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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 05-31-2016, 01:35 PM Thread Starter
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Tony's 700 hp V8 Solstice

Road and Track review of Tony's Slowstice

A 700-Horsepower V8 Takes This Pontiac Solstice from Cute to Brute

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Congratulations Tony! A lot of folks should see this because it's being featured on Road&Track. Plus this is the kind of exposure that should get people's attention for considering a Kappa as a project car (almost 35,000 views). Though I'd rather the host be Matt Farah.


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Who puts an LS in a Solstice?

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So I guess we know what Tony's been up to
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The video was okay. But other than him saying "Wow this thing is fast" they needed something to give perspective to the acceleration.

That said, cool ride. I want one.

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Pwerks built this one.


Guess that's all I got to say about that.


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Pwerks built this one.

no issues.

yet Robert Ashby complains all the time.
Well you can fool some of the people all the time, and you can fool all of the people some of the time, but you will never fool all of the people all of the time.

What it boils down to is that every buyer has their own set of expectations, and they are different than the other buyer's expectations for the same product. I suspect that Robert Ashby is a very particular type of individual who has very, very high expectations for the products he buys.

Robert's conversion had a few features that were/are a bit different that the other conversions that PAW has done, and no two conversions are identical anyways.

Tony has dealt with a few hi performance conversions, and has a very realistic expectation of what he is going to find acceptable.

So I'm not picking on Dave Gilbert, I'm not picking on Robert Ashby, nor Tony. I'm just trying to formulate a realistic view of two different conversions for two very different customers.

Nuff said!

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Lets not turn a nice thread into a debate on conversions or events that are well documented elsewhere.

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The video was okay. But other than him saying "Wow this thing is fast" they needed something to give perspective to the acceleration.
I would agree with that, although he does say its beating z06s.

if I had the cash, I would be tempted. being able to roll up to about any car and blow it away and the stuck to the seat feeling is always great but I'd keep it to look like the off the line solstice as much as possible. one of the reasons I bought the solstice is the design which one of the best GM put out in the past 20 years.
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Great looking car, I love red and black together. A good driver makes thing look smoother. In honesty, the video did not give much of an idea of how fast it is, but I would think that is very hard to do. Also the quality of the camera makes a difference. Thanks for posting the video Chop.

I have one that is supposedly 100HP less. For gawd's sake it is fast enough! Being able to drive and control so much horsepower is a skill, being such a short wheel base car, power is more noticeable I think.

Congratulations on getting the car you wanted Tony, thanks Dave for providing it. Getting these things right is a very difficult job for most. Our vendors on this board seem to be able to figure it out. I know Dave at DDM, made mine so much more drivable and fun to drive it was amazing.

Thanks for sharing the information on this fantastic build, just sorry I was so late to the party!
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There is a certain amount of power that the Kappa can effectively put to the pavement and anything beyond that is purely bragging rights. That and a gigantic smile for the driver as to some of us, burning rubber is fun, as is drifting. The solstice and Sky did do very well in Formula D for a couple of years.

It seems like no matter what the HP, most Kappa's can't break into the 11 second 1/4 mile time. Adding tires specific to drag racing has resulted in snapping axles or breaking the rear diff.

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Great video. Makes my Trifecta tuned 2 liter seem like a kid's toy! WOW!

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Well said Elff, but I wood add the best part of our car is the driving experience on a twisty road.

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I have said this several times. I have a tuned Sky, that has all the braces, on and on, and then I have this monster Mallett. I would take the Sky over the Mallett every single time as to driving. Now sound, that is a different story. The Mallett sounds like a real car. The Redline not so much even with the HF cat and Magnaflow exhaust, it still sounds like a sewing machine compared to the Mallett. But I have the Sky to drive, the Mallett to park and listen to. That is about all that will happen to it from now on.
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There is a certain amount of power that the Kappa can effectively put to the pavement and anything beyond that is purely bragging rights. .
Yup - unless you tub it and stick ginormous rubber under there it is going to be hard to hook up properly. Had that problem 20 years ago with sticking Ford V8s into Miatas - wasn't as blindingly fast as they had hoped because the wheels would just spin at just about any speed - no room for enough rubber under there.

Easy cars to get into trouble with, as a little too much throttle in the wrong place gets you sliding. Still, lots of fun in a large paved area without hard objects....

You can get the same effect with a stock NA by fitting old hard narrow rubber, but the sound track wouldn't measure up!

Always enjoyed the Hot Rod magazine conversion using an LS7 - they also went on a real diet program and that car got into the 10s in the 1/4 - just.

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