Has the company managed to crack the C8's difficult ECU?
The new Chevrolet Corvette C8 has proven a tough nut to crack, as far as tuning is concerned, thanks to its using GM's latest, most "unhackable" electronics architecture. It's brought projects like Hennessey Performance Engineering's planned 1,200-horsepower twin-turbo supercar-killer to a virtual standstill as tuners grapple with how to recalibrate the ECU to accommodate such significant upgrades.
Last we checked, the best Hennessey has been able to manage without direct help from GM itself is running a pair of turbos at low enough boost pressure that the factory ECU tuning can account for the extra intake charge. Even with those limitations, Hennessey's been able to extract some 640 wheel horsepower from the car, but you probably wouldn't be wrong to raise concerns about reliability.
Knowing this makes us all the more curious as to what, exactly, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is teasing in a recent Facebook post. The renowned Chevrolet tuner, responsible for the 800-horsepower "Lingenfelter Signature Edition" Corvette C7 Z06 that bowed at SEMA 2017, posted it has some "exciting C8 release news happening VERY SOON," inviting fans to sign up for "C8 Insider" access.
It might well be unrelated, but shortly after issuing this teaser, Lingenfelter Performance posted a photo of a Lingenfelter Magnuson 2650 supercharger, saying: "something is going to making some power here pretty soon."
The Michigan company tunes plenty of models - not just the Corvette - so it could be destined for something else.
If Lingenfelter doesn't yet have anything to announce for forced induction for the new Chevrolet Corvette C8, the tuner might at least have a suite of other mid-engine Corvette upgrades to reveal. The company has offered things like high-flow intake systems, exhaust upgrades, suspension upgrades, nitrous-oxide kits, and even built crate engines for past iterations of the Corvette.
Whatever Lingenfelter has cooking, we'll learn more about it real soon.