Chevrolet Performance 427 LS7 505 hp armed engine. Ford Performance Aluminator Coyote 580 hp armed engine. Chevrolet Performance LT4 650 hp armed engine. Chevrolet Performance LT5 755 hp armed engine.
The Ford Flathead V8 is widely regarded as the “ancestor of the entire American V8 scene. The engine was launched in 1932 and, with its performance at all costs, was unlike anything the world had seen at the time. It was designed by Carl Schmaltz, Ray Lard and Mil Zoerlein. It was simple, with poured babbit-type main bearings, 21-head studs, two water pumps, and a belt for the generator and fan.
For Hot Rods, Street Rods and everyday drivers, nothing beats the tried and true Chevy small block Gen I engine. This engine has been a staple for project car builders since its inception. The small size and decent power range have endeared it to the automotive community that has powered every type of vehicle imaginable. The Beatnik Bandit had a 5-liter V8 engine equipped with a GMC supercharger.
This was clearly visible, since the car did not have a hood covering the powertrain. The car also had a bubble cabin that gave the hot rod a unique and futuristic look. In the 1930s, Duesenburg was producing a 400hp supercharged engine that ran so smooth that it could support nickels in the car's fender. Although its design was not groundbreaking, the classic car had everything you could want from a classic hot rod.
The California Kid has been used in several movies and TV shows, making it one of the most famous hot rods in the world. The first-generation Chevrolet Camaro and, to a lesser extent, the Pontiac Firebird are some of the most popular cars of all time. Using the time-tested ZZ4 short block assembly, the GM HOT Cam is added, which was developed by GM Motorsports for the LT1 and LT4 engines used in exhibition road racing. Designed and built by Aaron Brown, the Hot Rod is based on the 1939 Ford pickup he managed to find in Texas.
Rounding out the 430 hp long block are GM Performance fast-burning cylinder heads with all components combined for use with the HOT Cam. Meanwhile, the Oldsmobile 442 and Pontiac GTO were now available with a large 455 block, and Buick would introduce the 1970 GSX, a high-performance package with 455 horsepower for its popular Gran Sport. Hot rods aren't meant to be practical or even sporty, but are designed from the ground up to make a statement. The HOT Cam specifications were developed to ensure long-term valve train durability along with a wide and responsive torque curve.
While many throughout history have been forgettable, some have completely influenced how engines are built today, changing the game for the automotive industry and the hot rodder scene. Designed by Boyd Coddington, the French Connection is one of the most elegant and unique hot rods of all time. This classic hot rod is more on the elegant side of things with a classic black body and a silver hood cut out with elegant silver stripes. No matter what type of hot rod, street rod, or everyday driver you have, Pace Performance has a very affordable armored engine solution for driving down the road, throwing some traction in an autocross, or just showing off at a car show.
As the most expensive hot rod in the world, the Deuce Roadster is one of the most iconic vehicles in existence today.