eBay Find: PPR’s Twin-Turbo, Standing-Mile C5 Le Mans Z06
Performance Power Racing out of West Palm Beach, Florida was started 5 years ago by John Boehmer as a mainstream speed shop. Boehmer himself had previously been successful in various corners of the mechanical and industrial market, but as he developed PPR and his own thumb for the automotive craft, it became clear that Johnny’s obsession with everything motor was actually zeroing-in on the art of top speed.
For this very reason, PPR grew and evolved as Boehmer’s own personal skunk works, and from that factory there have been at least a few high-speed creations that have set forth onto to the standing-mile scene. One of their most prominent standing-mile sleds was a twin-turbo Ford GT that was initiated in January of 2009 as a car built specifically to break the 250 mile per hour barrier. John Boehmer’s GT creation would certainly not be his last attempt at kicking some ass in the standing mile.
That’s because PPR was responsible for the construction of our featured eBay find, an extremely fast and rare Le Mans edition Z06, featuring a twin-turbo package unique to the C5 that originally was good for 525 horses on the dyno. The original buyer of this fast Z06 had brought it to PPR with an upgrade that was good for somewhere in the 1,000 brake horsepower range, but it soon became clear that the Vette owner’s intention was to build a standing-mile racer that was also street legal.
For these very purposes, PPR helped the fast C5 to establish a balance between streetable horsepower and outright, unadulterated top speed. With a few tweaks that were born from a process of elimination, combined with an undying need for optimum performance, PPR accomplished just that.
While bidding topped out at a below-reserve $28,100, we think that this car could still be a screaming bargain for someone looking for the ultimate in turnkey Corvette speed.