Back when Lingenfelter Performance Engineering first announced their Eliminator Spec Series engines, we all knew something special would be coming. When LPE’s first Eliminator LS7 began to lay down 800 naturally-aspirated horsepower and dominate the USCA, we learned just how special. However, LPE is back again with yet another horsepower monster: the Eliminator Spec R 454. Still based on the LS7, this high-displacement small block V8 churns out 820 horsepower and 645 ft-lbs of torque.
In order to turn a 427-cubic inch LS7 into an Eliminator Spec R 454, LPE has rebuilt the engine from the ground up. The block is blueprinted as a 454 and then sleeved, before being filled with a set of Eliminator Series rods and pistons. An Eliminator Series stroker crankshaft has also been fitted, and the factory heads have gotten CNC ported. Unlike the carbon intake found on the other LS7 builds, the Eliminator Spec R 454 motors are fitted with a Holley High Ram intake.
Not unlike the other Eliminator LS7 build we’ve seen from LPE, this motor has proved rather successful at the racetrack. Formula Drift driver Dirk Stratton was able to secure a Pro2 class victory last weekend with his Eliminator Spec R 454-powered Corvette C6, which is the same car seen in the announcement video. Jake Rozelle, another LPE sponsored driver, has also managed to have quite the successful season with his LPE LS7-powered C5 Corvette in the GTL Class of the USCA.
This new big-block Chevy from Lingenfelter Performance Engineering is ludicrously powerful for an N/A motor, which is refreshing in this age of forced-induction. As much fun as a Hellcat or GT500 might be, there is no replacement for displacement. LPE hasn’t released any pricing information for this new motor, but we’re sure that there will be more than a few muscle car owners willing to pony up for the experience. I mean, just listen to the damn thing.