The 7-litre "small block" all aluminium, fuel injected V8ST control spec engine is not a product of a standard mass-production assembly line, but rather, hand built at PBC, [Performance Build Centre] based in MI, USA. Each engine is hand-assembled by a specialist technician, who personally signs off each engine he is responsible for completing. This "State of the art" facility is dedicated to crafting engines for speciality applications, such as our V8 Supertourer's Series, in an environment akin to custom race-engine assembly. Each engine is treated as an individual unit, and each is seen through the assembly process as the responsibility of a dedicated engine builder, whose name is affixed to the engine plate. The engines are subject to rigourous inspection and hot-tested in a 20-minute run cycle upon completion. In the development of the engine, a number of test engines had to survive 300 hours running on an engine dyno with a wide open throttle.
The engines racing roots are also evident in the cylinder block and reciprocating assembly, where an extremely rigid aluminium block casting accommodates large, 104.8-mm-diameter (4.125-inch) cylinder bores, fitted with Hyper-eutectic alloy flat-top pistons. Lightweight titanium connecting rods link the pistons to a precision-balanced forged steel crankshaft with a 101.6-mm (4-inch) stroke. The Titanium con-rods weigh just 480 grams apiece - some 30 percent less than comparable steel rods. The wet liner, high nickel content cast iron cylinder liners, are torque plate-honed to exacting standard's to ensure optimum piston ring seal.
The engine also features 5 axis CNC-ported cylinder heads to ensure both parity and optimum airflow. The cylinder head's also feature Sodium filled exhaust valves and lightweight Titanium inlet valves fed by tunnel-like straight intake runners, although large by production-vehicle standards, the inlet ports are designed to maintain high airflow velocity, providing excellent torque,507 ftlbs at a comparatively low 4,800 rpm and some 575 horsepower at 6,200 rpm.
The 7-liter V8ST engine is complete with an inbuilt dry-sump lubrication systems that recycles the engine oil through an exterior oil cooler into a remote 12 litre oil reservoir and from there back into the engines oil galleries.
The V8ST engine features its own unique accessories drive system, utilising a custom manufactured ATL front damper, and a single high performance serpentine drive belt. The heavy duty 100 amp alternator is mounted as low as possible to further assist the engine's very favourable low Centre of Gravity.
The exhaust system is also unique to V8ST and adds significantly to the engine prestigious power output, whist still complying with New Zealand's maximum of 95DBA noise mandatory requirement.
V8ST General Specs: