The time for our annual festival of horsepower and torque is fast approaching, and we've got a strong list of sponsors this year that should make this competition one of the best and most profitable we've seen in years.
Thanks to some of the absolute best engine component companies in the industry stepping up to support the AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge (AEMC), and more importantly, the builders themselves, there will be an epic level of potential prize money on the line. Picking the right parts and placing well could be worth up to $87,500 in contingency money. Got your attention, yet? Let us introduce you to the companies and their parts who are working to make 2013 the best year ever for AEMC!
The power-making parts and companies that pay competitors to play!
Official Title Sponsor & Lubricants
All the finest machined engine parts in the world assembled with the greatest precision are little more than beautiful hunks of aluminum, steel, and iron without a lubricant that can keep them safely separated by microns of ultrahigh-quality oil as they spin at thousandths of rpm. That's exceedingly important for engines built for the highest levels of performance like the competitors at the AEMC. That's why we're pleased to once again welcome AMSOIL as the Official Title Sponsor of the 2013 Engine Masters Challenge. As in years past, every competitor will be able to choose from AMSOIL's extensive list of formulations and pick out the oil that will be used while their engine is on the dyno. That's an extra level of peace of mind for the competitors since they know the oil will have been strictly monitored to ensure a reliable quality brew. But that's nothing exclusive to EMC; the oil the competitors use will be the same stuff you can order for your own engine through 715-399-8324 or www.AMSOIL.com
Official Fuel System
Contingency Sponsor: Fuel Rails/Logs
When the EMC added electronic fuel-injected engines to the competition several years ago, event organizers began looking for a company that had the right combination of hardware and know-how to supply copious amounts of fuel reliably to competition engines with a wide range of sizes and fuel needs. With a large prize purse at stake, not to mention dozens of finely handcrafted competition engines, it was imperative that the fuel systems be absolutely bulletproof and have zero downtime. The AEMC turned to Aeromotive to spec out two identical fuel systems for the University of Northwestern Ohio's two SuperFlow/DTS Powermark dynos, using fuel pumps, regulators, gauges, and plumbing from Aeromotive's wide range of product inventory. Moreover, each of the dyno's identical fuel systems needed to have the capability of supplying both fuel-injected and carbureted engines at a moment's notice—the kind of flexibility we've come to expect from Aeromotive products. For more on Aeromotive, call 913-647-7300 or go to www.AeromotiveInc.com.
DTS by SuperFlow
There are many legs of the EMC that support the validity of the competition, but it all falls down without repeatable and reliable dynamometers. We run two dynos to test all the EMC competitors at the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH), and not only do they have to be up to the constant task, they have to be versatile and easy to install and remove any engine family in short order. With several dozen engines to test on any given year, we can't have malfunctions and breakdowns. For all of those must-haves, the EMC relies on DTS Powermark dynos by SuperFlow. Known for their ease of calibration and consistency between dynos, all of the competitors test their engines on various DTS systems prior to the EMC to ensure they know exactly what to expect when they roll their DTS dyno cart into the cell.
University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH)
Founded in 1920, UNOH is a private, not-for-profit institution with an enrollment of approximately 4,500 students. The University offers programs through three separate schools, the College of Technologies, College of Business, and College of Distance Learning. Of particular interest to hot rodders is the College of Technologies, which represents roughly two thirds of the student body, and offers accredited programs in Automotive Technologies, Diesel Technology, High Performance Motorsports, and Alternate Fuels Technology. If racing is your thing, UNOH began their high performance/motorsports program in 1992 and has been training students with the latest technology available in the industry since. In 2006, they opened the largest facility in the country dedicated to learning the science of high performance vehicles—a seven-acre, 70,000-square foot high-performance motorsports complex filled with cutting-edge technology and equipment. Students are trained on all brands of high performance cars, both domestic and imports, with focuses on topics such as welding and fabrication, engine machining and building, steering and suspension, drivelines, fuels, electronics, ignitions, and accessories trends. To find out more or to enroll, call 419-998-3120 or log on to www.UNOH.edu.
