DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 17, 2002) -- The General Motors LS6 V8 used in the Chevrolet Corvette has been approved by Grand American Road Racing Association for use in the Daytona Prototypes class. The engine, submitted for approval by Total Engine Concepts, is being allowed a maximum displacement of 5.5 liters. Engine RPMs are limited to 7,000 and maximum compression ration is set at 10.5:1.
"With the approval of the LS6, the Daytona Prototypes have a pretty good selection of engines to choose from," Grand American's Dave Watson said. "This five and a half liter two-valve is the biggest engine so far. Then we've got the six-cylinder Porsche at the other end with the BMW and TRD V8s in between. All of these engines can do the job. They will just each do it a different way."
Total Engine Concepts is the engine builder for the Mosler Automotive whose MT900R has been competing in the Rolex Sports Car Series and around the world for the past two seasons. According to TEC's Mike Kovacs the new Daytona Prototype engine shares a lot with the Mosler powerplant. "There is two years of knowledge from running the Mosler in the U.S. and Europe that went into this engine," he noted.
Kovacs added that he has had discussions with Max Crawford of Crawford Race Cars and Robert Chase of Chase Competition Engineering about using the engine in their cars, but no firm orders have been placed as yet. Customers interested in the LS6 engine from TEC can call Kovacs at (561) 842-2813 for more information.
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