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Chevrolet Performance
Engine Assembly, Chevy LS-3 Racing Crate Engine, 6.2L, 430 HP
E3 Spark Plugs
Spark Plug, E3, Tapered Seat, 14mm Thread, .708 in. Reach, Resistor
K&N
Air Filter Element, Filtercharger, Round, Cotton Gauze, Red, 14 in. Diameter, 4 in. Tall, Each
Michigan Technological University
Michigan Tech offers more than 120 degree programs in arts, humanities, and social sciences; business and economics; computing; engineering; forestry and environmental science; natural and physical sciences; and technology. Michigan Tech enrolls approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students from across the nation and around the world.
Royal Purple
Motor Oil, Multi-Grade, Synthetic, 10W30, Quart, Each
Snow Performance
Fuel Additive, Boost Juice, Water/Methanol Mix, 1 Gallon, Set of 4
Snow Performance
Snow Performance Stage-3 Gasoline Boost Cooler Kits, Gas EFI Stg 3 MPG MAX
Visual Impact Performance Systems
TURBO TRAC serpentine drive system is precision CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum for GM aluminum and iron LS style blocks.

Episode Transcript

(JOE)>> TODAY ON HORSEPOWER WE'RE GONNA USE THIS 572 BIG BLOCK AND THIS MODERN MUSCLE MACHINE TO TRY OUT A SYSTEM THAT'S BEEN CALLED THE CHEMICAL INTERCOOLER. IT'S ACTUALLY A NEW AGE VERSION OF A TECHNIQUE THAT GOES BACK TO WORLD WAR TWO.

THE REPUBLIC P-47 THUNDERBOLT, THE HEAVIEST, MOST EXPENSIVE US FIGHTER IN THE WAR, AND THE FIRST PISTON POWERED FIGHTER TO EXCEED 500 MILES AN HOUR. AFFECTIONATELY CALLED "THE JUG" FOR JUGGERNAUT, IT WAS FIRST USED AS A BOMBER ESCORT, BUT ALSO PROVED EFFECTIVE AT DROP AND ZOOM ATTACKS AGAINST ENEMY FIGHTERS. PLUS WITH ITS EIGHT .50 CALIBER MACHINE GUNS ABLAZE, IT WAS A FEARSOME FORCE IN GROUND ATTACKS. THE P-47 GOT ITS POWER FROM AN 18 CYLINDER TURBO CHARGED PRATT & WHITNEY ENGINE THAT PRODUCED 2,000 HORSEPOWER. IT BURNED 275 GALLONS OF FUEL PER HOUR, AND ITS RANGE WAS LIMITED. IN LATER VERSIONS THOUGH ENGINEERS INCREASED FUEL CAPACITY AND ADDED WATER INJECTION, WHICH ALONE ADDED 1,800 HORSEPOWER, AND IT GAVE THE P-47 20 MINUTES WORTH OF POWER OUTPUT FOR COMBAT. AT HIGH ALTITUDES THOUGH THE WATER WOULD FREEZE, SO THE ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS DISCOVERED A 50/50 MIX OF WATER AND METHANOL WOULD NOT ONLY PREVENT FREEZING BUT HELP THE ENGINE PRODUCE EVEN MORE POWER THAN WATER ALONE. SO YOU CAN THANK THE P-47 THUNDERBOLT FOR ITS CONTRIBUTION TO THE WAR EFFORT, AND THANK WATER/METH INJECTION FOR HELPING THE P-47 GET THE JOB DONE. HERE'S BASICALLY HOW WATER/METH INJECTION WORKS. A 50/50 MIX IS SPRAYED THROUGH A NOZZLE JUST BEFORE AIR ENTERS THE ENGINE. AS THE TINY DROPLETS GO FROM LIQUID TO GAS IN THE COMBUSTION CHAMBER, THEY ABSORB HEAT, SLOW THE FLAME FRONT, AND PREVENT DETONATION MUCH THE WAY HIGH OCTANE FUEL DOES. SO THE OCTANE RATING IS INCREASED 20 TO 25 PERCENT. PLUS A COOLER, DENSER CHARGE MEANS MORE COMPLETE COMBUSTION OF FUEL. WITH CONTROLLED WATER/METH INJECTION, MORE TIMING AND BOOST CAN BE ADDED FOR MORE POWER.

