Who in the waning days of the 70s woulda thunk that someday you could stroll into virtually any dealership of the Big Three and walk out with an honest to god over 600hp machine that same day. That gets between 15-20 or better mpg on pump gas, and could be expected to go over 100K without doing more than fluids and plugs?It's insane the horsepower that can be achieved these days; It's not uncommon to see street cars with more than 1000 HP under the hood....something that was once only seen in Pro Stockers and the like.
I don't build very many performance engines any more...a few for my own use. But I've got two different friends that run performance engine shops and the work they are turning out these days is mind boggling.
You can buy...literally off the shelf...and all-aluminum 445 cubic inch Ford Cleveland that will put out over 800HP naturally aspirated...for example.
Indeed. I was a red neck hot rodder in the 70s..when the guys that had an honest 400+ HP under the hood were the kinds of the road. The 327-365 in my '57 Chevy was an evil running engine, for example. But it ran like poo on anything less than 100 octane fuel too.We live in the Golden Age of horsepower.