Project Cars

Project Corvette Stingray C7 Z51: Remodeling the Interior

by Mike Kojima

The C7 Corvette's interior is a huge step up from its predecessors. Previous iterations of the venerable Corvette might have been awesome cars, but the interiors were plastic clad and had the look of a cheap rental car. Not so with the C7.


 

Project GMC Canyon: Introduction and Icon Stage V Suspension

by Isaac Sandoval

I can't tell you how long I've dreamed of owning a mid-size pickup with a small diesel engine and 4WD. Living in Southern California, we are surrounded by plenty of great desert trails to explore. Another wonderful thing about living in Southern California is that our fuel taxes are high AF! Seriously, the taxes on fuel just went up again, and there is just no way I could justify having one of our two family vehicles be a complete gas guzzler. Enter the new 2.8 liter Duramax 4 cylinder diesel engine. This thing is a real gem when it comes to efficiency. The GMC Canyon Diesel is the highest rated MPG truck on the market. Period. No time is wasted with this project truck, and we install Icon Stage V suspension in this series. Read more to find out what we think!


 

Project Corvette Stingray C7 Z51: Keepin' it Cool(er)

by Mike Kojima

Corvettes have always been notorious for overheating on the track. The Z51 shod from the factory with additional cooling capacity is much better in this respect, but it can still run hot under the worst conditions. For this reason, Chevrolet has come out with an auxiliary radiator kit to supplement the engine cooling on the C7. Since we plan to drive our car on the track, you can bet we are going to install this!


 

Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51: Drivetrain Improvements

by Mike Kojima

The C7 Corvette is truly an exotic car, and we cannot believe the amount of state-of-the-art super trick features it has to offer for the price it commands. One of these features is its rear-mounted transaxle.  Mounting the heavy transmission in the rear of the car and combining it with the differential is a cool way to save weight and helps the Stingray achieve its 50/50 weight distribution.  


 

Project Corvette Stingray C7 Z51: Body Modification

by Mike Kojima

Typically aftermarket aero parts are lame; they don't fit and have gaps. They require you to drill holes in your body panels for sheet metal screws. The carbon deteriorates in the sun and gets cloudy. Not so for these Chevrolet Performance offerings. They fit perfectly and are built to the same OEM durability standards as the car!


 

WATCH: Installation and Test Drive of the Pedders eXtreme XA Coilovers for the Chevrolet SS

Coilover installation and test drive. Pedders eXtreme XA Coilovers on a Chevrolet SS. Angel Robles of Pedders Suspension gives us some insight on Pedders and their suspension offerings.


 

Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51: Suspension Upgrades

by Mike Kojima

In previous articles about our Project C7 Corvette, we got into the high tech chassis construction of the C7 that rivals the stuff found in exotic cars for a fraction of the price. We also did our baseline testing of the car at Buttonwillow Raceway to get an initial impression of the car. We were quite impressed with the results. In stock form, the Corvette is one of those cars that is so good from the factory that heavy-handed, poorly conceived aftermarket suspension mods can ruin.


 

Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51: Improving Stopping With a Chevy Performance Big Brake Upgrade Kit

by Mike Kojima

When we did our baseline test of Project C7 at Buttonwillow Raceway configuration 13 CW, we were pretty impressed with the stock Z51 Stingray's on-track performance. We felt the chassis was set up pretty well for the wheel and tire configuration that came on the car, and the whole chassis calibration was matched to the amount of tire the stock car had and the power level of the engine. 


 

WATCH: Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51 Baseline Track Test 

So, you read the Part 1 of our introduction to Project C7 Corvette Stingray and probably watched Mike Kojima give us all of the engineering explanations under the chassis. You even read the in-depth breakdown of the LT1 engine. All of this information is great, however, what does it mean for the performance on a racetrack?

We gave our test driver, Karla Pestotnik, a few hot laps to give us some insight and a baseline lap time before we add any performance upgrades in 100% stock form. We hit the tarmac with our friends at Global Time Attack at a Buttonwillow Raceway 13 CW (clockwise) configuration time attack event.


Project C7 Corvette Stingray: Introduction Part 2, A Closer Look at the LT1 Engine

by Mike Kojima

In the last edition of Project C7 Corvette Stingray, we were doing an overall look at the car including it's mostly all new LT1 engine. As we were saying, although the LT and LS share the same architecture, they are indeed very different engines. They are so different that they only share a handful of parts. 

