Winning: The racing life of Paul Newman

Winning: The racing life of Paul Newman

By Freddie Heaney: An 83-minute documentary “Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,” premiered in Los Angeles recently and is scheduled for nationwide distribution at select theaters, starting May 22 in Indianapolis. All screening proceeds will be devoted to charity. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FILM’S OFFICIAL TRAILER  Paul Leonard Newman, who died Sept. 26, 2008, aged 83, was an acclaimed race car driver and team owner with a 35-year involvement in motor sport, while continuing a successful film career. Extraordinarily, he didn’t begin car racing until his forty-eighth year, yet won four SCCA national titles as a driver and eight Champ Car driver’s championships as a co-owner of Newman-Hass Racing. He also finished 2nd overall and 1st in GT class at Le Mans 1979 in Dick Barbour’s Porsche 935 with teammates Rolf Stommelen and Barbour. At 70 he became the oldest driver to be part of a winning team in a major sanctioned race, his Ford Mustang finishing 3rd overall and 1st in GTS-1 class at the 1995 Daytona 24 Hours with teammates Tommy Kendall, Michael Brockman and Mark Martin. An even greater measure of the man and, perhaps, less well known was his philanthropic pursuits. His Newman’s Own food company has donated $430 million in profits to date, to charities. He also founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children. A man of rare ability, Newman’s passion for racing began while studying for his role in the 1969 racing film “Winning.” The new film is directed and produced by Nate Adams and comedian and car enthusiast Adam Carolla, who has owned, restored and...
Clever new adjustable PCV valve–the first of its kind.

Clever new adjustable PCV valve–the first of its kind.

By Ben Mozart: What would you think of a simple, effective tuning device that also cleans the crankcase of a running engine? Bear Creek, PA: M/E Wagner has invented a dual-flow adjustable PCV valve. As implied the valve features two independent, adjustable circuits—an idle and a cruise. It was pioneered to aid the evacuation of undesirable crankcase gases in a wide range of high-performance street engines and to simplify tuning. Though of little benefit to full racing engines, its effect on the larger high-performance street-engine market is unparalleled. In fact, it is the only adjustable valve for crankcase gas evacuation, functioning in engines with both stock and modified internal components. As a result it also reduces oil leaks and aids in idle air-fuel mixture tuning. Importantly, under cruising conditions its flow rate increases to accommodate additional blow-by precipitated by higher load conditions. When performance parts are added—cylinder heads, camshaft, carburetor, intake manifold—the vacuum profile of the engine is altered. The original PCV valve that once evacuated blow-by gases and acidic vapors from the crankcase can be only partially effective or may not work at all in modified engines. In contrast, Wagner’s adjustable PCV valve delivers the proper flow rate to evacuate the gases—and in the process allows fresh air into the crankcase. Astute engine builders often regard a slow idle as the hallmark of a good tune. But the original PCV valve in modified engines at idle or part throttle or light load often presents mysterious and time-consuming troubles. When a carburetor becomes non-responsive to adjustment often it’s not the fault of the carburetor at all. Excessively high idle...
K1 introduces new crankshafts and connecting rods for GM LS engines

