Those wandering the isles of the SEMA Show next week in Las Vegas probably won’t pay much attention to the red 2009 Chevy Corvette in the Edelbrock booth. But they should.
As the performance-oriented company that it is, Edelbrock’s Corvette won’t have 22-inch diamond-encrusted wheels, or orange paint, or six LCD screens. Nope. In fact, the car will be entirely stock – except where it counts.
Edelbrock will use the SEMA Show to debut a new E-Force supercharger system. This blower is an Eton unit and uses the same rotors as found on the Corvette ZR1.
The E-Force supercharger will be offered for 2008-10 Corvettes in two stages. A stage one setup bring power from 430-hp to 554-hp, along with a healthy dose of torque – 515 ft-lbs to be exact. A stage two package will also include a smaller pulley and an upgraded fuel pump, with an output of 599-hp and 547 ft-lbs of torque.
Edelbrock promises ZR1-like acceleration without the price tag.
Be sure to check back on November 3rd for AutoGuide’s complete SEMA Show coverage.
Official release after the jump:
Edelbrock’s 2009 Chevrolet Corvette is Sure to Surprise
TORRANCE, CA – At first glance one would believe the only thing special about the red 2009 Chevrolet Corvette anchoring the Edelbrock display at the 2009 SEMA Show is that it’s, well, in the Edelbrock booth. No fancy wheels, no body kits, no wings or sponsor decals. That is until you take a look under the factory hood. Nested between the LS3 cylinder heads is Edelbrock’s new E-Force Supercharger system for 2008-2010 Corvette. The engineering merits of this design are quickly noted. The supercharger is down low in the valley of the engine with the outlet of the supercharger oriented upward, providing the 2.3L Eaton TVS® rotors a long smooth intake runner path with minimal bends. The TVS rotor group, manufactured by Eaton, represents the cutting edge of technology in the world of supercharger design and are the same rotors used on the Corvette ZR1. Edelbrock, known for intake manifold design, engineered an interlaced, cross runner, pattern, resulting in a full 12” of runner length with no sharp bends. The results are increased low-end torque, with considerably less restriction, producing more airflow at far lower boost pressures than other superchargers on the market.
2008-2010 Corvette systems are available in two, street legal performance levels. Level 1 increases vehicle performance from the factory rated 430 horsepower to 554 horsepower and 515 foot pounds of torque. Level 2, which includes a smaller pulley and an upgraded fuel pump, produces 599 horsepower and 547 foot pounds of torque. This 2009 Corvette is packaged with the latter.
All of this performance fits under the factory hood of a C6 Corvette without vehicle modification or compromising performance – and without the ZR1 price tag.