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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