Quality, durability and consistency in every engine we rebuild
The U.S. Legend Cars' Engine Shop is an 11,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility with everything needed to bring the entire Wix Filters' Legend and Bandolero engine program in-house at the Harrisburg, NC manufacturing plant.
In 2007, USLCI hired renowned Legend engine builder G.E. Chapman. USLCI began working on a comprehensive plan to bring the entire sealed engine program under the USLCI umbrella. In January of 2008, the expansion to the Harrisburg plant was completed and the U.S. Legend Cars Engine Shop opened. The decision to bring the program in-house was made to ensure the integrity of the sealed engine program and to keep costs of engine rebuilds down.
"This new U.S. Legend Cars' Engine Shop is the best way we can ensure the integrity of the sealed engine program," previous USLCI general manager, Ken Ragan, said. "Until you have every engine rebuilt under one roof, you can't be completely sure all the engines are the same. By bringing it in-house, we can keep the costs of rebuilds down and ensure each customer is getting the best engine available. I believe it is the best spec engine program in motorsports."
Chapman has been working on Legend Car engines since 1993 and was one of the first authorized sealed engine builders for USLCI. Now, the U.S. Legend Cars' Engine Shop is the only authorized sealed engine builder in the United States.
"We pride ourselves on our experience with the Legends engines," said Chapman. "We strive for quality, durability, and consistency in every engine we rebuild."
Chapman and his team, all former Chapman Performance employees, have years of experience building Legends engines, and their results speak for themselves. Customers utilizing Chapman engines have won virtually all major Wix Filters' Legend Car events including Summer Shootout championships, Asphalt Nationals, and INEX points titles.
It was this attention to detail and proven success that gave USLCI the confidence that Chapman's team would make the U.S. Legend Cars Engine Shop succeed.
"G.E. has a proven track record in Legends engines, and when we decided to bring this program in house, we wanted an experienced, reputable person to run it," Ragan said. "We want customers to know their engine is a reliable high-quality product built exactly to spec, and we have confidence in G.E. and his team to provide that for our customers."
In addition to the full-service, in-house sealed engine program, the Engine Shop also does all Bandolero engine rebuilds and 1200cc and 1250cc Yamaha rebuilds.
With the average cost of a basic complete engine rebuild running around $2,800, and average top-end rebuild running around $1,800, Ragan and Chapman are confident the U.S. Legends Engine Shop will help keep the customers' costs at a minimum.
"By bringing all the Yamaha engines in house, we can control spiraling costs and make engine rebuilds more affordable," Ragan said. "In addition to controlling costs, we can now assure every customer that their engine is built professionally to strict INEX standards and is reliable, consistent, and competitive."
In the summer of 2018, the U.S. Legend Cars Engine Shop introduced the Yamaha FZ09.
The water-cooled, fuel-injected Legend Car engine has been perfected by U.S. Legend Cars General Manager, G.E. Chapman, Engine Shop Manager, Chad Honeycutt, and Craig Bruce, Production Manager.
They spent three years working around the clock to ensure the FZ09 will be equally as competitive as the XJ1250, while dramatically decreasing the need for rebuilds, in turn making it less expensive to maintain.
Keeping up with the technical standards of INEX, the FZ09 is sealed and remains stock as delivered by U.S. Legend Cars. The company has partnered with GET Ignitions to create a proprietary ECU exclusively for this engine, which will prevent tampering. This custom ECU will allow engine tech to include onsite diagnostic tests and ECU swap outs.
The FZ09 is available for purchase in both the United States and abroad. Interested in purchasing one? Contact the U.S. Legend Cars Dealer in your area!