Street Demon: An interview with its designer

Street Demon: An interview with its designer

by Sam Logan   In mid-January 2012, the new 625 Street Demon carburetor was debuted in Los Angeles, California during the MPMC media-manufacturers conference. Designed to suit a large variety of stock to mildly tuned engines of up to 450 horsepower, the Street Demon cuts an elegant figure and caused considerable interest at the conference. Then in mid-February 2012, during pre-production dynamometer experiments, it fuelled a 376cu in LS-3 engine that generated in excess of 450 horsepower. Of course during the normal course of carburetor selection few would consider installing a 625cfm street carburetor on a 500hp engine. Clearly an engine of this capacity ideally requires a bigger carburetor, probably one of 750CFM. Still, evaluation tests or not, the Street Demon carburetor’s performance raised a few eyebrows. The Street Demon’s production is scheduled to begin in early spring 2012 and given the chance to meet its designer, Larry Tipton, it seemed a fine opportunity to get to know more about what had inspired it and how it works. Larry Tipton has spent most of his life in carburetor design and development. He began with Carter in October 1966 in St Louis as a designer of carburetor components and later was appointed to the advanced design group for new carburetion. Today he is the inspiration behind the new 625 Street Demon. 1) What was the inspiration behind the Street Demon? “Since its beginning Demon Carburetion has specialized in racing carburetors, usually for drag racing and for oval track competition and for street-strip and muscle cars. Later the Demon SixShooter and the Demon 98 carburetors and their attendant intake manifold systems were...
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