As we showcase the Radical Corvette each month, we will be bringing you a mix, of what we hope you will enjoy, of Corvettes that are Radically modified and others that are either maintained( a survivor), or restored to their original beauty.This Radical Corvette is just unbelievable, Rod’s 1963 Corvette Sting Ray is an original Corvette bodied car, all except the hood and the 12 inches of length that were added to accommodate the extended wheelbase, to handle the 200 MPH plus speed that the car reaches.A Radical ride that rockets you from 0-60 in 1 second and crosses the quarter mile mark in 6.75 seconds at 210 MPH. Oh yeah and get this, did I mention, this is a true street car.
After years of building some of the most Radical Corvettes, you would ever lay eyes on, Rod has achieved his goal of having “The Worlds Fastest Street Car”, a project that took him 5 years to complete.Starting with the 1963 Corvette Sting Ray body and having it massaged to perfection and adding length in unnoticeable places totaling 12 inches, to sit perfectly on a chrome molly tube chassis. All of which meet NHRA specs., built by Lowdown Hot Rods. As if this, the body work with its beautiful House of Kolor paint and chassis aren’t enough, here’s the best part.
The 1963 Corvette Sting Ray is powered by, most likely the most radical small block engine out there. A 400 cubic inch, all aluminum, Mike Moran Racing, built engine. with a set of Dart “Little Chief ” specially adapted big block heads, with electronic fuel injection, and sporting twin 88mm Garrett Turbochargers. Here’s the real kicker, it doesn’t run on alcohol , has no nitrous oxide system, no racing fuel at all, it runs on pump gas.The engine produces an unreal 2400 HP and uses the same gas as does any other car you see on the streets.
This Radical motor throws this massive horsepower into a triple disc clutch and into a Lenco 4-speed manual transmission, then back to a Strange 4:10:1 rear end gear.Eventually hitting the pavement with massive D.O.T approved Mickey Thompson tires.Rod says”This is not a street car that you take to the race track, this is a race car that you can drive on the street.
Keep in mind folks, this is not a trailer queen, this car is actually driven on the street.We have seen this car, during cruise week in O.C, Md., sit in traffic, so much traffic that it takes you 45 minutes to drive 20 blocks, stop and go from light to light.
Rod Saboury, who is known as one of the innovators of the Fastest Street Car Class, that is ever popular today, has been building Radical Corvettes for years. He believes the car can go faster, and knows the engine is capable of putting out in excess of 3000 Hp, as he doesn’t use all of the boost that is available . Only utilizing 2 stages of the three that it has. The problem then becomes hooking up at the line and the car blowing over at the top end.
Rod achieved his goal of having his true street car, 1963 Corvette Sting Ray, with its power windows, back up lights factory pop up headlights , and even cup holders and plans for air conditioning in the works. He made history with a record setting pass of 6.95 @210 Mph, then in Michigan, ran a 6.75 @209 becoming The Fastest Street Car in The World.Rod started his passion for speed in the late sixties, then has won his class in 1977 at the NHRA Summer Nationals, built a 1953, another real body Corvette, and made history by becoming the first car to make a 6 second pass on D.O.T tires, and creating some radical Pro Street Corvettes through the years, his 1963 Corvette Sting Ray tops them all though.
Rod and Tina Saboury are some of the nicest people you will ever meet in the Hot Rod /Show car world. Whether at a car show/ cruise or even during the day when I called him to get advice on my own Corvette project, he is on a roof working, he makes time to talk , after offering to call back late he replies “No, I have a few minutes go ahead” or if it is a show and my grand daughter who wanted her picture taken, who is 4 years old, as she stands next to their beautiful car wondering how to get through the roll cage and into the seat, they both tell her “Just climb in, its like a jungle gym, that’s how we get in”. Always nice and hospitable where ever they go. No matter where the car goes it gets mobbed by crowds and they make time to answer whatever questions people ask.
I would like to say a special thanks to Rod for allowing us to use this Radical Corvette to start our series, and for giving us permission to use the resources and pictures.You can read more about this car and clothing and posters that he has available at Rod Saboury Creations @ www.rodsaboury.com We are looking forward to his next project, to be rolling down the street, as always , you can be sure it will be a Radical Corvette.