Old school style meets new-school performance
The Chevrolet Corvette is considered by many to be the US's premier sports car. Now in its eight-generation, the Corvette has enjoyed over half a century of sales, and the latest iteration, the C8 is proving to be so popular that Chevrolet can barely keep up with demand. Since the release of the C8, many tuning companies have had a go at building special versions, and despite GM's best attempts to stop tuners from tinkering, we've seen some seriously fast ones come out of the aftermarket. Michigan-based GM tuning specialist Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has now launched its own special edition 'Vette named the 60th Anniversary Cunningham C8 Corvette.
The car has been named after entrepreneur and motorsport enthusiast Briggs Cunningham who took a C1 Corvette to the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in 1960, where the No.3 Corvette won its class. The exterior of this car takes one back to the 1960s with its subtle racing decals including twin over-the-top racing stripes, while the not-so-subtle aero bits are a firm reminder that this is very much a modern sports car. A slew of aero upgrades designed by Peter Stevens Design includes a front splitter, side wings, and a top-hung rear wing featuring the number 3 on the endplates. This 60th Anniversary C8 rides on custom retro-look HRE forged aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires and houses Alcon/RB Performance brakes.
On the inside, this Corvette features Cunningham-branded competition bucket seats in a Tension Blue and black color scheme, and matching blue trim highlights. Only 60 of these vehicles will be built, and each car will get a numbered plaque.
In terms of performance upgrades, GM severely limits tuners by locking the ECU, but Lingenfelter still managed to squeeze a set of Flow Corsa headers under the engine cover, which flows into a full custom exhaust, and equip a performance air intake. Each car will also be entered into the Cunningham Registry which includes the legendary Cunningham C-4R. Since only sixty examples will see the light of day, Lingenfelter has decided to give one away in a raffle competition hosted by the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation.
Additionally, the ACME Trading Company will provide a matching serialized model of the original Cunningham Le Mans Corvette with every Cunningham C8.