Engine Builder magazine has announced its annual Engine of the Year for 2021 – a turbocharged 2.0L 4G63 Mitsubishi engine – built by Nicole and Schiller Murphy of iCraveBoost Performance in Denver, CO. The Murphy’s accepted the award at Engine Builder’s PRI Party, sponsored by Autolite, at Tin Roof in Indianapolis on December 8.
During Engine Builder’s PRI Party, sponsored by Autolite, guests were treated to live music from Pom Teddy, food and drink, goodie bags and Autolite Annie pint glasses – but the big winners were the award honorees.
For the fifth consecutive year, Engine Builder magazine presented its Engine of the Year award, which stems from the Engine of the Week series, sponsored by PennGrade1, Elring & Scat Crankshafts. Out of the more than 50 engines profiled in the series each year, a Top 10 engines are chosen by Engine Builder’s readers and social media audience for a chance to be crowned Engine of the Year.
The nominees for 2021 were:
- Methanol Injected 427 Small Block Ford built by Adam Hartwig of Hartwig Performance Engines, LLC in Hutchinson, MN
- Turbocharged 2.0L 4G63 built by Nicole & Schiller Murphy of iCraveBoost Performance in Denver, CO
- ProCharged 400 cid LSX Engine built by SDPC Raceshop in Lubbock, TX
- Forced Induction 416 cid 6.6L LT built by Bryan Neelen of Late Model Engines in Houston, TX
- Mercedes-Benz 3.0L Straight 6 built by Randy Elber of R&R Automotive Restorations in Mt. Kisco, NY
- Two-Cylinder V-Twin Chevy built by Johnny Gardner of 31G Shop in Little Rock, AR
- Three-Cylinder Compact Radial built by Radial Motion / Bespoke Engineering in Lonsdale, South Australia, Australia
- 540 cid ProCharged Hemi built by Ken Lazzeri of INDY Cylinder Heads in Xenia, OH
- 427 LT5 Stroker built by Phil Wasinger in Fairfax, VA
- 392 6.4L Hemi built by Mike Copeland of Arrington Performance in Brighton, MI
These Top 10 engines were pitted against one another in a two-week voting contest on Engine Builder’s website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages, with the winner claiming the crown of Engine of the Year.
In the end, after roughly 1,000 votes, iCraveBoost Performance’s turbocharged 2.0L 4G63 Mitsubishi engine came out on top! For more details on the 2021 Engine of the Year, click here.
If you’re interested in being part of the 2022 Engine of the Week series, please email content director Greg Jones at [email protected].