Chico Performance Racing® is an award-winning engine shop whose reliable and quality built engines have received critical acclaim throughout the VW scene. The CPR® customer list includes many types of car owners including street, drag, off-road, and stock. Custom long blocks and turnkey engines are built to order using top of the line parts and the best components available today. All parts are either new, or they have been completely and precisely overhauled. 1776cc and larger turnkey engines are dyno-tuned and tested for maximum performance in our very own dyno room. After testing, every engine is thoroughly inspected prior to shipping to ensure that a top quality product is delivered to each customer.
I purchased a turnkey 1776 engine for my 74 std beetle daily driver from Chico. Chico built and dynoed the engine (87hp @ 122 ft/bs torque). It arrived in good order with no damage. The engine sat on the pallet for several weeks while I finished some other things on the car. We finally got everything back together and after a few preliminary checks, the engine fired as if had ran the day before.
The engine now has about 1200 miles on it. It continues to get stronger, with a very wide power band. Without a doubt, one of the smoothest VW engines I have ever driven. The engine starts easily, is very drivable, has not overheated, and been virtually trouble-free.
All in all, Anibal Chico has been one of the best folks I have ever dealt with. Even though he builds high-dollar big horsepower engines, he took the time to help me decide exactly what I wanted and needed for my daily driver. He built my engine with quality parts and labor, and continues to support his customers well after the delivery. He has my respect, admiration, and recommendation. - 74airbug
I ordered a 2017cc engine from Chico. I even went down to his shop in SoCal to meet him. Very clean and organized shop and I was surprised how young he was given his reputation. When I got it home, I uncrated it and was very impressed. It was beautiful.
I bolted it up to my refurbished ‘69 pan that had been waiting for it, pulled some wires, and dropped an extended fuel line into a gas can. Hit the start button and it fired right up and sounded great. Twin 44's all set up and a dyno sheet shows 126hp @ 5500.
I could not be happier. A little pricy but you'll get what you pay for. Spec out any part or manufacturer and Chico will put it together for you. - stock doc