The Corvette LS3 V8 engine is ordered brand new and direct from General Motors (part # 19301326). This is a 6.2 liter, 376 cu. inch, highly reliable and fuel efficient power plant that delivers 430 hp and 424 lb-ft of torque, and 25 mpg. While the Varsity Roadster can be modified to accept almost any engine, the LS3 is preferred. It will interface with any standard engine computer diagnostic system, parts are readily available, and it is an extremely durable and low maintenance, trouble free engine. The thrill and excitement of owning an exotic, high performance sports car can quickly turn into frustration if the car runs poorly, won't start when you need it to, requires frequent and expensive mechanical work and is in the shop more than it is on the road. The Varsity Roadster is designed to be a sports car you can drive every day, without the worries that come with many other high performance automobiles in its class.

The Varsity Roadster uses the heavy duty and high performance T56 six speed manual transmission. This transmission was originally designed and built by Borg-Warner for the Dodge Viper, and is also used in many high performance sports cars like the Corvette Z06. It is a beautful machine that delivers quick, precise shifting with solid, heavy duty internal components designed for high horse power racing applications. Sit in a Varsity and run the shifter through the gear pattern. You'll be impressed by the solid and sure "click" as the linkage moves smoothly and firmly from gear to gear. Like the LS1 motor in front of it, the T56 is as reliable as it is high performance, an important feature for any car that is to be driven hard on a regular basis.

A favorite of racers and hot rodders for years, the legendary Currie 9 inch rear differential and axel system are well suited for the Varsity Roadster's requirements for high output, heavy duty, low maintenance components. Known among mechanics as the "king" of solid axel durability and high performance, this bullet-proof rear end delivers power to the pavement, be it on the street or at the track. Available in numerous final drive configurations, we recommend a 4:11 ratio, which, when combined with the T56 and its six gears, makes for tire spinning take offs as well as low RPM, fuel efficient highway cruising.

For a sports car to be fun and safe to drive, the suspension, brakes and streering have to be perfect. The Varsity Roadster's low stance, wide track width (60 in.) and short wheelbase (93 in.) are the perfect recipe for quick, reliable handling and performance. To optimize response and traction, Varsity uses Heidt's aftermarket front end steering and suspension components with rack and pinion steering, unequal A-arm suspension, Carrera racing shocks and coil over springs at all four corners. A set of massive 11 inch Ford Explorer disc brakes in the rear, and Corvette 11 inch discs in the front work well with the BF Goodrich T/A radials and 15 x 8 inch custom built ralley wheels to stop the car quickly and reliably.