The basics were covered when Bowler installed a set of LG Motorsports Bilstein-based coilovers with lightweight aluminum housings and T1 stabilizer bars from Chevrolet Performance, along with front and rear tie-rod bumpsteer kits from Zip. The bumpsteer kits replace the factory inner and outer tie-rod ends and joints with heavier-duty components that enable a higher degree of toe adjustment. This helps ensure that the tires stay in proper alignment during hard cornering. Also contributing to optimal tire placement on the tarmac are a Pfadt camber kit and complementing bushings.
"The car really responded well with these components, and the on-track experience was like a night-and-day difference," says Bowler. "I've received tons of great advice and support on the suspension's setup from Tom Leonard of Speedsouth, Anthony Forney at LG Motorsports, and Aaron Pfadt at Pfadt Race Engineering. These gentlemen didn't just sell me parts. They followed through with the advice and experience to help make the most of them."
On their advice, the most recent suspension upgrades came last winter, with a set of dropped spindles from LG Motorsports, which lowered the car without affecting the suspension geometry. Pfadt's spherical bearings and racing ball joints (for the control arms), meanwhile, work cohesively to enhance traction.
Nothing fancy here—just an LPE-tweaked LS2 making well north of 500 horses. Red-silicone h
Now that's a wing. Aggressive appearance notwithstanding, this track-prepped C6 sees regul
"Roc Linkov from the National Corvette Museum was my instructor at the Katech event. I'd never driven the Autobahn course before, so I needed to feel out how the latest round of suspension mods would perform," says Bowler. "By the second day, I was driving in the advanced group because the car was performing so well. I did two days without the need to give a point-by. The upgrades were totally successful, and I was thrilled."
Braking duties fall to a complete StopTech big-brake kit with 15-inch, two-piece, drilled-and-slotted rotors up front, clamped by six-piston calipers. They're supplemented by a pair of 14-inch rear rotors with four-piston calipers, along with LG Motorsports–supplied SKF racing bearings and a brake-cooling kit. Bowler has also taken pains to ensure that the car will keep its cool during a long weekend of non-stop lapping. Cooling modifications include a high-capacity Ron Davis radiator and oil cooler, an LG Motorsports high-performance silicone hose kit, and a Doug Rippie Motorsports fluid cooler for the Quaife diff.
Caravaggio buckets are finished in matching leather and outfitted with Sabelt six-point ha
The Corvette's powertrain and suspension mods figuratively and literally meet the pavement on a set of Hoosier R6-wrapped CCW forged aluminum wheels. They measure 18x11 inches in front and 18x13 inches in the rear. The sticky Hoosier gumballs are sized 315/30R18 in front and 345/35R18 in the rear, contributing to tremendous grip, especially when they're warm.
There are unmistakable exterior enhancements on the car, as well, not the least of which is the Z06 body kit that stretches the fenders over the wide CCW rims. It's complemented by a carbon-fiber front splitter and rear wing, along with a featherweight MCM carbon vented racing hood and a Lexan rear hatch window. Phoenix Racing tow hooks are functional and add to the Corvette's racetrack aesthetic.
Inside, a set of Caravaggio racing seats, which have become almost de rigueur for serious street/track enthusiasts, keep Bowler and passenger planted, as do matching Sabelt six-point harnesses. There's also a Pfadt rollbar for safety's sake. An MGW shifter provides quicker, more positive-feeling shifts of the factory Tremec six-speed transmission, but the rest of the interior is pretty much as Chevrolet intended.
"I've done all the work on this car myself in the winters, with some help from my cousin Jeff, when needed," says Bowler. "It's been a very satisfying project, and experiencing the results of that hard work is an even better feeling."
With years of driving experience throughout North America, including The Glen, National Corvette Museum events, Virginia International Raceway, Trackmasters, Putnam Park Raceway, Mosport, and more, Bowler has wrung every ounce of performance from his Corvette and keeps pushing its limits—and his.
"Car shows are great for some people, but I love participating in the high-performance driving events, because it gives you a rush that you have to experience to appreciate," he says. "I've made great friends through these events, and I feel like I'm getting the very most from my Corvette."
In other words, Bowler says, "Try it…you'll like it," about HPDEs. We wholeheartedly agree and hope to see continued growth in the trend. As this homebuilt track star demonstrates, the possibilities are endless—and so are the rewards.