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Lingenfelter Power and Reliability for the New 48 Hour Camaro

We like to drive our cars hard. Everyone makes that claim, but RideTech lives it. Lap after lap and from one weekend to the next, we pound our cars mercilessly. That means we need more than just a powerful engine. We need reliable power. Lingenfelter Performance Engineering thoroughly understands that concept. For the new 48 Hour Camaro, a 1971 model, Lingenfelter is providing a custom built 6.2L LS3 with CNC ported aluminum heads and their impressive GT11 hydraulic roller camshaft.  The engine makes 579 HP @6400 RPM and 487 Ft-Lbs of torque at 5500 rpm.  With more than 400 Ft-Lbs of torque available as early as 2700 rpm, the new 48 Hour Camaro will pull away from corners like a freight train. Likewise, it will idle smoothly with the AC at full blast. In other words, Lingenfelter is supplying the perfect powerplant for this 48 Hour Camaro.

In working with Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, we made a few requests.  We really love LS architecture, but prefer the look of old-school small blocks.  LPE obliged by installing a racy-looking Holley single plane intake manifold along with Holley’s MPFI throttle body. A set of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering billet valve covers complete the classic vibe by fully concealing the coil packs. Though we could have relocated the coils, LPE’s solution is far more elegant and convenient. We also had LPE install a Holley polished aluminum oil pan.  The design will make it easier for us to install the engine during the 48 Hour thrash.

The pictures below show OE style pulleys and accessories along with a set of dyno headers.  As the car comes together, we will install a Vintage Air LSX Series Frontrunner system along with Vintage Air AC, of course. Frontrunners provide stable belt alignment and tension from idle all the way up to redline rpm and beyond. Hooker will supply the headers with an emphasis on maximum ground clearance. We fully intend to drive this car in a wide variety of environments.

While it is entirely possible to build an engine with more horsepower, we place high emphasis on how the 48 Hour Camaro will be driven.  It is not unreasonable for RideTech to make 20 autocross laps per day for two days, then drive three states away and repeat the process.  Given these objectives, our Lingenfelter Performance Engineering LS3 provides peace of mind as well as significant power.

Look for more engine news and videos — including full walk-around and start-up footage — during the 48 Hour Camaro build at Barrett-Jackson.


Lingenfelter CNC ported aluminum heads are good for more than 100HP over stock LS parts when used in conjunction with the right cam, compression, induction and exhaust.

Lingenfelter-LS3-holley-oil-pan-e1515111117795 A Holley LS Retro-Fit oil pan was installed. The conversion kit includes a cast aluminum 6 qt pan, sump baffle, oil pump pickup tube, sump plug, oil filter stud, and oil passage cover.

Lingenfelter-LS3-roller-cam-e1515110790458 LPE’s GT11 cam is one of the most versatile profiles available for LS engines. Specs are 215/231 duration @ .050 with .631″/.644″ lift.

Lingenfelter-LS3-Intake-e1515110250516 A Holley single plane intake manifold offers plenty of low end grunt plus and sets the tone for classic small block, four-barrel vibe.

Lingenfelter-LS3-holley-throttle-body-e1515111595200 A Holley MPFI Throttle body tops off the single plane intake. The standard flange accepts a traditional 14″ air cleaner.

Lingenfelter-LS3-valve-cover-complete-e1515112375731 As installed, the finished valve covers fully conceal the coil packs and allow for short spark plug wires. Lingenfelter provided a set of heat-shielding boots.

Lingenfelter-LS3-valve-covers-e1515111966548Lingenfelter Performance Engineering offers these multi-piece billet valve covers. The upper covers conceal unsightly coil packs and are vented to let heat escape. Breather tubes fit between the upper and lower covers.

48 Hour Build: Here we go again

48hour-camaroduplicate-800x533Once again, it is time to pull out all of the stops and build another great hot rod in just 48 Hours.  The fourth 48 Hour project is taking place in January at the 2018 Barrett-Jackson Auction, Scottsdale, Ariz. RideTech and a team of manufacturers will turn a really good 1971 Camaro to  a Pro-Touring masterpiece using the latest and greatest go-fast parts.

