LAS VEGAS, March 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Las Vegas Motor Speedway serves as the backdrop to Kwan International's Corvette comparison project between a 2006 C6 Corvette and a 2000 C5 Corvette. The C6, now a supercharged LS2 versus the C5, a naturally aspirated highly modified LS1 that has endured a lengthy transition from stock, will be measured on its total gains and revealed in a nationally featured editorial this year.
Set up for performance road racing, the C6 Corvette will make its debut in the OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car event when it visits the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Mar. 17-19. Owned by Jose Aparicio of Las Vegas' esteemed ABC Upholstery, the C6 will be driven by All In Performance's Frank Paredes, a race engine builder, race car technician and dynamometer specialist.
"We are excited to debut the Corvette in the upcoming OPTIMA event because we have a lot of great partners involved who have provided top of the line components that have greatly enhanced the vehicle's overall capability and handling," said Aparicio.
Under the hood, the C6 is powered with a Magnuson TVS2300 Supercharger and cooled by DeWitt's Radiators. While the Corvette encompasses plenty of horsepower, its suspension components will enable Paredes to maneuver in the speed stop, autocross and road course events.
The C6 is equipped with JRi performance shocks. Specializing in creating precision shock absorbers for the racing industry, JRi Shocks' team of experts collectively feature over 100 years of shock absorber experience. JJ Furillo, owner of Ultimate Performance Speed Shop and exclusive technical and sales representative for JRi Shocks, has provided unparalleled expert support on the vehicle's set-up. "The JRi Shocks make an incredible difference to the Corvette's handling," said Paredes. "Having JRi Shocks on the car plays a critical role in the event disciplines." Paredes, a former champion of the SCCA's California ProRally series, will rely on his past race experiences when transitioning to the Corvette.
Coupled with the JRi Shocks, the C6 has superior braking capabilities with its SSBC Aluminum "V8" 8-piston Disc Brakes and 14-inch rotors. With over seven square inches of piston area, the calipers cover 50% more area than stock calipers. "When I was introduced to the Corvette comparison featured project and learned of the C6's race event debut in the OPTIMA challenge, I knew right away that I wanted to be involved," said Mike Jonas, President of SSBC Performance Brake Systems.
A Clarence, NY-based company established in 1975 by Mike's father, the late George Jonas, SSBC is now in its second generation of family owned-operations and has gone all in with providing both the C6 and C5 with performance brake systems. Mike's son, Jonathon, has lead the efforts in providing the team with the right products and technical expertise on set-up. "These brakes provide phenomenal stopping ability," said Paredes. "We'll definitely need that for the speed stop challenge."
Continuing to set an industry standard for high quality brake systems and components, SSBC offers a complete line of disc brake conversions and performance brake upgrades for all segments of vehicles. The owner of the C5 Corvette, Christina Kwan of Kwan International, a former World Champion and United States National Champion in boxing, loves the competitive edge that the SSBC brakes give to both cars. "While the C6 is set up for road racing, the C5 will absolutely rely on having great brakes on the drag strip as well."
Between each OPTIMA event discipline, the C6 Corvette will be supported by Race Ramps in the pits. Utilizing the portable, lightweight Restyler Magna Ramps, the vehicle will receive a full 14-inch lift which will allow the team to comfortably work on the vehicle. "When you have a low clearance vehicle, it's a lot easier to work on it when it's off the ground," said Aparicio. "Especially with how lightweight the Race Ramps are, it makes it so convenient and much safer whether you're in the shop or at trackside."
As the Corvette comparison editorial is slated to reveal its results in the coming months, all who have been involved with both Corvettes are looking forward to a race debut that takes place on the same grounds as Kwan International's office – the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "We have an amazing facility here in Las Vegas," said Kwan. "I'm proud to be a part of these project vehicles and wish Jose and Frank the very best in the upcoming event."
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SOURCE All In Performance