It’s often said that the path you choose in your youth helps shape the journey you take as an adult. If that path just so happens to be filled with kandy colored, chrome infused, hopped-up cars packed with high-performance V-8s we’d have to say that it sounds more like paradise road than anything else. In her 18 years, Jordan Flis of Fairfax, Virginia, has crossed plenty of bridges in the automotive world with her involvement in the hobby, starting as far back as she can remember.
With her dad, Jason, being the owner of both All American Street Rods (AASR) and JF Kustoms located in Manassas it’s easy to see where her influences evolved from. Growing up along with her younger sister Lexi, it was commonplace for them to come home from school and see plenty of completed and in-the-works cars in the driveway, ranging from dazzling candy-coated Tri-Five Chevys to fully restored muscle cars and vintage Corvettes. It wasn’t long till regular visits to the shop fueled Jordan’s interests and she began to get involved helping her dad work on many of the ongoing projects on the weekends, increasing her knowledge as she moved forward.
Jason recognized her interests and by the time she was 12, got her involved in driving and maintaining her own Bandolero race kart powered by a 570cc Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine. Since the kart was constructed from only 150 parts for the entire package it was a perfect platform for her to learn on while she regularly raced it at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas. By age 14, she had moved on from kart racing and started the restoration of her first car: a 1966 Ford Mustang working alongside her dad at the shop. Add in regular visits to local cruise nights, large scale national automotive events, including Barrett-Jackson auctions, and all types of auto racing and it’s easy to see her path was moving in the right direction.
Having been captivated by the design elements of classic Corvettes, Jordan always paid particular attention to them while attending shows. It was while walking through a major event with her dad that she spotted something completely different, a late-model Corvette C7 that had been modified with a widebody kit and a distinctive wheel and tire combination she had not seen before offered by Forgiato. The pair checked the car out in great detail, making note of its numerous updates. Once home they discussed the special allure the car possessed and a decision was made to begin looking for a fresh base to start a new build for her.
It wasn’t long till a Torch Red 2014 Corvette Stingray Z51 was delivered packed with all the right options, including the 3LT package. Staring with the brand-new Corvette, Jordan felt a deep appreciation for all of the design elements and performance the engineers had incorporated into it. She then asked herself, how do you change or update the form of one of the most revered, iconic sports cars in history? The answer was, very carefully. Not long after she and her dad laid out a game plan to address the updates to the car, focusing on three key elements: performance, body modifications and exterior color.
Since the car was brand new here are some of the basics. It sits on a hydroformed aluminum frame and is supported by factory C7 front and rear suspension incorporating a Short/Long Arm (SLA) double wishbone matched to cast-aluminum upper and lower control arms, transverse-mounted composite spring and monotube shocks. With the Z51 performance package and automatic transmission, the rearend features a 2.73:1 ratio along with Magnetic Selective Ride Control and StabiliTrak electronic stability control. For plenty of braking, power assisted Brembo four-piston calipers are anchored at each corner with 13.6-inch front and 13.3-inch rear slotted rotors.
The car is powered by the factory LT1 6.2L aluminum V-8 with 11.5:1 compression ratio generating 455 hp at 6,500 rpm, which is enough power to knock down the quarter-mile in 12 seconds. Jason, however, wanted to up the ante and contacted Edelbrock for one of their cutting-edge E-Force Supercharger systems. The kit is engineered to fit completely under the stock hood of a C7 Corvette without any modification to the hood, inner liner or cowl. The heart of the system incorporates the Eaton Gen VI 2300 Twin Vortices Series (TVS) rotor assembly as well as an air-to-water twin intercooler system and dual-core heat exchanger. Wanting to be able to fully tune the car himself, Jason selected their Stage 2 system, which gave him plenty of flexibility. The system came with all of the necessary upgraded installation hardware as well as a high-flow air intake system to up the horsepower rating to 624 hp. To complete the upgrades Jason then contacted Kooks Headers & Exhaust for a set of their 2x3-inch stainless long-tube headers that he deftly matched to their 3-inch stainless Green Catted X-Pipe featuring their exclusive ultra-high-performance Green catalytic converters and MagnaFlow Race Series mufflers for a truly wicked tone. The power enhancing combination bumped the results on the dyno to a whopping 700 hp. It all flows through the factory six-speed automatic trans with paddle shifters to lay down the power.
When it came time to address the most dramatic changes to the car a call was made to Forgiato for one of their exclusive widebody kits. Created for them by TS Designs whose masterful skills for flaring body lines not only adds a wider and more aggressive stance but also an exotic supercar look. This is especially evident with the 2-inch front and 4-inch rear widening of the fenders. The kit provided everything to take on the change-up, including fenders, quarter-panels and grille. Once the team at AASR, which included Jimmy Rollins, Billy Rollins and Pat Rowan, removed the factory panels they proceeded to fit the new Forgiato fiberglass kit to the body. With the panels in place, they took custom measurements for the fitment of the carbon-fiber chin spoiler and side valances to create templates for Forgiato to craft exact pieces for them along with the rear bumper inlays and spoiler. The team then massaged the body to perfection, making every gap perfect and blocking it to look razor sharp. When deciding on a color that would bring the car to life, Jordan selected a decadent Sunset Orange pearl from House of Kolor and Jimmy laid down the vibe. To complete the look, nothing says exotic more than a set of custom Forgiato 21x10 front and 22x12 rear two-piece wheels custom-painted to accent the car capped with 255/30/21 front and 305/25/22 rear Toyo Proxes rubber.
Inside, the factory 3LT package brings plenty of comfort and class to complete the look with a full complement of luxury and technology, including a leather-wrapped and color-keyed instrument panel, steering wheel, door armrests and console in matching Brownstone leather. Dual-zone automatic climate control keeps the cabin comfy while a 10-speaker Bose Centerpoint surround sound system adds entertainment through a Chevrolet MyLink radio with navigation for the long hauls. This is one C7 Corvette with a cutting-edge look that stands out in a crowd to make itself known. We’re sure that Jordan is laying down plenty of miles, and to us that’s just plain cool.