In 1988, Bob Hunnicutt, a Florida car collector and hot-rodder, working with his famous tuner friend, Jim Formato, set out to transform a stock 240HP 1985 Corvette into what they came to call the “Bad Ass Vette of Miami.” Their timing was perfect because John Lingenfelter, who won an amazing 13 National Hot Rod Association titles, had just perfected an engine package based on over-boring the stock 350 cu in (5.7L) Chevy small block to 383 cu in (6.2L) and adding specially designed Lingenfelter camshaft, pistons, heads and manifold and multiple other goodies. Lingenfelter’s mods nearly doubled the horsepower and significantly increased the torque. When they were finished Bob and Jim had built one of the first Lingenfelter Corvettes.
Lingenfelter has a rich history in General Motors performance. For 43-years, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has dabbled in Camaros, Corvettes and anything from GM it can make quicker with its go-fast expertise and engineering.
Dirk Stratton, driver for Stratton Racing, is a multiple-series champion who is driving in competition drifting in Formula Drift Pro Am and Pro Am 2. For the 2016 season, he is driving in the Formula Drift Pro 2 events, along with the Midwest Drift Union and U.S. Drift Series. He will be taking his 2009 “Driftvette” Corvette with him to get into the winner’s circles, yet again. The team has recently made some changes to the car to include a Lingenfelter 427 LS7 engine.
If you needed more proof that we’re living in the real golden age of performance, look no further than the current battle for pony car supremacy. Hot on the heels of Ford’s all-new Mustang for 2015 is Chevrolet’s counter-punch, the all-new sixth generation Camaro.
The good folks in Bowling Green had barely finished pushing the first production C7 Stingray out the door before Lingenfelter Engineering Performance (LPE) snagged one for research and development. More than one, actually.
Indeed, while most people were still coming to grips with the Stingray’s rhomboid tail lamps, Lingenfelter’s engineers and technicians in Decatur, Indiana, had already yanked the car’s LT1 engine and were testing different camshaft grinds and ported heads on it…