Detroit Speed produces some of the best aftermarket chassis and suspension parts for vintage muscle cars and classics, so when the company invited AutopiaLA out to test drive some of their development cars, the YouTube channel obviously jumped at the opportunity.
One of the first vehicles Detroit Speed turned AutopiaLA’s attention to was their C3 Corvette development car, which is mainly a track car that they use to develop suspension parts and other components. Under the hood of this wild track-day weapon – which appears to pull some inspiration from old B-Production Corvette race cars – is a 6.0L LS2 V8 engine. With some mild performance upgrades, the modern-day General Motors small-block now produces around 500 horsepower at the crank. The engine is also paired with a close-ratio dog-ring manual transmission.
The 500-horsepower, naturally aspirated LS2 engine is plenty in this application because this car places an emphasis on handling above all else. The rear end has been completely overhauled with a fully independent Detroit Speed ten-link setup and remote-reservoir dampers, while massive 335 rear tires ensure this lightweight muscle coupe puts its power down the pavement properly. Don’t forget the huge 315 front tires, either, which also contribute massively to the car’s overall grip and feel. It also tips the scales at only 3,100 pounds – relatively lightweight for a big V8 American car.
Inside, Detroit Speed’s C3 Corvette test car is all business with bucket seats, custom-made billet headrests, a Max Papis Industries suede steering wheel and a bare metal manual shifter. Fender flares similar to those seen on the iconic C3 Corvette L88, along with an L88 replica hood, side pipes and modern-day alloy wheels, complete the build
Check out the video embedded just below to learn more about this radical C3 Corvette and to see AutotopiaLA go for a quick test drive in it.