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In Case You Didn’t Have Enough: More Mufflers

Posted in Auto Parts with tags , , , , , , , on July 28, 2010 by autoracingpower

We all are not lucky enough to race faster than the posted speed limits in our souped up hot rods. Rather than sit around depressed we are not famous NASCAR or F1 drivers, install quality parts into your street machine and show the asphalt who’s boss.

One of the easiest changes you can make to your stock ride is adding a performance muffler from Magnaflow. Magnaflow has been the leading manufacturer of exhaust components for over 20 years, and their mufflers are developed and designed to pass quality and performance evaluations.

Your racing venue, also known as your neighborhood, may have some noise laws—keep your speedracer’s tone within an acceptable decibel without sacrificing power. The flow-through design of Magnaflow’s Steel Race Series Mufflers puts the extra punch at the pedal.  And, they are available in multiple inlet/outlet sizes.

Plus, these mufflers don’t lack in the style department. They come in oval or round designs, stamped with the Magnaflow logo. They are crafted with smooth welds and polished for an endless shine. And, if their quality and looks don’t sell you, the Lifetime Magnaflow Warranty does.

Not quite ready to make the plunge for the Magnaflow 14151? Is that 5″ x 8″ Oval Race Muffler  with the 3.5″ Inlet/Outlet, 14″ Body Length just not calling your name? Try one of Magnaflow’s universal stainless steel round mufflers: Magnaflow 14616 or Magnaflow 14619..

Command the Asphalt Jungle with Magnaflow

Posted in Auto Parts with tags , , on July 19, 2010 by autoracingpower

When your car hits the road, make sure Magnaflow’s on your side. With the help of Street Series Magnaflow Mufflers, your ride goes from driving in to commanding the asphalt jungle. The Street Series mufflers are designed for more power on your import engine. Plus, Magnaflow ensures these mufflers are restriction free for wide open power that results in a premium tone without domineering noise.

Ditch the chrome tips! Magnaflow’s muffler are crafted from stainless steel which lasts up to 5 times longer than those cheap tips from the local auto shop. Plus, these Magnaflow mufflers boast extreme polishing thanks to premium 400 series stainless steel construction and intense polishing from the inlet to the tips that puts other mufflers to shame. Plus, you can choose your tip option for the wide assortment of Magnaflow mufflers for a totally custom setup.

Interested in getting that deeper rumblin’ tone with a double tip setup? You’ve got a few options. The Magnaflow 14801 boasts a 2.5” Round DTM, or you could stick with the 2.5” inches but make it square with the Magnaflow 14802 2.5” Square DTM. When you need something a little bigger, check out the 3” double tips: 3” Round DTM (Magnaflow 14803) or 3” Square DTM (Magnaflow 14804).

Additional double tip variations also include:

Magnaflow 14815 – 3” Round Double-Wall Straight-Cut
Magnaflow 14805 – 3.5” Round Double-Wall Straight-Cut (3.75” tip length)
Magnaflow 14816 – 3.5” Round Double-Wall Straight-Cut (6.5” tip length)
Magnaflow 14807 – 4” Round Double-Wall Straight-Cut

Plus, each Magnaflow Street Series Mufflers is backed by a Lifetime Warranty!

Make Your Daily Driver Purr Like a Race Car

Posted in Auto Parts with tags , on July 7, 2010 by autoracingpower

Want your daily driver to rev with a more dignified tone? Does your rickety old truck need to be silenced? Need more power so you feel like you’re on the track next to Dale Earnhardt Jr.? If you do, these aftermarket exhaust pipes are worth checking out! Plus, they are manufactured by one of the industry’s most well-known brands—Magnaflow.

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Race Like a Pro

Posted in Auto Parts with tags , , on June 3, 2010 by autoracingpower

It’s only a guess, but we’re willing to bet that your daily driver is driven like a race car—of course only when the kids aren’t in it. But, your safety is important too, no matter what your spouse says in their fit of anger over how many performance parts you just bought for your speedy ride. And, to make sure you’re race-car-ready, be sure to install EBC’s Yellow Stuff Brake Pads. Remember, just like what goes up must come down…what speeds up must slow down. Slow your race car down safely with these direct replacement brake pads.

Who Will It Be? Michelin or Pirelli?

Posted in Auto Parts, Formula 1, FOTA, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2010 by autoracingpower

With Bridgestone’s decision to leave Formula 1, they are still in need of a tyre supplier for the 2011 season. The two main contenders are Michelin and Pirelli.

Both have previously been in F1, 2006 was Michelin’s last year and Pirelli in 1990.

In Monte Carlo on Sunday May 16th, The Formula One Teams Association met in hopes to make a final decision, but no agreement was made.

There are no indicators as to which supplier has an upperhand. Michelin has the most recent F1 experience, but Pirelli has poised a very good proposal.


Be an F1 Driver Everyday

Posted in Formula 1, McLaren Mercedes with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 18, 2010 by autoracingpower

F1’s McLaren is bringing “affordable” F1 racing style to your driveway. The newly unveiled MP4-12C is a high-performance sports car that fused the Formula 1 principles with the customer expectations. This supercar isn’t McLaren’s first attempt at a road car, the McLaren F1 was introduced 15 years ago, but only a rare 107 were built. This time around, this luxury sports car plans to be produced at a rate of 1,000 cars a year.

This super 2-seater is anticipated to sell for £150,000. Why so ‘affordable?’ Well, the lightweight one-piece carbon-fiber chassis allows McLaren to place the price tag about half as high as it normally would be expected for a car of its nature.