(MATT)>> ANYTHING THAT NEEDS COOLING AND COOLER AIR GOING INTO IT AND OCTANE WE CAN BENEFIT.

(JOE)>> MATT SNOW FOUNDED SNOW PERFORMANCE IN 2002, DESIGNING, REFINING, AND MANUFACTURING AFFORDABLE WATER/METH SYSTEMS FOR DIESEL AND GAS APPLICATIONS.

(MATT)>> WE CAPITALIZED THE COMPANY WITH $5,000 DOLLARS AND TOOK OFF LIKE THAT.

(JOE)>> WITH THE GROWING POPULARITY OF BLOWN AND TURBO CHARGED HIGH PERFORMANCE ENGINES, MATT'S TIMING COULDN'T HAVE BEEN BETTER.

(MATT)>> THIS IS OUR STAGE THREE SYSTEM. IT COMES WITH THE HIGH PRESSURE, HIGH VOLUME PUMP. IT INCLUDES A LEVEL SWITCH TO TELL YOU WHEN YOU'RE GETTING LOW. IT COMES WITH OUR LATEST CONTROLLER. IT'S A TWOD MAP SYSTEM WITH BOOST AND FUEL INJECTOR PULSE WIDTH. IT ACTUALLY HAS A SCREEN ON IT THAT TELLS YOU THINGS INSIDE YOUR VEHICLE. THIS IS A SAFETY DEVICE THAT MONITORS FLOW AND IF EVER FLOW GOES LOW, IT'LL SEND OUT A SIGNAL TO MAKE YOUR TUNE SAFE. THIS IS OUR TWO AND A HALF GALLON TRUNK MOUNT RESERVOIR, AND IT COMES COMPLETE WITH BRACKETS FOR THOSE THAT WANT A LITTLE MORE FLUID ON BOARD.

(JOE)>> SNOW PERFORMANCE ALSO MAKES THIS STAGE TWO MUSCLE CAR KIT FOR NATURALLY ASPIRATED ENGINES THAT DON'T USE MAP SENSORS. WE'LL USE IT ON OUR 572.

(MIKE)>> WE HAVEN'T USED THIS ENGINE IN QUITE A WHILE. SO BEFORE WE INSTALL THE WATER/METH KIT, A BRAND NEW BASE LINE'S IN ORDER, RUNNING IT ON 110 OCTANE RACE FUEL AS WE'VE ALWAYS DONE. 700 HORSEPOWER, 620 FOOT POUNDS OF TORQUE IS OUR BASE LINE. NEXT WE'RE DUMPING THE 110 RACE FUEL, AND FILLING THE DYNO FUEL CELL WITH MUCH CHEAPER 93 OCTANE PUMP GAS. FOR DYNO PURPOSES JOHN FABBED A PLATE TO MOUNT THE RESERVOIR AND PUMP, WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY MADE TO SUSTAIN HIGH HORSEPOWER. THIS DIGITAL CONTROLLER CONTROLS INJECTION WITH VACUUM INSTEAD OF BOOST LIKE WITH A SUPER CHARGER. THIS SOLENOID IS A SAFETY DEVICE THAT PREVENTS VACUUM FROM PULLING FUEL AT IDLE. THE ONLY WIRING NEEDED IS FOR GROUNDS, STARTERS, AND SWITCHES, AND PUMP DRAWS VERY LITTLE CURRENT. SO NO HEAT ISSUES EVEN IF YOU RUN IT ALL DAY.

