DECATUR, Ind. – Visitors to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. can enjoy an exhibit through the end of 2013 featuring five coveted, one-of-a-kind Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Corvettes.
Celebrating 60 years of the Corvette, the Corvette Museum is displaying the Lingenfelter vehicles in a special showing now through December 31. Lingenfelter is also celebrating a noteworthy anniversary, marking 40 years of performance-tuning expertise.
“At Lingenfelter we are passionate about all things Corvette, so the National Corvette Museum’s celebration of the 60th anniversary of this amazing automobile is a perfect venue to display some our most special vehicles during Lingenfelter Performance Engineering’s 40th anniversary,” said Ken Lingenfelter, president of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
According to Bob Bubnis, editor of the museum’s magazine, America’s Sports Car, owning a Corvette is in itself prestigious, but owning a Lingenfelter Corvette signifies that the owner has a special appreciation for speed.
“In the automotive world and beyond, the name Lingenfelter is synonymous with power, performance and precision tuning,” Bubnis said. “It is only fitting that we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering at the National Corvette Museum with a special display of Lingenfelter Corvettes in our Skydome, where the portrait of Hall of Famer John Lingenfelter is permanently displayed.”
Enthusiasts who can’t make the trip to Kentucky will have access to live video streaming to view some of the Lingenfelter vehicles by visiting http://www.corvettemuseum.org/webcam/index.shtml
Lingenfelter Corvettes on display include some of its most impressive automobiles:
* The 1995 Lingenfelter 415 CID, owned and driven by John Lingenfelter, was featured in the Discovery Channel’s Extreme Machines. Featuring a Lingenfelter Performance Engineering C4 rear body kit, this vehicle was speed tested at 218 mph in 1998.
* The 2000 Lingenfelter 427 Twin Turbo Corvette, tested in 2002 by Motor Trend Magazine, set the record for quickest accelerating tuner Corvette. The same year it had a record-setting quarter mile run of 8.95 seconds at 153.6 mph. Pitted against a U.S. Navy Blue Angels F/A-18 jet in a quarter mile drag race, the Lingenfelter 427 CID Twin Turbo produced an exceptional run of 9.24 seconds at 150.27 mph, going 0 – 60 mph in 1.97 seconds.
* Part of the Lingenfelter Commemorative Edition series, the C6 2006 Corvette boasts a 750 horsepower hand-built 427 CID Intercooled Twin Turbocharged engine. The many exclusive features of the Lingenfelter Commemorative Edition Series make them the most collectable Lingenfelter Corvettes produced to date
* The 2006 Lingenfelter Twin Turbocharged C6 ZO6, with a 427 CID LS7 engine, is Lingenfelter’s fastest Corvette. Clocked at 0 – 200 mph in 18.34 seconds on pump gas, the Lingenfelter C6 ZO6 blasted down an 11,800 foot runway from a dead stop to a measured mile at 226.25 mph during testing in 2007 at the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport in Michigan.
* The 1995 Lingenfelter 1050 horsepower Twin Turbocharged ZR-1 Corvette was clocked in the quarter mile at 9.52 seconds at 152 mph. Performance tuned from its original 405 horsepower LT5 engine, the Lingenfelter ZR-1 Corvette has custom forged pistons, forged steel connecting rods, stainless intake and exhaust valves, and a custom 16-injector fuel delivery system.
About Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
Since 1973, 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.