Drag Testing a Pair of 800HP Lingenfelter Chevrolets
Lingenfelter Camaro ZL1 and Z06 Strip Smackdown: You Could Win Both!
“What’s in your garage?” is a common question among hot rodders, and who wouldn’t like to answer, “A Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Z06 Corvette” or “ZL1 Camaro!” Believe it or not, these 800hp supercars will be someone’s reality, as they’re up for grabs in the Dream Giveaway Garage sweepstakes.
There are two sweepstakes at play, the 2017 Camaro Dream Giveaway and the 2017 Corvette Dream Giveaway. The first will award a lucky winner a 1963 Corvette and 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette Z06. The second wins a 1967 Rally Sport Camaro and 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Camaro ZL1.
Before the giveaway concludes, and the lucky winners drive off into the sunset, DGG offered the chance to drag test both the ZL1 Camaro and Z06 Corvette. It was an opportunity too good to pass up. With Bradenton Motorsport Park in Bradenton, Florida, on loan for the day, the HRM staff slid behind the wheel for all-out drag testing.
With 800 hp on tap, both the Camaro and the Corvette are equally capable of slaying rear tires.
LPE ZL1 Camaro No. 001
The 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition ZL1 model wears serial No. 001 along with a healthy list of mods. It features a black exterior/interior combo, 6.2L supercharged LT4 V8, six-speed manual transmission, and a 3.42:1 limited-slip differential. The engine is modified with ported heads, custom tuning, and the factory blower was upgraded to a larger 2.3L (stock is 1.7L) Edelbrock E-Force supercharger for more power.
Equipped with Nitto drag radials, the 2017 Lingenfelter ZL1 Camaro blistered to a best of 11.35 at 128 mph. While tricky to launch, powershifting the Tremec was a breeze, and the Edelbrock-supercharger-equipped engine pulled like a freight train.
Test day was a scorcher—summer in Florida is never ideal for hero runs—but Bradenton officials provided a great track. Nitto NT05 315/35/20-inch drag radials with tire pressures set to 21 psi further upped the traction ante.
Lingenfelter’s package ups the ante to roughly 800 crank horsepower, which was enough to produce nearly 130 mph trap speeds in the Florida heat—with a 10-mph head/cross wind. In prime conditions, this giveaway machine would likely run 10s at 135 mph!
The first run was made with a 2,000-rpm launch, and the result was a nasty B-O-G and an e.t. of 11.83 at 121 mph. Lingenfelter’s engineers connected the laptop and checked out the data. They asked for shifts at 6,800 rpm and 3,000 rpm launch for the next hit. The change resulted in an e.t. improvement to 11.74. A 4,000-rpm launch netted a lower-still 11.58 e.t. at 124.18 mph. For the last run, launch rpm was lowered, and instead the clutch was slipped to maintain engine speed. The technique worked and e.t. improved to a best-of-day 11.35 at 124.89 mph.
The interior was mostly stock, but very comfortable. Steering was accurate, and the clutch take up was smooth and had a nice feel.
Cooler weather would have netted even better e.t.’s, but the Camaro was simply amazing. Its look is aggressive and it has a wicked exhaust note. The Tremec six-speed is silky smooth, whether power-shifting or gliding the trans through the gears at a pedestrian pace.
2017 LPE ZO6 Corvette No. 001
Starting with the seventh-generation Corvette Z06, which is the most powerful production Corvette ever sold, this specimen includes the Ultimate Performance Package, competition sport seats, carbon-fiber package, top-of-the-line leather interior, black aluminum Z06 wheels, and an eight-speed, automatic transmission.
“We called upon Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and directed its team of horsepower experts to increase this grand-prize Corvette’s fun factor with a sensational new supercharger, ported heads, ultra-performance cam, and custom tuning,” said DGG’s Chris Phillip. “The result is a road-ripping, 800hp rocket that will go home with one lucky person who helps out some great charities when they enter to win.”
Torch Red is the color, and this car is the first in a series of Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette Z06 supercars featuring power upgrades and unique graphics, including a blacked-out roof panel, body-colored A-pillars, custom graphics, and limited-edition fender badges.
Lingenfelter applied the same touches to the Vette’s mill to extract 800 hp at the crankshaft. It uses a special cam, ported heads, and Edelbrock’s intercooled E-Force supercharger. At wide-open throttle, the sound is unreal, as the LT ingests air and spits it out with aggression. And with the auto, all you do is stage, punch it, and you’re blasting into the 10s at 130 mph.
The Vette carries Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette Z06 serial No. 001 and has a 6.2L supercharged LT4 V8 making 800 hp at its heart. Funneling power to the tires is Chevy’s quick-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission and 3.42:1 limited-slip differential. This makes the Vette easy to drive on the street or track. In fact, to get the best e.t., simply do a quick burnout, stage, and let ‘er rip. Believe it or not, it’s that easy to rocket yourself to mid-10s at 130 mph!
For the track test, we fitted the Vette with the same 315 Nittos as the Camaro and the LPE guys cut us loose on track. A short burnout got the tires cleaned, warmed, and ready, and the car was ready to stage.
Launching the Vette is easy: power break to 1,200 rpm, and when the bulbs drop, trade both feet as fast as possible. The LPE Z06 digs in and within 30 feet the engine is on boost and screaming toward redline. Shifts are crisp—and there are a lot of them—as the Vette has eight forward speeds. The Corvette cut through the sticky, warm Florida air and produced a best e.t. of 10.78 at 130 mph. While the fun factor pegged the needle, this car would easily be in the mid- to low-10s in better weather conditions. Nevertheless, it’s a solid 10-second performer.
Age Before Beauty
1967 Rally Sport Camaro
The 2017 ZL1 sweepstakes is paired with a 1967 Rally Sport Camaro fashioned in Tuxedo Black with a black interior. In contrast to the new LT Chevy mill, the first-gen Chevy is motivated by a 396-inch big-block making 400+ hp. This ’67 is optioned with a factory Rally Sport package, including those gorgeous hideaway headlamps, and it’s upgraded with a Tremec five-speed, power steering, and power brakes. Performance upgrades include Wilwood four-wheel disc brakes, QA1 shocks and front coil springs, Billet Specialties suspension, TMI Performance Sport interior, Electric hideaway headlamps, LED taillamps, and the engine is decked out with polished aluminum and billet everywhere. It rides on 18s and you won’t sweat thanks to the Vintage Air climate system.
1963 Sting Ray
The pair to the modern Z06 is 1963 split-window Sting Ray, one of the most desirable Vettes in history. The ’63 is painted in Riverside Red and sports a fuel-injected, L84, 327ci V8 with an M20 four-speed transmission and P48 cast knock-off wheels. This Vette is believed to be one of only 2,610 original factory “fuelies” built in 1963, and it’s restored to strict National Corvette Restorer’s Society (NCRS) standards. In addition, it was awarded the coveted NCRS Top Flight award.
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