Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

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Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) is a company specializing in high performance automobile modifications in Decatur, Indiana, founded by and named for NHRA driver John Lingenfelter. LPE has created high performance versions of GM vehicles such as the F-Bodies (Camaro, Firebird), B Bodies (Impala SS, Caprice, Roadmaster, Fleetwood), Corvette, CTS-V, GTO, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Escalade, Denali, SSR, Hummer H2, and Sierra. The shop has also created tuning packages for the Dodge Viper and Plymouth Prowler.

In the press, LPE-tuned vehicles were reported to have as much civility as the stock vehicles upon which they were based in everyday driving.[citation needed] However, these vehicles were brutally fast. Motor Trend tested a Tahoe tuned by Lingenfelter and achieved a 5.1 second 0-60 time as well as a 0.9g lateral acceleration figure. These numbers match the performance figures of the C4 Corvette and GMC Syclones/Typhoons of that era. This Tahoe had its 350 in3 V8 bored and stroked to 396 in3, making 500 hp and still retaining its 4WD drivetrain. Motor Trend also tested a LPE-built Impala SS that had the same performance numbers as the last generation M5 (0-60 4.7 sec) due to its bored and stroked LT-1 (Displacement rose to 383 in3 and horsepower rose to 425).[1] Another LPE vehicle was featured in the June 1996 issue of Car and Driver: a special C4 Corvette with a 427.6 in3 engine that attained a top speed of 212 mph.[2] LPE's 2001 Corvette 427 with 800 Rear-Wheel horse and a twin turbo accomplished a 1.97 second 0-60. [1]. Currently, the most powerful vehicle they have in their stable is a 2006 twin-turbo Corvette Z06 with 1,109 rear wheel horsepower worth $288,540.

Engine packages[edit source | edit]

Lingenfelter currently has engine packages for: Corvettes years 1990-current supporting such powerplants as LT1, LT4, LT5 ZR1, LS1, LS6 Z06, LS3, LS7 Z06, and LS9 ZR1. 5th Gen Camaro 2010-current. Cadillac CTS-V 2004-2007 and 2009-current. Pontiac GTO 2004-2006 LS1 and LS2, Pontiac G8 2008 L76, Camaro/Firebird 1992-2002 LT1 and LS1, Chevrolet SSR 2003-2006 5.3L and LS2, as well as a number of GM trucks and SUVs. They also support packages for Dodge Challenger/Charger 2009-2010, Dodge Viper 1999-2001.

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ John Pearley Huffman; Don Sherman (September 1996). "Automotive Resources - Performance Trends". Motor Trend (magazine). Source Interlink. Lingenfelter Impala SS. Archived from the original on 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Corvette Highs and Low - Feature". July 2002. p. 3. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 

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