Pogea Racing upgrades the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 19, 2012

A customer has asked POGEA RACING GmbH to modernize the '59 model Corvette convertible, according to its head, Eduard Pogea. He described the Corvette as having united the “classic automobile design in balance with the latest in modern vehicle technology." This project has a chassis that consists of an in-house tube frame built with the cooperation of Foose Design in the USA.

This frame doesn’t just significantly improve the convertible's torsional stiffness as it serves as a solid base where the height adjustable coilover suspension could be mounted as well as the modern drive and brake systems. POGEA looked at a Corvette LS3 when it had wanted to find an engine that fits its heritage.

POGEA had fitted out this engine, which is used in the existing Corvette (MY 2011), with additional parts to improve its performance. Aside from the LS7 fuel injectors, aggressive camshafts and a direct, open intake with tip cone filter, the exhaust flow above all was tuned to an optimum level. This meant that the 6.2-litre engine features 45-millimetre diameter Edelbrock exhaust manifolds coupled with a stainless steel exhaust system with just 2 silencers.

The V8 engine performance is raised to 485 HP / 357 kW at 4400 rpm and 585 Nm at 6200 rpm. Its engine power gets to the rear wheels through a manual 5-shift gearbox with ceramic clutch and a Dana 44 differential.

As the result of these tweaks, the totally reconditioned Classic could accelerate from a standstill to 100 kms/h in 3.9 sec. Contemporary deceleration values are provided by a generously-sized sports brake system taken from the Corvette LS5.

The perforated, internally ventilated brake discs, which are sized 330 mm (front) and 300 mm (rear), are actuated at the front by six-piston and at the rear by four-piston callipers. To cope with the rising demands of the modified convertible, it gets stylish 3-part POGEA RACING wheels, 9.5Jx18 at the front and 12Jx19 on the rear axle. The perfect combination is believed to be Bridgestone Potenza 265/40 R 18 and 305/30 R 19 tires.

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Back to the Future – POGEA RACING updates 1959 Corvette with latest technology

"This Corvette unites classic automobile design in balance with the latest in modern vehicle technology." This is how Eduard Pogea, head of POGEA RACING GmbH outlines the '59 model Corvette convertible modernised by his company on a customer's orders. And continues: "Within the space of only one year we developed, produced and adapted current technology to fit in an American Old timer. Our objective was to marry contemporary driving characteristics, a terrifically powerful engine, dependable brakes and a refined vehicle interior with classic bodywork." The chassis for this demanding project consists of an in-house tube frame manufactured in cooperation with Foose Design in the USA.

This frame not only significantly improves the convertible's torsional stiffness, it also forms a solid base on which to mount the heightadjustable coilover suspension, as well as the modern drive and brake systems. When it came to looking for an engine befitting its heritage, POGEA opted for a Corvette LS3. This engine, used in the current Corvette (MY 2011), was fitted out by POGEA with extra components to increase its performance. Besides LS7 fuel injectors, aggressive camshafts and a direct, open intake with tip cone filter, the exhaust flow above all was tuned to optimum level. Henceforth the 6.2-litre engine is free to howl its zest for life through 45- millimetre diameter Edelbrock exhaust manifolds coupled with a stainless steel exhaust system with only 2 silencers. At the same time as that V8 sound massages your eardrums, the engine performance increases to an impressive 485 HP / 357 kW at 4400 rpm and 585 Nm at 6200 rpm.

The engine power reaches the rear wheels via a manual 5-shift gearbox with ceramic clutch and a Dana 44 differential. With these modifications, the completely reconditioned Classic puts out excellent performance: from 0 - 100 kms/h in a mere 3.9 seconds and with a top speed of 288 kms/h, the two-seater is decidedly superior to the original basic model. A generously-sized sports brake system taken from the Corvette LS5 provides contemporary deceleration values. Perforated, internally ventilated brake discs , sized 330 mm (front) and 300 mm (rear) are actuated at the front by six-piston and at the rear by four-piston callipers.

The appropriately-styled 3-part POGEA RACING wheels, 9.5Jx18 at the front and 12Jx19 on the rear axle, were specially developed for the increased demands of the souped-up convertible. Bridgestone Potenza 265/40 R 18 and 305/30 R 19 tyres were selected as the ideal combination. A clever trick allows POGEA to house the enormous wheels in the rear wheel-wells: widening them by doubling the original mudguards. As a result the rear end grows by a handsome 37 centimetres to 2.09 metres overall width and is equipped with 4 LED rear light clusters to become a real eye-catcher. The complete paint job in the original Ferrari colours Rosso and Bianco contributes to the effect.

Red and white also dominate the vehicle interior with its perfect look and feel. A combination of carpeting and smooth leather turns the vehicle interior into a sophisticated control centre. A Vallelunga steering wheel with flattened lower rim and seats out of the Cobra ensure more legroom compared to the standard interior. Together with an Alpine multi-media system including satnav, a retro-fitted AC unit and servo-steering, POGEA upgraded almost all of the car's electronics to prepare the Corvette for reliable use in everyday traffic.

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