The C5 Corvette has proven to be a great platform for low-budget track and autocross builds, which is why amateur racer Anthony Palladino bought one of these ultra-reliable Chevys to compete in the Optima Ultimate Streetcar Challenge. Palladino eventually wanted something a bit more interesting than a Corvette, so instead of abandoning the ultra-capable C5 Corvette platform, he simply dropped a 1969 Datsun Roadster body over top of it.
The official YouTube channel for major aftermarket supplier Holley recently caught up with Palladino and his over-the-top C5 Corvette-based Datsun Roadster at LS Fest Texas, which was held at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth back in June. He was there competing in the LS Fest Grand Champion class, which ranks competitors based on how they perform in three separate events: autocross, drag racing and a start-stop challenge.
Palladino’s car is a purpose-built track machine riding on a C5 Corvette chassis, but with custom tube frame sections welded on to support the small Datsun Roadster body panels. Dramatic fender flares ensure the bodywork covers the wide C5 Corvette chassis, while a lower rear diffuser and rear wing complete the old-school motorsports-inspired appearance. Under the hood sits the 5.7L LS1 V8 from the C5 Corvette with Holley engine management. Inside, it features a Holley 12-inch dashboard display, a custom console, a detachable racing steering wheel and a pair of Kirkey race seats. Is is a track car first and foremost, so comfort obviously takes a back seat to performance here.
Check out the video embedded below to hear more about this unique track build from its owner and see it in action at Holley LS Fest Texas.