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Taking a C7 Stingray to the Next Level with the Help of ProCharger
When a new performance car is released, the inevitable arms race begins in order to be the first to market with go-fast parts. The 2014 C7’s release started this cycle all over, and did it in a big way being a new chassis and having the brand new LT1 engine. One of the biggest names in the aftermarket, ProCharger, is the first to release a supercharger kit for GM’s flagship performance car. This new kit landed in the hands of Pickups Plus Cars (PPC) in Lewis Center, Ohio to get installed on a customer’s fresh-off-the-lot C7 Stingray.
The new C7 kit uses the P-1SC-1 head unit and boasts the potential of a 50% power gain over stock. You can pick up the kit with a polished, satin, or black finish or a Race Inlet if you are planning to put down big horsepower numbers. ProCharger also designed this kit to accept their larger F-1X and F-2 head units without additional brackets.
To make installing this kit a snap ProCharger designed it in such a way that you don’t need to relocate a single OEM part. By not having to relocate any parts and leaving everything in stock positions all systems under the hood work just like they were designed in Detroit. All of this preparation by ProCharger leads to an installation that takes less than 8 hours.
GM put some serious design into the aero package on the C7, and ProCharger wanted to take maximum advantage of this with their system. Starting with a clean slate a brand new intercooler was designed by ProCharger for the C7. The big 24”x9”x4.5” intercooler core is offered in both a vertical and horizontal mounting configuration for the C7 kit.
The PPC team also got to install a set of brand new Kooks 1-7/8” long-tube stainless headers, 3-inch dual Green catalytic converters and X-Pipe on this C7 to compliment the new ProCharger. This kit comes with ARP header bolts, O2 extensions, and the aforementioned Kooks’ Ultra High-Performance Green cats. This package will help the LT1 breathe better and take advantage of the new P-1SC-1 that is strapped to the front of the engine.
Buying the blower and getting it installed is part of the battle, you have to get the car tuned to maximize performance. Brady McCoy at PPC uses a proprietary software when he puts the tune up in customer’s cars. McCoy says, “the final tune is loaded into a handheld unit and given to the customer. Utilizing the handheld has the added benefit of allowing for remote updates down the road for when parts are changed, and also allows for the reading and clearing of diagnostic trouble codes without a trip to the shop.”
ProCharger’s new kit offers sizable gains in power without sacrificing drivability. At just 6.8-lbs. of boost and with the Kooks headers, the stock C7 picked up over 174 horsepower and 167-lbs. of torque to the wheels on the PPC Mustang Dynamometer. The ease of installation and power gains make this kit very attractive for any Corvette owner who wants to give their new C7 a little extra rip, and maybe give the occasional supercar the scare of a lifetime at a stop light.
Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian isn’t writing you can find him at the track crewing on Ray Litz’s X275 car, doing freelance photography, or beating on his own nitrous fed 2000 Trans Am.