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Lingenfelter C8 Corvette Performance Design Carbon Fiber Intake Manifold PTR

The C8 Corvette Stingray has so far been a nightmare to work on, largely due to a fully encrypted and locked engine control module that keeps tuners from really calibrating their build. That being said, there are some steady improvements that can be installed on the 2020 Corvette Stingray, without the need for tuning. Largely centered around airflow and exhaust, companies that are positioned to offer these types of upgrades will find early success in the C8 aftermarket. We’ve seen some early examples of the exhaust, such as from LG and Kooks. But how about the intake system? Well, we present to you a Lingenfelter C8 Corvette engine bay with a fully carbon fiber intake manifold from Performance Design. It also features custom carbon fiber cross braces.

Lingenfelter C8 Corvette Engine Intake Manifold Carbon Fiber
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Lingenfelter currently offers the Carbon PTR intake manifold from Performance Design for LS3 and LS7 applications, priced at $1,299.99, the same as is marked on Performance Design’s website. According to PD, the carbon intake is primed for several performance add-ons, such as nitrous. And, crucially, the manifold was also built to be reversed. Per PD, here’s a description of the part:

The Carbon pTR Intake Manifold combines the best materials into a flexible and powerful tunnel ram architecture. Glass reinforced nylon lower and carbon fiber upper shell combine for lightweight, strong and heat resistant performance.  Offering unique modular velocity stacks enabling 6.5 – 9” runners, multiple accessory port and sensor options along with other custom features, this manifold offers easy configuring for any LS3 or LS7 hot rod setup.

Shipping with the longer runner, optional velocity stacks offer different lengths.  Tuning of the intake runner length to match the cam, head and exhaust combo gives the ultimate way to optimize your engine’s power curve.  Shorter runners support high RPM drag applications or longer runners for improved torque in the mid-range.  Mixing lengths can help smooth out the torque curve.

The plenum is constructed from high strength carbon fiber with high temp epoxy for improved strength to weight ratio and reduced heat soak to the fresh air charge. The polymer lower runner pack resists heat soak from the heads and houses all ports/sensors hidden in the valley.  The combination of materials offers a 10 lb weight savings over competitive aluminum tunnel ram manifolds.

The Lingenfelter C8 Corvette has been teased multiple times at this point, and hints at performance gains, although we may have to wait a little longer. SEMA 360 – the online replacement to the physical SEMA Show – is just a few weeks away.

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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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