The LS platform has found it’s way into every conceivable form of racing. Building your own forced induction package to make ground shaking power can be an endeavor fraught with conflicting internet here say, mixed opinions and challenging parts sourcing. While there are those who relish the challenge to piece together their powerplant, the hours of research and parts sourcing just isn’t realistic to most.
On April 15, 2016 Steve Morris Engines will give away a hand built LS3 to one very lucky gearhead! This engine will be a streetable, turbocharged package tuned to make 1000 hp at the flywheel on pump gas, while retaining the option for a race gas tune. Whether you are a road racer, drag racer, off-roader, or have a pro-touring build this engine will bring some serious bite to your project.
We talked to Alex Esnaola of Steve Morris Engines to hear a little more about the sweepstakes and this awesome V8 they are building.
“The idea behind the LS-Free sweepstakes was to serve as two functions — number one, it was a way for us to help a lot of the customers out there looking to build a forced induction engine. Second, for a person willing to do some mechanical work on their own — we can provide them a kit with all the parts they will need,” explained Esnaola.
Don’t feel as though you have to take anyone’s word for it either, this is not a sight unseen prize. Steve Morris has documented the entire engine building process from the start. Explaining the decisions behind the component selection, from the EFI system, turbo, boost control, and everything else. The series of videos take the viewer through everything up to the longblock and into EFI, fuel delivery, and turbo setup.
“There is a page within the LS-Free page that we have outlined the individual parts and links to them within our web store. We’re using really good product from CP Carillo, Engine Pro, ARP, and we have developed a series of camshaft kits designed for real simple drop in applications,” Esnaola detailed.
Among the unique and desirable products included in the build are some of Steve Morris’ top end package upgrades including his upgraded rocker trunnions.
“We’ve never really shown this product out there, the standard LS rocker arms utilize a needle bearing style trunnion. This is something we feel is a better solution — this is to alleviate anybody’s fears of needle bearings dropping out into the oil pan and the rest of the engine,” continued Esnaola.
We can’t wait to see the completed product so keep tuning in as the build videos are posted, additionally we are anxious to see what sort of vehicle ultimately receives the monster powerplant, whatever it is, it’s sure to put a smile on the owner’s face.
“Anybody that really wants to have a nice, stout power combination, this is going to be 1000 horsepower at the flywheel on pump gas, it will be up to Steve how far we push it but it will be capable of running a race fuel and be turned up a bit more,” concluded Esnaola.
So if you want to try your luck at being the proud new owner of this engine, register free here at the Steve Morris Engines site.