Performance Racing Industry: What’s New and Cool 2022 Edition
Fluidampr now offers a damper for the 7.3L Ford gas motors.

Fluidampr has rolled out several new applications since we last saw them in 2021. Their steel hub and aluminum ring damper line has been expanded to include the supercharged Camaro in both stock and overdrive configurations. On the OE Vibratech aluminum damper side of the house, a new V12 Aston Martin damper has rolled off the manufacturing line.

Apparently I’ve been living under a rock because I had never heard of the “Megazilla” 7.3L Ford gas engine before.

Here is one of those “Megazilla” motors in all its crate engine glory. This beast features Callies rods and Mahle pistons that squish 10.5:1 air/fuel to the tune of 615HP at 5800RPM. With 500+ ft-lb of torque on tap from 2500-6000 RPM, this motor sure seems worthy of its monicker. The price is TBD with a release date of Q2 2023. The “Godzilla” motor was first seen in the SuperDuty pickups, and the “Megazilla” is apparently an innovation on top of that. Given that the “Godzilla” crate engine goes for $9,175 and “only” makes 430HP, you can expect a 615HP “Megazilla” to cost (considerably?) more.

I hadn’t heard of the “Godzilla” motor, either.

The “Megazilla” features an iron block, which means it’s likely very heavy. Could you get similar power and torque out of an aluminum block engine for a similar price? Is the power worth the weight penalty? What if you shove a blower or turbo on the “Megazilla?” Tell us what you think.

The Monit brake bias adjuster features an LCD display and other bells and whistles.

I love taking some time to slow-walk the entire show floor every year because I inevitably find interesting little things like this digital brake bias adjuster from Monit. Mechanically, this bias adjuster is compatible with standard bias bars from companies like Tilton. The adjuster features two “zero” points allowing for either multiple driver preferences or wet/dry settings. Turning the adjuster changes the display to indicate, with real numbers, how far the bias has been adjusted, with a +/- to show if that bias is either frontward or rearward from the zero setting. It also has a nice backlight for driving in low-light conditions.

This is Fuelab’s new QSST top plate for fuel cells.

Fuelab’s top plate with integrated surge tank is compatible with any 24-bolt fuel cell, like ones from Radium and Fuel Safe. It includes an interesting “quick change” cartridge design that allows you to remove the pumps from the cell without having to remove the entire top plate. If you wanted, you could keep a complete fuel pump cartridge on hand for quick swapping. The QSST also can be used with Fuelab’s brushless pumps. Featuring both direct- and remote-fill options, the QSST is a great upgrade for a “regular” fuel cell.


    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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