. At the end of each show, a panel of celebrity judges evaluates the cars and selects the winner. The latest show airs this Wednesday at 9pm EST and surprise, the two teams are each given a 1976 Corvette to work their magic on.
Definitely the most talked about story this week is the huge crash of the 230 mph Corvette Z06 at the Texas Mile. Hinson Motorsports was running the 1400 hp twin-turbo Corvette when it crashed spectacularly off the runway. Posting on Facebook yesterday, Hinson Motorsports promised to release their own footage and they did so today.
When you see the enormity of this crash on video, its amazing that the driver not only lived, but walked away. With 1,400 awe-inspiring horsepower on tap, the Hinson Motorsports twin turbo Corvette Z06 was on its way to breaking speed records at the Texas Mile this weekend when the car left the runway at 230 mph, flipping once and coming to rest on its wheels in the grass.
Canada. The great white north. The country that brought us back bacon, Molson beer and Ron Fellows is also home to Elite Tuners of Canada (ETC) and their Gold Rush colored C6 Corvette. The tuning company made their first appearance at the 2011 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto last week with a display of two cars in front of the Chevrolet area. Dubbed the “Top Tuner 5″ project, the Corvette and its Chevy Cruze counterpart “Top Tuner 5.5″ turned a lot of heads with the race-inspired tuning projects.
The third and final installment of the Transformers movie franchise is slated to debut the summer of 2011. The new movie is officially titled The Dark of the Moon and the Corvette Stingray Concept will return as a convertible model for its role as the Autobot Sideswipe. As the movie shooting continues across the country, we occasionally get looks at the new Corvette Stingray Concept as well as the other cars in the movie.
Check out this custom 2008 convertible Corvette Z06 for sale by Canadian tuner John Caravaggio of Caravaggio Corvettes. This Z06 is John’s personal Corvette and he just posted it for sale on Corvette Forum. With only 15,000 miles on the clock, the Corvette features a variety of upgrades – the most obvious was taking the Z06 topless. You don’t see one of these everyday!