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World’s First Supercharged Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray Makes Ferrari Power

Key Takeaways

  • Lingenfelter supercharges C8 Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray, generating 734 horsepower and almost 800 lb-ft of torque.
  • Kit costs $35,000, including installation.
  • Conversion retains OEM AWD hybrid functionality.

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has completed the world’s first supercharged Chevrolet Corvette E-Ray, and the increase in performance – particularly torque – is remarkable. For the record, the electrified E-Ray is claimed to produce 655 hp and 595 lb-ft of torque from a combination of a 6.2-liter small block LT2 V8 and a permanent magnet drive motor on the front axle. Interestingly, the hybridized Corvette seems torquier than its stock figures would suggest. The same E-Ray that has now been supercharged was recently tested on an AWD dyno to determine its true at-the-wheels figures, and it developed 573 hp and 630 lb-ft. With those baseline figures recorded, Lingenfelter got to work pulling the engine for the supercharger conversion to begin.

Numerous Supporting Upgrades Required

The biggest upgrade is obviously the supercharger, a Magnuson TVS2650 Stage 1 C8 kit made using an Eaton four-lobe supercharger. This is complemented by an ECT intercooler and heat exchanger upgrade, Magnuson Dynamic Flow Tuning inlet porting, Mahle forged pistons, Lingenfelter upgraded valves with a CHE trunnion kit, a 95 mm throttle body, an Eventuri cold air intake system, and a center exit exhaust modeled after the one on the high-revving Corvette Z06.


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The exhausts add 12 horsepower and 13 lb-ft of torque.

The C8 is notoriously tricky to tune, Trifecta and Paragon Performance were also called upon to help with cracking the ECU and getting everything to work properly. Remarkably, it does all work just right, with the hybrid system unaffected. Final figures at the wheels were recorded at 734.27 hp and a spectacular 792.66 lb-ft of torque, increases of 161 hp and 162 lb-ft compared to the stock at-the-wheels numbers (and more than a Ferrari F8). This reportedly results in a 0-60 mph time of 2.0 seconds, shaving half a second from the OEM E-Ray.

Pricing And Availability

Optionally, buyers can spring for a Lingenfelter Hornet cold air intake box by Haltech or a set of headers for the LT2 V8, but if they just want the basic supercharger package, it costs $35,000. While that’s a rather significant chunk of change, it includes installation, and given the research and development required to get to this point, the price is fairly reasonable. It also includes optimized transmission software and a three-year/36,000-mile supercharger warranty, with additional coverage also available.

Still, you may want to hold onto your money for a little while longer. Chevrolet has begun teasing the C8 ZR1, and $35k would make a nice deposit.


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