Last year’s 48 Hour project, a 68 GMC short bed pickup, proved to be extremely successful.  The build unfolded in front of 300,000-plus event attendees at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction. A constant crowd of enthusiasts looked on as the six day (8 hours per day) thrash ensued. One onlooker, in particular, liked the truck so much that he purchased it on the auction block. The eventual buyer  returned daily during the build to check on the progress of his truck.

For this new project, the excitement will continue long after the build and the Barrett-Jackson auction event have concluded. The new 48 Hour Camaro is a keeper. It’s not for sale (not yet anyway).  We will show it and race it alongside it’s upstart sibling — the new Track 1 Camaro. Like Jekyl and Hyde, the two 2nd Gen cars have starkly contrasting personalities.  The orange 48 Hour Camaro represents a street-friendly, yet highly capable Pro-Touring car, while the caged and carbon fiber-equipped Track 1 Camaro represents a street legal race car. More details on the Track 1 build can be found HERE, but for now, let’s focus on the new 48 Hour Camaro project.

We are still discussing part numbers and possibilities with last minute build partners, but most of the key components and systems are set in stone.  The pre-existing 300-horse crate small block is being replaced with a Lingenfelter Performance Engineering 550 Horsepower LS3. The 100% street friendly combination features ported and polished heads a hydraulic roller cam, Holley EFI, MSD ignition and Hooker exhaust. Lingenfelter has developed an exceptional combination of power and reliability. The existing “analog” 700R4 will be replaced with a Bowler 4L65E electronic overdrive transmission with Sonnax Level 3 upgrades and a Pro Torque billet, lock-up torque converter. The existing brakes — discs up front and rear drums — will be replaced with Baer 13″ four wheel disc brakes. Forgeline ML3C 18″ diameter wheels will be wrapped in a set of B.F. Goodrich Rivals. As we plan on driving this car aggressively and competitively, the heavy duty brakes, wheels, tires and suspension are mandatory.

Speaking of suspension, we will, of course, be installing RideTech StrongArm control arms and Tru Turn steering up front with our new “unicradle” design Bolt-On 4-Link kit with a Currie Enterprises Crate 9″ Rear. and trick MillerBuilt floater axle conversion. RideTech TQ Series triple adjustable coilovers will be used all around.

Vintage Air air conditioning will add comfort and reliability while Kicker is providing the tunes.  Tracy Weaver at Recovery Room is already hard at work upholstering the interior panels.  Classic Instruments is supplying the gauges. We will be reaching out to Summit Racing Equipment for a wide range of parts, tools and supplies — both before and during the build process. If we forget to buy anything during the planning stage, the closest Summit Racing Equipment warehouse is just one day away in Nevada.

These 48 Hour builds are grueling — especially the outdoor builds.  Last January, the weather did notcooperate.  On day seven of the build, the team from EA Wraps was working in cold, ankle-deep water.  For this build, we hope to be working in shorts and T-shirts. Weather aside, RideTech and the many 48 Hour build partners love turning wrenches. There is something special about transforming a cool car in front of 300,000-plus onlookers. Enthusiasts monitor progress, ask questions and study the parts that are awaiting installation.

At the culmination of the 2017 build, we were sad to see the 48 Hour C10 sell.  When you build something with your own hands, it’s easy to get emotionally attached. For this project, we are thrilled to be taking the new 48 Hour Camaro home. Likewise, we are eager to drive it across the country, race it and show it off alongside the Track 1 Camaro in 2018. Buckle up, this is going to be a wild ride.


IMG_3718-e1512580361714BEFORE PHOTO: The Camaro currently has a Chevrolet Performance 300HP crate engine backed by a 700R4 transmission.

IMG_6822-e1512581404182BEFORE PHOTO: The interior is in decent shape. We’re going to take it to another level with custom upholstery upgrades from Recovery Room Hot Rod Interiors and gauges from Classic Instruments.

