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Chevy IndyCar Street Engine - Horsepower!

A race car engine in street car clothes. You won't believe how much power this little thing makes.

By , Photography by Ed Taylor

214ci, 700HP Chevy IndyCar Street Engine
Jerry Magnuson, Ventura, CA
And now for something really different. Jerry Magnuson, owner of Magnuson Products, the supercharger company that markets the trick aftermarket Eaton blowers we all love, has a '54 Corvette that just needed a little boost to make it interesting. His friend Ryan Falconer, the man behind the Falconer V-12 Indycar engine you may have heard about, was one of the original engine builders involved with the '02 Chevy IndyCar race engine program. Falconer had a few of these 214ci Indycar engines at his shop that he had converted from their original methanol-fueled race configurations into 560hp, 98-octane street engines, still utilizing much of the original engine architecture. These street engines utilized the smaller, 112 Eaton positive-displacement supercharger, so Magnuson, being the inveterate car crafter that he is, upgraded his engine to a larger 122 blower that now makes a solid 700 hp. This is the rear view of the engine, because frankly, it's the most interesting side, since the front covers contain the drive mechanism for the dual overhead cams (DOHC) and no accessory drive. The driver side of the engine mounts a small water pump and alternator driven off the same shaft with a starter motor squeezed in there as well.

A. Chevy Indycar Drivetrain
Falconer builds the custom aluminum adapter that connects the blower to a drive between the engine and flywheel. This particular transmission is a Getrag six-speed originally used in a BMW sedan. The clutch is a tiny, Tilton three-disc carbon-fiber unit.

B. Chevy Indycar Induction
What is difficult to see under the Falconer intake manifold is a slightly larger-than-stock Magnuson 122 High Helix supercharger that is beltdriven off the crankshaft. Magnuson built the adapter for the intake manifold to use a GM 90mm electronic throttle body. The original race engines were normally aspirated and made roughly 700 hp on methanol.

C. Electronics
The small wiring pigtail exiting the valve cover is about all you can see of the distributorless ignition system and coil-near-plug arrangement that's hidden underneath that shiny aluminum cover. The EFI is controlled with a MoTeC engine management computer to give Magnuson all the control he needs to put the reins on this ex-race engine.

D. Long-Block
This engine was part of a brand-new V-8 design for IRL IndyCar racing for the '02 season. The aluminum block houses a 3.66-inch bore and a wrist-flicking 2.534-inch stroke to create a mere 214 ci. The engine utilizes a 180-degree crankshaft instead of the more normal 90-degree configuration. In an effort to reduce internal friction, it uses a tiny 2.10-inch main bearing and 1.7-inch rod journal diameters. The qualifier race piston weight measured a mere 330 grams. This is a DOHC arrangement with a centrally located spark plug with four valves per cylinder. The entire engine only weighs roughly 350 pounds, and even with the trans, the whole package is less than 500 pounds.

E. Lubrication
Daily Engineering produced the dry-sump oiling system mounted on the passenger side of the engine. The water pump, alternator, and starter motor are in roughly the same place on the opposite side of the engine.

Car
Magnuson plans to put this engine and trans in a red '54 Corvette that will be fitted with a complete Art Morrison chassis with a three-link rear suspension and a 9-inch. Making this engine look even wilder is the lack of accessory drives on the front to make it distinctly different from any engine compartment. When Magnuson finishes this car, we'll be sure to include some photos.

Power Curve
RPM TQ HP
4,000 397 302
4,500 414 355
5,000 423 403
5,500 441 462
6,000 446 510
6,500 445 551
7,000 450 600
7,500 464 663
8,000 460 701
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39 comments
Nawfal Alkaabi
Nawfal Alkaabi

اريد واحد مثله اصبح بي من الصبح وعلى السلولي

Steve Staples
Steve Staples

Weiand old school Action Plus Ford 289-302 intake #8011...

Cody Allen
Cody Allen

Caleb Kirk new S-10 power plant !!!!

Thomas Smith
Thomas Smith

id like to have this for my firebird lol

Luis Matías
Luis Matías

I have never seen a chevy powered funny car

Chris Wray
Chris Wray

Rocking lt1with cam and airflow research heads baby

Luis Matías
Luis Matías

NHRA is all about John Force and you guys are cheesy chevy s.

John Lyons
John Lyons

Edelbrock torquemaster! Low rise single plane baby!!! Lol

Spence Myers
Spence Myers

Air gap ported to match heavily ported 318 #302 heads.

MotocrosDale Lee
MotocrosDale Lee

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Karl Loper
Karl Loper

I'm sucking air with Victor Jr on my 302 and a low rise dual quad on my SBC.

Ryan Mcanally
Ryan Mcanally

no such thing everthing blows no such thing as as sucking

Scott Marot
Scott Marot

The same Falconer that made 12 cyl aircraft engines for replica P-51 mustangs?

Bill McBath
Bill McBath

just puled this out of the van,,, lol

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