PRI 2019: What’s New and Cool Edition
by Erik Jacobs
As we do every year, the MotoIQ staffers gathered in frosty Indianapolis for the annual motorsports trade show, the Performance Racing Industry show. This show is a real treat for many of us because, in addition to all of the amazing new hardcore racing bits that come out, we get to see many of our industry friends that we only meet with at this show.
As in years past the typical celebrity sightings occur, although most of the fanboy attention for the last several shows has been directed towards the automotive sphere that is Street Outlaws and its related things. Love it or hate it, the show has done quite a bit to (re)popularize no-prep racing and to shine the light on pro-mod type builds.
Anyway, here’s a roundup of things that I personally felt were new, cool, or otherwise worthy of showing you.
For 2019 they have decided to compliment their Fuel Cell Surge Tank (FCST) top plate with a complete fuel cell of their own design. This 10-gallon cell features a locally, US-made bladder and the entire assembly carries an SFI certification, with the ink for the FIA paperwork in the process of drying. These cells come with an optional cage that you can install into your chassis to reduce the total quantity of fabrication – you might remember everything that went into the Project SC300 fuel cell install.
Also pictured here are some of Radium’s new dry break fueling couplers. On the fuel cell itself is a dry break receiver for which Radium makes a mating fuel jug and coupler. This makes for rapid and easy fueling while at the track. On top of the cell and in the foreground is their fender-mounted dry break receiver. Simply bolt or rivet this adapter onto your chassis, plumb the other side to your fuel cell, and you are ready to go. But, for folks whose cars still might do double duty and need to fill up at the regular pump, the dry break receiver can simply be unscrewed from inside the fender mount, allowing for a traditional pump nozzle to be used.
Lastly, Radium has begun to offer brushless configurations for the FCST, partnering with Ti Automotive for the pumps.
The folks in StopTech R&D have been busy figuring out how to raise the bar, and they seem to have figured out how with the new clean-slate C61 caliper. This completely new design makes heavy use of topography optimization software (which is a form of advanced Finite Element Analysis [FEA]) which lead to additional weight savings over the previous generation calipers, producing a massive 6-pot stopper that weighs a scant 6 lbs. Look for these to be available in Q1 of 2020. Additionally, a new 5th-generation Trophy caliper is due out with several enhancements and improvements handed down from the competition lineup.
Whether you like it or not, in 2020 StopTech will be phasing out all anodized finishes in favor of nickel plating like you see here. Also, StopTech hinted at some interesting skunkworks projects they had in the brake pad space, but I was sworn to secrecy under penalty of having to give my brake kits back. This mouth is shut.