The LT1 is a vastly different engine that has a lot of development differences over the already excellent LS3 engine and deserves a closer look at some of its unique internals. Most of the differences are to improve fuel economy, emissions, torque and powerband width, but there are are some tweaks to make more power overall as well. Take a close, detailed look with us!


WATCH: Project C7 Corvette Gets an AEM AQ-1 OBDII Data Logger! 

Just like Project DC2 Integra last week, we're taking our Project C7 Corvette out to Buttonwillow in 100% stock form for some lap testing courtesy of our friends at Global Time Attack.  Unlike the Integra--who's too old to know what a CANbus is--we're installing an AEM AQ-1 OBDII data logger in the Vette before we hit the track.  AEM's AQ-1 OBDII Data Logger is easy to install and logs engine data transmitted from the CANbus signal feed in the OBDII port of any 2008+ vehicle.  The AQ-1 also has a 3-axis accelerometer built in so we'll be able log g-force data as well!  Take a look at today's video to learn more about it and see how easy it is to install!  And remember to swing by again next week for the results of our C7 baseline track test before we install all the Chevrolet Performance parts heading our way!

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WATCH:  MotoIQ Project C7 Corvette Stingray Z51 Introduction

If you’ve kept up with us for a while, you know what we are about.  We’ve perfected the art of turning our "daily drivers" into "barely streetable" for the sake of best possible lap times on the tracks we rarely have time to visit.  Will this new Stingray project be any different?  

Watch as Mike Kojima goes underneath the Stingray to give his take on the engineering inside the C7 Corvette and get a little preview of what the future holds for our newest project vehicle!  For those of you who still like to read, stay tuned for our intro article next week!


 

MotoIQ Wrench Tip - How to Gap Piston Rings

by Mike Kojima

Setting the gap on your piston rings is an important step to building an engine that performs at its best.  Getting your piston rings to have the optimal seal is perhaps the most critical aspect of good engine building.  Of course you want to spend time assuring that your machine work and cylinder wall finish is correct for the type of rings used but a lot of people neglect blueprinting the ring gap.


 

SEMA

SEMA 2015: Wrapup

by Sarah Forst

SEMA is an absolutely insane whirlwind of auto nocturnal emission that leaves most enthusiasts gobsmacked and run down. Of course we wouldn't want you all to miss the action! Live vicariously through our SEMA-ntics and check out all the action without any of the sleep deprivation.


 

Spotted: The New 2016 Sixth Generation Chevy Camaro!

by Mike Kojima

Our government connection West Virginia Legislator Delegate Gary Howell sent us these pictures today.  Apparently Gary was eating at a Chick-Fil-A and noticed that a disguised vehicle was sitting in the parking lot.  He managed to snap a few pictures before the car's driver sped off in it. If you look close you can see his reflection in the glass! We think that the heavily disguised vehicle is the new 2016 Camaro.  In fact, we're just about sure it is.


 

Performance Racing Industry: Part 3

by Pablo Mazlumian

As we wrap up the show’s three-part coverage we're left with only one regret—that we couldn’t show you more.  Still, we’ve got plenty to see here in Indianpolis, Indiana, so please follow us once again as we walk through the greatest aftermarket car show in America.  Big turbos, big brakes, and big engines here we come!


 

The Fabulous Flog: A Look Inside Dai Yoshihara's Falken Tire Subaru BRZ

by Mike Kojima

What is the Flog?  It is the nickname that the Falken team has given their BRZ drift car.  Driver Dai Yoshihara, commented when he first saw the completed car that it looked like a frog but with his Japanese accent it came out Flog and no one knew what he was talking about.  Dai had to pantomime a sitting frog and say riibit, riibit before anyone could understand that he meant Frog. 

The Falken Tire Subaru BRZ has been featured by a few other media outlets in the recent past but not like this.  Let us take you beyond the pretty pictures for a look inside the car which has been one of the most anticipated builds of a drift car to date.   One of the best looking cars on the Formula Drift circuit, the BRZ was built on a compressed time schedule by SPD Motorsports, the same folks who built Dai's iconic Discount Tire/Falken Nissan S13.


 

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SEMA 2014 Wrapup

by Sarah Forst

A pass to SEMA is akin to an invite to the Playboy Mansion for most nerdy teenage boys. But just like any 14 year old geek, once there, they have no clue how to navigate. The grotto first, the game room, the Aviara- where to start? Luckily it gets much easier after some experience but there's still so much to see that leaves a lot that gets missed. Come along as we find the Rocket Bunnies among other things.


 

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