Guess Who's Building Some of the Baddest Crate Engines Around?
Everybody knows SEMA is massive - take the biggest car show you've ever been to and put it on steroids and you've got SEMA. I walked 8 to 9 miles a day for 4 days straight and still couldn't cover it all!
But somewhere along the way in my SEMA automotive marathon I came across a hidden gem tucked in amongst the custom RAZR's and behind an urban trike booth; it's a company that is making some of the baddest automotive crate engines you can buy and I'll bet you can't guess who they are.
It started 2 years ago with the introduction of an all - aluminum twin turbo charged 9 liter big block that sports DOHC 4 valve heads and is available in a number of versions ranging from an 1100 HP 89 octane unit to a 1650 HP beast that runs on race gas. They even have a dual calibration version that with a flip of the switch on the key fob gives you 1550 HP on race gas or 1350 HP on pump gas. Take a gander at some cutaway shots of this 9 liter bruiser.
Well the news from this hot shop for this year's SEMA was their introduction of an all new all aluminum 7 liter DOHC 4 valve V8 that's based on the Corvette LS engine. It's estimated that the HP from this bad boy could go as far north as 800 in naturally aspirated pump gas form and a twin turbo 1100HP+ version is in the works.
Here's what the new 7 liter DOHC engine looks like:
And here's what it looks like in a '32 Ford Roadster built by Slick's Garage in Palmetto, Florida that was shown at SEMA:
All of this shop's engines are race proven and all except the pure race versions carry a full warranty.
So have you guessed yet who makes these mind blowing crate engines? Drum roll please - Mercury Racing! (In fact if you look closely below you can see their logo.)
Yep, that's the same shop that has been dominating off-shore boat racing for decades. Also this is not their first foray into the automotive realm - none other than GM turned to them a few years back to build GM's one and only DOHC 4 valve engine - the fabled LT 5 that was in one of the first Corvette ZR1's.
Any bets on whether the new Corvette/Camaro LS engines have a DOHC 4 valve setup in their future?
Check these engines out at MercuryRacing.com
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!