As you can see, this is no ordinary C3 Corvette. In fact this pretty much falls into the last category of Corvette customization, especially in regards to making it faster. Shown here is a third generation Corvette built by a company located in Warszawa, Poland, known as VTG. They happen to specialize in building vehicles for performance, and also have a motorsports team that can be seen in both drifting and time attack events.
When VTG decided they wanted to enter the drag racing world in 2005, they began working on this Vette. To begin, the guys found this C3 that was sporting a 5.4-liter V8. This engine produced around 345 hp and could propel this mid-year to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds. While many people are satisfied with such a result, it doesn’t shine at the strip, and it wasn’t exactly VTG’s style.
In order to reach the kind of performance that they were after, the team at VTG decided to start with a 5.7-liter LT1 V8 engine. From there they increased the displacement to 6.2-liters and added JE forged pistons, Manley forged rods, and Brodix 18X Series heads, just to name a few.
One of the biggest performance changes, and certainly the most visual, was the addition of the Turbonetics T-106 turbocharger easily seen amongst these pictures. Additional power is gained through the use of a wet nitrous system, which adds an additional 200 hp. With maximized performance, this package can produce 1,973 hp, though the team has tuned it down some to gain reliability; the car now produces 1,628 hp.
Anybody who has driven a car with an immense amount of power can tell you that it can make for a scary ride when all that power hits the rear wheels, or even worse, if it were to hit the front wheels. Accordingly, VTG decided that the traditional front engine, rear wheel drive setup wasn’t for them. Instead, they opted to utilize the AWD (All Wheel Drive) system out of a GMC Typhoon; a high-performance midsize SUV from the early 1990s.
VTG then built custom axles and shafts to handle the power and mated their engine to a Rossler three-speed TH400 automatic transmission. The Typhoon’s front suspension is utilized along with the drivetrain, but a custom four-link sits out back. All in all, the more modern setup sitting beneath the body of the C3 and one powerful mill has produced some seriously impressive performance statistics.
When everything is running fluidly, this Corvette will run from 0-62 mph in a neck-snapping 1.4 seconds, 0-124 mph in 4.4 seconds, and 0-186 mph in 8.3 seconds; simply ballistic. For all of you 1320 fans out there, VTG’s version of America’s sports car has ran a quarter-mile best of 7.79 seconds.
Now we know that this isn’t exactly a daily driver, or a car your significant other would want to take the scenic route to dinner in. That being said, it is impressive nonetheless and we encourage other shops out there to follow in VTG’s footsteps and shake up the aftermarket Corvette world a little bit. It’s about time we see more Corvettes participating in events around the globe.