SEMA eNews Vol. 16, No. 49, December 5, 2013

Own a Richard Maskin 700hp Dart LS Engine

By SEMA Editors

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The SEMA Scholarship Engine project—a 700+ hp package based on a Dart LS Next cast-iron block—will be offered on eBay beginning December 12, 2013.
   

The SEMA Scholarship Engine project—a 700+ hp package based on a Dart LS Next cast-iron block—will be offered on eBay beginning December 12, 2013.

Dart’s unique LS Next block evolved from the popular LS Series engine family introduced by General Motors in 1997. This aftermarket iteration incorporates a number of unique features, the most noticeable being a redesigned bottom end (non Y-block) with improved oil control and a reduction in windage. It also utilizes six head bolts per cylinder and four-bolt steel main caps. A pair of CNC-ported Dart Pro1 aluminum cylinder heads will be employed in the SEMA Scholarship engine.

Heading the SEMA build team is Dart’s Richard Maskin, who has been the engine builder/crew chief for several NHRA National Points Championship-winning efforts in Pro Stock. Maskin has developed a 434-cid engine combination that is dyno-proven to generate in excess of 700 hp utilizing a single four-barrel carburetor on pump gasoline.

Components from a number of highly respected aftermarket firms are being used in the build. They include Allstar Performance, ARP, ATI, Callies, Champion, Clevite, Comp Cams, Dart, Diamond, Fel-Pro, Hedman Hedders, Holley, Joe Gibbs Driven, Melling, Meziere, Moroso, MSD, PowerMaster, Total Seal and Trend.

The engine will be finished to the requirements of the buyer, whether it’s to be used for racing or the street.

For additional information on the SEMA Scholarship Engine project, or to get involved in the eBay sale, go to www.SEMAengine.com.

SEMA’s scholarships are awarded to university, two-year college and trade school students pursuing a career in the automotive industry. There is also a Loan Forgiveness Program to help retire student debt that’s available to employees of SEMA member companies. For information on applications go to www.SEMA.org/scholarships. The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is a recognized 501(3) charity and the purchase price of the engine may be tax deductible (verify with your CPA or tax preparer).

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