Monday, November 29, 2010

GM Introduces New E-Rod Crate Engines at SEMA

The E-Rod LSA offers 556 horsepower and is available now. (Photo: GM Performance Parts)
GM Performance Products  announced at the 2010 SEMA Show that it has added three new E-Rod packages that are designed for hot rodders to its E-Rod line of crate engines. The company introduced the original E-Rod LS3 crate engine at last year’s SEMA Show.
The first of the new packages, the E-Rod 5.3L, is an entry-level option that features an engine from the Silverado pickup truck. It produces 315 horsepower and 335 lbs./f.t of torque with camshaft phasing, according to the company.
The engine was used to power the E-Rod ’55 Chevy pickup found in GM’s booth at the SEMA Show.
The second new package, the E-Rod LS7, features an engine from the Corvette Z06 and offers 505 horsepower.
The E-Rod LSA package features the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine from the Cadillac CTS-V. It offers 556 horsepower and 551 lbs./ft. of torque. In addition, the LSA comes with a conventional wet-sump lubrication system. Other features of the LSA package include a unique aluminum-cylinder block casting that houses a forged steel crankshaft, integrated piston cooling oil jets, high-flow cylinder heads and relatively mild camshaft, according to the company. This package was used in a Superformance Corvette Grand Sport coupe that was seen on the SEMA Show floor.
All of the E-Rods are available for manual and automatic gearboxes. The packages include a wiring harness, ECU, exhaust manifolds, catalytic converter, oxygen sensors, mass airflow sensor, accelerator pedal, air filter and instruction manual.
The 5.3L and LSA engine packages are available now; the LS7 package is slated to be released for sale early in 2011.
For more information on the new E-Rod crate engines, go tohttp://www.gmperformanceparts.com/.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2010 SEMA Show: From Hot Rods to Exotics to Hybrids

November 4, 2010, 12:37 PM

This naked steel sled in Hot Rod Alley drew possibly the most attention at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
Jerry Garrett for The New York TimesThis naked steel sled in Hot Rod Alley may have drawn the most attention at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. More photos.
The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show in Las Vegas is an opportunity for companies selling aftermarket automotive accessories to let their imaginations run wild. Refinish a Rolls-Royce in black primer? Hot-rod a hybrid? Is one engine enough? Why not two? There are no limits. Nearly one million square feet of exhibit space inside the Las Vegas Convention Center is packed with one display after another, and aisles that seem to stretch for miles; what there is no room for inside spills out into the parking lots, to the nearby Sands Convention Center, and even various casinos.
The show, which is not open to the general public, officially lasts four days, Nov. 2-5. Unofficially, automotive tinkering never ends.