Believe it or not, Circle Track racing is quite popular, so much in fact that Chevrolet Performance has created an engine specifically based on the needs of racers. We caught wind of this phenomenal powerplant on the TheBLOCK.com where it was recently highlighted. According to the Chevrolet Performance Parts Catalog, “Chevrolet Performance’s CT350 delivers 350 horsepower from a classic 350 cubic-inch combination. It’s just the thing budget-conscious racers can depend on for competitive performance and low-maintenance durability.”
TheBLOCK.com continued, “This brand-new, factory-sealed racing engine is based on the popular Fast Burn 385-horsepower street crate engine, but includes a racing-only 8-quart circle track oil pan, with dual kick-out design, along with a valve cover breather kit and special ‘kool nut’ rocker arm design. The assembly also includes an open-plenum high-rise intake manifold and 1.5:1-ratio aluminum roller rockers.”
Since this gem is based on the 350 Fast Burn engine, the 350/400 racing engine includes a bulletproof bottom end, which is anchored by a forged steel crankshaft and hypereutectic pistons. This not only creates a fortified bottom end but also keeps the cost down which translates to a lower overall purchase price. The 23-degree cylinder heads are Fast Burn that enable tremendous power in the small-block thanks in part to a unique chamber design that quickly and completely burns all of the air/fuel mixture.
TheBLOCK.com explained more of what makes the CT350 crate engine so unique, “The CT350 is based on the popular 350 HO high-performance street crate engine, including a stout four-bolt-main block and Vortec-style iron cylinder heads. The Vortec heads and unique dual-pattern camshaft help deliver more than 300 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm and hold it above that mark through 5,500 rpm – it peaks at 390 lb/ft at 3,800 rpm. With that much pulling power, you can hold a gear longer, keeping the engine in its sweet spot for quicker laps.”
You’d be hard-pressed to get more performance punch from a similar engine at this price point. What’s more, most racers get 2-5 years out of these workhorses making them highly reliable. If you’d like to learn more about this particular engine combination or any other of the Chevrolet Performance line of parts, accessories or complete crate engines, make sure to log on to ChevroletPerformance.com.