GM lends a hand to replica vehicle builders.
In December 2015, the federal government passed The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST), giving low-volume manufacturers the opportunity to build turn-key replica vehicles if they used engines meeting current model year Clean Air Act standards for the model year in which they were produced.
The government opened the door to builders looking to help classic car aficionados re-take the streets with 25+-year-old vehicles. To comply, engines must meet applicable California Air Resources Board (CARB) and EPA requirements.
For now, GM is the only manufacturer making a significant effort to heed this call for help. Chevrolet Performance already offers three E-Rod Crate engines that currently are legal to use as retrofits/upgrades in Calif. for 1995 and earlier pollution-controlled motor vehicles.
LT1 (P/N 12682080). Introduced on the Chevrolet Camaro, the LT1 6.2L belts out 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque and is offered with a wet-sump oiling system. It also includes a controller specially designed for retrofit applications.
LSA (P/N 19257456 and 192574-60). The LSA 6.2L supercharged crate engine package arrives fully dressed, with a top of the charge-cooled supercharger assembly to the ignition system, water pump, balancer and more. It also comes with a conventional wet-sump lubrication system and makes a great transplant for:
• 1965 and Older: U.S. Manufactured California Certified Vehicles
• 1967 and Older: U.S. Manufactured Federally Certified Vehicles
LS3 (P/N 19257230 and 19257234). Straight from the heart of the Chevrolet Corvette , the LS3 6.2L combines high technology and uncompromising performance churning out a 430 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque. It arrives complete, with everything from the Corvette-specific oil pan to an ignition system. It also includes the EFI intake manifold assembly with injectors and throttle body, exhaust manifolds, water pump, balancer, 58X reluctor wheel and 14-inch automatic transmission flexplate.
Two of those, the LS3 and LT1, are being geared to meet FAST requirements, with potentially more on the way should the red-hot replica market demand it.
Check out the full line of Chevrolet Performance Crate Engines at…chevrolet.com/performance/crate-engines
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