Arrow first launched the SAM (semi-autonomous motorcar) project in 2014 with the goal to put quadriplegic IndyCar driver, Sam Schmidt, back in the driver’s seat. Since then, Arrow has done just that.
By modifying a 2016 C7 Corvette Z06, Schmidt is able to pilot the car using only his head to control it. Since the technology’s inception, Schmidt has gone on to run oval and road courses and mountain summit runs with the C7 Z06. Schmidt even became the first quadriplegic in the United States to receive a semi-autonomous vehicle driver’s license.
But, Lingenfelter has stepped in to give the project a boost. The performance and tuning house announced it has partnered with Arrow to further enhance the SAM C7 Z06’s performance credibility, with a goal to push the 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine to its limits.
Specifically, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has called upon Magnuson for a bit of help. Following Magnuson’s agreement, Schmidt’s car will be the first Corvette C7 Z06 in production with Magnuson’s new LT4 Heartbeat TVS2300 kit.
LPE stated it will provide updates on the SAM as the build gets underway, but we have no doubt the Corvette Z06 will be a force to be reckoned with upon completion.