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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.

TBT: Super Tuner Challenge

Car and Driver Sept 01 2001
Csaba Csere, Frank Markus, Daniel Pund, AAron Robinson, Tony Swan and Larry Webster

We found the perfect venue in our backyard — Michigan International Speedway. It not only sports a 2.0-mile tri-oval but also has an infield road-racing loop.

Mallett Cars was founded in 1997, its goal to produce the fastest, highest-quality fifth-generation (C5) Corvettes on the street, drawing on years of motorsports experience, some of which was spent working for Chevy’s racing program.

Mallett Corvettes have competed in every Car and Driver One Lap of America since 1996, placing as high as second in 1997 and as low as 71st two years later. The very car you see here achieved those rankings, plus third overall in both 1998 and 2000. It’s also Chuck Mallett’s daily driver, so we were not surprised to find that it was exceptionally docile and tractable on our road drive, bagging four of five drivability stars ( a low, hard seat cost it a fifth star).

Power comes from an aluminum LS1 V-8, stroked from 3.62 to 3.92 inches and gently bored from 3.90 to 3.92 inches, for 378 cubes total. All new internals, plus smoother-flowing intake and exhaust plumbing, add up to 435 hp in naturally aspirated trim, but this being a full-tilt-boogie exercise, our car also boasted a customized Vortech centrifugal supercharger. Calibrated for pump premium, it blows 9.0 psi of boost, good for 625 horsepower and 575 pound-feet of torque (running 14.0 psi on 104 octane, he sees upwards of 700 hp).

Routing power through a heavy-duty Mallett clutch to a blueprinted Tremec box at the behest of a billet shorty shifter, the Mallett 435S was much easier to drive smoothly than the Lingenfelter twin-turbo setup. Putting the power down was easy, thanks to Hoosier racing slicks grooved to meet the letter of our stated minimum-tread-depth rule.

The suspension’s composite leaf springs have been ditched in favor of a multi-adjustable coil-over shock unit at each corner, and lowered, with modified Mallett geometry and custom-tuned anti-roll bars. The car is also lightened everywhere with Swiss-cheese holes, thin body panels, and even a clear-coat primer paint job that saves 18 pounds in paint. But a roll cage and fire and data-gathering systems put a lot of that weight back on.
Mallett’s Vette ran like a train all day Monday and garnered high praise in the logbook: “a very civilized machine,” “ride quality in the medium suspension setting is really good,” and “a well-developed car — so secure and planted that I feel most confident in here.”

The car completed three runs and finished third in the official standings, reaching 140 mph, with a course time of 99.3 seconds. And the suspension work paid off with a decisive second-place time on the 0.86-mile road course, clearing the gates a considerable 3.6 seconds ahead of the Lingenfelter Vette.

Mallett’s quiet, linear, and well-weighted Baer brake package also managed to stop the car from 140 mph in an impressive 623 feet. Clearly, this is one impressive daily driver, but next time expect to see a real fire breather.

(Excerpt from Car and Driver magazine write up Sept 01 2001)