(JOE)>> THEN THE LED LIGHT'S TYPICALLY MOUNTED ON THE DASH TO LET YOU KNOW WHEN THE SYSTEM'S INJECTING. AFTER SOME LOCTITE THREAD SEALANT, WE'RE INSTALLING THE LARGEST NUMBER SIX NOZZLE INTO THE NOZZLE HOLDER. THEN INSTALLING IT INTO THE PROVIDED BASE PLATE. NEXT THE GASKET GOES ON TO THE CARB STUDS, FOLLOWED BY THE PLATE. THEN ANOTHER GASKET, AND THE CARBURETOR. NEXT A LITTLE PLUMBING CONNECTING THE RESERVOIR TO THE SOLENOID. FROM IT A HOSE TO THE PUMP, AND FROM THERE OVER TO THE NOZZLE. THE BLACK VACUUM HOSE GOES BETWEEN THE PLATE AND THE CONTROLLER. NOW WE WANT TO CHECK THE GAP IN OUR PLUGS. IT SHOULD BE ABOUT 30 THOUSANDTHS FOR THIS SETUP. TIME TO LOCK AND LOAD WITH BOOST JUICE, SNOW'S 50/50 MIX OF METHANOL AND WATER. NOW YOU CAN MIX YOUR OWN AND IN A PINCH, WASHER FLUID CONTAINS METHANOL IN SMALLER AMOUNTS. IT MAY NOT BE AS PURE. OH, LAST BUT NOT LEAST, YOU NEED TO PRIME THE SYSTEM JUST TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS GOOD TO GO.

(MIKE)>> IT TOOK US ABOUT 25 MINUTES TO HOOK EVERYTHING UP IN REAL TIME. I'M BLOWN AWAY BY THE SIMPLICITY.

(MATT)>> THANK YOU MIKE. YOU'RE RIGHT, IT TAKES ABOUT TWO TO THREE HOURS TO INSTALL, SO IT'S NOT A LENGTHY INSTALL. WE TELL PEOPLE IT'S A BOLT ON. IT'S NOT INTERNAL ENGINE WORK BY ANY MEANS. IT'S NOT A COMPLICATED INSTALL AT ALL.

(JOE)>> HECK CHECK THIS, WE'RE USING AN EXTRA NOZZLE JUST TO SHOW YOU THE SWIRLING ATOMIZED SPRAY PATTERN OF THE NOZZLE. AND IT ONLY USES ABOUT A THIMBLE FULL EVERY 10 SECONDS.

(MIKE)>> WHEN A GUY HAS AN ENGINE LIKE THIS, IT'S PROBABLY GONNA BE IN A DOOR CAR, BRACKET CAR, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WHEN HE'S AT WIDE OPEN THROTTLE MAKING A QUARTER MILE PASS, HOW MUCH FLUID DOES THE ENGINE ACTUALLY USE FROM THE SNOW SYSTEM?

(MATT)>> THIS IS A THREE QUARTER RESERVOIR. IN ONE PASS A 700 HORSEPOWER CAR WILL GET APPROXIMATELY SEVEN QUARTER MILE PASSES OUT OF THAT THREE QUARTS.

(MIKE)>> THAT'S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE.

(MATT)>> IT DOESN'T TAKE MUCH!

(JOE)>> AND IN A MINUTE, WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW TO TUNE IT AND JUST HOW MUCH POWER WE CAN SQUEEZE OUT OF 93 OCTANE.

(JOE)>> WHAT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR THE THUNDERBOLT P-47 IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR OUR 572. AFTER BASE LINING IT AT 700 HORSEPOWER, WE SWAPPED THE RACE FUEL FOR 93 OCTANE, AND INSTALLED A SNOW PERFORMANCE KIT FOR MUSCLE CAR MOTORS. NOW THE BIG BLOCK'S WARMED UP AND READY FOR A FOLLOW UP RUN WITH WATER/METHANOL INJECTION.

