2011 PRI Show - City Of Industry
From the June, 2012 issue of 5.0 Mustang & Super Fords
By Steve Turner
Photography by Steve Turner
Over the years, our travel season has expanded beyond the traditional races and car shows to include a second season. This is a season of trade shows. These extravaganzas allow us to wean ourselves off of the performance world by teasing what will spin our tires in the new year.
After the glitz and glamour of Vegas, it’s time for the hardcore gear to roll into Team 5.0&SF’s backyard for the Performance Racing Industry show. Since we began attending this show some 10 years ago, it has steadily transformed from an event with only the highest performance gear for the pro racer to one that also embraces street parts that are often used in the ranks of street-legal drag racing. This year, as you’ll read, we found plenty of gear for your ’Stang.
Horse Sense: If you like pawing new performance gear as much as we do, then mark your calendars for November 29 through December 1, 2012. That’s when the PRI Show (www.performanceracing.com) rolls back into O-town.
AEM Offering a number of...
Offering a number of cool electronics products alongside its line of cold-air induction systems, AEM (www.aemelectronics.com
) showed off its Water/Methanol Failsafe device at PRI. This gauges monitors the water/meth flow curve versus the fuel injector curve and can be used to pull timing or trigger a safer fuel map if the water/meth strays from its desired level.
Aeromotive We got pretty...
We got pretty excited about Aeromotive's (www.aeromotiveinc.com
) Stealth pump arrangements for '99-'04 and '05-'10 Mustangs at SEMA, these systems follow in the long line of Stealth systems featuring the A1000 or Eliminator pumps. However, in Orlando the company discussed a new, more affordable return-style fuel cell, which is powered by its Stealth 340 pump. This system will support 500-600 hp from a 6-, 15-, or 20-gallon cell.
Airflow Research If moving...
If moving a mountain of air into your small-block Ford is your mission, AFR (www.airflowresearch.com
) now offers a new Renegade head that flows up to 327 cfm in a streetable package! The heads delivering that flow are the new 185cc SBF Renegade 20-degree Street Heads, which is available with 2.02-inch intake valves, 1.60-inch exhaust valves, and combustion chamber volumes of 58 or 72 cc. It is designed to operate from 1,500 to 6,500 rpm, and its robust 3/4-inch deck is ready to withstand boost or nitrous.
American Racing Headers ...
American Racing Headers
We know about American Racing Headers (www.americanracingheaders.com
) for its long-tube offerings, but the company also has mufflers. Its Pure Thunder cans are said to provide a powerful sound that is free of rasp and drone.
Automotive Racing Products...
Automotive Racing Products
If you are pushing your Coyote beyond its stock limits, a built engine is certainly in your future. When you put that engine together, you'll be happy to hear that ARP (www.arp-bolts.com
) has a full line of Coyote fasteners--including head studs, main studs, and even a balancer bolt--in the pipeline.
BMR Suspension Allan Miller...
Allan Miller of BMR (www.bmrsuspension.com
) grabbed our attention by turning his NMRA Super 'Stang championship GT on its side to show off the company's full line of suspension gear for the latest 'Stangs. One of the company's most recent offerings is a double-adjustable third-link for the '07-'12 Shelby GT500. Built from 15/8 by 0.120-inch tubing and featuring fluted polyurethane bushings, this arm allows you to dial in the proper suspension geometry to hook up all that power.
Chris Alston's Chassisworks...
Chris Alston's Chassisworks
If you want a no-compromises drive for your supercharger, Chris Alston (www.cachassisworks.com
) has offered gear-drive systems for Paxton, ProCharger, and Vortech superchargers. For those that don't want a gear drive, now the company offers a belt-drive system built on the same architecture.
Bilstein Envious of the...
Envious of the adjustable suspensions on the latest Mustangs? Well, Bilstein (www.bilstein.com
) is the supplier of those dampers. They also have a new line of drag shocks built just for our beloved Fox Mustangs!
Dart It's reassuring that...
It's reassuring that even 16 years after the small-block Ford left the Mustang's engine bay that there are still new cylinder heads being developed. Another new breather is from Dart (www.dartheads.com
) dubbed the Iron Eagle. It's a CNC-ported iron head featuring 180 or 200cc intake runners.
Exedy Racing Clutch Luring...
Exedy Racing Clutch
Luring us with KOTS alumnus BlowBy Racing's (www.blowbyracing.com
) '11 GT, Exedy (www.exedy.com
) showed off a clutch that can handle the 950-plus horsepower cranked out by BBR's turbo Coyote. The Exedy unit is good for up to a whopping 800 lb-ft of torque.
FAST Touting a new, downloadable...
Touting a new, downloadable update to its C-com software for the XFI 2.0 system was FAST (www.fuelairspark.com
). The software update is said to offer even more control over barometric pressure compensation, traction control, boost compensation, and more.
Fischer Motorsports We were...
We were stopped in our tracks by Andrew MacDonald's '08 GT500, which runs out of the Fischer Motorsports (www.fischermotorsports.com
) stable. This Texas Mile star features a Stage II Twin-Turbo system and Motec fuel injection tuned by Shawn Fischer. This combo laid down over 1,200 hp and ran over 215 mph on the mile.