K1 introduces new crankshafts and connecting rods for GM LS engines

Written by Titus Bloom: LS cranks: pre-balanced to 1800g bob weight & with 1,000+hp capability Precisely ground & lightened rod journals with straight-shot oiling LS rods: Weight variance limited to +/- 2 grams across each set Mentor, Ohio: Forged from 4340, the tough, shock and impact resistant alloy steel, K1 Technologies has introduced a new range of high-performance crankshafts and H-beam connecting rods for racing and high performance LS engines. Designed to cope with 1,000+hp, K1’s new series of cranks and rods are ideal for street and custom rods, Muscle cars and performance trucks as well as road race and Sportsman drag race cars. K1’s forged crankshafts feature rifle-drilled mains, large journal radii and straight-shot journal oiling. Perhaps more importantly they are distinguished by precision-ground journals. Attaining meticulousness can be time consuming To avoid tapered journals the entire diameter of each journal, both main and rod, is subjected to concentricity checks traced on a co-ordinate measuring machine and finished to 0.0001in. In addition, to ease engine builder balancing obligations, the cranks are pre-balanced to 1,800 gram bob weight. For lightening purposes, two non-intersecting holes, 1 inch in diameter and angled at 25 degrees, are drilled into each end of each rod journal. To accommodate after-market harmonic balancers, a keyway is added to the crank snout. More appealing still is cost. At $835, K1’s crank is approximately 20 percent less expensive than comparable components. Connecting rods: In common with their crankshafts, K1’s new H-beam connecting rods for high-performance LS engines are made from the same pristine 4340 nickel-chrome-moly steel. But it’s the ambitions of their Ohio Design and Quality Control...
E-Force Supercharger systems: 2015 Corvette Stingray

E-Force Supercharger systems: 2015 Corvette Stingray

By Martha Maglone: Torrance, California: Edelbrock has expanded its E-Force Stage 1 supercharger systems for the Corvette Stingray to include 2015 models. Stage 2 and Stage 3 systems are also offered for enthusiast’s seeking even more performance. E-Force supercharger systems incorporate the Eaton® Gen VI 2300 Twin Vortices Series (TVS) rotor assembly, as well as an air-to-water twin intercooler system and dual-core heat exchanger. Performance has been further optimized through a unique runner design and an integrated bypass valve that helps reduce parasitic losses under light throttle, which improves fuel mileage. All kits fit under the stock hood without modification. Stage 1 Street systems (#1570, #15700, #1571 and #15710) are designed to work with all OEM emissions equipment, making them 50-state emissions-legal (E.O. # D-215-87). They also include a tune for both 91 and 93 octane fuel, providing the best combination for daily driving. Edelbrock Stage 2 Track systems (#15702 and #15712) include all of the components of the Stage 1 systems with the addition of a smaller pulley and a custom tune optimized for these upgrades. They also incorporate a tune optimized for both 91 and 93 octane fuel and are emissions legal (E.O. # D-215-87). Both, Stage 1 and Stage 2 systems are eligible for a FREE 3-year/36,000 mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, offering up to $16,500 of coverage for worry-free operation. For competition racing use only, Edelbrock’s Stage 3 Professional Tuner systems (#15712 and #15702) contains all essential custom components. These include the flexibility of choosing the right belt and pulley, which range in diameter from 2.75in to 4.125in, depending on desired boost level. For more information...
AEM releases flex-fuel ethanol content sensor kits

AEM releases flex-fuel ethanol content sensor kits

By Martha Maglone: Hawthorne, CA: AEM has released two flex-fuel ethanol-content sensor kits, one with 3/8″ barbed adapter fittings (# 30-2200) the other with -6AN to 3/8″ adapter fittings (#30-2201). Not only do they measure a vehicle’s fuel-ethanol content percentage and fuel temperature but also users with programmable engine-management systems capable of flex-fuel tuning have the ability to accurately calibrate the engine’s fuel-ethanol content. While many gas stations label flex fuel as E85 (85% Ethanol and 15% Gasoline), the actual ethanol content can vary widely. AEM’s new sensor determines the amount of fuel blend being used at any given time. Furthermore, the sensor is ideal for use with AEM’s Infinity standalone programmable ECU and Series 2 EMS on flex-fuel-equipped vehicles. Alternatively, it can be connected to a dash display or data logger.   For more information visit www.aemelectronics.com For application information and to find or become a factory-trained Infinity EMS Tuner, call (310) 484-2322.   ABOUT AEM Advanced Engine Management designs, manufactures and assembles engine management systems, wideband air-fuel systems, water-methanol injection systems, performance gauges, boost controllers, ignition components, fuel delivery components and adjustable cam gears at its corporate headquarters in Hawthorne,...