Chevrolet Performance has long dominated the crate engine space. Thanks to the architecture of its small block V8 engines, people put them in everything from race cars, to Datsuns. But with Ford and Mopar recently flexing their muscle with the Godzilla V8 and Hellephant crate engines, respectively, GM had to do respond in kind. And they’ve done just that with the all-new 10.4L ZZ632 crate engine. The numbers are staggering: 1,004 horsepower, 876 lb-ft, and 7,000 RPM through a cast iron big block. No forced induction, and no replacement for displacement. Just an absolute battle axe of an engine. So it comes as little surprise that this factory-backed Hellephant hunter would receive an award at the 2021 SEMA show.
ZZ632 Big Block V8 Crate Engine Overpowers Ford Eluminator To Win SEMA Award
SEMA announced its Best New Products Award winners earlier this week, which is given to the most innovative and cutting-edge aftermarket products that will be consumable in 2022. The awards recognize outstanding achievements in the development of products. In total, there are 16 award categories, and each category has one winner and two runners-up. More than 1,300 products were entered into the 16 different Showcase categories to be considered for a SEMA New Product Award this year. Winners were selected based on factors including superiority of innovation, technical achievement, consumer appeal, marketability, and workmanship.
For the Performance-Street Product category at the 2021 SEMA Show, that award goes to the Chevrolet Performance ZZ632 Crate Engine. The runners up were the BD Diesel Venom CP3 conversion kit for 2019-2020 Cummins Ram trucks, and the Ford Performance Eluminator crate motor (batteries not included).
It’ll be exciting to see people start to do engine swaps with this $38,000+ beast of an engine, and the wait might not be long since Chevrolet Performance recently tasked Hoonigan with installing it into a third-generation Camaro Z/28. To handle all of the power generation from the ZZ632, Chevrolet Performance even developed a special transmission for it, which you can read about here.