This Reimagined 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Is a Family Heirloom With An Awesome History
The Chevrolet Corvette has established itself as the definitive American sports car. Eight generations later, the car’s legacy is running strong and we have been lucky enough to have gotten many cool versions of the “Vette”. But some people have their own version of the perfect Corvette and Richard Smith, who was a GM technician, went to great lengths to build his vision of the perfect 1968 Chevrolet Corvette. This is the story of a 1968 Corvette named “the Beast”.
The COPO Special Edition is the quickest Camaro ever built by Chevrolet, and it is also rather rare since only 69 units were produced. Typically, these types of vehicles get left out of the tuning circle because of their rarity, but leave it to the guys at Lingenfelter to grab up the COPO number 19 and provide some minor adjustments to give it a little more get-up-and-go.
Right after receiving their COPO Camaro and making their adjustments, the Lingenfelter crew took it to Norwalk for test hits. The Camaro is pretty much stock, except for the addition of new LNC-2000 two step, shock settings and a raised rev limiter. Despite the limited changes, the guys over a LPE put this COPO on the top of the Camaro food chain when it managed to run the quarter mile in an impressive time of 8.64 seconds at a speed of 159 mph on its 5th pass.
"Chevrolet Performance built a great car and with a little bit of Lingenfelter magic we were able to pull extra power out of it," said Ken Lingenfelter, owner, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. "At Lingenfelter, we’re experts at LS engines, and what we were able to do with the COPO Camaro in four short days is an extension of the experience and commitment we make to the LS package. We believe there is more power left in this COPO Camaro, and we know our performance team will get it."
Richard Childress Racing Street Performance partnered with General Motors to create RC1 Camaros to pay homage to legendary racer, Dale Earnhardt. The latest rendition of the RC1 series came just one model year after the Camaro beat all odds and made a successful comeback following its deletion in 2002.
This 2011 Camaro SS/RC1 is based on the 2011 Camaro SS, but features much more than any normal SS on the market. It not only features a stylish design, but it also packs a mean bite under the hood. This particular 2011 Camaro SS/RC1 was not offered to the public, but instead Richard Childress Racing (RCR) built several of the RC1 Camaros and shipped them straight to RK Motors Charlotte.
The RC1 is the first of the series and the least powerful of the three. Of course, being the least powerful of the RC-series is not saying much, as the top-end RC3 pumps out a concrete pummeling 750 horsepower. The best thing is that this special edition Chevy Camaro is in a price range that a working class Joe can actually afford. You may be wondering how much it actually is and what you get for your money.
Click past the jump to read our full review and answer all of your questions.
Since the Camaro ZL1’s official debut, Hennessey has been the only tuner to offer a real upgrade package for the muscle car. But now Lingenfelter is offering another cool package for the ZL1 with three different update levels: 630, 650, and 700 HP. Prices for the upgrade go up to $11,245.
Depending on the engine upgrades, the kit includes a GT9 ZR1 supercharger camshaft and Lingenfelter CNC porting & polishing of ZL1 LSA cylinder heads for optimal flow, Lingenfelter LS9 solid supercharger isolator coupling, Lingenfelter air intake duct, and all of the necessary gaskets, fluids, and bolts.
The 650 HP version just established an impressive result: it ran the quarter mile in just 11.03 seconds at 130mph. The model was equipped with a remapped ECU, an LPE custom cold air intake, a 160-degree thermostat, and a new set of wheels, size 17" up front and 18" at the rear.
All of the packages will benefit from a chassis dyno testing before and after installation, and professional assembly and engine installation.
The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is considered the most powerful Camaro in the world, one that comes packed with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that produces 580 horsepower. On its own, the Camaro ZL1 is already a pretty impressive piece of muscle.
But whereas some may be perfectly happy with its stock configuration, others still seek something more powerful.
That’s where Redline Motorsports comes into the picture. The Florida-based tuning company took a Camaro ZL1, added a high-capacity cold air intake, Redline Motorsports’ proprietary camshaft, upper and lower pulleys, headers, improved heat exchanger, performance torque converter, and Mickey Thompson drag radials. All these modifications not only gives the Camaro ZL1 a hell of a lot more bite, but also an increased output of 750 horsepower and 700 lb/ft of torque. These numbers are good enough to allow the Camaro ZL1 a record quarter-mile time of just 10.34 seconds with a top speed of 134.79 mph.
Hit the jump to see the Chevrolet Camaro by Redline Motorsports in action!
The Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 is the fastest Corvette that has ever been offered by Chevrolet, but even a 205 mph sports car can be improved if you know where to make the right modifications. American tuner, Late Model Racecraft of Houston, Texas knows just how to do that and has proven it by creating the fastest Corvette ZR1 known to man.
By adding a new twin-turbo system and a new exhaust system, as well as making some other changes to the LS9 supercharged 6.2 liter V-8 engine, the tuner has managed to increase the ZR1’s output to a mouthwatering 1500 HP, all delivered at the wheels! This makes the 638 HP of the standard ZR1 look like chump change.
With the extra power, this special Corvette ZR1 achieved the quarter mile in 9.68 seconds at 147 mph, making it the fastest Corvette in the world. Unfortunately, the record has not been backed up by the Guinness Book, but the numbers do make a hell of a claim all on their own.
Hit the jump to watch the Corvette ZR1 by Late Model Racecraft in action.