Dual Clutch transmission from the house of TREMEC

By Ben Mozart Photos by Moore Good Ink FOR ROAD-GOING CARS THE DUAL CLUTCH IS THE APPARATUS OF THE FUTURE. Equipped with two input shafts (one inside the other), torque interruptions are imperceptible during gear shifting. In fact its gear-shifting technology is so rapid the “head-bob” is eliminated. With half the gears on one main shaft and half on the other and a cluster between them, the dual clutch brings the two transmissions together. Odd number gears reside on one shaft, even number gears on the other. When shifting from one gear to the next the second gear is already pre-selected and the dual clutch operates in 200 milliseconds.   For racing cars, TREMEC introduced their new Magnum XL to the heart of competition at the Detroit Grand Prix, June 1-2, 2013. Originally designed for the S197 Mustang, the Magnum XL features an extra long extension that not only delivers precise shifting but also extends the shift lever back to a more convenient location. The transmission is designed to eliminate the OEM two-piece driveshaft. The use of a one-piece aluminum replacement reduces the rotating mass by more than 20lbs. Moreover an SFI-approved burst-proof bell housing is supplied with the kit. Source: TREMEC Plymouth, Michigan (734) 456-3714...

Chase Elliott’s team goes to Lebanon MO, proves fastest in three practice sessions, secures top qualifier, wins event, and brings home loot

By Archie Bosman Photos by Austin Miller Dawsonville, GA: Driving a Pro Late Model Chevrolet, Chase Elliott qualified fastest & won the Jegs CRA Pro Series race on May 18 at the Lebanon Missouri asphalt track. The 144-lap race race, which paid $8,000 for the win, attracted 42 entries, 28 of whom started. Earlier during four practice sessions Chase, the 17-year-old son of “Awesome Bill from Dawsonville”, was fastest in three of them. Crew chief Ricky Turner said “It was our first visit to the area and we asked the local teams about the track’s banking and its other characteristics. Happily when we released the car from the truck, Chase was immediately competitive. We subsequently made a few changes to the gearing and suspension settings and he recorded fastest qualifying time.” During a mandatory 5-minute break on lap 100, crew chief Ricky Turner elected to changes springs and shocks. “There are useful tuning advantages in using different combinations of soft springs and bump stops,” commented Turner. Following the re-start, Chase claimed the lead on the 103rd lap and remained at the front until the winning flag fell. Source Jordan Moss Bill Elliott Racing www.ChaseElliott.com For more racing photos search Austin Miller at www.SmugMug.com    ...

How to sell 48 race cars during a recession

By Freddie Heaney Photographs by Moore Good Ink Alton VA: WHEN A RACE CAR MANUFACTURER EXCELS IN THE WORST RECESSION SINCE 1929, IT NAGS AT YOU UNTIL YOU FIND OUT WHY AND HOW IT OCCURRED. In 2008 at the bottom of the recession TMI AutoTech, based at Virginia International Raceway, acquired the North American rights to manufacture and distribute the remarkable Ariel Atom. A curious and minimal, exoskeleton-style 2.4-liter high-performance British road car, it had captured the attention of Europeans in droves. With styling that subscribes closely to the Ariel Atom 3, TMI AutoTech introduced the Spec Race Atom. Suddenly orders rolled in and US enthusiasts took to the track, starting at VIR. When asked the question: How did you sell 48 race cars during a recession, TMI AutoTech’s, Mark Swain says, “Being based at a race track helps. Enthusiasts enjoy the thrill of racing cars and doing track days. But at $47,500 the car represents great value for money. Businessmen told their partners, partners told their sons, and soon we had a full grid.” 2013 race season begins June 1st Now in its third year, the 2013 Spec Race Atom season begins June 1st. With twenty-one cars taking to the starting grid, it will be their biggest race entry to date. Weighing 1315lbs and generating 230hp all Spec Race Atoms are identical in performance. At Virginia International Raceway, TMI established a unique business model. In addition to creating a well-organized racing series that takes place at a fine club track, they bring the race cars to the circuit, provide trackside assistance, store the race cars at the track and...
Intelligent fix for small multi-disc oval track racing clutch troubles

Intelligent fix for small multi-disc oval track racing clutch troubles

Written by Moore Good Ink In clutch performance probably the most curious trap into which oval track racers fall is believing there is a competitive advantage between a 4.5in and a 5.5in racing clutch—lower moment of inertia and all that. In reality though, most top teams will tell you there is no discernible difference—except the smaller one usually fails quicker. Measuring 6in and called the Assault Weapon, Ram Clutches insists it has all the performance advantages while enduring more heat, more abuse and resisting severe wear better than any smaller diameter racing clutch.   Columbia, SC: Ram’s new 6in Assault Weapon is the latest oval track clutch assembly to wear the badge of the Columbia, SC competition clutch company. Engineered to maintain the lightest rotating mass yet provide the best remedy for premature wear associated with small-diameter racing clutches, Ram has endowed its assault weapon with lightness and durability. Available with twin or triple discs, which take advantage of its diameter and thicker sintered bronze metallic friction surfaces, Ram proclaims the Assault Weapon will endure more heat, more abuse, and resist more severe wear than any smaller diameter racing clutch. Full billet construction and of re-buildable design, the Assault Weapon has the ability to disperse high temperatures without distorting the discs. Comprising flywheel, friction discs, floater plates, pressure plate, spring diaphragm and cover, the clutch assembly is available with dual (10.1lbs) or triple discs and with 10 or 26 splines. Ram’s twin- and triple-disc Assault Weapons start at $599 For further information contact: RAM Automotive Company 201 Business Park Blvd. Columbia, SC 29203 Telephone (803) 788-6034...