The LT5 engine is no stranger to Corvette enthusiasts, and thanks to the efforts of GM, Mercury Racing and MerCruiser, a division of Mercury Marine who built the high-revving engine for Corvette consumption, many high-performance boating aficionados were well aware of the engine’s capabilities. Mercury’s engine building expertise was recognized again in 1990 when General Motors collaborated with Mercury Marine to produce an all-aluminum 5.7-liter LT5 engine for the Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1. The LT5-powered ZR-1 went on to break a 50 year-old FIA. 31/07/2017 · Mercury Racing, the high-performance division of Fond du Lac—Wisconsin-based marine engine manufacturer Mercury Marine—is getting back into car engines. If you think it’s weird for a boat company to build car engines, Mercury Marine built the LT5 V-8 that powered the C4 Corvette ZR1. Mercury.
5 Historic Mercury Marine Engines. Boating enthusiasts across the globe are familiar with the Mercury Marine name. Mercury Marine is the world’s top leading manufacturer of marine engines; they are to boating and marine powersports as what Toyota is to today’s auto industry. Thanks to Mercury Marine's generosity, the legendary LT5 was born along with the C4 ZR-1. One heck of an engine for its time The LT5 was based on the L98 V8 that powered the standard C4 Corvette. Owing to GM's target in creating the fastest production sports car, the L98 didn't fit the bill for the ZR-1. 04/12/2017 · With only a few thousand motors needing assembly, GM felt a retooling of their facilities was somewhat trivial. Mercury Marine had a long history of building quality engines, and were very proficient in aluminum engine components, making a perfect partnership for the all-aluminum LT5. 01/08/2017 · Younger enthusiasts may not recognize the Mercury Marine or Mercury Racing names, but in the 1990s, Mercury Marine made a name for itself in car circles. It became the official engine supplier for the Chevrolet C4 Corvette ZR-1. That car used a 5.7-liter dual-overhead cam LT5 V-8 engine that produced 375 horsepower, and the entire. 21/01/2009 · 440 ci LT5 stroker built by Haibeck Automotive.
22/08/2017 · The Mercury Racing division of Mercury Marine has been developing performance engines for both marine and land-based motorsports ever since company founder Carl Kiekhaefer dominated NASCAR, winning 80 percent of the races he entered between 1955 and 1957. Mercury Racing people, capabilities, and facilities are recognized through ISO 9000 and EU RCD certifications. Dressed to Thrill. SB4 7.0 engines are sold as turn-key, ready to run engines. This includes a Mercury Racing engine control system and custom styled engine cover with SB4 7.0 cover graphics. Group Lotus’ input for that project centered around the development of the LT5 engine, a dual overhead-camshaft, aluminum-block V8 powerplant that had many different features than the traditional small-block Chevrolet engine that powered Corvettes up until its development. The engines were produced and assembled by Mercury Marine.
But this engine was originally developed by Mercury Racing, a division of Mercury Marine, to power massive off-shore speedboats. To be sure, it is a little on the stocky side — measuring almost 33 inches from cam cover to cam cover — and it tips the scales at 660 pounds stripped naked. The Chevrolet Corvette C4 is a sports car produced by American automobile manufacturer Chevrolet from 1983 to 1996. The convertible returned, as did higher performance engines, exemplified by the 375 hp 280 kW LT5 found in the ZR-1. 27/12/2016 · The first one, also called LT5, was built by Mercury Marine for use in the 1990 to 1995 ZR-1, a low-volume, high-performance version of the fourth-generation C4 Corvette. The car the new LT5 engine is slated to power may represent just as radical a departure from tradition as the engine itself. 15/09/1988 · Without Mercury Marine, a company known for its boat motors, the 385 horsepower LT5 engine powering the Corvette ZR-1 never might have seen the light of day. Who would have blinked if Chevy had scrapped the program, telling us costs were too high for GM to develop all-aluminum engine expertise for a small- volume production item? 14/08/2018 · The result is a naturally aspirated LS-based engine that spins to 8,000 rpm and produces 750 horsepower. Chevrolet relies on a supercharger to get the same output for the LT5 engine in the Corvette ZR1. Ironically, Mercury Marine was tasked with assembling the very first ZR1 engine, also a DOHC V-8, back in the early 1990s..
08/05/2018 · In This Episode 119, we discuss the differences of standard Big Block engines with pushrods as well as the awesome 860 HP - 1750 HP Mercury QC4V's and where the QC4V was possibly born from almost 30 years ago. Mercury did build them for Chevrolet back in the day for the 1990. Neat little time capsule video on the Mercury Marine built Corvette LT-5. 01/01/2018 · With the Corvette’s base 350ci L98 rated at 245 hp, the 350ci LT5 started with 375 hp and reached 405 hp in 1993. The first LT5 remains the Corvette’s only double overhead cam, 4-valve-per-cylinder engine, and was manufactured under contract by Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Oklahoma. LT5 CORVETTE ZR1 INFORMATION. The LT5 engine was available 90-95 Corvette. The ZR1 engine sported an all aluminum block and cylinder heads, DOHC Dual Overhead Cams, and 32 valves 4 per cylinder. The LT5 had a super high redline and broad power band, making it the fastest production vehicle of it's time. Engineered in the UK but produced and assembled in Stillwater Oklahoma by specialty engine builder Mercury Marine, the all-aluminum LT5 shared only the 4.4 inch bore spacing with any previous sbc engine. It does not have reverse cooling and is generally not considered a small block Chevrolet.
Chevrolet actually subbed the production of the LT5 to Mercury Marine in Stillwater, OK, due to their extensive history and experience in building high performance aluminum engines. It was completely hand-made, and was the only official Corvette engine not built by Chevrolet. The C4 ZR-1 was produced for the model years 1990 to 1995. 03/09/2018 · Marine engine specialist Mercury is building an exotic, Chevy-based dual-overhead-camshaft V-8. That’s the story lead you might have read just about 30 years ago when the company was tasked with assembling the C4 ZR-1’s DOHC LT5 engine. Selected for a. The LT5 was so radical, that GM could not even produce it their selves. It was partially designed by Lotus, but was actually hand build by the Mercury Marine Company in Stillwater Oklahoma. A totally off the wall move by GM, never again done. Now we do have a whole new generation of ZR1s. 17/07/2019 · The ZR-1’s LT5 V-8. Brochure photo from the GM Heritage Center. Neither GM nor Lotus had the ability to construct the ZR-1’s LT5 V-8 in sufficient quantities, so production of the hand-built engine was awarded to Mercury Marine in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
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