Saturday, March 12, 2005

 

Mmm, Displacement

Popular Hot Rodding has posted a detailed technical article on the abso-freakin'-lutely amazing LS7 engine from the upcoming 2006 Corvette Z06. The specs and results are absolutely amazing - particularly the wide powerband (WOT torque never drops below 350 lb-ft between 1000 and 7000 RPM), and the fact that it will go into the only 500 HP car sold in the US that does not carry the gas-guzzler tax.

Somewhere out there, a riceboy is bemoaning the American reliance on cubic inches. Unfortunately, no one in the mainstream automotive press has ever latched onto the concept that power per unit volume and unit mass are much more important to a car designer. If the end result is an engine of modest size and weight, why concern one's self with the swept volume of the cylinders?

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