2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 - Owned by Sam Cruz


A wise man once said, "There is no replacement for displacement," and you know what they say about great minds thinking alike. For me, a run-of-the-mill or even Z51 or Grand Sport package Vette wasn’t enough; I had to have the LS7 7.0L V8 with titanium connecting rods and sodium-filled exhaust valves spinning to a marvelous 7000 rpm. Prius owners, eat your heart out: my 426-cubic-inch pushrod V8 belts out more emissions in a single day than your hamster-wheel go-karts do in a year.

I tinker with every car I own, probably like most people reading this, so of course there was a game plan set forth before I even owned the car. The from-the-factory 505HP may suit the stereotypical 50-year-old mid-life-crisis owner, but was far from what I needed to put and keep a smile on my face. So after some massaging via ported cylinder heads, a larger camshaft, full catless (turn the key and kill a tree, stomp the floor and kill some more) exhaust, CAI and custom dyno tune via Brian at DynoTune Motorsports, she now sits at 700HP+ measured at the crankshaft - and that’s before I hit the go juice. Yes, we saw fit to throw a progressive 150HP shot of nitrous on top, "just in case."

The end result is a car that’s yet to have been beat from a dig or a roll, which needless to say was the plan from day one. As you can see, I haven’t made any aesthetic changes to the car whatsoever. As such it appears completely stock, which helps lure the unsuspecting in for a beating.

My only complaint is that I go through rear tires every 3000 miles, but that’s a small price to pay in exchange for 850HP of ridiculousness in a 3,200lb car. So watch out Prius owners; I won’t waste the gas racing you, but I’ll shoot you a rev at a light that will mitigate an entire week’s worth of "super-miling" on your part. See you on the streets!