Last month’s unveiling of the new Gen 5 LT1 V8 engine to the media was the culmination of five years of hard work and dedication by the small block engineering team lead by Jordan Lee, Chief Engineer and Program Manager for the small block engine family. Jordan has a long history with the fifth-generation small block engine which he recently shared on Faces of GM.
Jordan Lee says his core team of engineers have dedicated the last 5 years to the design and build of the latest Gen 5 small block V8 engine and now their efforts are coming to fruition.
“We’re at the final stages in finishing the development and the validation and the calibration of the engine. We’re in the process now of getting the manufacturing facilities up and running, they have all their equipment installed, they’ll begin to do all their run-offs and their getting ready for volume production which is going to happen 1st quarter next year.” Jordan says in the video. He continues, “The small block to me is so special because it really does have that history and its a heart of the vehicle. The engine is the heart of the vehicle and to be able to keep transforming it from one generation to another and have an unbroken linkage that’s unique in the industry and it’s very special.”
Here is Jordan in his own words from Faces of GM:
The new 6.2L direct injection V8 is estimated to provide 450 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque and 0-60 performance in less than four seconds while exceeding the current Corvette’s EPA-esimated 26 mpg highway fuel economy rating. The new LT1 small block will make its public debut inside the 2014 C7 Corvette on January 13, 2013.
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