Corvettes You Should Watch For: Philip Tarin’s Unique 2008 Z06
There are a lot of Z06s out there but none like this…
We first heard about Tarin’s Corvette through the good folks at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association and after talking to Tarin himself, it is obvious that his car fits him to the tee.Since his purchase of the car just about a year ago, Tarin has put some effort into making the car his own. To give the car a unique stance, Tarin equipped his Z06 with ZR1 fenders and the wheels to match. A carbon fiber hood, front splitter and rear spoiler finish off the car’s look.
“I wanted to have something different and unique,” said Tarin. “There are a lot of Z06s out there but none like this.”
Tarin’s car looks impressive, but it also has the goods to back it up. While retaining the stock engine for the most part, Tarin has added a Corsa cat-back exhaust, long tube headers, a cold air intake, and a short-throw shifter to give his Corvette a bit of an edge. The car is also performance tuned and fitted with Penske coilovers for optimum street/strip handling.
Perfecting the Z06 has come as second nature for Tarin, as he has already built one ten-second drag car – a ‘98 Mustang. Of course, we had to get to the bottom of how he went from being a Mustang guy to a Corvette guy.
“I was drawn into buying a Z06 after building a Cobra, which now makes 700 HP, due to that it was too aggressive for the street,” Tarin told us. “The car is extremely loud and the police either love it or hate it. After being harassed numerous times, the love I had for driving it around was slowly vanishing. Already having love for Chevys and in particular the Z06, I did some random searching for Z06’s for sale and when I found one I liked, it was a done deal. I bought the car and fell in love with it the moment I drove it off the lot.”Already having the seat time in his Cobra, Tarin can definitely attest to his Z06’s performance.
“It was crazy to see how well this car performed and compared to my other car after putting on just a simple exhaust and cold air intake,” he told us. “I can now drive around in a car just as fast without the attention from the police, go to the track and run an 11.3-second quarter mile at 123 MPH and then go to dinner afterwards. I couldn’t ask for a greater feeling when driving a car.”
Now that Tarin knows what his car is capable of, its time to step it up another notch. While he doesn’t plan on doing anything too crazy, Tarin wants to put in a bigger camshaft and maybe do some minor interior upgrades, possibly a suede headliner or dash in the future. He’s also looking into getting a set of deep dish wheels to replace the ZR1 rims.
Although Tarin has showed the car a few times, he hopes to take the Corvette to more events in the future. In addition to dappling in autocross, Tarin has dreams of taking the car to the SEMA Show in the next couple years.
In a world full of unique rides everywhere you look, Tarin has managed to come up with a Corvette that’s all his own. And nothing speaks volumes of a true car guy like coming up with a personal style that hasn’t been seen before.