Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has been busy over the better part of the year at plugging away at readying C8 Corvette upgrades for their customers. And unlike other tuners, which have been more click-baiting and opportunistic in their approach, LPE is showing maturity in their C8 program. At the moment, we don’t know much about what the Indiana-based tuning company is cooking up, but if the teaser image above hints at anything, it’s poised to be a fighter jet for the road, and the track.
The major clue is the Continental Tire livery. Lingenfelter has used this livery in the past solely for a 1,000 horsepower Camaro Eliminator Series package and a C7 Corvette that participated in the Hot Rod Power Tour. Owner Ken Lingenfelter had taken to Twitter to tease the company’s latest Chevrolet performance product, but maintained discipline on the details. At minimum, we can tell from the photos that the Lingenfelter C8 Corvette forgoes the factory Michelins for a set of Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires.
Lingenfelter- Continental C8 Corvette we built for our show rig, we will be taking this car to a lot of shows around the country in the coming months and year ahead, I’m very happy with the way it turned out and anxious to get back on the road with events and shows ASAP, pic.twitter.com/u6wJGaY8Ce
— Ken Lingenfelter (@KenLingenfelter) August 29, 2020
According to TireRack, the outside shoulder of the ExtremeContact Sport tire features wide tread blocks for lateral grip and high-speed handling, and the continuous center rib provides constant rubber-to-road contact for solid on center feel, while an optimized footprint evenly distributes pressure across the face of the tire for improved tread life. Continental’s patented +Silane tread compound technology delivers the grip needed for sure-footed handling in damp conditions, and the deep, circumferential grooves provide a direct path for water to flow through the contact patch, reducing the risk of hydroplaning. For safety, Quickview Performance Indicators molded into the tread pattern provide at-a-glance awareness of the tire’s suitability for use in dry and wet conditions.
We’ll have to wait and see in the coming days for all of the details revolving around this mysterious Lingenfelter C8 Corvette. Stay tuned for more.