Okay, it’s getting more difficult to decipher reality from fantasy during the month of April. With Volkswagen (aka, Voltswagen) starting off the shenanigans a couple of days early, the realm of April Fools seemingly continues to expand into a week-long fiasco of fantasy.
With all of the obscene builds we’ve witnessed over the years, having more than one supercharger seems to be the prescribed way to catch the eye of judges and bystanders. This post on ProCharger’s Facebook page shows a ZR1 C7 Corvette with TWO ProCharger superchargers posted in front of the engine.
The post simply stated, “No this is NOT photoshopped. You are looking at twin F-Series Prochargers on a C7!” While twin-turbos have been a prescribed way of boosting performance for decades, multiple superchargers are more of a late-comer, and their benefits compared to turbos have come under strict social-media scrutiny thanks to this post.
The car is currently being built by Race Ready Garage in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada (@racereadygarage on Instagram), and the two huffers sit in front of a custom-built and sleeved LT5 engine. You will remember that the C7 ZR1’s LT5 engine already had a supercharger from the factory. Looking at these photos, it’s obvious the Late Model Engines intake omits the top-mounted supercharger. A wise choice for anyone planning to increase the intake pressure of their LS/LT-based engine.
From there, posts to ProCharger’s Facebook page begin to flow the entire spectrum of “if one is good, TWO are gooder” to twin superchargers are all that is wrong with society today! Of course, this is a work in progress, There is no ductwork connecting those hair dryers to the engine, and in fact, there are a couple of mounting areas above each of the superchargers which appear to be areas searching for a place to grab onto the engine. Do they hint that while this photo is not photo-shopped, the presence of twin superchargers was only considered for the short-term photo session?
One of the great things about the ‘net is that it brings ideas from all aspects of life into a viewable area at our fingertips. Would folks in the deep, dark automotive jungles of Supai, Arizona even know of such things as the oh-so-common twin-turbo setup without the ‘Net? On the other hand, everyone has a voice on social media, even the guy who played with explosives as a kid, who now helps fill his need for kabooms by doling out information about fuel curves and timing maps with great frequency.
The math of some posters has been called into question, assuming there are THREE superchargers in the engine bay. Knowing the C7 Z-car comes with one already, they missed the LME intake substitute. Some even went so far as to lay out the formula how one-plus-one does in fact, equal two, not three.
Others bring more pragmatic issues to the conversation, stating the strain on the crank snout of the engine would need significant upgrades. The LT5 engine utilizes a keyway to prevent the pulley from walking, but is it good for TWO superchargers?
Any way you look at it, this post stirs the senses. Responses in the comments section range from, “Take my money!” to “stupid!” with the accompanying F-bombs for good measure. Since it IS April after all, we’re wondering if someone was simply toying with the internet. What are YOUR thoughts on this dual-turbine’d upgrade? Do you see your glass as half-full of boost, or when it comes to supercharging, do you hold that, “the more, the merrier!” is the best way to proceed? Let us know below.
(EDIT – We were contacted by the folks at Race Ready Garage, who informed us they are building the car for a customer. They will be supplying more information once the car is completed. We can’t wait to see more once it is!)