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Finally an in-depth book on the LT1/LT4 engine
In 1992, General Motors introduced the LT1 V-8 engine. This upgraded design, based on the traditional (since 1955) small-block V-8, marked a significant step forward for GM, as the engine was designed to be a modern, efficient,
computer-controlled powerplant from the start. This was unlike any other V-8 GM had ever built, and the results were outstanding.
The LT1, along with its more powerful stablemate, the LT4, raised the bar for performance-oriented small-blocks until the introduction
of the LS1 in 1997. The LT1/LT4 engines are powerful, relatively lightweight, and affordable. They powered Chevrolet’s legendary
Impala SS (and thousands of similar police cars), Corvettes, and Camaros and remain viable choices for enthusiasts today.
How to Build Max-Performance Chevy LT1/LT4 Engines investigates every component of these engines, discussing their strong and
weak points and identifying characteristics. Upgrades and modifications for both improved power production and enhanced durability
are described and explained in full. All relevant factory casting numbers are listed. Aftermarket component upgrades for improved
street and track performance are defined clearly and in great detail.
Myron Cottrell pioneered the use of the LT1/LT4 engines in many forms of racing. His personal racing ventures in the SCCA Production
classes were successful, as were his many customers’ experiences with LT1/LT4-powered drag cars and street machines.
There are few engine builders in the country with more LT1/LT4 experience than Cottrell, and the broad range of his talents and
knowledge of these fine engines shines through on every page.
Eric McClellan is a freelance automotive journalist with an eclectic range of gearhead-based interests. He holds a masters degree
and works as a psychotherapist. Eric enjoys everything automotive and tries to get as much seat time as possible. He’s currently
building a first-generation Camaro in the Pro-Touring style for both street and track use.
The 8.5 x 11” softbound book (ISBN: 978-1-934709-50-4) features 136 pages packed with 300 color photos. This October 2012
release may be ordered for $24.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling by calling CarTech at 1-800-551-4754 or by visiting