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Cancellation of the 2020 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 19th Annual Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise scheduled for July 10-12, 2020.

Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the 19th Annual Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise scheduled for July 10-12, 2020.  With 20,000 guests, 3,000 street rods, 500 race cars and all of the scheduled off-track festivities, social distancing guidelines will be difficult to follow.  We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, and share in your disappointment.

As a result, we will be offering you, our loyal guests, the following options:

  • OPTION #1 – Hold your tickets and use them in 2021.
    • PLEASE READ:
      • You must find a safe place to store your tickets until 2021.  Do not lose or misplace your tickets.
      • The tickets (and camping/motorhome if applicable) you currently have in your possession will be the exact tickets for the 2021 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise!  No additional action is required.
      • STREET RODDER & RACE CAR ENTRIES: If you’ve pre-entered with a street rod or race car, you’ll be automatically entered into the 2021 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise!  No additional action is required.
  • OPTION #2 – Return your tickets to our office and receive a full refund.
    • PLEASE READ:
      • For financial reasons, we will NOT be offering a “Save My Seat” campaign for the 2021 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise.  Instead, we hope to begin selling tickets to the public as early as August 1, 2020 for the 2021 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise.
      • Please return your tickets to: Jayme Bader, Summit Motorsports Park, 1300 State Route 18, Norwalk, Ohio 44857
      • STREET RODDER & RACE CAR ENTRIES: If you would like a refund, please call our office or send us an email at wab4@me.com.  If you choose to take a refund, please be aware that we will not be offering a show special for the 2021 Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise!

This is an extremely challenging financial time for all of us so please allow 90-days to complete the refund process!  Your patience is most appreciated.

No matter what, we cherish our fans and recognize them as the very best in the sport!!

-Bill Bader

For the original Press Release link: http://summitmotorsportspark.com/news/c327b105-9a22-4fd1-92da-08d7f5c6f830

Mega Power: Lingenfelter’s Quadruple Digit GMC Sierra

– A highlight from LSX Magazine 

Lately, it seems like we are living in an alternate universe where factory vehicles are cranking out 700-plus horsepower with a warranty. As if that isn’t strange enough, if you’re not shooting to make 1,000 horsepower with your project car, it becomes a laughable offense. In all honesty, 2,000 is the new 1,000 when we’re talking about power numbers these days. And with the advancement in turbochargers and superchargers, this task has become easier than ever.

It didn’t take Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) long to catch on to this horsepower trend. The company has built its reputation on high-performance vehicles that are not only incredibly powerful but dependable, as well. But we have to admit that the company’s latest offering has dropped our jaws like a kid in the world’s largest toy store.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering was founded over 47 years ago and is recognized for its performance. It develops, tests, and manufactures a slew of engine parts, electronics, and fuel systems, which ultimately wind up in the individual vehicles the company sells. And with high-powered cars in its arsenal, like the Cadillac CTS-V, Camaro ZL1, and Corvette C7 Z06, you might be wondering what car is next for the dynamic group.

It turns out it’s not a car at all. Instead, it’s a truck. You’re probably thinking, “Oh yeah, that’s right; they do have some pretty cool trucks.” And you would be correct, Lingenfelter does have some awesome vehicles other than the two-door sporty ones. Recently, we covered one of its new 2015-19 supercharged Escalade/Denali packages that produce an impressive 700 horsepower. While 700 is a good amount of power, remember that 1,000 is the magic number these days.

If you haven’t caught on yet, allow us to fill in the blanks for you: Lingenfelter recently showcased GMC Sierra truck that cranks out quadruple digits. Before we get into what the 2018 GMC actually made, let’s take a look at the build.

Lingenfelter is, of late, known for the use of superchargers on its high horsepower vehicles. What you may not know is that once upon a time, the company preferred turbos over the superchargers. As technology switched gears between the two forced induction rivals, the supercharger became the preferred method for force-feeding an engine. However, once again, the tide has begun to turn. Turbos are now being put to use at Lingenfelter’s headquarters, and the results are nothing short of staggering.

We spoke to Mark Rapson, COO/VP of Operations at Lingenfelter Performanceon how this transition came back around. Mark said, “With the evolution of supercharger technology, specifically Eaton’s TVS unit, it’s caused us to focus on superchargers for the last eight years. Recently the OEM’s have gotten more interested in turbochargers. This interest has allowed the turbo technology to evolve, which in return makes the aftermarket industry get involved. It’s for this reason that we have revived our interest in using turbochargers.”

While this may be one reason Lingenfelter started looking at turbochargers again, it’s not the only motivation. Mark explains, “As you know, the C8 Corvette is coming out, and the engine bay just begs to have turbochargers installed. We were looking for an avenue to explore the latest in turbo technology and test the waters. That’s how the GMC came about.” 

