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9 of the world’s greatest engine designers

Not all engine designers get the credit they deserve, but occasionally their names carry as much weight as the storied badges on the trunk lid or hood. In no particular order, here’s our pick of legends behind some of the greatest engines of all time.


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Ed Cole the father of the small block Chevy should be at the top of the list here. 

It is the single engine that changed the entire industry and even our sports and hobbies. 

The light castings, valve train and 1 HP per cubic inch were all milestones that today are still being used.


While today’s Chevy engine is different than the 55 V8 it still holds to the same engineering and it shows it is still relevant 65 years later.