The ZX2 was an ill-fated Ford Escort coupe made between 1998-2003. The ZX-1, however, is a Chevrolet C6 Corvette tuned up to 860 hp by Milwaukee-based Bennett Coachworks, and headed to a buyer in southeastern Michigan.
The ZX-1 starts in life as a standard C6 Chevrolet Corvette but, as you'd expect, gets a full complement of interior, exterior, and performance upgrades. The major upgrades happen under the hood: Bennett and Motor City Speed in Walled Lake, MI add new headers, a new camshaft, new valves and injectors, and a new (ostensibly louder) exhaust to the stock LS2 engine. For an extra dash of go, the pair add a Procharger supercharger and a modified ECU. Earlier Bennett cars made up to 650 hp, a decent figure, but the ZX-1 promises to make 860 hp, a respectable figure among modified American muscle cars. To make sure the car will stop and go equally well, Bennett ditches the stock brakes and adds a full Brembo Gran Turismo kit, including 14-inch front discs with six-piston calipers, and 13-inch rear discs with four-piston calipers.
The car obviously goes fast, but modifications to the body panels make sure it look fast as well. Bennett claims that changes to the aerodynamic kit increases the volume of air pointed towards all necessary cooling systems and adds a racier look. While we can't prove the first claim, the second is certainly true: the car receives flared wheel arches and deep cuts into the body panels on the doors and quarter panels.
On the inside of the car you see above, Bennett upgraded the Corvette's seats, and sprayed the exterior with an OEM Chevrolet color, cyber gray metallic. But typical tuner rules apply to the ZX-1: as long as you pay enough money, Bennett can paint your ZX-1 in whatever color you like, fit the interior with whatever you like, and make even more changes to the running gear.
Bennett says the car you see here--which is actually based on an old C6 racecar--is headed to the lobby of Brembo’s North American headquarters in Plymouth, Michigan. After a brief display period, its new owner -- Datanational Corp. CEO Paul Greenstone -- will take delivery. No word on how much it would cost to score a ZX-1 of your own.
Source: Bennett Coachbuilders