Milestones are always a cause for celebration. They mark a successful journey and usher in continued success. No one understands that better than the team at Art Morrison Enterprises (AME) as they just celebrated the completion and shipping of their 500th C1 GT Sport chassis. Stock Corvettes are definitely cool, but AME is upping the game by delivering better-than-stock performance and handling while maintaining the classic look of these American icons for owners and custom car builders
The C1 rolled off the assembly line in 1953 and immediately turned heads. Since then, it continues to be one of the most recognizable and revered cars ever produced. The C1 Corvette was initially designed to pull GM out of their post-war sales slump, but this marked the beginning of the longest-running American production sports car and laid the groundwork for Corvette innovation for years to come. Nearly 70 years later, the Corvette is still a must-have car for many, but the original chassis technology that helped propel the Corvette to new heights could use a little updating. This is where AME engineering and development come in.
AME realizes that when you combine beauty, brawn, and performance, you have built the ultimate hot rod. When the AME engineering team developed the initial true bolt-on C1 chassis, it was designed to maintain the car’s classic looks while modernizing its performance. According to AME, it’s the proverbial marriage made in heaven and an investment in long-term driving pleasure that has resulted in a plethora of AME-equipped C1s garnering jaw-dropping hammer prices at prestigious auctions.
The GT Sport chassis is built to help the C1 produce 1G of acceleration, 1G of braking, and 1G of lateral grip, hence the 3G moniker. The C1 chassis debuted to the public at the 2006 SEMA show, where the AME 3G Corvette won “Best Hot Rod” and “Best of Show”
Several months ago, we took a tour of the Art Morrison facility and learned a lot about what goes into designing a modernized chassis for classic hot rods, and you can check out the article by clicking here.
Technical Features And Benefits
Front Suspension – Choose between a C6/C7 IFS with forged aluminum control arms and spindles or AME’s Sport independent front suspension (IFS) with tubular steel control arms and Wilwood spindle.
Rear Suspension – The standard GT Sport chassis comes with a highly effective triangulated four-bar-supported rearend with coilovers. The AME Multilink independent rear suspension (IRS) is an available option.
Contemporary Stance – Ride height is approximately 3- to 4-inches lower than stock, which lowers the center of gravity and improves handling. Through-frame exhaust passageways provide optimum ground clearance.
Multiple Tire Options – Track width is reduced from the stock C6/C7 to allow larger tires in the confines of the wheel wells. The Sport IFS allows the use of wheels with a diameter of as little as 15-inch.
Camber Angle And Roll Center – The FVSA (Front View Swing Arm) length has been shortened to better maintain camber angle when cornering and the static roll center height lowered.
Congratulations to the crew at Art Morrison Enterprises and here’s to many more satisfied hot rodders making their ride AME supported.