Emelia Hartford, a popular youtuber with a ton of followers, had been building out her 2020 Corvette with the most major mod being the twin-turbo set-up added to the car over the course of the last month. I’ve been trying to nail down exactly how much power the car was making and in one of her recent videos where it was being dyno tested, the car was making 609 ft-lb of torque and 539 hp at 2700 rpm.
I’m no engine tuner and I didn’t stay at a Holiday Inn last night, but I have found some of these builds to be suspect as it appears they are just throwing more power at the car either through adding a Nitrous system or twin-turbos without building out some of the internals of the engine to handle it, let alone being able to access the computer to give it a proper tune.
We’ve seen Nitrous-powered cars twisting the half-shafts, while the twin-turbo build from Late Model Racecraft was generating too much power and was slipping the clutch. LMR backed down the boost and that appeared to help the issue, but it was only a matter of time before someone grenaded their LT2 V8.
And now we have a winner as Emelia Hartford took to YouTube today with the bad news about her car. The video started out about getting the car ready for a road rally, and during a quick pull on the road (skip to 11:26), the engine picked up a noticeable ticking sound. After some investigation, a borescope inspection revealed that a piston was literally missing from the engine.
She does talk about building out the engine to now handle the power, but it’s not like she has a choice at this point…
Emelia Hartford / YouTube
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