Performance Racing Industry 2013

by Wes Dumalski

Someone had the genius idea to move the PRI show from Florida to Indiana for 2013 right around the time the entire nation was giving Florida the middle finger for being one of the only states above freezing temperatures. Fitting given that this was my first PRI show, why send the midwest frozen tundra guy anywhere warm? Regardless, more than 1200 exhibitors braved the cold to display their wares and latest performance goodies at the show. Step inside for a taste of what MotoIQ's partners had on display and stay warm...

Stoptech BoothStoptech is covering all aspects of braking from professional motorsport to OEM. 
Stoptech caliperThis is the GrandAm / GT 4 piston Stoptech caliper features some very cool technology. Forged aluminum caliper, motorsport specific cross bracing, and radial mounting, oh and see the picture below... 
titanium piston capsTitanium piston noses to assist with thermal protection of piston seals for this GrandAm application. 
inside Stoptech caliperThis ductile iron caliper is installed wherever financial segregation and political discord are prevalent.  Currently they are employed on Toyota Land Cruisers by the UN. Oh and this thing weighs a TON. 
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Friday, December 13, 2013 7:25 AM
Am I wrong, or is the GTX Rally Potato a shout out to Coleman and the Disco Potato?

Also, what is the general feeling with electric water pumps? The concept seems completely sound and the ability to adjust flow on the fly (or in relation to temprature) should make them not only superior to a traditional pump but longer lasting as well.
Friday, December 13, 2013 8:37 AM
I'm pretty sure the OEMs are trending to electric water pumps in the name of fuel efficiency gains. Cooling can be on-demand so you don't incur the parasitic loss. And a big benifit would be on cold start where you wouldn't pump coolant so the engine would warm up more quickly resulting in reduced emissions and fuel consumption. I think it was BMW that has an on-demand oil pump which varies oil flow in an intelligent way as opposed to just being driving off the crank. My memory may be getting scrambled though...

The 1.0L Ecoboost has a 2-stage water pump system where I'm pretty sure one is electric. It's the black plastic thing in the lower left of the picture:

Consider all the pure EVs use electric water pumps like the RAV4 EV:

And lastly, the cars with air-to-water IC mostly use electric water pumps I think! So the supercharged Audis and GM LS engines, the BWM twin turbo V8s. Oh, the new M3 shows an air-to-water IC on that 3.0L twin turbo inline 6.
Friday, December 13, 2013 8:50 AM
The Turbosmart actuator with the position sensor is sweet! Knowing the actuator position is very handy when analyzing data...

The Stack dash is sweet too!
Dan DeRosia
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Friday, December 13, 2013 9:05 AM
I wonder what the Stack dash costs compared to the AIM MXL setup, though granted it doesn't really look like they're targeting the low end of the market. I wonder how long before AEM does one... well, I can hope.
Mark F
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Saturday, December 14, 2013 9:46 AM
They moved back to Indy because of a few reasons. Sema owns the show now, IMIS went away essentially and the show was suffering down in orlando. The concentration of racing is only rivaled by mooresville area.

Y'all swing by our Cosworth booth today. Got the 2013 Formula 1 motor and our newest electronics. Our dash and new power controllers are already being used in many series and factory programs like porsche, Aston Martin, and Bentley to only name a couple. And our price point for our electronics under cuts many of the competitors. Sounds like a sales pitch, but got some great stuff.
Monday, January 06, 2014 4:06 AM
Great to see so many Aussie companies getting a plug for their gear.
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