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NOTE: I had this in a C6 thread, but got no response so I thought I'd give it a try here:

A good friend of mine likes convertibles and torque. He also HATES it when I spank him at the racetrack (he drives a 2003 M3 'vertible). He's been thinking of correcting his torque shortage with a Corvette (though I don't know what he'll do with the skills shortage :pp: ) and compromising on the convertible with a targa top (which also addresses issues at most race tracks that don't like convertibles with roll hoops). So he considering a Hammer from Mallett.

I have no experience with Mallett though I've seen the industry scuttlebutt like everyone else and they look like a quality operation. Plus, they've been great with him on the phone. Still, I've got some questions. If you can answer them, please do so:

1) Mallett says that the car will remain covered under GM warranty despite the head/cam package included. Does anyone know how I can verify this from GM?

2) Does anyone have personal experience with Mallett that they can share? (Please PM me if you like)

3) Does 500hp on a stock tranny/diff sound OK given that it will only be driven on the street (with occassional play) and on the racetrack - NOT the dragstrip. (Should be a great reason for GM to void the warranty I'd think)

4) Is there anything smarter that can be done with about $15k given the requirement above?

Thanks in advance for your input.
 

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I read good things about them, but I don't know anybody with one.
1. I don't see how GM could cover the conversion. You would be ahead to call GM.
2. 500hp will eventually break something on the stock drive train.
3. I think if it were me, I would call LPE instead.
 

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I highly recommend Mallett Cars. They originally set up my car for the track. It is a National level SCCA Pro Solo and National Tour AutoX car. We also do highspeed Solo I events and it is my daily driver.

Mallett has an exclusive agreement with GM. They do a lot of developmental work with GM. The prepare street cars and other race cars.

I recommend the Hammer conversion.
 
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