For all you Circle Track racers out there, today we're highlighting a phenomenal engine for all your needs, the CT350 (Part # 19258602). For information on where to source a CT350 in your area, motor over to Chevrolet Performance! Featured in the all-new 2013 Chevrolet Performance Parts Catalog (available for download here), here's a brief description of this fantastic crate engine:
"Chevrolet Performance's CT350 delivers 350 horsepower from a classic 350 cubic-inch combination. It’s just the thing budget-conscious racers can depend on for competitive performance and low-maintenance durability.
The CT350 is based on the popular 350 HO high-performance street crate engine, including a stout four-bolt-main block and Vortec-style iron cylinder heads. The Vortec heads and unique dual-pattern camshaft help deliver more than 300 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,000 rpm and hold it above that mark through 5,500 rpm – it peaks at 390 lb.-ft. at 3,800 rpm. With that much pulling power, you can hold a gear longer, keeping the engine in its sweet spot for quicker laps.
We complete the CT350 with an 8-quart Circle Track racing oil pan,balancer, HEI distributor and an aluminum high-rise, dual-plane intake manifold. Add your carburetor, starter, spark plugs, wires and water pump – all available at ChevroletPerformance.com – and you’ll be ready to roll into the winner’s circle!"
We also took some time out to talk CT350 with resident Circle Track guru, Mr. Bill Martens, who had the following to say:
"The CT350 is a production based 350 that uses our tried and true cast iron, four-bolt 350 base engine and cast iron vortex heads. It’s very efficient, powerful, durable and really supplies a lot of bang for the buck. It’s probably one of the best values – dollar per horsepower and longevity – in our portfolio.
With a carburetor, exhaust headers and a few other small parts you can go racing in no time. It’s not what most people would consider being a true, high-RPM “race engine,” but it is incredibly competitive in its class. It’s a true workhouse – and most racers can get 2-5 years out of these engines before major service is required."