The C8 Corvette development vehicle is unique as it is more than just the base LT2 V-8 engine that produces 495hp. As a side note, the test car produced 458 whp on the FuelTech hub dyno during baseline tests. The aforementioned twin boost makers are Garrett G35-900 mirror image turbochargers, which are part of a custom built kit, with assistance and consulting from the LMR top-mount turbo C8 Corvette. The engine was also fortified, as the goal is to exceed 1,000 rwhp with drivetrain upgrades.
The LT2 has been filled with GPI drop-in forged Diamond pistons and connecting rods to ensure longevity when the boost is turned out. The boost is adjusted using a pair of Turbosmart wastegates, which the team controls with the internal boost controller of the PowerFT engine management system. Turbosmart GenV Race Port blow-off valves play an important job of controlling airflow in the turbo system. A UPR Products oil separator helps keep oil out of the intake manifold, a common problem in boosted late-model vehicles. LMR provided the larger stainless steel exhaust to expel the spent gases.
The rear axles have been upgraded to a pair of robust GForce Performance Engineering axles. The factory clutch is still in service and the limit appears to be 750 whp, a better clutch is being developed by Dodson Motorsports and the team is anxious to get it in the car. Once the clutch problems are solved, their goal is to crack the 1,000 whp barrier with the test vehicle. Glasslife Atlanta added its ceramic coating to make sure the Corvette looks good while they are making big power.