VWs are essentially the hot rods of the air-cooled world
When Greg Jones, editor of Engine Builder magazine, asked us to write a small piece about air-cooled engines, we were honored.
We wanted to discuss the past, present and future of the air-cooled engine; the inner workings, the great aftermarket products now available, and the evolution of the aircooled turbo motor with EFI.
There’s some V8 talk and plenty of machining discussion, guided by our own story and experiences.
Check it out here!
Sneak peeks of our newly acquired 1600hp capable Stuska Dyno, accommodating it into our workshop and the excitement of our future growth of research and pursuing HP!
We have spent many hours inquiring and doing a LOT of research on the best Dyno for our LS and VW needs, only to come across this gem. A 1600hp capable Stuska dyno with full data acquisition, automatic load control and internal starter.
For the past 10 years we have run our turnkey engines up for testing and tuning but we will now be able to test, fully break-in and tune under load, all of our turnkey Aircooled VW and LS engines in house! We are also looking forward to many hours of R&D, finding even better combinations and trying new things in the search of more horsepower with today’s available engine parts and technology!
The base of the dyno room is built along with the new engine room, which, albeit a bit smaller, is now much brighter, cleaner and ready for more blueprint and engine building action. Next up, is to remove the cupboards before the installation of the water tanks and observation window, finishing the internal walls and insulation of the room and some modifications to the Dyno frame in order to mount the automatic load control and FuelTech ECU which we use on all of our EFI engines. A desk and a custom control panel is also on our to-do list for outside of the dyno room.
LS engine’s already fit thanks to our billet SBC to LS adapter that we had made a few years ago (notice our old logo!). VW motors will fit with a little work to the motor plate and a custom adapter will be made to mount the driveshaft to the flywheel.
Just a ‘bit’ of work left to do!
We hope to offer the dyno service to all our turnkey engine customers, early in the new year!
We are so humbled to have been approached by Greg from Engine Builder Magazine to discuss our latest LS build!
When we spoke to Greg, Adrian’s twin turbo 370 cid LS was on the stand going through the final stages of the build before being shipped out to the UK to be fitted into a neat little street & strip Vauxhall Victor, an English station wagon from 1968.
The engine is made up of an iron block, GM crank, Callies rods, Brian Tooley Racing twin turbo cam, CP-Carrillo pistons, AFR heads and ARP hardware. It’s got twin 62mm turbos with ball bearing and billet wheels and will be powered by Holley Dominator EFI.
We are looking forward to seeing Adrian’s engine making approximately 1200hp!
Check out this engine on our website: https://ace-engines.com/product/1000hp-lsx-engine/
Read the full Engine Builder Magazine feature here!