BluePrint Engines has been creating crate engines for over 40 years. With that much experience under its belt, it’s no surprise that the Nebraska-based engine specialist will revel an interesting concept that draws some attention. Well, that’s just what BluePrint did at the recent Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show when it introduced a 3.6L I4 gasoline engine with a GM LS head.
Intended for use in power and forestry equipment, this four-banger has the ability to make around 340 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the proper turbocharger. BluePrint brought his huge I4 to the PRI show to gauge interest and determine its market potential. As it turns out, it seems that market certainly exists for the motor, as the crate engine company has received an overwhelmingly positive response to the concept engine.
For now, there is no price range or plans to put it into production, as the engine is still in the concept phase. However, prospective customers may express interest directly to BluePrint Engines by sending their name, phone and email address to [email protected].
There are a few things that make this 3.6L I4 engine noteworthy. First, it’s relatively large for an inline four-cylinder. Typically, I4 engines displace somewhere in the ballpark of 2.0L, making this concept engine almost twice as large as the average. Secondly, this engine is fitted with a GM LS head, notable because the LS head is designed for a “V” configuration, as opposed to an inline one. Regardless, it would be very interesting to see how this Frankenstein runs.
Though this particular engine is just a concept for now, it can be found with the head from Ford’s 302 (5.0L) V8. That particular gasoline engine is available and EPA-certified, and boasts the ability to run on natural gas, propane or pump gas. This is good news for prospective buyers, as it means it would be less resource-intensive to bring this concept to market, potentially enabling BluePrint to more easily build a business case for it.
BluePrint Engines tell GM Authority that attendees of the PRI show had some interesting ideas about the application of this engine, ranging from Chevy S10 trucks to pontoon boats to early Jeeps. What would you throw this monster of a four-banger in? Sound off in the comments section just below.