April 3rd through the 5th
Shopko Hall & Convention Center
Beyond Redline will be showing some of our most extreme projects and custom cars at this brand new indoor car show! Stop by our booth to learn more about our products and services.
Everyone at Beyond Redline would like to wish all our customers a happy and safe holiday season! We appreciate your business throughout the year and look forward to serving you in 2015!
For the remainder of 2014 we will be closed to the public for inventory. Please feel free to email us during this time period if you need to reach us. We will re-open with regular business hours on Monday January 5th.
Customer Name: Darth Vader
In the early 90’s there were two GM trucks that struck fear into street racers across the country. GM had done the unthinkable and taken two very pedestrian vehicles and transformed them into unsuspecting sleepers. The GMC Typhoon and Syclone were based on the S-15 pickup and Jimmy. However they were outfitted with a turbocharged 4.3 V-6 and AWD. This combination equated into some of the fastest production trucks ever built.
In our customer’s case this lethal combination of traction and power wasn’t enough. In order to satisfy his need for speed we replaced the factory V-6 with an modern LS based V-8 engine. As if that wasn’t enough we added a monstrous Kenne Bell supercharger system complete with methanol injection. The driveline is fortified with a 12 bolt rear end, 4L80E transmission and beefed up factory transfer case. The end result is an earth shattering 708 Ft Lbs of Torque and 617 Horsepower. This street driven, stock appearing truck can click off 10 second 1/4 miles times with ease.
This vehicle build was featured in the February 2010 issue of GM High Tech. You can read the complete article here: 1993 GMC Typhoon – No Replacement For Displacement
Block:LQ4, 408 cid
Heads:LS6, ported by Goodwin Competition, 2.050 intake, 1.550 exhaust valves
Cam:Custom hydraulic roller
Rocker Arms:Harland Sharp 1.7 ratio
Crankshaft:Callies Compstar, forged
Rods:Callies Compstar, forged
Throttle Body:LS2 90mm
Fuel Injectors:65 lb/hr
Fuel Pump:Walbro 255 lph
Ignition:Stock coil-near-plug, NGK #8
Engine Management:Modified ’04 GMC Truck, tuned by Beyond Redline Performance
Power Adder:Kenne Bell 2.8H supercharger
Intercooler:Kenne Bell Air-to-Water
Exhaust System:Beyond Redline Performance 1.75-inch long-tube headers, 3-inch Y-pipe
Transmission:4L80E, built by Finish Line Transmission
Converter:Precision Industries 2,600-stall
Driveshaft:Custom aluminum rear, George Blake custom front
Front Suspension:QA1 shocks and springs, stock control arms
Rear Suspension:QA1 shocks, stock leaf springs
Rearend:Moser 12-bolt, 31-spline axles, 3.42 gear, posi
Brakes:Stock front, Wilwood disc rear
Front Tires:Goodyear Eagle HP 245/50/16
Rear Tires:Goodyear Eagle HP 245/50/16 (street); Mickey Thompson 255/60/15 (track)
Fuel :93 octane pump gas
ET/MPH:10.9 @ 128mph
Customer Name: Michael K
Michael asked us to do a project for him where we would blend old school muscle with modern age technology. He wanted a car that would closely resemble the one featured in the movie Two-Lane Blacktop, yet have modern amenities such as fuel injection, electronically controlled transmission, and can bus dash. The result was awesome. We started with a big block Chevy engine that displaces 540 cubic inches, added a Whipple 8.3L supercharger, AEM engine management, churned through a 4L80e transmission, to a 9 inch rear end. The result? An earth turning 1,125whp, on 91 octane gasoline. This project allowed us to put our car building skills to the test. Almost every part of this car was custom built including the cooling, exhaust and electrical systems. Additionally the fuel injection and engine management wiring was done in house.
Engine: 540 Cubic Inch, custom cam and head work, motor plates front and rear
Supercharger: 8.3L Whipple, Custom water to air intercooler setup designed and fabricated in house by Beyond Redline
Fuel/Tuning: Custom wiring harness, Custom fuel injection setup all done and tuned by Beyond Redline. Custom Delphi coils for Coil near plug ignition.
Exhaust: Custom headers and exhaust designed and built by Beyond Redline
With all the questions about E85 and the recent conversations we have had with our customers we thought now might be a good time to do a write up based on our experiences. In this article we will look at the benefits and drawbacks of using ethanol based fuels as an alternative to racing fuels as well as running it as your primary fuel.
Miracle Corn Fuel
First, if you don’t have any experience with E85, start here for some background information. As a whole E85 is some pretty amazing stuff. It allows certain performance cars to make a lot of power very safely and efficiently. On some of our customer cars we have seen increases between 25 % and 40 %! This translates to between 100 and 200 wheel horsepower! This is due to the fact that ethanol based fuel allows us to tune with much higher boost pressures and sometimes more advanced timing settings. The two primary reasons for this is because E85 has a higher octane rating and a natural latent heat absorption property. The end result is nothing short of amazing when compared to traditional 91 and 93 octane fuels. In our experience E85 is actually superior to a lot of racing fuels at less than 1/4 the cost.
Fuel System Compatibility
Because ethanol fuels have a different composition than traditional gasoline its important to inspect your car’s fuel system when making the switch to E85. Rubber hoses and seals are the most likely to be affected. If you notice concerns with any of these parts replace them with ethanol compatible components as needed. Additionally, depending on the age of your car, you might notice a black residue or goo in the fuel system. The cause of this residue is not defined but it is speculated to be a byproduct of some stations fuels. This byproduct can plug up fuel pumps, filters, and injectors which can lead to lean conditions that could potentially damage your engine. Proper instrumentation such as an air fuel gauge can keep you informed of your engines current status and should be monitored closely at all times.
The single largest detractor to using E85 in your performance car is that the quality of fuel is very inconsistent. Even though the pump your buying the fuel from is marked as E85, which stands for an 85% blend of ethanol, the reality is that you could be getting anywhere between 51% and 83%. In fact federal regulations specify that allowable fuel ethanol content in E85 can range from 51% to 83%. Click Here for more info. The reason this is a problem is because when your car’s ecu is tuned its being programmed based on the current blend of fuel. If your car is running on E70 during your tuning session but then you go fill up after and end up getting a significantly stronger or weaker concentration of ethano. The results of this change can vary between poor driving characteristics and potential engine damage. So the question becomes, how do you prevent this? The answer is to monitor your fuel’s blend. This can be done with something as simple as a test tube or as complex as a digital sensor and gauge. The key is to ensure your car always has the same content of ethanol as it was tuned with. Some modern performance ecu’s can actually incorporate these sensors and make the changes to your tune automatically. AEM, Haltech, and PRO EFI are just a few of the companies than have embraced this technology. With these types of systems we actually have the ability to tune your car’s ecu like the OEM manufactures (Ford, Chevrolet, etc) do and therefore it can adapt to changing content blends automatically. This is by far the safest and most effective way to use ethanol blended fuels.
Preparing For E85 In Your Car
If your planning on using ethanol based fuels in your car please keep these things in mind.
In summary, E85 and similar fuels are an incredible alternative to racing fuels and provide fantastic results on cars that are properly set up for their use. However this article is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to educating yourself. Please contact the knowledgeable staff at Beyond Redline to further discuss your specific application. We have extensive experience in this area and would love to work with you on your car. With our expertise we know we can help you create more power than you ever imagined.