Lovefab, Inc., founded and led by Cody Loveland, may have created the most insane 700-plus-horsepower, elevation-dominating vehicle ever built in a home garage. It’s name is the “Enviate,” and it’s a racecar designed specifically for climbing 14,115-feet into the highest summit of the southern Rocky Mountains during the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
It all started in 2010 with Loveland’s daily driver and shop car, a 1991 Acura NSX. By 2012, it was racing up Pikes Peak in mostly-stock form, aside from the massive wings added for aero power. He raced up the hill at full throttle, his knuckles white for good reason: On the second practice day, the NSX flew off of the hill at 60-mph. Loveland and team rebuilt it in 24-hours, just in time to finish the race. The team earned second place on the podium.
The car officially earned the “Enviate” alias in 2013. Being built from an NSX with a V-8 engine, the name is rather brilliant. “If you combine ‘NSX’ and ‘V-8’ you get ‘N-V-8’,” Loveland explained. “All spelled out, it is the E-n-v-i-a-t-e.”
“The main goal was to drop as much weight as possible from the original 2,500-lbs.,” Loveland said. He achieved this goal and shed 200-lbs worth of metal by building frame using 1 3/8” chromoly tube. Carbon fiber was used for the body panels, and power was supplied by an LS1.
The build was wrapped up in time for the 2013 Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb, but it didn’t live long. After the whipping around the first corner, then hitting 80-plus-mph, the car had a mechanical failure and veered into a wall of boulders. Luckily, right before it was engulfed in flames, Loveland made it out unscathed.
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Even despite the large loss, Loveland didn’t flinch: the team went right back the drawing board, and this time it was a complete rebuild. “Now it has more power, is expertly aerodynamic, and the overall weight more competitive at 2,050-lbs.,” boasted Loveland.
The Enviate’s featherweight carbon fiber body was paired with enough aero to create four-tons of downforce at 150-mph, and the suspension was built to handle the weight. This combined with a twin-turbo V-8 is the perfect recipe for an unstoppable mountain-eating machine. Loveland’s goal for an eight-minute run up Pikes Peak isn’t farfetched, but the angry mountain can be unforgiving. The team is hoping to send the car up slope in 2017.