(MATT)>> ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS LETS TAKE IT TO 3,500. KEEP THE LOAD LOW, 3,500, AND TOUCH THE GROUND FOR FIVE SECONDS.

(MIKE)>> BY STABILIZING THE RPM AT AROUND 3,500, WE CAN TOUCH THE PURPLE WIRE TO A GROUND FOR FIVE SECONDS, AND THIS WILL SET THE ACTIVATION OF THE SNOW KIT TO COME ON AT THAT RPM.

(MATT)>> YEAH, LOOK AT! WE PULL 10 DEGREES OF TIMING OUT, WE'RE GONNA THROW METHANOL IN. LETS JUST RUN IT, GET A HORSEPOWER LEVEL AND A TORQUE, THEN START ADDING LIKE THREE DEGREES OF TIME.

(MIKE)>> SOUNDS GOOD! ON THE FIRST COUPLE OF RUNS, THE ENGINE WAS BREAKING UP AT ABOUT 6,200 RPM BECAUSE WE HAD AN OVERDOSE OF FUEL AND METHANOL IN THE CYLINDERS. SO FIRST A JET CHANGE. 92'S, LETS GO 87'S.

(JOHN)>> HERE'S YOUR TWO 87'S.

(MIKE)>> LETS SEE WHAT THAT DOES FOR OUR TOP END. [ engine revving ]

(MIKE)>> SAME THING.

(MATT)>> YEAH, 6,200 MAN IT JUST STARTS TO FALL. LETS BACK OFF THE WATER/METH A LITTLE BIT.

(MIKE)>> TO DO THAT, JOHN TURNS THE FLOW ADJUSTMENT BACK 180 DEGREES.

(MATT)>> OKAY, LETS SEE IF THERE'S A TREND NOW. [ engine revving ]

(MATT)>> SOUNDED GOOD!

(MIKE)>> UM, HM, VERY GOOD! 691, 597, WE'RE GETTING BACK IN THERE NOW.

(MATT)>> WE HAVE DEMONSTRATED MANY TIMES WITH OUR PRODUCT ON TOP OF 93 OCTANE, WE CAN EQUAL OR BEAT 116 OCTANE RACE GAS. DIDN'T TAKE HER QUITE AS HIGH THAT TIME.

(MIKE)>> I TOOK IT 6,750.

(MATT)>> DID YA?

(MIKE)>> YEAH.

(MATT)>> OKAY, WOW, DAMN, 733 HORSE!

(MIKE)>> 619 FOOT POUNDS.

(MATT)>> WE'LL TAKE IT!

(MIKE)>> WE FOUND THE SWEET SPOT BY TURNING THE PUMP DOWN AND INCREASING THE IGNITION TIMING TO 40 DEGREES. THAT'S A GAIN OF 33 HORSEPOWER ON PUMP GAS OVER OUR RACE GAS ONLY BASE LINE.

(MATT)>> NO, IT LIKED THAT TIMING.

(MIKE)>> ABSOLUTELY, THAT'S AWESOME!

(MATT)>> PUT ONE MORE IN!

(MIKE)>> WE'RE AT 40 DEGREES RIGHT NOW!

(MATT)>> FOR THE AMOUNT OF WATER/METH WE'RE PUTTING IN, I THINK THAT'S PRETTY GOOD.

(JOE)>> WATER/METH INJECTION WORKS BEST THOUGH ON TURBO OR SUPER CHARGED ENGINES LIKE THE HEMI IN THIS NEW DODGE CHALLENGER.

(MATT)>> A CAR LIKE THIS, THIS CHALLENGER WITH A CENTRIFUGAL WITH A VORTEC SUPER CHARGER IS LEAVING AT LEAST 20 PERCENT OF THEIR POWER ON THE TABLE IF THEY DON'T HAVE A WATER/METH KIT.

(JOE)>> WE'VE GOT A KIT MADE FOR IT WE'LL USE DURING TEST NUMBER TWO.

