The team at Hinson Motorsports are no strangers to going fast. They’ve built plenty of very quick, very powerful cars out of their Hueytown, AL, shop, many featuring Racing Head Service components. Their latest undertaking, however, may be the craziest one yet. The idea of a high-performance 2001 Corvette Z06 isn’t anything out of the ordinary. Being rated at 2248 HP and 7800 RPM is.
“It’s a race car, we didn’t build it to run on the street,” says Brian Hinson, Hinson Motorsports proprietor and company namesake.
“We met Kevin Feeney (RHS Product Manager) at one of the PRI Trade Shows and the LS Race Block was on display,” remembers Hinson. “We were looking for a new power plant for a new race car to be run in land speed and one-mile drag racing, and the aluminum block was very desirable for what we wanted to do.”
What Hinson wants to do is eventually compete for the world record of fastest piston-powered car in the standing mile. He thinks that this Corvette is the car to get there with. It is made up of C5 and C6 parts, and the custom turbo system features tons of available boost. As in 3000 horses worth, so there is even more room to make additional power. Beyond that the car features a variety of trick goodies to make it go really, really fast. Among the COMP Performance Group™ components featured on the car, in addition to the 427c.i. tall-deck RHS LS Race Block, are a COMP Cams custom roller camshaft, lifters, pushrods, and a COMP timing set.
“We chose the RHS block because of the engineering built in to the design for high-powered builds like ours,” Hinson says. “The aluminum construction was ideal to minimize weight on our race applications and the tall-deck allowed for a better piston combination.”
The car’s first one-mile run on the track took place this spring as a speed-limited licensing pass for the East Coast Timing Association at the Ohio Mile in Wilmington, OH. The Corvette was limited to 175 MPH, a far cry from what Hinson expects when they really turn up the wick on the car.
“We’ll put it on the chassis dyno in the next week or two,” he says. “It’s been through harder paces on the engine dyno than on the track. At this power level we’re pretty content, nothing related to the RHS block is on the verge of failure.”
Hinson and his team will look to see just what their Corvette can do at both the Throttle Nation Top Speed Challenge as part of the ECTA back at the Ohio Mile on September 29th-30th, as well as at the Texas Mile on October 26th-28th. At both events they expect the car to reach well over 200 MPH. The current world record is 257 MPH in the standing mile, which Hinson believes that his Corvette eventually has a chance to better after more on-track time and tuning. The next time out, however, he is optimistic of running in the 245-255 MPH range.
“RHS has been very supportive of us and we’re happy with the quality of the block,” Hinson says. “Thankfully we haven’t really had to call them for any tech support; it’s done what it’s needed to do. It was engineered very well.”
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