We're happy to tell engine builder competitors that Flowmaster will once again be the official muffler for the 2013 AEMC. The Outlaw Series race muffler is Flowmaster's smallest and lightest race muffler to date, and can easily handle the power output of the AEMC's top competitors. The Outlaw muffler generally produces more power than open headers, while taking the “edge” off that open-header sound. These race mufflers are designed to be used at racetracks requiring mufflers, and are available in two compact lengths and tubing sizes, including 3.00-, 3.50-, 4.00-, and for the AEMC, a 5.00-inch diameter. The Flowmaster Outlaw spec muffler for the AEMC will ensure that competitors will encounter zero flow restrictions, while maximizing available torque within the 3,000- to 7,000-rpm scoring range of the competition.
VP Racing Fuels
For the 2013 running of the AEMC, Popular Hot Rodding magazine is pleased to announce that VP Racing Fuels will be the official fuel with their street-legal 100-octane VP100. With a compression limit of 11.5:1 and an rpm ceiling of 7,000 rpm, the competing engines in the 2013 AEMC can rely on VP Racing Fuels' VP100 for safe, consistent, powerful results. VP100 (aka StreetBlaze 100) is a 100-octane unleaded gasoline that is specifically engineered for high-performance muscle cars; it is a CARB-legal fuel that's environmentally friendly and street-legal in most areas. It contains no metal compounds and won't harm catalytic converters or oxygen sensors. In normally aspirated engines, VP100 allows for higher compression and more advanced timing; VP100 is formulated for use in cast-iron head engines with compression ratios up to 12:1, and in aluminum-headed engines up to 14:1. Oxygenated with ethanol, VP100 significantly outperforms premium grade unleaded pump gas. To see how VP Racing Fuels can help your engine, contact VP at 812-878-2025, or go to www.VPRacingFuels.com and click on “Ask Our Tech Experts.”
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.
Contingency Sponsor: Lifters
For the 2013 AEMC, the rules require functional hydraulic lifters, with both flat tappet and roller lifters eligible for competition. It may not be a well-recognized fact, but a hydraulic lifter is the most precise component in an engine. For the lifter to provide the self-adjusting function of the hydraulic circuit, the tolerance of the internal plunger to the lifter body is ultracritical, and the lifter's valving must provide reliable control. Crane provides a variety of hydraulic lifters designed to meet the needs of a high-performance application, with flat tappets available in variations including Anti Pump-Up performance hydraulic lifters, Hi-Intensity lifters, and Special Race Design hydraulics. These lifters rely on optimization of the micro tolerances of the mechanism to control bleed-down and their exclusive internal valving provides the metering for valvetrain control in a high-performance application. Crane's hydraulic roller lifters have developed a reputation in the industry as a top quality product. These lifters are available for retrofit applications allowing a roller arrangement in many engine types equipped only with flat tappets. Find out more about Crane's lifter offerings at www.CraneCams.com or give them a call at 386-310-4875.
