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PROCHARGER TEASES SUPERCHARGED C8 CORVETTE, BUT REMAINS INCOMPLETE

The Encrypted ECU Continues To Be A Roadblock For The Aftermarket

ProCharger C8 Corvette Kit
Screenshot Via YouTube.

ProCharger is edging out new content regarding the company’s upcoming centrifugal supercharged C8 Corvette kit.

This is apparently different from the last time ProCharger told us about a C8 Corvette supercharger kit, because this time there’s video, pictures and a parts list—but yet, the ProCharger staff still haven’t figured out a way to hack into the C8’s encrypted brain.

Which, in all fairness, does lead to questions about the veracity of the video footage provided by the company. There’s a promise of 200+ bolt on hp and copious amounts of dyno footage with flashy footnotes like “making 700 hp” and “with 8 psi of boost”, yet, there’s no dyno sheet proof.

Now, we’re not saying the company that was first to offer intercooled supercharger kits for the C7, C6, C5 and C4 Corvettes isn’t capable of building what it says it can for the C8’s LT2 V8, but we are saying the project likely isn’t as close to fruition as the ProCharger PR department would like us to believe.

Mostly because GM’s Global B electronic architecture is turning out to be a real big B for tuning companies to deal with.

When MC&T reached out to ProCharger for comment a representative responded professionally.

“We are currently working on R&D for the (supercharged C8 Corvette), and do not have the specifics available yet,” we were told. No on-sale date was provided either, but the company said dyno and street testing have been happening, followed by track testing at Heartland Park and Sonoma Raceway when the time comes.

Procharger C8 Corvette Supercharger
Image Via ProCharger.

Copy on the ProCharger website accompanying the video also downplays just how far along the project is:

The LT2 is also controlled by GM’s new E99 electronic control unit (ECU) that is encrypted and reportedly hard to crack, but our staff of engineers and tuners are figuring it out as we speak.

In the meantime, hand raisers are invited to join the mailing list.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom, the company did provide a parts list with plenty of pretty pictures to whet our appetites. ProCharger claims the centrifugal supercharger will provide 8-9 psi of boost which pipes into the air-to-water intercooler before being shoved into the CNC machined billet intake manifold which in turn is used to create some 200+ extra horsepower. In case you forgot, the non supercharged C8 Corvette kicks out 495 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque from its stock LT2 V8 engine.

General Motors President Mark Reuss previously told us the company doesn’t want to “cut anybody out from an aftermarket standpoint, but we have to pick and choose who are the good guys.” That was back in 2019.

So, what’s next?

– By Micheal Accardi

Procharger C8 Corvette Engine Bay

Written by MC&T Staff

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