When it comes to GT racing, there is no event more heralded than the 24 Hours of LeMans. The ultimate test of pace and endurance, winning at LeMans secures a car’s place in the pantheon of the greats. Back in 1960, three Chevrolet Corvette racers stepped up to take on the challenge for the first time. These cars were known as the Cunningham Corvettes, as they were developed alongside American racing legend Briggs Cunningham. Car #3 managed to secure a class victory for Chevy that day, forever marking the Corvette racer into the history books. Thanks to the folks at the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation, you now have a chance to win this commemorative Cunningham 60th Anniversary C8 Corvette. And not just any C8 Corvette, but a 600 horsepower Corvette, upgraded by parts from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
Chip Miller was a legend in the Corvette World, and he came to own Car #3 before he passed away suddenly in 2004 from complications with Amyloidosis. In order to celebrate his legacy and love of Corvettes, Miller’s family started this foundation to raise money for medical research into the rare disease. There is no better way to do that than to raffle off a very special sports car. This particular C8 Corvette pays homage to Car #3’s class victory at LeMans, and packs plenty of unique touches.
The special treatment starts with the exterior of the car, which wears a white and blue livery commemorating the original LeMans racer. The car also wears a unique set of retro-inspired HRE wheels, which don’t particularly fit the C8 Corvette design language, but we get the throwback look nonetheless. Out back you’ll find a hung wing, which is more aerodynamically efficient than other wing designs for high-speed track work. Best of all however is the 600 horsepower LT2 V8 engine that has been built by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. The engine build features LPE’s Carbon Fiber Intake Manifold, an upgraded Corsa airbox, and a full Corsa exhaust system complete with headers. Basic bolt-ons, but ones that bring the C8 Corvette up another level of performance: an additional 105 horsepower from stock.
We reached out to Lingenfelter Performance for comment, but inquiries weren’t returned at the time of this writing. LPE is otherwise a premier GM tuning company, with Chevrolet Performance even tasking the Decatur, Indiana-based shop as the sole installer of the new eCrate pilot program.
Only 60 examples of the Cunningham 60th Anniversary C8 Corvette are slated to be built, with this car representing number 33 in the run. Each of these examples will be given a place in the Cunningham Registry, which is a nice touch for serious collectors. If you are interested in trying to take this car home, raffle entries can be purchased here.