IMG_3070-e1513112198484We have done this sort of thing before including the first 48 Hour Camaro, the 48 Hour Corvette and the 48 Hour C10 pickup. The 48 Hour Corvette Build was an extreme thrash with a lot of people working on a very compact car. The 2nd gen Camaro should be easier to work on.

IMG_1912-e1513113109481The 2018 48 Hour Camaro is based on an existing development car with a very nice paint job. We have used this car to test various suspension products over the years. Now will turn it into a highly capable pro-touring machine.


**Article courtesy of RideTech** http://www.ridetech.com/info/2017/12/another-48-hour-build-1971-camaro/

Come See The 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette Z06 Dream Giveaway at SEMA

For Information about Lingenfelter Performance

Contact: Christina Salmon, (248) 782-7359

For further information about Corvette Dream Giveaway
Contact: Kim Meyers, (727) 536-2777

Come See The 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette Z06 at SEMA

The 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette Z06 that co-stars in the grand-prize package for the 2017 Corvette Dream Giveaway will be on display in the Lingenfelter Booth at the 2017 SEMA Show on October 31st through November 3rd. Come hang out in booth #25075 in the Central Hall where you can get up close and personal with this unprecedented Corvette that bears Serial #001.

The 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette Z06 Coupe cranks out 800 horsepower thanks to a 376 cubic inch (6.2 liter) Chevy LT4 Gen 5 small-block featuring a Magnuson TVS2300 Heartbeat Supercharger System (engineered for the seventh-generation Corvette Z06), ported and polished factory cylinder heads, an ultra-high-performance GT3 cam, and Royal Purple motor oil, all courtesy of the horsepower experts at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. This Corvette show car comes finished in Torch Red with a 3LZ interior, which features Jet Black perforated Napa leather seating surfaces and a unique, serialized dash plaque. The exterior also features unique styling and badging. It is loaded with high-performance factory options, including the Z07 performance package (Track Package), carbon fiber visible package, 8-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission, competition sport seats, and Z06 black aluminum wheels.

The 2017 Corvette Dream Giveaway is a nationwide drawing sponsored by New Beginning Children’s Homes-a charitable organization. The winner of this extraordinary prize package will receive the supercharged 800hp 2017 Lingenfelter Signature Edition Corvette Z06 and a 1963 Split Window Sting Ray. Also included in this grand prize package is $50,000 cash for taxes.

To enter the giveaway by receiving one complimentary entry from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, text “LPE” to 31996 from your smart phone or stop by the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering booth (#25075) and Royal Purple booth (#23543). In addition, the general public can enter with donations by calling call toll-free (877) 700-8946 or online at http://www.dreamgiveaway.com. You can use promo code LE1017C3 to get 75% bonus tickets with any donation of $25 or more.

Don’t forget to stop by the Lingenfelter booth (#25075) at the 2017 SEMA Show and see this Corvette show car in person and visit the Royal Purple booth (#23543), the official motor oil of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.


Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will feature sponsored Drift Driver Dirk Stratton at SEMA this year!

Many of you have already been following the #DRIFTVETTE #33 this year, but we have a special surprise in store for you! For the 2018 Drift Season, the #DRIFTVETTE will feature an all NEW look!
Join us on October 31st at 9 AM for the unveiling! Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Booth # 25075 in Central Hall under Racing and Performance

If you are not attending SEMA, be sure to follow along at www.driftvette.com for live updates!

The RideTech 48 Hour Corvette Wins Goodguys Autocross National Championship! – Powered by Lingenfelter

