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Tom Joad
12-20-2018, 10:13 AM
http://www.autoweek.com/article.cms?articleId=103737

:hit:

I gotta get me one of these.

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 10:13 AM
ditto. when i first saw them i was like "niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice"

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 10:21 AM
that's a boner on wheels :drooling:


there will be conversion kits available before too long :sneaky:

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 10:23 AM
its a pontiac miata mx5 ....but way better looking:thumb:

the mx5 doesnt have a v8 in it

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 10:27 AM
the mx5 doesnt have a v8 in it
and the new mx5 weghs about 200lb more than the miata, so about the same as a 4 cyl solstice, and it has what... 130hp??? solstice has 170 (same as mazdaspeed miata)

but THIS one is 400hp :ftard:

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 10:28 AM
ok edit: im a idiot that shit is tight ...i read a article the other day with a comparo of the solstice and miata and it not mention anything of corvette v8....my bad dog...
most of them don't. this one does

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 10:29 AM
ok edit: im a idiot that shit is tight ...i read a article the other day with a comparo of the solstice and miata and it not mention anything of corvette v8....my bad dog...

HA HA HA yea this is a special solstice with an LS2 motor in it. its like lengenfelter vets

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 10:31 AM
me wants but what about production numbers?..and availability?
READ THE ARTICLE!!!!!!!!

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 10:34 AM
READ THE ARTICLE!!!!!!!!

oooppps sorry i pulled a rinko..:ftard: :rofl: :rofl:


LMFAO!!!!!!!!!! ROFLMAO :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Hitman
12-20-2018, 10:36 AM
I want one for Christmas!!!!!!

el_jefe
12-20-2018, 11:11 AM
holy shit, did you see this part at the end?

For the particularly speed hungry, Mallett offers a host of add-ons <snip>The top-end supercharged conversion package, for example, includes a six-speed Tremac transmission with three gear-ratio options; 19-inch alloy wheels and tires; Mallett-Penske double adjustable shocks, coilovers and antiroll bars; transmission and differential coolers; a stainless-steel high-flow exhaust; a 3.73 limited-slip differential; heavy-duty four-core radiator; and a supercharger. That whole shebang turns the Solstice into a screaming 600-hp beast while adding a whopping $38,995 to the price tag of a standard Solstice, which itself starts at less than $20,000.
Want more? Mallett will also wedge a 402-cid “stroker” motor into your Solstice if you’ve got another spare $9,000 burning a hole in your pocket, or for the seriously speed-addicted, a supercharged 7.0-liter upgrade for another $18,761.


I want a supercharged 7.0 solstice. . . .

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 11:12 AM
holy shit, did you see this part at the end?




I want a supercharged 7.0 solstice. . . .
if you go to their site, there is the possibility of a turbo option in the future too... 7.0 turbo solstice :drooling:

slow4dr
12-20-2018, 01:40 PM
I don't know what the fascination is with "put a V8 in it" mentailty. They act like "it only adds 120 lbs" but that is on the front wheels of a car that weighs what 2200 lbs? That will significantly effect it's ability to do what it's designed to do.

For the money they cost I think the Ecotec could make more power and not add nowhere near that kinda weight.

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 01:43 PM
I don't know what the fascination is with "put a V8 in it" mentailty. They act like "it only adds 120 lbs" but that is on the front wheels of a car that weighs what 2200 lbs? That will significantly effect it's ability to do what it's designed to do.

For the money they cost I think the Ecotec could make more power and not add nowhere near that kinda weight.

............. i disagree with just about everything you just said. if anything just lighten the car with CF hood n trunk, lighter wheels and go through and rip out the other crap. no way an ecotec is gonna produce anything near that LS2

Tom Joad
12-20-2018, 01:46 PM
I don't know what the fascination is with "put a V8 in it" mentailty. They act like "it only adds 120 lbs" but that is on the front wheels of a car that weighs what 2200 lbs? That will significantly effect it's ability to do what it's designed to do.

For the money they cost I think the Ecotec could make more power and not add nowhere near that kinda weight.


They do mention some suspension work, plus the weight includes ballast designed to get the much desired 50/50 front rear balance assuming a 200 pound driver.


