GM Performance Parts returns as the title sponsor for the fourth annual LSX Shootout and will be on hand with an impressive display of crate engines, parts and project vehicles - including the three GMPP vehicles featured on the cover of the November 2010 issue of GM High-Tech Performance. Each is powered by a new GMPP crate engine.
The project vehicles include:
* An LSA-powered 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS, using the same 556-horsepower supercharged 6.2L engine found in the Cadillac CTS-V series
* A 1989 Chevrolet Camaro powered by GMPP's LSX454 crate engine
* A fourth-generation Camaro equipped with GMPP's new LS9 crate engine, which is based on the 638-horsepower supercharged 6.2L engine used in the Corvette ZR1.
Also on display will be the E-ROD '55 Chevy, featuring the emissions-compliant LS3 E-ROD crate engine package (California EO pending). The E-ROD package includes the 430-horsepower LS3 engine, catalytic converters and other emissions equipment that enable vehicles to pass California's stringent emissions tests.
The LSX Shootout takes place Oct. 7-10, at Gateway International Raceway, near St. Louis. It features several drag racing classes and car show classes for all vehicles powered by LS engines.
"The LSX Shootout is the premier event for racers and street enthusiasts with LS power, and GM Performance Parts is behind them 100 percent," said Dr. Jamie Meyer, product integration manager for GM Performance Parts. "The project vehicles we're bringing demonstrate the possibilities for swapping an LS engine into any vehicle, and we welcome enthusiasts to look them over and ask questions about how to do it themselves."
GMPP's parts and engine displays will include the latest LSX maximum-performance parts. They're suited for drag racing and are designed to support engines making 2,000 horsepower, or more, with supercharging, turbocharging or nitrous. Among them will be the LSX Bowtie blocks - including the tall-deck version for building large-displacement engines of up to 500 cubic inches - as well as new drag-race six-bolt cylinder heads, intake manifolds and forged rotating components. GMPP personnel will be available throughout the event to answer tech questions and explain the key attributes of the new parts.
"As more and more competitors discover the advantages of running an LS engine, we're rolling out more racing-specific parts that give them the tools they need to go quicker," said Dr. Meyer. "General Motors designed, engineered, and brought to market the LS engine family, and there is simply no other manufacturer that offers more parts to build the LS engine of your dreams."
Racing and street enthusiasts can also tap the hands-on expertise of technicians from Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center, one of the country's largest GMPP dealers and installers.
"Our guys are true LS gearheads," said Nickey Fowler, of Scoggin-Dickey Performance Center. "We invest in training on things like camshaft and valvetrain theory, so the technicians we'll have at the LSX Shootout draw from a deep well of classroom and hands-on knowledge."
Along with the technical support and parts displays, Scoggin-Dickey will stock popular parts for purchase at the event, in the event racers need a last-minute part to keep them in competition.
It pays to win
GM Performance Parts will award the fastest LS-powered racers at the LSX Shootout and pay a $250 bonus to any racer who wins his or her category using an LSX Bowtie engine block. GMPP will also supply awards to all racing class and show class winners.
More information about GM Performance Parts is available at gmperformanceparts.com. Details on the LSX Shootout are available at www.nmcadigital.com/lsx.