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your 1991-1992 Firehawk Information
What is a 1992 Firehawk?
In 1992, a company by the name of Street Legal Performance(SLP), modified a factory built Formula into what they called the "Firehawk". When you were to purchase your car, you would specify that you wanted this limited option. Then the Formula you selected, was sent out to SLP to be modified. All cars built were special orders. SLP had anticipated to make 250 of these screaming machines through 1991 and 1992, but only 27 were ordered. Out of those only 25 were ever built. They were numbered 1-26 for hardtops (numbers 18 and 23 were never built), and the ONLY Firehawk Convertible was numbered 27. Of those 25 Firehawks 21 were "Madatory" Red, 1 Aqua, 1 White, 1 Blue, 1 Green, 3 came with Aluminum Engine Blocks, 1 had T-Tops and 1 was a Convertible.
What did $39,995 purchase? A steel bodied corvette with 0 to 60mph in just 4.6 seconds, 1/4 mile in just 13.2 (1 magazine reported a 12.9) and a top speed of over 160 mph along with a skid pad of .94g's. All this performance and you still could pull down 25mpg and be street legal in all 50 states!
This is the famous high flow down
draft "T-RAM" intake manifold built and
used by SLP on all of the 3rd Gen Firehawks. This intake guaranteed a
of 45 HP over the stock TPI plenum right out of the box and onto a
L98. The Formula's drivetrain was completely removed and replaced to
a Firehawk. Firehawks used a 4 bolt main block, forged steel
1053 alloy forged steel "Pink" connecting rods, lightweight high
cast LT1 aluminum pistons, steel billet hydraulic roller camshaft, high
output aluminum cylinder heads with SS valves, Tri-Y headers, and a
catalytic converter exhaust system, just to name part of it. The last 3
Firehawks made all shared and all aluminum 366ci Rodeck block engine
at 375HP. What even made these engine's even more special is that all
them (except the last 3) were actually built by GM to SLP specs and
also came with a warranty from SLP. The engine you see here is from
Firehawk 006. Firehawk 006 and 002 are the only ones known with the sheet
metal intake, all others had the plastic production intake.
This is the interior of
Firehawk #006. You can see how SLP had to make a custom center console to handle
the placement of the ZF-6 speed transmission. The prototype 'Hawk and #001
used a factory 5-spd console but this was found to be inadequate, hence
the custom console. The Firehawk production number is also stitched into
the map pocket, although there is in fact 1 of the 25 Firehawks that made
it out without the Firehawk logo or production number stitched onto the
map pocket. The rest of the interior was that of a totally stock Firebird
Formula assuming it's a non competition 'Hawk. The Ultimate Sleeper!
Suspension Choices for the Firehawk:
There were 2 suspension choices. The basic suspension was the 1LE, developed for the GM Canada Motorsports (F-body) racing series AKA: Players Club. This included Koni shocks, higher rate springs and larger Corvette based disk brakes.
The other suspension choice was the $9,995 Competition "R" Option Package. The main feature of this upgraded suspension was the 13" Brembo cross drilled disc brakes, the same brakes as on the Ferrari F-40. SLP also included a high durometer suspension bushings, 6-pt roll bar, a Recaro racing seat w/five point racing harness, aluminum hood, and even lost the back seat among other things. Out of the 25 only 9 have the Competition "R" Package. 1 Firehawk, #003, even got a 12 pt cage, a Fuel Safe fuel cell, and a driveshaft loop. It was the only Firehawk to get a 12 pt cage over the standard 6 pt, and a driveshaft loop. Only 2 Firehawks, #003 & #008, ever got a fuel cell. This just goes to show how hard-core you could get when ordering your Firehawk from SLP.
GM only made the RPO code B4U available on Red hardtop Formula's with L98 1LE's and yes they came with factory A/C too! Because of these facts, only 19 of the 25 Firehawks made by SLP in 1991 and 1992 are factory optioned Firehawks w/RPO code B4U because the others are either; not red, have other options the buyers wanted but could not get on a regular Firehawk, the prototype, ordered after 92 production stopped, or as in the last case, a convertible Trans Am.
Ed Hamburger himself used to test drive each Firehawk personally until he was convinced it was perfect. He was known to have put anywhere between 80 to 300 miles on one of these cars getting it to where he was satisfied. Due to this fact, there are no super low mileage Firehawks, the lowest mileage Firehawk known is #012 with only 100 miles.
You may also notice that some Firehawks have the trademark "FIREHAWK" decal on the doors while others do not. This is due to a copyright issue between Firestone (the owners of the FIREHAWK trademark) and SLP which was occurring at the time. Only a handful of the 25 cars ever got the decal applied by SLP because there were several times during 91 and 92 when SLP was ordered to quit using the decal and other times when it was permitted to use the decal. Finally by 1993 and agreement had been worked out which allowed SLP to use the FIREHAWK logo on all of their cars.
The 1991 & 1992 Firehawk program just about bankrupted SLP Engineering but thanks to the introduction of the 4th Gen Firebird in 1993 with the GM optional LT1 350 and T-56 6-spd, SLP was able to bring the base Firehawk down to less than $6K which vastly increased sales and saved the company but the new 93+ Firehawks did not have near the modifications of the 91's and 92's.
Firehawk Production Breakdown:
Cars Built: 25
Cars Canceled: 18 & 23
(#018 was built by GM w/RPO codes B4U and 1LE but was never sent to SLP for conversion. #023 was ordered as a black Firehawk, too bad it was never built)
"Mandatory Red" 81U:
Medium Quasar Blue Metallic 80U: 1 (#022)
Medium Green Metallic 45U: 1 (#024)
Arctic White 10U: 1 (#025)
Dark Jade Gray Metallic 18U: 1 (#026)
Competition "R" Package: 8* (#'s 002, 003, 004, 005, 008, 009, 25, 27)
Aluminum Rodeck 366ci Engine 3 (#'s 025, 026, and 027)
T-Tops: 1 (#025)
Convertible: 1 (#027)
*Some sources say that there were in fact 11 Competition models made but we believe this to be incorrect. The reason for this is that some people consider #026 to be a competition model when in fact all it shares with it's competition cousins is an aluminum hood and Brembo brakes. Also #001's bolt-in 6-pt Roll Bar and single Recaro Seat was removed by SLP before it was sold in 2001 so therefor it is no longer a "Competition" Model. #16 was originally considered a competition model but it is understood to have no competition upgrades.
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