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

Palm Beach International Raceway: Inaugural nostalgic drag race show on schedule November 9

Written by Moore Good Ink Jupiter, FL, Oct. 28: On Saturday, November 8, Palm Beach International Raceway will open its gates for the first event on the newest of all-concrete drag race surfaces in the country! After months of rebuilding, this well-known Jupiter, FL, race facility will again offer racers the opportunity to test and tune their vehicles. The PBIR staff and management are looking forward to providing the racers with a great track and a positive experience!  Gates open 9AM with racing 10AM to 5PM.  Race entry $50, crew/spectator entry $15 each and children 12 years and under no charge when accompanied by a parent. On Sunday, November 9, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits and his Swamp Fuel Rat VI top fuel dragster, the first drag car to exceed 200 mph back in 1964, will feature in the previously hailed Dick Moroso Classic Car Show and Nostalgia Drag Race. Also included in the fun will be the Southern Slingshots plus Rocky Pirone and Dave Sano in their nostalgia Funny Cars. The show portion will present many historic factory racecars from the 1960’s, and a herd of street and customs rods will be judged by the South East Rods & Customs. To ensure its flatness, this new all-concrete track has recently been milled and polished.  Prior to milling, it was “Profilographed,” a laser measuring EKG-like procedure that identifies any high or low areas in the track surface. The timing apparatus is the latest state-of-the-art Compulink system, the official timing mechanism of the NHRA. The new Trans-Lux scoreboards feature all-green LED bulbs and 48-inch tall digits which read to 1/1000th of... read more

High aspirations for this weekend’s Rockingham Ram runners

Written by Moore Good Ink This weekend at Rockingham, NC, RAM customers in IHRA Pro Stock will shoot for the stars!  Pete Berner holds a slight 25-point edge over Jeff Dobbins and 101 points over John Montecalvo in the points standings. Berner is aiming to secure his second World Championship in the class.  He’ll have a tough battle as this IHRA Pro Stock class is the tightest competition ever.   Also at Rockingham this weekend, the final round of the $100,000 Torco Pro Stock Challenge will take place, which pits Berner against John Montecalvo for the $50,000 payday.   In Pro Modified, RAM customer Mike Castellana is trailing Kenny Lang by just 21 points and is looking to secure his second Pro Modified championship.  Castellana has been the class of the Pro Mod nitrous contingent lately, running as fast as 6.000 in IHRA legal trim.   Next weekend marks the ADRL ‘Battle for the belts’ in Dallas Texas.  In the Pro Nitrous division, points leader Billy Harper will attempt to secure the championship belt.  Harper has been a strong challenger this year, reaching the finals four times and claiming three wins.  He has run as fast as 3.92 and is closely followed by teammate Dennis Radford.  RAM: FLYWHEELS, PRESSURE PLATES, CLUTCH DISCS, and... read more

Wilson Winners' Update

Written by Moore Good Ink Sunday, Oct 12, 2008: Cameron Coble not only won the NMCA Xtreme Street race at Memphis, TN, this past weekend but also claimed the Xtreme Street Championship for 2008 and lowered the track record to 7.85 @ 176 mph.  Driving his 2004 Mustang, this is Coble’s second Extreme Street championship win and third consecutive championship win for NPF.  The 41 year old Coble succeeded with an NPF single-stage direct-port nitrous kit. In common with Cameron Coble, runner-up Danny Shemwell also runs an NPF single-stage direct-port nitrous system. Sunday, Oct 12, 2008: NPF (Nitrous Pro Flow) runner Jeff Knox won the NMCA Tremec True Street events at Bowling Green, Atlanta, and Memphis and in so doing seized the 2008 championship.  At all three venues, Knox set track records.  His Nova runs an NPF single-stage direct port, single-stage plate with 15 lb NPF bottles and an NPF 2-stage nitrous controller. His was the first true street car to run in the 7-second zone. Sunday, Oct 12, 2008: John Urist claimed his third consecutive NMCA Super Street Outlaw championship (his fourth championship wins overall).  Urist, on the recommendation of his engine builder Jim Kuntz, has used a Wilson throttle body, elbow, intake manifold, and fuel rails during his remarkable three-year winning spree. Sunday, Oct 12, 2008: Using a Wilson throttle body and Billet elbow, Spiro Pappas won the 2008 NMCA Super Street championship, while the 2008 Hot Street championship winner, Charlie Booze, won with a Wilson competition-ported intake manifold.  Click image for a bigger view of Wilson throttle body and elbow. Tyree Smith of Ty-tech Performance is... read more

