Super Chevy has a blow-by-blow story behind the amazing 2014 Corvette Stingray pushed to the limit to become the first 1,000-horsepower C7 by Vengeance Racing early in 2014.
The saga begins with the purchase of one of the first Stingrays sold to the public back in November 2013. This Stingray should have known what was in store for it from the first day when Ron Mowen of Vengeance said the heck with the recommended break-in period and did a wild burnout in the parking lot of the dealership.
At that time, some folks were claiming that the C7 couldn’t be tuned because of its direct injection and the E92 ECM. But PCM tuner Mike Carnahan at Vengeance didn’t hear any of that talk, as he quickly added 25 horsepower and 34 more ft-lb of torque faster than you could shift into second gear.
And that was just the beginning. Vengeance technicians then broke down the new LT1 to the short-block and installed a custom (as in, we’re not going to tell our competitors any of the specs) camshaft, along with a dual valvespring kit, hardened pushrods, new lifters in place of the Displacement on Demand system, a COMP Cams VVT Phaser Limiter kit, a set of upgraded trunnions for the rocker arm system, and some long-tube headers.
Those improvements propelled the Stingray to 511 rear-wheel horsepower.
A nitrous gas system soon pushed the Corvette even further, to 739 RWHP and 739 lb-ft of torque, keeping the title of the World’s Most Powerful Stingray, but Vengeance was far from done.
A supercharger from East Coast Supercharging, with 14 psi of boost, upped the Stingray to a whopping 890 rear-wheel horsepower and 743 lb-ft of torque.
With more nitrous, the Vengeance monster became the first Stingray to break the 1,000 RWHP at 1,018 – with just five modifications and with a stock bottom-end LT1, on a stock clutch, with a stock drivetrain, and stock injectors!
And believe it or not, it was just March 2014.
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