Doug Rippie Motorsports RTR – The Ultimate Corvette Track Toy?

Many Corvette owners dream of building a dedicated track toy – no concessions to comfort, just the bare essentials to make the car quick and safe. Of course, not everyone has the skill, knowledge, or let’s face it, the financial resources to pull it off, so compromises must be made, and the daily driver does double duty as an autocross or open track car, too.

But what if you could make yourself a “clean sheet” racetrack Corvette? What would that be like to drive? The RTR (for “Ready To Race”) from Doug Rippie Motorsports answers that question. When the boss says, “We need to build a safe, light, fast, clean car and sell them to the track guys,” that’s all the motivation the rest of the company needs to build a 2700 pound, 630 horsepower rocket ship. Starting at a base price of $125k, it’s not cheap, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. Here’s the specs:


  • Fiberglass WC C6 Z06
  • Lexan front and rear windows
  • Carbon fiber wing
  • Splitter for increased front downforce
  • Both doors are fully operational
  • Front headlights (not DOT approved)
  • Rear brake lights
  • Painted to your favorite color
  • Two GM side mirrors


  • Steel chassis with all unnecessary brackets removed
  • Full 10 point cage to meet most all sanctioning bodies rules
  • NASCAR style door bars on both sides of the car
  • Steel firewall for safety
  • Z06 lightweight cradles front and rear
  • Chassis powder coated to your favorite color
  • Front and rear tubular bumpers
  • Jack posts for easier lifting


  • Mono-ball suspension bearings at all suspension to chassis points
  • Rod end steering arms for adjustable bump steer
  • GM power steering rack with a few trade tricks
  • Power steering cooler in the radiator
  • LGM Drop spindles
  • DRM Bilstein coilover shocks
  • Hyperco springs
  • T-1 swaybars with adjustable end links
  • Scaled, aligned and set ride height


  • AP front and rear brake package
  • Full race pads
  • 14 inch rotors in the front
  • 13.25 inch rotors in the rear
  • Tilton pedal assembly
  • Cockpit adjustable brake bias
  • SS lines to the calipers
  • Custom stainless steel hard lines
  • Frame style brake ducting
  • Spindle ducts

Tire and wheel packages

  • CCW race wheels
  • Hoosier R6 compound
  • 295/30/18 front
  • 335/30/18 rear


  • GM LS7 crate engine
  • Custom JE pistons
  • Katech rod bolts
  • Upgraded rocker arms
  • ARE Dry-sump tank and pan
  • Custom DRM Camshaft
  • COMP cams valvetrain
  • Aftermarket wiring harness
  • Modified computer program (pump gas)
  • Stainless steel headers
  • Rear exit exhaust
  • Race style mufflers
  • Ron Davis radiator with oil cooler
  • GM fuel tanks
  • Redline race oil


  • Quarter Master race clutch
  • GM bellhousing
  • DRM flywheel shatter shield
  • Remote hydraulic bleeder
  • GM ZR1 transmission
  • GM ZR1 rear-end (3.42)
  • GM wheel bearings with ARP studs
  • GM ZR1 torque tube
  • GM CV joint axles
  • Transmission and differential coolers
  • Stainless steel Aeroquip lines and fittings
  • Redline fluids


  • Autometer gauge package
  • Kirban short throw shifter
  • Kirkey driver and passenger seats
  • Collapsible steering shaft with removable wheel
  • Crow safety harness
  • Driver and Passenger window nets
  • Fire system 

So, what’s your take? If you had your choice, would you prefer a turnkey car like the RTR, or one of your own creation?

About the author

Paul Huizenga

After some close calls on the street in his late teens and early twenties, Paul Huizenga discovered organized drag racing and never looked back, becoming a SFI-Certified tech inspector and avid bracket racer. Formerly the editor of OverRev and Race Pages magazines, Huizenga set out on his own in 2009 to become a freelance writer and editor.
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