Based in a large but unassuming brick warehouse in the suburbs of Dallas, LG Motorsports is dominating the Corvette aftermarket. Lou Gigliotti (LG, get it?) turned his lifelong passion for racing into a thriving parts and tuning business, which both enables, and gains notoriety from, his continued racing endeavors. I first met Lou at Willow Springs, when he was there for Redline Time Attack and I was there filming the final episode of Luke Lonberger’s Corvette build series. Did I mention Lou was Luke’s main parts sponsor? When Lou decided to run for US Congress, Luke recommended me for shooting his campaign videos, so Lou flew me out to Texas for a week of shooting. While I was there I naturally wanted to check out the shop.
Lou is a busy guy. Whenever we weren’t filming he was either on the phone talking to his campaign manager or other important figures or at the shop taking care of business.
I decided to give myself a tour. The front showroom has no shortage of trophies and empty champagne bottles.
Aside from shipping their LG Longtube Headers all over the world and fixing Texas’s broken Corvettes, they’ve built and tuned a whole lot of complete cars for their customers. Enough to line the entire hallway with magazine article plaques and then some.
LG is most well known for their two race cars. The one in this poster has been used in World Challenge, Redline Time Attack, the Texas Mile, and it’s most recently been overhauled for Grand-Am use.
Lou’s son Louis has a poster of their other race car in his office. This one is an American Le Mans GT2 car that they ran in 2008 and 2009. Boris Said was even one of the drivers! It actually out-qualified both factory Corvettes at Petit Lemans at Road Atlanta in 2009. Apparently GM felt threatened by LG so they made a deal with Michelin (the tire of choice in ALMS) to not sell the team any tires. Lou is currently suing both GM and Michelin. In the meantime the GT2 car is at the Corvette Museum in Kentucky so I didn’t get to check it out.
I don’t think Marconi really cares what’s going on in the racing world, as long as he gets to hang out with the guys at the shop.
Out in the actual shop area, the guys are always working away at something. They test fit every header they get from the manufacturer, and if any are flawed, they fix them right then and there, guaranteeing a perfect fit every time.
Sometimes they have to modify parts for special circumstances. Luckily there are two Bridgeport mills for just such an occasion.
Ah ha! The Grand-Am car was at the shop. This is definitely not a show car. Look how dirty it is from all the abuse it sees on the track!
The hatch was off so the plumbing for the dry brake fuel system was clearly visible. Corvettes have two gas tanks with a crossover tube, so that’s why you see the fuel and air pipes both going to each side of the car.
The interior is all business too. It even has a sequential shifter! Awesome. The passenger seat area is completely full of electronics and wires.
Forgeline makes some pretty nice wheels. Luke and Conrad both run Forgelines in Formula D.
The engine sits about four inches back from the factory location. The whole block is aft of the shocks, which makes the handling pretty nice. I’m not exactly sure what the engine is, since everything’s just been changed to meet Grand-Am rules. Lou said it’s around 150hp less than it was last year.
Back in the offices, I caught Anthony watching car crash videos instead of selling parts! Well, it was Friday afternoon, so I guess it’s okay.
Apparently this video was so good Lou himself had to take time out of his busy day to come watch. And then they spent half an hour looking at the differences between the 2011 and 2012 Ferrari Formula 1 cars. Ahh what a life.