For three days, starting March 10, some of the best manufacturers in the performance automotive aftermarket will team up to transform a typical 1972 Corvette purchased on eBay into a pro-touring ride that will go straight from the garage to the track. Working in Ridetech’s Jasper, Ind. shop, the 48-Hour Corvette will be updated with the latest suspension, brakes, engine, transmission, rear axle, air conditioning, wheels and tires, and a whole lot more. Leading the performance charge will be engine experts from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. Lingenfelter will supply a custom-crafted LS7 crate engine assembly whose 650 hp will help turn the American classic cruiser into a bona fide racing demon.
Mike Copeland, vice president of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, says the project is the result of the tremendous reaction to the 48-Hour Camaro build in 2011. “Once again, we’ll be working with our aftermarket industry partners to demonstrate how something like this is done,” he says. “With support from some of the top manufactures and car builders in the country, this Corvette will be finished in three sixteen hour days, March 10, 11, and 12. We know it’s totally conceivable that a group of hotrod friends could get together and duplicate this car in their garage. They might have to thrash for more than three days to finish it, but we know it could be done.”
Power enthusiasts will have a front row seat at the entire build thanks to a live streamed video on YouTube as well as on the popular automotive website BangShift.com. People are invited to join in with question and answer sessions from all of the participating manufacturers during the build.
Project partner Summit Racing Equipment will distribute the webcast via their website and social media properties. Summit Racing is making it easy for customers to replicate the build by posting Ridetech 48-Hour Corvette Parts Combos on SummitRacing.com when the build is complete.
When complete, the Corvette will be taken to the track to see what it can do. “The day after the car is done we will drive it to Bowling Green, Ky. to the new road course at the National Corvette Museum and race it,” says Copeland. “From there it will compete in Goodguys autocross and OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car events all over the country through 2015.”
For more information: www.48HourCorvette.com