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