Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Two ways of using Corvette Z06's LS7 engine

The heart of Chevrolet's Corvette Z06 7.0L LS7 V8 is a legend. Many car and motoring enthusiasts consider it as one of the greatest engines to go into production. So, some have put this engine into cars what they think is in better use than in a Corvette. Here's two completely different ways of putting this engine to use.
This is the Hulme CanAm, designed by a 68 year-old Mr. Jock Freemantle who always dreamed to make a formula-0ne look alike with an American engine. So the Hulme CanAm looks like road-legal formula-one car, and uses the LS7 7.0L V8. It produces 600hp, goes to 60 mph in under 3 seconds, and will reach-out at 200 mph. Hulme will make the CanAm for $700,000 a pop. Ridiculously expensive? Well, Hulme is taking the CanAm against the Caparo T1. So it's pretty much amazing.
The second car is a bit of a laugh. Because what FAS (a company created by a team of motorsport enthusiasts led by Fourdin Auto Sport founder, Yves Fourdin) did, is one extreme version of the Daweoo-based Chevrolet Spark. This Spark is modified to be a touring car, so it has touring car body kit and touring car wheels. But in the middle of the car, sits a stock LS7 7.0L V8. It produces the same 505hp as the Z06. However, this Spark will hit 60mph in 3.7 seconds, and reaches 162mph. So it's insanely fast for a Korean-based hatchback.

Two completely different ways of using the LS7 engine. Which one is better? Well we think the LS7 is best where it's supposed to be, in the Zo6. It started its life over there, so it just feels right in the Zo6. But still, this shows that this engine can cope everywhere! It's legendary. Tell us what you think in the comments.

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