Part 2: Manufacturers L-Z
Last Month, we brought you the first part of our official guide to Corvette cold-air intake (CAI) kits. In this issue, we're back with even more bolt-on induction systems that promise to boost the output of your Vette's engine without blowing a hole in your budget.
Because choosing a CAI is based upon a number of variables-such as engine type, current level of modification, planned mods, and appearance-we didn't favor one of these systems over the others. Instead, we listed them all and allowed each manufacturer to state its case. All that's left is for you to decide is which one is right for your Corvette.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
Brief Description: Our high-flow air intake system for C5 and C6 Corvettes features an inlet air filter that provides reduced inlet restriction, compared with stock and competitive units. This reduction is achieved by utilizing more filter surface area than any of the other leading air-intake systems and by using a radiused inlet entry built into the outlet of the filter itself. Our system is also designed to provide lower-temperature air from outside the engine compartment to produce optimal performance and consistency. The high-flow air intake maintains a high-quality factory appearance and includes a washable air-filter assembly, filter housing, fasteners, and detailed installation instructions. Systems are available for LS1, LS6, LS2, and LS7-equipped Corvettes.
Trademark Features: Flow-bench, engine-dynamometer, and chassis-dynamometer designed and tested; chassis-dynamometer-proven horsepower gains; same air-intake systems used on Lingenfelter engine-package-equipped vehicles; true cold-air design picks up air from outside the engine compartment; high-quality factory appearance.
Quote from Company: "High-performance air-intake systems designed to provide increased power, from the name in Corvette performance products-Lingenfelter Performance Engineering."
Mid America Motorworks
Brief Description: We use only the finest materials and workmanship in manufacturing our cold-air induction systems for C5 and C6 Corvettes. Our intake systems utilize low-restriction, reusable air filters and polished-aluminum, Y-tube, dual-cone systems to streamline the air directly to where it's needed. Our C6 system also comes with a larger-than-stock true-carbon-fiber air bridge to allow even more cold air into the engine, resulting in more power.
Trademark Features: We at Mid America Motorworks stand behind our products 100 percent, so our customers can purchase from us with confidence. They have the confidence they're getting a great product at a good price from a company with 35 years of experience-and the finest people in the Corvette aftermarket looking out for them.
Quote from Company: "When we install cold-air intakes on our own Corvettes, we use our own products, because they're easy to install, they require no modifications, and, best of all, they produce power."