QUICK FUEL TECHNOLOGY (QFT) HAS PARLAYED YEARS OF SUCCESS IN THE CUTTHROAT WORLD OF NHRA STOCK AND SUPER STOCK RACING INTO AN ALL-NEW LINE OF ITS ALREADY POPULAR SSR CARBURETORS. Painstakingly amassing tons of priceless information year after year has led to the formation of race-proven specs for a series of NHRA-legal on-the-shelf carburetors that are catapulting racers in two of sportsman drag racing’s most competitive categories to the winner’s circle.
“If a guy is in a hurry—say he needs a carburetor fast and doesn’t have time to run the engine on the dyno or go testing somewhere before a race he really needs to run—he can buy one of these carburetors, make it to the track in time, and know that it’s going to be close, really close,” said industry veteran Brian Gaines, Holley’s product manager business development. “A lot of times, it’s going to be more than close; it’s going to be perfect. It’s a competition piece. It’s something that can win you a class trophy the first time out.” And if it’s not perfect right out of the box, just send it back to Quick Fuel headquarters in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where technicians will fine-tune it until it is.
QFT engineers worked hand-in-hand with top engine builders and racers to develop the exact specs to win races for every cfm for all popular applications and combinations in competition today, and that knowledge and experience goes into every custom
SSR carburetor going out the door. NHRA-approved list numbers that conform to stringent class-racing rules are stamped right on the carburetor, and the box it comes in will have more detailed information, variants of that number that depend on the altitude at which the car normally races and the type of transmission used.
“It sounds a little complicated, but it’s actually really easy to figure out,” Gaines said. “We have what you might call altitude carburetors, sea-level carburetors, automatic carburetors and manual carburetors. If the end of the part number has ‘MA’ in it, for example, it’s going to be a carburetor just right for a car with a manual transmission that runs at high altitude. ‘AE’ would be for a car with an automatic transmission that runs at a ‘normal’ elevation, something below 3,000 feet. And if it says
‘VS’ at the end of the part number that means it has vacuum secondaries.”
Developing this new series of SSR carburetors took the Holley/Quick Fuel team about 10 months, from September of last year to June 2017. “It wasn’t a matter of designing and building new parts,” Gaines said. “These are already race-proven existing parts. The time-consuming part of it all was figuring out the exact transmission and elevation specs that would work the best for each cfm and each specific application.”
Built-to-order versions are available, as always, but for racers who are short on time or want to save some money, they can bolt on a new SSR carburetor and be in the game right away with all of the headaches out of the way. “From all that information, we created a middle-of-the-road spec for a huge range of applications,” Gaines said. “It’s going to be right in the ball park on the first run, and top-notch with a little adjusting and tuning. If not, just send it back along with your vehicle information, and you’ll get it right back, and I don’t mean the same model or something similar. You’ll get the same piece sent back to you, and it’ll be better than it ever was.”
QFT’s SSR carburetors, including this 850-cfm Gage Rule carb (P/N SSR-8562), are designed specifically for class racing and are ideal for racers looking for an off-the-shelf solution that will get them close to perfect right out of the box.
This 850-cfm unit (P/N SSR850-ME) is designed specifically for class cars with manual trannies (or automatics with a trans-brake) at high elevation (3,000 feet and above).
This NHRA-legal 585-cfm SSR carburetor (P/N SSR-585-VS-AS) is perfect for class racing vehicles with automatic transmissions at altitudes below 3,000 feet.