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2013 PRI Show - Full Circle
The racing world returns to the Circle City to show its wares
Mark your calendars. This year's PRI Show will be held December 11-13, 2014, at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Started in 1988, the Performance Racing Industry show debuted in Louisville, Kentucky, as an antidote to the SEMA show, transitioning the Sin its initials from Speed to Specialty. Though SEMA is now the owner of PRI, the show's mission remains—to cater to the hardcore racing market. With that in mind, the show recently fused with the rival show that has since popped up in Indy while PRI was enjoying its warm vacation in sunny Florida. In 2013, PRI returned to the center of racing in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Now, as you know, PRI had been held in Orlando, Florida, for several years. That was conveniently just up the road from 5.0&SF's Tampa, Florida, headquarters. As much as we loved taking a short, sunny drive over to the show, we weren't about to stay home when it moved north. We are always on the prowl for the latest Mustang hardware. So we hopped on a plane and braved the 1-degree weather to share our findings with you. Read on to see what we uncovered in the snow.
Expanding on its popular line of Stealth Fuel pumps, Aeromotive introduced the new Stealth 320 pump with fitments for a variety of new vehicles, including the '05-'10 Mustang GTs. Smaller than the popular Stealth 340, this compact direct-replacement unit is designed to crank out 320 liters per hour and support over 850 horsepower.
Having serviced Fords from pushrod small-blocks to modulars with its various timing chain upgrades, Cloyes has moved in the Coyote/RoadRunner world with is Cobra Jet Hex-A-Just Kit (PN 9-3179A). The kit includes billet crankshaft and camshaft sprockets, along with adjustable secondary sprockets and fine-finish chains all around. Not only do these systems promise improved durability over the factory parts, but they offer far more adjustability to dial in the cam timing on race engines.
Ford Racing Performance Parts
With all the excitement about the '15 Mustang, and racers revving up for Coyote racing classes with the NMRA, it's nice to see that Ford Racing is still in the pushrod small-block business. Sure this is a sealed crate engine for circle track racing, but the D347SR is still a 415-horsepower 347 engine. Based on the solid Boss block and filled with Scat internals, the D347SR is topped by FRPP Z heads and cammed with the raucous F303. On the more modern front, FRPP is also offering '14 Cobra Jet-spec engines in complete form.
We noticed something familiar in the Dana-Spicer booth. It was a Mustang driveshaft for the S197 set. Available in 3.5- and 4-inch diameters, these are one-piece, lightweight units. Designed for improved durability and better performance, Dana says the 4-inch version allows for higher rpm and both versions bolt right in with no adapters necessary.
This in-line electric water pump from Davies Craig grabbed our attention because it looks like a little centrifugal supercharger. When paired with the company's controller for both electric water pump and fan it is said to offer improved cooling, increased horsepower, and even better mileage. While these pumps are largely universal, there is a kit available for pushrod 5.0s and one in development for Coyotes. They look like a great option for the packaging challenges presented by engine-swap cars.
Driven Racing Oil
We Mustang fans love products made just for our cars. Oil is not something that you typically assume is car-specific, but the oil experts at Driven beg to differ. They have created FR50 5W50 oil just for the Coyote engine. The company says it low-volatility, full-synthetic formula resists foaming and vaporization while facilitating consistent cam phaser performance.
E3 Spark Plugs
Heretofore, E3 Spark Plugs has marketed its spark plugs with their DiamondFire electrode to the street market, promising better performance, better fuel economy, and even reduced emissions. At PRI, the company announced it had developed a version of its patented electrode that is revised for the rigors of racing engines. We also learned that a racing plug aimed at the Coyote engine is in the development pipeline.
We know that Energy Suspension has performance bushings for Mustangs covered, but if your tow rig needs less bushing flex, Energy has a new kit for '05-'07 F-250 trucks. Available in red and black, these kits include front sway bar bushings, rear sway bar bushings; front bump stops, rear bump stops, rear leaf-spring bushings, front track-bar bushings, front coilspring isolators, and crew-cab body-mount bushings.
The 6R80 six-speed automatic transmission in the '11-and-up Mustangs has been a performance wonder. Even in stock form it has delivered impressive performance, but as racers have pushed the envelope, there is a need for more durable internal bits for them. Known for its manual-trans clutches, Exedy is also a prime support of the 6R80 auto with Stage 1 and Stage 2 Performance Kits. The first kit is designed for street cars up to 600 horsepower and running as quick as 9.90 e.t.'s. The Stage 2 kit allows the factory six-speed auto to support over 1,000 horsepower and e.t.'s as low as 8.7 seconds.
Putting the spark in its namesake S, FAST expanded its impressive product line with a new selection of capacitive-discharge ignition systems. If they look familiar, these CD boxes, coils, crank triggers, plug wires, and distributors were originally brought to market by Crane and recently acquired by FAST to round out its offerings.
