Bradenton, Florida: Inaugural TorqStorm Superchargers 2020 True Street event

Bradenton, Florida: Inaugural TorqStorm Superchargers 2020 True Street event

By Sam Logan: Naturally, there’s a desire within the TorqStorm operation to introduce enthusiasts to their billet supercharger. But also there’s a keenness to acquaint them with the racing scene, especially those with no former competition experience. So 2020 marks the beginning of a new era for TorqStorm, an initiative with the NMCA to sponsor their well-established True Street class. True Street rules call for the entrants to take a 30-mile cruise followed by three successive drag strip passes. As a special feature for this event, they were led by Drag Week winner Tom Bailey and his Camaro with YouTube celebrity Cleetus McFarland occupying the passenger’s seat.     The race results were as follows: Mike French triumphed, motoring to an overall win with an 8.77sec average, while Jason Rollins claimed runner-up, finishing with an 8.96 average. Willard Howard was the tour de force in the 9-second category, Jeff Smith the 10-second, and TorqStorm’s own Jeff Neibarger was the 11-second winner. Grant Martin won the 12-second category, with Jose Vera and Jimmy Hodges winning the 13-second and 14-second categories respectively.  Branden Arila took the spoils in the 15-second...
How to change the oil on a TorqStorm supercharger.

How to change the oil on a TorqStorm supercharger.

Since TorqStorm’s beginning, about ten years ago, inquirers have written on virtually every aspect of forced induction. Oil-changing procedures is a popular topic. Required at 10,000-mile intervals or once a year, whichever comes first, here are the five steps with pictures and captions to clarify. Step 1 Remove your supercharger from your car and flip it over onto backside to access drain plug. Step 2 Remove drain plug with 1/4in Allen wrench and drain oil. Step 3 Through the drain hole, pour 6fl oz of TorqStorm-specific oil. Step 4 Replace drain plug and tighten to 15lbs- ft of torque.   An oil change must be performed every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes first. Failure to do so will void the warranty. Oil can be purchased directly from TorqStorm for $6: Part# ARP-OIL-GT46   TorqStorm SuperchargersTorqStorm.comTelephone (616) 706-5580 or visit www.TorqStorm.com or e-mail the knowledgeable Chris Beardsley...
TorqStorm Superchargers has broadened its focus.

TorqStorm Superchargers has broadened its focus.

In 2020, TorqStorm will participate in a new campaign, sponsoring NMCA’s True Street, a quarter-mile drag racing class for grass-roots enthusiasts, including those who have never raced before. The racing campaign promises to be a welcome addition, particularly the early March event for those who enjoy a little racing and an early vacation in the sun. With scarcely time to draw breath following a busy 2019 season of shows, developing new supercharger applications, moving to larger premises, and managing increased production schedules, 2020 is hoped to be a landmark year.   Both TorqStorm co-founders, Chris Brooker and Scott Oshinski, plan participation at all six NMCA racing venues as well as the two LS Fest events and perhaps two Mopar adventures (Hemi Fest at Summit Sports Park, Norwalk, and Mopar Nationals at National Trails Columbus). The True Street calendar of events is as follows: March 5-8         18th Annual NMCA       Bradenton Motorsports Park     Bradenton, FL              April 2-5           12th Annual NMCA       Atlanta Dragway                    Commerce, GA May 28-31        Inaugural NMCA            Technology R’way, Gateway      Madison, IL July 30-Aug 2    15th Annual NMCA       Route 66 Raceway                     Joliet, IL Aug 27-30         19th Annual NMCA       Summit M’Sports Park               Norwalk, OH Sep 24-27         19th Annual NMCA       Indianapolis Raceway Park         Indianapolis, IN NMCA’s True Street class permits enthusiasts to race on premium tracks at a cost of $125 over the course of three days, (Thursday is regarded as set-up day) and the average car count for the class numbers around 50 but can climb to 125 at some venues. Prizes are awarded to the overall winner and runner-up. Prizes are also awarded for the best 9-second average, 10sec, 11sec,...
Celebrating 10th year of supercharger production.

Celebrating 10th year of supercharger production.

Following ten years of supercharger manufacture, TorqStorm has developed approximately 100 variations, which, of course, increases to 300 variations when three choices of finish are included. Chris Beardsley of Technical Sales elaborates, “Consider our small-block Chevrolet kits, for example, these are available with left- or right-hand mounting and with long- or short-style water pump. They are also available in single or twin configurations as well as our comprehensive Plus kit. In addition, there are two different twin kits: a regular twin and a 2XR kit—and all of these represent just our small-block Chevrolet offerings!”   Future developments? “The Hemi guys,” says company co-founder Chris Brooker, “regularly inquire about complete kits; that is, a turnkey kit that provides a tune, injectors, cooler, and piping. When we eventually pursue the development of these, we will probably first focus on the Ram truck, Camaro, Pontiac G8, Pontiac GTO, and Silverado. At the moment we have these—about six or eight kits available—but they are incomplete and non-smog compliant.” Source: TorqStorm SuperchargersTorqStorm.comTelephone (616) 706-5580 or visit www.TorqStorm.com or e-mail the knowledgeable Chris Beardsley...
Road registered 3,900lb four-door running small-block, stock suspension & with 57psi boost records 6.96sec at 211mph quarter mile.

Road registered 3,900lb four-door running small-block, stock suspension & with 57psi boost records 6.96sec at 211mph quarter mile.

Action in last summer’s Australian Drag Challenge peaked on the Thursday, the penultimate day of their annual five-day contest, when Frank Marchese took the lead, recording 7.36sec at 192mph. On the following day, he won the event, which is similar to the US Hot Rod Drag Week. It was his first attempt.   Son of a Melbourne farmer, the forty-three year old is hardly famous in the US, but in Australia, Marchese (pronounced Mar-chej-zee) is notable in the 275 class, a class restricted in use to 10.5in wide drag radial tires. Three years earlier, his notoriety came about when photographs emerged on social media of three engine blocks, all blown to bits. One of them, an aluminum style, shattered from top to bottom after five racing passes. The outer halves of the cylinders parted from the core of the block and wrecked everything in its path, including the bellhousing and converter. Alarming for most race engine devotees, it was the greatest catastrophic failure they had seen, and the replacement cost of Aus$35,000 was no less daunting for Marchese. Yet, his racing efforts descended into further chaos when the remaining two cast iron units fractured from the cam tunnel downwards. All were US made. The tumult was so financially destructive it cast him out of racing for two years. “At that time,” said Marchese, “I was aiming for only 2,000hp. If I’d had the slightest hint that those racing blocks were unfit for purpose—and in one case, the disreputable behavior by a company head—I would never have risked my racing capital.” Yet, it turned out that these successive tragedies could...