Though the seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette comes from the factory loaded with 460 horsepower, there’s always going to be power-hungry enthusiasts demanding more from their cars. The American-made Edelbrock E-Force supercharger system satisfies this hunger. Specifically designed for the LT1 and fitting like a glove under the stock hood due to its integration into the intake manifold, the E-Force results in a seamless design with minimal components and the virtual elimination of vacuum leaks between gasket surfaces.
Edelbrock has been a name synonymous with fabrication and performance since it was founded by Vic Edelbrock Sr. in 1938. In an effort to up the ante with his own 1932 Ford roadster, Edelbrock designed his own intake manifold. Word got around, people demanded his products, a humble repair shop transformed into a manufacturing enterprise, and the rest is history. And as America’s Original Sports Car, the Corvette seems to go hand in hand with Edelbrock, and installing the Edelbrock E-Force supercharger onto a C7 Corvette makes for the perfect storm.
At the core of the E-Force system is an Eaton Gen VI 2300 TVS supercharger rotating assembly, which features a four-lobe design with 160-degrees of twist for maximum flow, a minimum rise in temperature, and quiet operation. LSXTV.com reports that with a stock C7 horsepower and torque as the baseline, testing has shown that a Stingray equipped with an Edelbrock E-Force supercharger system can produce 554 flywheel horsepower and 515 lb-ft of torque with a stock fuel pump (or 599 flywheel horsepower and 547 lb-ft of torque with a high-volume fuel pump).
Perhaps the best thing about this system is that it is a simple bolt-on modification that delivers serious results and allows the C7 to be driven on a regular basis with near-stock MPG . . . if you can keep your foot off the gas.
The system is available in three stages including Stage 1 or “street,” the most popular of the three, complete with refined calibration, a 50 state-legal E.O. number, and an available 5-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Stage 3 is stripped down and customizable, so pulley size, belt, custom tune, and more are decided by the customer. Stage 2 is still in the works, but it will probably end up looking a bit like Stage 1 but with more horsepower, and will be 50 state-legal but without a powertrain warranty.