• Nov 3rd 2012 at 9:44AM
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Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons
  • Cor-Vegge Corvette Racecar at LeMons

There might be only one veggie-powered Chevrolet Corvette in the world, and it's part of the 24 Hours of LeMons endurance racing series that showcases $500 beater cars. "Spank," the owner and builder, has pieced together the Cor-Vegge on a a C4 Corvette body, powered by a 1980s Oldsmobile diesel engine and fueled by waste vegetable oil.

The 350-cubic-inch diesel V8 engine puts out 77 horsepower, and the Cor-Vegge's 20 gallon gas tank keeps its running up to five hours on the track. The fuel is stored in a large single tank, where Spank makes the vegetable fuel by draining oil from the tank, adding some diesel fuel to warm up the engine, and then adding back the vegetable oil. A pair of heat exchangers have been installed to keep the veggie oil flowing smoothly.

The Cor-Vegge has raced twice so far in its C4 Corvette body, built sometime between 1984 and 1996. Spank is protected by a professional roll cage and new front disk brakes.

For those interested in buying the unique Cor-Vegge, Spank is offering it for $3,500 with a $550 deposit for the upcoming Chuckwalla season-ending race, the third one that his veggie racer will be entering. See pictures of the car in action at the previous events in the gallery, thanks to Murilee Martin.


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      goodoldgorr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im not interrested to buy and i don't have used old veggie oil to give to them. This is one of the crappiest car we see here since a long time, LOL.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Great creativity with an A+ for taking action. Still this kind of overstates our pig-headed determination to need to burn something - anything just to move our cars down the road.
      EZEE
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey DOMINICK! The C-Max outsells the Prius V in October. A story posted on a fine website I suggest everyone click on, leftlanenews.com... http://www.leftlanenews.com/ford-c-max-outsells-prius-v-in-october.html Sold over 3,000... Not to shabby....
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Olds diesel , a mechanic,s (me) nightmare ! strange choice
      roggentiens
      • 2 Years Ago
      This seems like a bad idea. The futures electric, not "Veggie" oil. That crap is used in the kitchen, not the shop...
      The Wasp
      • 2 Years Ago
      So much for $500 limit...I hope they don't allow him to keep competing while he's asking $3500 for that thing.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @The Wasp
        You hope so, eh? Thanks. Thanks a lot... Car was $495 without engine and transmission. Engine and transmission purchased for $50 (and I think I paid too much for it!). Sold some interior bits from Corvette to allow me to purchase a set of head gaskets and head studs. Came in (and still comes in) well below budget. Take a look a the rules at www.24hoursoflemons.com and see that safety equipment is not part of budget. A professional cage from Evil Genius Racing, a Kirkey Intermediate Road Race Seat, Harness, new brakes, tires, etc all add up to more than the asking price and are budget exempt. The Cage is built to SCCA spec and could, with appropriate drivetrain and suspension modifications, compete in a "real" race series if you're one of "those" types.
          The Wasp
          • 2 Years Ago
          I would like to compete and have read the rules before. Perhaps it was hasty of me to judge based only on the picture and this post. In any case, it seems a bit odd that a car apparently worth well over $500 before race-prepping and after is still allowed to compete.
          Giza Plateau
          • 2 Years Ago
          Would you consider the car green?
      bluepongo1
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess the giant lemon on the door of the pictured car was too sublime for some commenters.
      Tweaker
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice article. It would be nicer if you could tell us how he is actually doing in the serirs, huh?
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tweaker
        Details? We don't have time for your details! Good day sir! I said good day!
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