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    Gary/Frank -

    Do you guys know what the turbo Solstice with the GM kit are running for quarter mile times at the track?

    I put the kit in my HHR-SS, its an automatic, and ran 14.4 secs. at 98 MPH on a very slippery track - wheel spin all the way through low gear. I've heard the HHR version of the tune is turned down for the automatics. But, it sure surprised a lot of folks - had one guy with a new Mustang ask me in the staging lanes if it had a 5.3 L in it.

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    I've heard from 11-13 sec. I can't say these are stock. I know of on guy with a sky and he dyno at over 400hp.

    Mine stock with the GMPP tune, (shift no lift) flys! never been to the track to time it.

    just think what would happen with the 5L in there


    Quote Originally Posted by TININDN View Post
    Gary/Frank -

    Do you guys know what the turbo Solstice with the GM kit are running for quarter mile times at the track?

    I put the kit in my HHR-SS, its an automatic, and ran 14.4 secs. at 98 MPH on a very slippery track - wheel spin all the way through low gear. I've heard the HHR version of the tune is turned down for the automatics. But, it sure surprised a lot of folks - had one guy with a new Mustang ask me in the staging lanes if it had a 5.3 L in it.

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    I decided to give my car the look they had in the orignal design of the car. This is dual exhaust center and stacked. the concept car had this look and I really like it. so the new exhaust is in but waiting on a new rear valance. my xmas gift to myself


    http://picasaweb.google.com/garydn/CarMods#

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    Smile new exhaust

    Gary,
    I did not see pictures of the concept car. I like the look, but have to say that it will be prone to damage particularly in the case of entering driveways that slope up from the roadway. I like the center clustering of the pipe tips, but would prefer (my personal opinion) that the tips be side by side and flatter configuration to avoid the potential damage I cited. I haven't investigated alternative configurations, but assume they are out there.
    Good to see you posting on here. Wish more of the Solstice owners would join POCI so we could have a really good discussion board.
    I still get a big grin on my face every time I get in the '07 GXP and drive (only in good weather). Only occasionally see another Sol (or Sky) on the road, so I have an almost exclusive showcase for my car.
    Did you get down to Atlanta? Had thought you might contact me when you did.
    Drive and have fun with the Sol.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
    Frank

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    yes they make the stacked and side by side exhaust. I have a very steep driveway and it does not hit. Then again I so slow so the front does not hit

    my trip to ATL was very short, maybe next year if things improve I will be coming down quarterly.

    as far as the concept car you should get yourself the Solstice Book. it is a great read about a great car. I was given the artwork for the release of the solstice 2006. it is still sealed, not sure I want to open it

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    Gary,
    I guess not having the rear valance on your car may throw off the perspective. Thinking about it I can see that because of the rear axle centerline and its relative position (front to rear) of the exhaust tip end, there probably is more clearance than I first thought (if all that makes sense). Anyway, it is certainly a unique appearance and may give some folks pause for reflection as to what the car's potential might be. Fun factor?
    Do they use the same exhaust tip configuration in the side-by-side version? I might be interested in a setup like that, but would still prefer a 'flatter' tip configuration. Does your source also provide the rear valance? If you don't mind my asking, what kind of costs are we talking about?
    I'm not sure what Solstice book you refer to. I do have one of the initial brochures as related to the 'Apprentice' TV show. I believe these were primarily intended for the owners of the first 1000 vehicles, but more were put out than 1000. It's a neat collectors item for any Solstice owner. A car-friend of mine recently gave the brochure (in excellent condition) to me.
    Frank

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    Default track times for the Sol with GMPP upgrade

    Quote Originally Posted by TININDN View Post
    Gary/Frank -

    Do you guys know what the turbo Solstice with the GM kit are running for quarter mile times at the track?

    I put the kit in my HHR-SS, its an automatic, and ran 14.4 secs. at 98 MPH on a very slippery track - wheel spin all the way through low gear. I've heard the HHR version of the tune is turned down for the automatics. But, it sure surprised a lot of folks - had one guy with a new Mustang ask me in the staging lanes if it had a 5.3 L in it.
    I have seen some reports on the Solstice forums of cars running in the low 13's at 101 to 104 mph in the 1/4 mile. Supposedly with just the GMPP tune in the GXP. I don't recall seeing whether these were stick or auto cars. Also these were run on street tires (purportedly). Nonetheless, impressive times and mph for a little 2 liter engine pushing a near 3000 lb (2976 curb weight) car (plus the driver - I weigh 155).
    However, straightline performance (although a great plus) is not where these cars were designed to really excel - the 'twisties' is where it's at! Hardly any of the so-called modern muscle cars (Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang and Chev. Camaro, etc.) can stay with a Sol on those kinds of roads. I know, because I leave them behind without much trouble inspite of their 'superior' power (Ha!). But, in all fairness, we're not comparing apples to apples.
    However, I give some of the Mustang GTs a fit on the straight-line runs, much to their (not so pleasant) surprise. Of course, they do get to see one of the nice design features of the Solstice - the rear facia.
    Frank
    Last edited by FHummel; December 24th, 2009 at 07:21.

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    Solstice Book is here:
    It covers the concept thru the production of the Sky. Really a good book to read if you like you car.

    Solo Performace makes the exhaust system. they have the center I think you will like

    http://solo-performance.com/exhaustk.php





    Prices are on their site, Norm from the forum (Norm's fiberglass) makes the valance and will paint it any color you like. I'm having mine painted to match the car. Also I'm getting the diffuser style.





    on that note, Merry Christmas everyone

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    Gary
    yes when summer gets here you won't want to stop driving. Solstice group here in Tulsa was doing monthly or more cruises. Love the 2 lane twisties inbetween the smaller cities. There is a road course about 45 minutes from me. A group of us rented the track for a day and played. Wow what a experience. Car really handled super and right now I have no upgrades concerning suspension.

    Larry Crider
    RT 66 Oklahoma
    POCI Director
    Southern Division

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    yes they are great driving cars. it hard to have it just sitting but it is the price we pay for living here in the north

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