GM unveils new crate engine lineup|
MI. - With an expanded crate engine lineup for 2002, GM
Performance Parts announced the availability of three new, power-packed,
engine packages - the 350 HP Factory Stock and the 355 HP Limited
Late Model Circle Track engines, and the HT 383 Truck and Performance
These all-new crate engines were unveiled at the Circle Track
Racing Expo held in Daytona, Florida. Consumers are expected to
high-power, high-value engines with the same kind of speed the
powerplants deliver in a street machine or racecar.
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Parts values customerís needs above all else," said Bill
Fitzgerald, GM Performance Parts manager. "These new Circle Track
crate engines are designed to meet and exceed customer needs, while
reducing the cost of racing. And the HT 383 offers great value to truck
GM Performance Parts crate engines are engineered and manufactured using
GM's vast resources, stringent specs and testing demands. These engines
offer factory-developed technology that has been proven on the world's
Factory Stock 350 HP Saturday night Factory Stock Street Stock racers
need look no further. Value, power and durability are what you get from
the Factory Stock 350 HP.
Based on the small block 350 HO crate engine, the 350 HP circle track
engine has earned a solid reputation for durability. This factory sealed
crate engine package, complete with a high rise dual
plane intake manifold, stamped steel valve covers with racing style
breathers, and 8-quart single kick-out circle track racing pan, doesn't
sacrifice power over durability. The 350 HP just pumps up the value
and makes it easier than ever to power a race car.
Additionally, the Factory Stock 350 HP crate engine features a nodular
cast iron crankshaft, iron Vortec heads with 1.94-inch intake vales
and 1.50-inch exhaust valves, flat tappet hydraulic lifters, and a HEI
distributor. The part number for the 350 HP Circle Track crate engine
For those Saturday night racers who want even more than what the 350
HP has to offer - look to the Limited Late Model 355 HP ZZ4 circle track
engine. GM Performance Parts continues to improve its successful family
of engines with the all-new 355 HP ZZ4. Similar to the 350 HP, the 355
HP ZZ4 is a factory sealed crate engine package that provides many of
the same outstanding features, including stamped steel valve covers
and a 8-quart dual kick-out circle track racing oil pan.
A 1053 forged steel crankshaft, aluminum heads with 1.94-inch intake
valves and 1.50-inch exhaust valves, hydraulic roller lifters, and a
normal rotation iron water pump make the 355 HP a great value-priced
small block package. The part number for the Limited Late Model 355
HP ZZ4 Circle Track crate engine is 88958603.
For those consumers interested in displaying more power on the streets
- look to the HT 383 ci engine. Whether the HT 383 is used for towing
or four wheeling, the key factor is high torque. And the all-new GM
Performance Parts small block crate engine packs a walloping 400 foot-pounds
of torque from 2500 and at 4000 rpm, with a peak of 435 foot-pounds
of torque. The specially tuned for torque engine, with its 3.80-inch
stroke and Vortec cylinder heads, delivers great power for a truck or
street rod. Developed with a roller cam, special heavy duty forged powdered
metal connecting rods, "4340" forged crankshaft and hypereutectic
pistons, the HT 383 produces an impressive 340 horsepower at 4500 rpm.
The HT 383 is the ideal replacement for any carbureted 1977 and older
vehicle. The part number for the HT 383 Truck and Performance crate
engine is 12497317.
"The all-new crate engines have undergone the same rigorous development
and validation testing practices that GM Performance Parts uses with
all of our parts and components to ensure quality, performance and long-term
durability," said Fitzgerald.
In 2002, GM Performance Parts will be participating in several events
geared towards enthusiasts. These events provide GM Performance Parts
an opportunity to meet with customers in order to understand their needs
and an opportunity to raise awareness of their products by demonstrating
and displaying a sampling of product offerings. A few of the enthusiast
events include, Back to the 50's in St. Paul, Minnesota, the National
Street Rod Association Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Super
Chevy Sunday in Montgomery, Alabama SPO, headquartered in Grand Blanc,
Mich., markets automotive replacement parts and accessories worldwide
under the GM and ACDelco brand names.
For more information, visit the GM Goodwrench Service Plus web site
at Goodwrench.com or visit your local GM Dealer.