Performance Racing Industry: What’s New and Cool 2022 Edition
Sabelt’s new sublimated graphics suit, the TS-8, allows for tremendous customization in the look.

Sabelt has continued to innovate in the personal safety arena, both in terms of safety performance but also in terms of both comfort and style. Take this new sublimated suit, for example.

In the footwear category, Sabelt’s TB10.1 is a revision of the previous TB10 boot that adds a carbon fiber sole insert. Based on a lot of driver feedback, the sole insert was developed to help with pedal actuation and to reduce foot fatigue over longer stints. The Zero Gravity TB11 shoe that was displayed last year encountered some production and supply chain setbacks, and will hopefully debut in early 2023. Having gotten to handle the TB11 shoe again, I can assure you that it is worth the wait. There’s a wait/weight pun in there somewhere, I’m sure.

Lastly, the 465 steering wheel is now available in several new color accent options including white, blue, red, and grey, in both leather and suede fabrics.

Holley owns Detroit Speed, and this is their complete C10/C15 front truck suspension.

Holley has so many brands under its proverbial umbrella that it can be hard to keep track of everything new and interesting that they have been putting out. One of my good friends is building a Chevy C10 truck right now, so this Detroit Speed front suspension caught my eye. Detroit Speed offers everything you need to completely replace the front suspension from the spindle inboard.

In the electronics arena, Holley’s MSD has done the unthinkable and redesigned the 6A with its new “Ultra” offering. The revised ignition box features the same connector and pinout as previous 6A models but provides increased spark energy in a smaller and lighter package.

The Turn Key Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro race car looks like a potent package.

Designed to be run in either the Trans Am GT or SGT classes with minor changes, this roughly $110,000 “factory built” race car includes the features you’d expect like Bosch Motorsport ABS, Alcon brakes, an optional 6XD sequential gearbox, and more. The 6.2L LT1 motor is controlled by a Holley Dominator ECU. Once you add up how much time, money, and effort goes into building something like Project SC300, the price-for-performance of many of these spec race cars doesn’t look so bad. But it’s about the journey, not the destination, right?

This “White Rice” 240SX from Duy Bui and Eric LeFerriere is definitely about the journey.

You don’t often see imports in things like X275 competition, but here is a 240SX battling it out. The 3.2L billet block-equipped 2JZ powered the car to a blisteringly quick and fast 6.39@227.9 in the 1/4 mile. That’s pretty crazy for a radial tire.


    1. Mostly thermal characteristics. Exhausts, especially turbo exhausts, can get very hot. This can result in metal fatigue and failure of fasteners. Titanium has a high melting point and low thermal expansion. Since it doesn’t expand, it tends to hold its torque. I can’t remember who told me the story, but the summary was that they kept having exhaust manifold issues and it turned out that the fasteners were lengthening and losing torque from the heat. Titanium wouldn’t do that.

  1. I never knew what the benefit of Nitrogen in tires was, just that it was ‘the hot new thing for fuel mileage’ for awhile before being called as snake oil.

    Reading now, I understand it’s benefit in very specific cases like top tier race teams searching for fractions on fractions of fractions of a second. Neat.

    I am always learning something here.

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