If you've ramped up the performance of your S197, you may need more capacity in your cooling system. To help you out, Fluidyne now has a triple-pass Tri-Flow radiator that's a direct fit for your '05-and-up Mustang. By packing in more rows and passing the fluid through the heat exchanger three times, these radiators offer a lot more cooling and bolt right in.
If you missed our comprehensive SEMA coverage in the May '14 issue, then you might not have heard about Haltech's new plug-and-play Elite EFI system for Coyotes. This fully-programmable EFI system can be run as a standalone in engine-swap cars or in tandem with factory electronics to run just the engine function. Not only does this system plug right in and control the usual fuel and spark commands, but it also offers control of the Twin-Independent Variable cam timing. Besides these engine functions, it also offers cruise control, traction control, launch control, flex fuel support, and more.
We know about Innovate Motorsports for its wideband oxygen sensors. The latest sensor in the fold, the SCG-1, not only tracks your car's air/fuel, but it also bundles in a boost controller and a shift light. Both the air/fuel readings, boost controller settings, and shift-light settings are accessible via an OLED gauge and a tablet app.
If you're taking your Coyote to the dragstrip, you're going to need an SFI approved damper. Innovators West now offers a standard-diameter damper for the modern 5.0 engine. The company also now offers a complete eight-rib conversion kit for 4.6-liter modular engines.
Lately JMS Chip has made a strong push into the electronic accessories marketplace with its fuel pump and ignition pump boosters. Now the company is applying that expertise to other areas. Not only do they offer new voltage boosters for cooling fans and intercooler pump, but some new performance-enhancing plug-in modules for EcoBoosted Fords. These black boxes are said to ramp up the DI turbo engines by as much as 50 horsepower.
Those looking for a new steering wheel have some new options from GT Performance. The company not only offers retro-style wheels for vintage cars, but more performance-oriented wheels for later-model Mustangs. The wheels are sharp, and more designs are on the way.
If a Coyote swap is in your future, you're going to need an accessory drive setup. Well, if you are looking for a complete, attractive setup, the pulley experts at March have the system for you. It includes all the necessary mounting hardware, pulleys, and belts, plus the power steering pump and alternator.
At SEMA, MBRP unleashed a complete line of exhaust and induction bits for the peppy Focus ST. At PRI, the company showed off its blacked-out exhaust systems for modern Mustangs. Of course, MBRP offers full exhausts, from long-tubes, to mid-pipes to link those murdered-out mufflers with your heavy-breathing Coyote.
While we spied this more traditional intercooler reservoir for '13-'14 GT500s in the Moroso booth, the company has also released a slick one-piece unit for '07-'12 GT500s that combines the intercooler and engine coolant reservoirs into one neat package (PN 63804). It is a direct bolt-on, and there are versions that accept the factory screw-on caps and one with a fuel-cell lid on the intercooler side to facilitate icing.
Pertronix Performance Products
If your modular needs fresh coilpacks or just a boost in spark, Pertronix now offers Flamethrower COP coils packing 30,000 volts of energy to light your Two-, Three-, and Four-Valve 4.6-liter fire. These coils are said to be more durable than the stockers and good for up to 11,000 rpm.
Sometimes companies that display at SEMA and PRI will show all their cards in Vegas and bring the same deck to Indy. That's not the case with the industrious group at ProCharger. While the blower company emphasized its programmable i-1 in Sin City, it was a six-pack of new race blowers that it unveiled in the Circle City. Yes, six new blowers, including improved versions of the F-1D, F-1A and F-1C.Rounding out the six are three all-new units, F-1C-10.5, the F-1X-12, and the F-1X-12A. Of most interest to us is the F-1D, which should make its mark in the NMRA's new Coyote Modified class.
Further expanding its line of restoration harnesses for Fox Mustangs, Ron Francis showed off a complete '91-'93 Mustang front lighting harness. The harness is built to factory dimensions and features factory-style connectors for a trouble-free installation.
If you are looking for a turbo setup for your Fox drag car, Stainless Works has a new Ford small-block Down and Forward Turbo Header Kit that supplies everything you need but the turbo. It includes headers, a turbo mounting bracket, an aluminum motor plate, and a 304 SS downpipe.
If you need a rugged, streetable diff for your 9-inch rear, Strange presented this 35-spline, helical S-Trac differential. While the company is well-known for rearend parts, it is still pushing strongly into suspension parts as well, including a new bolt-in strut and shock for the '11-and-up Mustang.
With a robust line of Ford EcoBoost add-ons, Turbosmart is primed to take advantage of the EcoBoost 2.3 when it hits the Mustang. For now the company is getting it done with its Focus ST dual-port blow-off valve and the internal wastegate acuator seen here. The latter is designed to adjust the boost level while providing better turbo response.