Our year of high-performance Mustangs winds down with the Performance Racing Industry trade show. While it's not the actual end of the year it's a symbolic punctuation on the year. It also presents a crystal ball into the future of hardcore performance gear for the coming year.
If you aren't familiar with the PRI Show, it is a yearly gathering of the racing industry where manufacturers, sanctioning bodies, marketers, and media come together to further the cause of racing. It serves as a place for racers and manufacturers to discuss new products, plan racing builds for the coming season, and even celebrate the year's victories.
Of course, for your friends at 5.0&SF it's a chance to look at the new gear and see what might be worthy of coverage on these pages in the future. We also pound the pavement to see what cool new hardware might interest you.
In all it's a good time, and one that we've enjoyed having in our back yard for the last several years. Next year the world of racing tradeshows will reunite in the heartland of racing—Indianapolis, Indiana. We look forward to a really strong show next year, but for now, check out what we spotted at the last PRI Show in Orlando, Florida.
Horse Sense: If you want to see the latest and greatest racing hardware in person, mark your calendars. The PRI Show returns to Indianapolis, Indiana, from December 12-14, 2013.
The bolt-on heroes at BBK (www.bbkperformance.com) were on hand to share its latest wares, including its trick new strut mount for all ’05-’13 Mustangs. We saw those at the SEMA show, and the Varitune mufflers met the world last year. The good news is the mufflers should be on the market by the time you read this.
When we think of Bilstein (www.bilsteinus.com), we think of handling, but that’s not all the company is up to these days. The company is now ready to help your ’87-’93 ’Stang run quicker down the quarter-mile with its shock absorbers for drag racing. Bilstein says this shock’s gas-pressure preload offers better launch control and quicker response times to deliver e.t. reductions of up to 0.3!
There isn’t much about the S197 suspension that BMR (www.bmrsuspension.com) hasn’t addressed, but there were a couple of new bits at the show, including the lightweight radiator support (PN RS003) and A-arm support brace (PN AAS001) for ’05-’12 Mustangs. The former is a new version of an existing product that allows you to retain the factory sway bar.
Chris Alston Chassisworks
We know all about Chris Alston Chassisworks’ (www.cachassisworks.com) rearends and suspensions, but a growing part of the company’s lineup on display at the show was its Competition Drive Systems. This new version incorporates an accessory drive for both alternators, distributors, power steering pumps, and fuel pumps, like Aeromotive’s (www.aeromotiveinc.com) vaunted belt-drive unit. CAC offers these gear-drive arrangements to spin one or two superchargers for those that really need huge boost and zero belt woes.
Dart Machinery (www.dartheads.com) featured various cylinder heads and short-block options for Ford fans. The company also had this intake to present a carbureted Dart option for Ford fans.
DIY Auto Tune
Long a popular tuning option for Fox and SN-95 Mustang owners, DIYAutoTune.com’s MegaSquirt fuel-injection system lineup expanded with the new MegaSquirt PNP Gen 2. It works with ’86-’95 Mustangs and offers a four-bar MAP sensor, an electronic boost controller, a two-step rev limiter, a knock sensor, a wideband interface, and much more.
To highlight its lineup of valvetrain gear for Coyote engines, Ferrea Racing Components (www.ferrea.com) lit up a cylinder with LEDs. The head in question was ported by Headgames Motorworks.
Flaming River For S197 racers, Flaming River (www.flamingriver.com) offers this manual steering rack for ’05-’10 ’Stangs (PN FR1515; $629). This bolt-in rack will help you shed 10-15 pounds.