After we saw the Corvette Grand Sport with Heritage Package, GM introduced today at this year's SEMA Show a 1955 Chevy powered by the innovative, new E-ROD crate engine package.
"We developed this system because it's the right thing to do, but our engineers did not sacrifice the performance that stirs hot rodders in the first place. It is a compromise-free package that delivers great power and efficiency, with the emissions of a modern vehicle."
According to the manufacturer, the core of the E-ROD package is the LS3 6.2L V8 engine capable to deliver an impressive 430 hp. This package will be available on the opening day of the 2009 SEMA Show through GM dealers, authorized GMPP retailers and via the GMPP Web site, at a price of $9,375.
Standard elements of the kit include: 6.2-liter LS3 crate engine, rated at 430 horsepower and 424 lb.-ft. of torque, GMPP LS3 engine wiring harness, GMPP engine control module, exhaust manifolds, catalytic converters. oxygen sensors and sensor bosses, fuel tank evaporative emissions canister, mass airflow sensor and sensor boss, accelerator pedal (for use with the LS3's electronic throttle), air filter and an instruction manual.
The E-ROD from GM Performance Parts shows impressive efficiency, performance, and emission standards that are complemented with an antique style. This ’55 Chevy is equipped with the state-of-the-art E-ROD crate engine package which has the LS3 engine and emissions equipment with supporting components that allow this classic car to pass even the strictest of California’s smog tests. The E-ROD concept vehicle was announced by GMPP during the 2009 SEMA Show held in Las Vegas.
On the show’s opening day, the engine package will be available through the different authorized GMPP retailers and GM dealers. It will also be accessible through GMPP’s website -- www.gmperformanceparts.com. The LS3 E-ROD package has a list price of $9,375. GMPP product marketing manager Dr. Jamie Meyer shared that the E-ROD signifies the transformation of hot rodding and it does this by providing an engine and emission system that is not only exceptional but also has the approval of the California Air Resources Board.
While this particular system was developed by the company because it was the right thing to do, its engineers made sure that the performance hot rods that it’s known for was not lost, he added. This package offers no compromises and manages to provide efficiency and power plus the emission level of many modern vehicles, continued Meyer. At the heart of this E-ROD package is its LS3 6.2-liter V-8 engine that could deliver 430 horsepower.
The emissions equipment that is part of this offering includes, among others, a fuel tank with evaporative emissions canister and catalytic converters. To ensure that vehicles with the E-ROD package get the necessary approval, GMPP made sure to work with CARB and even SEMA officials when it developed the kit. As a result, these vehicles are already legal in California while other states are expected to follow as soon as CARB gives out its recommendations and the emissions standard.
This CARB-approved system from GMPP is unlike any other offered by other aftermarket manufacturers or Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). The E-ROD system gives the engine a horsepower that is 160% better compared to the V-8 that was in the 1955 version, Meyer said. The efficiency and emission performance though, he continued, is something that was not even possible 50 years ago. According to Meyer, this will be how the hot rods of today will be made.
These cars will offer the efficiency found in new high-performance GM vehicles but they will meet emissions standards and be environment-friendly, which means owners will have smaller carbon footprints, Meyer added. Though the E-ROD package is a concept vehicle, GMPP created the E-ROD ’55 as its proof of concept. The package shows the level of construction that is possible while being able to combine modifications with standard restoration.
According to designer Dave Ross, in order to create the ’55 Chevy, the company followed a clean, direct, and simple approach. Most custom features do not need labor-intensive fabrication and thus the company wanted to show that the E-ROD system could be integrated to any classic car, be it a ’55 Chevy or even the’69 Camaro, he continued. Under the E-ROD package, the exterior of the E-ROD ’55 has the Bel Air chrome trim and is highlighted with the customized PPG colors that are applied by GM.
The interior meanwhile continues with its original appearance with the upholstery and other items being provided by CARS Inc. The only difference is the Grand steering wheel and IDIDIT adjustable steering. In order to keep up with the basic visuals, the wheels for the car were not the expensive billet-cut rims. Rather it uses the 18-inch steel wheels with the Camaro as the base. The wheels however have center caps, lug nuts and bright trim rings, giving it a unique but inexpensive look.
Ross explained that this is what a practical hot rod is. While the attention to detail is sure to make any hot rod owner proud, this does not mean that this car cannot be used for a cross-country drive. The E-ROD ’55 is comfortable, efficient, and powerful, concludes Meyer.