Issue #59
Kaase launches new SR-71 cylinder heads for BB Fords.
According to engine builder Jon Kaase, his company’s new SR-71 cylinder head will out-power any conventional big-block Ford head. Extensive dynamometer tests have demonstrated average gains of 50hp and similar peak gains over best existing cylinder heads. Read More.
Further news from MGI:
Misunderstandings about intercoolers and carbureted superchargers.

Unlike port fuel injection systems, carburetors have a unique advantage while operating on boosted engines without an intercooler. While intercoolers have their place in boosted performance, for most carbureted applications adding an intercooler works against you.
Androwick: 17 Pro Stock wins, new circle track heads & 2-pc intake manifolds for small-blocks.

The first air-flow specialist I watched at work was Mike Androwick Sr.  A Pennsylvania native, he had plied his trade successfully in Pro Stock racing with Larry Morgan before moving to North Carolina in 2005.  Finding efficient air flow in intake manifolds and cylinder heads and then skillfully uniting it with well-judged valve train technology is a mysterious art...

Goodwood victory: long arduous road even for talented engine builders.

On September 12, on his 67th birthday, race engine builder Bob Bartlett of V&B Engines of Chatham, Virginia, provided the motive power for Joe Colasacco to win the Glover Trophy at the 2018 Goodwood Revival.

Driving John Surtees’ 1964 F1 championship-winning Ferrari 1512, Colasacco drove the race of his life, defeating former Nissan works Touring Car driver Andy Middlehurst in Jim Clark’s 1963 F1 championship-winning Lotus 25.

Petit Le Mans: C7 crashes pit exit, finishes 8th, claims 2nd consecutive GT title, throws party.

In a hardly credible ten-hour endurance race, the  number 3 Corvette C7 co-driven by Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Marcel Fassler became the 2018 GT Le Mans championship winner, despite finishing two laps behind the second-place number 4 Corvette of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner, despite having not won a race this season, and despite almost succumbing to a crash while exiting the pits.

The Hot Rod Farmer's Christmas gift list:

Ray Bohacz knows machinery better than most, and he does everything he can to share his knowledge and insights with the automotive and farming communities. He also knows what the compulsive tinkerer in your family wants for Christmas.

Granted, many of these items may not fit in a traditional Christmas stocking, so be ready with the wrapping paper and explore some of the more innovative items on this gift list!

From the Archives:

Racing valve springs: Sound rules to remember.

Here, courtesy of Erson Cams, is a brief insight developed for those interested in high-performance engine technology that explains the severity of the environment in which the valve spring operates, and some of its relationships with the various functions of the valve train.
Power steering: Three common shortcomings, two helpful tips.

In the early 1990’s, before power steering became prevalent in F1 racing cars, Michael Schumacher, statistically the greatest driver the sport has seen, remarked, "You have to carefully judge the amount of steering angle required as you turn into a high-speed corner, as it is very difficult to correct if your assessment is wrong."

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Competition piston rings and what the OEMs taught us.

In our racing world we tend to think of ourselves as the elite corps. But in pistons and more particularly piston ring design, it is not our racing brains that are the driving force but those of the Original Equipment Manufacturers. It would be a glum glimpse of the US racing industry if nothing changed. But it has and nothing could be more illustrative of change than ring development.

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