Sometimes when you start a project, you have a set of goals in mind that will direct the build. Specific goals for speed and track times are excellent examples. And when you create a new project, the vehicle’s purpose will give you a blueprint of what you need from the engine, suspension, and safety equipment. But sometimes your goals are reached, or maybe they change along the way, causing a switch in direction.
Vengeance Racing is known for building some of the baddest late model hot rods on the planet. The company is a powerhouse in the LS and LT world, and their creations are stunning. This above video shows off some of their handiwork while building Mike Stout’s C7 Corvette not once, but twice.
Before the rebuild, Stout’s personal best 1/4-mile time was a 9.0 at 164 mph, and this combination netted him a 1/2-mile time of 198 mph. At the time, the C7 housed a Late Model Engines (LME) 416 cubic-inch short block, ported heads, custom cam, ProCharger F-1X supercharger, and a Vengeance Racing air-to-water intercooler. This combination in the car made 1305 horsepower and over 1,000 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.
While the first combination was fast, Stout was looking for more out of the C7. Once again, he turned to Vengeance Racing with hopes of making his dreams a reality.
The first engine was removed and replace an LME built 427 with an LSX block for added durability. The C7 received a set of twin Borg Warner 88mm turbos in conjunction with a ProEFI ECU, RPM Powerglide transmission, and a Pro Torque converter. VR then fabricated this speed monster’s twin-turbo hot and cold side while routing the exhaust straight out of the hood. Dual air-to-water intercoolers were used to keep the air charge at bay under wide-open throttle while making passes at the track. After everything was powder coated satin black, the new combination was put back in the sinister Corvette.
With the new setup tuned and making noise, it was time to see what it could do at the track. The Vette a lot faster in the 1/4-mile, achieving a 7.8 et at 186 mph. In the 1/2-mile, the turbocharged C7 not only went quicker, but it broke the 200 mph barrier and went a 216.
Congratulations to Mike Stout and the Vengeance Racing team on another killer build and a beautiful car.