It’s just day one here at the 2021 SEMA Show, and we are already finding new products that are creating quite the buzz. One booth that has the performance enthusiast’s attention, and ours, is Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE). Having new innovative products is not unusual for the company. As a result, we make it a point to stop by the booth year after year because they always have something new, from car and truck performance packages to new electronics and accessories. And this year is no different as the company debuts a unique package that’s sure to get the attention of C8 Corvette owners around the world.
Coming right off the heels of Chevrolets’ release of the Z06 last week, Lingenfelter just unveiled its brand-new Stage-1 supercharger package for the C8 Corvette. And while we have seen centrifugal supercharger and turbocharger kits on the market, this is the first roots-type supercharger we have seen bolted to an LT2 and sitting in the back of a C8, and we must say, the unit looks right at home under the rear glass. Fitting the Magnuson TVS2650 on the LT2 is a feat within itself, but that was only part of the equation.
According to Lingenfelter, the C8 system features a supercharger drive system that utilizes the factory belt line. The patent-pending unit also retains the stock belt location of the factory dry-sump oiling components, bulk-head connections, and electrical placements. The company also used a Magnuson high-efficiency air-to-water intercooler to keep intake air temperatures (IATs) optimal. In addition, a unique heat exchanger system is incorporated in the package and utilizes air passing under the car and through the side air intakes. The heat exchanger then cools off the 1.5-gallon self-purging coolant reservoir tank, which is also included.
Since the introduction of the C8, we’ve seen shops and performance aftermarket companies duke it out with the factory ECU as they try and add forced induction to the platform. And while some have made great power by adding aftermarket ECU in conjunction with the stock C8, Lingenfelter has gone a different direction and built a “System Control Module.” The custom module features advanced programable flash-capable circuitry, which generates an algorithm. The algorithm manages manifold air pressure (MAP) for boost, mass airflow sensor (MAS), ignition timing, throttle position, all in harmony with the factory controls. In addition, the System Control Module allows the factory ECM to manage air-fuel ratios using signals from the factory wide-bands properly. Lingenfelter and Magnuson spent over a year developing this package to integrate seamlessly with the C8’s factory system while retaining stock drivability. Another great feature about this setup is no additional programming or in-car controllers are required.
When it comes to performance, the Lingenfelter supercharger system delivers. The Magnuson TVS 2650 is good for 705 horsepower on the LT2 with only 6-pounds of boost, and that’s just the beginning. Lingenfelter has already tested a stage 2 program with no issues, but is being cautious of engine and transmission durability at this time.