C6 ZR-1 Rebuilt After Massive Engine Fire

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C6 ZR1 Engine Fire

Engines Explode. But When They Do, It’s the Perfect Opportunity to Come Back Better and Stronger

One of the most epic comeback stories in Corvette Forum history comes from member whatcop? and his ZR-1 re-build. It initally involved dismantling an engine in an apartment parking lot, multiple outlets making modifications, cylinder heads that were held hostage, and, ultimately, lots of help from Vengeance Racing.

And then it all went up in smoke during a drag race.

The resulting fire has the car affectionately nicknamed “S’mores.” But its rebuild has made it a completely new animal. The base starts with a new LSX motor, with Callie’s rotating assembly topped by Diamond Racing pistons. Mast cylinder heads complete the long block, along with upgraded head studs and gaskets.

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A new supercharger is also in play here, as the original one had some interesting work done to it by the ZR-1’s owner. With initial testing of the new post-fire setup, power is now rated at 842 horsepower to the wheels. Ultimately the build is made to handle about 1,500 horsepower, but it will be a multi-use car with 1/2-mile, 1/4-mile, and track-day use.

This resilient ZR-1 is still on a break-in tune, so there’s a lot more left in it. We’re eagerly watching the comeback story unfold.

Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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