Chris Smith driving the RideTech 48 Hour Corvette, Lingenfelter Powered has clinched the Goodguys Autocross National Championship. Chris and our (Ridetech) Corvette have placed 1st or 2nd in every Goodguys Autocross attended in 2017.
Smitty commented: “It’s great to see the results of our hard work over the past 3 years with this car and this program. I’m very honored to have the full support of my family and the entire RideTech team behind me for this achievement!”
RideTech president Bret Voelkel commented: “I couldn’t be more proud of Smitty and the entire RideTech Engineering team. This Championship win is a reflection of everyone’s devotion and hard work — not only in 2017 — but over the last 3 years.”
Smitty has been driving the 48 Hour Corvette since 2015 and is one of the driving forces behind the RideTech Motorsports Track 1 program that provides custom-tailored parts and solutions for pro-touring enthusiasts. This Goodguys Autocross Series Championship caps off a very successful three year program that will culminate with the 48 Hour Corvette being sold at No Reserve to the highest bidder at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. in January 2018. If you want a Championship-caliber Pro-Touring Corvette, register to bid. Also in 2018, Smitty will be driving the all new RideTech Track 1 1970 Camaro.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering & RideTech would like to thank Goodguys and its many exceptional sponsors for producing such an exciting and ultra-competitive Autocross series.
Thank you for all your support!


**Article compliments of RidTech!** For more information visit: RideTech 

Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Drag Race Results – Holley LS Fest 2017 Lingenfelter COPO Battle At The Green!


Former NHRA national event finalist Emily Volkman drove her ’15 COPO Camaro to the Lingenfelter COPO Battle at the Green victory with a final-round decision over Brian Palcisko. Palcisko had the slightly better reaction time, but Volkman was closer to her dial with a 9.20 on a 9.17 dial opposite his fast-closing 8.92 on an 8.80.

With a consistent string of runs within just hundredths of a second of 9.20 all day, Volkman defeated Bowling Green’s Donnie Bray, recent NHRA divisional event winner Daren Poole-Adams, and, in the semifinals, Jim McLeod, who narrowly red-lighted. Poole-Adams paced all qualifiers with a .019 light. 1986 NHRA Stock world champion Al Corda was No. 2 with a .023, Holley Director of EFI Business Development Robin Lawrence was third with a .026, and Volkman was fourth with a .041.

Copo Battle at the Green!

To view the full results visit: https://www.lsfest.com/scoggin-dickey-parts-center-drag-race-results/

Article: by Todd Veney, courtesy of LSFest.com

Grand Champion, Autocross, & 3S Challenge Results Holley LS Fest 2017

After all the tire smoke from more than 1,200 cars and three days of non-stop action literally had cleared, Danny Popp walked off with the top prize, the Grand Champion crown. With a record crowd looking on – the biggest in the long history of Beech Bend Raceway Park – Popp drove his ’03 Corvette Z06 to victory by a wide margin (13 points) over another veteran of the LS Fest wars, Rich Wilhoff, who also finished in the runner-up position at the inaugural LS Fest West earlier this year in Las Vegas.

Popp came out on top in both QA1 Autocross events – one at Beech Bend Raceway Park and the other at NCM Motorsports Park – to earn the maximum possible Autocross points: 50. He finished second in the 3S Challenge and third in the Drag Race for a grand total of 92 points – just eight points shy of a perfect 100.

Driving an ’06 Corvette Z06, Wilhoff ruled the 3S Challenge and was second to Popp in both Autocross events but finished just 11th in drag racing for a total of 79 points. Joe Gregory was a distant third behind Wilhoff with 56 points, and Sam Strano narrowly edged out Ryan Mathews and Tyler Powell for fourth place overall.


Popp topped all challengers on the NCM Autocross track, winning with a time of 42.766 seconds, about a half-second faster than Wilhoff’s second-place time of 43.253. Strano, who finished fourth in the overall Grand Champion standings. Mike DuSold, Grand Champion of both the 2016 LS Fest and the 2017 LS Fest West in Las Vegas, was fourth, and Jack Stanford was fifth.

On the equally challenging Beech Bend Raceway Park Autocross course, Popp again emerged victorious, again over Wilhoff. This one was even closer – Wilhoff actually tied Popp right to the thousandth of a second with a time of exactly 31.107 seconds , the first time LS Fest officials have observed that in competition – but Popp won the tiebreaker (runoff combined time), 62.060 seconds to Wilhoff’s close 62.111. Stanford was about a half-second back with a 31.508, Strano was about a half-second behind Stanford with a 31.568, and Larry Woo rounded out the top five with a time of 31.657.

