2010 has come and gone, and while we are excited about the new year, we're more excited to install some new parts! Over the holiday season, in between cashing in on some much needed vacation and trying to not get sick, we hit up all of the major shows, events, and gatherings to find the best and most innovative projects of the year. With SEMA and PRI behind us, everyone has had a chance to display their goods, and we've had a minute to hash everything down to a list of our favorite new pieces. Here, in no particular order, we present them to you. We tried to cover everything from making power, to slowing it all down and we're happy to report that 2011 looks even better than 2010, especially if you're a fan of ultra high-performance parts.
Holley LS Tunnel Ram
The crew at Holley have stepped it up big time for the new year, the crowning jewel of their work seen here, the new LS Tunnel Ram system. The unique two-piece design allows for a variety of different tops to be used, depending on your needs. Looking to install a bug catcher style fuel injection hat? No problem! How about a low profile, twin throttle body setup? Holley has that too. In fact, Holley has almost every style of top you could want, including the forward facing one, shown here, which can even be turned around for you turbo guys. One cast aluminum base, which features long, steep runners and 8-injector bungs will fit on any L92 or LS3 cylinder head, and the different tops bolt directly to it, allowing you to customize your induction system like never before.
Holley, 1801 Russellville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101; 270/782-2900; www.holley.com
Moroso Water Pump Adapters
Every time we think the LS market might be out of new areas to develop, we find an innovative new product like these water pump adapters from Moroso. Built to address several issues, the least of which is just doing away with the ugly, stock pump, these Moroso water pump adapters allow you to install a traditional Big Block Chevy (BBC) style pump, a billet electric BBC pump, or a variety of remote mount electric options. Why a BBC pump, you ask? Well, for starters they have been around for a long time, so a variety of affordable aftermarket options already exist. Secondly, the BBC electric pumps look great and are much more compact than a traditional LS1 style pump, which frees up space in your engine bay. You will need a new remote thermostat housing to make everything work, but Moroso has you covered in that department as well. Just give them a call.
Moroso, 80 Carter Drive, Guilford, CT 06437-2116; 203/453-6571; www.moroso.com
Aeromotive Stealth Kit
One of the biggest and most expensive obstacles when building a high-horsepower late-model Corvette (2003.5 to present) is dealing with the fuel system. Over the years, many people have fabricated external pump systems, wired boosters in-line, or even modified the stock tank to accept multiple pumps. Now, thanks to Aeromotive, you can simply slide one assembly in place, with one single fuel pump, and support up to 1,400-flywheel horsepower on a forced induction setup or 1,900-flywheel horsepower on a naturally aspirated combination. Each system includes a pre-filter, bracket, and all of the plumbing necessary to install this system into your stock tank and will work perfectly with the existing "saddlebag" design of the Corvette tanks.
Aeromotive, 7805 Barton St, Lenexa, KS 66214; 913/647-7300; www.aeromotiveinc.com
Zeitronix Ethanol Content Analyzer
Whether you run a stock flex fuel vehicle or a high-performance E85 race car, knowing what percentage of ethanol is in your tank is important. With current E85 regulations allowing for varying degrees of ethanol content and gas stations mixing E85 with other blends, it is hard to know exactly what you are getting every time you hit the pump. In fact, current E85 fuel can vary from 60 to 92-percent ethanol! Now, thanks to Zeitronix, you can measure ethanol percentage in real time, and even output the results to a standalone ECM, which will allow your tune to adjust based on the percentage of ethanol in your tank. If you are lucky enough to have a GM vehicle with an on-board flex fuel sensor, all you need to do is wire in the Zeitronix gauge. If you don't have a sensor, Zeitronix has you covered, just let them know you need one when you place your order.
Zeitronix, 20695 S. Western Ave., Suite 116, Torrance, CA 90501; 3,10/328-1234; www.zeitronix.com