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Best of Show

Barry , along with  Josie Hansen, Wyatt Gerber and his father Jeremy proudly display Roadster Shop’s Concours d’Elegance winning trophies.

Roadster Shop swept the Road America Concours d’Elegance event July 20 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, by finishing 1-2 for best builds in the American Muscle class. A total of 18 cars were entered. Concours d’Elegance is a French term that means a “competition of elegance” and refers to an event where prestigious vehicles are displayed and judged.

Barry’s Pontiac 2 + 2 won a Builder’s Choice award at the Goodguys 22nd PPG Nationals, July 12-14 in Columbus, Ohio.

Barry Blomquist’s 1965 Pontiac 2 + 2 placed first, with Dr. William Fox’s ’66 Chevelle finishing second. Barry’s 2 + 2 was awarded a Builder’s Choice Award the previous weekend at the 22nd Goodguys PPG Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. Both cars feature Mercury Racing’s SB4 7.0 automotive crate engine. Thousands of car enthusiasts flooded the streets of Elkhart Lake to view the classic sports cars on display.

Mercury Racing’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide superior performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design.

Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the Mercury Racing 32-Valve DOHC SB4 7.0 engine adapts our proven high-performance valve train to a customized LS-based cylinder block that produces a staggering 750 naturally aspirated horsepower. Mercury Racing’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide superior performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design. The Pontiac 2 + 2 was completed just in time for the Nationals. Barry has not yet taken delivery. He is very anxious to do so.

Lifelong Passion

Barry is a self-proclaimed car nut. He has been one all his life. His father being a used-car dealer while Barry was growing up may have something to do with that. Barry got his first car at the ripe old age of 14. His first new car, a 1963 Chevy Impala Super Sport, was purchased at age 16. Barry would purchase his third car, a Pontiac 2 + 2, at 19. It was very similar to his latest Roadster Shop project car.

Barry owned a steel-fabrication business for 40 years. While his career and raising a family limited his street rod hobby, his work continually refined his eye for quality steel fabrication – something he would appreciate at a whole new level in the future with Roadster Shop.

 Long-Term Customer

Barry has known Roadster Shop owners Jeremy and Phil Gerber and their father and company founder – the late Neal Gerber –  a very long time. In fact, Barry was their first customer. His first car, a 1932 Ford Dearborn Deuce Roadster, was delivered on his 60th birthday. The award-winning ’65 Pontiac 2 + 2 is his sixth Roadster Shop project car.

Roadster Shop’s mix of old-world hand-craftsmanship with modern technology is unparalleled in the street rod business.

“Neal and his sons started the business out of what was a very small hot rod shop. In 10 years, Roadster Shop has grown from an unknown entity to the top of their game in the high-end custom-car business. Their mix of old-world hand-craftsmanship with modern technology is unparalleled in the street rod business,” said Barry.

From early childhood, Barry established a pattern in regard to car ownership. He doesn’t seem to hang onto them for more than three years. About a year and a half ago Barry began reminiscing about the Pontiac 2 + 2 ride he had in his late teens. He became obsessed with the process of building cars, which he compares with building a custom home. As he expressed, “The fun is in the building part.”

Barry said the uniqueness of the Mercury Racing SB4 engine sparked an interest as well. He began to wonder what it would be like to stick the naturally aspirated 7.0-Liter small block SB4 in a big, beautiful car. During my phone conversation with him, it didn’t take long for me to realize that, once he commits to something, Barry is full-in with laser focus on every aspect of the build process.

 2 + 2  (4 CAM)

Ferrari was the first to use the 2 + 2 moniker. It means 2 seats plus 2 seats – a reference to driver and passenger bucket seats in front, matched with bucket style seating in the back. The “4 CAM” Wisconsin vanity license plate pays tribute to the birthplace of the SB4 under the hood.

Not only is Barry passionate, he has a wealth of automotive historical knowledge as well. He told me Ferrari was the first to use the 2 + 2 moniker. It means 2 seats plus 2 seats – a reference to driver and passenger bucket seats in front, matched with bucket style seating in the back. He also told me Ferrari used V-12 four-cam engines in the ’60s. Porsche also used four-cam engines in the ’60s. Both are rare and very difficult to find today. Knowing the rarity of the four-cam engines was another draw for Barry toward the Quad Cam Four Valve SB4 engine. The 4-CAM moniker on the car pays tribute to the technology. The “4 CAM” Wisconsin vanity license plate pays tribute to the birthplace of the SB4 under the hood.

 Back to the Future  

Barry was so enamored with the eight-lug wheels that he had the originals scanned and replicated to perfection.

In the ’60s, Pontiac was known as the performance arm of General Motors. John DeLorean, creator of the famed stainless-steel DeLorean supercar featured in the Back to the Future movies, was the division CEO. The 2 + 2 was more of a performance sedan, while the GTO was the big seller for muscle-car enthusiasts. One thing that set the 2 +2 apart (well known by Pontiac purists) is the unique eight-lug wheels. Developed in 1960 and in use through 1968, the eight-lug wheels incorporated a one-piece casting that integrated the brake drum at the rear of the wheel. The casting was finned to keep the brake drums cool. Not only were the finned eight-lug wheels functional, they were also a timeless work of art. Even though the GTO stole the show in terms of sales, the larger 2 + 2 held its own. MotorTrend ran a feature article on a shootout pairing the Pontiac 2 + 2 with a Ferrari. The results were very, very close.

