Carbon-Fiber Driveshafts

Carbon-Fiber Driveshafts

Setting the template for the foreseeable future? Lighter and stronger than conventional driveshafts, the unorthodox carbon fiber units fulfill an even more important role: they are at the heart of traction, attempting to deter any disruption of the tire’s contact...
Crown Jewels for SB Fords

Crown Jewels for SB Fords

Hemispherical-style combustion chambers have earned a formidable reputation for power generation. The Hemi head broke fresh ground in several areas, including skillfully uniting superior air flow with larger valves. Now, a new company, Hammerhead Performance Engines,...
Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings

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...
Balance of Power

Balance of Power

Harmonic Balancer Types and Tech. It’s easy to underestimate the cost of a deficient harmonic balancer. But they can have a profound effect on the fortunes of the able race engine—a natural enemy of crank and bearings. With the engine running, camshafts and...
Garlits talks tire shake…

Garlits talks tire shake…

with Prudhomme, Austin Coil, Mongoose… “In my heyday, to deliver the perfect drag racing run we raced a very fine line,” asserts Don Garlits. “If you had the exact right size tire for the weight of the vehicle and the clutch set exactly right for the horsepower...
Pedal Performance

Pedal Performance

Enthusiasts with manual transmissions might know whether their clutch release mechanism is operated by cable or by a hydraulic bearing. But if it’s the latter it’s unlikely they could tell whether the bearing operates in constant contact with the clutch fingers or...
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