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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.


Originally built to test and validate front accessory drive and supercharger pulley systems from Left Coast 32 and T-Mac Performance, this 390ci LSX-based engine also demonstrates how easy 1,000 streetable horsepower is achieved. Check out the dyno results.

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When GM introduced the new 2014 Camaro Z/28 in New York, it meant the race-inspired 7.0-liter LS7 will continue in production. The LS7′s only other assignment is in the sixth-generation Corvette Z06, which discontinues next year. Here’s a closer look at the LS7.

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There’s not a lot about motor oil that’s easy to understand when applied to high-performance and racing engines. But Lake Speed Jr. walks viewers through many of the critical issues in a series of videos on the Driven Oil YouTube channel.

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If a torsional damper is not installed correctly, poor engine operation or damage can result. The key is to forget the hammer and use a dedicated damper installation tool that presses the damper into place and keeps it square to the crankshaft. Watch as we install a Fluidampr damper on a big-block Chevy.

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Driven Racing Oil’s new catalog offers more than the usual product descriptions and shopping advice. There’s hardcore tech information for the street enthusiast as well as the racer to help in selecting the right oi

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As part of a move to consolidate powertrain development, GM announced that operations from Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan, will move to the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The unique Customer Build Experience is expected to continue at the new location.

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Katech is releasing a new 550-horsepower crate engine designed for road-racing teams. This engine recently underwent 20 hours of simulation laps around the Daytona Speedway road course, swallowing 12 drums of fuel in the process.

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Lessons learned from developing advanced synthetic racing oils has led Joe Gibbs Driven to formulate synthetic gear and power-steering fluids. Key to the advanced technology is using mPAO base stocks, which deliver

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The chief engineer on the Gen V small-block program says the 6.2-liter V8 that will anchor the EcoTec3 engine lineup for the next generation of GM trucks has a very close relationship to the 6.2-liter LT1 engine coming out in the next Corvette.

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General Motors introduced three more members to the Gen V family of small blocks, including a V6 version. The 6.2-liter Corvette engine, first unveiled in October, has now spawned 6.2L and 5.3L V8s and a 4.3L V6 for the 2014 Sierra/Silverado truck lines. All three are branded as EcoTec3 engines.

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Smaller engines and tight engine bays present challenges to turbo makers, so Garrett is focusing on improving its line of midsize turbos, including the GTX 28R, 30R and 35R models. These are good for engines ranging in size from 1.4L up to 4.5L and from 200 to 750 horsepower.

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Turbonetics is introducing a full-featured turbo for drag racer competing in the popular X275 class that limit turbos to specific dimensions, and the company is also releasing a series of T4 turbos for customers needing a little more boost.

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General Motors is boasting that the new Gen IV LT1 engine has an “all-new combustion system,” but just how really new or innovative is it? EngineLabs takes a deep dive into the cylinders to talk with the engineers responsible for the claim.

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Holley has released V.2 editions of its HP and Dominator EFI management systems. The V.2 software and firmware updates can also be downloaded to current HP and Dominator units. The updates include full-feature boost controls for turbos, ability to integrate traction control and a new gauge panel.

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Scat is offering a forged 4340 crankshaft for Gen III and Gen IV LS engines in three different strokes: 4.000, 4.125 and 4.250. All the cranks are nitrided, have large radius on all journals and are micropolished.

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Experts say a spot-on replica of a 1969 ZL1 427 Chevy engine could go for $100,000 or more at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction in January. The engine is built from a block dated May 1969 and features numerous NOS and correct parts.

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