Contingency Sponsor: Pistons
CP-Carrillo's experience in producing pistons for high-performance street cars and racing engines has made them an industry leader in both custom and off-the-shelf performance pistons. Custom domestic pistons comprise the majority of CP-Carrillo's workload, and the company takes pride in providing custom pistons that are at the forefront of technology and design. On a recent visit to CP-Carrillo's Irvine, California, facility, we witnessed a well-equipped engineering department with state-of-the-art software that allowed them to design pistons that are ever lighter, stronger, and more durable. Likewise, CP-Carrillo's manufacturing plant encompasses some 32,000 square feet of CNC equipment and a climate-controlled inspection department to ensure their customers get accurate and consistent quality. CP-Carrillo also offers a complete line of off-the-shelf racing pistons for domestic engines; these popular inventoried pistons are manufactured with the same rigorous inspection criteria as their custom pistons, but are available for same-day shipping. For more information on CP-Carrillo pistons, call 949-567-9000 or log onto www.CP-Carrillo.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Carburetor
With classic modular carburetor performance, tunability, and modern looks, Demon offers a wide array of sizes and styles to choose from—including King Demon, Race Demon, Mighty Demon, Speed Demon, and Road Demon. It's no wonder Demon carburetors are the go-to fuel mixers for top engine builders everywhere—their quality and feature set offer value typical of carburetors costing far more. Some of those perks include a billet baseplate with integral Idle-Eze, billet metering blocks, replaceable air bleeds, patented large sight windows, four-corner idle adjustability, multiple vacuum ports, and replaceable idle feed restrictors. Moreover, as the only carburetor with patented contoured air entries, Demon carburetors have outstanding flow characteristics that can be measured not only on the dyno at full song, but out on the street with excellent throttle response and midrange power. To learn more about Demon carburetors, call 270-901-3346 or log on to www.DemonCarbs.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Pistons
Since 1968, Diamond Racing has been producing some of the highest quality racing pistons available. In the '70s, '80s, and early '90s, Diamond Racing quickly became known for its championship-winning engines and the custom forged racing pistons powering them. Building on their success with racers from the late '90s to the current day, Diamond has solely dedicated itself to manufacturing forged pistons with only the most advanced machinery so they can offer their customers the state of the art in machining. That dedication and reinvesting into their manufacturing capabilities has been noted by racers and Diamond pistons are widely used at the AEMC and all levels of motorsports. For us street-level hot rodders, Diamond has also expanded its shelf stock inventory to include hundreds of stocking part numbers, most of which can be shipped on the same day. To find out more, call 877-552-2112 or go to www.DiamondRacing.net.
Eagle Specialty Products
Contingency Sponsor: Crankshaft/Connecting Rods
Eagle's ESP Armor surface treatment on crankshaft and connecting rods is very slippery, and that equals horsepower. In testing, an Eagle crankshaft treated with ESP Armor was worth as much as an extra 30 hp on a 700hp engine, and in the AEMC where even 1 hp can be the margin between winning and losing, an Eagle crank with ESP Armor can provide a huge advantage. It's no wonder so many AEMC competitors choose to run Eagle cranks! The 30hp figure was from an engine test run by Eagle by an independent lab, and was performed on an engine that had its untreated crankshaft dyno tested, then ESP Armor treated, then dyno'd again. According to Eagle, “The surface finish is near perfect with ESP Armor. The improved surface allows oil to glide effortlessly along the part, greatly reducing running friction and improving oil shedding. Oil temperatures will be lower. Bearing wear is reduced. Durability is increased. And most importantly, less friction means more power.” For more info on Eagle products and ESP Armor, log on to www.EagleRod.com or call 662-796-7373.
Contingency Sponsor: Engine Paint
You can argue that painting an engine has almost no bearing on a car's performance, but there is no denying that the engine bay—and the jewel that resides inside—is the make-or-break showcase of any proud muscle machine. A nicely painted engine shows off pride and craftsmanship, and sets the tone for any serious street machine. Eastwood's Ceramic Engine Paint is the ultimate choice in engine coatings, for both its looks and its durability. Everything you need to paint your motor with Eastwood's 2K Ceramic Engine Paint is included in this kit. These super durable engine paints are fortified with nano-ceramic particles that will withstand temperatures of up to 650 degrees F. Moreover, each color has been painstakingly researched to match the original factory color, and the urethane-based paints can be brushed on or applied with a spray gun. For more info, contact Eastwood at 800-343-9353, or log on to www.Eastwood.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Fuel Injection
