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Lingenfelter Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 runs a 9-second pass - click above to watch after the jump

The ZR1 might be the fastest Chevrolet Corvette to ever come out of Bowling Green, Kentucky, but that doesn't mean it can't be improved upon. That's where Lingenfelter Performance Engineering of Decatur, Indiana comes in. They've built some of the fastest Corvettes in the world, plus some other pretty wild tuned Chevys. Their latest super-Vette is this Jetstream Blue Metallic ZR1 that Lingenfelter took out to the drag strip at Maryland International Raceway last month. The result? A best pass of 9.813 seconds at 145.74 mph.

As you can imagine, Lingenfelter made more than just a few minor modifications. The ZR1's supercharger was upgraded with a cast aluminum air intake snout and an 11-rib, 2.6-inch pulley, an upgraded air filter, a four-inch diameter intake tube with mass air sensor, a ported throttle body, and a cast aluminum air inlet all help to stuff more air into the 6.2-liter V8. Other upgrades include a larger heat exchanger, larger intercooler reservoir system, and a set of sticky R345/35R18 Mickey Thompson ET Street Radials. The finished product puts out 739 horsepower and 740 pound-feet of torque measured at the rear wheels. Want to see it in action? Watch the video after the jump.

[Source: Lingenfelter]


DECATUR, Ind. -Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) is pleased to announce the Lingenfelter 2009 C6 Corvette ZR1 recently made three 9 second runs, hitting a best of 9.813 quarter-mile at 145.74 mph at the Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, Md.

Building on a rich history of finely engineered vehicle packages, Lingenfelter has refined the high-performance Corvette ZR1 to deliver maximum horsepower and torque utilizing the stock engine. The Lingenfelter ZR1 has been upgraded with the company's LS9 components designed to provide 739 rear-wheel horsepower and 740 rear-wheel torque.

Lingenfelter's 9 second quarter-mile was run with stock exhaust manifolds and a factory catback exhaust with a "Mild-to-Wild" switch. To see the ZR1 in action, visit www.lingenfelter.com/video.

"The track is the ultimate proving grounds to showcase Lingenfelter's years of engineering expertise and to test the performance capabilities of our ZR1," said Ken Lingenfelter, owner, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. "We are excited to continue developing product that pushes this sports car to the limit."

Additional upgrades to the Lingenfelter ZR1 include:

- Lingenfelter cast aluminum supercharger air intake snout
- Lingenfelter 8.5" diameter harmonic balancer - 11 rib
- Lingenfelter 2.60" diameter supercharger pulley - 11 rib
- Lingenfelter S&B air filter
- 4' diameter air intake tube with mass air sensor
- Ported stock throttle body
- Lingenfelter C6 ZR1 Supercharger Cast Aluminum air inlet
- Double capacity intercooler heat exchanger
- Larger capacity intercooler reservoir system
- Mickey Thompson ET Street Radials R345/35R18 rear tires
- M&H Racemaster P185/50R18 front tires
- CCW aluminum wheels

Enthusiasts can purchase individual components such as the upper pulley kit and the lower balancer kit to modify their own ZR1.

For more than 30 years, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has created a matchless heritage of bringing astounding new capabilities to the world's most sought-after sports cars. This legendary record of precision engineering continues today, as the highly skilled Lingenfelter production team continues to target design excellence in engine packages, superchargers and high-performance aftermarket components that refine power, speed and control. For more information, visit www.lingenfelter.com, contact Lingenfelter Performance Engineering at 1557 Winchester Road, Decatur, IN 46733, or call 260.724.2552.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      it s a good time? the différence between9.8 sec. and 10.5sec. it s Mickey Thompson radials tires.that it s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did you notice how skinny the front tire & wheel combo was? A drag set-up for sure.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm starting the chant right now:

      • 5 Years Ago
      All this car needs is a DCT and it's tits
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some "American muscle cars" (if you include the 'Vette and Viper into that category) have quite a bit over 1000lb-ft torque... and the DCT in the Veyron is like $250,000 if I remember correctly.
        When the C6 'Vette just came out, Lingenfelter had a turbo kit good for 1100whp and 1300lb-ft torque at the wheels. I doubt any current DCT box can handle that, not saying it can't be done... just on on the cheap (relatively speaking).
        • 5 Years Ago
        And those cars that came with a DCT will also come with a dress and girdle for the chumps that drive them. They should come with TV's to since chances are you'll get very bored in them.

        • 5 Years Ago
        And good luck getting a DCT to reliably handle American torque.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If it's rolling 9.8 seconds, it probably doesn't need much of anything but a stout rollcage and maybe a drag chute.

        But if it did get a DCT, and you could shave three shifts (it sounds like it's in fourth gear at the end of the quarter) from, say, .5 secs down to .1-.15 secs, that makes this a 9.5 second car in the quarter. It'd likely push trap speed over 150 mph and be required to have a drag chute. If you could keep the rear end under it, that's one honkin' fast ride.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Veyron's seems to work just fine, and it's got more torque than any american muscle car, and more bhp too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That engine note was from the factory exhaust? Wicked. It just shows how -relatively- easy you can coax more juice from the LS9. I'm also very glad that Lingenfelter is still there with the best of them, even without the magic touch of their founder.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Take that John Hennessey!
        Joe C.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ IRONFIST2

        John Henessey's Vipers would dominate this Vette.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. This thing has almost as much horsepower as a Prudhomme Mustang. Impressive. They just needed 50 more cubic inches to have 60 less horsepower.
        • 5 Years Ago
        acutally this car has more power. the shelby only makes 750 at the flywheel on pump gas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, this car makes 11hp less than the Shelby on pump gas. It makes 61hp less when the Shelby is running race gas.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Weird... I was just talking to my wife last night about how much I missed John's awesome cars/engines. Didn't know the man personally, but have the utmost respect for his products.
        • 5 Years Ago
        John died in 2003.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thank you... Not sure if my post was confusing, but I've been a fan of LPE since the 1990's and heard the day it happened.
      • 5 Years Ago
      pfffffffffffftttttt... a WRX would beat it in the twisties

        • 5 Years Ago
        you're right, the only thing a WRX will be doing is "beating it"...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn... That sound is permanently embedded in my head
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I was in undergrad the guy in the house next to me had a Lingenfelter Camaro.
      Man that thing was awesome and fast.
      This ZR1 is just ridiculous and awesome.
      11's are just insanely fast, this is just nuts.

      I miss the Callaway/Lingenfelter car wars from the 90's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looking at this again... Nine second slips at more than 140mph on a car with nothing more than some minor bolt-ons that your average Joe could install in his driveway. That is seriously ridiculous.

      If this car was a bit cheaper and easier to obtain, it would single-handedly turn running 9's into the "no big deal" category like 13 second slips are today.
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