“This is so gratifying,” Nick Mitsos said. “It’s absolutely amazing, and it makes me happy to see all the excitement we’ve created.” Southern California native Shane Westerfield ended 2017 with the world championship in hand, and he continued his winning ways at the first race of the season.
You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers. We work with the Summit Racing tech department to tackle your automotive-related conundrums. This week, we’re talking about swapping a 350 crate engine into an ’85 IROC-Z Camaro currently powered by a 305 TPI engine.
It doesn’t matter how many times Miffy bathes herself—if she’s furry, your seats will be too. And let’s face it, dogs will go out of their way to get nice and muddy before it’s time to hop in your car. A good seat or floor cover can prevent paw prints from “customizing” your interior. They’re durable too, and can keep sharp claws from poking holes or scratching panels. Depending on where your pet rides, you can get individual seat covers, full bench-style covers, and liners for a rear cargo area.
Upgrading a few bolt-ons at the same time makes sense. Here are some popular choices. (Note: In the links below, sort by year, make, and model to find the right part for your vehicle.) With stock pulleys, the blowers spin around 16,000 rpm at redline. Changing the pulley sizes can spin it faster and increase boost. The next step on the upgrade path is a pulley swap. The chart below will give you some idea of what to expect.
Don Meziere went red by .008-second and Paul Mitsos was declared the victor in the Top Sportsman final. The cherry on top was a clean 7.098-second pass at 191.21 mph in his purple ’08 Stratus. It was Mitsos’ second career final at the national event level, and the Eastvale, CA-resident was exuberant as he claimed his first win in front of a large group of family and friends.
“Words cannot describe this,” Will said, after defeating veteran racer Kyle Seipel in the final, 6.043 (6.01 dial) at 234.13 to 6.862 (6.81), 197.74. “I’m totally excited, and there are so many people to thank for helping me get to this point. I have to thank the fans for showing up. It makes it even more special.”
The L8B also uses stop/start technology that will shut down the engine at traffic lights and during slow, stop-and-go traffic. The engine uses a BAS3 (Belt Alternator Starter) in place of an alternator. The BAS3 recharges the battery AND is used to restart the gas engine after it shuts down. Other than the alternator, both engines use the same major components.
As part of the Summit Racing Equipment Show Car Series, the Dallas AutoRama, which took place February 16-18 at Dallas Market Hall, drew a diverse mix of hot rods, modern and vintage muscle, motorcycles, trucks, and lowriders. The LSA is a supercharged, Gen. 4, 6.2L, aluminum block engine. LSA engines were available in GM performance cars between 2009 and 2015.