A package based on a Dart LS Next cast-iron block producing over 700 horsepower will be up for grabs on eBay beginning on December 12, 2013. The engine is part of an awesome cause – the SEMA Scholarship Engine project – which means that the money earned from the sale will go towards providing scholarships to kids pursuing a career in the automotive industry.
University, two-year college, and trade school students are all eligible to receive a scholarship and SEMA member company employees can be assisted by a Loan Forgiveness Program, which helps to eliminate student debt.
The engine up for auction is Dart’s unique Next block, which evolved from the LS Series engine line established by General Motors in 1997. A redesigned bottom-end (non Y-block), improved oil control, and a reduction in air friction, as well as six head-bolts-per-cylinder and four-bolt steel main caps are just a few of the unique features, and it will also be fitted with a pair of CNC-ported Dart Pro1 aluminum cylinders heads.
The winner of the auction will decide how the engine will be finished and whether it will be built to racing or street specifications. Dart’s Richard Maskin will head the SEMA build team and is more than capable given his history of being engine builder and crew chief for several NHRA National Points Championship-winning efforts in Pro Stock, and as the developer of a 434 cubic-inch engine combination, which has been proven on the dyno to generate more than 700 horsepower on pump gas using a single four-barrel carburetor.
Allstar Performance, ARP, ATI, Callies, Champion, Clevite, Comp Cams, Dart, Diamond, Fel-Pro, Hedman Hedders, Holley, Joe Gibbs Driven, Melling, Meziere, Moroso, MSD, PowerMaster, Total Seal, and Trend components are being used to complete the build.
For additional information on the SEMA Scholarship Engine project, or to get involved in the eBay sale, go to www.SEMAengine.com, and visit www.SEMA.org/scholarships for information on applications. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is a recognized 501(3) charity and the purchase price of the engine may be tax deductible (verify with your CPA or tax preparer). Happy bidding!