Between its show and on-track appearances, the C6 has also done very well from a business standpoint. "This car's paid for itself three times over," says Cochetas, who adds that it's easily the best investment he's ever made.

If you're planning to add more power to your Corvette, Cochetas has this advice: Before calling a shop like DRE, be ready to talk realistically what you want to accomplish. "Everybody gets wound up because they read magazine and Internet articles about 1,000-horsepower cars, and they're convinced when they walk into my office that's what they have to have," he says. "The reality is, nobody knows what that's like to drive, other than me and a few other people, and it's not actually what they want.

"Find a tuner you can trust and ask the difficult questions. More importantly, ask 'What happens if I change my mind?' You're going to start getting honest and real answers as soon as you ask that question. That's because nobody gets into this and knows exactly what they're going to do. I'm a prime example. What my car turned into is not at all what I envisioned the day I brought it home. It's all going to change."

Spec Sheet: '06 Coupe
Owner Peter Cochetas; Dacono, CO
Block GM Performance Parts LSX iron
Displacement 430 ci
Compression Ratio 8.3:1
Heads Dragon Race Engineering (DRE) Stage IV Warhawk 360 aluminum
Valves Manley 2.120/1.600
Camshaft DRE DX7R (0.246/0.254-in lift, 0.650/0.645-deg duration, 112-deg LSA)
Rocker Arms T&D 1.7 ratio
Pistons Diamond Racing forged
Crankshaft Manley forged
Rods Manley billet I-beam
Power Adder Dragon Race Engineering 1000M Supercharger (18 psi boost)
Fuel Injectors MPFI 150-lb/hr
Fuel Pumps Triple electric Walbro 355 (two in-tank, one external)
Ignition Stock '06 coil-on-plug
Engine Management Factory PCM with DRE programming and 1,500 g/sec MAF
Exhaust System Dynatech Supermaxx headers and exhaust
Transmission DRE Stage 4 T56 manual with Hurst shifter
Clutch SPEC custom Stage 5 dual-disc
Driveshaft Driveshaft Specialties custom 3-in with urethane bushings
Front Suspension Pfadt Racing coilovers
Rear Suspension Pfadt Racing coilovers
Rearend DRE modified with HD clutches, 3.08 gears, and 300M CV shafts
Brakes C6 Z06 with six-piston front/four-piston rear calipers
Wheels Forgestar F14 forged aluminum; 19x10 (front), 20x12 (rear)
Front Tires Pirelli PZero, 295/30R19
Rear Tires Pirelli PZero, 355/20R20
Fuel Octane 112-octane E85 (85% ethanol mixed with 104 unleaded)
Weight 3,590 lbs
Best E.T./MPH 9.51 seconds at 155 mph
Best 60-ft. Time 1.33 seconds
Current Mileage 12,144
Miles Driven Weekly "not many"