Auto Parts Suppliers – Bailout Needed

Posted in Auto Parts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2009 by autoracingpower

The ripple effect from the decline in GM, Ford and Chrysler has been spreading. Auto parts suppliers have seen their business cut significantly and many of these auto parts companies don’t think they will be able to stay afloat without help from Uncle Sam. Two major auto parts supplier groups will soon make a formal request for a loan from the government. They are expected to ask for $25 billion in order to stay in business. The Original Equipment Suppliers Association states that auto parts suppliers employ about 600,000 people in the U.S. A collapse of this industry would be a major blow to the already difficult U.S. economy.

Companies such as FormTech Industries employs 44o people in Royal Oak, Michigan. They make shafts, gears and other components from raw steel. FormTech’s parts end up in about ninety percent of GM, Ford and Chrysler vehicles. Michael Ryan, President and CEO of FormTech, is almost out of cash and may soon be unable to purchase the raw materials the company uses to create their products.

Auto parts suppliers are normally paid 45 days after delivery of the products. This further adds to their current cash crunch.  The request for government assistance will include a $7 billion lump sum to be used specifically to help speed up the payments to suppliers.

All threats to the auto industry are also threats to motor sports. We have already seen racing teams such as Honda pull out of Formula 1 due to cost concerns. Formula 1 has started to significantly change regulations with cost cutting in mind knowing that auto manufacturers are hurting. Let’s hope the economy and auto industry turns around as soon as possible and this whole problem soon becomes a distant memory.

Source: The AP

Oil Pump and Wet / Dry Sump Systems – Racing Auto Parts

Posted in Auto Parts, Formula 1, IndyCar, Oil Pump with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2008 by autoracingpower

oil-pumpThe majority of production cars use a wet sump oil system. In this system, the oil that lubricates the engine is stored underneath the crankshaft in the oil pan. The pan must be large enough to hold four to six quarts of oil. The oil pump sucks up oil from the bottom of the oil pan and then pumps it to the rest of the engine.

In a dry sump system, extra oil is stored in a tank outside the engine and a large oil pan isn’t necessary. A dry sump system uses at least two oil pumps. One pulls oil from the sump and sends it to the tank. The other pump takes oil from the tank and pushes it to lubricate the engine. The dry sump system allows for the minimum amount of oil possible to be in the engine.

Major racing series such as Formula One and Indy Car utilize the dry sump system. A dry sump system is designed to provide lubrication for the engine’s internal parts and also increase performance. A wet sump system is not practical for racing as lateral G-forces would pull the oil to one side, which would momentarily leave the engine without oil. Because the oil is stored in a separate tank, a large oil pan is not necessary. This allows for the engine to sit lower to the ground, which lowers the center of gravity.


Camshaft – Racing Auto Parts

Posted in Auto Parts, Camshaft, Formula 1 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2008 by autoracingpower

camshaft1The camshaft is an engine component used in piston engines to open and close valves. It is a cylindrical rod that runs the length of the cylinder bank. The rod contains many cams or lobes, each which operate a valve. The lobes open the valves by pressing down on the valve as they spin.

The relationship between the rotation of the camshaft and the rotation of the crankshaft is extremely important. The valves control the flow of the air/fuel mixture intake and exhaust.  The valves must be opened and closed at the exact time during the stroke of the piston in order to operate properly. The camshaft is either connected to the crankshaft directly. It can also be connected by a gear mechanism or with a timing belt (also called a timing chain).

In Formula 1, FIA regulations mandate that camshafts must be manufactured from an iron based alloy and that each camshaft and lobe must be machined from one single piece. No welding between the front and rear bearing journals is permitted.


Spark Plugs – Racing Auto Parts

Posted in Auto Parts, Formula 1, Spark Plugs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2008 by autoracingpower

From Left to Right, F1, GP bike, Production Car

From Left to Right, F1, GP bike, Production Car

A Formula 1 engine is an amazing technological achievement. The engines are rev-limited at 19,000 rpm, which is over twice what most production sports cars are capable of. To ensure that the high-reving engines don’t rip themselves apart, the Formula 1 engine piston only travels about 1.6 inches. Compare this with the 4 inch stroke of a V8 Corvette engine. The bore is approximately 3.8 inches which is more comparable to the 4.13 inch bore of the Corvette.

Spark Plug Anatomy

Spark plugs for production cars are generally about 3.5 inches long, with a diameter of about three quarters of an inch. The lower third of the spark plug is covered by a steel thread sleeve. On the top of the spark plug is a metal stud. The white part is ceramic and called the insulator. On the bottom of the threads is a small hook that bends down close to another electrode. This is the gap where the spark occurs and ignites the fuel and air mixture in the cylinder.

In an effort to conserve weight, Formula 1 spark plugs have been designed to be much smaller than spark plugs for road cars. Formula 1 spark plugs are about 1.50 inches long and the diameter of the threads is around .3 inches. The plug also has no small hook for an electrode like you would find on conventional spark plugs. They are designed this way to save space inside the cylinder and the design is called a surface-gap spark plug. If the spark plug were to have a protruding electrode, it would be shaken loose or crushed by the piston. The spark occurs on the bottom of the threads.

There is almost no room for error when it comes to manufacturing Formula 1 engine components. If the spark plug is just a fraction too long, the piston may hit. To error on the side of caution, the bottom of the piston has a divot to avoid any possible contact.