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Old 11-10-2006, 11:49 AM   #1
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Default Corvette Racing's Small-Block V-8 Wins Global Race Engine of the Year Award

Corvette Racing's Small-Block V-8 Wins Global Race Engine of the Year Award



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Corvette Racing's Small-Block V-8 Wins Global Race Engine of the Year Award

Panel of Experts Selects Le Mans-Winning LS7.R as Global Motorsport Engine of the Year

COLOGNE, Germany GM's small-block V-8 added another accolade to a long list of honors when Corvette Racing's LS7.R was named the Global Motorsport Engine of the Year at the inaugural Professional Motorsport World Expo in Cologne, Germany, on November 9. The race-prepared LS7.R engine, which shares its architecture with the production LS7 small-block V-8, propelled Corvette Racing to its fifth GT1 class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 18, 2006. The 7.0-liter engine also powered the Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars to the 2006 American Le Mans Series manufacturers, drivers and team championships with a perfect reliability record.

"Winning this award is another milestone in the history of the legendary GM small-block V-8," said GM Racing director Mark Kent. "The championship-winning LS7.R has evolved to a very high level of development, yet it retains the longstanding virtues of compact size, simplicity, reliability and high specific output that have made the GM small-block V-8 the world's most successful production-based racing engine."

The 2006 Race Engine of the Year Awards were organized by Race Engine Technology magazine. The editors made three nominations in each of four categories: Grand Prix Engine of the Year, Global Motorsport Engine of the Year, North American Race Engine of the Year, and Alternative Power Race Engine of the Year. The magazine then invited votes from 50 key race engine engineers representing the spectrum of motorsports.

"It is doubtful if ever have so many experts voted for a competition engine award," said Race Engine Technology editor Ian Bamsey. "Each of the category winners was a genuine selection by an impressive jury of peers."

The Global Motorsport Engine of the Year award was given to GM engineer Roger Allen, engine manager for Corvette Racing. Herb Fishel, former director of GM Racing, accepted the award on behalf of Allen and GM Racing at the ceremony. The Corvette Racing program was conceived in 1996 under Fishel's guidance.

"Winning this prestigious award spotlights the technical expertise of GM Racing and the world-class team of partners and suppliers who have contributed so much to the success of the LS7.R engine," said Allen. "Winning at Le Mans, winning the ALMS championships, and winning this award are all tributes to the teamwork of Pratt & Miller Engineering, Katech Engine Development, and all of the LS7.R component suppliers. On a personal level, it's an honor for me as an engineer to have designed engines that have won the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, Daytona 24-hour, and the 24 Hours of Le Mans."

The LS7.R is the heir to the GM small-block V-8's winning tradition that began in 1955. The small-block V-8 is the foundation of the hot rod and high-performance industries and the cornerstone of racing series around the world. GM has produced approximately 90 million small-block V-8 engines with a combined output of 27 billion horsepower.

GM Powertrain developed the production 505-horsepower LS7 small-block V-8 that powers the Corvette Z06 supercar using many competition-derived components and design features. The LS7 bristles with race-inspired technology from Corvette Racing, including titanium connecting rods and inlet valves, a dry-sump lubrication system, CNC-ported cylinder heads, a forged steel crankshaft, and a big-bore aluminum block with plate-honed cylinders.
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Old 11-10-2006, 12:05 PM   #2
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At first I thought the ends of the intake tubes were individual throttle bodies, but I think they are just for fuel injection. But then again, the second pic it looks like the filter element is right before those intakes, so maybe there is a throtle body in each of those. either way, Giggity.

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Old 11-10-2006, 04:16 PM   #3
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I was at the ALMS race in Utah this year, and GM had one of these lumps out of the car on display for viewing. It's really amazing how small this thing is for a 7 litre 500+ hp motor.

It's really amazing to see something like the Corvette that shows what GM can accomplish with their engineering and product design groups. Then you look at something like, well, pretty much all of their other non-Corvette-based products, and see how bad their stuff can be. They really should axe Buick, GMC, Pontiac and Saturn, and then focus on bringing the same level of enthusiasm to the remaining brands as they do to the 'vette.
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Old 11-10-2006, 04:21 PM   #4
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The award is very well deserved. Congrats.
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Old 11-10-2006, 07:00 PM   #6
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It's really amazing how small this thing is for a 7 litre 500+ hp motor.
Displacement & Pushrods FTW
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Awesome.

The motor is truly an amazing one.
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I was at the ALMS race in Utah this year, and GM had one of these lumps out of the car on display for viewing. It's really amazing how small this thing is for a 7 litre 500+ hp motor.

It's really amazing to see something like the Corvette that shows what GM can accomplish with their engineering and product design groups. Then you look at something like, well, pretty much all of their other non-Corvette-based products, and see how bad their stuff can be. They really should axe Buick, GMC, Pontiac and Saturn, and then focus on bringing the same level of enthusiasm to the remaining brands as they do to the 'vette.

There brands are spread a little to thin. But what I dont understand is why they continue to be stingy with the technology and engineering across models, and brands for that much. You can find SRT technology in........a Jeep Cherokee for God's sake!! If Dodge didn't do that, someone else would be charging 10's of thousands of dollars to do it for us...AH LA Lingenfelter. Who as we know, have packages for the Vette, Cadillac, GTO, Impala, Camaro, Escalade, Hummer, Denali, Sierra......I think you get the pictue. And before any one spouts off, yeah I know Lingenfelter is the s__t. But a $110,000 twin turbo vette? I dont think so. Chrysler SRT8 is under 45,000, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is 39,700, and all from Dodge/Chrysler themselves. Thats what creates enthusiasm, even for people who know very little about automotive engineering and/or technology. And in reality, those are the people who make these companies go, the " I dont know a whole lot about cars honey, but the one with that SRT 8 on the back sure goes fast" crowd. Not you wrench heads that buy a car used every ten years, and drop in your upgraded P&P'd heads you ordered online for 500 bucks used. If they stop squeezing that LS7 so damn hard, some good things might slip out to there other models.
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Oh NO! Not another round of applause for a old-school OHV pushrod V8!!

I would have thought they would have given the award to Porsche, Audi, or Renault



Chevrolet kicks ass in the race engine department.

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Actually I would have thought Audi would have been a shoe in with their V12 desiel R10 entrant...But kudos to GM. They stick with what works. Reliability wins races. AS simplistic as the LS7 is, its dead reliable. And for that, I salute them. I have said my peace in a dozen or so threads about how unimpressive the LS7 is to me, for reasons that I will not bring up and tarnish this good thread. But as a race engine as part of the whole Corvette package, its a sledgehammer for anybody to compete against.

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Actually I would have thought Audi would have been a shoe in with their V12 desiel R10 entrant...But kudos to GM. They stick with what works. Reliability wins races. AS simplistic as the LS7 is, its dead reliable.
If price was a consideration at all (which it should be.. for any race engine) the LS7's victory over the R10's V12 is explained. Diesel engines are insanely expensive to engineer and produce compared to gasoline engines. LS7s are cheap for what they are. I'm not saying the racing version is cheap, but I'm sure it's a lot cheaper than most large displacement race engines out there.
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True enough. I can only think I could pay off my house with what the V12 in the audi would cost.
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Oh NO! Not another round of applause for a old-school OHV pushrod V8!!

I would have thought they would have given the award to Porsche, Audi, or Renault
Or any of the other F1 engine suppliers ...

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