Michael Galimi
April 2, 2014
Photos By: Evan J. Smith

This year marked the return of the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show to Indianapolis, the town that helped make the show famous. As the home to one of the most prestigious—and perhaps the largest—drag racing events in the world, the NHRA US Nationals, and the world's most famous auto race, the Indianapolis 500, which celebrates its 98th running in 2014, it's always fun to head to Indy, even during one of the coldest winters on record.

The roots of the motorsport community goes way beyond those two legendary events, the state of Indiana has over 1,600 motorsport-oriented businesses including manufacturers, racing teams, and support companies. One of the driving reasons for the motorsport popularity is Indiana's professional motorsport team tax incentive program. It saves racing teams thousands of dollars each year in taxes on performance components. The town and state are friends of the motorsport and high-performance community so it was only natural for the PRI show to return to Indy.

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A renewed Vortech Racing program was quite apparent at the PRI Show with the company showing off several new models from the 2013 racing season. The line-up includes the XB-123 (2,800 hp), XB-110 (1,900 hp), XB-105 (1,700 hp), Xi with billet impeller (1,600 hp), and new Ti head unit (950 hp). All of the new products feature a specially designed bell-mouth inlet to help straighten the air for a smooth entry into the hungry impeller blades.

While the SEMA Show gets a bulk of attention in the car enthusiast world, the PRI Show is all about the hardcore racing and high-performance community. Think of this show as shedding the glitz and glamour of SEMA and getting right down to performance-only business.

As a trade show, it is not open to the public but still draws 40,000 buyers/media/exhibitors from 70 different countries. The show has recently become part of Race Industry Week, which includes the PRI trade show, AETC (Advanced Engine Technology Conference), along with 45 conferences and seminars. The conferences and seminars start days before the trade show opens and includes Winning the eRace Digital Marketing conferences, and other specialty meetings to support all aspects of the motorsport world. The PRI Show hosted over 1,100 exhibitors that occupied over 3,000 booth spaces in 2014, making it Indianapolis' largest convention for the year.

PRI might be a racing show, but the street high-performance market is well-represented, especially our niche Mustang segment. This year there was no shortage of new products and Ford Motor Company even had the brand-new 2015 Mustang on display. The MM&FF staff scoured the show floor in order to catch up on the new technology and products that will help define our market for 2014 and beyond. Here are the highlights.

Without a doubt, the star of the show was the 2015 Mustang, which was hustled in from New York after its worldwide reveal one week earlier.

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The coolest car of the show was the Fischer Motorsports-built Ford GT in the Miltera Machining Research Corporation display. It features a fully-built 5.4L DOHC but the highlight is the supercharger system, which is a custom built Whipple 4.5L setup. Fischer added a stand-alone intercooler system (made of billet) to help chill the excessive boost pressures. Four Tial 60mm wastegates have been built into the system with three of them for blow-off duties, while the fourth is used as a boost-controller. The engine is said to produce around 2,000 hp and Fischer plans on hitting the Texas Mile and other standing mile events.

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Roush was in the house with a plethora of parts and Jack Jr.'s new hot rod.

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One of our good friends from New Jersey, Jarrett "The Rocket" Justice, snagged this photo with the lovely Jessica Barton (left) and Brooke Weisbender.

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