Twin-Mid-Engine Corvette Has 1,300 Horsepower

Think back just recently to how the reality of a mid-engine Corvette took the world by storm. When the folks at GM announced the starting price for the new supercar during the record-breaking internet reveal, you could sense the gasp as the world realized that it could in fact afford the new car. Since then, GM has been leaping various hurdles to try and keep up with demand.

C8 Corvette enthusiasts are finding out how difficult getting their hands on a C8 can be, but imagine how much harder it is to get a Corvette with TWO engines positioned behind the driver and passenger! Of course, there are many reasons why this would be near to impossible, the main reason being that GM never built one. But someone did!

We’re not sure if you’d call it a VV-16, W-16, or twin-V8s, but these two LT4 engines are estimated to push Gordon’s creation to speeds of 200mph-plus! Just tying them together to the transmission was an engineering feat.

That person is Gordon Tronson from Henderson, Nevada. You may have never heard of Gordon before, but you’ve likely seen his work. Gordon, a telecommunications expert by trade, has been going where no OEM has ever gone before ever since he moved from his home in New Zealand and found the torquey goodness of V8 power.

His most memorable work of late is a 1932 roadster named “Double Trouble” which housed four superchargers atop two V8 engines. For Gordon’s latest endeavor, he’s throttled back a bit. His newest creation only uses one supercharger for each engine, but what an engine! He took two of GM Performance’s LT4 crate engines and mated them together before planting them in the rear of a 2001 Corvette. When you combine each engine’s 640 horsepower, you’re sure to find enough tire-shredding torque to make the trip to the afterlife a very short one for those massive tires.

Gordon took a few liberties with the styling of the car since no Corvette skin was designed to cover two engines side-by-side. The car does still have quad tips for those exhausts!

When you’re building something so one-off, it’s easy to take a few liberties. To start, Gordon fabricated a tube chassis to hold both engines and tie the car together. He also fabbed up a means to transfer both engines’ crankshafts together to the transmission. Since the seal had already been broken on the car’s Bloomington Gold chances, Gordon also continued to fabricate a way to blend the Chevy bits into what he terms the “Super Super Car.”

While a 2001 (C5) Corvette serves as the foundation, the overall build of the car is made possible through a fabricated tube chassis. Here you can see how the factory C5 chassis is mated to the custom tubing.

Gordon reports that he typically takes about a year to a year and a half to complete his creations. That’s pretty steady work if you ask us! We’ve not seen too much about Gordon’s latest creation, but we can bet that as the world heads back out on the show field, this wild ride will be making its rounds to many of the big ones. We found it when Amsoil posted a few pics on its Instagram account from the Hot August Nights show and we had to know more. We thought you would too!

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Andy Bolig

Andy has been intrigued by mechanical things all of his life and enjoys tinkering with cars of all makes and ages. Finding value in style points, he can appreciate cars of all power and performance levels. Andy is an avid railfan and gets his “high” by flying radio-controlled model airplanes when time permits. He keeps his feet firmly grounded by working on his two street rods and his supercharged C4 Corvette. Whether planes, trains, motorcycles, or automobiles, Andy has immersed himself in a world driven by internal combustion.
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