The Big Bang Theory, Part 3

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked …

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked the question: What causes catastrophic nitro engine failures in drag cars? We addressed this question to a few well-known racers and tuners. In Part 3 we speak to infamous tuner Austin Coil.   The a (Read More..)

The Big Bang Theory, Part 2

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked …

In Part 1 of “The Big Bang Theory,” we asked the question: What causes catastrophic nitro engine failures in drag cars? We addressed this question to a few well-known racers and tuners. In Part 2 we speak to Dave Settles.   Terry McMillen ligh (Read More..)

The Big Bang Theory, Part 1

  There is one sentence that all racers never want …

  World champ Antron Brown’s wild Winternationals ride. There is one sentence that all racers never want to hear: “The motor blew up!” In drag racing, when those words are uttered it’s often a literal statement: engine parts scattered (Read More..)

Tech: Prevent Premature Parts Failure, Part 3

Part 3 wraps up our investigation of why parts fail …

Part 3 wraps up our investigation of why parts fail and how to prevent mishaps. Cryogenics   The cryogenic process lowers the temperature of the parts to 300°F below zero. Increasingly, machine shops are taking advantage of cryogenics to dimensionall (Read More..)

Tech: Prevent Premature Parts Failure, Part 2

Metal enhancements: What to Look out For There are scores …

Metal enhancements: What to Look out For There are scores of operations offering dozens of metal enhancement programs and promising all kinds of success rates, some rather less reliable than others. Naturally, you want to take advantage of the opportun (Read More..)

Tech: Prevent Premature Parts Failure, Part 1

In the first part of this tech feature, we’ll investigate …

In the first part of this tech feature, we’ll investigate why parts fail. Subsequent installments will examine prevention and cures that will save you time and money at the track. Premature failure of racing components is a problem all racers fa (Read More..)

Electronic Fuel Injection Troubleshooting: Testing

In the first part of this tech special, we got …

In the first part of this tech special, we got a bit of a primer on semiconductors, fuel injectors and pulse width modification. Now check out the testing process and see what we found. The electronic portion of our test configuration included two powe (Read More..)

Electronic Fuel Injection Troubleshooting: A Primer

One of the more subtle aspects of electronic fuel injection …

One of the more subtle aspects of electronic fuel injection is the relationship between electrical system voltage and fuel delivery. As electrical system voltage varies, so does the volume of fuel discharged through the injectors. In most cases, discre (Read More..)