Written by Moore Good Ink
Next year, in 2014, Formula One will replace their long-established V8s with smaller turbocharged V6 engines. Attracted by efficiencies in fuel consumption without loss in lap speeds the new regulations will contain costs by reducing the engines’ moving parts by 15 percent while producing a 30 percent gain in efficiency over existing V8 standards.
Today, Ram Clutches reveal their own V6 news with details of their latest clutch and flywheel offerings for Ford’s impressive 3.7-liter 6-speed Mustangs from 2011 to ’13. Weighing 150lbs lighter than their V8 counterparts and with nimbleness not seen in other Mustangs, Ram is hoping this news might be of importance.
Facilitates torque increases up to 450ft-lbs and beyond to 1200ft-lbs
Columbia SC: Original equipment 3.7 literV6 Mustangs from 2011 to ’13 generate over 300hp and 280ft-lbs of torque. To facilitate further torque increases of up to 450ft-lbs and beyond to 1200ft-lbs, Ram has announced seven new clutch sets each with progressively increased clamping loads.
Three are single-disc set ups; the remaining four are of the dual-disc type. All are engineered as direct fitments, each operates in conjunction with a new, billet Ram flywheel, and none require modifications to the factory release mechanism.
Torque increases of up to 450, 550, and 650ft-lbs are accommodated by Ram’s 10.5in single-disc clutch sets: HDX, Powergrip and Powergrip HD respectively. The flywheels provided are available in either billet steel or aluminum. By replacing the heavy factory dual-mass flywheel with a Ram billet unit, substantial weight savings are reflected: steel 10lbs; aluminum 22lbs.
To facilitate greater torque increases Ram employs the Force 9.5 (700ft-lbs) or 10.5 (900ft-lbs) dual-disc assemblies. All dual-disc variations are developed to deliver light pedal feel and smooth engagement in street applications. The highest ratings of dual-disc assemblies (1,200ft-lbs) are achieved by including Ram’s 900-series discs. These metallic disc varieties are used for higher clamping capacities in race or high-output forced induction applications.
Lastly, weight of the Force 9.5 clutch assembly is reduced by 19lbs—from 57lbs stock to 38lbs; at 47lbs the larger 10.5 version reflects a 10lbs weight saving.
Here in these tables is a summary of the details:
|Dual disc sets||Retail||Transmits up to|
Force 9.5 dual disc
Force 9.5 900-series dual disc
Force 10.5 dual disc
Force 10.5 900-series dual disc
Single disc sets
|Retail||Transmits up to|
HDX Clutch set
Powergrip clutch set
Powergrip HD clutch set
Billet steel flywheel
Billet aluminum flywheel
(Note: the factory flywheel MUST be replaced to use these clutch sets.)
For further information contact:
RAM Automotive Company
201 Business Park Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29203
Telephone (803) 788-6034