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 |  Jul 21 2010, 8:20 PM

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To honor John Lingenfelter and all of the company’s valued customers, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering hosted a memorial track day at Muncie Dragway where all Lingenfelter customers were treated to a free day at the drag strip. While we’re sure all of them had a ton of fun (we’re a bit jealous we didn’t get to attend), the highlight of the event had to have been Lingenfelter’s 2010 LS9 Chevy Camaro breaking into the 9 second mark.

Now obviously since this is Lingenfelter’s own demo vehicle, it’s been overhauled inside and out. It has been built with JE Pistons and stock GM LS9 crankshaft and titanium rods. Lingenfelter’s own CNC ported LS9 cylinder heads, camshaft, intercooler assembly and more helped take the supercharged Camaro to new heights.

The details on the passes as mentioned by Tim at Lingenfelter were 88 degrees Fahrenheit and around 75% humidity. In other words, not the best or ideal situations to go taking the car down the quarter mile, but not the worst either. Their quickest pass of the day was a 9.974 at 141.64 mph and backed it up with two additional 9 second passes.

So now it’s clear that more and more of today’s vehicles are very capable of hitting 9′s down the quarter mile while maintaining a great possibility in staying a reliable daily driver.

Make sure to check out the video after the break!

[Source: Lingenfelter Forums]

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 |  Jul 16 2010, 1:56 PM

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JEGS did a summer long “Win This Car! Celebrating 50 Years” sweepstakes and a lucky winner has finally been chosen. JEGS gave away a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro sporting a nice yellow and black theme and it couldn’t have gone to a better customer. Gary Winkelman is a decorated sportsman drag racer and is currently 62 years old residing in New York. Randomly selected as the winner, it puts Winkelman behind the wheel of a muscle car for the first time in a dozen years.

There isn’t a huge story with Winkelman. He’s your normal car enthusiast that worked most of his life as an electrical engineer at Eastman Kodak. He’s been married for 41 years (we guess he deserves a free car just on the basis of that) and has two children and two grandchildren. Winkelman plans on picking up his new ride on July 28th at Jegs and to take a tour of the facility.

We have to wonder how long ago it had been since Winkelman even purchased anything from JEGS. What an interesting return on investment he got!

 |  May 07 2009, 11:21 AM

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As General Motors continues to report record losses, there are still some small success stories to report. The reborn Chevy Camaro is one of them.

While plants are being idled and employees being let go across the company, at the Camaro assembly plant in Oshawa, Canada, workers can’t keep up with demand.

The Peterborough Examiner is reporting that workers at the Camaro assembly line will start working Saturdays through the summer to keep up with the popularity of the vehicle. The plant has even postponed holidays, which were scheduled for the week of June 29th, to continue manufacturing the popular new sportscar.

[Source: The Peterborough Examiner]

NOTE: AutoGuide will be driving the new Camaro and meeting with GM Canada’s PR boss George Saratlic tonight at 6 pm EST. Follow us on Twitter and we’ll bring you more on the car and this story.

Lingenfelter Releases 2010 Camaro Engine Packages

Supercharged or Turbocharged? How about 800hp?

 |  May 04 2009, 1:29 PM

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The performance experts over at Lingenfelter have just announced a long list of engine packages that will be available for the 2010 Chevy Camaro… and there’s no shortage of high-horsepower options.

Initial offerings start with a supercharger upgrade, air intakes, exhaust system and ecu tune, with an option for either 550 or 570 hp. For more extreme performance, Lingenfelter will remove and completely rebuilt the 6.2-liter V8, with JE pistons Manley rods and fully rebuilt heads. When combined with the supercharger upgrade, the V8 can then churn out 650hp and 600 ft-lbs of torque.

Not extreme enough for you? How about a similar build, but using a 7.0-liter LS7 engine for a total of 750hp and 685 ft-lbs of torque.

Believe it or not, that isn’t the top-level Lingenfelter package. Those who know the company will know that it is famous for many things, but that the twin-turbo Corvette might be the biggest one. So Lingenfelter has decided to offer a similar package for the 2010 Chevy Camaro. Using that big displacement 7.0-liter LS7, Lingenfelter completely rebuilds it and slaps on two Garrett turbos for a total of 800 horsepower and 800 neck-snapping ft-lbs of torque.

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All that power on a stock looking machine would exactly look right either, so Lingenfelter will release a line of Camaro aerodynamics later this year. While no official pictures are available, the company has released the renderings pictured above. The new kit will include a front bumper, splitter, new grille, side skirts, rear bumper, rear tail light panel, rear spoiler and a new vented hood.

For move info visit:

http://www.lingenfelter.com/

More on the Lingenfelter packages for the 2010 Camaro after the jump:

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 |  Jan 20 2009, 10:56 AM

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As manufacturers tend to do these days, General Motors put the rights to buy the first 2010 Camaro on the block at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, AZ. The lucky wealthy owner paid $350,000 for the privilege of owning what will no doubt be a serious collector’s item.

The owner will, however, have to wait until March 16th – the date GM has set to start production on the reborn icon.

While the price paid is actually more than ten times what the vehicle is worth, (the V6-powered LS priced at $22,995 and the SS starting at $33,430) the dollar amount pales in comparison to amounts paid recently for other high publicity, low volume American-made machines.

The first Challenger SRT8 left the block for $400,000, the first Shelby GT500 KR topped out at $550,000 and last year the rights to the very first ZR1 went for a whopping $1 million.

All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the American Heart Association.

[Source: Barrett-Jackson]