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Think­ing About a New Combo For Your Project? Check Out What the En­gine Mas­ters Use!

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hMaybe we take mo­tor­sports too se­ri­ously, but don’t tell that to the diehards of the

2018 AMSOIL En­gine Mas­ters Chal­lenge pre­sented by JE Pis­tons, where we pit en­gine builders in an eight-cylin­der bar fight for the strong­est horse­power and torque fig­ures. Scored on an av­er­age power num­ber across a set rpm range, En­gine Mas­ters Chal­lenge sep­a­rates the bolt-on he­roes from the true mad sci­en­tists. The best en­gine builders don’t just go for that peak num­ber, it’s about build­ing the right combo for the ap­pli­ca­tion and—well, read­ing be­tween the rules to find a few ex­tra ponies. From Jon Kaase’s dropped-com­bus­tion-cham­ber MEL (ef­fec­tively giv­ing it taller, smoother ports) with inch-thick “head gas­kets” to Gene Adams Per­for­mance/Smith­berg Rac­ing’s vari­ablein­take-run­ner Hemi, the cre­ativ­ity and in­no­va­tion of En­gine Mas­ter’s Chal­lenge never ceases to im­press us.

For 2018, we’re mov­ing to JE Pis­tons’ HQ in Men­tor, Ohio, with the Tra­di­tional Mus­cle Class for 1955-and-later pushrod V8s and the Vin­tage Class for 1954-an­dear­lier pushrod V8s and 1964-and-ear­lier six-bangers. To run an event like this, you need an in­dus­try that’s just as ded­i­cated as the builders, and we’ll share some of the parts, flu­ids, and pieces used dur­ing En­gine Mas­ters Chal­lenge to help you eye­ball your next build. For more in­for­ma­tion on the com­pe­ti­tion, visit HOTROD.com/EngineMasters-Chal­lenge!

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