Here is a cut and paste I was asked to post on the 335 forum,
Since the Press Release seems to have "let the cat out of the bag" or should I say "let Titus out of the bag" I was asked to make a few comments on the new product.
The why question:
We have been pushing the envelope of the Cleveland platform for many years and have been forced to use Windsor based blocks for some builds including our own race car and our Engine Masters entries. That has changed. We will now run Cleveland engines in our race car and at the Engine Masters Challenge. We needed a platform that we could build well over 1100 hp from a naturally aspirated small block to be competitive in our race car. This Titus will allow us to build larger displacement engines than was possible with a Windsor based engine. I think this will open the Cleveland platform to other markets like the X275 and Outlaw Drag Radial classes using N/A, Nitrous, Turbo and Superchargers. I believe the dirt and asphalt markets will benefit from the new capability of the Cleveland Platform. Classes like Super Late Model are very abusive on engines and larger displacement versions have durability issues. The Titus is designed to address these issues.
The features question:
The Titus is designed with many new features including larger bore capability. The oiling system has been redesigned for priority oiling to the mains with the ability to adjust oil flow elsewhere. The main webs have been designed solid for the greatest amount of material with a 4.38 bore center. The cam tunnel has been configured to allow stock and larger base circle cams and stock or larger cam bearings. It will have a one piece rear main seal that will work with production and after market crankshafts. The Titus will also be available in the standard 9.2 deck height and 9.5 deck height. The main caps have also been redesigned and will be wider then stock with splayed outer bolts that tie into the solid pan rail. The Titus will also be available by special order in custom deck heights and the ability to run Windsor based cams. Currently there are more choices for larger than stock cam cores for the Windsor and this will allow some users of Clevors to switch back the the superior Cleveland platform with out having to repurchase cams and distributors.
The interchangeability question:
The Titus is designed to be used everywhere. This is NOT a "race only" block. It is designed to mate to stock and existing components. While it is designed to handle extreme power it will also be at home in a street car.
The questions question:
I'm sure there will be specific questions regarding the Titus that have not been addressed here, We will be happy to answer any questions concerning the Titus by phone or e-mail.
I hope 2012 finds the entire Cleveland community well and excited as are we!