History the LS way…

Posted on December 30, 2013

The GM LS engine is an engine design intended solely as the only V-8 engine used in General Motors’ line of rear-wheel-drive cars and trucks.

The LS series was a “clean sheet” design with very little in common in terms of shared parts with the classic Chevrolet small block v-8, although its basic design layout owes a good deal to the essential concept of Ed Cole’s original small-block design of 1954-55. There have been ‘all aluminum’ versions of the LS line made, especially the performance oriented engines, while all others are cast iron, and all LS engines have a six-bolt main.

The LS engine has been the only engine used in the Chevy Corvette since 1997, and has been used in many other General Motors vehicles, ranging from sport coupes like the Camaro to full size trucks. Due to the engines relatively compact external dimensions compared to its displacement and power output, the engine family is also a popular choice for kit cars, hot rods, buggies, and even light aircraft. If you are in the market for an LS1 High Performance Engine, contact Golen High Performance Engines of Hudson, NH. They can take an LS1 crate engine, and    then build exactly what you need to snap your head back into the headrest!

    When introduced in the 1997 Corvette, the LS1 was rated at 345 hp at 5,600 rpm and 350 lb·ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. After improvements to the intake and exhaust manifolds in 2001, the rating improved to 350 hp and 365 lbf·ft. The LS1 was used in the Corvette from 97-04. It was also used in 98-02 GM F-Body (Camaro & Trans Am) cars with a rating of 305–325+ HP, which was rumored to be conservative. The extra horsepower was claimed to come from the intake ram-air effect available in the SS and WS6 models. In Australia, continuous modifications were made to the LS1 engine throughout its lifetime, reaching 382 bhp in the HSV’s  YII series, and a Callaway modified version named “C4B” was fitted to HSV GTS models producing 402 bhp.  These models were street rockets!  However, these are all factory specs, and if you want superpower just give us guys at Golen engine a call. We can build a power plant for you ranging from mild to wild, so, if you need a beast of an engine, Golen High Performance Engines is the company to call!! We can be reached at 800-591-9171.