Wilhoff was second to no one at the Baer/Super Chevy 3S Challenge, registering a winning time of 22.262. He also took home the coveted Vette Magazine Fastest Corvette award. Popp was right on his heels at 22.515, and Logan Palmer’s ’11 Corvette was right behind him with a score of 22.756 seconds. Fourth place went to Bret Voelkel’s Camaro (22.844 seconds), and fifth-place honors went to Tyler Powell’s ’63 Corvette with a time of 23.035.

For the Full article visit: https://www.lsfest.com/grand-championautocross3s-challenge-results/

Lingenfelter Collection Charity Fall Open House 2017

Brighton, Mich. – On Saturday, October 14, the public will have a chance to browse a 40,000 sq. ft. showroom displaying 150 unique cars including Corvettes, muscle cars and exotics. Ken and Kristen Lingenfelter are opening the doors to their private Lingenfelter Collection – rated one of the top car collections in the World – to raise money and awareness for programs of The Pink Fund.

The mission of The Pink Fund is to provide a 90 day non-medical financial bridge to breast cancer patients in active treatment. Expenses supported include health insurance premiums, housing, transportation and utilities. The Pink Fund helps to meet basic needs and decrease stress levels, helping breast cancer patients strengthen their fight to improve survivorship outcomes and quality of life.

Deborah Hale, a Brighton resident, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February. She was unable to keep her job with Visiting Angles and still had her two children, husband and home to care for. While her family was, and is, of great help to her, the financial impact caused hardship.

“There is so much that happens to you mentally and physically once you have been diagnosed with breast cancer – it’s scary,” said Deborah. “The Pink Fund team helped to relive the anxiety of keeping bills paid and getting me to treatments so I could focus on my health and my family. They are an incredibly generous and helpful organization. I do not know what I would have done without their support.”

Guests attending the Open House will be able to support The Pink Fund by making a monetary donation at the door. In addition to viewing the collection, guests may enjoy Tim Horton’s coffee and pastries provided by Two Unique Catering. Tony’s Dogs mobile hot dog stand will be available for guests’ snack, lunch & drink purchases throughout the event. Ken Lingenfelter will be autographing posters and will be available for pictures in exchange for a small donation. There will also be a silent auction and raffle and quick-sketch artist Darrell Swift will be providing complementary drawings of guests in front of their favorite vehicle within The Lingenfelter Collection. 100% of the event proceeds will directly benefit The Pink Fund.

Saturday, October 14,   10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Donations accepted at entrance

Lingenfelter Collection

7819 Lochlin Drive, Brighton



About The Pink Fund: While fighting for their lives, many breast cancer patients in active treatment lose their livelihoods. Unable to work, patients often face catastrophic financial losses. The Pink Fund, founded in 2006 by breast cancer survivor, Molly MacDonald, who experienced this herself, provides individuals in active treatment with up to 90 days of direct financial assistance to cover non-medical expenses, such as health insurance premiums, housing, transportation and utilities. The Pink Fund helps to meet basic needs and decrease stress levels, helping breast cancer patients strengthen their fight to improve survivorship outcomes and quality of life. For more information, visit www.thepinkfund.org.

About The Lingenfelter Collection: This private collection of over 150 vehicles is hailed as one of the best rate car collections in the World. Belonging to Ken Lingenfelter, the collection is 40% Corvettes, 30% Muscle Cars and 30% Exotics. At times, Ken and his wife Kristen open the collection to the public for viewing, with all event proceeds directly benefiting the charity of choice. Learn more about the Collection and to purchase merchandise, visit www.Thelingenfeltercollection.com


65 Corvettes, and that isn’t even the cool part!

The most remarkable thing might not be the 220-mph Ferrari Enzo in Ken Lingenfelter’s fleet, or even the 1,001-horsepower Bugatti Veyron. It’s that his driving record is as clean as the Bugatti’s hood.