FAST stands for Fuel Air Spark Technology, and when you take those things into consideration, what you have is total engine control. Applying that control seamlessly with mechanical parts, electronics, and a user interface that engine builders and performance enthusiasts can readily use on their own engine projects is what FAST is all about. What the team at FAST strives for is providing the performance enthusiast with a one-stop shop for any fuel-injection need, doing the homework with EFI product development to make the change to EFI as user-friendly and effective as possible. From the start, FAST has been an innovator in EFI control systems, with groundbreaking components and software that bring EFI within reach of professional and novice performance fans alike. We have used the FAST system for many of our own performance engine projects, and our experience has consistently shown that FAST EFI achieves results. Whether you are looking for a state-of-the-art multipoint injection system or a simple TBI, FAST has the components to bring the advantages of EFI to any engine. For more info, call FAST at 877-334-8355 or go to www.FuelAirSpark.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Gaskets
Few things are frowned on more in the motorsports and engine building world than leakers. They can create dangerous conditions and shut down races, and even dyno competitions like the AEMC. Plus, from a practical standpoint, leaks create unsightly messes that make engines and cars unpleasant to work on. Fel-Pro knows this and has always endeavored to offer the highest quality gaskets with the highest resistance to leakage with any type of automotive fluid. They're one of the brands we always ask for when swapping parts on daily drivers or project cars. This year the AEMC competitors can once again rely on the consistent quality and excellent sealing of PermaTorque MLS head gaskets. For more info on Fel-Pro, go to www.FelPro-Only.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Cylinder Heads/ Intake/ EFI
It's rare when you can say a company invented an entire product category that then becomes the linchpin of an entire industry, but that's exactly what Edelbrock did when they opened their doors in 1938. Cylinder heads were one of the first jobs they tackled, followed by intake manifolds, and over the decades Edelbrock has pushed the performance envelope offering not only value-packed bolt-on parts for the weekend warrior, but state-of-the-art competition heads for the professional racer. Edelbrock's workforce stands out on the design and manufacturing side of things with the latest tools, including computational flow dynamics, 3-D design software, rapid prototyping, an in-house pattern making facility, and their very own U.S.-based foundry located in San Jacinto, California. All this translates into cylinder heads and intake manifolds that make big power, that fit well, and that don't cost an arm and a leg. Continuing their push into technology, Edelbrock's E-Street and Pro-Flow EFI systems have helped street hot rodders get EFI with ease, and racers create consistent power to win races. Check out all of these awesome parts and more at www.Edelbrock.com.
Sponsors Contingency: Damper
Irrespective of how good an internal balance job is, there are incredible forces of acceleration and deceleration that occur in just a single crankshaft rotation. This sets up resonant vibrations within the crankshaft and it's important to dampen these forces reliably over a wide range of rpm and load conditions. If not, mechanical carnage will occur. Low-cost dampers just don't have the ability to cover the wide range of operating conditions experienced by performance engines over the long haul. The experts at Innovators West, however, have made it their mission to provide the highest quality of crankshaft dampers for the AEMC; their SFI-certified dampers (spec 18.1) have been the go-to choice for top engine builders for over 25 years. Inside every Innovators West damper is a free-floating wet-friction clutch pack assembly that uses spring-loaded inertia rings to dampen crankshaft harmonics over a wide rpm range. The rings work in conjunction with clutches to provide outstanding damping action. That action does generate some heat, and Innovators West uses a small amount of fluid inside that acts as a lubricant and as a heat sink. Find out more from Innovators West at 785-825-6166 or www.InnovatorsWest.com.
Jon Kaase Racing
Contingency Sponsor: Cylinder Head Category
In the Ford world, you'll be hard pressed to find anybody, or any company that knows more about Ford engines than Jon Kasse and Jon Kaase Racing. Before starting his own company in 1979, Jon Kaase learned the Ford engine building ropes with legendary Ford racer, Dyno Don Nicholson. Since then, Kaase has sent numerous Pro Stock and Pro Mod racers to the winner's circle with his engine-building talent. And now all racers and street enthusiasts can take advantage of all that cumulative knowledge—so long as you're building a Ford. Four-time AEMC winner Jon Kaase currently has bare and assembled cylinder heads for 385-series 429/460 big-blocks (P-51), Ford Hemi “Shotgun” (Boss '9), and small-block Windsor (P-38)—all of which have class-leading flow dynamics for excellent power on the street and at the track. Kaase also offers his own take on the 4V CHI Cleveland, Pro-Filer big-block, Super Cobra Jet, Trick Flow A-460, and Ford Pro Stock Hemi heads. To find out how Jon Kaase Racing can put your Ford at the head of the pack, log on to www.JonKaaseRacingEngines.com or call 770-307-0241.
