FOR RELEASE: April 18, 2002

GM Performance Parts Announces New Race Parts For ECOTEC Engine

Long Beach, Calif. - General Motors announced today that GM Performance Parts is offering consumers new race parts for the ECOTEC Engine.

Four new race parts are now available for consumers who race their Chevrolet Cavaliers and Pontiac Sunfires with ECOTEC engines. The four parts now available are both intake and exhaust camshaft blanks, an adjustable cam gear set, a head gasket and O-ring kit, and a neutral balance shaft set. An additional ten parts are in the pipeline and will be available later this year. Bill Fitzgerald, GM Performance Parts manager, said GM Racing has put a year of development into this drag-race engine. "They've had great success, and now we want to share that success with the public for the do-it-yourself racer."

Fitzgerald added, "We've decided to sell what we race and race what we sell." The intake and exhaust camshaft blanks are stock cam blanks with finished journals and unfinished lobes. Engine builders can grind their favorite cam profiles on them.

The adjustable cam gear set allows valve timing to be advanced or retarded up to 16 degrees of crankshaft rotation. It includes both intake and exhaust camshaft gears.

The head gasket and O-ring set will reduce cylinder bore distortion and improve cylinder sealing at high horsepower or boost levels. Instructions are included for special machining to head and block required for installation. The kit includes a soft copper head gasket and four one-piece stainless steel O-rings.

The neutral balance shaft set is used to replace the stock balance shafts in a high-speed performance engine. It includes two balance shafts. Consumers can purchase the new performance parts from any GM Performance Parts dealer. To locate your closest dealer, call 1-800-GM USE US or visit

SPO, headquartered in Grand Blanc, Mich., markets automotive replacement parts and accessories worldwide under the GM and ACDelco brand names. For more information, visit the GM Goodwrench Service Plus web site at or visit your local GM Dealer.

General Motors (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, designs, builds and markets cars and trucks worldwide. In 2001, GM earned $1.5 billion on sales of $177.3 billion, excluding special items. It employs about 362,000 people globally.