Lingenfelter Wows Vegas with C2 Corvette, 6G Camaro & Original Firebird
Lingenfelter used SEMA to showcase big power upgrades for Corvette and Camaro, old and new.
While reporting from the recent SEMA Show in Las Vegas, we saw a great many modified Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro show cars. We also saw more than a few vehicles with aftermarket upgrades from the folks at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE), but as you might expect, no booth offered as much LPE-modified Chevrolet performance as the Lingenfelter booth itself.
This is true every year, as Lingenfelter often has as huge display right in the middle of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s main hall and for the 2018 SEMA Show, LPE brought out a trio of modified C2 Corvette show vehicles, a new Camaro ZL1 and a 1967 Pontiac Firebird named Project Oculus.
First up, we have three C2 Corvette show cars, although a quick look at one might lead you to believe that it is a first generation Chevy sports car. This included a Superformance 1963 Grand Sport, a white C2 with a modern engine that appears to be a 1965 model and a red C2 with a C1 front end.
The odds are good that if you are familiar with Lingenfelter and Superformance, you recognize this 1963 Grand Sport kit car. This car wasn’t actually built by GM, but rather, Superformance has permission from GM to build these modern 1963 Grand Sport kit cars and you simply provide your own drivetrain. In the case of this particular modern-day 1963 Corvette, it is powered by Lingenfelter’s 427 cubic inch V8, delivering around 550 horsepower.
Next, we have the white C2 that appears to be a 1965 model with a modern drivetrain. Under the hood is a Lingenfelter-built LS engine, while modern suspension, modern brakes and a set of chromed ZR1 wheels complete this slick restomoded Vette.
Also, we have this C2 Corvette with a C1 front end. This car has been lowered and equipped with a modern LT4 engine, while the standard front end was replaced with one from the latter portion of the first generation. As a result, it looks like a C1 from the front, it looks like a C2 from the back and it performs like a C7 Z06.
While LPE clearly focused on classic Corvettes and crate engine packages at the 2018 SEMA Show, they did bring out one new Camaro. To be exact, they showed off this beautiful blue 6G ZL1 equipped with the LPE 1000 package, lifting the output from 650 horsepower to 1,000 horsepower.
This is achieved by adding ported cylinder heads, a new camshaft, all of the supporting top end upgrades, a ported throttle body, long-tube headers, an Edelbrock TVS2650 supercharger and a beefed-up fuel system, transforming the newest ZL1 into a four-figure-power beast.
Finally, we come to the 1967 Pontiac Firebird named Project Oculus. This was built by Snake Pit Customs and it has a host of upgrades, but the focus in this booth was the engine. Under the hood of this cool classic Pontiac is a Lingenfelter-built LSA topped with a Kenne Bell supercharger, which with a long list of key features offers 901 horsepower and 976 lb-ft of torque.
Of course, in addition to showcasing their modified GM engines in these vehicles, Lingenfelter also had a spread of crate engines on stands, some of which you can check out in our gallery below.