Torque Benders, Part 1: Differential Basics

With RWD, you’re making all that horsepower up front, but you’ve got to make it do a 90-degree turn to spin those tires. That’s got to be hard on the mechanism — downright brutal in any kind of racing. Here’s how to get started putting the pieces back together, and a set-up shortcut, too.

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CC Rider, Part 1

What we’re talking about here is a bunch of “C” words — cubic centimeters, combustion chambers, compression, and calculation.

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Tuning a Carburetor-Equipped Supercharged Engine

Whenever people see a carburetor-equipped supercharged engine in a hot vehicle, they can’t help noticing how impressive it looks, and they wonder how much power it produces. But they also see an engine they think is almost impossible to tune, is not very reliable, and will overheat at the drop of a hat. It doesn’t have to be that way.

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Light Flywheels & Clutches

When it comes to racing, initially large chunks of horsepower are made and lap times drop quickly on that first day at the track. By day three, the improvements have dropped to 0.1 second if you’re lucky. Will lightening your flywheel give better lap times — or just another 0.1 second? And will the car still be “streetable” after this mod?

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Tools, Tools and More Tools, Part 2

What you use in your day-to-day career, no matter how high-quality, is necessarily different from what you need for high-performance work, in this case engine building.

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