During our visit last weekend to Corvettes at Carlisle, we finally got to see for ourselves the 60th Anniversary Cunningham C8 Corvette special edition that was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Briggs Cunningham’s win at Le Mans and it totally exceeded our expectations! Only 60 of these 600-hp Cunningham C8s will be built and this is number 33 of the run that is based on the number 3 1960 Corvette that was the first Corvette to win the 24-hour race!
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Cunningham Automotive’s Antonio Pierce joined Ken Lingenfelter (Lingenfelter Performance Engineering) and Carlisle’s Lance Miller on the main stage to present the Cunningham C8 Corvette to those in attendance at Corvettes at Carlisle and we learned much more about the build.
Antonio gives a rundown of the Cunningham C8 Corvette which carries a similar racing livery to the original 1960 Corvette with a white exterior and two full-length racing stripes in blue. The Peter Stevens Design rear wing offers 1200 lbs of downforce at 150 mph while the two ram air vents feed cold air directly to the C8 Corvette’s airbox. He later tells us about the three different color combinations that are based on the three individual 1960 Corvettes that raced at Le Mans. For those thinking of ordering their own Cunningham C8 Corvette, buyers can select between the 1, 2, or 3 car designs which are offered with white, blue, and red accents and numbers on the rear wing.
Ken Lingenfelter talked about the engine upgrades on the special edition which leveraged Lingenfelter’s 50 years of performance engine building to unlock 600-hp from the C8 Corvette’s naturally aspirated LT2 V8 engine without access to the ECU. Ken started with the Performance Design Carbon pTR Intake Manifold which offers 25-hp with the addition while the rest comes from performance upgrades to the throttle body, headers, exhaust, and more. Ken tells us the additions are designed to be accepted by the encrypted engine management software without any codes.
Lance Miller offered some of the background on the No.3 1960 Corvette which was found and restored for his father Chip Miller just prior to his passing in 2004 from Amyloidosis, and he calls the Cunningham C8 Corvette a car that is near and dear to his heart. He actually has the number 3 serial number version being built for himself.
You can watch the video below. I apologize that the audio as its a bit harder to hear at the beginning due to all the people gathered around the main stage and the Cunningham C8, but it does get better as you go further into it.
The Cunningham C8 Corvette not only looks great but it sounds fantastic as well. Lingenfelter and CORSA collaborated on the exhaust system for the special edition and we got to hear it for ourselves revved at the show and then as it was one of the leading Corvettes for the annual Downtown Carlisle parade.
The 60th Anniversary Cunningham C8 Corvette will be shown again at Fall Carlisle held September 29 – October 3, 2021, with the winner of the sweepstakes announced on October 1st, 2021 at 4:00 pm ET. Proceeds benefit the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation which is helping to fund research into the disease. Lance Miller will be calling the winner live during the Fall Carlisle show so make sure you have your tickets to win this very special C8 Corvette. Remember, CorvetteBlogger readers get 30% bonus tickets with purchase of $25 or more. We are in the home stretch with only four weeks to go so get your tickets today!