Click here to read the full story: https://www.lsxmag.com/features/mega-power-lingenfelters-quadruple-digit-gmc-sierra/

Dirk Stratton’s Drifting Career is a Family Affair with his Driftvette.

Dirk Stratton had his hands full at the Formula Drift 2019 season opener in Long Beach. After putting the whole right side of his Lingenfelter-powered C6 Corvette into the Turn 10 wall during practice, he, his dad, mom, and two buddies all began thrashing to fix the “Driftvette” before qualifying rounds began. These were the same people who originally helped build the car, and as a group, they maintain and modify it as needed during the racing season. “I built the transmission, rear ends, everything myself. It’s a long winter in Ohio and all of my buddies help me out,” said Dirk. As you can tell, Formula Drift (FD) is a family affair for team Stratton.

Growing up in a family of car enthusiasts, Dirk caught the racing bug at a young age. “I grew up traveling to all of the NHRA races with [my parents],” said Dirk. “I’d get all my homework from school and take it with me.” When he chose to go the drifting route and not follow in his family’s footsteps on the quarter-mile, it was a bit of a tough pill for Dirk’s parents to swallow. “This was hard for them to be ok with the decision. I did a full season of drifting at local events, and they never came.” But after seeing how much Dirk enjoyed the driving and after his father Don got to ride shotgun at full-lock a few times, the family couldn’t help but support Dirk’s racing efforts.

Dirk got his start in drifting in 2012. He was first exposed to the driving style while attending a motorcycle racing event that was running at the adjacent track. After getting a ride in a buddy’s car, he was hooked. His first drift car was a 1990 240SX hatchback into which he dropped a 5.3L LS engine. “We entered a competition in Michigan just to try it out. We had no idea what we were doing,” chuckled Dirk. “I showed up to grid with no spares- no extra tires or anything! LS Fest was my second competition ever and I podiumed.” As he got more serious about competition Dirk got involved in the Midwest Drift Union, a feeder series for drivers trying to get into FD. His S-chassis lasted for a time, but he got to the point where he either wanted to completely rebuild it or start on a fresh platform.

Since 1928, the Stratton family has owned Stratton Chevrolet in Boyd, Ohio, making Dirk the fourth generation of the family involved in the business. When he decided to switch to a new chassis, he didn’t have to look far for the 2009 C6 he’s driving now. “The Corvette made the most sense,” said Dirk. “It’s a sports car right off the bat. You can build it simple, and it works well.” It may be simple when compared to other FD cars, however, this is the same car he drove to qualify for his FD Pro 2 license, as well as the car he used to win Pro 2 Rookie of the Year in 2017 and Pro Rookie of the Year in 2018. All the while, the car has been upgraded as his driving improves, allowing him to remain competitive with the rest of the grid.

To read the full article visit: https://www.hotrod.com/articles/dirk-strattons-drifting-career-family-affair-driftvette/

NEW RACE WINNING Carbon pTR Manifold – Featured on our Eliminator Spec Engine Builds.

Lingenfelter aligns with Performance Design LLC to distribute and use their products.

We are excited to announce our strategic alliance with Performance Design LLC, the industry leader in developing and manufacturing composite intake manifolds and carbon fiber components for the racing and aftermarket high-performance industry.

Over the last year of engineering and development to create our new Eliminator Spec Engine program we recognized the intake system was critical to achieving big horsepower at high RPM for our “R” Spec naturally aspirated motors.

The Performance Design Carbon pTR manifold was the solution, allowing us to build broad torque curves while making maximum high RPM power and maintaining a forward-facing throttle body. The large plenum volume along with interchangeable runner lengths allows us to tune the intake port volume to specific engine displacements and cam profiles.

The pTR manifolds composite and Carbon construction is strong, lightweight, and insulates against heat-soak to maintain cooler air intake temperatures. The versatile manifold has provisions for other power adders like NOS and can withstand over 40psi continuous pressure.

The Carbon pTR is engineered and has been tested to meet the extreme performance demands of our Eliminator Spec motors!  Check out the details and combinations below! ⬇️

📲Call our sales team for more information  260-724-2552

The Carbon pTR Intake Manifold combines the best materials into a flexible and powerful tunnel ram architecture. Glass reinforced nylon lower and carbon fiber upper shell combine for lightweight, strong and heat resistant performance.  Offering unique modular velocity stacks enabling 6.5 – 9” runners, multiple accessory port and sensor options along with other custom features, this manifold offers easy configuring for any LS3 or LS7 hot rod setup.

Shipping with the longer runner, optional velocity stacks offer different lengths.  Tuning of the intake runner length to match the cam, head and exhaust combo gives the ultimate way to optimize your engine’s power curve.  Shorter runners support high RPM drag applications or longer runners for improved torque in the mid-range.  Mixing lengths can help smooth out the torque curve.

