This year marks a couple of important milestones for two big names in the auto industry. It’s the 40th Anniversary for Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, and the 60th Anniversary for the Corvette name. What better way to celebrate the two dates than to show off some of the greatest collaborations since the inception of the two. Five of these Lingenfelter-branded monsters will be on display at the National Corvette Museum. Let’s break them down for you:
- A yellow 2006 C6 Z06 Corvette. It was the Twin Turbo Motor Trend 2007 Shoot Out car. Back in ’07, this was Lingenfelter’s fastest ‘Vette, taking down the standing mile at 226mph. On street tires, by the way. It did 0-200 MPH in just 18.34 seconds on 93 octane gasoline, accomplishing the standing mile in only 25.12 seconds. It is one of three of the Corvettes on loan from owner Norm Koerner, who we assume has a large, exquisite collection.
- Next, there’s a yellow ’95 Corvette ZR-1, with the 415 cubic-inch LT5. It was featured in the August 1998 issue of Road & Track. It made C4 history when former race car driver Mario Andretti drove it at the Fort Stockton test track and achieved 202 MPH with full exhaust and 218 MPH with open headers. Mr. Koerner also owns this particular Corvette.
- Car number three from Mr. Koerner is another ’95 ZR-1 LT5. This one is a bit more extreme – it features a specially-made 368-cubic-inch motor, and twin snails under the bonnet. It was one of four built by Lingenfelter, and puts out a mild 850 horsepower. In 2000, John Lingenfelter proved the awesomeness that is this Corvette by reaching 153mph in under 10 seconds.
- Arguably the scariest one of the five is a silver C5R. To make it go, there’s a twin-turbo 427 available. It was selected to compete in the 2002 Motor Trend Shoot Out. It could do 0-60 in 1.97 seconds,and melt your face while doing it. This car’s claim to fame was going up against a US Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 jet in a quarter-mile drag race. It is one of two loaned cars that are part of the Lingenfelter Collection of Brighton, Michigan.
- Last but not least, there’s the red 2006 Z06, with a yet another twin-snail 427 combo. This car is part of the Lingenfelter Commemorative Edition series. Because of this, it features a full Lingenfelter body kit, Brembo Brakes, Koni adjustable shocks, and Michelin Pilot Sport tires, with other go-fast parts and badging.
If you can’t make it to the showcase event, no worries. You might not be able to touch anything, but there will be live streaming from the museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. In case you didn’t know, Chevy Corvettes are manufactured literally next door.