With all that weight added to the front and the back it should be an 'interesting' car to drive. :lol:

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 01:49 PM
uh does anyone else know its rwd besides me?

slow4dr
12-20-2018, 01:50 PM
............. i disagree with just about everything you just said. if anything just lighten the car with CF hood n trunk, lighter wheels and go through and rip out the other crap. no way an ecotec is gonna produce anything near that LS2


CF hood=15-20 lbs weight savings

Wheels=unsprung weight and don't remove weight from the balance of the car.

Not to mention both of these could be done to the car regardless of what it's powered by.

I would trust a Ecotec at 700 HP more than I would a LS based engine. I have seen way to many of them come apart only making 600WHP.

slow4dr
12-20-2018, 01:53 PM
They do mention some suspension work, plus the weight includes ballast designed to get the much desired 50/50 front rear balance assuming a 200 pound driver.


With all that weight added to the front and the back it should be an 'interesting' car to drive. :lol:


That's not the way I understand it. Basically that's saying the LS2 is only 60 lbs heavier than the Ecotec if they properly added weight to the back.

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 01:58 PM
That's not the way I understand it. Basically that's saying the LS2 is only 60 lbs heavier than the Ecotec if they properly added weight to the back.
they moved it back in the bay far enough so that it balances out. with a full tank of gas its not quite 50/50, but damn near (52:48). i used to think the same way you did about putting a V8 in on of these, but seeing that they actually balanced it, it sounds a lot nicer. plus, the power delivery of a 400 hp LS2 (N/A) will be a LOT nicer than the delivery of a 400 hp ecotec. and i don't think a 700 hp ecotec will be any better than a 700 hp LS2, in fact, i think the 700 hp LS2 would be better, and much more realisitc as far as a street car goes

slow4dr
12-20-2018, 02:05 PM
they moved it back in the bay far enough so that it balances out. with a full tank of gas its not quite 50/50, but damn near (52:48). i used to think the same way you did about putting a V8 in on of these, but seeing that they actually balanced it, it sounds a lot nicer. plus, the power delivery of a 400 hp LS2 (N/A) will be a LOT nicer than the delivery of a 400 hp ecotec. and i don't think a 700 hp ecotec will be any better than a 700 hp LS2, in fact, i think the 700 hp LS2 would be better, and much more realisitc as far as a street car goes


Well 700 HP in a car weighing that much won't be much of a street car regardless of it's power delivery. Just ask Alex about his imaginary S2000.

For the money spent on the base LS2 400HP option the Ecotec would kick it's ass for probably 1/4 the price.

$18K for the 7.0 option leaves a bunch of options.

Tom Joad
12-20-2018, 02:10 PM
Well 700 HP in a car weighing that much won't be much of a street car regardless of it's power delivery. Just ask Alex about his S2000.

For the money spent on the base LS2 400HP option the Ecotec would kick it's ass for probably 1/4 the price.

$18K for the 7.0 option leaves a bunch of options.

How different is the 2.4 liter found in the Solstice from the 2.2s and 2.0s usually seen modified? Is this motor capable of that kind of power?

Ghost font > *

slow4dr
12-20-2018, 02:15 PM
How different is the 2.4 liter found in the Solstice from the 2.2s and 2.0s usually seen modified? Is this motor capable of that kind of power?

Ghost font > *


The factory internals are pretty weak and are only rated at or around 300WHP. I have a 2.4 & a 2.0 S/C here at the shop we haven't opened up yet.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v243/Haephestos/Banks/c4c78722.jpg

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 02:15 PM
im sorry man but ecotec is shit.

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 02:16 PM
ive seen the 1kwhp ecotec dragster but that things as much an ecotec as dan is to being christian

slow4dr
12-20-2018, 02:17 PM
im sorry man but ecotec is shit.


Stock, I would completey agree but with some basic upgrades they can be monsters.

You will see 5-6 street cars in NHRA's Sport FWD this year all of which will be making north of 800WHP.

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 02:18 PM
How different is the 2.4 liter found in the Solstice from the 2.2s and 2.0s usually seen modified? Is this motor capable of that kind of power?

Ghost font > *
the 2.4 would require a LOT of mods... no forged internals, weak crank.

even the 2.2's and 2.0's require a lot of mods to make that kind of power, and they need to rev at damn near 10k rpm. that's why i think you can still get better power, and better power delivery from the LS2. 18k is 400hp, plus suspension, transmission, and clutch. 38k is 600hp, plus fully built suspension, clutch, tranny, and fully loaded vehicle. it may cost a bit more, but at least on a drag strip, the V8 will prevail... eventually. and to make 700 hp out of either one, i think the V8 may end up being cheaper.