Wilson Winners’ Update

Written by Moore Good Ink Sunday, Oct 12, 2008: Cameron Coble not only won the NMCA Xtreme Street race at Memphis, TN, this past weekend but also claimed the Xtreme Street Championship for 2008 and lowered the track record to 7.85 @ 176 mph.  Driving his 2004 Mustang, this is Coble’s second Extreme Street championship win and third consecutive championship win for NPF.  The 41 year old Coble succeeded with an NPF single-stage direct-port nitrous kit. In common with Cameron Coble, runner-up Danny Shemwell also runs an NPF single-stage direct-port nitrous system. Sunday, Oct 12, 2008: NPF (Nitrous Pro Flow) runner Jeff Knox won the NMCA Tremec True Street events at Bowling Green, Atlanta, and Memphis and in so doing seized the 2008 championship.  At all three venues, Knox set track records.  His Nova runs an NPF single-stage direct port, single-stage plate with 15 lb NPF bottles and an NPF 2-stage nitrous controller. His was the first true street car to run in the 7-second zone. Sunday, Oct 12, 2008: John Urist claimed his third consecutive NMCA Super Street Outlaw championship (his fourth championship wins overall).  Urist, on the recommendation of his engine builder Jim Kuntz, has used a Wilson throttle body, elbow, intake manifold, and fuel rails during his remarkable three-year winning spree. Sunday, Oct 12, 2008: Using a Wilson throttle body and Billet elbow, Spiro Pappas won the 2008 NMCA Super Street championship, while the 2008 Hot Street championship winner, Charlie Booze, won with a Wilson competition-ported intake manifold.  Click image for a bigger view of Wilson throttle body and elbow. Tyree Smith of Ty-tech Performance is... read more

New ownership and total renovation of Moroso Motorsports Park

Written by Moore Good Ink Following a total renovation, a new Palm Beach International Raceway has emerged. This striking transformation is now well under way, and the completion of an all-new road course, currently awaiting FIA approval, has transformed the look and feel of the facility. MORE: Contact professional laborers or experienced contractors for home improvements or renovations. They will give you a clear roof ridge cement tiles cost or any other estimates which will save you time and trouble. The new owners are also proud to announce their Wayne McMurtry-designed all-concrete drag strip with excellent run-off and safety facilities. As the track meets the latest safety standards in all forms of drag racing, it can accommodate one-eighth mile, Junior Dragster, quarter-mile Sportsman and Pro classes if and when the sanctioning bodies and teams wish to return to this new facility. Testing dates for drag strip and road course will be announced next week. Keep your eye on Palm Beach International Raceway—it’s on the... read more

Kaase wins third Engine Masters’ Challenge

Written by Moore Good Ink, October 6, 2008 Engine builder extraordinaire Jon Kaase placed first and also third in the 2008 Engine Masters’ Challenge, held at the University of North Western Ohio, October 1-3. Kaase, whose name is synonymous with Pro Stock engine-building success—his engines have been victorious in fourteen years of IHRA and NHRA championships, won this year’s competition with a 403 CID Ford Cleveland engine and also claimed third place while debuting their new 434 CID Boss engine. The Kaase team, comprising Jon, the accomplished Project Manager Cliff Moore, and their astute dyno technician Greg Brown, qualified for the competition on Thursday, passed tech inspection on Friday evening, and collected top honors Saturday.  The Cleveland engine featured Kaase’s new C-400 cylinder heads; the other demonstrated the effectiveness of the new Kaase Boss 429 heads. The Engine Masters’ Challenge is an annual invitational event, which permits thirty of the country’s foremost engine builders to participate. Competition begins on Monday and by Friday the field is reduced to six rivals.  The scoring method employed at this event is ingenious. Each competitor records the average horsepower and average torque from 2,500 to 6,500 rpm over three runs.  These figures are added together and divided by the engine’s cubic inch displacement. The Boss 429 engine used Diamond pistons, Trend pushrods, and Trend wrist pins. The small block used Trend wrist pins.  Both engines were fitted with Ram flywheels Jon Kaase Racing Engines won the 2003 Engine Master’s Challenge with a 468 CID Super Cobra Jet Big-block Ford engine and again in 2004 with a 408 CID Small-block Ford. For more information... read more

Who says small-block Fords don’t rev?

Materials and permission granted by 5.0 Mustang magazine  and Kaje Jones Click here to see dyno clip of 5.0 Mustang magazine’s new Boss 340 project motor with Wilson manifold, fuel rails, 1.5-inch spacer and four-hole throttle body.... read more

