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THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD - 515HP HOLDEN 253

By Scott Taylor, 17 Nov 2014 Dyno

Holden’s 253ci V8 has never been at the top of anyone’s wish list, but maybe that will change after watching this video

THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD - 515HP HOLDEN 253

WITH A capacity of just 4.2-litres, Holden’s 253ci V8 is one of the smallest of the old-school bent eights and it has never been at the top of anyone’s wish list. But maybe that will change after watching this video.

James “Cracka” Rees has a lot of love for Holden’s little screamer and he’s campaigned one in the burnout scene for years. In a highly competitive world full of 8-litre monsters his little Holden V8 makes a good accounting of itself and he’s finished on the podium at several high profile burnout events – including a third place at Summernats 23.

To give the 253 a few more cubes they bored it out massively and offset ground the crank which gives it a capacity of 292ci and with some quality go fast goodies the engine cranked up 515hp on the dyno at Powerhouse engines recently.

So if you’ve got a 253 or two hiding under the bench maybe it’s time to drag it out and have a play. What’s the worst that could happen?

Look for James and his small cube hero to hit the track again shortly. It’s should be a cracker!

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