Racer Tech

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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.

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