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Mike Magda is a veteran automotive writer with credits in publications such as Racecar Engineering, Hot Rod, Engine Technology International, Motor Trend, Automobile, Automotive Testing Technology and Professional Motorsport World. He was the editor of four national automotive magazines, including Chevy High Performance, and he has authored hundreds of automotive technical briefings. In covering nearly every type of motorsport, Magda has collaborated with many of racing's top engine builders and factory engineers.


Composite intake manifolds can be fragile under high boost levels. This new billet intake from Late Model Engines is designed to give LS7 engines plenty of air through a big plenum and short runners.

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A ’64 Corvette fuelie display engine from the Floyd Garrett collection will be sold at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction. While historic, it’s unlikely to bring the same price as last year’s ZL1 clone.

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Jordan Lee, chief engineer on the new 6.2-liter LT4 engine that will power the upcoming Z06 Corvette, offers details on the new Gen V V8 and says there more power coming than the early 625-horsepower estimate.

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JE Pistons already has a line of direct replacement pistons for the new LT1 engine. Builders can choose from different compression ratios to accommodate boost or N/A upgrades. Also new are Ford Coyote pistons.

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Trick Flow Specialties introduced its GenX 260 LS7-style cylinder head in addition to a new fully CNC-machined and ported big-block Chevy head. Other news includes a header and carb line, plus a new 351W intake.

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Nitrous Express has already developed product for the new Gen V engines. In addition, the company unveiled a host of new products for numerous applications. Check out the details.

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Comp Cams announced the release of a new conical valve spring along with new camshafts for the LT1 engine and a Sportsman line of solid roller lifters for race engines. Check out all the details inside!

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General Motors took the wraps off a concept LT1 crate engine just before the SEMA Show began. Check out the story to see what decisions the engineers still face before it is released to the public.

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Katech Performance has the new C7 Corvette LT1 engine on the dyno, testing air-induction options, headers, camshafts and cylinder-head modifications. Read all about it here!

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Destined for a ’67 Corvette, this 6.2-liter LS3 engine built by Southern Performance Systems sports a nostalgic appearance but offers the power and streetability of EFI. Check out the details.

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There’s no denying the benefits of self-tuning EFI on a street car, but what about a drag racer? Follow this installation of a FAST EZ-EFI 2.0 system on a hot little Nova and check out the dyno numbers.

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Late Model Engines has a customer with a twin-turbo LS engine already making 1,100 horsepower at the tires. Now he wants to “turn it up.” So this 427ci LS7 built around a solid-deck RHS block is making 632 horsepower without the turbos. Add the boost and he could go well over 1,200. Check it out!

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Here’s a 327ci Chevy small-block faithful to the mid-’60s but with a few modern upgrades. The engine was prepped by Borowski Race Engines and is destined for one of the continuation Cheetah cars built by Bill Thomas Motors. Check out the story to see how much power it made!

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The ethanol industry and EPA are pushing for E15, or pump gas with 15 percent ethanol blends. Car enthusiasts, however, remain concerned about the potential harmful side effects of ethanol. Carb Defender from Driven Racing Oil is designed to protect against corrosion in the fuel system from ethanol use.

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Ever wonder what the great musclecar engines of the ’60s really put out on the dyno? Alex Ipiotis had a period-correct L88 Chevy big-block built using mostly original and NOS parts. Read the full story to see the difference in what GM advertised and what the dyno sheet says.

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Someone has taken the time to compile 30 videos of dyno fails. They’re funny, tragic and enjoyable — all the elements of entertainment. Take a look, and maybe the experience will help prevent you from becoming a YouTube hit!

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