So I'm standing there at our test facility, watching Performance West's Chevrolet Searing Silverado click off mid-5-second 0-60 runs. I comment to Race Truck Trend's Frank Bristing, whose company actually converts PW's ideas into metal/plastic/paint: "Hey, Frank, that new Vortec 5300 sure responds to a well-done supercharger install, doesn't it?" Answers Bristing: "5.3? That's a 4800 in there! When was the last time you saw a short-wheelbase standard-cab Chevy pickup with a 5300 in it?"
That's right, less than 4.8 supercharged liters pushing this 4000-plus-pound truck to 5.6-second 0-60s with no nitrous, and no internal engine mods. It can be done.
You'd have to be blind not to pick up on Performance West's inspiration for this pickup: Can you say C5 Corvette? With the C5 as the bogie, its goal was to crank more Vettelike performance, handling, and even looks, from the Silverado. While re-engineering the truck to employ the C5's 345-horse all-alloy LS1, six-speed transaxle, and full independent suspension might have been the idealist's (and the millionaire's) way to go, PW decided to build upon what was already there. Whipple provided the supercharger system and revamped ECU. Other hop-up mods include Max Xtracter Performance Products headers and custom 2.5-inch catback stainless dual exhaust system`don't miss the Vette-inspired center-exit exhaust tips.
A & A Specialties produces the body pieces that add even more Corvette flavor: a custom front fascia, side skirts, and a special rear fascia. Race Truck Trends does the custom tailgate with Corvette lenses and the body-color hard tonneau cover.
Inside, Cerullo whipped up the special console, and Ultima Trim provides the brushed aluminum dash kit and steering wheel. The audio and entertainment system employs Clarion components.