Brittany Force secures seat in Castrol EDGE Top Fuel dragster

Written by Moore Good Ink Yorba Linda, California: At an announcement ceremony on Thursday, January 10, 2013, John Force speaking from his headquarters released news that Brittany, the second youngest of his four daughters, will be competing in a Castrol-sponsored Top Fuel dragster for the full 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Series. The Castrol EDGE dragster will be tuned by Crew Chief Dean “Guido” Antonelli. The long-serving Team Force member most recently acted as Crew Chief for John Force and for Force’s daughter Ashley. Eric Lane will be second in command to Antonelli. He held a similar position with the Auto Club Ford Mustang Funny Car driven by Robert Hight, for whom Jimmy Prock served as crew chief. The other major announcement made by Force concerned Mike Neff, who for the past two years was driver and crew chief of the Team Force Castrol GTX Ford Mustang Funny Car. Neff made the decision, with Team Force’s full support, to relinquish the race car cockpit for the role he prefers: that of Crew Chief. He will reunite with John Force, in an attempt to capture the 16th World Championship for the Team Force owner. Castrol, the British lubricant maker, with whom Force has maintained a 29-year-old relationship, will be the major sponsor displayed on Brittany’s Top Fueler.  ...

Orlando swan song brings divine intervention for Indy and for common sense. See highlights

Written by Moore Good Ink Winter Trade Shows: New and innovative products are the lifeblood of our industry. If companies don’t devote time and resources to their development and to their promotion they often fall by the wayside. Captured during the recent 2012 trade shows, here are just a few of the movers and shakers who remind us how they escape from obscurity. (watch video)...

Performance coatings specialists, Calico, moves to new 20,000sq ft facility in Denver, NC

Written by Moore Good Ink Denver, NC: Calico Coatings, the leading high-performance coatings specialists, recently moved their operations to a newly constructed 20,000sq-ft facility in Denver, NC. They are also celebrating 15 successful years in the application of ceramic thermal barrier, Teflon® and DLC as well as dry-film lubricants. In addition, they apply phosphate, powder and PVD/PECVD coatings that increase performance by reducing friction, heat, drag, wear and corrosion. Calico reported record growth in 2012, and in order to meet growing demands they will be hiring additional employees, purchasing new equipment and adding a third shift to their schedule. Calico Coatings is a performance coatings applicator that assists race teams, engine builders, the military, firearm and numerous other industries that experience difficulties with friction, wear, heat, corrosion and fuel consumption. Calico Coatings 5883 Balsom Ridge Road Denver, North Carolina 28037 Tech Line: 704.483.2202...
New clutch/starter assemblies for historic race cars:

New clutch/starter assemblies for historic race cars:

Written by Ben Mozart, Images: Moore Good Ink Modern technology solves ancient troubles on old cars Chatham, Virginia: Virkler & Bartlett LLC, the noted Historic road race specialists, has introduced a new range of custom racing clutches with reliable and robust starter motor assemblies. In Historic road-racing cars, particularly those from the 1960s, ‘50s and ‘40s, clutches and starters are a persistent source of trouble. The original clutches are unreliable, performance is mediocre at best and parts are unavailable. Similarly, starter motors are notorious for failing at the worst possible moment. Light weight custom clutch assemblies from V&B are available with single, twin or triple friction discs in popular diameters of 4.5in, 5.5in and 7.25in. The clutch friction discs are offered either in sintered metal or in carbon and a range of diaphragm spring pressures are readily available. Fasteners and other materials are produced mainly from aircraft-quality metals, including the starter ring gear of chrome moly steel. The promise is to provide a full season’s use, including frequent standing starts, without clutch maintenance. Whether conventionally mounted on a flywheel or driven from other sources, these new V&B custom clutches are made to suit the application. To complete the conversion, an attendant linkage kit, designed with appropriate pedal pressure, is provided if required. Finally, using conventional mounting centers, V&B’s accompanying starter motor is compact, durable and dependable.   Bartlett releases some fascinating components for historic racing cars and secures prestigous Goodwood victory. For several years Virginia-based V&B’s Bob Bartlett and his engineering team has been challenging the cream of historic road racing. From Monza to Monaco and from Monterey to...

Dart’s Next block crucial to LS power gains

Written by Moore Good Ink Dart Machinery sprung a last-minute surprise at this year’s SEMA show when they revealed their LS Next block. To the racer, the transition from GM’s much-loved light, compact, street-performance block to the stronger Dart replacement promises much. Their list of upgrades is long: • Reduction in crank bay windage reveals significant horse power gains • OEM holes in main webs and main caps banished as block acquires unmatched stiffness with sturdy main webs and splayed-bolt main caps • Lengthened cylinder barrels achieved by sensible crankcase revisions. Fuller piston-to-cylinder engagement, invaluable for 4in stroke arrangements • Priority-mains oiling introduced with provisions for wet- or dry-sump lubrication • Deck material increased to 5/8in prevents head gaskets leaking under high boost • Siamese cylinders add to block rigidity • Six 7/16in head bolts per cylinder ensure adequate clamping power • Large cam journals accommodate 60mm babbitt or 55mm roller bearings • Constructed from cast iron or aluminum the LS Next block will become available late spring 2013 “The stock LS engine is a modern-day good engine,” commented acclaimed builder Ken Duttweiler, “but for guys wanting to make between 1,500 and 2,500hp having access to a block with a conventional bottom end will be a great improvement.”Introduced in 1996, the LS engine with its symmetrical-port heads and shallow valve angles performed well in the street-performance markets, whose enthusiasts had become attracted to it around 2005. But as engine speeds increased windage troubles in the crankcase contributed to significant power losses. According to Dart the engine lost 35hp at 6,000rpm and 70hp at 8,500rpm. In their new design, which...

Kaase debuts P-38 cross-ram for Windsor

Written by Moore Good Ink • Abundant low- and mid-range torque • Ample Hood clearance • Compelling good looks Winder, GA: A quick glance at Kaase’s new P-38 cross-ram induction system for Ford Windsor engines immediately conveys two things: its potential to deliver impressive low- to mid-range torque and its inherent low-profile presence to add greater hood clearance—qualities that are often highly valued. Depending upon the specifications of the camshaft and the cylinder heads, the cross-ram’s lengthy runners awakens the engine’s torque production and induces its best driving characteristics from around 2,500 to 6,800rpm. Increased low- to mid-range torque also promises superior off-idle performance, strong acceleration, and rapid recovery during gear changing. Improvements in fuel economy are a further bonus. Functioning with factory-style and aftermarket cylinder heads as well as race heads, Kaase’s new cross-ram system is available as a fully assembled kit or as individual components. The complete engine management system, comprising ECU, sensors, injectors, and wiring harness, is tailored to operate efficiently with a high-flowing intake manifold. Nothing undermines the legitimacy of effective electronics more than the meager flow rates of an inadequate intake. The manifold is also complete, incorporating fuel rails and trumpets. The rails are positioned on top of the intake runners; the trumpets are attached to the ends of the runners. Finally, Kaase’s P-38 cross ram is supplied with an electronic control unit that has the ability to manage a wide variety of accessories for street use and for race cars. It offers almost infinite tuning and is furnished with built-in data acquisition and diagnostics. By featuring individual control of spark and fuel, it...
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