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Competition Engine Building: Advanced Engine Design & Assembly Techniques

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The needs of a true competition engine are quite different than those of the engine under the hood of a typical commuter car. From the basic design needs, to the base component materials, to the sizes of the flow-related hardware, to the precision of the machining, to the capabilities of each pertinent system, very few similarities exist. Many books exist showcasing how to make street-based engines more powerful and/or durable. This book is different, in that it focuses purely on the needs of high rpm, high durability, high-powered racing engines. It begins by looking at the raw design needs, and then shares how these needs are met at the various phases of an engine's development, assembly, testing and tuning.

This book features reviews of many popular modern tools, techniques, products, and testing/data collecting machinery. Showing the proper way to use such tools, how to accurately collect data, and how to use the data effectively when designing an engine, is critical information not readily available elsewhere. The special needs of a competition engine aren't commonly discussed, and the many secrets competition engine builders hold closely are openly shared on the pages here.

Authored by veteran author John Baechtel, Competition Engine Building stands alone as a premier guide for enthusiasts and students of the racing engine. It also serves as a reference guide for experienced professionals anxious to learn the latest techniques or see how the newest tools are used. Baechtel is more than just an author, as he holds (or has held) several World Records at Bonneville. Additionally, his engines have won countless races in many disciplines, including road racing and drag racing.

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The needs of a true competition engine are quite different than those of the engine under the hood of a typical commuter car. From the basic design needs, to the base component materials, to the sizes of the flow-related hardware, to the precision of the machining, to the capabilities of each pertinent system, very few similarities exist. Many books exist showcasing how to make street-based engines more powerful and/or durable. This book is different, in that it focuses purely on the needs of high rpm, high durability, high-powered racing engines. It begins by looking at the raw design needs, and then shares how these needs are met at the various phases of an engine's development, assembly, testing and tuning.

This book features reviews of many popular modern tools, techniques, products, and testing/data collecting machinery. Showing the proper way to use such tools, how to accurately collect data, and how to use the data effectively when designing an engine, is critical information not readily available elsewhere. The special needs of a competition engine aren't commonly discussed, and the many secrets competition engine builders hold closely are openly shared on the pages here.

Authored by veteran author John Baechtel, Competition Engine Building stands alone as a premier guide for enthusiasts and students of the racing engine. It also serves as a reference guide for experienced professionals anxious to learn the latest techniques or see how the newest tools are used. Baechtel is more than just an author, as he holds (or has held) several World Records at Bonneville. Additionally, his engines have won countless races in many disciplines, including road racing and drag racing.

Pages : 176
Size : 8.5 X 11 (inches)
Format : Paperback / softback
Illustrations : 321 B/W Photos
Publisher : CarTech
ISBN : 9781613252888
Product Code : SA214P

Acknowledgments 

Introduction

 

Chapter 1: Race Engine Planning 

Consider the Limitations

Performance Objectives 

Unlocking Hidden Power

How Cylinders Influence Each Other

 

Chapter 2: Torque and Horsepower 

Volumetric Efficiency

Understanding BSFC 

Where Power Comes From 

What Influences Power? 

 

Chapter 3: Cylinder Blocks 

Grooming the Short Block 

Block Type 

Block Inspection

Machine Shop Processes

 

Chapter 4: Crankshafts 

Crankshaft Types 

Strength Treatments 

Counterweights 

Operating Conditions

Crankshaft Oiling 

Engine Balancing

Crankshaft Dampening

 

Chapter 5: Piston Technology

Piston Speed

Acceleration 

Piston Speed Issues

Selection Factors

Race Piston Terminology

Rings

Piston Ring Terminology

Ring Installation 

Micro-Welding

 

Chapter 6: Connecting Rods

Rod Length as a Tuning Component 

Connecting Rod Materials

Characteristics of Rod Activity 

Rod-to-Piston Clearance

 

Chapter 7: Engine Bearings

Characteristics of Engine Bearings

Roller Cam Bearings

Clearances

Bearing Failures 

 

Chapter 8: Cylinder Heads

Choosing a Cylinder Head 

Valves and Valve Sizes 

 

Chapter 9: Induction Systems

Dual-Plane Intakes 

Single-Plane Intakes 

Tunnel Ram Intakes

Plenum Characteristics

Mixture Conditioning 

Surface Texturing

Reversion

Secondary Intake Considerations 

Flow Testing 

Electronic Fuel Injection

 

Chapter 10: Carburetors 

Carburetor Selection 

Exit Air Speed

Tuning Elements 

Basic Tuning and Maintenance

Final Thoughts

 

Chapter 11: Camshafts 

Understanding Cam Specs 

Calculating Valve Lift

Finding TDC 

Degreeing the Cam 

Calculating Valve Overlap

Camshaft Terminology

Rocker Ratio Tuning 

Duration

Camshaft Selection Criteria

Firing Order Swaps 

 

Chapter 12: Sumps and Oiling

Wet Sump Systems

Dry Sump Systems 

Oil Accumulators for Racing Engines

Common Modifications

 

Chapter 13: Ignition Systems

Ignition Choices

Race Engine Ignition Tips

 

Chapter 14: Exhaust Systems

PipeMax Header Software 

Step Headers 

Header Design Kit

 

Chapter 15: Engine Build Tips 

Assembly Procedure 

 

Chapter 16: Engine Startup and Maintenance

Startup and Break-In

Maintenance Program

Recommended Maintenance

Engine Dyno Testing

 

Source Guide

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