The ECU remains under lock and key, however.
Right from the factory, the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is quick . Very quick. With the available Z51 package, the 495-horsepower mid-engine Corvette rockets to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, thanks to the extra launch traction delivered by locating more of the car's weight over the rear axle.
But there's plenty of room to grow. Unfortunately, unlocking more performance has proven a vexing challenge for tuning firms due to the level of security built into GM's newest E99 ECU, or Electronic Control Unit. It's designed to be nearly un-hackable, which makes calibrating the engine to make use of turbos and superchargers a difficult task.
But that doesn't mean it's impossible, and at least one company - Kansas-based supercharger manufacturer ProCharger - has taken up the call. In a recent post on its official website, ProCharger said that its "staff of engineers and tuners are figuring it out as we speak," meaning they might have a plug-and-play supercharger solution on the market real soon. The company deals primarily in centrifugal superchargers, which tend to be more compact and efficient than those of the roots or twin-screw varieties.
What sort of gains should be expected? ProCharger notes that its bespoke supercharger kit for the C7 Corvette netted an extra 180 horsepower or more. It helps that the C8's LT2 is very closely related to the C7's LT1, which could mean an accelerated timeline for aftermarket performance parts. But again, it won't count for much without an accessible engine control module.
ProCharger plans to get started on dyno and street tests "as soon as possible," with track testing to follow at Heartland Park and Sonoma Raceway. "Ferrari and Porsche owners beware!" the company ended its recent post.
ProCharger isn't the only company to be working on endowing the new C8 Corvette with more power, of course; Hennessey Performance Engineering has a twin-turbocharger kit in the works, and there's already a nitrous-injection system on the market. But given ProCharger's renowned expertise with supercharging factory engines, the firm is definitely one to watch.