Holley Performance Products
Contingency Sponsor: Carburetor/Intake Manifold/EFI/Headers
Holley Performance Products has some of the most storied names in hot rodding such as Holley, Hooker, Weiand, and Flowtech. AEMC competitors can use their extensive catalogs to build huge power and make money! When you add both the Holley and the Weiand intake manifold catalogs together, you get one of the largest pools of raw horsepower anywhere. Through the years, Holley and Weiand have amassed a significant selection of intake manifold applications, including those for small- and big-block Chevy, small- and big-block Ford, small- and big-block Chrysler, Hemi, and most recently, a complete line of carbureted and fuel-injected LS products. Hooker Headers are legendary and have been on many record-setting racers over the decades and are a continual favorite with hot rodders for both fit and quality, and the FlowTech brand extends those offerings even further with full exhaust systems and emissions-legal late-model parts. Holley's carbs need no introduction; they're the oldest brand of performance carbs and one of the most respected. Their line of EFI systems lives up to that fuel delivery reputation and covers the gamut from easy street car retrofits, to top level racing. Log on to www.Holley.com and see how they handle all your fuel delivery and exhaust needs.
Contingency Sponsor: Crankshafts/Camshafts
Despite their similar appearances, not all crankshafts are created equal. Strength, for instance, is determined not only by the type and purity of materials used, but also by the heat treatment during and after machining, and even the nuances of the machining process itself. There is no substitute for decades of research and development, and the body of knowledge that can only come from serving the racing industry for nearly a half century. Memphis-based Lunati is such a company, and their crankshafts are sought after by racers in all venues of competition. Lunati's jump into camshaft manufacturing in 1968 soon made them a household name with professional racers and weekend warriors alike. Lunati's cam-grinding prowess was evident in win after win in drag racing and circle track. Lunati's dedication to cutting-edge cam technology endures, thanks to a dedicated group of owner/racers who are motivated by one thing: They just want to go faster. To see how Lunati can help you get to the finish line quicker, call 662-892-1500 or log on to www.LunatiPower.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Pistons/ Piston Rings
Every Mahle Motorsports piston is backed by 90-plus years of racing heritage and technology. From the invention of the first aluminum piston to the most advanced design and machining processes being used today, Mahle has delivered unmatched performance and durability. Mahle's light-weight, low-drag, design-specific forgings are machined with close attention given to ring groove quality, tolerances, and consistency, and all Mahle Motorsports pistons are dual or triple coated, adding protection and maintaining consistent performance. That's why you'll find them in all levels of motorsport from NASCAR to IndyCar. The rings are just as advanced; Mahle pioneered the use of piston ring simulation and computer development to engineer rings that provide “free” horsepower by minimizing friction. Ultra flat ring flanks and precision finishing also maximize ring-to-piston sealing. To learn more and find your application, call them at 888-255-1942 or go to www.MahleMotorsports.com.
McKeown Motorsport Engineering
Contingency Sponsor: Engine Block
Mark McKeown has always brought small-block Ford powerhouses that were among the healthiest ever to see competition. The knowledge gained in EMC competition, plus a wealth of expertise in drag racing, has resulted in McKeown Motorsports' new Titus Cleveland block in both cast-aluminum alloy and cast iron. The Titus block is designed with many new features, including a larger bore capability (4.202-inch max), and a redesigned oiling system with mains priority oiling. On Titus blocks, the main webs have also been designed solid for the greatest amount of material with a 4.38 bore center, and the cam tunnel has been configured to allow stock and larger base circle cams with stock or larger cam bearings. Moreover, the Titus is available in the standard 9.2-inch deck height or 9.5 deck height (custom deck heights are available by special order). During the 2012 AEMC, McKeown Motorsports used a Titus aluminum block to build a 444ci Cleveland that made 932 hp with Edelbrock SC1 heads (shown). For more info, call 301-932-9292, or log on to www.RaceCrateEngines.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Ignition System/Spark Plug Wires
Whether you're racing professionally or prowling the streets, an ignition system failure will leave you dead in the water. Reliability goes hand in hand with performance, and when a company delivers both, it's a winning combination. No other company has rivaled the presence and reputation of MSD in ignition systems. Anywhere performance and racing engines are found, so too are MSD ignition products. It takes years of delivering products that get results to achieve the unique following and widespread acceptance of a company like MSD, which is why EMC competitors trust them. The MSD team includes highly trained engineers, technicians, assembly specialists, and a host of performance enthusiasts. Together, this organization designs, develops, tests, and manufactures the entire line of MSD products including ignition controls, coils, timing accessories, and spark plug wires. MSD is housed in three buildings and includes four engine dynos, two chassis dynos, and complete CNC machining centers. Visit them at www.MSDIgnition.com, or contact them by phone at 915-857-5200.
