Just as much as the C8 Corvette Stingray has proven to be a very capable sports car, it’s also proven in equal parts to be so far un-tunable. Despite the improbability of tuning from ECU reflashes or bolt on parts, that hasn’t stopped the aftermarket from trying. After a C8 on nitrous broke an axle, and Hennessey got YouTube clix with its twin-turbo Corvette, supercharger company ProCharger claims they are working on a centrifugal supercharged C8 Corvette. Good luck, guys.
We first learned that the C8’s ECU would be encrypted and nearly impossible to crack into before the car was even revealed a year ago. Don’t say we didn’t warn all of you. And we’d at least like a shout out every once in a while for getting the conversation started. It would be nice.
GM President Mark Reuss previously told us they didn’t want rule out all aftermarket tuners, they would have to, “pick and choose who are the good guys.” If ProCharger is granted access by GM to the C8 ECU, they could make the car work for more than a viral video attempt.
Should ProCharger figure out the ECU access to properly tune a supercharged C8 Corvette Stingray, a centrifugal supercharger affixed to GM’s LT2 V8 is a different approach than the twin-turbo setup that most tuners are looking at. Regardless, nothing matters until the C8’s E99 ECU and Global B architecture can be accessed. Until then, every supercharger, turbocharger, and engine tuning program is otherwise as good as a paperweight.