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Automobile Magazine was invited into General Motors Performance Build Center to watch and lightly assist in the buildup of a ZR-1's internal combustion heart. It takes four-and-a-half hours of real time to go from a bare block to a fire-breathing, supercharged LS9, but through the magic of sped-up video, it only takes seven minutes of your life. You won't come away with anything productive for that time, unlike the people in the video, who get the pleasure of creating a small-block V8, but it's a neat picture of how it all comes together. We just hope that some other poor sucker gets the motor that the magazine intern fiddled with. Video posted after the jump.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Ahhh... There's Nuthing Better Then Hand made.... That vid. was Crazy Good Nice Music Too...



      09 ZR1 0-60 mph. 3.3-3.4 sec. Top Speed: 205+ mph. Price. $115k.


      P.s. im Not... a Fanboy i just pick the best and go with it.
      The only Automaker i Hate is Ford...
        • 6 Years Ago
        how can you like chrysler over ford?

        and i agree with you bout the zr-1 being best!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Somebody didn't pay attention to what they read. The second person is from Automobile Magazine, note how the seasoned engine builder slows down and explains what he's doing and lets the newbie try it out?

      Say it with me now: R-E-A-D-I-N-G C-O-M-P-R-E-H-E-N-S-I-O-N."

      Thats great. Thumbs up I laughed so hard at that.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 6 Years Ago
      What's so silly is that for the past 50+ years not much for a GM small block has changed, even how they build it. You go through pretty much the same process to build the this as you would a 327 with a 471 blower. Long live the small block!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        Uh, no.

        The LS is an entirely different engine - while it's an evolution of the original small block, it's totally different. The engines that trace their lineage directly back to the 265 all share bore centers, among other details. The LS is a new design.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @HotRodzNKustoms
        I'm with you HotRodz.

        Yeah, as Dan points out, many of the actual parts have changed. But most of them look similar, and the process of putting it together is very similar.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i have been to this shop and the electronic torque wrenches are tied into a computer so they have a record of every bolt and nut as to what torque was applied. the heads are torqued by a computer controlled tool that does all the head bolts at one time and the same for the main caps
      • 6 Years Ago
      That was pretty cool. I love any "how things are made" type video.
      • 6 Years Ago
      what he is basically saying is 1960 called and they watn their engine back...push rods are old news...with the european and asian DOHC v8 doing better then our own we no longer make the best V8s anymore...look at the new M3 or the Q45...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Max, you fail. I'd rather have an LS7 in my car than say, the V10 from the M5, since it has, for one, ridiculous torque across the power band. It is also lighter. And I am fairly certain were the same chassis tested with both engines, the LS7 would get better mileage.
        • 6 Years Ago
        why must you do this?
      • 6 Years Ago
      too bad they didn't show them casting and machining the block and the heads.

      This is kinda boring - just bolting crap together.


      There is a video showing a ferrari v-12 being built - from molten metal to final product.

      Much more interesting.
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