This Thing Will Smoke A C8
Building a race car is fun and all, but wouldn't it be better just to buy a legit, proven hill climb machine built by some of the best in the business, and shaken down by a professional driver?
That question was rhetorical, and you might want to start thinking about liquidating some assets, because the fastest Chevrolet Corvette ever to drive the infamous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is up for grabs on collector car auction site Bring A Trailer. It's an impressive machine, to be sure, built from a 2017 Corvette Z06 with a high-performance E85 kit and plenty of carbon fiber, but perhaps even more intriguing than its modifications is its story.
See, this Z06 was totaled out after a 2017 crash with just 9 miles on the odometer, sent to a salvage auction, and subsequently purchased by pro racing driver Robb Holland. After acquiring the car, he got right to work building it to compete in the TA1 class at the Pikes Peak hill climb later that same year, with carbon-fiber bits like the splitter, rear hatch, custom door skins, and custom carbon mounts for the dual-element APR Performance wing helping keep the weight low and the aerodynamic downforce high. It also features a Stage 3 E85 kit from the renowned small-block gurus at Katech, a custom exhaust and a custom suspension setup.
Being a bona fide race car, which finished fourth in its class in 2017, the 'Vette also features the obligatory roll cage, fire suppression system, and OMP Racing seat. But wait; it gets better. This stupid-fast hill climb car also comes with design files and build photos, and it's one of very, very few Bring A Trailer cars to bear the distinction of having been the subject of a Racecar Engineering article.
As of this writing, this singularly cool, race-proven hill climb car has a high bid of $35,000, although with another six days left until the auction ends, we imagine the price will climb a good deal higher. But of course, it isn't every day that you have the chance to buy an honest-to-goodness race car.