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Leno C6RS
By Larry Edsall

Why should Jay Leno have all the fun?

He's host of The Tonight Show and has a couple of good-size airplane hangars full of cars and motorcycles, and he added another two weeks ago at the SEMA Show where his Chevrolet Corvette C6RS was a star of the General Motors display.

In case you missed it, the C6RS is basically a street-legal Corvette racecar that burns E85 ethanol in its custom-built, 8.2-liter (that 500-cubic-inches for the old school crowd) V8 engine.

As it turns out, this time Leno won't be the only one enjoying such a car because two major Detroit area motorsports suppliers plan to build 20-25 such cars.

Although it headlined the GM display at the 2007 SEMA Show, the C6RS was built in New Hudson, Michigan, by Pratt & Miller Engineering, the same shop that builds the Le Mans GT-class-winning Corvette C6.R racers for GM. And just like the engines that propel those ‘Vette racers, the engine in Leno's and the other C6RSs come from Katech Performance of Clinton Township, Michigan.

To get one of the C6RSs, you'll need a C6 Corvette donor car – either in standard or Z06 guise – plus around $185,000 for modifications that include that a 600-horsepower engine packed with racing-bred technology, a blueprinted T-56 six-speed gearbox, Arvin Meritor Dynamic Ride Control suspension, special cooling hardware, K&N air intake, Brembo brakes, black chrome BBS wheels, high-performance Michelin tires, Corsa exhaust and a wider yet aerodynamic carbon fiber body.

But while this may be a racer on the outside, it's a luxury ride inside, with two-tone leather seating in a Dynamat-insulated interior so you can hear not just that big engine but also the upgraded audio system.

"We're taking our racing partnership to the street for a select group of people," said Pratt & Miller spokesman Chris Ladouceur, who adds that the car will offer drivability both for the daily commute and for track day activities.

For more information, visit the Pratt & Miller website at www.prattmillerc6rs.com.

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