The Competition Induction Design (CID) sponsored fifth day of competition at the Amsoil Engine Masters Challenge means it’s time for the top 5 engines to battle it out for supremacy! Today Jon Kaase, the School of Automotive Machinists, Also BES, Accufab, and BES Racing Engines, will put it all on the line to walk away with the win and the top prize money!
Our five top qualifiers drew lots at the AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge banquet to determine the running order in final eliminations. Jon Kaase drew the kick-off position and was the first to run. His wild 409-cube Ford Cobra engine was going into the finals with a second place score in qualifying, and whether this proven Engine Master could find more in the MOD motor was anyone’s guess. The experienced crew worked the tune, taking advantage of the cold morning air. Every move poured more power into the mighty MOD – these guys could do no wrong. Power output now tagged 721 peak horsepower. Torque was off the hook, with 600 lb-ft at just 3200 rpm, peaking at an astonishing 675 ft-lbs. Kaase’s effort bumped his score a remarkable 45.2 points to 2961.7.
School of Automotive Machinists
Next up in final elimination was the SAMs Chevrolet LS engine. This engine stood in fourth place in qualifying, and was the most powerful pushrod engine of the field. The SAMs team is known for exceptional organization and discipline in the test cell, and these guys went to work like a professional team. Methodically working the fine tune on the Holley EFI clearly improved the score in a progression of changes. The team paid strict attention the optimizing the air inlet and in controlling the engine’s operating temperature. When the final score was calculated, SAMs was clearly playing the game well, bumping their final score by nearly fourteen points to 2858.
John Lahone with Also BES from the BES Racing shop followed in the dyno with another GM LS-series engine, displacing 401 cubic inches. With two pushrod engines in the final eliminations, it was a battle with the SAMs team for the Chevy LS engines for the best two-valve engine in the competition. SAMs held a small lead in qualifying, but extended their advantage considerably in their final elimination pulls. It was going to come down to the Also BES team’s ability to tune in more power via their MegaSquirt engine management system. John Lohone and the rest of the crew did a fine job in the final elimination pulls, tuning in a substantial 16.6 points, with peaks of 750 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque. Even with the increase in score to 2853.7, it was just a little short of the SAM’s LS.
You could feel the tension in the test cell as John Mihovetz and the Accufab team entered the test cell. Their Ford four-valve MOD motor finished number one in qualifying, but Kaase upped the ante substantially with a huge gain of points in the finals. Accufab was now playing catch-up, and it all came down to squeezing more power from their combination. Mihovetz worked the tune, bumping output by small increments, bringing peak power to 734 horsepower and peak torque to 661. Calculating the score put the engine at 2931 points, actually dropping from the score recorded during qualifications. Kaase now had taken the lead in final eliminations, with only BES Racing left to run.
BES Racing Engines
BES Racing Engines came to the dyno cell last this year during the finals, but fully prepared to do battle with their 401ci 4-valve Ford mod motor against the reigning scores. The initial pulls were strong, but also showed that a decision to re-time the intake cams had cost them horsepower on the top and brought their averages down. With just minutes on the clock, Tony Bischoff and crew yanked the cam covers and moved the cams back to their previous clocking and buttoned everything back up without a hitch. The lost power came back, but the final score of 2863.7 was down a few points from their qualifying score and was not high enough to catch the 4-valve Fords fielded by Jon Kaase and Accufab. It was, however, good enough to secure a third place standing.