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Are aluminum block engines good?

Are aluminum block engines good?

So while an aluminum block doesn’t provide a performance benefit in terms of horsepower, it lightens the overall engine package and provides more ways to optimize the car while meeting the minimum weight for the class you’re running in.

Did Chevy make an aluminum small block?

Because durability was such a serious issue, in the early years development work went into durability. Eventually, the aluminum SBC reached optimum development and priced itself out of racing and didn’t contribute any parts that went into production engines. A special team at Chevrolet built all of the 377 engines.

What are advantages of an aluminum block?

Lighter: Aluminum engine blocks are lighter than iron blocks, and this not only helps with gas mileage, but reduces excessive wear on the tires as well. It’s also less stressful on the vehicle’s brakes because there’s less weight for it to stop.

When did GM start using aluminum blocks?

We are starting with Gen III as the kickoff for LS based small-blocks as introduced in 1996, and still the go-to V-8 for GM cars and trucks today. The architecture of the LS series makes the aluminum engines nearly as strong as the iron generation I and II engines preceding it.

Do aluminum engine blocks crack?

Billet aluminum engine blocks are made from a different 6061 “aerospace” alloy that is more ductile than A356 or A357, and is highly resistant to cracking under extreme pressure.

Do aluminum blocks warp?

Aluminum is less prone to cracking and warping than cast iron is. It cools down faster, throws heat faster, and is repairable, where cast iron has none of these features.

How strong is an aluminum block?

The 6061 alloy in forged billet blocks is often pressure treated to decrease porosity and increase density. This gives 6061 billet a tensile strength of 60,000 to 70,000 psi, compared to 13,000 to 14,000 psi for A356 cast aluminum.

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