We imagine that a large part of the “budget build” fell directly to the in-house capabilities of Newman Car Creations. They built the 210 so long ago that it still retains the original ’rails, although they have been abetted by a custom sheetmetal crossmember with attachment for a torque arm. This entity has since been superseded by a full-perimeter square-tube frame with larger dimensions and thicker material, and equipped it with a pair of aluminum crossmembers, one for the transmission mount, the other situated about midway between the tranny mount and the frame kickup. The rearmost stringer functions as an anchoring point for the differential torque arm necessary to eliminate wheelhop and keep the differential housing from rotating. Newman uses everything from the C4 Corvette simply because all of it was designed to work in unison. The front suspension, spindles, and steering rack are from a ’96 C4. RideTech single-adjustable shock absorbers are at all points. The antisway bars are substantial—1.18 inches in front and 1.02 inches in the rear, usually an indication that spring rates are moderate and not used solely to control body and wheel movement. All of it makes for pleasant ride quality. There is a minimal drawback with the IRS as it precludes the space normally used for the fuel reservoir. They skirted that pitfall with a custom tank and submersible fuel pump.
Newman began with straight sheetmetal and a middling paintjob. Considering that the car was expected to be driven to and from a venue, the decision was to pass on an unnecessary expense and invest the money in the realm of function instead. Under the skin, however, Dave Wheeler did all the sheetmetal and aluminum work inside the car and underhood. Aside from the fender exhaust outlets, he was responsible for the new aluminum tunnel envelope that hides the computer, inner fender work to make room for the MagnaFlows, the engine covers, the radiator shroud, and the air cleaner receptacle.
No fuzzy dice here. Beyond Spartan but much to our delight, the ground zero interior reveals all in an eye sweep. There is no frivolity, and therefore no distraction. From the rollcage to the Corbeau seats, to the acres of sheetmetal, to that naked stick waggling from the floorboards, the Bad Idea becomes a Great Idea. Antiestablishment machines don’t need stuff like a back seat, either. With a half tank of 92, the car weighs approximately 3,300 pounds.
One of Newman’s core tenets was to reduce unsprung weight and the C4 components lend a great advantage here. The front brakes are Baer 6P on 14-inch rotors. The back units are straight from a C5 Corvette. Rolling stock is composed of polished 10.5-inch C5 Z06 rims and 295/35YR18 Nitto NT05 tires. CHP