Lingenfelter, 64, loves cars. All of them. But the ones that go faster than practicality or common sense might demand …

Those, he especially loves.

Among other things, that explains how he got expelled from high school. It’s also the reason he’s amassed the Lingenfelter Collection, 250 smoldering Corvettes, muscle cars and exotics — plus an AMC Pacer — that might, if started simultaneously, blow the roof off the spotless Brighton warehouse where about 170 of them lurk at any one time.

The 40,000-square-foot warehouse is not open to the public. Lingenfelter is operating a business, not a museum. Fortunately, the older and more successful he gets, the more he realizes that not even his 2014 Supercharged Chevrolet C7 Corvette Stingray can outrun things like autism or Alzheimer’s. And cancer?

Cancer has already tracked down his family. So maybe 50 times a year, he’ll let a charitable organization throw some sort of small fundraiser among the vehicles — and come April 29, everyone is invited.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lingenfelter and his wife, Kristen, will be the genial hosts for an open house that raised $25,000 for the American Cancer Society last time around.

“It’s an incredible opportunity,” says Cheryl Donohoe of the ACS, and not just to collect money. There’s added value to being associated with rare cars and a rare glimpse of them, and to exposing thousands of people to potentially life-saving literature.

She saw checks last year for $100 and more, though there’s no specific entry fee; just make whatever donation your heart demands and checkbook will permit. Or if you can’t get there, wait until October and a similar event for the breast-cancer-specific Pink Fund.

There will be food trucks, a new attraction. There will be gawking. There will be a demonstration of proper polishing and protection. And there will be audience participation, in that historically people drive their own collectable cars to 7819 Lochlin Drive to show them off.

“I can’t get out of the building that day,” Lingenfelter says, and there is regret in his voice, because as noted he is a man who adores automobiles.

Fortunately, so was the last police officer to pull him over.

It was four years ago, he says, in a 25 mph Oakland County speed trap. He was driving a juiced-up Chevy SS Trailblazer with a none-too-subtle Lingenfelter banner across the top of the windshield.

“I can’t wait to see your driving record,” the officer told him. “I got the champion.”

He came back a few minutes later with a sheepish expression and a request. He would not sully Lingenfelter’s file, he said, on one condition:

“Show me what’s under the hood.”

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Car collector Lingenfelter to showcase treasures at cancer fund-raiser

An open house featuring performance-car builder and enthusiast Ken Lingenfelter’s massive collection will showcase around 175 cars and raise money for cancer research. About 30% of the cars in the collection are muscle cars, 30% Corvettes and 40% drag- and road-racing cars from the Lingenfelter family’s history of competition and building mega-horsepower specialty cars.

One-of-a-kind models and rare vehicles from the 1950s to today will include Lingenfelter’s personal La Ferrari, a million-dollar hybrid sports car, one of just 500 ever sold. Other Ferraris in the collection includes an Enzo and 280 GTO.

Lingenfelter also has a Lamborghini Reventon, one of just 20 sold by the other Italian exotic brand. Lamborghini named the 6.5L V12 coupe after a Mexican fighting bull that killed a famous matador in the ring in 1943.

Other rarities on display will include:

The sole surviving supercharged 1953 Chevrolet Corvette
A Bugatti Veyron, the 1,000-horsepower car that revived a legendary brand
A Ford GT from the car’s 2005-6 generation
A Vector, one of just 50 of the aircraft-inspired “American exotics” built in the 1980s and ‘90s
Alfa Romeo 8c Competizione, the car that began Alfa’s rebirth a decade ago
Cars built by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering include a 2002 Corvette that hit 60 m.p.h. in 1.9 seconds racing the U.S. Navy Blue Angels down a runway.

“If it’s a nice day, there will probably be a lot of great cars to see in the parking lot,” as owners bring their favorites to the show, Lingenfelter said

The open house raises money for the American Cancer Foundation. There’s no set admission charge, but donations of any amount are welcome at the door.

Previous Lingenfelter open houses have drawn 4,000-5,000 people.

“We’ve got a steady crowd in and out all day,” Lingenfelter said.

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