GM News Release

LAS VEGAS — Beginning early next year, weekend warriors with a need for speed will find that owning a GM Performance Parts LS1-V8 engine for custom car and hot rod applications is only a few mouse clicks away from reality on the General Motors Service Parts Operations (SPO) Internet Web site at

The GM Motorsports factory-produced LS1-V8 utilizes the same technology as the Vortec Red, which was named the official 2000 season engine of the ASA ACDelco Challenge Series on July 10. The announcement of the Vortec Red’s selection as the official engine of the ASA heralded the introduction of electronic timing and fuel injection to the ASA.

"The GM factory-produced LS1-V8 demonstrates GM's commitment to prove that today's high-performance street engines have the reliability, durability and sheer power to compete in a very economical way in the highly competitive world of stock car racing," says Michael Fellberg, GM SPO’s General Product Manager. "The tight-build tolerances of the LS1, combined with the accuracy of electronic controls, means a greater emphasis on ASA driver ability, not the ability to purchase horsepower, creating a highly competitive motorsport venue that truly can be called ‘stock.’

The GM Performance Parts street-modified version of the Camaro/Firebird LS1-

V8, which will be available online in early 2000, comes complete with fuel injectors, exhaust manifolds, flex plate, ECM and a wiring harness that enables easy installation on any 1975 or earlier vehicle with four-speed automatic transmissions. The engine features an aluminum block and cylinder heads with a 10.25:1 compression ratio, rated at 320 horsepower at 5800 RPM and 330 foot-pounds of torque at 4400 RPM.

In the first quarter of 2000, ordering the LS1-V8--and other GM Performance Parts, including new crate engines like the 383 Vortec for trucks, the 350 HO Deluxe, Fast Burn 385 and current ZZ Small-Block partial engines and 502/502 just to name a few — will be as simple as visiting the GM Performance Parts area within to download a list of GM Performance Parts Authorized Centers from which to order these engines and parts for vintage street rods, street machines or competition vehicles.

SPO, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Mich., markets automotive replacement parts and accessories worldwide under the GM and ACDelco brand names. SPO also provides inventory consultation and recommendations for improvements in parts, accessories and service manufacturing under the GM Parts and GM Goodwrench Service Plus banners. For more information, visit the GM Goodwrench Service Plus Web site at and the ACDelco Web site at


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