Best Machine, Warren, MIBest Machine of Warren, Michigan, has a reputation for tweaking killer power numbers from the big-block Chrysler engine. Having the experience of racing these engines certainly helped engine builders Chuck Millen and Pete Costa tune their entry to the second highest power numbers of the contest. At more than 746 hp and 652 lb-ft of torque, this engine would be a blast in a street car and has the power to propel a well-prepped B-body well into the 9s in the quarter-mile. Best Machine finished fourth.
Mopar Engines West, Newark, CaWhile the key to winning our engine challenge is making the most power per dollar, the guys from Mopar Engines West obviously wanted to set the power standard for our competition. While the price of their parts cost them a win, we were certainly impressed by the raw power this engine made. Like any good engine builders, Rich Nedbal, David Timmons, and David's daughter, Angie, concentrated on incremental power gains in multiple areas, netting an impressive 761 hp and 656 lb-ft of torque.