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Street Heat - November 2013

D.J. Randall Dec 30, 2013
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Silver Slug

Rich Losco's 2005 CTS-V is far from the slow, snail type slug you may be thinking of. This slug is more like the wanton projectile fired from a shotgun, with the roar of Kooks headers and a MagnaFlow muffler. Getting the Caddy up to speed, around the West Meadow Beach area in New York, are hardened pushrods guided by a custom Comp camshaft, matched with Comp valve springs. Launching is a bit easier thanks to the LS7 clutch and flywheel. The black powder coated wheels and tires stay planted when combined with H&R springs, BMR trailing arms, and a BMR anti-wheelhop kit. The rear spacers coupled with smoked tails and a rear trunk lid spoiler offer a nice view from behind, entertaining the slower competition. Completing most of the upgrades himself, Rich hopes to add some more horsepower in the near future.


Pacer Racer

We've all seen them, and usually just assume that Corvette Pace Cars are kept unmodified to preserve value and so on. Think again. Rob Farley's '98 'Vette didn't stay stock long, upgrading to a forged rod and crank assembly, Trick Flow heads, East Coast cam, FAST 90mm intake and matching throttle body, SVO injectors, and a full exhaust, just to name a few. Rob has accumulated eleven championships racing in the NHRA points series at his home track, however, you may be more familiar seeing this car in the NMCA LSX Series, consistently running 10.70's on pump gas. Rob says, “people feel I'm crazy for doing this to a car that is one of 616 made," but does not regret the changes. The pace car turned racecar is now a one of one, making it a unique example for others to admire. Rob plans to continue racing and street driving his pavement pounding pace car, enjoying every second of it.


Sound the Siren

Take shelter if you're in the Kansas City area because I doubt you'd make it. Unless you've got colossal power, trying to keep up with Jeff Naughton's '09 Corvette is not going to be easy, although seeing him blast by would really be a whirl. The built 6.0-liter uses an iron block and LSA heads to pack a massive rotating punch. Tornado jokes aside, the ProCharger F-1A supercharger on this C6 really does add some twisting power, boosting the numbers up to 937 horsepower and 829 foot-pounds of torque. The normal body was converted with OEM Z06 body parts, sitting on 18x6 and 17x11-inch-wide Weld RT-S wheels. Jeff is not done either. He wants to swap in the larger F-1C ProCharger head unit and add a nitrous kit in the near future to get even more power out of the built C6 monster.



Kaleb Kloppe's '06 GTO is one clean looking Goat. A few subtleties and a keen eye will hint at performance, but leave you wondering how much has been done under the hood. For starters, the whole stance of the car is slightly more aggressive, thanks to some coilovers and 19-inch VMR V710 wheels. Moving around to the rear end, you'd notice larger, Corsa exhaust tips sticking out of the bumper. Take a peek underneath to find aftermarket sway bars. Pop that hood open! Yep, it's got the larger, 6.0-liter LS2, and this one's making 401 horsepower and 397 foot-pounds of torque to the wheels. Also nestled inside is a Vararam intake, a ported throttle body, some Kooks stepped headers, and a FAST 120 manifold. Kaleb says the six-speed transmission with 3.91 gears is perfect for the country roads, and hopes to track it soon. Next on his list is a cam, followed by a Brembo big brake kit.


Send high-res, digital photos and a description of your high-tech performer to: Donald.Randall@sorc.com or mail to GM High-Tech Performance, 9036 Brittany Way, Tampa, FL 33619. All photos are presumed to be for publication, and GMHTP reserves the right to edit accompanying descriptions.



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