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What would you ask Ken Lingenfelter?

Bradley Brownell June 26, 2012 All Things Hoon 36 Comments

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.  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.  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.  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.  Let’s hear them, and I’ll do my best to get answers.

[Lead image courtesy: TheLingenfelterCollection.com  Second image courtesy: Lamborghini Bolletino]

  • $kaycog

    If he still has a Ford GT, you might ask him if he's married.

  • We had a car show here two weeks ago. The only car that I saw trailered in was a new Lingenfelter Camaro. I'd ask him about that.

    • Isaac@Lingenfelter

      What color was it? What show?

      • It was yellow, PMY, to be exact. Gorgeous car, had Lingenfelter logos all over it. Good looking car, really, looked badass. Pristine. This was in Tombstone, AZ, where I live. The Tucson Doorslammers Car Club held a Cancer Society benefit show, sponsored by the mine tour and bar (really!) where I work and it was a raging success. All the cars lined up early in the morning at the top of Allen Street, our main drag through the historic district that is normally closed off to motorized vehicular traffic. The City let the car show participants parade down the street at nine thirty in the morning, then closed it back off for horse drawn vehicles and pedestrians, like it normally is. The parade was a big hit among the early risers and the hungover. The cars then parked on a stretch of street further down that was reserved for them all day. That Camaro was the only car that arrived on a trailer, not under its own power. I thought it was ironic, the most roadworthy car there, and the guy hauled it there on a trailer behind a diesel Ford F350. I didn't get the chance to talk to the guy, because I didn't want to be a smartass, but even the '31 Model A appeared to have been driven here to town, and left that way, too. I posted pictures on Facebook, on the Goodenough Mine Tour/TCMC page, of the carshow. It was really a neat thing, hosting the car show, and including the Camaro, every single car was just great to see. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1015094

        • Isaac@Lingenfelter

          Thanks, CptSevere! I am almost positive that car belongs to a customer of LPE, and his car is actually on our Rt. 66 T-shirt design!

  • If he wants to buy a '69 Camaro…

  • Van_Sarockin

    Ask him to give you a ride in a few of those cars.

  • Scandinavian Flick

    I'm interested to know if there are any cars on the near horizon that he has his tuning eyes set on. I mean, obviously there will be new Vettes and Camaros and such, but is there anything unique or new that peaks his interest?

    • This has the potential to be the most interesting.

    • Scandinavian Flick

      Oh, and while you're at it, could you ask him to get CARB certification for the Lingenfelter air intake for the 05-06 Pontiac GTO?

  • You could have left out the Bricklin.

    Ask him what he thinks of Shelby as a person.

  • rkw

    How many people work there, how often have they added employees, and where do they find skilled applicants

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    I'd ask, would please warp known physics if I bring you a 1995 Fleetwood Brougham six-door 'family car', which has been turned back into a spacious four-door, but 'aminoed?

    700 HP is a good starting point from the LT1.

    Also, what can *I* do to help you slam dunk every other performance builder?

    The Suburban his shop built in the 90's still brings a smile to my face.

    605 CID marine engine.

    Oh. Gawd. Yes.

    • I remember seeing that thing parked at Formula SAE in about 1995 or so. I'm pretty sure they used actual sewer pipe for the intake.

  • Mind if I drive?

  • skitter

    I'd ask his opinion on whether cars have gotten more powerful but less fun, and if that's a short answer, what he thinks about the power creep in mundane, everyday cars.

  • Number_Six

    What inspires him to radically upgrade certain mundane vehicles, like said Tahoe? Is it the challenge or is it a love of sleepers or a perceived need for utilitarian vehicles that storm?

    • Number_Six

      Also: if for some reason he had to choose between a highly tuned everyman car like a Mustang or an exotic, which would he keep?

  • Ask him for a Lingenfelter flash drive that you can use as a contest prize on Hooniverse.

  • Also, the Ford Raptor. Your thoughts, Ken?

  • Plecostomus

    You know – there's not much I'd ask Ken Lingenfelter; though I do want to say thank you to his people for giving me a ride from the Hotel to the race track at the NMCA race at Indy last year.

  • Everybody knows that Ken is a distant cousin of John's right?

    John started the company, Ken took it over about 4 years ago.

    I feel like you all probably know this though, I'm just making sure. In fact, you all typically know way more than we do.

    • dukeisduke

      I was wondering how they were related. I've always heard that John was a great engineer and a great guy, too. I was saddened when he passed away. I'm happy that to see that the company is still going, and run by a Lingenfelter. You can pass that on.

      Their cars have always seemed to be well sorted out, and when they show up for a magazine article, they don't blow up or hole a piston, like some tuners' car do.

  • With all of the exotic and classic cars he's collected and/or worked on, is there one that he lusts after? What is his Eleanor?

  • El-Guacamole

    If you had to give all of your cars to charity but were allowed to keep three of them. Which ones would you choose and why?

    • Van_Sarockin

      Can I be that charity?

  • Marto

    Where do babies come from?

    • dukeisduke

      The hospital, silly!

  • dukeisduke

    He owns some Callaways, so what does he think of Reeves Callaway's work?


    Ask him for a discount for Hooniverse members..so I can afford to get the Impala Lingenfelter-ed!

  • The economy still sucks, what is his thought about the economy part of the hobby in general? How is it doing? More bang for your buck Hoons on the road now? Still a consistent high end market that never seems to get caught up in the economy? Is the middle income guy getting falcon punched the hardest still?

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