Top Speed In a C2 Corvette Takes Some Preparation

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A lot has changed in 50 years. While the C2 Corvette was indeed fast back in the day, it was hardly safe by any means, and was designed in a time when very little attention was paid to aerodynamics. Those two points happen to coordinate with each other, as it turns out. Aerodynamic lift seems to get to these things when left completely stock, so what do you need in order to safely approach the C2’s top speed?

Mentioned before is aerodynamics. And a lower valance or front spoiler would do wonders to control the air-flow under the car. We’re not talking a massive wing here, more so just that tiny lip spoiler that you can see on the car above.

Suspension modifications would also be wise, seeing as the Corvette was a balance of performance, with a little bit of comfort mixed in. The components are also aged, but thankfully there are modern suppliers that can transform the entire experience. Better springs and shocks will help keep things planted when you’re really on it.

Some of the mechanical things to also consider are the final drive ratio and transmission ratios. Most C2s were tuned for acceleration and not top end. You might find yourself running out of RPM in 4th rather quickly.

Most C2 owners, however, won’t be needing to go through these hoops, as they prefer sane speeds. Speeds they may have done when they were younger, well, that’s a different story.

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Photo via [WannaGoFast]

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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