Mercury Racing is partnering with the Roadster Shop—a 30-plus-year-old performance chassis fabrication and custom car building in Mundelein, Ill.—for distribution of Mercury Racing’s SB4 7.0 (small-block, four-valve) automotive aftermarket crate engine. The news was announced today in a press release on the eve of Specialty Equipment Market Association show, which opens tomorrow in Las Vegas, where the engine will be exhibited in a Roadster Shop creation and as a stand-alone display.
The first Mercury Racing engine-powered Roadster Shop creation will be displayed at the SEMA show this week in Las Vegas.
“We are excited to partner with Mercury Racing on bringing the SB4 engine to the hot rod industry,” said Phil Gerber, the owner of Mundelein, Ill., Roadster Shop, in the release. “The SB4 is an incredibly unique package that fits perfectly with the direction of high-end custom cars being built today. This engine will certainly be a game-changer and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it.”
The 32-Valve DOHC SB4 7.0 engine adapts Mercury Racing’s proven high-performance valve train to a customized LS-based engine that produces 750 naturally aspirated horsepower. The company’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide significantly improved performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design, according to the release.
“We are excited to partner with Roadster Shop,” said Erik Christiansen, Mercury Racing general manager, in the release. “They are highly respected and passionate veterans of the automotive aftermarket industry. Our capabilities are complementary and we appreciate their approach to providing innovative, high-quality products and services.”
For those attending the SEMA show, a Mercury Racing SB4 engine is fitted in a custom Roadster Shop 4WD IFS Bronco chassis in their Central Hall booth, #C07. A second SB4 is displayed in their Upper South Hall booth, #30280.