GM to auction first LSX454R crate engine at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 21, 2011

The first example of GM’s LSX454R crate engine is set to be auctioned on Jan. 21 at Barrett-Jackson for charity, with all its proceeds to be donated to the American Heart Association. The 620hp that’s delivered by the LSX454 is very impressive but the LSX454R offers quite a bit more with an output of 750hp.

Last month, GM Performance Parts rated the engine at 720-plus-horsepower and 720-plus-pound-feet of torque, but with the 7.4-liter about to hit the auction block, the figures have been officially revised to 750hp and 680 pound-feet of torque.

Dr. Jamie Meyer, product integration manager for GM Performance Parts, said that GM Performance Parts is “thrilled” with the chance to leverage its high-performance engine to help prevent heart disease and stroke.

What the winning bidder gets is the first production version of the most powerful small-block V-8 ever engineered by General Motors. For many years, GM has been supporting the AHA, and its charitable arm, the GM Foundation has handed more than $1 million to the AHA.

Heather Kinder, executive director for the Southeast Michigan American Heart Association, remarked that it was an honor for the American Heart Association to cooperate with partners like General Motors, which is known for its corporate citizenship.

Kinder added that the donation represents GM’s commitment to improve the health of the community. For the past years, GM and the GM Foundation have donated over $1 million to the American Heart Association.

With GM Performance Parts’ presence at the Barrett-Jackson confirmed, the auction will feature a display of crate engines and engine parts as well as project vehicles like the E-ROD emissions-compliant crate engine systems.

Also to be showcased are the Lingenfelter custom 1955 Chevrolet pickup truck powered by the 5.3 E-ROD crate engine (part number 19258004) and the Superformance 1963 Grand Sport Vette with the LSA E-ROD crate engine (part number 19257460).

Product experts will be present during the entire event to answer questions on how to build their dream car. Developed for drag racing, the new LSX454R crate engine (part number 19257880) provides more than 750 hp of output and 680 lb.-ft. of torque. It features several specialized GMPP LSX parts that racers have been using like the LSX Bowtie block.

Engineers at GMPP designed the LSX454R to suit the high-rpm demands of drag racing, using new LSX DR cylinder heads (part number 19166979) for a high-compression, solid-roller combination. It comes with 11-degree, six-bolt aluminum heads with raised ports, thereby allowing for superb airflow. These aluminum heads are complemented by a Holley 1,150-cfm Dominator carburetor as well as a new high-rise open-plenum intake manifold.

Press Release

GM Performance Parts to Auction First LSX454R Crate Engine

GM Performance Parts (GMPP) will auction the first production LSX454R crate engine at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event this month, with the proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

The charity sale is scheduled for the evening of Friday, Jan. 21, and will be carried live on SPEED’s coverage of the Barrett-Jackson auction. The engine carries lot number 1032.1 and bids can be submitted at the auction in person or online.

“GM Performance Parts is thrilled with the opportunity to leverage our high-performance engine, the heart of a vehicle, to help prevent heart disease and stroke,” said Dr. Jamie Meyer, product integration manager for GM Performance Parts. “This sale gives the highest bidder the opportunity to buy the first production version of the most powerful small-block V-8 ever engineered by General Motors.”

“The American Heart Association is honored to work with partners like General Motors, who exemplify corporate citizenship,” said Heather Kinder, executive director for the Southeast Michigan American Heart Association. “This donation further defines GM’s commitment to improving the health of our community.”

Over the years, GM and the GM Foundation have contributed more than $1 million to the American Heart Association.

GMPP’s presence at Barrett-Jackson also will include a display of crate engines, engine parts and project vehicles, including E-ROD emissions-compliant crate engine systems. The Lingenfelter custom ’55 Chevrolet pickup truck featuring the 5.3 E-ROD crate engine (part number 19258004) and the Superformance '63 Grand Sport Vette with the LSA E-ROD crate engine (part number 19257460) will be showcased. Product experts will be on hand during the event’s Jan. 17-23 run, answering enthusiasts’ questions on how to build their own dream car.

LSX454R details

The all-new LSX454R crate engine (part number 19257880) is officially rated at 750 plus horsepower and 680 lb.-ft. of torque. It was developed for drag racing, bringing together many of the specialized GMPP LSX parts racers are already using, including the robust LSX Bowtie block. GMPP engineers designed the LSX454R for the unique, high-rpm demands of drag racing. It is a high-compression, solid-roller combination that uses new LSX DR cylinder heads (part number 19166979). The 11-degree, six-bolt aluminum heads feature raised ports that provide tremendous airflow. They are matched on the engine with an exclusive, all-new high-rise open-plenum intake manifold and a Holley 1,150-cfm Dominator carburetor.

About GM Performance Parts

GM Performance Parts (GMPP) fuels the passions of automotive enthusiasts with factory-engineered and fully assembled crate engines, engine parts and vehicle accessories, including specialized licensed parts and accessories. GM Performance Parts is the only source for brand-new classic small-block and big-block crate engines, which use all-new parts, including the cylinder block, rotating assembly and cylinder heads. GMPP is also the leader in “LS” performance, with a full range of production-based crate engines and the growing family of LSX maximum performance engines and parts. GMPP’s LS-based E-ROD engine systems include emissions equipment that meets California requirements for pre-OBD-II vehicles (E-ROD LS3 systems carry CARB EO D-126-30), delivering high performance with low emissions. No other manufacturer offers a comparable system. Customers can view information and purchase engines and parts at gmperformanceparts.com.

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