(MIKE)>> WE STARTED THE DAY WITH A 700 HORSEPOWER BASE LINE BURNING RACE FUEL IN OUR 572 MULE MOTOR. WE INSTALLED A SNOW KIT THAT USES VACUUM TO CONTROL WATER/METHANOL INJECTION. THEN THE SAME ENGINE RUNNING ON PUMP GAS MADE 33 MORE HORSEPOWER. NOW WE'LL TEST A SNOW SYSTEM THAT'S CONTROLLED OFF OF BOOST. THIS CHALLENGER'S GOT A SUPER CHARGED SIX POINT ONE LITER HEMI THAT'S BEEN HEAVILY MESSAGED WITH FORGED PISTONS, RODS, AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. SO IT OUGHT TO GIVE US A HIGH BASE LINE NUMBER, AND IT DOES. 523 HORSEPOWER, 493 FOOT POUNDS OF TORQUE ON SIX POUNDS OF BOOST. LETS GET THE CAR DOWN FROM THE DYNO AND UP IN THE AIR TO INSTALL THE SNOW STAGE THREE SYSTEM. WITH A BLOWER OR TURBO UNDER THE HOOD, THERE'S NOT MUCH MORE ROOM FOR ANYTHING ELSE.

(JOE)>> THAT'S WHY A LOT OF GUYS WILL MOUNT THE RESERVOIR AND PUMP IN THE TRUNK. HOWEVER, WE DON'T HAVE TO. IN FACT WITH THIS DODGE CHALLENGER WE CAN GET A CLEAN INSTALLATION AND USE THIS JUG FOR SOMETHING ELSE BECAUSE WE DON'T NEED IT. SEE WE'RE GONNA USE THIS FACTORY WIPER FLUID RESERVOIR FOR THE WATER/METH MIX. AFTER DRILLING A HOLE IN, WE USED SOME PROVIDED SEALANT TO INSTALL THE STRAIGHT FITTING. OUR KIT CAME WITH A FLUID LEVEL SWITCH, BUT OUR RESERVOIR ALREADY HAS A FACTORY SENSOR TO HANDLE THAT JOB.

(MIKE)>> USING SELF TAPPING SCREWS, WE CAN MOUNT THE PUMP TO THE RADIATOR CORE SUPPORT. THEN GRIND A PLACE CLEAN SO WE CAN BOLT UP THE PUMP'S GROUND WIRE AND CONNECT THE RED POSITIVE WIRE. THE RESERVOIR CAN GO BACK IN NOW, AND NOTICE HOW IT'S LOCATED WITH THE FITTING ABOVE THE PUMP. NOW WE CAN RUN A HOSE FROM THE RESERVOIR TO THE PUMP AND THE OTHER END WILL GO TO THE INJECTOR NOZZLE. AFTER REINSTALLING THE INNER FENDER WELL AND THE WHEEL, WE CAN GO UNDER THE HOOD TO REMOVE THE SUPER CHARGER INLET TUBE. AFTER IT'S DRILLED AND TAPPED, WE USE SOME SEALANT ON THE NOZZLE ASSEMBLY AND THREAD IT INTO THE TUBE. REINSTALL THE TUBE AND CONNECT THE HOSE FROM THE PUMP.

(JOE)>> FINALLY THE DIGITAL VARIABLE CONTROLLER WE SHOWED YOU. EARLIER WE SENT THE WIRES THROUGH THE FIREWALL TO MAKE CONNECTIONS, INCLUDING THE 12 VOLT SWITCH SOURCE IN THE FUSE BOX. WE'VE GOT THE MODULE MOUNTED HERE ON THE CONSOLE FOR EASY ACCESS. IT USES BOTH BOOST AND FUEL INJECTION PULSES TO CONTROL THE WATER/METH INJECTION. NOW USING ONLY TWO BUTTONS YOU CAN FIND THE IDEAL CURVE FOR YOUR VEHICLE WHILE YOU DRIVE IT. BY THE WAY, IT ALSO WORKS WITH EFI ENGINES WITHOUT BOOST.

