Molded ABS Composite Dash for 1977-’79 Nova

Written by Moore Good Ink Cumming GA- Classic Dash recently announced a new molded ABS composite dash panel to suit the 1977 to ’79 Chevy Nova.   In common with all the company’s previous dash panels, this new design has a modern, clean look, and is available in carbon fiber, brushed aluminum, or classic black finishes. With this recent addition, the range of Classic Dash panels for the Nova now includes production years: 1962 -‘65, 1966 -‘67, 1968, 1969 -‘74 and 1977 -‘79.   All Classic Dash panels are available in three forms: with or without gauges, with or without gauge openings, or complete with gauges installed. Twenty-two different styles of gauges are offered, including 10 variations from Autometer, 8 from Classic Instruments, and 4 from Dolphin Instruments. Prices for complete Classic Dash instrument panels for the 1977-’79 Nova start at $600.  For further information contact: Classic Dash, 6020 Parkway North Drive, Building A Suite 300, Cumming GA 30040 Telephone (866) 882-3525 or (770) 667-7684 or email: Jcovancctas@aol.com Visit the Covan website www.covanclassic.com for the latest... read more

MARANELLO PILOT CYNDIE ALLEMANN SCORES PODIUM RESULT AT FLORIDA WINTER TOUR

Swiss pilot looks to fight for championship West Palm Beach, Florida – January 20, 2009 – Maranello pilot Cyndie Allemann scored two strong results at this past weekend’s Formula Kart Productions Florida Winter Tour (FWT) event held at the Homestead Karting facility on the grounds of Homestead Miami Speedway. Working with mechanic Gary Carlton, Allemann finished tenth in Saturday’s main event but bounced back to claim the second podium step in Sunday’s competition. Competing in the TaG Senior class, Allemann started her weekend off strong by posting some quick times in Friday’s unofficial practice sessions. Working with double Intercontinental C (ICC) National Champion Gary Carlton as well as under the watchful eye of Jay Howard, Allemann and her mechanic would look to battle for victory throughout the weekend. In Saturday morning’s qualifying session, Allemann would be the highest placing female in the field of 25 as she put her Maranello in the fifth position. Starting the prefinal on the inside third row, Allemann was hoping to move forward before early race contact sent her to the tail of the field. With her never give up attitude, the now New York resident pushed hard to advance forward to claim the twelfth finishing position. The final would be somewhat a carbon copy to her race earlier in the day as an opening lap incident sent her down the running order. Though the Swiss native was one of the fastest karts on the track, she was only able to power her way back up to tenth in the 18 lap main event. “Cyndie proved to be very strong today,” stated Jay Howard.... read more

RAM's new high performance clutch for the Corvette C6 and C6 ZO6.

Written by Moore Good Ink RAM Automotive has announced a new twin-plate high performance clutch and flywheel assembly for the Corvette C6 and C6 ZO6.  They have christened it the DirectFit StreetDual and have allocated its part number as 90-2100.   Designed for use in street applications with healthy increases in power (via blowers, turbos, or nitrous), this new clutch arrangement is a true bolt-in twin-plate replacement assembly.  Similar in dimensions to the original, its overall height is 3.0 to 3.1 inches (measured from the crankshaft flange to the finger tips of the cover assembly) and its diameter is 10.5 inches.   The DirectFit StreetDual clutch is equipped with a strong, 2400-pound clamp-load diaphragm cover, a nodular pressure ring for strength, and RAM 300 series organic disc friction material. The chief advantage of using organic friction material is its superior holding power and improved driveability without chatter on takeoff.   The clutch disc springs are also stiffer. By encasing them in urethane, their compression rate increases approximately four times that of an uncoated spring. As a result, this RAM clutch assembly distinguishes itself by not only having the capacity to handle up to 1000 horsepower at the rear wheels but also providing stock driveability.   Since this clutch has to combat greater rotational forces, steel friction backing is added (see accompanying image with call-outs).  The facing is riveted steel-to-steel, in contrast with factory non-backed facings.   To complete the assembly, the flywheel is constructed of billet aluminum and contains a ¼-inch thick steel friction insert.  This insert (regarded as the thickest in the industry) contributes sufficient mass to dissipate... read more

RAM’s new high performance clutch for the Corvette C6 and C6 ZO6.

