PERFORMANCE RACING INDUSTRY
INSIDE LOOK AT THE 2017 PR IS HOW IN INDIANAPOLIS
An inside look at the 2017 PRI show in Indianapolis
For most racing series, the winter is a time to regroup, rebuild and refresh, so it makes perfect sense to host the annual Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in December—and what better place than the world center of racing in Indianapolis, Indiana? The 2017 PRI Show was held December 7-9, 2017, at the massive Indianapolis Convention Center, with attendees from more than 70 countries and all 50 states, as well as more than 1,100 exhibiting companies showing off their latest and greatest performance and racing products.
While a large percentage of the exhibitors are focused on various gas-powered racing categories, more and more companies are showing products specifically designed to help diesel racers get more out of their machines, along with products that diesel racers can adapt to their trucks and cars. This year we saw diesel products and even several diesel trucks and cars featured in various booths throughout the show floor. Another almost common sight on the floor was billet aluminum machined blocks for ultra-high-power diesel applications. We saw Cummins-based billet blocks from D&J Precision Machine (along with the remaining guts of an exploded factory cast block at around 3,000 hp), Fleece Performance Engineering, Scheid Diesel and Wagler Competition Products that also had a few Duramax-based billet blocks on hand.
Of course, many other diesel racing hard parts were on display as well, especially beefed-up rotating assembly parts like cranks, rods and pistons to handle more power as well as a plethora of turbos and kits to make more power! Unfortunately, we don’t have the space in the magazine to cover every great new diesel product or diesel vehicle that we saw at the show. Follow along over the next few pages for an overview of the goodies and booths that caught our eye as we made our rounds at the 2017 PRI Show. UDBG
The PRI Show is the place to be for racers of all disciplines including those with a diesel engine under the hood!
Fleece Performance Engineering showed off their new Comp AL 6061 T6 forged billet aluminum Cummins-based engine block that uses technology and techniques from the Top Fuel Dragster engine industry in a lightweight package that is strong enough to hold 3,000+ horsepower.
Anthony Reams’ XDP sponsored Super Street drag truck was proudly displayed in the center of the XDP booth with its triple-turbo Cummins gleaming under the bright lights in Indy.
Aimed at the street-strip racers or tow rig drivers who upgraded their turbo but still want an exhaust brake, Fleece also released this electronic exhaust brake for Cummins applications.
Not only did D&J Performance Machine display their new billet aluminum Cummins block, they also showed off the reason it is needed with the remnants of the cast block race engine that nearly broke the internet when the explosion video was put online.
Xcalliber Transmissions had their latest Allison transmission upgrade parts on hand including billet shafts, planetary sets and more to help your Allison hold up to the abuses of competition.
Pro Tune showed off three new dash loggers along with their 10-output switch system that could be used for diesel racers who want modern touches in their vehicles.
More billet aluminum beauty was on display at the Wagler Competition Products booth with both Duramax and Cummins based billet aluminum blocks on hand for racers to drool over.
In addition to their Ultra Billet Duramax crankshaft and 8620 Carburized alternate-fire camshaft, the team from Callies also featured their budget-minded Durastar crankshaft that is conservatively rated to handle 800 hp as a strong replacement for the factory crank.
Weight is a true enemy of speed, so the team at Vibrant has released a line of titanium components including tubing, bends, sections, mufflers, flanges and clamps to reduce weight in intake and exhaust systems.