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This Corvette Destroys In It’s Class When Racing, But The Reason Why Is Both Insane And Awesome

So what happens when you love Corvettes but the series you happen to race in wont allow big displacement V8s? You either leave that series and say good riddance. Or it is time to get creative. Really creative. So creative that you might have Corvette purists lining up on your door step with pitchforks and torches.

The creative lunatics in question comes to us via Sweden by way of the MaxxTuning shop. They decided they wanted to field a Corvette in the SLC Endurance race series. Unfortunately the series doesn’t allow for the C6 Corvette’s 6.0 liter V8. So in its place MaxxTuning dropped a 2.3 liter 4 cylinder out of a Opel. Strapped to the side is a Garett GTX28 turbo which happily provides 14.5 psi of boost. This insane thing burns E75 fuel and in a piece of complete irony, makes 470 horsepower and 420 lb/ft of torque. That is 70 more horsepower and 20 more lb/ft than the stock LS it replaced.

Does all of this sound vaguely insane to you guys as well? The rule makers force them to take out the V8, and replace it with a smaller motor, but thanks to the glory that is turbocharging it makes even more power. Genuinely curious what exactly the engine rules are for this series. I consulted their website and it contained more Swedish than Google Translate was willing to handle. So I’m left to wonder. I do get that most series have a displacement rule, but if you allow for a forced induction and those engines produce more power than the say the large displacement engine being removed… All of this makes my head spin.

I applaud the boys at MaxxTuning for sticking to their Corvette guns. The 4 cylinder engine is also from Opel, which is owned by GM so at least they stayed in the family. This could have really gotten out of hand if they put an import 4 cylinder in there. Could you imagine the rioting that would happen if this was an SR20 powered Corvette???

Last question though. What is the deal with the air filter? That can not be its final position can it? No one is that daft. No one is crazy enough to put a 4 cylinder into a Corvette, wait these guys are, so honestly you just do not know.

Written by Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.


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