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2 Edge Performance Open House

I had the opportunity to check out the 2 Edge Performance Open House and car show over this past weekend. It was a great event and everything went seamlessly, although, I would like to wage one complaint…. I didn’t win any raffles!!! I find this to be an extreme travesty as I invested in a plethora of tickets for the custom painted rally stripes giveaway. I hope the winner truly appreciates the prize as I funded it. Seriously, half the tickets were mine. Well, now that I’m starting to get over the pain that I harbor in my heart because of this crushing loss, we can talk about the show.

While I was there, I had the opportunity to sit down with the owner of the company Mr. Chris Johnson and ask him a few questions about the company. 2 Edge Performance was started earlier this year after spending the last 15 years as a GM certified mechanic earning him the endearing nickname “Mr. Goodwrench.” He set out with this company after building quite the reputation for himself helping friends with custom GM performance builds. Fueled by the passion for cars and the belief that a company is defined by the quality of its work, 2 Edge Performance has already gained quite a following in the Southern California GM performance market. Quite literally, every person I’ve talked to that has had work done at 2 Edge has nothing but great things to say about them.

Magnuson Supercharger ad featuring a 2 Edge Performance built Camaro

In addition to getting their name out there, they are currently working on pushing into the performance truck market, and they don’t just do work on GM’s, they had a very nice supercharged Dodge Challenger R/T that they built on display at the meet also. They’ve even had some success in the media already. As you can see on the left, Magnuson used the Camaro they built in one of their ads, and Fastest Street Car Magazine has featured one of their cars twice now. Seems like things are starting to take off for the guys at 2 Edge Performance, and it couldn’t happen to a better group. They are very friendly, knowledgeable and have great customer service. I was very impressed and I know I’ll definitely be using them for my car.

As for the open house and show, it was great. It started off with a  few different car clubs slowly trickling in in the morning, but by the time noon came around the parking lot was over loaded with cars. From a Supercharged beastly Camaro’s 2 Edge built to a very nice stock C5 Corvette to a GT 500, there was plenty of Car porn to go around. The highlight of the show came in the form of a Callaway Camaro that rolled in courtesy of Tommy Edrisi at Selman Chevrolet. That beautiful work of art definitely made for some great photo opportunities. It also provided the highlight of my month when I got to drive it. I’m pretty sure at one point I heard angels singing in the background. They provided a great BBQ for all who attended and as an added bonus they had a few raffles to deal out. Besides the painted stripe giveaway that was held by Eli’s Customs (you read my mentally defective ravings on it earlier), they also raffled off a set of 2 Edge Performance Spark Plugs and a T-Rex grill. Over all it was a great event and I’ll be heading back to their next one come December when they raffle off a Magnuson Supercharger kit installed and tuned by them…. I’ll take two.

I have included a full gallery of pictures from the event bellow including some nice shots of the beautiful Callaway Camaro. If you would like to contact 2 Edge Performance you can visit their website at: http://2edgeperformance.com/ or you can give them a call at 949-515-2088

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Bowtie V6 Store Launches!

*WARNING: SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION FOLLOWS!!!!*

   SO, I’m a staff member of a really awesome forum called bowtiev6. It is a 5th Ge. V6 Camaro forum and if any of you guys out there even remotely like the new generation of Camaro you should check it out. The web address is www.bowtiev6.com.

With that said, I just launched the new BowtieV6 Store! It is a store that caries apperal, decals, license plate frames and other various items related to bowtiev6 and all things V6 Camaro. So swing on in and check it out. It can be found at www.bowtiev6store.com or you can click the image below:

 *END OF SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION*


Chevy Announces LFX V6 engine.

News is a few months old, but I figured I’d post it up here. Only two years after releasing one of the most potent engines in the 3.6L LLT V6, GM and Chevrolet announced that the 2012 model year will receive a new engine. Here’s the nitty gritty of it:

The new engine option description is: “LFX 3.6L SIDI, DOHC, VVT, E85 MAX, Alum GM

The LFX should displace 3.6L, like the current V6 found in the Camaro. And it’s packed to the brim with advanced technologies like Spark-Ignition Direct-Injection, Dual Overhead Cams, Variable Valve Timing, and E85 capability!!

Those are the hard details…but a little research raises some other interesting points. It is likely that the LFX is going to build on the innovations of the 3.0L LF1 V6 found in vehicles like the Cadillac CTS, SRX, and Chevy Equinox. That engine features a composite intake manifold, integrated exhaust manifolds and optimized NVH/airflow treatments.

When the LLT was transplanted from the CTS into the Camaro, it picked up 8hp, or 2.6% because of different intake/exhaust efficiencies. The LF1 produces 270hp in 3.0L form in the CTS. If we scale up the displacement of the 3.0L engine to 3.6L, and use the same 2.6% power increase as the LLT, estimates have the new LFX producing anywhere from 325-330 hp when used in the Chevy Camaro.

The new LFX cylinder heads

A comparison between the LLT & LFX heads.

Here’s an excerpt from the latest press release on the new engine:

PONTIAC, Mich. – In auto production, more power, better fuel economy and fewer emissions rarely appear together. But the 2012 Camaro 3.6L direct injection V6 engine achieves all three by combining the exhaust manifold with the cylinder head into a single aluminum casting.

