Back in 2010, Chevrolet launched a unique program called the Corvette Engine Build Experience. This program gave do-it-yourselfers the chance to build their very own engines for models like the Corvette ZR1 and the Corvette Z06. That’s right, for $5,800, customers got the chance to be a part of the building experience, kind of like those restaurants that let customers help cook their own food. Whether this program needed a more powerful marketing campaign or this guy truly wanted to take part in the experience, Rick Hendrick - one of the world’s foremost experts in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing - recently took the dive into auto manufacturing with a 7.0L 505-horsepower LS7 engine for his Corvette Z06 Carbon Edition.

"As a Chevy enthusiast and lifelong gearhead, having the chance to experience GM’s hand-build engine assembly is a real privilege," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "I want to thank everyone at the Performance Build Center for this opportunity. It’s incredible to spend time with the people here and see first-hand these processes that produce some of the best engines in the world."

After Hendrick completes the engine build, his name will be put on a personalized nameplate that will be added to the engine before it goes to the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky. for installation. Although this does seem to be a marketing ploy to bring more attention to the program, we have to admit that the thought of building our very own engine is pretty enticing. We just didn’t need Hendrick to build his own for us to think so.

Hit the jump for some specs on the Chevrolet 7.0L LS7 engine.

Chevrolet’s 7.0L LS7 engine boasts of the following specifications:

  • 427.8 cube or 7,011 cc
  • 500 HP
  • All Aluminum
  • Larger bore than previous engine, 4.125 in (104.8 mm)
  • Longer stroke than previous engine, 4.00 in (101.6 mm)
  • Forged steel crankshaft and main bearing caps
  • Forged titanium connecting rods
  • Hypereutectic (metallic alloy) pistons
  • CNC-ported aluminum heads with 12-degree valve angles
  • Camshaft delivers 0.591-inch of lift and 230/211 degrees of duration at 0.050
  • Dry-sump oiling system is connected to an 8-quart reservoir mounted in the engine compartment
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  (383) posted on 05.12.2011

Yeah, this is a great opportunity especially to those who love to boost the power for their Corvette. Instead waiting for aftermarket offers, I guess it’s a pleasure to learn on how to build a powerful engine! I guess this is first in the world of auto industry.

  (412) posted on 05.12.2011

Well, eddie its not the point here. This is actually a hands-on program for those Corvette enthusiasts that wants to have an opportunity to build a more powerful engine of their Z06 or ZR1! I think they have started just last year. And imagine, Mr. Rick Hendrick, the owner of MotorSport got interested in the said program!

  (433) posted on 05.9.2011

In configurator, you just choose your own engine but building it with you own is kind of hard especially to those who doesn’t have enough knowledge. So, I don’t think that it would be advisable to use for the customer. I really have a doubt about this thing.

  (613) posted on 05.9.2011

Wow! I think this idea is kind of unique and different for I many of the car company has build the configurator to design your own car but the engine is not included. However, I think its hard to match the different part in order to build a powerful one! Is there any assistance for this?

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