Written by Moore Good Ink RAM Automotive has announced a new twin-plate high performance clutch and flywheel assembly for the Corvette C6 and C6 ZO6.  They have christened it the DirectFit StreetDual and have allocated its part number as 90-2100.   Designed for use in street applications with healthy increases in power (via blowers, turbos, or nitrous), this new clutch arrangement is a true bolt-in twin-plate replacement assembly.  Similar in dimensions to the original, its overall height is 3.0 to 3.1 inches (measured from the crankshaft flange to the finger tips of the cover assembly) and its diameter is 10.5 inches.   The DirectFit StreetDual clutch is equipped with a strong, 2400-pound clamp-load diaphragm cover, a nodular pressure ring for strength, and RAM 300 series organic disc friction material. The chief advantage of using organic friction material is its superior holding power and improved driveability without chatter on takeoff.   The clutch disc springs are also stiffer. By encasing them in urethane, their compression rate increases approximately four times that of an uncoated spring. As a result, this RAM clutch assembly distinguishes itself by not only having the capacity to handle up to 1000 horsepower at the rear wheels but also providing stock driveability.   Since this clutch has to combat greater rotational forces, steel friction backing is added (see accompanying image with call-outs).  The facing is riveted steel-to-steel, in contrast with factory non-backed facings.   To complete the assembly, the flywheel is constructed of billet aluminum and contains a ¼-inch thick steel friction insert.  This insert (regarded as the thickest in the industry) contributes sufficient mass to dissipate... read more

Palm Beach International Raceway moves closer to FIA track certification

Also launches new Indy Lights Rookie Challenge—winner receives 2009 ride Written by Moore Good Ink Orlando, FL: Palm Beach International Raceway President, Ron Dixon, announced news on Friday at the PRI Trade Show of FIA approval to use the track as a test facility for all types of racing that falls under the umbrella of a Grade 2 License and also of an important new Indy Lights Rookie Challenge Series to help aspiring young drivers get closer to competing in the 2009 Indy Lights series. Dixon said, “We’ve recently received notification from the FIA that our Grade II license is forthcoming, and we are confident that we will have the rubber stamp on the certificate by late January or early February, 2009.” This means track testing for professional classes on our road course can begin immediately. This valuable certificate enables Palm Beach International Raceway to host events in all the major classes, including IRL, Indy Lights, Grand-Am, and NASCAR.  “Our whole aim,” explained Dixon “is to bring all major auto racing events to the State of Florida by 2010.” PBIR’s second announcement of note, involves the launch of a new series titled the Indy Lights Rookie Challenge. This is a concept inspired and perpetuated by Dixon to attract approximately thirty young, ambitious Indy Lights drivers to compete for a fully sponsored ride in the 2009 IRL Indy Lights series. “There are a lot of young racers who simply cannot afford today’s Indy Lights annual budgets, which have escalated to between $750,000 and $1,000,000,” said Dixon.  “My aim is to help young drivers who cannot raise these kinds of racing... read more

Palm Beach International Raceway at Performance Racing Industry Trade Show

Written by Moore Good Ink Images by Peak Seven Orlando, FL: Dec. 11-13, 2008:  – The PBIR staff with a large display booth   demonstrated a strong presence at this year’s 21st annual PRI exhibition at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. As previous, the trade show featured automotive-based manufacturers and suppliers from the United States and around the world.  This year’s event attracted 42,000-plus attendees. The PBIR booth showcased an Indy Lights racecar, the Wilson Manifolds Cobalt Pro Stocker, a Maranello Kart, and various race vehicles that can participate at the PBIR multi-venue race track. Ron Dixon, president, announced news of imminent FIA Grade II track certification for PBIR (expected late January or early February 2009).  This license is a major advancement, enabling the track to host a variety of professional classes such as IRL, Indy Lights, Grand Am or ARCA.  Dixon also outlined an exciting new PBIR concept to be known as the Indy Lights Rookie Challenge.  This commendable new series, scheduled for late February to mid-March ’09, is designed to provide an opportunity for a young racer to enter the IRL Indy Lights series.  The winner of the Rookie Challenge will receive a fully sponsored ride underwritten by Palm Beach International... read more

Kyle Petty tests at Palm Beach International Raceway

Written by JJ O’Malley Kyle Petty took another big step towards racing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and a possible full season in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Sunday, testing the No. 45 Orbit Racing InterMedia BMW Riley at the new Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, Florida. Petty, who tested with the team at Daytona during Pirelli tire testing in October, ran more than 50 laps as he continues to make the adjustment from racing a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stock car to a Grand-Am Daytona Prototype. IndyCar Series veteran Darren Manning performed the initial adjustments on the car, with co-drivers Mike Riolo and Leo Hindery Jr. also sharing time at the wheel. Going fast has not been a problem for Petty, an eight-time winner in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition. Slowing down has been difficult, though.  “Braking has been hard for me,” Petty said. “Darren tried teaching me at Daytona until I ran into the tire wall. That was pretty exciting. When I ran a few laps here I told him, first I’m not brave enough, then I get stupid, so I have to back it up and figure out where I need to be, somewhere between ‘stupid’ and ‘not brave enough.’ Learning the braking is hard.” The car was not damaged when Petty slid into an infield tire barrier during his October test session. Manning has been very impressed with Petty’s progress. Manning recorded a 1:11.9 while testing the car Sunday morning at the 2.034-mile Palm Beach International layout. Petty ran a lap of 1:12.5 on his first test session, and progressed to... read more

