What It Is: Kendall's new liquid titanium motor oil
Why You Care: Kendall is rolling out this new technology in a big way. The company's engineers have figured out a way to blend liquefied titanium into its synthetic and synthetic-blend base stocks. The result is three new formulations in its product line: a 5W-30 synthetic blend, a 10W-30 synthetic blend for high-mileage engines, and a 5W-20 full synthetic oil. The titanium bonds to the moving engine parts and forms a barrier against wear.
How Much: Look for quarts in your local parts stores priced around $5.00 each.
We Say: "Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal." Actually, a Kendall engineer said that.
Learn More: ConocoPhillips Lubricants; Houston (where else?), TX; 877/445-9198; conocophillips.com
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Crazy Horses: The History of British Drag Racing
Here in America, we often forget that there are nearly 200 other countries on this planet, and some of them have residents who are just as passionate about motorsports as we are. Author Brian Taylor's book describes the challenges event organizers faced when trying to promote what was seen by many in the early '60s as strictly an American sport. It did catch on in England, however, and the country's first permanent dragstrip, Santa Pod, opened on Easter in 1966 on the grounds of the WWII airstrip, RAF Podington. Its name is a reference to Santa Ana dragstrip and is a nod to the sport's Southern California roots. In the decades since, drag racing in England has seen many ups and downs, but it has remained, thanks to its devoted followers. This book chronicles those triumphs and tragedies in a decade-by-decade account, complete with stunning color photography. It's a cool look at how they do things across the pond.
Get Yours: Crazy Horses: The History of British Drag Racing; published by Haynes Publishing; available online for £25.00 ($42.95) at haynes.co.uk
What It Is: A complete frontend for first-gen F-cars
Why You Care: Like them or not, first-gen Camaros are hugely popular cars. The demand for them has grown so large that you can now build your very own Camaro (given a large bank account) without using a single original GM part. Global West has been making suspension pieces for these cars for decades, so its not a new player to this market-but this is a new venture for the company. Global West is now selling a complete front subframe kit fully loaded with QA1 coilovers, a sway bar, trick control arms, a new steering linkage with a quick-ratio 12.0:1 steering box, and a wicked Wilwood braking package that will pull the body off the frame mounts if you stop too fast.
How Much: To get everything in the picture, you'll have to spend $6,699.00. The bare subframe is $1,799.00, and Global will build it to suit your needs.
We Say: Camaro Craft FTW!
Learn More: Global West Performance; San Bernardino, CA; 877/873-2975; globalwest performance.com
What It Is: Chassis-stiffening braces for '67 to '69 F-cars
Why You Care: Hotchkis designed these braces to triangulate the area between the cowl and the subframe of first-generation Camaros and Firebirds. Because the subframes bolt to the body through rubber bushings, a certain amount of flexing between the subframe and body is inevitable. This flexing can manifest itself as soft or sluggish handling, since alignment specs change during hard cornering. The Hotchkis handlebars are a total bolt-in affair, attaching at a fender mounting bolt near the windshield and at the upper control arms' cross-shaft, creating a rigid connection between the body and frame. We've said it before, but the more precisely you control your suspension, the more consistent and predictable your handling will be.
How Much: $550.95
We Say: In addition to all the handling benefits, we'll bet they're a great conversation starter.
Learn More: Hotchkis Performance; Santa Fe Springs, CA; 888/735-6425; hotchkis.net
What It Is: Lunati stroker crankshafts for Chevrolet LS engines
Why You Care: Keep your competition guessing with a stroker crank. With the right block, you could build a 500-inch LS engine. Lunati's cranks are forged from 4340 steel and will easily handle 1,000 hp. You can specify a stroke from 4.250 up to 4.625. The journals are polished and gun-drilled. The counterweights are specially designed to reduce windage. Custom strokes are available, too.
How Much: Look to spend about $2,000.00 for one of these.
We Say: Jeff Smith should drop one in his Lester Scruggs motor.
Learn More: Lunati; Olive Branch, MS; 682/892-1500; lunatipower.com
What It Is: SCT's X3 handheld programmer for GM cars
Why You Care: SCT has expanded its coverage of GM's product line to include the '10 Camaro. Like X3 programmers, you can use this handheld device to reprogram the car's ECM with a preloaded or a custom program written by your local tuner. It also interfaces with a laptop, and you can datalog your car using SCT's Live Link software.
How Much: Pricing is to be determined, but the similarly featured Ford programmers cost just under $400.00.
We Say: You'll need one eventually. Even bolt-on parts will require the ECM to be reflashed for the engine to run correctly.
Learn More: SCT Performance; Longwood, FL; 407/774-2447; sctflash.com
Gear Oil Pump
What It Is: Weldon's 9200 oil pump
Why You Care: If you have a race car, you are always fighting heat, and your drivetrain can generate oil temperatures hotter than the oil in your crankcase in some circumstances. Weldon's new pump is designed to move gear oil and automatic transmission fluid through auxiliary coolers to keep your transmission or rearend oil happy. It is able to pump 300-degree, 80W-90 gear lube at a rate of 300 gallons per hour, yet it only weighs 3 pounds and draws 5.5 amps.
How Much: $390.00
We Say: Another cool feature: These are 100 percent serviceable and rebuildable.
Learn More: Weldon Racing Pumps; Oakwood Village, OH; 440/232-2282; weldonracing.com