The Five Best Read Stories of 2013

by Moore Good Ink

 

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1. Emperor of Engine Masters Challenge: Kaase claims purse

It takes uncommon pluck to enter an engine performance contest—what happens if you finish 39th?

Developing racing engines is a serious business. Your reputation, your record of success and your credentials are constantly on the line.Despite the obvious reservations, however, entering the annual Engine Masters Challenge is…

 

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MME’s Titus engine, street use engines, strip use engine, drag block, oval track engine block, road racing2. Titus: World’s first aftermarket Cleveland engine in production

A regular top finisher in the annual Engine Masters Challenge, Mark McKeown is a man with a prolific output of engine improvements in his résumé, not least the Ford Cleveland.

But even with thirty years of Cleveland toil and achievement in McKeown’s background, it takes exceptional gallantry to resurrect a low-volume engine block—a block that was first conceived almost half a century ago.

The fact is though, he had the daring, the energy, and the resilience to see it through and now it’s in production. The Titus will be his hallmark: a defining moment for all Cleveland aficionados who will benefit by his incentive.

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John Meaney3. This man’s EFI controllers dominate high-end drag racing. How did this come to pass?

Using the most powerful processors in the industry, Big Stuff 3 EFI controllers dominate Pro Mod, Outlaw 10.5, NHRA Comp Eliminator, Bonneville competition—and now it’s the impelling force in hundreds of street-strip engines.

In 1983 John Meaney, originating from the south side of Chicago and now in his early twenties, had an idea for a carburetor. But his Professor at Valparaiso University said, “Don’t waste your time on those things they’ll be extinct in five years. Why don’t you consider an electronic fuel injection system?”

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Dart LS block engine4. Dart’s new LS Next block in production:

In Dart’s dyno room on April 4, their new LS Next block was undergoing its final stages of testing before making its production debut.  “It produced 740hp @ 7,000rpm,” said its creator Richard Maskin “and it sustained 700hp for a long way.” Configured with 4.155in bore and 4in stroke the 434cu in test engine made 600ft lbs of torque.

Introduced by General Motors in 1997, the purpose of Dart’s LS replacement block is to exploit greater potential from the engine, particularly in the reduction of windage and improved lubrication.

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5. World’s first sequential retrofit transmission for Corvette:

Reece Cox is a man who immerses himself in details. For nineteen years he has served Corvette and Camaro owners, supplying them primarily with race parts. In the early nineteen nineties, he functioned as crew chief at Morrison Motorsports, running the Mobil 1 Corvettes.

Now he is introducing the world’s first sequential retrofit transmission for the Corvette and all others with front-mounted Tremec T-56 transmissions. The purpose of his new gearbox is simple: gear shifts are executed in 10 to 20 milliseconds.

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