Schwartz Performance is a concept over 30 years in the making. Schwartz was founded on the premise that race-car performance can be had with street-car convenience, reliability and comfort.
Schwartz’s founder, Jeff Schwartz, has had an extensive career in machining, manufacturing and product design. His racing career has put him in control of Motocross bikes, road-racing bikes and various race-cars from front-wheel-drive Sport Compacts to V8-powered GT1 Corvettes and IMSA Camaros. As a pit-crew member of the Yamaha World Superbike Team, Jeff helped win the 1998 Daytona 200 and set multiple records, such as “most wins by a rider” and “most wins by a manufacturer.” Jeff’s understanding of chassis and engine tuning helped him win exclusive awards in every category he entered.
As industry technologies evolved, Jeff realized that race-car performance no longer required purpose-built track cars. He decided to prove this point by building a 1982 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, which won Car Craft magazine’s 2002 Real Street Eliminator competition. Interest in Jeff’s talents and unique approach to cars quickly grew and in 2005, Schwartz Performance was born.
Schwartz started in Crystal Lake, IL, in a quaint 1600 square-foot facility, out of which they introduced the first bolt-in muscle-car chassis (our GM A-body chassis). Quickly, they outgrew those cramped quarters and, within a year, doubled the size of our shop, then doubled that, and doubled that. Now, they use 10,000 square-feet in Woodstock, IL.
Since opening the doors in 2005, Schwartz has developed 20 track-tested chassis for GM, Ford and Mopar models, and are constantly doing research and development for new products. They’ve had some very exciting accomplishments in their brief history, such as their first 1000hp twin-turbo street engine in 2006, a 730hp naturally-aspirated pump-gas engine in 2007 and reaching 211mph in the standing mile with a street-car, also in 2007. Master fabricators build the chassis completely in-house. Schwartz continuously prove their performance and longevity by competing in about 15 racing events per season.
Schwartz Performance has always been a results-oriented team, focused on bringing dreams to reality. They have had an exciting history, and are looking forward to continuing their rapid growth.