A visit to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is no doubt high on the bucket list of any true Corvette enthusiast, and now there's even more of a reason to book your trip ASAP. On display from now until the end of the year are five one-of-a-kind Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Corvettes. This is a special year for the Corvette and Lingenfelter, as the car and the company are celebrating 60 and 40 years of production respectively in 2013.
"At Lingenfelter we are passionate about all things Corvette, so the National Corvette Museum's celebration of the 60th anniversary of this amazing automobile is a perfect venue to display some our most special vehicles during Lingenfelter Performance Engineering's 40th anniversary," said Ken Lingenfelter, president of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
Bob Bubnis, editor of the museum's magazine, America's Sports Car, explained that owning a Corvette is in itself a prestigious attribute, but the ownership of a Lingenfelter Corvette signifies that the owner has a unique appreciation for speed.
"In the automotive world and beyond, the name Lingenfelter is synonymous with power, performance and precision tuning," Bubnis said. "It is only fitting that we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering at the National Corvette Museum with a special display of Lingenfelter Corvettes in our Skydome, where the portrait of Hall of Famer John Lingenfelter is permanently displayed."
Among the cars on display are a 1995 Lingenfelter 415 CID which is owned and driven by John Lingenfelter, and was featured on the Discovery Channel's Extreme Machines. It features a Lingenfelter Performance Engineering C4 rear body kit, and in 1998 was speed tested at 218 mph.
Another, a 2000 Lingenfelter 427 Twin Turbo Corvette, was tested in 2002 by Motor Trend Magazine, during which time it set the record for quickest-accelerating tuner Corvette. Also in 2002, it ran a record-setting quarter mile of 8.95 seconds at 153.6 mph. When pitted against a U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 jet in a quarter mile drag race, the Vette accomplished an exceptional run of 9.24 seconds at 150.27 mph, accelerating 0 to 60 in a blistering 1.97 seconds.
A C6 2006 Corvette, part of the Lingenfelter Commemorative Edition series, boasts an impressive 750 horsepower hand-built 427 CID Intercooled Twin-Turbocharged engine. Due to many exclusive features, the Commemorative Edition Corvettes are the most collectable Lingenfelter Corvettes produced to date.
The 1995 Lingenfelter 1050 horsepower Twin-Turbocharged ZR-1 Corvette has proven itself with a 9.52 second quarter-mile time at 152 mph. It has been performance-tuned from its original 405 horsepower LT5 engine and features custom forged pistons, forged steel connecting rods, stainless intake and exhaust valves, and a custom 16-injector fuel delivery system.
Last, but not even close to least, is Lingenfelter's fastest Corvette - the 2006 Lingenfelter Twin-Turbocharged C6 Z06, with a 427 CID LS7 engine. The beastly Z06 is capable of 0 to 200 in 18.34 seconds on pump gas and tore up an 11,800 foot runway from a dead stop to a measured mile at 226.25 mph during testing in 2007 at the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport in Michigan.
The kind folks at the museum realize that not everyone can just jump on a plane and fly out to visit on such short notice, so enthusiasts can also view some of the vehicles via live video streaming at http://www.corvettemuseum.org/webcam/index.shtml.