The plenum is constructed from high strength carbon fiber with high temp epoxy for improved strength to weight ratio and reduced heat soak to the fresh air charge. The polymer lower runner pack resists heat soak from the heads and houses all ports/sensors hidden in the valley.  The combination of materials offers a 10 lb weight savings over competitive aluminum tunnel ram manifolds.

Specifications & Features

  • LS3 and LS7 port applications
  • Modular velocity stacks for 6.5”, 8.0” and 9.0” runner lengths
  • Raised velocity stack runner entries
  • PA6GF30 Glass filled nylon lower manifold for light weight and low heat soak
  • Carbon fiber plenum with 5 layers of carbon and foam core flange
  • 105mm forward facing throttle body flange
  • Two MAP sensor locations (front and back)
  • Two 1/4 NPT ports for PCV, purge solenoid, etc.
  • One 1/2 NPT port for brake booster or IAT
  • Includes stainless steel hardware for installation
  • NOS bosses on outboard and valley side of each runner (16 total)
  • Provisions to run 3 injector body lengths
  • Includes molded port, plenum and throttle seals
  • Intake can be reversed on the engine
  • Anodized billet throttle flange; red and black standard colors
  • Optional custom color throttle flange
  • Optional PD ultralight billet -8 fuel rails

Carbon pTR Manifold as seen on Jake Rozelle’s Eliminator R Spec Engine. 

For more details and to shop: https://www.lingenfelter.com/product/PD70515.html#.XqHpsFNKjs0

 

 

2020 Event Schedule – Lingenfelter Show Truck

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Show Truck

Brighton, Mich. – Officially debuted in 2018, the Lingenfelter Show Truck traveled across the US. Beginning in Las Vegas for LS Fest West, traveling from coast to coast and ending back in Las Vegas for another great year at SEMA and OPTIMA Batteries Search for the Ultimate Street Car Invitational at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway!

We are looking forward to another amazing season of racing, events & enthusiasts that follow us throughout this journey! With events changes due to COVID-19 this year, the tentative show schedule is as follows.

Lingenfelter Show Truck Schedule 2020

Holley LS Fest West – Las Vegas Motor Speedway 6/12 – 6/14

Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise – Summit Motorsports Park – 7/10 – 7/12

TVS Throwdown – Route 66 Raceway Joilet IL 7/30 – 8/2

Woodward Dream Cruise – Detroit MI – 8/15

Hot Rod Power Tour – 8/23 – 8/29

Holley LS Fest East – Beech Bend Raceway 9/4 – 9/6

Bloomington Gold – Indianapolis Motor Speedway TBD SEPTEMBER

OPITMA – Bowling Green KY 10/10 – 10/11

OPTIMA – Las Vegas Motor Speedway NV – 11/7 – 11/8

 

We hope to see you at some of these events! If spotted, be sure to tag us by using #Lingenfelter. Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Partners with Formula Drift Pro 2 Driver Andrew Schulte

Brighton, Mich. – Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is excited to announce a new partnership for 2019, welcoming Andrew Schulte as an official driver and member of Team Lingenfelter. Andrew, driver of the number 216 “Itasha” style S13, now powered by Lingenfelter will be competing in Formula Drift Pro 2 for the 2019 season.

Born and raised in Cleveland OH, currently residing in Phoenix Arizona, Andrew has been drifting for over 7 years! Andrew earned and received his Formula Drift Pro 2 license in 2017, by finishing 3rd in the southwest drift series.

The car itself is not your typical GM chassis that we are known to build engines for! This 1993 Nissan 240sx has been heavily modified to equip an LS engine. Andrews’ S13 will be getting a new heart, a Lingenfelter LS7 for his rookie year in Formula Drift Pro 2.

Drifting rewards stylish driving, but also a stylish vehicle presence. As you can see from the photos below, this S13 does not look like your typical everyday racecar. A special theme and highlight in Andrews’s vehicle presence is the Anime. Anime is a large part of the Japanese culture, where drifting originally started. Andrew decided to style his car accordingly, allowing for a drastic color combination that really catches the eye out on the track!

Andrew will compete at all four rounds of Formula Drift Pro 2, as well as a few other major events throughout the year, such as LS Fest and Gridlife! We look forward to having another Team Lingenfelter driver represent the brand in the Formula Drift community, alongside Dirk Stratton, Formula Drift Pro Rookie of the Year for 2018! Lingenfelter is eager and excited to expand our presence in Formula Drift. Welcome to the Team Andrew!

Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering

2019 Rendering

Summit Motorsports Park and Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Partner

Summit Motorsports Park and Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Partner
Summit Motorsports Park and Lingenfelter Performance Engineering have partnered for a sponsorship program.
As part of it, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will be the title sponsor for the Blue Suede Cruise, July 13-15, and the Wednesday Fun Night, which begins May 16 and takes place most Wednesdays through Oct. 10.
Additionally, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will provide trophies magnificently made of engine parts to winners of the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Wednesday Fun Night on the first Wednesday of each month, as well as winners of the Nostalgia Drag Racing League categories at the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Blue Suede Cruise, July 13-15, winners of Nostalgia Pro Stock at the 41st Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire, Aug. 11 and winners of Outlaw Nostalgia Pro Stock and Nostalgia Gas at the Summit Racing Equipment Shakedown at the Summit presented by Mickey Thompson Performance Tires & Wheels, Sept. 13-16.
As the official performance, engineering and tuning center of Summit Motorsports Park, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering will be boasted on specially-made signage and in displays throughout the park, and the company will post contingency for racers.
Founded more than 45 years ago, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering specializes in GM products, especially Camaros, Corvettes, Cadillacs and trucks. In addition to engineering services, it offers engine-building, performance parts, engine and chassis tuning components and installation, and has build-centers in Wixom, Michigan and Decatur, Indiana, in addition to a corporate office and warehouse in Brighton, Michigan.
“We’re looking forward to this partnership with Summit Motorsports Park, as it’s an opportunity to align our brand with another top-tier brand,” said Mark Rapson, chief operating officer and vice-president of operations for Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. “The track is state-of-the-art, and in addition to being involved on a sponsorship level there, we’ll test there while we continue to engineer and develop new parts.”
Summit Motorsports Park, where a $1.6 million track reconstruction project is wrapping up, is at 1300 State Route 18, Norwalk, Ohio. A season-opening test session is set for 10 a.m.-11 p.m. May 11. For information about upcoming events, tickets and more, visit www.summitmotorsportspark.com or call 419-668-5555.
Mary Lendzion
Summit Motorsports Park Media and Public Relations
(Photos by Moto Lenz and courtesy of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering)
About Summit Motorsports Park
As a major motorsports venue, Summit Motorsports Park welcomes more than 500,000 people each year for sportsman and professional drag racing and is home to the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. Located on more than 225 acres and surrounded by theme parks and water parks, it has been named Track of the Year 18 times by the NHRA, NMCA and IHRA, and its annual economic impact to the community has been determined to be more than $100 million.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Show Truck

Brighton, Mich. – Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is excited to announce the debut of our official over-the-road show truck. The show truck is specifically designed to haul vehicles in the upper half, while having self-contained storage, a point of sale, workstation, and private business office in the lower half! The Lingenfelter Show Truck will be on display at multiple events throughout the season, with its first official unveiling at Holley LS Fest West May 6th – 8th at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“The 53’ rig was built to professionally display Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and partner brands while allowing high-quality onsite display and point of sale”., said Mark Rapson COO/VP Operations at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.

We want to thank our strategic partner Continental Tire, the official tire of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, for partnering with us and playing an instrumental role in helping develop and execute the show truck.

We also want to recognize and thank Reliable Carriers for working with us to customize the tractor and trailer to our specifications and show needs!

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering would like to extend a special thank you to Dave Ross, Chief Designer and Owner of Busta Designs for creating Lingenfelter’s Show Truck Graphics! We have been fortunate to work with Dave for a number of years. Dave has created many unique and exciting designs for Lingenfelter Show vehicles that have appeared at SEMA and other high profile shows! Our partnership with Dave and Busta Design is certain to continue, as we have many new and exciting projects in the works! If you are looking for professional, specialized and exceptional graphic designs, please contact Dave Ross by email at bustadesign@hotmail.com.

Be on the lookout for this rig, as it surely can’t be missed!  If spotted, be sure to tag us by using #Lingenfelter. Stay tuned for more exciting news and updates from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.

 

Lingenfelter Show Truck Schedule 2018

Holley LS Fest West – Las Vegas Motor Speedway NV – 5/4/-5/6

Corvette Homecoming 5/31 – 6/1 / OPTIMA – Bowling Green KY 6/2 -6/3

Hot Rod Power Tour -6/9 – 6/15

Bloomington Gold – Indianapolis Motor Speedway 6/21 – 6/23

21st Goodguys PPG Nationals – Ohio Expo Center 7/6 -7/8

17th Annual Lingenfelter Blue Suede Cruise – Summit Motorsports Park OH – 7/13 – 7/15

41st Annual Kelly Services Night Under Fire – Summit Motorsports Park OH – 8/11

Holley LS Fest East – Bowling Green KY 9/7 – 9/9

Woodward Dream Cruise – Detroit MI – 8/18

Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car – Road America, Elkhart Lake WI 10/6 – 10/7

OPTIMA – Las Vegas Motor Speedway NV – 11/3 – 11/4

 

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.

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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.

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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/


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