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Mallett Performance Cars Heads to SEMA 2013 with 2008 803rwhp Solstice

Mallett Performance Cars headed to the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas Nevada held Nov 5- Nov 8. The team transported the 2008 803rear-wheel horsepower Solstice cross-country to display in the Quick Time Performance Exhaust Systems booth.

This is not your average Solstice.

Under the hood it boasts a heavily-modified LS9 V8, 454 cubic-inch Corvette engine. It has ported cylinder heads and 15/1 compression. The body was modified to the “Pitbull” wide body style in which the body was widened 4″ in the front and 5″ in the rear. Underneath are Michelin Super Sport 295/35/19 fronts and 315/35/20 in the rear.

This car was previously race-prepped for FIA GT4 European race. Most of the mods remained, such as the full FIA-approved roll cage and fuel safe fuel cell. The doors and hood were changed back to the factory steel from the carbon fiber that were added for the FIA competition.

Other modifications include:

  • Custom titanium red devil brakes
  • Mallett/Penske triple adjustable reservoir shocks
  • A stripped-down, seam-welded chassis
  • Windshield and greenhouse were moved rearward
  • A T56-6060 close ratio transmission
  • Fully-custom suspension with the roll center changed and the wheelbase made longer for better handling

Lest you think this car is only about speed, throw a few cones in front of it and the car comes to life. To achieve superior agility, the car is ballasted such that a 200-pound person sitting behind the wheel gives it perfect 50:50 lateral weight distribution. And with a full tank of gas, the weight split fore and aft is near that, at 52:48.

Achieving such good balance involved shoving the engine rearward to within millimeters of the tolerances set by GM for crash- worthiness.

This Solstice is truly one of a kind, a Mallett-ized, track-tuned, race-ready, 803rwhp monstrously-fast machine.