The Florida Late Model Challenge Series (FLMCS), formerly known as the Florida Late Model Points Challenge, and the Late Model Sportsman Series recently announced a new engine option for competition in the series. Effective immediately, the Quicksilver 357 CT crate engine was approved for competition in the FLMCS and the Late Model Sportsman Series for the 2020 season.
According to a press release sent out by Tom Whipple, founder of the series, “The Quicksilver 357 motor, it is basically identical to the GM 602, all aftermarket parts are interchangeable, visually you cannot tell them apart.”
Whipple went on to specify; “They are a remanufactured engine sealed by Quicksilver, these motors are assembled in the same factory as the GM motors, they are backed by Mercury and sold through their Quicksilver aftermarket parts division. there is no authorized rebuilder.”
In essence, The Quicksilver 357 CT crate engine basically has the equivalent horsepower and torque as the GM 602 but at slightly lower RPM. “The valve train is designed to be more reliable and last longer than the GM 602,” Whipple added. “It is designed to run on low octane fuel but it will run well on high octane or E85.”
The Quicksilver circle track crate engine program was started in 2016, developed at tracks around the Tennessee area, and have proven themselves in a crate engine stock car series competing at several tracks in that area. The Quicksilver 357 CT engines are competitive with the GM 602 crate engines and run side by side with them at many of these events.
Whipple closed his press release asserting, “Reliability is their main strength, pricing is relatively the same and there are no aftermarket builders to suspect tampering.”
We look forward to seeing how the 2020 season shakes out in both the Florida Late Model Challenge Series and Late Model Sportsman Series.
For more information on the Quicksilver 357 CT crate engine, visit them at www.quicksilver-products.com.