Over the past few months, we have seen a variety of power adders for the new C8 Corvette. Nitrous systems from Nitrous Express, Nitrous Outlet, and Zex have already made their way onto the new mid-engine sports car. While companies like ProCharger are also in the development stage of getting a centrifugal supercharger bolted up to the 6.2-liter powerplant. As far as turbos go, Hennessy and Peitz Performance have both unveiled rear mount turbo systems adding to the collection. However, they are not the only ones that have been working on a turbo system. Late Model Racecraft (LMR) also has a new turbo system.
The LMR C8 turbo system is quite different from the others we have seen that will soon be hitting the market. While this unit is a twin-turbo setup like the others, it houses two Precision ball bearing mirror image turbos above the engine. This system also offers twin Precision wastegates and blowoff valves. To cool off the air charge, LMR fabricated a large air-to-water intercooler, which will support up to 1,200 horsepower. This kit will also have an ice tank and pump at the front of the C8, which will send the cold water through the intercooler. The system also includes custom bent hardlines and a cool brace that ties the turbos together.
Another feature of the LMR C8 turbo system that’s convenient, it will work with a cat-back exhaust system. Meaning, if you already purchased the LMR cat-back exhaust system, the turbo downpipes will bolt right on. This feature allows you to keep the x-pipe and the factory muffler location. Another bonus to this design and layout is the sound. We know this is just an audio recording of the system, but it sounds pretty too us.
However, there is just one glaring problem with this turbo system and all of the other power adders that will soon be available. No one in the aftermarket performance game has figured out how to crack the C8 ECU for tuning purposes, and this is a huge problem. We can only hope that someone figures it out in a few weeks and not a few months or a year.