Mansfield gets closer to realizing NHRA Pro Stock ambitions

Written by Moore Good Ink,   September 23, 2008 Robbie Mansfield is leaving his longtime IHRA Pro Stock sponsor Dingman Racing in an attempt to pursue his NHRA aspirations with Wilson Manifolds.  Wilson partners Keith Wilson and Scott Revell are pushing hard to put Mansfield behind the wheel of a third KB Racing Pro Stock machine for the 2009 season.  Mansfield has already demonstrated his abilities with two impressive appearances at the Indy Nationals and again during the Southern Nationals at Concord, NC. This move allows Dingman Racing to replace Mansfield immediately with a new driver, and to take advantage of early testing for the 2009 IHRA Pro Stock season.  Dingman Racing will announce their new driver soon. Wilson Manifolds’ livery will continue to adorn the Dingman Racing transporter and Wilson employee Justin Elkes will continue his co-crew chief duties for the Dingman team at the forthcoming final race at Rockingham. Wilson, who has enjoyed close relations with Dingman during the past five years on the IHRA circuit, will continue their development work on the team’s 824 IHRA race... read more

Pinks All Out, Infineon Raceway, Sonoma: NPF nitrous Camaro impresses

From: Brisson, Jason N TSgt USAF AMC 60 OSS/OSK [mailto:Jason.Brisson@travis.af.mil] Sent: Monday, September 22, 2008 4:44 PM To: jelkes@wilsonmanifolds.com Subject: Thanks Justin and NPF!!!!! Hey Justin, I just got back recently from doing Pinks All Out at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California and we recently had installed the 2 stage dry plate that you custom did for my setup. We had very little time to test the setup on radials prior to Pinks and had very inconsistent performance due to the radials/shock combo that we were running. So for Pinks All Out we decided to swap to double adjustable shocks and a true 10.5 ET Drag. The results were repeatable and amazing. Your plate’s quality is second to none. We spent the whole weekend showing off the car to EVERYONE that wanted to know how we got a streetcar to perform jaw dropping wheel-stands and run 9’s each and every pass. On the smallest jets in the kit (150hp) and only activating 1 stage the car ripped off numerous 9.80’s all weekend. The runs were super consistent 9.82/9.86/9.89 and the entire nitrous system never missed a beat. I ran a huge nitrous pro flow decal on the back window to let everyone know the kit that powers this car. Again Justin I appreciate the help and quick setup of my custom plate. Please share the pics from Pinks All Out with the rest of your team with my sincere thanks to everyone down there that builds the finest nitrous products available today. Pictures are worth a thousand words so please enjoy these. A million thanks to you and Nitrous... read more

New colors, new sponsorship, new partnership, new race track

Written by Moore Good Ink Under the colors of the Kingdom of Bahrain, Hillary Will, driving KB Racing’s Top Fuel dragster, will give the car its inaugural appearance at this weekend’s NHRA event at Charlotte, NC. Wilson Manifolds’ associate Scott Revell wanted the North American motor sport world to learn about their new partner in the Middle East. “The Royal Family of Bahrain has been highly supportive of our operations,” said Revell. Wilson and Revell are building a state-of-the-art $200-million dollar auto parts manufacturing facility in Bahrain. This news comes as the drag racing world prepares to experience the magnificent new zMax Dragway facility at Concord, NC, the venue of this year’s NHRA Carolina Nationals. Ken Black commented, “Hillary’s racecar not only promotes the Kingdom of Bahrain to our American audience, its involvement in the motor sport manufacturing plant with Wilson and Revell but also highlights the close ties between the USA and Bahrain—America’s vital friend in the Middle East.” Bahrain, an Island in the Persian Gulf is now recognized as the foremost financial hub of the Middle East and the home of F1 and drag racing in the... read more

Third KB Racing Pro Stocker returns to battle at Charlotte inaugural

On Friday, an agreement between KB Racing and Wilson Manifolds was reached, confirming Rob Mansfield as driver of the third KB/Summit Racing Pro Stocker at the forthcoming NHRA Charlotte inaugural.  The car will be prepared in the same Wilson/Summit Racing livery presented during its recent debut at the 54th NHRA US Indy Nationals. At Indianapolis, Wilson’s full-time manifold staff distinguished themselves by pitting their collective drag racing skills against the best of NHRA’s Pro Stock’s seasoned veterans.  They came within .003 (three thousandth of a second) of qualifying. Relations between NHRA and NASCAR have rarely been closer than those of this coming weekend. NASCAR fans still regard 39 year old Jason Line, the 2006 NHRA Pro Stock champion, as one of their own.  Before joining with Greg Anderson in 2003, Line had served NASCAR for five years in Charlotte, bringing Winston Cup Championship victories to Bobby Labonte (2000) and Tony Stewart (2002) while engaged with the Joe Gibbs Racing Team. Keith Wilson’s induction reputation was formed in NASCAR racing. His influence on the NASCAR scene, notably his pioneering advances in both restrictor-plate and open manifold designs has been at the forefront since 1985.  Wilson’s friendship with Line was formed when the two were engaged in developing NASCAR intake systems for Joe Gibbs Racing in the late nineties. The Wilson team will continue to work closely with KB Racing, exploring opportunities for a full NHRA Pro Stock program in... read more