COBALT SS SUPERCHARGED IS READY FOR ENCORE PERFORMANCE AT
Lotus Engineering adds extra power to Chevrolet's latest 4-cylinder
Led by GM Performance Division and Chevrolet, with help from Lotus
Engineering among others, a new contender burst onto the scene this
summer in the increasingly popular Time Attack competitions - the
Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged. Driven by John Heinricy in the
Unlimited Class, the FWD Cobalt SS Supercharged beat the fastest times
of the legendary AWD Nissan Skyline by seven seconds in Street Tuner
Challenge's Time Attack event on July 21.
Now with some further modifications and added nitrous boost, the
Cobalt SS Supercharged looks to make an even bigger splash on Tuesday,
8 in a return to California's Buttonwillow Raceway Park for the
PRIMEDIA Time Attack, where it will seek to record the fastest time in
the Unlimited Class as well as overall.
Working in partnership with GM Performance Division and other
specialists, Lotus Engineering provided calibration and engineering
expertise to help maximize the performance potential of the base
supercharged 2.0L ECOTEC engine in the Cobalt SS. In race-ready trim,
the nitrous oxide boosted engine delivers an impressive 344 horsepower
and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
Tim Holland, director of Powertrain Engineering at Lotus' USA
office in Michigan, commented: "Handling the calibration aspect of the
supercharged 2.0-liter ECOTEC engine was a very rewarding job. Lotus
Engineering had already been involved in the development of the
standard production engine; therefore being given the chance to make
it even more powerful was fantastic. By adding nitrous oxide the
engine can now deliver a conservative 344 horsepower in short bursts.
I can't wait to see the race for myself on November 8."
Time Attack racing has been popular in Japan for some time, and
finally made its way to America in 2003. Taking cues from the Japanese
competitions, Time Attack races feature street-based cars on ordinary
street tires trying to complete the fastest flying lap time possible
on a given track.