This weekend, due to an incredible right-place-right-time situation, I will be allowed to walk the hallowed halls of the Lingenfelter collection in Brighton, MI with a personal tour guided by Mr. Ken Lingenfelter himself. Â I won’t get into the details here, but, I will hopefully have enough time in between ogling the exciting exotica, massive muscle, and vintage sports cars to ask Ken a question or two (This scenario is extremely unlikely, as my jaw will likely drop to the floor when I see his 959.)
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE) has been around for more than 30 years, turning some of the most mundane performers into barn stormers. Â As evidence of that, they once produced a Chevrolet Tahoe which was capable of a 5.1 second sprint to 60 miles per hour, as well as an astonishing .9 lateral G forces.
Ken himself is an avid can enthusiast, with many rare and exciting performance cars counted amongst his stable. Â The Lingenfelter Collection houses a Lamborghini Reventon, an Enzo, an F40, a 288 GTO, the aforementioned 959, a Carrera GT, a 930 Slant Nose, a Bricklin Sv-1, a Delorean, A BMW Z8, a Saleen S7, A 2000 Mustang Cobra R (A personal favorite), as well as the obviously large number of Corvettes (including an early “fuelie”, a supercharged ’53, and a handful of Callaways).
Surely there is something that an inquisitive Hoon may want to know about this man, his company, or his collection. Â Let’s hear them, and I’ll do my best to get answers.