With PRI 2014 in full swing, the performance aftermarket is out in droves to talk and treat the world at large to some of the latest developments of this year. We caught up with Lunati Cams while we were there, and spoke to David Chamberlain about the company’s Bootlegger camshafts and what they mean to engine builders.
“The goal with these camshafts is a more aggressive line for the street market,” explained Chamberlain. “It’s got the best of both worlds for performance and sound. You can see it in how aggressive the lobes look, and you can hear it too when it’s at work inside the motor.”
To owners of street machines and musclecars, this is the ticket to delivering better midrange power, as we found out. “The difference from other camshafts comes from the Bootlegger’s purpose,” said Chamberlain. “They’re designed solely for making power in the useable RPM range, that 2,500 to 6,000 RPM range.”
Several Bootlegger models are currently offered for specified engine platforms and come in either hydraulic flat tappet or retro-fit hydraulic roller designs. These include 283-400 cubic-inch SBCs (1955-present), 5.7L/LT1 SBCs (1987-present), 396-454 cubic-inch BBCs (1965-96), and finally the Ford Windsor 302s and 351s (1962-96).
Using a 108-degree lobe separation, Chamberlain states, the Bootlegger series is able to achieve its “peaky power” that engine builders crave. “Some guys want a cruising cam, and that’s what our Voodoo line is good for,” he said. “Other guys never get above 5500 to 6000 RPM in their rides, and they just want it to scream down low coming off 2500 and smashing the gas. So that’s kind of the context of where the Bootlegger cams came out of.”
Combining old-school attitude with new-school technology, the Bootlegger camshafts are the real deal for anyone looking to get gains to the middle rev range. Find out more about these and other great products by visiting Lunati online, and don’t forget to Like them on Facebook for additional photos, videos, promotions, and more.