A souped-up Camaro running on Pirelli tires has won the General Motors Design Award for Best Sports Car at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.
The prestigious acclaim was claimed by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering’s 750-horsepower supercharged 2010 LS7 Camaro SS. It features custom Lingenfelter 10-spoke wheels with Pirelli 275/40ZR20 tires at the front and 305/35ZR20s on the rear.
“We are very honored to be recognized for our efforts on the Camaro, and we appreciate General Motors giving us the opportunity to win this award by introducing the new 2010 Camaro and renewing enthusiasts’ hobby and passion for muscle cars,” says Ken Lingenfelter, owner of the Decatur, Ind.-based fabrication firm.
The various participating custom houses presented an especially impressive collective display of GM-oriented projects this year, according to Bob Kern, GM’s SEMA relations director.
“General Motors is pleased to recognize the fine accomplishments of the top vehicle builders in the 2009 SEMA Show,” says Kern. “We are proud to support their efforts and applaud the large number of new accessories produced for GM products through the SEMA activity. This has a major positive impression with our vehicle buyers.”
Body enhancements on the winning SS include a front fascia splitter, rocker extensions, carbon fiber grille, new hood with air extractors, rear deck lip and spoiler; rear fascia extension; and Lingenfelter exhaust tips.
Featuring a 427 CID/7.0L LS7 power plant, the Lingenfelter Camaro’s engine has an 8.8:1 compression ratio with forged JE pistons, production GM LS7 crankshaft and titanium connecting rods, and LS7 cylinder heads with titanium intake valves and Inconel exhaust valves.
Other engine upgrades include a:
• Magnuson/Eaton TVS2300 supercharger
• Custom-fabricated LS7 cylinder head supercharger base manifold
• Lingenfelter 14-rib rear drive system with tensioner pulley
• Lingenfelter/ATI Racing 10-rib front accessory drive
• Lingenfelter heavy duty power steering pump
• Lingenfelter low temperature thermostat
• Custom Lingenfelter coil covers
In addition to ensuring that the car delivers more power, “the package ups the ante on overall performance” by including a Lingenfelter 6-bolt LS9 twin disk flywheel and clutch assembly; Lingenfelter Camaro SS twin pump fuel system with Lingenfelter fuel pump controller; Lingenfelter double adjustable Sachs shocks; heavy duty Driveshaft Shop halfshafts; Brembo brake calipers and rotors; Corsa stainless exhaust system; and Hotchkis suspension springs, anti-sway bars and subframe brace.
A number of driver comfort, performance and style improvements finish off the winning entry, such as Mouth turn signal mirrors; a Mito rear view mirror with video display; a Lingenfelter/Grant custom steering wheel; and Lingenfelter-brand CNC machined pedal covers, floor mats and an embroidered interior.