Kyle Petty prepares for a new racing life

November 20, 2008 Written by Moore Good Ink Kyle Petty will be testing on Sunday, November 23, at the new Palm Beach International Raceway (formerly Moroso Motorsports Park).  Kyle, son of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, is preparing for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, January 24-25, 2009. After spending more than 20 years competing at the highest level of stock car racing, Petty is preparing to run at the highest level of sports car racing. Orbit Racing is a local racing team (Riviera Beach) and has a history of competing in the most acclaimed sports car races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.  Orbit will prepare the BMW-powered Riley MK XI Daytona Prototype for Petty and British star Darren Manning.  Manning is a regular in the Indianapolis 500 and raced in 2008 with AJ Foyt’s team.  Both he and ALMS race driver Scott Sharp will be in attendance on Sunday during testing at Palm Beach International Raceway. To prepare the drivers, team, and equipment for the grueling Rolex 24-hour Daytona race, all are looking forward to a full day of testing at the new track. Palm Beach International Raceway is an all-new facility that intends to cater to all forms of professional motors sports as well as to the fans that come out to enjoy the action.  Recently completed, the 2.034-mile 11-turn road course has been constructed to meet the latest FIA specifications and will soon receive International Grade II certification, allowing access to IRL, Indy Lights, Grand Am, and all major motor sports... read more

Swatt's New Rear-Sets for Suzuki GSXR 600 and 750 – 2006 & UP

Written by Moore Good Ink New rear-sets for Suzuki GSXR and SV models—fully adjustable and lightweight ➢    Made from 6061-T6 aluminum—strong and robust ➢    Feature 12 unique positions of adjustment on GSXR, including stock position, and 9 positions on SV ➢    Operate in both stock and reverse-shift patterns ➢    Provide optimal grip with deep-knurled foot pegs ➢    Include levers and all necessary hardware ➢    Sold as individual components if necessary ➢    Finished in black or clear anodize ➢    Intended for race track use (if brake lights necessary, in-line pressure switch required) For further information contact: Swatt Motorcycle Products 34 Apex Drive, Jefferson, GA  30549 Telephone (800) 818-9636 or email: bill@swattmotorcycle.com Visit www.SwattMotorcycle.com for latest offerings. SWATT: CLIP-ONS (SUITABLE FOR FORK DIAMETERS 38-53mm; REAR-SETS (DUCATI & SUZUKI); RIDE-HEIGHT ADJUSTERS... read more

Swatt’s New Rear-Sets for Suzuki GSXR 600 and 750 – 2006 & UP

Written by Moore Good Ink New rear-sets for Suzuki GSXR and SV models—fully adjustable and lightweight ➢    Made from 6061-T6 aluminum—strong and robust ➢    Feature 12 unique positions of adjustment on GSXR, including stock position, and 9 positions on SV ➢    Operate in both stock and reverse-shift patterns ➢    Provide optimal grip with deep-knurled foot pegs ➢    Include levers and all necessary hardware ➢    Sold as individual components if necessary ➢    Finished in black or clear anodize ➢    Intended for race track use (if brake lights necessary, in-line pressure switch required) For further information contact: Swatt Motorcycle Products 34 Apex Drive, Jefferson, GA  30549 Telephone (800) 818-9636 or email: bill@swattmotorcycle.com Visit www.SwattMotorcycle.com for latest offerings. SWATT: CLIP-ONS (SUITABLE FOR FORK DIAMETERS 38-53mm; REAR-SETS (DUCATI & SUZUKI); RIDE-HEIGHT ADJUSTERS... read more

The Wilson Thrasher intake manifold: very big news for 5.9L '03–'07 Cummins turbo diesels

Written by Moore Good Ink Wilson, a leading name in performance and racing induction systems, has expanded its repertoire and announced an amazing new intake system for all 5.9 liter common-rail Cummins engines from 2003-2007. Depending upon the state of tune, the Thrasher can generate in excess of 300 extra ft-lb of torque, or with lighter throttle use, the equivalent in fuel savings. In contrast with the OEM arrangement, this new induction system provides greater equality of air-fuel distribution, especially in the cruise zone of 2,000 to 2,250 rpm.  As a result, the Thrasher generates not only amazing gains in both torque and fuel economy but also improves horsepower output, lowers exhaust gas temperatures, reduces exhaust emissions, and improves drivability. Check out the results from the strict disciplines of the dynamometer graphs above. One graph demonstrates the gains in both torque and horsepower of the Wilson Thrasher manifold when compared with the OEM manifold, both of which are tested with a standard ECU. In the other, both are tested with an aftermarket ECU. What is more, the greater the power improvements made to this engine, the greater the performance or economy benefits of the Thrasher.  In simple terms, the Thrasher requires less accelerator pedal action to pull, tow, or cruise; therefore, it uses less fuel. The Wilson Thrasher kit contains a cast alloy elbow, billet baseplate, stainless/Viton rubber gasket, and all necessary fasteners.  Installation takes about two hours. Wilson: Leaders in induction technology–Competition intake manifolds, New Thrasher intake (5.9L Cummins diesels), Throttle Bodies and Elbows (naturally aspirated and forced induction), Carburetor Spacers, and the award-winning Nitrous ProFlow systems.  For further information,... read more