As you know, the new C8 Chevrolet Corvette is hitting the showroom soon and will be a mid-engine design. While a mid-engine configuration is not a new concept, it is the first time that Chevrolet will offer this type of platform for the Corvette. Zora Arkus-Duntov was a Belgian-born American engineer whose work on the Chevrolet Corvette earned him the nickname “Father of the Corvette.” Duntov was a fan of the mid-engine design, but unfortunately, this advancement would not come to fruition for 23-years after his passing.
The mid-engine design offers a ton of performance gains over the typical front-engine combination. Better balance, traction, and performance are just a few of the advantages. In contrast to the Corvette, Lamborghini was started in 1963 with the introduction of the front engine 350 GT and the 400 GT. After these two models were introduced, the company quickly made a move to the mid-engine design and only offered a few front-engine configurations afterward.
One thing that Lamborgini didn’t do is put the standard naturally-aspirated V8 as the power plant in these beautiful machines. Sticking to their exotic ways, the company adhered to crazy high-revving, small cubic inch, 60-degree V12 engines in the supercar. These engines were designed and built in the house are some of the most unique sounding engines on the road. The 3.5-liter engine was used for almost 50-years before being replaced by a newly designed V12 in 2011 in the Aventador.
We have often laid in bed at night and wondered when we would see the first LS-swapped Lamborgini. While this epic swap could be one to make Ferruccio Lamborghini come back and haunt the living, it’s a risk that the guys over at B is for Build are willing to take. For that, we are thankful.
While the LS-swapped Lambo is set to debut at the SEMA show in 2019, there is a ton of work that must be done to pull off this swap. The Huracan was totaled due to the infamous fire problem that many Lambos have suffered. In this case, a leaking fuel pressure regulator set the car ablaze torching the entire backend of the supercar. All of the rear carbon fiber panels need to be replaced along with the front structure, wring, and fabrication to get the LS engine in this Lambo.
For the engine, the guys turned to Texas Speed and Performance for a re-sleeved aluminum 5.3-liter LS that should be good for 1,500 horsepower. Twin turbos are being called upon to get the little 5.3 in power range. Deatschwerks is also taking care of the fuel system, which will include their fuel pumps, hoses, and anodized aluminum fittings.
We hope to see this car at SEMA even though the clock is ticking. The guys are planning on drag racing this unique swap in hopes of being able to compete with Cleetus McFarland’s 7-second six-speed Corvette know as Leroy the Savage. While this might be a tall order, it will be interesting to see how the mid-engine LS swapped Huracan does in the 1/4-mile. We are certainly rooting for it.
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