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The Tuning Company Could Be Getting Ready To Show Off An Eliminator Series C8 Corvette

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Continental Tire C8 Corvette Stingray

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 Performance Engineering Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Eliminator Series Continental Tire
Image via Lingenfelter

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.

Lingenfelter Continental C7 Corvette
Image via Continental Tire.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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