Contingency Sponsor: Throttle Body
Twenty years ago when Mustang racer and machinist John Mihovetz saw that the available throttle bodies for the growing Mustang scene were neither large enough, nor built tough enough, he had no reservations about building a better mousetrap. As soon as he opened Accufab and started building billet aluminum throttle bodies, not only were they coveted by all serious late-model Mustang enthusiasts, they were the envy of fuel injection manufacturers everywhere. The bar was now set higher, and within a few years, all manufacturers would seek to follow Accufab's higher standard of flow capacity, ruggedness, and aesthetics. Throughout all of it, Mihovetz and the Accufab crew has constantly pushed the limits of throttle body design under the harshest racing conditions in Fun Ford, NMRA, PSCA, NMCA, and NHRA competition. The steady refinement and evolution of Accufab throttle bodies has made them the standard of the industry, and that has spilled over into an increasingly wide product assortment spanning most makes and models of engines, including Ford, Chevy, LS, and Mopar. For more info on Accufab throttle bodies, call 909-930-1751 or fill your shopping cart at their website www.AccufabRacing.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Spark Plugs
For over 100 years, the iconic Champion brand has added fire to the fuel in every kind of combustion engine. From aviation to motorsports, the Champion brand has been a part of combustion development in every type of engine. Champion uses a proprietary approach in designing the entire line of automotive spark plugs. From the use of iridium and precious metal technologies, to F.I.S.S. resistor technology and MLR technology, Champion engineers and manufactures spark plugs in an array of materials and designs to provide enhanced ignition for racers and hot rodders running high compression and rpm, as well as direct OE replacements. Proven expertise in engineering and manufacturing OE components for the major automotive manufacturers, as well as success at the track, translates into reliable maintenance solutions for technicians, hot rodders, and racers. Champion's goal is always to adhere to the industry's toughest standards—and to yours. Call them at 888-800-9629 or go to www.ChampionSparkPlugs.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Engine Fasteners
Back in 1968, racing enthusiast Gary Holzapfel saw that many of his friends' broken engines were caused by fastener failure. At the time, there were no commercially available studs and bolts up to the challenge, so Holzapfel called upon his many years of fastener- making experience as a leading aerospace subcontractor and founded Automotive Racing Products (ARP). In the ensuing years, ARP has grown from a backyard garage workshop into a diversified manufacturer with a combined area in excess of 200,000 square feet. These include forging, machining, finishing, and packaging/warehousing facilities in Santa Paula and Ventura, California. Today, ARP's product line contains thousands of part numbers, and has expanded to include virtually every fastener found in an engine and driveline. These range from high-performance OEM replacement parts to exotic specialty hardware for Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, NHRA, marine, and, of course, the AEMC! For technical support, call 800-826-3045, or log on to www.ARP-Bolts.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Crankshaft
Any serious engine builder knows that the backbone of an engine is the crankshaft—it turns the reciprocal motion of pistons into usable rotational motion. In high-performance engines, that job can't be done by just any piece of steel, because while strength is a very important attribute, it is the precision and balance characteristics that allow it to survive. Moreover, if the reduction of friction isn't made a priority, the engine may very well last, but it most certainly will not win. Since 1983, Bryant Racing has made precision racing crankshafts their specialty. They're so serious about it, crankshafts are their only product. Bryant uses only U.S.-made Timken billet steel for their cranks, and all manufacturing processes—including machining, heat treat, cryo, temper, lightening, knife-edging, rifle drilling, hand-detailing, chamfering, ion plasma nitriding, balancing, and even REM isotropic superfinishing—are all done in-house. And while Bryant specializes in building custom billet steel crankshafts from your specifications, they do maintain a ready stock of many favorite makes and sizes, including 302 Ford, 351 Ford, small-block Mopar, Pontiac, small-block Chevy, big-block Ford, big-block Chevy, and big-block Mopar. Give Bryant Racing a call at 714-535-2695 or log on to www.BryantRacing.com to see their ready list of inventory.
Contingency Sponsor: Camshaft/ Lifters/Rocker Arms
When it comes to knowing the secret hellish life of valvetrains, few companies anywhere know more about their inner workings than COMP Cams. Decades of research, development, and refinement under the harshest racing conditions have resulted in cams and valvetrain products that can go the distance in street and competition machines. The full lineup of COMP Cams camshafts, lifters, and rocker arms are offered up to AEMC racers to build their bullets for 2013. From the affordable investment-cast chromoly Ultra Pro Magnum rockers to the state-of-the-art Ultra-Gold ARC Series aluminum rockers, COMP rockers can be relied on to faithfully translate the cam lobe motion into valve action without wasted mass or effort. Hydraulic lifters are mandated this year, so picking one that transfer the cam's profile accurately to those rockers will be critical, and COMP's are among the very best. And, of course, cams! COMP's reputation for excellence is second to none, and their willingness to work with customers to ensure the perfect profile is legendary. For more info, log onto www.COMPCams.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Bearings
Since engine bearings have to withstand the constant punishment of extreme heat and friction, it's no wonder the choice of bearings has become one of the most important decisions an engine builder has to make. When looking for bearings, it's important to find a product that won't seize, which can endure a high capacity of load that is durable over a long period of time, and lives-up to a good reputation. From P- to H-series bearings, Clevite can weather the demands of your high horsepower mill. Clevite is just that company—known for performance and durability, engine builders nationwide rely on these critical components for their custom builds. Clevite has custom tailored their specific line of bearings for OE or aftermarket applications and feature 100 percent lead-free aluminum, utilizing the revolutionary TriMetal and BiMetal formulas. You can find info about Clevite products at 734-975-4777 or www.MahleClevite.com
Contingency Sponsor: Head Gasket
Cometic's signature Multi-Layered Steel (MLS) head gaskets provide maximum sealing performance and require no sealants. With dissimilar metals often used at the block-to-head junction, the head gasket's role has become more demanding than ever; MLS gaskets are ideal for both aluminum heads on aluminum blocks and aluminum heads on cast-iron blocks since they can withstand the shearing force created by the two materials, thanks to multiple layers of stainless steel. This also gives the gasket its characteristic ability to rebound and resist corrosion. The outer layers are embossed and coated on both sides with Viton, a flouroelastomer rubber–based material that is heat resistant to 250 degrees C/482 degrees F. This Viton coating is designed to meet the demands of a variety of harsh sealing environments, load conditions, and surface finishes. The center or shim layer is uncoated stainless steel, which can be varied to accommodate multiple thickness requirements. Cometic head gaskets are available in a wide range of configurations including custom specifications to meet your individual needs. For more information on Cometic gaskets and their various features, visit www.Cometic.com or call 440-354-0777.