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In hot rodding circles, GM Performance Part’s E-ROD, a 1955 Chevrolet powered by modern 6.2-liter LS3 V-8 has been generating a lot of buzz.
Fresh off the Hot Rod Power Tour this year, the car, along with a second E-ROD; a 1955 Chevy pickup, built by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and sporting a 5.3-liter E-ROD motor,will be on display at the GMPP stand as part of Barrett-Jackson’s Orange County collector-car auction this coming weekend.
The purpose of the display is to highlight the benefits of dropping a modern, 50-state certified low emissions V-8 into an older car. California’s ultra stringent emissions laws incorporate strict guidelines when it comes smog requires, even for ‘specially constructed’ vehicles such as modified collector cars or hot rods, which can sometimes make a minefield for hobbyists who want to build and modify their own special interest cars.
The E-ROD 6.2L V-8 attempts to take away much of that hassle , thanks to being granted an Executive Order (EO) number (D-126-30) from the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This makes the engine legal for installation in pre-OBD II (1996-and-earlier) vehicles in that state. In addition, depending on the driveline and suspension components added, it’s capable of delivering 23 miles per gallon under certain conditions.
Although most hot rods and classics are driven as pleasure vehicles, where gas mileage isn’t generally much of a concern; GM Performance Parts’ product integration manager, Dr. Jamie Meyer, said that, “with fuel prices not showing any signs of retreating, greater fuel economy is definitely a welcome benefit.” He’s got a valid point.
Both the ‘55 Chevy and the truck on display at Barrett-Jackson’s event this weekend, feature 4L65-E automatic transmissions, along with a GMPP Supermatic transmission controller, to enable the trans to work in conjunction with the E-ROD V-8′s engine control system. Combined with complete wiring harnesses available from GMPP, this essentially makes the E-ROD and automatic an essentially plug and play affair, even when installed in an older car.
While the 6.2 E-ROD is already CARB certified, the 5.3 version, featured in the Chevy truck, is still undergoing tests, though GM hopes to have a CARB EO number granted sometime this summer.
In addition, GM Performance Parts is also working with state legislators and CARB to allow the E-ROD engines and related hardware to be installed in newly built specialty vehicles, essentially cars and trucks that use brand new reproduction parts and late model chassis, have new VIN numbers, but maintain the appearance of a classic.
The Lingenfelter pickup is actually an example of this, riding on a late-model Trailblazer SS chassis, while sporting a Dynacorn reproduction 1955 Chevy truck cab and bodywork. For more information on the E-Rod engines and related components, click on the link below:
[Source: GM Performance Parts]
To continue promoting the sport of drag racing, GM Performance Parts will be putting on the LSX Challenge Series restricting entry to GM production-based LS and GM Performance Parts LSX engines and engine components.
The LSX Challenge Series will be a four-race points drag racing series, ending at the 5th annual LSX Shootout which will be held with NMCA’s World Street Finals on October 6-9 in Indianapolis.
The classes of drag racing will be LSX Drag Radial, LSX All Motor, LSX Real Street, LSX Rumble (Index) and 5th Gen Chevy Camaro Challenge (Index) – providing a little bit of everything for GM enthusiasts. Along with the drag racing, the LSX Challenge Series will feature a car show at each event. In order to compete for the championship, each racer much participate in three of the four events.
GMPP’s LSX Challenge Series’s schedule of events:
March 18-20 NMCA Season Opener at Bradenton Motorsports Park, Bradenton, Florida
April 14-17 NMRA / NMCA All-Star Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia
September 9-11 Holley LS Fest at Beech Bend Raceway Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky
October 6-9 NMCA World Street Finals at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Indianapolis
It’s no big secret that the current generation Chevy Camaro is fast becoming one of the most accessorized vehicles on the planet, but for 2011 things are about to get even better.
GM Performance Parts has just released its latest 2011 catalog which includes all kinds of goodies for the Camaro including a pair of formidable crate engines – a big block LSX 454 that cranks out more than 620 horsepower and a version of the Corvette ZR1′s formidable supercharged LS9 small block V8 that cranks out 638 hp.
And in order to showcase exactly what’s possible, with some imagination and spare cash, the catalog illustrates a pair of modern day dealer built ‘supercars’ centering around these two engines. The first, built by DeNooyer Chevrolet in New York, showcases the LX 454 big-block, coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The car, finished in old-school Hugger Orange with white rally stripes and officially named the HTR-SS454 (named after DeNooyer’s partner Redline Motorsports’ founder Howard Tanner), also features a special port fuel injection system, all forged internals for the engine and beefed up driveline to handle the extra power over the stock SS LS3 motor. In many respects, it’s a modern day version of Joel Rosen’s Baldwin-Motion 427 and 454 powered Camaros of the muscle car era, sold through Baldwin Chevrolet on Long Island.
The second ‘super’ Camaro, showcases the LS9 motor and was built by NeSmith Chevrolet, located in Georgia, which also happens to be the largest volume dealer for GM Performance Parts in the US. Dubbed the NeSmith ‘Storm Camaro,’ it’s finished in menacing black and according to the dealer’s in house custom facility, the LS9 was essentially a straight drop in, as it shares much of its architecture with the original LS3. Complete with a dry sump oiling system, the supercharged small block has been tuned to deliver 700 hp, requiring upgraded drivetrain parts to handle the extra power, along with a monster six-piston caliper Brembo brake system.
For more information on these cars and other GMPP goodies, click on the link below.
[Source: GM Performance Parts]
Some assembly required
The good news about Chevy’s 550hp LS7 Camaro Concept is that you will be able to own one. The bad news is that you’ll have to put it together yourself.
Unveiled alongside three other custom Camaros (the Dale Earnhardt Jr. Camaro Concept, the Camaro GS Racecar Concept and the Camaro Black Concept) at the 2008 SEMA Show, the Chevrolet LS7 Camaro Concept gets 550hp thanks to… you guessed it, an LS7 crate engine.
The engine is available through GM Performance Parts, as are the additional engine modifications. The LS7 on this concept has been modified with a GM Performance Parts cam, headers, exhaust system and an air intake system.
Power gets to the ground through a production Tremec 6060 six-speed manual transmission with a GM Performance Parts Hurst shifter.
Additional parts showcased on the LS7 Concept are a Brembo brake kit, custom 20-inch wheels and lowering springs.
General Motors has no plans to bring this vehicle to market but thankfully, enthusiasts with either the mechanical know-how or cash-flow… or both, can built it for themselves.
Official press release after the jump: