Since the new mid-engine 2020 C8 Corvette started showing up at performance shops, we have seen a lot of modifications as expected. Tires and wheels are the standard go-to, but we also detected a few performance modifications. Companies like Carlysle Racing have added nitrous while Hennessey is working on a twin-turbo setup. What we haven’t found until now is a supercharger for the new LT2 engine.
ProCharger was the first manufacture to offer an intercooled supercharger system for the C4, C5, C6, and C7 Corvettes, and it should be no surprise that the company is now at the forefront of development on a kit for the C8. In fact, the Lenexa, Kansas based company started planning for the new product last fall and was able to use 3D modeling before the company’s black C8 test vehicle arrived at ProCharger.
Ironically, building a new ProCharger kit for the C8 might not be the toughest part of the process. The new LT2 powerplant is controlled by General Motors’s new E99 electronic control unit (ECU), which is encrypted, making it difficult to modify. The staff at ProCharger is already working on this problem with its engineers and tuners to eliminate this tuning hurdle. Once tuning is available, ProCharger plans to hit the dyno and start street testing as soon as possible. The company will then head out Heartland Park and Sonoma Raceway, for even more testing.
The LT2 is rated at 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, which is more that than LT1 in the C7 Corvette. So the question is, how much power will ProCharger be able to extract from the new mill? If we take a look at the power numbers of a ProCharged C7, the company was able to get an additional 180-plus horsepower after adding its centrifugal supercharger system. Due to the long-runner intake of the LT2 combined with factory stainless steel equal-length headers, will we see 700 horsepower out of a ProCharged LT2?
We sure hope so!