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 02:18 PM
Stock, I would completey agree but with some basic upgrades they can be monsters.

You will see 5-6 street cars in NHRA's Sport FWD this year all of which will be making north of 800WHP.

wut do you consider basic. being that you have twin turbo monster engines laying around your shop as paper weights

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 02:19 PM
i read a write up on the 1000hp ecotec build, where they tested each upgrade step to see when each component needed to be replaced. the internals, even on the 2.0 had to go quick

slow4dr
12-20-2018, 02:28 PM
wut do you consider basic. being that you have twin turbo monster engines laying around your shop as paper weights


crank, rods & pistons

The thing I am getting at is the LS blocks come apart with that kind of HP regardless of what rods, pistons, crank is in them. Most of the guys go to the Iron truck blocks but then we get back into weight issues.

slow4dr
12-20-2018, 02:30 PM
i read a write up on the 1000hp ecotec build, where they tested each upgrade step to see when each component needed to be replaced. the internals, even on the 2.0 had to go quick


Exactly, the stock internals are shit but the block can handle the abuse unlike the aluminum LS blocks. The point again being internals aren't near the cost of what they are charging for the LS2.

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 02:31 PM
Exactly, the stock internals are shit but the block can handle the abuse unlike the aluminum LS blocks. The point again being internals aren't near the cost of what they are charging for the LS2.

ok that makes sense. you should of just said that to begin with. no wonder your wife beats you when your sleeping

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 02:33 PM
Exactly, the stock internals are shit but the block can handle the abuse unlike the aluminum LS blocks. The point again being internals aren't near the cost of what they are charging for the LS2.
true... but even 600 hp out of the ecotec is not gonna be anything remotely resembling cheap. once everything is figured in, i don't think that the price difference will be very much at all, and the 600 hp s/c LS2 will still deliver the power to the wheels better... if it could deliver it to the ground is a whole new ball game... yet the mallett cars have upgraded suspensions for that price

i do see what you're saying about the LS2 blocks though, i wasn't think of that initially :ftard:

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 02:34 PM
ITS RWD DAMMIT

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 02:35 PM
ITS RWD DAMMIT
so RWD isn't gonna spin tires?

600 hp in a sub 3000 lb car=massive wheelspin

Tom Joad
12-20-2018, 02:35 PM
Now we need evo77 to weigh in. :lol: What kind of rubber could you realistically fit on one of these. I thought they came with 245s stock.

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 02:37 PM
Now we need evo77 to weigh in. :lol: What kind of rubber could you realistically fit on one of these. I thought they came with 245s stock.
yes they do... but with the right offset, you could have some massive slicks on there, they'd jsut stick out past the body :lol:

since its RWD, you don't have to worry about clearance to turn either :thumb:

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 02:38 PM
so RWD isn't gonna spin tires?

600 hp in a sub 3000 lb car=massive wheelspin

they stuck the cobra engines in the miata and that thing took off like a rocket.

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 02:39 PM
they stuck the cobra engines in the miata and that thing took off like a rocket.
cobra engine is <400 hp

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 02:40 PM
cobra engine is <400 hp

true but its still heavy.

punkrokdood
12-20-2018, 02:42 PM
true but its still heavy.
i'm not saying it WILL spin tires, i'm just saying, its hard to control. Hell, the wrtie up of the 400 hp mallett said that they had to be careful or else they jsut smoked the tires. I'm sure you could put it to the ground, it would jsut take some serious work

we're also talking 600 hp vs. like 385 hp with about the same wieght. that extra 215 hp will make a HUGE difference

Broken5hift
12-20-2018, 02:50 PM
how to drive your mallet:

step 1: put in 4th gear
step 2: release clutch and press in gas
step 3: quickly put into 6th gear and brake.

el_jefe
12-20-2018, 03:14 PM
they stuck the cobra engines in the miata and that thing took off like a rocket.

And steered like one too. . .

I have driven 427 Cobra replica's that weighed in at 1800 lbs with built V8's in them. They are a bitch to launch, sometimes scary to drive, but lord are they fun. Any car that you can be loping along in 5th gear at 60mph and drop the hammer and the tires break loose is kick ass. Just remember what happened to the very first 427 corba built, when they got on it, it hit the only damned tree in the infield.

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