(MIKE)>> THE ONLY CHANGE WE MADE WITH THE CONTROLLER WAS SETTING WHEN THE SNOW KIT STARTS TO INJECT. THE BOOST REMAINS AT SIX POUNDS JUST LIKE THE BASE LINE. OH, THERE IT IS!

(MATT)>> THERE IT IS, YEAH, YOU CAN SEE, IT KEPT IT COOLER BY ABOUT 40 DEGREES.

(MIKE)>> WHICH GAVE US 41 MORE HORSEPOWER, 41 FOOT POUNDS OF TORQUE. THAT'S AT THE TIRE, AT THE FLYWHEEL IT'S 60, 65 HORSE.

(MATT)>> AND JUST BOLTING IT ON.

(MIKE)>> THAT'S AWESOME! I LIKE YOUR KIT! MAYBE IT'S TIME TO PUT A LITTLE SNOW INTO YOUR FORECAST!

(JOE)>> IT'S KINDA INTERESTING HOW AFTERMARKET TECHNOLOGIES HAVE MADE SOME OF THE MOST BASIC REPLACEMENT PRODUCTS PERFORM BETTER, WHETHER IT'S K&N'S COTTON AIR FILTERS THAT PRETTY MUCH OBSOLETED PAPER ELEMENTS, OR ROYAL PURPLE'S SUPER SYNTHETIC DEFINITELY OUT PERFORMS REGULAR OIL. NOW THE COST, MAYBE A LITTLE BIT MORE BUT THE EXTRA PERFORMANCE IS WELL WORTH IT. AND WE REPEATEDLY USE OUR DYNOS AND EMISSIONS EQUIPMENT TO PROVE IT, LIKE TESTING ETHREE'S DIAMOND FIRE ELECTRODE SPARK PLUGS THAT OUT PERFORM STANDARD PLUGS WITH GAINS OF UP TO SEVEN HORSEPOWER. FOUR POINT THREE PERCENT IMPROVEMENT IN FUEL CONSUMPTION AND 43.3 PERCENT LOWER NOX EMISSIONS. THOSE TESTS WERE CONCLUSIVE ON GASOLINE BUT WHAT ABOUT THE NEWER ETHANOL FUELS LIKE E-10, E-15, E-85? WELL TO FIND OUT WE'RE HEADING TO A LITTLE UNIVERSITY IN THE MIDWEST WITH SOME BIG CREDENTIALS WHEN IT COMES TO AUTO RESEARCH. GRADUATE TEAMS AT MICHIGAN TECH'S ADVANCE POWER RESEARCH CENTER TEST FUTURE ENGINES FOR OEM'S LIKE FORD AND GM LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO MAKE POWER, CUT EMISSIONS, AND TEST NEW FUELS LIKE ETHANOL.

(JEREMY)>> AND EVEN THOUGH ENGINES HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR 100 YEARS OR MORE, THERE'S STILL EFFICIENCY TRICKS THAT ARE OUT THERE YET TO BE DISCOVERED, AND THERE'S JUST SO MUCH GOING ON AND SO MUCH YET TO LEARN. I THINK IT'S A VERY FASCINATING TECHNOLOGY AND FIELD.

(JOE)>> LIKE FASCINATING NEW WAYS TO READ ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION DATA FROM THE INSIDE. WORKING WITH INFRARED TELEMETRICS, MICROCHIPS ARE ATTACHED TO COMPONENTS THAT REPORT THERMODYNAMIC DATA WITH INFRARED SIGNALS WHILE AN ENGINE IS RUNNING. DYNO TESTS ON THIS SIX POINT TWO LITER LS THREE RACING CRATE ENGINE PROVIDED BY GM PERFORMANCE PARTS REVEALED E-85'S HIGHER OCTANE DELIVERED MORE POWER AND MORE TORQUE THAN 93 OCTANE PUMP GAS OR 100 OCTANE RACE GAS. E-85 DOES HAVE LESS ENERGY BY VOLUME THAN GASOLINE, SO YOU'LL BURN MORE OF IT, BUT AT ABOUT $2.85 A GALLON VERSUS $14 BUCKS A GALLON FOR RACE GAS, E-85 IS DEFINITELY MORE WALLET FRIENDLY.

