Loma-Performance Creates 794hp Corvette Supercar If you like the idea of having one of the world's most exotic Corvettes, LOMA-Performance's C6.BlackforceOne should be on your list of candidates. Described as the Corvette equivalent of the Air Force One Boeing 747, the wide-body supercar combines over-the-top looks, ZR1-crushing horsepower, and unparalleled exclusivity.
C6.BlackforceOne gets its distinctive looks from a body approximately 9 inches wider than stock. Thanks to the liberal use of carbon-fiber-including the wheel-arch extensions and side skirts, the front lip, the rear diffuser with integrated LED reverse lights, and the optional rear spoiler-and the unique, round daytime running lights, the car is easily distinguishable from others of its ilk.
LOMA starts with a base Corvette, pulls the factory LS3, and replaces it with a custom-built, twin-turbo, 7.0L LS-based powerplant. Output is rated at 794 hp (675 hp at the rear wheels). Stopping power comes from a quartet of Mov'it brakes, while ride and handling characteristics are fine-tuned with a LOMA-designed coilover suspension. Preliminary tests reportedly show 0-60 times of 3.4 seconds and a top speed of 205 mph.
"We are looking at customers who can't decide between a Porsche GT2, a Ferrari Scuderia, or a Lamborghini Superleggera," says Mario Rados, owner of LOMA-Performance. "If you compare the C6.BlackforceOne to these cars, you will see that it is a great deal. The BlackforceOne beats them in all categories. We built this 'exclusive monster' to prove that the Corvette is the best car in the world."
Limited to a run of 25 units, the C6.Black-forceOne's price starts at €190,000 (approximately $278,000) for a complete vehicle. All are numbered and come with a full guarantee. The front lip, rear diffuser, and daytime running lights are also available separately for all C6 Corvettes, including the Z06 and ZR1. For more information, visit www.loma-performance.com
• Twin-turbo, LS-based 7.0L with 794 hp
• LOMA Cup Sport Superlight exhaust with Sportcatalyst LOMA carbon sport clutch
• Carbon driveshaft
• Available in Eurofighter Matte Grey, Stealth Matte Black, and White Storm Matte
• LOMA carbon front clip, rear diffuser with LEDtaillights, side skirts, and wheelhouses
• LOMA GT2 engine hood
• Body is 19.5 cm wider than stock
• Front track expanded by 8 cm, rear track expanded by 14 cm
• LOMA adjustable coilovers
• Five-way adjustable stabilizers
• High-performance wheel bearing
• Gloss black OZ Racing Ultraleggera HLT aluminum (10x19 front, 12x20 rear)
• Michelin Sport Cup 275/30ZR19 and 335/25ZR20 or 285/30ZR19 and 345/25ZR20
• LOMA racing brakes with Mov'it six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers
• Color of caliper as requested
• Standard black Alcantara
• Interior color as requested
• Racing carbon rear wing (detachable)
• Racing carbon front bracing (detachable)
• Carbon-ceramic brake rotors
• Custom paintwork as requested
Vets In Vettes On the weekend before Veteran's Day 2009, the National Corvette Museum paired America's sports car with America's finest for the second annual Vets 'n Vettes event. Caravans of Corvettes traveled to Chaney's Dairy Barn for ice cream, the Maker's Mark Distillery, Fort Knox, and the Patton Museum. A highlight of the event was the Bowling Green Veteran's Day Parade, as veterans took their place of honor among the many floats, bands, and other moving displays. Visit www.corvettemuseum.org for more information.
Get A (Desk)Job
Does your passion for the Corvette extend to your work area? If so, CarCrazyDesks wants you to spend all day behind a Vette . . . literally. The company offers C5 and C6 desks built using parts from the real thing, along with liquor bars, wall-mounted shelves, desks, BBQ grills, and other Corvette-based furniture and accessories. (C3- and C4-generation products will go into production later this year.)
Prices range from $600-$3,700 depending on the product, and the company offers custom painting, etched glass, and many other ways to personalize its Corvette items. Check out www.carcrazydesks.com for more details.
Corvette Cruise A High-Seas Success
On November 30, 2009, 14 Corvette lovers dry-docked their Vettes and boarded the Carnival Destiny out of Miami for a five-day cruise to the Grand Cayman Islands and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The trip was coordinated by Denise Gibson of World Travel Service and Bill Thomas of the Santa Clarita Valley (California) Corvette Club.
Look for information on the 2010 Vette Cruise in an upcoming issue of VETTE, or contact Denise Gibson at (240) 538-2950.
NCM Announces 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees
The National Corvette Museum recently announced that Grady Davis, Fred Gallasch, and James Ingle would be this year's inductees into the Corvette Hall of Fame. Their induction will take place as part of the Museum's 16th Anniversary Corvette Celebration festivities September 2-4.
Fred Gallasch earned his Doctorate of Philosophy and Masters in Economics from North Carolina State University. He spent his first 12 years with General Motors in the Societal Analysis Department of the research laboratories, refining his marketing acumen and acute sensitivity to the ever-changing wants and needs of GM's customers. During that time, he also published more than 35 research documents, several of which appeared in professional journals.
Gallasch's direct association with Corvette began in the late '80s when he became Assistant Brand Manager for the brand. According to Dave McLellan, "He constantly helped make Corvette programs happen when investment capital was scarce, and the Corvette needed inside support. From an engineering perspective, I credit Fred with holding engineering's 'feet to the fire' until we found the right fuel tank solution for the C5."
Gallasch has written articles for Corvette Enthusiast and Corvette Fever, and he often speaks at Corvette gatherings. "If you own a Corvette, names like Duntov, McLellan, and Hill are always heard or mentioned in discussion," wrote Robert Truilzi, General Director, GM Asia Pacific. "At the same time, quietly and unobtrusively, the name Gallasch is also spoken frequently in those gatherings, and usually Fred is not too far behind . . . doing what he does best: listening to the Corvette owner and sharing his passion."
James Ingle was the source of Corvette development engineering from the mid '70s until the launch of the C5, when he moved on to Quality Rides Group Manager for all GM North America products. Ingle's efforts were the result of a disciplined engineering approach to problem solving and an ability to translate the needs of Corvette customers into concrete development solutions. Ingle became the quintessential Corvette test driver, logging numerous hours behind the wheel, and testing new and future Corvette designs on the GM Proving Grounds. He was responsible for the published performance numbers for Corvettes from the '70s to the '97 model, including the famous C4 ZR-1.
"Jim was an excellent development driver, able to wring out a car by the seat of his pants," said McLellan. "He made major contributions to the C4 Corvette through the ZR-1 in both test and development. The ZR-1 Power Key was his idea." Ingle retired in 2006 after 43 years of work at GM.
The National Corvette Museum established the Corvette Hall of Fame in 1998. The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to their respective fields, having reached the highest level of accomplishment. Inductees must also reflect the highest standards of integrity and character. For more information, visit www.corvettemuseum.org.