In late 1952, Chevrolet tasked chief engineer Ed Cole with developing the successor to the aging Blue-Flame inline six. Just 23 months later, Cole and his team saw their all new 265 cubic inch Turbo-Fire V8 debuted in the 1955 Bel Air and Corvette. Little did they know the profound impact the now iconic “small block” engine would have on the success of Chevrolet. This website is dedicated to the history and timeline of the engine that changed the automotive industry. Welcome!