2000 Chevrolet Corvette - Intent To Thrill

A Modest Modding Regimen Begets A Supercharged, 635-Horse Show Car

Christopher R. Phillip Mar 1, 2009 0 Comment(s)
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Then it was off to Auto Buffs in Southampton, New Jersey, where Noel Mercado custom-painted the carbon-fiber fuel-rail and fender covers. "Working with an idea from Ken, we laid the groundwork for a signature racing theme," Mercado says. "The covers were first degreased and sanded down to ensure proper paint adhesion. Once the parts were ready, we laid down the graphics in three steps. The final result was an eye-catching racing flag that stands off the carbon fiber with a dimensional look."

With the Millennium Yellow Corvette looking exactly the way Woodcock envisioned, it was time for one last mod-a big one. "I was unsure whether to go for a head/cam package or a supercharger," he says. But after talking to ECS, he had his answer. "We both felt a supercharger would give me the look-and, of course, the performance-I was after."

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To make that power request a reality, the ECS folks installed one of their SC600 kits, featuring a Paxton Novi 2000 head unit, polished intake ducting, an ECS custom oversized intercooler, silicon couplers, Motron 60-lb/hr injectors, an MSD fuel pump, NGK TR-6 spark plugs, an ECS valve-cover breather, and a catch can. The car's drivetrain was also beefed up with a Textralia dual-friction clutch and heavy-duty flywheel. During dyno testing, the once-stock Corvette pulled a healthy 540 horses at the rear wheels (around 635 at the flywheel), an accomplishment Woodcock described as giving him "a feeling of great joy."

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"When Ken first came to us, we were really excited about working with him to help build him a show-winning car," says ECS' Chris Coriell. "When we were done installing our custom supercharger kit, the car had the power to complement its looks."

But with great power comes the need for greater traction, so it was back to the drawing board once again. "The C5 had such unbelievable torque and pure, unadulterated horsepower that I knew I needed wider tires," Woodcock says. To that end, he had Holcomb's install a set of Scott Lewis C5 flares and functional Z06 rear-brake ducts, making it possible to add oversized iForged Daytona wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot 265/35ZR19 front and 335/30ZR20 rear rubber. C6 Z06 brakes at all four corners round out the modifications.

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After four years of majoring in mods, Woodcock entered his Corvette in 22 shows in 2007 and took home 23 awards, including many "Best of" trophies and a Best in Class at the Super Chevy event in Maple Grove, Pennsylvania. "Like many C5 owners, I started with minor mods, but to be competitive at shows, you really have to step up a notch," he says. "Once you go down the modification path, you have to jump in with both feet. My goal was to make a car that could stand toe-to-toe with the C6 Z06, not only in straight-line speed, but in cornering and braking as well. I also wanted it to be dependable. The end result is a well-balanced performance car-not just a show car, but one that puts out more horsepower than the C6 Z and maybe even more than the new ZR1. Mission accomplished."

But what about Woodcock's wife? Didn't she just want the Corvette to sound a little bit more like, well, a Corvette? "My wife hasn't complained about the Vette being too quiet since all these mods were done to it, but I think she's running out of patience with the add-ons," Woodcock says. "I'll just have to remind her, 'Honey, I was the one who wanted to keep the Corvette stock. You're the one who said it needed a few changes.'"

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