Maybe the panoply of Corvettes and Corvette parts on display at last year's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show was inevitable, given the intense interest in the latest iteration of America's Sports Car. And while many aftermarket companies were touting more-generic wares for cars and trucks of all makes, the numbers didn't lie: SEMA '13 was clearly the Year of the Vette. In fact, we came across more show cars and components than we can possibly squeeze into one feature, so look for a sequel in our next issue.
Although STS Turbo has a new owner, the theme remains the same with a pair of puffers mounted under the rear bumper of this Stingray, rather than under the hood. The company cites several advantages to this unique configuration, such as ease of installation, lower temps, and better weight distribution, among others. Estimated at 600-plus horses, power figures for this prototype were still being finalized at press time.
The gray C7 in the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering booth was equipped with a head-and-cam package, but LPE still has plenty of development work to do on the new Stingray. In line with its current offerings for the C6, the company will likely offer several packages for the latest Vette, with power starting at around 500 hp and reaching as high as 900 horses with forced induction.
In a recent issue, our editor opined about the performance potential of a hybrid Corvette. Turns out he was rather prescient in his prognostications. Quanta is striving for a quantum leap in performance with a hybrid upgrade kit, not only for Corvettes, but other sports cars as well. With a claimed output of 770 hp and a mind-bending 1,500 lb-ft of torque, this particular package consists of two 134hp YASA 750 axial-flux electric motors integrated into the differential of a Z06. The pair draw power from an 11.3-kWh lithium-polymer battery pack that is charged both externally and by regenerative braking. Just don’t expect to fit any bags of groceries and golf clubs under the rear hatch.
Easily one of the nicest ’58 restomods we’ve ever seen came from Legacy Innovations. Initially brought into the shop for minor repairs, the car blossomed into a full-blown project with a tubular chassis and racing suspension, plus a customized 383 with a Moon ITB intake and a five-speed manual from Keisler Engineering.
Jeff Nowicki of Nowicki Autosport/Design applied his creative talents to the new Stingray in the form of the Concept7, which graced the Mobil 1 display. Adorned with a stylish platter of carbon body components, the car’s high-fiber menu includes a heat-extractor hood, front-grille center bar, fender gill inserts, taillight bezels, A-pillar trim, rear-quarter intakes, and rear spoiler and diffuser.