In the mid '70's Shane and Ben Therrien raced flat track motorcycles for Darryl Bassani in Southern California. Their passion for performance and restoration slowly grew into the conception of RedLion Motorsports. Some of their many accomplishments include a 1955 Chevy with zz4 Crate engine, 1958 Cadillac Sedan Deville, 1968 Chevelle, 1970 Nova, 1950 Dodge, 2006 Nissan 350z and a fully restored 1980 Chevy pickup.
RedLion Motorsports is currently located in Flagstaff, Arizona, and recently became a dealer for StreetGlow, Vertical Doors, Ksport, NRG Innovations, MHT Wheels, WSI Wheels and 3M products.
K&N spoke with Shane Therrien about the recent activities at RedLion Motorsports. "We are working on a 2008 Chevy Corvette Z06," said Therrien. "We already installed vertical doors on the Z06. It will soon include a supercharger, custom wheels and tires. We are also getting ready for the 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada." The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show is an automotive expo that offers an abundance of information about automotive aftermarket parts and accessories and provides a platform for displaying modified vehicles that incorporate classic and modern aftermarket technologies.
For SEMA 2010, RedLion Motorsports will be displaying their custom 2006 Chevy Cobalt SS in the StreetGlow booth. "We have made some major modifications to the Cobalt in preparation for SEMA 2010," Therrien said. "We installed a Stage 2 supercharger kit and NGK spark plugs, Vibrant polished header and 3" downpipe elim cat, prototype Bassani exhaust, MRZ performance strut bar and dress up kit, Ingalls torque damper, Cryo2 intake system with 10lb bottle and dual purge and front spray bar and a lot more."
The RedLion Motorsports Chevrolet Cobalt SS is a show car, track car and a daily driver. "We take it to the local SCCA events as well as many car shows such as HIN, Speedworld, Route 66 Days, Hot Rod Power Tour, World of Wheels, Import Face-Off and more," added Therrien. "I also drive it to California, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and around town on a regular basis. We believe in driving the vehicle no matter how nice it may be."
This unique Cobalt is equipped with a K&N air intake and oil filter. "I love the way K&N has performed on our Cobalt," said Therrien. "When I got the car I upgraded to a Stage2 supercharger kit. The noise of the supercharger along with the performance was there, but it needed a little more. After I installed the K&N Typhoon air intake system, the noise from the supercharger was awesome. We had more horsepower that we could feel on the freeway. I also noticed a gain in MPG from 22 city/30 hwy to 26 city/38 hwy."
RedLion Motorsports have been using K&N products since the late '70's on their flat track motorcycles. "We use K&N products because there is no one out there who can compete with the performance in horsepower, torque and fuel economy," Therrien said, "as well as the great product manufacturing of K&N. We have tested the product time and time again and we have not been let down by the performance of the filter."
There is hard work ahead for RedLion Motorsports in order to prepare their 2006 Chevy Cobalt SS for the 2010 SEMA show. "We are in the works with REME Designs for a custom interior and sound system," said Therrien. "We are also installing a roll cage, Garrett 40R turbo, Brian Crower stroker kit to make the 2.0L a 2.3L and a fully built bottom end. Our goal is to achieve 200mph in the car with full interior and sound system within 2010."
RedLion Motorsports continues to gain recognition in the automotive industry for their great skills and understanding of performance. "We are trying to become a one stop shop for great deals on parts and installation," concludes Therrien, "we just need to get our name out there. We will definitely be involving K&N in our future by referring all of our customers to use K&N products, as well as using them on all of RedLion Motorsports' vehicles."
The 2010 schedule for RedLion Motorsports include the following:
- 2010 SEMA Show, H.I.N. in PHX, AZ
- H.I.N. in Anahiem, CA,
- H.I.N. in Pleasanton, CA
- DUB Show tour PHX, AZ
- DUB Show tour L.A.,CA
- DUB Show tour San Diego,CA
- NOPI in PHX
- Route 66 Days Flagstaff, AZ
- Speedworld Import vs Domestics in PHX, AZ
- AZ's fastest street car in PHX, AZ
- 2 events at the Northern AZ shootout at Speedworld in PHX, AZ
- Extreme Autofest -San Francisco, CA
- Just Cruisin car show-Willams, AZ
- Summit Fire Department Show-Flagstaff, AZ
2006 Chevy Cobalt SS Modifications as of November 2009
K&N Typhoon air intake, Stage 2 supercharger kit,bigger injectors, reflash, 3" pulley, Step 2 colder Iridium NGK Spark Plugs, Vibrant polished header,Vibrant 3"downpipe elim. cat, Prototype bassani exhaust, ingalls torque dampner, mrz performance strut bar, mrz performance dress up kit, Spec stage 2+ clutch and flywheel, Cryo2 intake system with 10lb bottle and dual purge and front spray bar.
Ksport control pro 36 way adjustable coilovers
Prototype Baer Brakes, 13.5" drilled and slotted rotors on front with Corvette C5 four piston calipers, and 13.5" drilled and slotted rotors in back, with all stainless steel brake lines
WHEELS & TIRES:
20" Chip Foose wheels, Wrapped around 225/30/20 BF Goodrich KDW's
Halo projector headlights, StreetGlow 7 color LED kit, with strobes all the way around in engine, tailights, etc. Vertical Doors, Cryo2 Purge ...VIS carbon fiber trunk, APR front splitter and canards.
Painted interior trim, Tenzo Racing pedals,Recaro SS seats, Pioneer Stereo package, cobra radar detector with screen, 10lb Cryo2 bottle in trunk, streetglow all inside the car and in the trunk to light up the bottle.
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