Over 1,000 exhibiting companies flocked to the 2019 Performance Racing Industry Show, each booth fighting for attention from the consumers and media who were navigating the crowded isles. Despite all the reflective chrome, revolutionary tools, and innovative aftermarket parts that caught our eye, we were on a mission to bring you the craziest engine builds seen on this year’s show floor. Without further ado, here are eleven tremendous power displays that stood out above the rest.
When A V12 Still Isn’t Enough
Another engine that charged up the PRI Show power ranks is the XVI Power V16. The supercharged V16 makes upwards of 2,000 horsepower. The engine is equipped with a billet crankshaft and big-block main caps for increased journal overlap and stiffness. A single billet three-bolt camshaft operates its 32 valves, an impressive feat. Fuel is provided by sequential fuel injection and twin drive-by-wire throttle bodies support optimal airflow and twin water pumps circulate over 150gpm to keep the temps at bay.
A Rare Combination
This seldom-seen 406 cubic-inch small-block Ford Hemi is worth a mention. Strange’s Competition Engines made the combination possible with custom Hammerhead Hemi Heads. They filled it with goodies like Gibtec Pistons, topped it off with CFM carbs. BES Racing Engines dynoed the naturally aspirated setup at 1,110 horsepower at 9,700 rpm.
Jonesing For Juice
One of the many displays at the Nitrous Outlet booth was this LS engine boosted by a single VS Racing turbocharger, turbo system by Trick Turbo, then fitted with the Nitrous Outlet’s high-flowing wet direct port system. This particular unit includes one wet nozzle per cylinder that injects fuel and nitrous, so a fuel supply is needed, but unlike the dry direct port system, a fuel management system to compensate for the amount of nitrous sprayed isn’t required. Each wet nozzle is capable of flowing up to 200 additional horsepower on its own.
Noonan Race Engineering Wears The Hat
Noonan Race Engineering showcased their new billet injector hat, which, with its 103 sq.-in. opening, has the largest opening of any hat on the market. Its masterpiece towered over admirers while it sat atop a Noonan billet Hemi engine. The injector hat is crafted from American 6061 aluminum and features a built-in spray rail, designed to quickly disperse fuel evenly to the intake charge. The all-aluminum construction also provides additional cooling compared to carbon fiber materials. Air is cooled as soon as it’s drawn into the intake, which allows even more fuel to burn and maximizes horsepower.
Yeah, It’s A Hemi
Sonny’s World Class Racing featured an alcohol-fed naturally aspirated National Tractor Pullers Association engine. Its solid billet block is carved to a 5.0-inch bore spacing, as is Sonny’s way, to achieve 1,625 horsepower at 16.0:1 compression. The secret weapons are Sonny’s new billet aluminum Hemispherical heads, built for extreme racing applications or dominating truck pulls.
The name, combined with this diesel engine’s extreme design by the masterminds at DJ Precision Machine gives us all the feels. Found in the Fluidampr booth, the Executioner’s aluminum block was crafted using FEA (Finite Element Analysis) software. Over one million pounds of clamping force from the steel bedplate to the block is made possible by six studs per main and two inches of 5/8-inch thread in the block.
The 24-valve billet aluminum cylinder head is the lightest and highest-flowing in the market. To top it off, the lightweight intake manifold weighs only 10 pounds while holding up to high boost. DJ Precision installed a custom billet gear housing to eliminate the need to run belt-driven accessories. All accessories, including multiple high-pressure fuel pumps, water injection, and the oil pump are gear-driven for optimum reliability.
All Of The Boost
That’s right, you’re looking at one engine boosted by four turbos. This quad-turbocharged V12LS engine was hooked up to Haltech’s brand new NEXUS R5 engine management system to draw attention to the company’s exciting product debut. Their plan worked.
The block is built by the folks at V12LS and is available in alloy or iron. An iron block is the most boost-friendly, so that’s understandably what this setup utilizes to sustain all the PSI that comes from the four Garrett turbos. Being such a new build, performance information is unknown, or perhaps it’s a secret until it gets a final shakedown. According to the V12LS website, their setups can achieve over 700 horsepower on pump gas, or 1,000 horsepower with optional upgrades, not including boost.
The Panda Express
This is the only twin-turbo rotary that we spotted in the PRI Show’s sea of engines. It was also seemingly the only Subaru, and certainly the only rotary-powered RWD Subaru Impreza. It was built by Mofab, LLC., for time attack competition. A billet adaptor mates the Mazda engine to the Subaru transmission. Staggered G-series 660 Garrett turbos force air into the intake and an Elite Performance intake manifold gives more top-end power. Stainless hardlines withstand high temps while quick-disconnect fittings make it easily serviceable at the track. The end result is a competitive time attack car with 390 horsepower and 350 lb-ft torque at 4,500 rpm
From Track To Street
SDPC Raceshop’s detailed assembly of its Gen-IV LS turbo crate engine gives peace of mind, even for the most heavy-footed gearheads, whether driven in competition or on the street. The iron LS block houses a 3.622-inch-stroke crank and LS3 Heads outfitted with SDPC dual valvesprings. The Precision turbo spools in a rapid 1.5 seconds when run with Hooker turbo manifolds and an air-to-water intercooler. As a whole, the setup makes an impressive 1,041 horsepower and 1011 lb-ft of torque.
And The Winner Is…
Wagler Diesel won JE Pistons’ overall Masters of Motors Award at PRI 2019 and had the honor of being the first diesel to ever earn that bragging right, and understandably so. Wagler’s innovative 460-ci modular block, based off a Duramax, utilizes a symmetrical layout for superior balance. The all-billet aluminum engine, with assistance from mechanical injection and 180 psi of boost, achieves 3,000 horsepower at 6,000 rpm. Wagler even designed a full-floating intercooler to prevent cracks from expansion and contraction.