This is how German tuner Pogea Racing outlines the ’59 model Corvette convertible when it is modernised by his company on a customer’s orders.
The chassis for this demanding project consists of an in-house tube frame manufactured in cooperation with Foose Design in the USA. This frame is the solid base on which they mounted the height adjustable coilover suspension, as well as the modern drive and brake systems.
The engine is a Corvette LS3. It is used in the current Corvette (MY 2011). To increase the performance the Germans installed LS7 fuel injectors, aggressive camshafts and a direct, open intake with tip cone filter. The exhaust flow was tuned to an optimum level. The 6.2 liter engine is free to howl its zest for life through 45 millimeter diameter Edelbrock exhaust manifolds coupled with a stainless steel exhaust system with only two silencers.
The engine performance increased to 485hp at 4,400rpm and 585Nm at 6,200rpm. The engine power reaches the rear wheels via a manual five-shift gearbox with ceramic clutch and a Dana 44 differential. With these modifications, the completely reconditioned Classic accelerates from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.9 seconds and to a top speed of 288km/h.
A sports brake system taken from the Corvette LS5 provides contemporary deceleration values. Perforated, internally ventilated brake discs, sized 330mm (front) and 300mm (rear) are actuated at the front by six-piston and at the rear by four-piston callipers. The three-part Pogea Racing wheels size 9.5Jx18 at the front and 12Jx19 on the rear axle and fitted with Bridgestone Potenza 265/40 R 18 and 305/30 R 19 tyres.
The complete paint job is done in the original Ferrari colours Rosso and Bianco. Red and white also dominate the vehicle interior. A combination of carpeting and smooth leather turns the vehicle interior into a sophisticated control centre. A Vallelunga steering wheel with flattened lower rim and seats out of the Cobra provide more legroom compared to the standard interior. On the inside it also got an Alpine multimedia system including satnav, a retro-fitted AC unit and servo-steering.