Contingency Sponsor: Engine Controller
Though Megasquirt engine controllers are not well known to the general domestic hot rodding community, they have over the decades built a strong following among hard-core fuel-injection enthusiasts and engine builders for their robust engineering, large feature set, and cost effectiveness. Megasquirt's range of stand-alone engine management systems are intended for DIY installation, and most of those installs are of the self-tuned variety. Megasquirt offers the homegrown hot rodder a variety of engine control systems, ranging from the entry-level batch-fire fuel-control–only type, all the way up to the sequential multi-port variety with ignition control and full water immersion resistance. Moreover, Megasquirt systems support over 50 different ignition modes, including GM LS1 and Chrysler Gen III Hemi. Most systems also offer features like closed-loop operation, wide-band control, staged injection, knock control, wide-band AFR target tables, and diagnostics as standard. Better yet, you'll find the prices on Megasquirt engine control systems to be exceptionally affordable, so if you're looking to go EFI, log on to www.DIYAutoTune.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Ignition Distributor
We've used DUI distributors in many of our high-powered project cars at Popular Hot Rodding, and they've always proven powerful and reliable, year in, year out. Their robust HEI construction is designed to operate reliably up to 9,000 rpm, and the DUI's performance is further aided by a high-output, high-dwell Dyna-Module, an integrated high-output coil, a no-resistance rotor bushing, and a hand-fitted advance system. Racers can also opt up for the instant timing knob, which allows fast and accurate changes to ignition timing without the need for a timing light. DUI distributors are available for small-block and big-block Chevy, Buick V-8, Oldsmobile V-8, Pontiac V-8, Cadillac V-8, Ford small-block (Windsor and Cleveland), Ford FE, Ford 429/460, Chrysler small-block, Chrysler big-block (low-deck and RB), Chrysler Hemi (first- and second-gen), and AMC V-8. Find your Performance Distributor parts by calling 901-396-5782 or log on to www.PerformanceDistributors.com.
Racing Head Service (RHS)
Contingency Sponsor: Cylinder Heads
Racing Head Service (RHS), the legendary innovator of cylinder head technology, is putting serious research and development into high-performance cylinder head design. Possessing one of the most advanced cylinder head manufacturing foundries in the world, RHS is making their presence known as a leader in the performance cylinder head world. RHS has released a wide range of cylinder heads for a variety of popular engine combinations, from improved OEM replacement-style iron cylinder head assemblies to their line of deep-breathing aluminum performance castings. These heads are designed with outstanding power, durability, and long- lasting value as the primary goals. This makes RHS cylinder heads perfect for both race and street performance applications, allowing an engine builder or enthusiast to select the right cylinder head for a specific application and budget. For more information on RHS, check out their website at www.RacingHeadService.com or call their tech line at 877-776-4323.
