A Ferrari 458 engine bought on eBay helped Chevrolet learn more about flat-plane V8s

To help develop the Corvette Z06’s “LT6” V8, engineers purchased an unseen F136 engine on eBay.

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Benchmarking is a common practice in the automotive industry. When developing something new, a manufacturer often buys a competing product and then tears it down to see what it can learn. In 2014, however, it seems like it was a bit too early in the development life of Chevrolet’s C8 Corvette Z06-related LT6 V8 to justify buying a whole car, so instead engineers n only bought one engine. Specifically, a 4.5-liter V8 from a crashed Ferrari 458 Italia.

Before Chevy created the LT6, a flat V8 with a high redline was uncharted territory for the company. Featuring a flat crankshaft and 9000 rpm redline, Maranello’s ‘F136 F’ was ideal. Such a powertrain isn’t the easiest thing to get, so the engineering team had to buy an unseen sight of it from Poland via eBay.

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Jordan Lee, the LT6 project’s chief engineer, told The Drive that the team “didn’t know how legit the $25,000 transaction was,” but luckily the pallet containing the engine turned out very well. went well. The destination? It was sent directly to the General Motors development center in Pontiac, Michigan. We would like to know what the seller thought printing the address label for this.

Points of interest for the engine included the small size of the bearings and Ferrari’s methods of isolating items such as the electronics from the potentially damaging vibrations associated with a high-revving flat-plane engine. C8’s chief engineer, Tadge Juechter, said the study had inspired: “lots of improvements in the way we did [developing the LT6].”

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Chevrolet would later get their hands on an entire 458 to compare the Z06, later switching to the twin-turbocharged 488. As Motor Trend reported last year, the team ended up selling it and buying another 458, preferring the “more soulful character.” of its naturally aspirated engine.

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The LT6 is a whole liter bigger than the F156, and with 670 hp on tap, around 100 hp more powerful. The redline is a bit lower, but still way higher than GM’s 8600 rpm crossplane V8s. Additionally, the LT6 and F156 feature dry-sump lubrication setups, helping the engine stay well-oiled even in tight corners on the track.

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As for what it’s like to live for the driver, we’ll have to wait for the reviews to come out later this year. Judging by the first driving reports, anyone who gets behind the wheel should be in for a treat.