Each integrated exhaust manifold cylinder head – a V6 has two — replaces a cast iron exhaust manifold, six bolts, a gasket and a heat shield and three bolts. By eliminating this joint, the potential for a gasket failure is eliminated. And the change reduces engine weight by 13 lbs. or 6 kg per engine. Reducing mass helps improve fuel economy and the 2012 Camaro 2LS model is EPA estimated at 30 mpg highway.

“Reducing engine mass of this magnitude doesn’t happen often,” said Ameer Haider, GM assistant chief engineer for V6 engines. “Engineering usually looks for reduction in terms of grams not pounds. It’s just like removing a set of golf clubs from your car when you don’t need them – ultimately it saves fuel. When combined with other mass reductions, the customer will see better fuel economy over time with better performance.”

Extensive simulation and bench testing was performed to perfect cylinder-head airflow. Intake airflow is improved 7 percent with the use of larger intake valves (38.3 mm v. 36.9 mm), which are primarily responsible for an increase of 11 horsepower. Exhaust flow is 10 percent better than the previous V6. 

Lower emissions, narrower engine size and noise reduction round out the list of benefits for the new head design. With the catalytic converter closer to the engine exhaust point, the emissions reduction process begins sooner, resulting in lower emissions. The new cylinder heads decrease the overall width of the engine by 4.6 inches (117 mm) for significantly more packaging space in the engine bay making under hood work easier. Due to less surface area, the new design contributes to a 1 decibel reduction in engine noise at idle.

“The new, patented design benefits the customer in all the key areas without any trade offs, said Haider. “Emissions, performance, fuel economy, and noise all improve with the integrated exhaust manifold.”

The new engine is essentially just head redesign, so theoretically the new heads should be compatable with the LLT and in turn a nice performance mod for those with the LLT trying to get a little more out of it.


Turbonetics Open House

Had a  chance to visit Turbonetics for an open house and car show. The plant tour was pretty interesting, learned a lot about turbos, that’s for sure. Interesting fact, Turbonetics manufactures the turbos for the USAF U.A.V.’s. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with the quality and tolerances that they manufacture their turbo’s to. They are definitely a top of the line manufacturer.

With out further a due, Here’s what you guys want to see anyways, the pics!

This is a shot of the huge line of Camaro’s that were there waiting to register for the show.

They had a complete mock up of there single turbo setup on an LS3 engine for use to see at the beginning of the tour.

This is a bunch of turbo housings they had sitting waiting to be assembled. The housings are cast off site and then brought to their main plant for machining and assembly.

If any of you guys have ever wondered what the inside of a turbo looks like, here it is. They’re actually a pretty simple design at the heart of it.

If any of you guys are curious about how a turbo actually works, here’s a nifty diagram:

If you guys want an in depth explanation of it, this article is great reading: http://forcedairresearch.tripod.com/id4.html.

At the end of the tour we got to see this little display, it shows the wide range of turbo sizes they make. The smallest is the turbo used on the UAV’s and the largest is used on some Cummings diesel.

Interesting fact, some of their turbo’s are capable of running over 100 pounds of boost! I know right, that is crazy power. Of course your talking about high end ceramic journal bearings, advanced oiling systems and a whole lot of $$$ for that.

So, here’s the eye candy. I warn you now though, Explicit car porn follows. Not for the faint of heart. This first pic is one of Turbonetics racing cars. It’s a turbo’ed 4-cylinder Scion TC that makes crazy power!

This next car is probably one of the nicest Camaro show cars I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. It’s the Alpine Camaro car. On top of rocking an insanely nice custom paint job, it has a full blown custom interior that consists of a 2000 watt alpine sound system among other things. As far as the exterior, it has the ACS custom ports on the front clip and is skirted by the Fessler-Moss body kit. It’s rounded out by a very nice set of HRE wheels, and of course the Turbonetics turbo kit putting done a nice 614 hp.

Savini wheels had a pretty strong presence there. The first pic is of a Lamborghini they had there (sorry didn’t get much information on it). The second pic is of a nice super charged Ford GT that is putting down 650 hp which makes a car that light and nimble insanely fast.

You all should easily recognize this next one. It’s the actual bumblebee car from Transformers 3. It was there on lone from Paramount studios. Absolutely beautiful car. The carbon fiber work is immaculate. But, typical movie tricks, the door handles, side vents, and hood vents are all not real. Amazing non the less though.

This Camaro is a 67′ SS that has been completely built for autocross. It has a wicked nitrogen gas coil over suspension system. It is also twin turbo’ed and puts out a stunning 1000 hp. WOW….

Now this car, was definitely the most impressive car there performance wise. As a matter of fact it’s a complete work of art and has performance that surpasses that off even the super cars. It’s the 2010 SST Camaro built by Nelson Racing Engines. If you guys aren’t familiar with them. They build some of the most prolific racing engines out there. So here’s just a few of the specs on this car:

  • Built twin turboe’d LS7 engine
  • Dual Fuel Cells so the car can run both pump gas and racing fuel.
  • Full racing spec 10 point roll cage.
  • Complete Racing suspension
  • Custom built Tranny and driveline with solid 9″ rear axle.

This car puts out an unbelievable 1500 hp. It’s absolutely a beast & I for one would love to see this thing run the 1320′.

This next Camaro just had some amazing body work done to it. It has the full Bomex hot wheels wide body kit and custom carbo fiber hood. It’s also sitting on air bags with 22″ shoes.

Hurst had their SS Camaro their:

And of course last but not least, I have to shamelessly whore some pictures of my car in the show.