Lingenfelter and Chevrolet have a long history together, and it won’t stop anytime soon. Ken Lingenfelter tweeted photos of a 2020 Corvette C8 Stingray dressed in the tuner’s famous Continental Tire livery, hinting that the company is developing aftermarket parts. Details on the car, the company’s exhibition platform that it will take on tour whenever such events are possible, are scarce.
We know Lingenfelter often reserves the Continental livery for their top performing offerings, so we’re curious what improvements the company has made to the powertrain. From the factory, the Corvette Stingray arrives with GM’s 6.2-liter LT2 V8 producing 490 horsepower (364 kilowatts) and 465 pound-feet (623 Newton-meters) of torque. Whatever changes Lingenfelter makes, they should result in a substantial increase in horsepower, if the tuner could break GM’s tough cybersecurity features protecting the ECU.
It has been reported that GM’s stricter security features will make it difficult for tuners to change Corvette code. Inject something that the computer does not recognize and it puts the car in recovery mode. You will need the original car code to resolve the problem.
Late last year, GM said it didn’t want to let its performance customers dry out, although the company insisted that safety, especially for a modern vehicle, was also important. The Corvette uses GM’s new electric architecture designed for autonomous and electric vehicles. However, he said he was exploring “the next steps in the calibration space.”
As summer draws to a close, outdoor car events likely live on borrowed time, so we don’t know when Lingenfelter will start showing its Corvette exhibition platform. If it’s like the tuner’s other creations, we anticipate that there will eventually be several upgrades available for Lingenfelter’s Corvette. No code is unbreakable, and tuners have found ways to bypass the C7’s security features, but the C8’s system is much more complicated. We will have to see how Lingenfelter modified his car.