NASCAR team owner and Chevy dealer Rick Hendrick spent today at Wixon’s Performance Build Center to take part in the Corvette Engine Build program. Hendrick built his own 505 horsepower LS7 V8 which will go into his Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition.
The Corvette Engine Build Experience allows the buyer of a Corvette Z06 and ZR1 to assemble the very engine that will go into the Corvette they are purchasing. Described as the Ultimate Corvette Fantasy Camp, participants work under the watchful guidance of one of the PBC’s master engine builders. The engine in then shipped to Bowling Green where its mated with the customers car.
Hendrick is the 13th person to build his own engine at Wixom’s Performance Build Center.
“As a Chevy enthusiast and lifelong gearhead, having the chance to experience GM’s hand-build engine assembly is a real privilege,” said Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. “I want to thank everyone at the Performance Build Center for this opportunity. It’s incredible to spend time with the people here and see first-hand these processes that produce some of the best engines in the world.”
Cost of the Engine Build Experience is a $5,800 option and the participant gets their name on the small plaque that adorns every LS7 and LS9 engine that identifies the builder. All the engines built are covered by Chevrolet’s 5-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
“For me, participating in this engine build is the ultimate connection to my Corvette,” said Hendrick. “This is one of my favorite cars in the world, and now it will be that much more special knowing I personally built the engine. It’s a really unique experience that Chevrolet is offering its customers.”
Hendrick purchased the very first Carbon Edition Z06 last April at the Barrett-Jackson auction but one of our twitter friends that works in GM powertrain told us that engine build was for another Z06 Carbon Edition that Hendrick was purchasing.
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