General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) hit a major milestone this week. The company has built its 100 millionth small block engine, which is 56 years after the first production small block was made. The small block engine was introduced by Chevy in 1955.
?The small block is the engine that brought high-performance to the people,? stated Automotive Research founder David Cole, whose father Ed Cole was the chief engineer at Chevrolet and oversaw development of the first small block engine. ?There is an elegant simplicity in its design that made it instantly great when new and enables it to thrive almost six decades later.?
The milestone is a 638-horsepower supercharged LS9 small block that will be powering a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. That small block was hand-built at the GM Performance Build Center in northwest Detroit. GM is investing over $1 billion into production facilities that is associated with building small-block units.