You’ll find some seriously heavy-grade speed-weaponry at the annual Texas International Automotive Airfield Exhibition. Some of the biggest names in performance tuning show up to compete and showcase their latest builds, including AMS Performance, Nitrous Express, and T1 Race Development.
Participation is by invitation only, which makes for a field of some of the fastest machinery in the country. Every manner of suped-up speed monster makes an appearance on the long runway, from high-end European exotics like Porsches and Lamborghinis, to powerhouse imports like the GT-R and Supra, to the no-displacement-replacement domestic iron of Vipers and Ford GTs. Four-digit power figures and 200 mph are commonplace.
At the top of the EV class, we find this extensively modified C7 Corvette driven by one of the most badass four-year-olds to put pedal to metal (er, plastic that is). Dear ol’ Dad helped with the upgrades, which include doubled power over stock trim, with 24 volts of tire-shredding electric muscle. Complementing this are two big bottles of nitrous mounted in the rear.
This thing scrambles for traction everywhere. The pilot can barely contain it off the line, but somehow manages to get it to the finish without incident, a testament to his innate driving talent. He even throws in an end-swapping skid at the end of his run for extra style points.
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Click past the jump to read about the C7 Stingray Corvette.
Resurrecting the Stingray nameplate after roughly four decades of keeping it on a shelf, the Corvette was completely redesigned for the 2014 model year. Chevrolet brought a brand-new exterior design that’s aggressive and modern, plus a driver-centric cockpit layout that dispels old associations between the name Corvette and cheap interior materials. There are wide, aluminum-alloy wheels, bright LED headlights, and quad exhaust tips on the outside, plus leather upholstery, an eight-inch infotainment screen and numerous track-day gadgets on the inside.
But of course, the belle of the ball lies under that shark-nose hood, where an all-new 6.2-liter small-block LT1 V-8 produces 455 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. But this isn’t some simple “dump fuel, make go” powerplant – Chevrolet added Active Fuel Management that halves the number of firing cylinders when merely traveling from A to B. With a seven-speed manual gearbox and the engine set to “Eco,” 30 mpg is achievable on the highway.
But who cares? This isn’t an econo-box commuter, so let’s talk about what really matters. 0-to-60 happens in under four seconds, the quarter at 12 seconds dead, and top speed is somewhere around 180 mph. Beyond straight-line speed, the C7 is also remarkably capable in the corners, with adjustable suspension, oversized Brembo brakes, and a suite of electronic driving aides. With MSRP starting at just $55,000, it’s one of the best performance bargains on the market.