"GM Performance parts supplied us a rolling chassis; that's a car with no bodywork -- just an engine, transmission and differential, and suspension," explained Devon Powell. "My job was to weld in a roll cage, salvaging what parts I could from the wreck, to build a new car."
By the end of November team member Cory Morrison had painted the bare chassis that Devon had prepared,with the welded-in roll cage.
By the middle of December, the bodywork was painted and ready to be fitted around the installed radiator, and miles of wiring had to be rationalized and placed in position.
The Corvette is not just a simple hot rod. Sophisticated "buss 2" wiring architecture and "generation 3" computers manage the body systems, brake systems and engine management systems. It is all "drive by wire" -- in other words, no gas pedal cable but an invisible computer signal from the gas pedal which operates the engine. Get it wrong when you build it and the car won't run.
Devon explains it this way:
"Our stock 385 h.p. Chevrolet Corvette becomes a Sunoco Corvette when we make it a race car. We use the production chassis, with a roll cage, and then start refining some of the production items to change a smooth riding powerful sports car into a taut hard riding, slick and responsive 500 horsepower race machine."