Follow along as Baril Engine Rebuilding in Green Bay, Wisconsin assembles a project engine from Circle Track Magazine.The engine is the heart of any racecar. In the circle track world, that is no different. Follow along as Baril Engine Rebuilding in Green Bay, Wisconsin assembles a project engine from Circle Track Magazine. Based on World Products’ new Pro Light-Weight Small Block Chevy block, the engine will hit the track in Benji LaCrosse’s Modified race car next season.
How Powerful is the Engine?
The engine was placed on the dyno at Motor Masters, where George Forge broke it in and tuned it for max power. The first tests used a Holley 750 carburetor, no spacer plate, and 34 degrees of timing. With the baseline set, Forge first experimented by advancing the timing two degrees at a time. Max power and torque were achieved at 38 degrees. Forge then put various spacer plates on the engine to see what gains he could make. An open one-inch spacer made the engine the happiest, where it maxed out at 544.4 HP at 6,600 rpm and hit a max torque of 495.3 at 5,000 rpm.
What's Next for Project Dirt Modified Engine?
We know it runs. We know it makes power. But will it make it into Victory Lane? Unfortunately, the build was finished a little too late in the race season to install and put into action. However, the short track racing season is just around the corner in Wisconsin. While the ground is covered in the cold white stuff, the engine will be installed into Benji LaCrosse's 2018 racing machine. The plan is to follow along as the engine is installed and document what happens when it finally hits the track.