Ross Racing Pistons
Contingency Sponsor: Pistons
With some of the most sophisticated design and analysis software, a dedicated line of forgings, and modern CNC machining centers, it's no wonder Ross Racing Pistons are used by top engine builders and racers around the country. Ross stocks a large selection of forged racing pistons for Ford, Chevy, and Chrysler, but they also have the capability to design and build any custom piston for any situation, including pistons that replicate your combustion chamber from your mold. Ross has one of the most comprehensive selections of general purpose forgings anywhere, and their use of low-silicon 2618 alloy with a T61 heat-treating process has superior antifatigue properties that all but guarantee your high-performance race engine will go the distance. Custom touches such as gas porting, lock removal indents, and no-cost-added pin oilers are just some of the precision features Ross customers have come to rely on over the years. For more information on Ross Racing Pistons, check out their website at www.RossPistons.com or call their tech line at 310-536-0100.
Contingency Sponsor: Pistons/Piston Rings/Bearings
Forged under 3,000 tons of pressure, Speed-Pro's Powerforged pistons have fully updated skirt profiles with Speed-Pro's DuroShield skirt coating that provides scuff resistance, reduced bore clearances, and enhanced ring sealing. Powerforged pistons are built to stringent specifications with a precision CNC-machined dome and skirts and microfinished ring grooves. Speed-Pro's HellFire rings are engineered to thrive in extreme racing conditions. Manufactured from a specially hardened and tempered ductile iron material, they retain tension under the most brutal operating conditions including engines relying on mega doses of nitrous oxide, and high boost from turbos and superchargers—with no flaking ever. Speed-Pro's Duroshield bearings deliver performance and race-winning durability, and they have a micro-thin molybdenum disulfide polymer base coating that becomes part of the bearing and absorbs oil for high lubricity and low friction. Find out more about all Speed-Pro's components at 800-325-8886 or log on to www.Aftermarket.FederalMogul.com.
Contingency Sponsor: Connecting Rods/Crankshafts
Connecting rods are subject to tremendous loads, and any failure guarantees catastrophic engine destruction. These days, SCAT supplies affordable connecting rods that take power and reliability to levels impossible with old factory rods. SCAT rods are certainly not a one-size-fits-all product, with a wide range of journal and pin dimensions and overall rod length available right out of the catalog. There are a variety of H-beam and I-beam rod configurations designed to meet the needs of your specific application, from upgraded stock replacement to all-out racing. For over 40 years SCAT has been manufacturing and distributing parts for the performance aftermarket, building success on innovation, quality, and customer service. High quality and durability is why Scat is the choice for many AEMC builders. To find out about SCAT and their broad range of connecting rods, go to www.ScatCrankshafts.com or call them at 310-370-5501.
Stef's Performance Products
Contingency Sponsor: Oil Pan
There's a lot more to an oil pan than its name implies—at least that's the case when it comes to serious high-performance engines that you depend on mile after mile. Fluid containment is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to oil pan design; a well-designed oil pan is in reality a lubrication control system that must meet the needs of supplying lube to the engine under all load conditions, while minimizing oil entrainment, windage, and aeration. Stef's Fabrication Specialties is a leader in the field of lubrication control because of their ongoing commitment to the race teams they work with, and their innovative approach to oil control strategies that lead to higher power output, reduced parasitic loss, and improved reliability. It's true that top engine builders everywhere turn to Stef's for precision-built oil pans and oil-control products when winning matters, but Stef's also offers a wide range of quality street products in aluminum and steel for use in street/strip and Pro Touring cars at a price the street enthusiast can afford. To find out more about Stef's oil pans, log on to www.Stefs.com or call 732-367-8700.
Contingency Sponsor: Piston Rings
The tolerances on high-quality pistons needs to be extremely tight to be effective, but they're not the part that truly seals in the power of internal combustion. That job falls to the piston rings and a good thin set that seals properly while minimizing drag makes all the difference in the world. Plus, the rings need to respond properly to the insane levels of stress, heat, and cylinder speed found in racing engines. In terms of regular street use, good rings are also one of the key components of longevity since keeping cylinder walls in good shape and compression up is all the difference between an engine with good, high cranking compression, and a tired, smoky one with compression. For 2013, the AEMC competitors can rely on Total Seal's years of racing experience for their piston rings. We can attest from our experience, Total Seal's gapless rings can make an impressive difference in an engine's power curve. Find your application by calling 800-874-2753 or visiting their website at www.TotalSeal.com.