Uh-oh, the Euros are messing with our Corvettes. Seems there’s a tuning outfit in Germany (fancy that!) that goes by the name of LOMA-Performance, and they’ve taken a crack at that most American of cars (no, not the minivan), the Corvette, and made some improvements.
Right off the bat LOMA-Performance states: “The name of this vehicle is a show in itself: C6.BlackforceOne.”
Yeah, you sure got that right.
Hey, guys, I got news for you. That’s a terrible name. Sure, I bet there’s a bunch of 14 year olds out there that will think it’s really cool, but most 14 year olds don’t buy cars.
And actually, the second sentence in their press release reads like it was written by Borat Sagdiyev: “It is clearly reminiscent of the legendary Boeing Air Force One of the United States president – doubtless no accident by tuner LOMA-Performance.” Yeah, that seems deliberate to me too.
But OK, when you wade through the poor translation, just what makes the LOMA-Performance – Corvette C6.BlackforceOne so different? Well, for starters, you get three special paint jobs, either Stealth matt black, Eurofighter matt grey and White Storm matt white. LOMA will do other colors if you ask.
LOMA has considerably re-worked the body. They’ve widened the body from the original width of 179cm to more than two meters at the rear to ” … creates a real masculine feel.” Yeah, OK, sure. All that extra width comes courtesy of carbon fiber wheel arch extensions and carbon fiber side skirts. The buyer has the option of going either with or without visible screws. There’s also a carbon fiber front lip and rear diffuser with an integrated LED reverse light alongside the extensions, also in carbon fiber. There’s also a carbon fiber finish rear spoiler that seems to be detachable. And there’s also circular daytime running lights.
Engine-wise LOMA has installed twin turbos that crank the V8’s output to 794 PS. That figures seems to be at the crank, but LOMA states that the power at the axel is 675 PS. All that power gets to the ground via a LOMA-Performance carbon fiber sports clutch, a carbon fiber drive shaft and an overhauled “gear unit”. No exact word from LOMA on just what the overhauling entails, and I’m assuming that “gear unit” means transmission.
This is enough power to scoot the Corvette C6.BlackforceOne to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds and will top out at 330km/h.
LOMA has also worked the suspension, natch, adding adjustable coilovers where you can tweak pressure and rebound damping. The whole shebang rides on Michelin Sport Cup high performance tires that are 275/30R19 in front and 335/25R20 out back. They’re mounted on 10 x 19 and 12 x 20-inch shining black OZ Racing Ultraleggera HLT alloy wheels.
Here’s LOMA-Performance’s presser:
PRESS RELEASE LOMA-Performance – Corvette “C6.BlackforceOne”
The name of this vehicle is a show in itself: C6.BlackforceOne. It is clearly reminiscent of the legendary Boeing Air Force One of the United States president – doubtless no accident by tuner LOMA-Performance. Yet when the C6.BlackforceOne available in Stealth matt black, Eurofighter matt grey and White Storm matt white (other colours on request) comes thundering round the corner, it is soon clear that it more than deserves its name – and has far more to offer than just an exciting label-
No less than two metres from outside wheel to outside wheel, the C6.BlackforceOne is based on the “normal” Corvette (original width: 179cm) and not on a Z06 or ZR1 model. This means around ten centimetres more on each side and creates a real masculine feel. LOMA-Performance makes no effort to disguise the source of the additional width – indeed clearly and stylishly displays the carbon fiber wheel arch extensions and carbon fiber side skirts available with or without visible screws: the ultimate racing look. LOMA has installed a carbon fiber front lip and rear diffuser with integrated LED reverse light alongside the extensions, also in carbon fiber. The optional LOMA-Performance rear spoiler with a carbon fiber finish is easy to fit and detach. Circular daytime running lights are an eye-catching feature of the headlights. The front lip, rear diffuser and daytime running lights are incidentally available for all C6 Corvettes, including the Z06 and ZR1.
794 PS with bi-turbo charging
The bi-turbo engine conversion is, however, exclusive to the C6.BlackforceOne and raises an incredible 794 PS from the V8 engine. 675 PS still reach the rear axle after transfer via a LOMA-Performance carbon fiber sports clutch, highly durable carbon fiber drive shafts and an overhauled gear unit; skilled hands are certainly needed at the wheel of the high-speed Corvette. It should hit 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds to furious roars from the LOMA Cup Sport Superlight exhaust unit and reach 330km/h. “Only” 330km/h? Yes, that’s right, because LOMA believes in good acceleration in all situations rather final speed as a status-symbol, and has adjusted the C6.BlackforceOne accordingly.
A propos adjustment: coilover suspension is fitted beneath the body to allow separate adjustment of pressure and rebound damping. Even the stabilisers are adjustable. An extra 8 centimetres’ tread at the front and all of 14 centimetres at the rear ensure the C6 really hugs the road.
The impression of sheer unlimited curve speed is of course also down to the Michelin Sport Cup high performance tyres in the dimensions 275/30R19 and 335/25R20 mounted on 10 x 19 and 12 x 20-inch shining black OZ Racing Ultraleggera HLT alloy wheels.
Racing technology for the road
LOMA-Performance can install a carbon ceramic/ceramic brake unit from Mov’it for brutal deceleration to match the brutal acceleration. This is an impressive 15.5 kilograms lighter on the front axle and 10 kilograms lighter on the rear axle than, say, ZO6 brakes.
In the interior, too, the team headed by Managing Director Mario Radosavljevic have been hard at work creating a great ambience with both technical and luxury features. The door panels, for example, are finished in carbon fiber and sections of the cockpit are covered with Alcantara. C6.BlackforceOne customers can choose from 300 different types of leather. The sports steering wheel – 34 centimetres in diameter with Alcantara – is smoothed off on the underside; the refitted seats with shoulder rests are only half as thick as their series equivalents. Special foam ensures these ultimate sports seats are still comfortable and great for long journeys.
All electrical functions have been retained as has full airbag functionality.
C6.BlackforceOne production is strictly limited to 25 vehicles. All are numbered and come with a full guarantee. LOMA provides an additional 12-month guarantee for the spectacular engine tuning. The prices for a complete vehicle start at 190,000 euros.
Those who want to experience the monster live will find it at the Essen Motor Show from 28 November to 6 December (Hall 6, Stand 215)