(BILL)>> AND THE COST OF FUEL, AT ALL LEVELS, WHETHER IT'S IN YOUR STREET CAR OR IN YOUR RACE CAR, IS GOING UP, AND THIS IS CAPABLE OF RUNNING THAT ALTERNATIVE FUEL. AND THE GREAT NEWS IS THE ENGINE LIKES THE EXTRA OCTANE. SO I THINK THERE'S NOTHING BUT GOOD DOWN THE ROAD FOR THIS CONFIGURATION.

(JOE)>> WITH E-85 USE ON THE RISE, PERFORMANCE COMPANIES LIKE ETHREE ARE ALSO TURNING TO MICHIGAN TECH FOR DATA ON HOW THEIR PARTS PERFORM ON COOLER BURNING ETHANOL.

(JEREMY)>> ONE OF THE PIECES OF HARDWARE THAT WE'RE TESTING IS THE ETHREE SPARK PLUG COMPARED TO THE CONVENTIONAL JWIRE TYPE SPARK PLUG. THE ETHREE, AS YOU KNOW, IS A VERY UNIQUE CAGE DESIGN, AND WE'RE LOOKING AT IT WITH THE CYLINDER PRESSURE EQUIPMENT TO LOOK AT THE BURN RATE.

(JOE)>> TO DO THAT MICHIGAN TECH INVESTED TWO MILLION DOLLARS AND THREE YEARS BUILDING AN EXPLOSION PROOF FACILITY. IT'S EQUIPPED WITH FUEL SOURCES, LASER DIAGNOSTICS, AND HIGH SPEED CAMERAS THAT ARE HOUSED IN A STAINLESS STEEL OPTICAL COMBUSTION VESSEL WITH QUARTZ SAPPHIRE WINDOWS. ALL NECESSARY TO BUILD SPARK PLUG BURN CYCLES IN REAL TIME AT 5,000 PSI. THIS VIDEO ILLUSTRATES THE FASTER FLAME KERNEL OF THE DIAMOND FIRE PLUG COMPARED TO A STOCK JWIRE PLUG.

(JACLYN)>> THE DIAMOND FIRE HAS, YOU KNOW, A BETTER INITIAL FLAME KERNEL DEVELOPMENT AND STRONGER FLAME PROPAGATION. AND IT'S MORE TURBULENT, WHICH CAN HELP WITH EMISSIONS, YOU KNOW, AND ALSO YOUR FUEL EFFICIENCY.

(JOE)>> TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES, LIKE ETHREE, WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH RESEARCH SCIENTIST TO VALIDATE THEIR PERFORMANCE BENEFITS VERSUS CONVENTIONAL PARTS. IN ADDITIONAL DYNO TESTING, THE FASTER BURN RATE OF THE DIAMOND FIRE PLUG ALSO PRODUCED MORE TORQUE AND MORE POWER THAN STANDARD PLUGS USING E-85.

(STEVE)>> I THINK, YOU KNOW, AS ENGINES CHANGE, AS FUEL CHANGES, AND OTHER PARTS OF THE CAR CHANGE YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO BE DEVELOPING AS WELL. OBVIOUSLY WE THINK WE HAVE THE MOST ADVANCED SPARK PLUG ON THE MARKET TODAY, BUT WE'RE COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE WE STAY IN THAT POSITION. AND THAT'S, AGAIN, ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE'RE HERE DOING ALL THIS TESTING.

(JOE)>> THAT'S IT FOR THIS WEEK'S HORSEPOWER, SEE YOU NEXT TIME.
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