Barrett-Jackson 2011: GM auctions off first LSX454R crate engine *UPDATE: W/Video

General Motors LSX454R crate engine at Barrett-Jackson – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's not just cars and trucks that are auctioned off each and every year at Barrett-Jackson. For instance, General Motors decided to roll out its latest crate engine, the LSX454R, in front of the crowds in Scottsdale, and proceeds will be donated to the American Heart Association.

Of course, this is no ordinary motor. In fact, at 750 horsepower, the LSX454R is the most powerful engine General Motors has ever offered for sale... and that includes all the barn-storming engines of the Gods the automaker let out in the heyday of the muscle car era.

The 13:1 compression ratio of this engine means it's meant for racing applications and 110-octane fuel, so don't go getting any ideas of the LSX454R under the hood of a shiny new Camaro. Instead, expect to see it occupying the engine bays of 9-second bracket racers at a quarter-mile near you in no time flat.

Check out the official auction listing here, and head on over to Speed to watch live streaming coverage of all the festivities.

*UPDATE: Check out a video of the auction after the break.

2011 General Motors LSX454R Crate Engine at Barrett-Jackson 2011
2011 General Motors LSX454R Crate Engine at Barrett-Jackson 2011
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