• Apr 25, 2006


Both General Motors and Ford are making big inroads into the aftermarket world for high-performance parts, and now GM Performance Parts is taking it to the streets-- literally. The company has put together a mobile exhibit of its offerings called the GM Performance Parts Power Shop, which is travelling the country this summer making appearances at various racing and car-oriented events.

One of the stars of the exhibit is a fully-operational display of the GMPP ZZ572 big-block crate engine - 720 hp of off-the-shelf motivation. The drag racing and hot rod-oriented display also features a brand-new drag racing simulator that promises the "full sensory experience of rocketing down the quarter-mile."

The Power Shop debuted this past weekend at "The Year One Experience" at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.

[Source: GM]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      SaveGas,
      People use GM crate engines for applications other than straight line racing. This is not about fuel saving, it's about giving people choices. When it comes to raw PERFORMANCE, how much you same at the pump is not always top of the list.
      If you don't believe me, I suggest you read up on the 1+ million dollar, 1000 HP Veyron, it gets 4 cty/10 hwy and being hailed as one of the greatest cars in history. If given the chance to own, I don't think anyone in their right mind would be concerned about how GREEN it is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Alex- The Toyota Prius blog is at a different URL. While your surfing you should check out the websites for Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook and Cosmo.

      I don't know why a person that doesn't a appreciate a 700hp engine would bother visiting a car enthusiast blog.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Re: 4
      "I its mystifying how GM goes from Think green, Go Yellow to promoting gas guzzling crate engines."

      Jack of all trades, master of none.
      gbh
      • 8 Years Ago
      RW,

      Perhaps I wasn't clear enough...

      All I'm saying is you can build more HP, with all NEW parts for less $. Assembled by a pro builder, and have them put it in a box for you, if it makes you feel better. Next time you go to a racing industry trade show, see how many guys actually would touch one of those things.

      You can build even more HP, with USED parts for FAR less $.

      Please, go buy a 572, then take it apart and mic it out. See what it takes to balance the crank to .25 grams @ 10K RPMs (if it even can, most can't). See what it takes to balance the pistons and rods. See how far off the head volumes are.

      All I'm saying is that if you want a bowtie-pattern powerplant, you can do better for less.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where can you buy 720 hp under $14,000? You see that is the point you can't except for this engine.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "I its mystifying how GM goes from Think green, Go Yellow to promoting gas guzzling crate engines."


      Vinny, Vinny, Vinny,

      As long as it in the crate it's not using any gas at all, these things make great coffee tables with a piece of glass over it it's a real conversation starter. Want to see my 572?
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...it's an extremely stupid car...

      Point well stated by Mr. Miller
      • 8 Years Ago
      Really does fuel injection cost that much?
      Ditch the polluting carburetors.

      Yeah 77hp/liter, in all its noisy cross plane crank majesty L R L L R L R R.
      • 8 Years Ago
      it's pretty lame that every article about Toyota or GM on this site turns into pointless bashing of "tree-hugging Prius owners" and "redneck Chevy owners".
      • 8 Years Ago

      ...They sell kits for adding EFI...

      Agghhadding EFI to an archaic earth rumbling engine is like asking a Bush sipping-confederate flag waving-bible belter to drink Heineken and attend a Torah book club. The two dont simply dont play nice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      First Alex:
      Show me the research methodology. Any research can be conducted with an end-result in mind and, when done so, the result will be exactly as you intended them to be. Even a first-year marketing student could tell you that.

      A little insider information from actual GM buyers:

      1. My wife has 2 Master's degrees and, oddly enough, drives a Hummer H3.
      2. I have 1 Master's degree and, oddly enough, I drive a Corvette Z06. Which, by the way, gets 30MPG on the freeway. What does your M5 get? Of couse, you don't know because you don't have one and because the BMW website doesn't say.
      3. I know it's hard to believe this, but people buy cars and trucks for reasons OTHER THAN YOURS.


      The bottom line is that any marketing firm can make any claim that their product is inspired by something people respect. ie: "space-age technology" or "inspired by F1 racing". Those claims mean absolutely nothing. Of course, if you're buying an F1 car or a space shuttle it might mean something. But we're talking about a 720hp motor made for hard-core 1/4-mile drag racing that will kick the living crap out of any M5 out there. If you don't believe me, buy me one and we'll try it out.


      • 8 Years Ago

      ...They sell kits for adding EFI...

      Agghhadding EFI to an archaic earth rumbling engine is like asking a Bush sipping-confederate flag waving-bible belter to drink Heineken and attend a Torah book club. The two dont simply dont play nice.
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