Brian Tooley Racing (BTR) has grown to become one of the Chevrolet LS/LT performance industry leaders, and it has recently revealed three great new products. The company is consistently at the forefront of technology for your GM engine and has pushed the boundaries and set the pace for the industry. BTR has been hard at work, burning the midnight oil to bring you the best in aftermarket engine components. We’re as excited as they are about this new round of performance goodies, and we bring them to you now for your perusal. But first, let’s take a peek at the backstory of Mr. Tooley and how he got BTR where he is today.
Tooley is an engineer’s engineer and a veteran who worked in the performance industry full time for over 20 years before starting his current business BTR in 2012. He started his first business, Total Engine Airflow, in 1992. Then he worked at Holley Performance products from 1993 to 1995, where he helped develop the Systemax head, intake, and camshaft packages. Brian went back to work for himself from 1996 to 2004, where he built the aforementioned Total Engine Airflow into one of the most successful CNC cylinder head porting shops in the country. At the end of 2004, he sold his business to Summit Racing Equipment, where he worked with Trickflow Specialties developing CNC programs for existing heads and developing all-new cylinder heads.
After determining a need for quality spring kits at affordable prices, he introduced his own line of products, and Brian Tooley racing was born. These days, he’s brought over Rick Smith and other talented tech gurus, and they have grown and expanded over the years to offer intakes, camshafts, and valve covers. As a result, business is brisk, and BTR has quickly established itself as the authority in GM tech and performance.
BTR is expanding, as well. Brian explains, “We are tripling our size, from 15,000 square feet to 45,000. This expansion isn’t so much about where we’ve been and what we’ve been doing, as it is about where we’re going. We have a couple of patents pending related to camshaft design and another product that we are very excited about. We will be bringing almost all of our manufacturing in-house, which is very exciting. I want to thank everyone who has ever supported BTR in any way – we will continue to make you proud.”
With no further ado, check out these three exciting new products from BTR.
First up are the new, super slick aluminum valve covers. The company had very specific parameters when this product went into the gestation phase. Mr. Tooley elaborates, “I wanted to design valve covers that cleared shaft rockers, had coil pack provisions and could be removed with coil packs installed, for faster lash adjustments. Additionally, I want to stay with stock GM bolts and gaskets, employ dual -12AN ORB bungs with baffles, and offer them at an affordable cost, made in the USA. Of course, I wanted our BTR logo visible with the coil packs on, as well.”
Each pair of BTR valve covers comes with four baffles and baffle screws and the customer’s choice of gaskets, bolts, and AN to ORB adapter fittings. BTR valve covers retain stock mounting height while being molded uniquely to allow nose clearance for shaft rockers. With vents on both ends, you have a wide variety of options for a catch can or vacuum pump plumbing. Also featured is a unique baffle design/splash guard that protrudes below the valve cover surface. These units are cast aluminum and available in three colors — silver, black, and red — with and without coil mounts. With a starting price of $279.00 produced stateside, these new cast covers are tough to beat.
The new V 220 camshafts for LT engines are the culmination of extensive in-house Spintron testing, coupled with thorough vetting on BTR’s Superflow Engine Dynamometer. “We have spent countless hours designing some of the most stable, powerful lobes in the industry,” Tooley explained. “These camshafts have been extensively tested against our competitors’ designs and have shown better valvetrain stability and make more horsepower and torque. All this translates into better longevity, less valvetrain wear and tear, and more power.”
The V 220 cam is truly a marvel in its ability to perform in such a mild application. With just simple bolt-ons, this grind has brought a new dawn to the L83 5.3-liter, with enormous gains in the LT1/L86 6.2-liter. Furthermore, by utilizing variable valve timing (VVT), the company can set the valve events where they like for stump-pulling torque down low while providing explosive top-end power. All of this is made possible by utilizing VVT control beyond peak torque. In this sense, the end-user truly has the best of both worlds.
It is imperative to utilize VVT control when tuning to take advantage of this grind. A proper calibration with attention to detail in this respect will make this camshaft shine! Brian tells us, “We aren’t afraid of VVT, and we work with it as opposed to against it. Why spend a lot of money to get rid of it when you can have it work in your favor?”
This does not come without a small sacrifice to the 5.3-liter crowd, as you must fly-cut your pistons to allow for this grind to fit correctly. However, a DOD delete is also necessary, which means those cylinder heads must be removed regardless — one extra small step to provide enormous gains across the powerband.
Another powerhouse new offering from BTR is the super high-quality, cast aluminum Trinity intake manifolds. The Trinity is a short runner, three-piece design that gives the ultimate application flexibility. It is similar in concept to billet intakes costing thousands more. The optimum operating range is 6000-8500 rpm and is primarily intended to bridge the gap between naturally-aspirated and boosted applications. It utilizes the high LT1 throttle body position and will accept drive-by-wire DBW or cable throttle bodies, yet it will fit in the tight confines of the C7, C6, C5 Corvette, and the popular F-body platforms.
The design incorporates two runners and an interchangeable plenum. Eight entrapped O-rings generate the seal at the runner/plenum interface clamped by 20 -M6 stainless steel socket head cap screws. The port seals are achieved via SAE O-rings seated in a dovetailed O-ring groove. Both the port mouth radius and the port match are CNC machined. The Trinity incorporates 2-1/4 -27 national pipe threads (NPT) ports on the side of the throttle body boss and a 3/8-18-inch NPT on the rear. The manifold is available as cast or in a black satin texture powdercoat. The manifold comes semi-assembled and includes all the hardware required to bolt it on. Runners and plenums can be purchased separately.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Brian Tooley Racing products. All of this hot new gear is available now and ready for shipping to you. Be sure and check out Brian Tooley Racing here for all the latest products for the LS and LT platforms.