Callaway dreams, can a modern day Corvette take down the almighty Bugatti Veyron?
The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is a fasntastic automaobile, and it is most certainly the pinnacle of American Automotive technology, however with a top speed of 205 MPH it still isnt head and shoulders above the competition. These days 250 MPH is the new 200, with the Bugatti Veyron standing out as the best known member. It didn’t used to be like this, back in 1988 when fuel injection was still a tricky science, the late John Lingenfelter, who also happens to be the man behind Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, went over to one of the most exclusive Corvette coachbuilders in the world, Callaway with the purpose of creating something special. The car would forever be known as the Callaway Sledgehammer Corvette due to its tremendous power and daily driven 254.76 MPH top speed.
Although it may seem like an incredible feat, automotive journalist Michael Berenis feels that just like the Sledgehammer, with a little help from a pair of well sized hairdriers, that the $100,000 version of America’s favorite affordable sports car can trump the multi million dollar Veyron. Now the Bugatti has a top speed of 203 MPH, and that is with 1001 HP powwering all four wheels thanks to a quad turbo sixteen cylinder “w” engine. From the factory the ZR1 comes with a 6.2 Liter supercharged LS9 engine pumping out 638 HP, that is with half the pistons of a Bugatti and a lot less forced induction. We have seen what an LPE tuned ZR1 can do no the streets of Moscow, but even without the traffic it would have been hard to see the modified super Vette going far past the 200 MPH mark, although it was blazingly fast when it was near it.