When most people think of a budget build, easily quantifiable aspects, such as the powaaah, will stay within certain limits—have you ever heard somebody labeling a C5 Corvette that can deliver 1,100 horsepower as a budget build? Well, you’re about to.
The ‘Vette in question is a 1998 base model that’s been gifted with an LQ4 6.0L V8, an 80 mm T6 turbo, and the mandatory forged internals, along with many other bits, with the thing delivering the four-figure output mentioned in the intro.
As you can imagine, this thing easily dominates other machines on the road, while still being streetable enough to allow its driver to take his kids out for those priceless joyrides.
And while many enthusiasts spend decades dreaming of owning such a ride, once we get to examine this driver’s profile, the way he sees the C5 becomes easy to explain.
Named Walid, the aficionado owns a Maryland-based shop dubbed Carrera Performance. And when you handle builds for other people and get to take part in racing events, it’s impossible not to lust for those four-figure big bois that run 6s quarter-miles, among others.
Or, if you’d prefer the street side of things, the current configuration of the Corvette, which involves a T56 6-speed manual that’s been built in-house with carbon synchros, while still packing leaf spring suspension at the back, means this machine will go through drivelines like crazy when tasked with brutal standing starts.
Oh, and those massive Mickey Thompson tires, held in place by 15-inch beadlock wheels supplied by Weld, are the result of going through basically most rubber options on the market, but the overall setup still won’t hook up at 1,100 hp, which is why this Chevy gets driven at around 900 hp most of the time.
It’s no secret that the interior of the C5 is not among its strong points and, even though the bucket seats, the digital display of the Holley Terminator X standalone ECU, and the custom steering wheel remind one that this is no stock cookie, they can’t compensate for the said aspect.
We could go on for quite a while, but we’re already down a route that makes this C5 ‘Vette look like less than the absolute monster it is—we’d guess that all the mods brought the customization budget to somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000, but we’re not quite sure.
And what’s the point in that, when the Chevy can deliver so many thrills? Speaking of which, the piece of footage below (camera tip to That Racing Channel) shows the slab of America, with its sleepy eye LED headlights, doing what it does best, namely bringing a smile on everybody’s face.
As Walid explains in the clip, the piggy bank should be afraid of this build, since the C5 is expected to trade in some of its drivability for some hardware that should allow it to become an 8s quarter-mile monster next year.