NELSON RACING ENGINES DEBUTS 1,500 HP V8 CRATE ENGINE

The new twin-turbo 427 cubic-inch V8 is their most affordable yet

V8 Crate Engine

Horsepower has never been more accessible than it is today. Walk into your local Toyota dealership and you can buy a Camry that has more power under the hood than a Ferrari 348 ever had. There are muscle cars for sale right now that rival the power outputs of the world’s fastest supercars, that also happen to cost less than six-figures. Automakers even sell an extensive number of crate motors with a wide range of power outputs, giving gearheads a chance to bring some serious performance to their project cars. But what if you are someone who isn’t satisfied by even the most powerful offerings coming from said automakers? We’d like to introduce you to Nelson Racing Engines and their new 427 cubic-inch twin-turbo V8 crate engine.

Nelson Racing Engines has been building some of the most hardcore motors on the market completely in-house since 1996. Located in Chatsworth, California, NRE’s staff does everything from balancing to air flow and dyno testing at their facility. The resulting super-engines that leave the NRE facility are utterly ludicrous, and this new package is no different. The limited-edition 427 cubic-inch twin-turbo V8 crate engine joins NRE’s daily driver series, which are designed with a blend of street-ability and performance in mind. Despite being “streetable”, the figures that the big-bore small block produces blow everything this side of a Veyron away. With pump gas you’ll find a mere 1,100 horsepower under your foot, while race gas brings the total closer to the 1,500 horsepower mark.

So if you think the Hellephant crate engine is a beast, we present you this.

SSC Tuatura’s 5.9L twin-turbo V8 Engine built by Nelson Racing Engines. Photo Courtesy of SSC.

The engine is designed to fit into a number of General Motors products, ranging from the Tri-Five Chevys to a smattering of late-60’s muscle cars like the Camaro and Chevelle. Basically if the car came with a small-block V8, you should be able to adapt the engine mounts for this monstrous example of forced-induction perfection.

Perhaps the most exciting part of this new 427 cubic-inch twin-turbo V8 crate engine relates to its price tag. Nelson Racing Engines has never offered this much performance for so little money, if you can stomach calling $28,999 “little”. While that is certainly a large chunk of change, NRE is the place to go if you want reliable, big power that can actually be used on the street and strip with ease. Considering their products work for the folks at chasing 300mph over at SSC, chances are you’d be happy with that sales price.

SSC TUATARA
2020 SSC Tuatara is powered by a Nelson Racing Engines V8

Written by Lucas Allen

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