Ford Racing Performance parts...
Ford Racing Performance parts
With a plethora of new gear from the latest Cobra Jet to the Boss 302SX in its booth, FRPP (www.fordracingparts.com
) proudly proclaimed it had 50 parts for the 5.0. That's totally cool, but what got us most excited was the prototype of the sealed crate engine designated for the new NMRA Coyote Stock class.
Holley Performance By now...
By now you know that Holley (www.holley.com
) has a new line of Dominator electric fuel pumps. Now the company has companion fuel-pressure regulators and filters. The regulators are available for carbureted and fuel-injected applications, and the filters are available in flow rates up to 260 gallons per hour.
KRC Need power steering...
Need power steering for your Coyote engine swap? Well KRC (www.krcpower.com
) offers this Coyote Boss 302 Pro Series Steering Pump Kit to fix you up. The kit includes the necessary bracketry, pulleys, belts, and power steering pump. An optional power steering fluid tank is also available.
March Performance If your...
If your '05-'09 GT's front engine dress looks a little drab, March Performance (www.marchperformance.com
) offers a complete pulley kit with a clear or black powdercoated finish. The kit includes water pump, power steering, and tensioner pulleys, as well as one smooth idler and two grooved idlers.
Moroso Moroso ( www.moroso.com...
) had a booth full of new gear, from drag lug nuts to higher end fabricated oil pans for Coyotes. We couldn't help but have a soft spot for this fabricated overflow tank for Fox Mustangs.
Nitrous Express Affordable...
Affordable is always good, and Nitrous Express (www.nitrousexpress.com
) has a new budget version of its plate nitrous system for the Coyote 5.0. Now you can bust the juice through a plate for less.
Performance Distributors ...
Looking for some more spark for your Two-, Three-, or Four-Valve Mustang? Well, Performance Distributors (www.performancedistributors.com
) now covers them all with its Sultans of Spark coils, which promise a 60-percent increase in spark output up to 40,000 volts. This increased juice is said to allow spark-plug gaps up to 0.065 inches.
Procharger Embracing the...
Embracing the PRI spirit, ProCharger (www.procharger.com
) unleashed three new F-3 racing superchargers--the F-3R-130, F-3A-121, and F-3-136--that support anywhere from 2,100 to 3,000 hp. There are also two F-3 variants--the F-3A-121RD and the F-3R-130RD--which are compatible with the new no-compromises Race Drive system, which allows slip-free spinning in 40 different ratios.
Roush Performance Coyote...
Coyote cylinder heads are made to flow, but Roush's (www.roushperformance.com
) competition engines division showed off these CNC-improved versions. They feature a 210cc intake runner, a 1.469-inch intake valve, a 1.220-inch exhaust valve, and a 56cc chamber.
Stainless Works The Boss...
The Boss 302 side-exit exhaust is not the only game in town any more. That's right, Stainless Works (www.stainlessworks.net
) has developed the Side Burner side-exit system, which it is developing for a number of vehicles. Of course, the Mustang is in the mix, so keep your eyes peeled.
Strange Engineering Not...
Not only is Strange (www.strangeeng.net
) the sponsor of the sweet new NMRA Coyote Stock class, but they have a ton of new gear for Mustangs. Obviously the company is known for its rearend components, but it also has a full line of suspension gear. They now have both bolt-in steel struts for '05-'12 Mustangs, and double-adjustable dampers for '87-'10 Mustangs.
Trick Flow Trick Flow (...
Trick Flow (www.trickflow.com
) had so much new stuff in Vegas that we overlooked its cool cast-aluminum pan for the 5R55 transmission family. The pan includes a dipstick and drain plug so you can properly service your 'Stang's auto trans.
Turbine Rotors One of the...
One of the gems we uncovered in Orlando was this carbon-ceramic rotor technology from Turbine Rotors (www.turbinebrakerotors.com
). These rotors for '05-'12 Mustangs weigh in at 9 pounds each. They are also said to offer better cooling, longer wear, and even better fuel economy. For a more affordable option, Turbine Rotors also has a stainless steel variant using the same technology. For those up north, both feature rust-free components.
VMP Tuning Our pal Justin...
Our pal Justin Starkey of VMP Tuning (www.vmptuning.com
) stepped up in a big way with a sizable booth at the show. The impetus of this display was the expansion of VMP's line of superchargers. Justin and company have been making hay with GT500 TVS upgrades for quite a while, and now VMP has its own TVS variants. The latest in the VMP family is this bolt-on upgrade for the '03-'04 Cobra crowd.
Whipple We know of Whipple...
We know of Whipple Superchargers (www.whipplesuperchargers.com
) from its work supplying blowers to Ford Racing Performance Parts (www.fordracing parts.com), but the company makes a host of other superchargers, including a giant 4.0-plus-liter blower that we bet will end up on that new GT500. The latest kit, available for the 6.2-liter SVT Raptor, features a 2.9-liter supercharger. It promises to deliver 520 horses at the tire.