Earning runner-up honors in the Performance-Street New Product category, the JMS TractionMax is designed to improve traction and acceleration on vehicles with big power and limited traction. It does so by taming the throttle response via remote adjustment knobs that allow the driver to dial in the hook for a specific vehicle. It also has automatic and on-the-fly traction options.
When you think of Aeromotive, fuel pumps come to mind, but these days the company is also about moving other fluids. A case in point is its new Intercooler Water Pump. With a brushed motor and a closed impeller for improved efficiency at high pressure, it could be the upgrade your intercooler system needs to maximize its efficiency.
Today’s modern performance machines often straddle the line between street driving and all-out track performance. Doing so means supporting everything from EFI systems and big electric fuel pumps to electric cooling fans and audio systems. For applications where charging output and weight are both considerations, Proform developed its Lightning alternator, which delivers a whopping 80 amps at idle and more than 100 amps at high rpm. It does all that weighing in at just seven pounds.
This isn’t something you see every day, but Transcend Energy Group says it has something that gives an engine an extra charge. That something is the Thunder Rod, which is a two-piece connecting rod. You read that right. The company says the secondary joint in its patented rod delivers more leverage to the crankshaft, improves torque, reduces piston rock, and increases dynamic compression by 25 to 30 percent. The company says it has tested the rod for durability and believes it will "revolutionize" the combustion engine.
If you love modern Mustangs and carbon fiber, it is difficult not to drool on Matt D’Andria’s Mustang Mach 1 holding court in the Anderson Composites booth. Not only does it feature the complete line of carbon fiber upgrades from Anderson, including a functional, scooped hood, but it is nicely customized throughout, including a Focal audio system, a full Steeda suspension, and an emissions-tested Hellion twin-turbo system that generates big power while exhaling through the factory catalytic converters.
Ford’s Gen 3 Coyote is a potent performer in stock form and responds to aftermarket modifications, but if those upgrades exceed the capabilities of the factory slugs, MAHLE offers its drop-in replacement Gen 3 Coyote PowerPak pistons kits for the dual-fuel 5.0-liter engine. Built with all the usual hallmarks of the company’s piston line, these units are forged from a 2618 Alloy and feature a hard-anodized top ring groove for Extreme Duty applications.
If your Ford Godzilla build is more serious than the factory pistons can handle, Diamond created its Competition Series slugs for the 7.3-liter pushrod powerplant. Thanks to a ribbed forging design, these street/strip pistons are rugged and lightweight. With side gas ports for improved ring seal and a moly skirt coating for reduced friction, these pistons will endure high output in naturally aspirated or power-adder applications.