Performance Racing Industry 2014: PART 2


Even more impressive was what WRD was able to do here.  Check out the titanium flexur in place of a pivot bearing.  According to WRD chief engineer Lee Williams, “The titanium is molded to the carbon fiber and gets rid of the hysteresis loop which, in turn (no pun intended), helps keep the full contact patch on the road surface.”

Lee Williams was ecstatic to be working on this car because it was a car he spent part of his F1 career with as an engineer.  He worked with BAR and Jaguar, and later developed the transmission for the car that was supposed to represent the USF1 team headed by Peter Windsor.  Unfortunately, that team later got cancelled. 

Without divulging too much info, I will say that I believe I saw history in the making when Mike Kojima met Lee Williams right here at PRI 2014.  Listening to them speak about potentially working on a new project was nothing short of exciting, but I can’t say anything more about that.  Just remember you at least heard something about it here first.


Holley and Borla were on site showing off their new EFI and induction setups.  As you can see, Holley now has an EFI system available for the new Coyote Engine found in the latest Mustang 5.0.

Here is a Borla Induction multi-throttle body conversion for a Ford 351 Windsor.  Check out the pretty velocity stacks, which help greatly in keeping air velocity maximized so the engine doesn't lose low- and mid-range torque.

JE Pistons is pretty much a household name when it comes to custom forged pistons, and they’re on some of the baddest street and racecars you’ll see.  JE offers a two-week delivery period for its racing pistons program.

JE has been the brand name of pistons I’ve used for the past 12 years.  I’ve run five different sets of their pistons on different turbo applications, including on the previously mentioned turbo E36 M3 that they helped develop heavily dished, low-compression pistons for high-boosting Bimmers.


JE’s recent asymmetrical line of pistons emphasizes a substantial drop in reciprocating weight, while keeping the meat of the aluminum where it needs to be–at the point where it sees peak higher compression loads–so as to not reduce durability.  Here’s a set of JE asymmetrical pistons for the Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ.  We've got a set of these on our own Project Supra, featured in Part 1.

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