When Corey Hartman bought his base C6 z51 way back in 2011 it was all that he could have asked for… at least, for a while. After two years of bone stock Corvette bliss, Hartman decided it was time for a few aesthetic upgrades. A slippery automotive slope had been ascended, one that far too many of us have slid down face first, arms flailing and pocketbooks aflutter.
The Canton, Michigan native upgraded his C6 during the long winter months, with various external body parts receiving ZR1 and Z06 conversions. The car was then resprayed black well ahead of being wrapped in a 3M “Blue Flame” vinyl, at which time Hartman upgraded his C6’s hood, roof, side skirts, rear diffuser, and more with carbon fiber components. Then came those ZR1 carbon ceramic brakes and Weld S77 wheels you see pictured here, but not before disaster could strike.
Shortly after converting his Corvette over to a full ZR1 body, the stock oil pump decided to retire, subsequently assassinating both the cam and all of the engine’s lifters. However, instead of feeling downtrodden, Corey surmised that this was a sign that it was high-time for a full-blown engine build and a little forced induction fun.
What started as a small A&A Vortech Kit eventually gave way to an ECS 1500 kit, before evolving once more, as a 2200HD ECS kit came into play. It was at this point that Corey realized that he didn’t have enough fuel for the system, which low and behold, gave him yet another excuse to make his C6 even more bonkers.
This meant upgrading to a Fore Innovations double pump and rail setup that could run E85, which when combined with larger D1350X injectors and the following upgrades returned around 900whp to the rear wheels. These other reinforced performance internals included a Callies crankshaft, Lunati link bar lifters, a Tick Performance Stage 2 cam, and 9.5:1 Diamond Pistons. Hartman also attached a ported FAST intake manifold to a 102mm throttle body, before installing a Mighty Mouse catch can system, a 2.85″ GripTec pulley for running 17.8 psi, and an 8-rib A&A secondary drive kit. Rounding out the car’s most recent blitz of power-adders is a set of American Racing 1-7/8″ headers, a Meziere electric water pump, Hinson MotorSports mounts, and Accel ceramic plug wires.
However, all of this power came at a cost, and we’re not just talking about poor fuel economy. Corey Hartman’s Corvette C6 was smoking high dollar race clutches faster than Snoop Dogg hits spliffs at Cannabis Cup. A triple-disk clutch that was actually worth a damn was desperately needed, and a Stage 3 option from Monster Clutch Co. seemed like just the ticket.
After contacting Monster Clutch with details about what he was looking for, and asking a ton of questions, Hartman was left quite impressed by the prices he found, as well as the customer service he had received. Being that he had also seen a lot of “big racers” using Monster Clutch products over the years, Hartman took the plunge, and kicked-out the cash for a Stage 3 clutch setup for his Corvette C6.
This move proved to be one of the smartest mod decisions to date, as Hartman tells us that reliability and performance have been outstanding ever since he made the “shift” to a Monster Clutch setup. All assembled, this Corvette C6’s Monster Clutch Stage 3 clutch now connects to a Z06 transmission, with a stock Z51 diff spinning out back, and a MGW short-throw shifter controlling it all. Despite the carbon disks being a tad on the aggressive side, and a little “boggie” at lower speeds, Hartman tells us that this drivetrain combo works extremely well on the street. He also tells us that he will continue to purchase products from Monster Clutch, especially when they are running holiday sales like the one they have going on right now.