GM Small-Block V-8 is Victorious in Daytona Beach General Motors' 50th anniversary of the small-block engine is marked by wins at the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - After 50 years of success, the GM ...
GM Small-Block V-8 is Victorious in Daytona Beach
General Motors' 50th anniversary of the small-block engine is marked by wins at the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - After 50 years of success, the GM small-block engine continues to deliver winning horsepower and performance after back-to-back Daytona wins in the last two weeks. Jeff Gordon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday while Max Angelelli, Wayne Taylor and Emmanuel Collard scored Pontiac's second consecutive win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Feb. 6.
"Our victories in Daytona continue the winning legacy of GM's small-block engine," said Mark Kent, director, GM Racing. "Its performance on the race track demonstrates the enduring power of the design."
Since its introduction in 1955, the GM small-block has powered more winning race cars and won more championships than any other engine in American motorsports. The small-block V-8 made its debut in the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air by pacing the Indianapolis 500 and scored its first NASCAR win the same year.
The small-block V-8 also has a home in today's GM production vehicles. This year GM introduced the Gen IV small-block V-8 which is available in V-8-equipped models of the 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT, GMC Envoy XL, Envoy XUV, Pontiac Grand Prix GXP, and it will also become available in the 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Impala. A 6.0-liter V-8 version of the Gen IV engine powers the 2005 Chevrolet Corvette, and a 500 horsepower 7.0-liter version will be found in the soon-to-be released 2006 Corvette Z06.
GM Powertrain estimates that by the end of the 2005 model year, more than 90 million small-block-based engines will have been produced. That represents 27 billion in total horsepower.