 Attention to Detail

Barry wanted the car to retain its classic elegance with new technology.

“The mission was to retain the car’s original looks but update every mechanical component to modern standards,” said Barry.

The interior space, seats, dashboard, trim and headliner are covered in fine leather. The center console is milled out of three-quarter-inch aluminum milled to perfection.

The 2 + 2 is extremely well built – much more perfect than the original could ever aspire to be. The interior, custom built by Avant Garde Design, is an art form on a whole new level. The quality level of fit and finish is impeccable. The interior space, seats, dashboard, trim and headliner are covered in fine leather. The center console is milled out of three-quarter-inch aluminum milled to perfection. You won’t find a single screw in the entire interior.

The SB4 styling has been revised with custom powder-blue paint to match the original factory engine color. The spark plug wires and engine cover add to the era-correct aesthetics.

Roadster Shop re-engineered and rebuilt the complete vehicle to have all the conveniences of a modern automobile. The only original pieces in the car are the door hinges. The chassis, differential, suspension, transmission, wiring, steering column and brakes are all new. The car features a custom Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis and high-performance suspension. The SB4 is coupled to a Tremec T56 six-speed transmission. Roadster Shop even built custom stainless-steel headers and a complete exhaust system. A C & R Racing radiator keeps the SB4 cool as it runs through the gears up to its 8000-rpm rev limit. Even the door latches, while retaining the original aesthetics, are new with modern latching mechanisms. The SB4 styling has been revised with custom powder-blue paint to match the original factory engine color. The spark plug wires and engine cover add to the era-correct aesthetics.

Massive Pilot Sport 295/35 19 (front) and 335/30 20 (rear) tires are mounted on the all-new wheels.

Barry was so enamored with the eight-lug wheels that he had the originals scanned and replicated to perfection. And here’s an interesting fact: The original wheels were 14 inches in diameter and 6 inches wide. The new disc-brake rotors alone are 14 inches in diameter. Massive Pilot Sport 295/35 19 (front) and 335/30 20 (rear) tires are mounted on the all-new wheels.

We are very proud to have our SB4 automotive crate engine the power of choice in these award-winning vehicles. We are anxious to get Barry’s feedback upon his first trip behind the wheel of his teenage dream car restored and resurrected for the modern era.

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SB4 Concours d’Elegance

The Weathertech International Challenge is one of the largest vintage racing events in the United States and features over 400 cars competing in several groups.

Mercury Racing and Roadster Shop have teamed up to display two of their Mercury Racing SB4 project cars at Road America this weekend.  Dr. William Fox’s 1966 Chevelle  and Barry Blomquist’s 1965 Pontiac 2 + 2 Catalina will be on display at Road America’s Concours d’Elegance street parade Saturday, July 20.  The event is part of Road America’s Weathertech International Challenge with  Brian  Redman  presented by Hawk (Vintage Cars) event.

Barry’s gorgeous ’65 Pontiac 2 + 2 Catalina was 1 of 10 top cars to win the Good Guy’s Builder’s Choice award this past weekend at the 22nd PPG Nationals n Columbus, Ohio. It is the second Roadster Shop build to feature the Mercury Racing SB4 crate engine.

The Weathertech International Challenge is one of the largest vintage racing events in the United States and features over 400 cars competing in several groups.

Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the Mercury Racing 32-Valve DOHC SB4 7.0 engine adapts our proven high-performance valve train to a customized LS-based cylinder block that produces a staggering 750 naturally aspirated horsepower. Mercury Racing’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide significantly improved performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design.

Roadster Shop re-engineered and rebuilt both iconic American muscle cars featuring Mercury Racing’s 750hp SB4 crate engine.

Viewing of the sports cars  will be available 6pm-9pm Saturday, July 20.  Entrance to the Concours area in Elkhart Lake is free to all spectators.

 

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Dr. Fox and his Amazing SB4 Chevelle

The Roadster Shop custom built ’66 Chevelle made its public debut at the Goodguys Nationals, July 6-8 in Columbus, Ohio. Photo courtesy Dr. Fox.

Dr. William Fox caught the automotive bug at the ripe old age of 6 when his grandfather built him an electric go-cart. He would study cars and call out their unique features when traveling with his parents. He particularly had a passion for classic cars. His personal goal was to have his dream car by the age of 40. He wanted to have something that was unique, had enough room for the kids and was fun to drive.

The knife-like front edge screams muscle. It has just enough of an edge to it yet comes across as a family sedan – a sleeper at the stop light. Photo credit: McGaffin Photography.

Dr. Fox reviewed several classic cars, but his criteria narrowed his search to the Chevrolet Chevelle. He was particularly attracted to the ’66 model – a perfect blend of styling that became an icon for the beginning of the muscle car age. “The knife-like front edge screams muscle. It has just enough of an edge to it yet comes across as a family sedan – a sleeper at the stop light,” said Dr. Fox.

The ’66 Chevelle is a perfect blend of styling that became an icon for the beginning of the muscle car age. Roadster Shop’s beautiful restoration of this classic is featured in the March 2019 issue of Super Chevy magazine. Photo credit: McGaffin Photography.

His dream became a reality this fall when he took delivery of his ’66 Chevelle custom built by Roadster Shop of Mundelein, Illinois. In his wildest dreams he never imaged his daily driver would grace the cover of a muscle car magazine. Check out the March 2019 Super Chevy feature story. 

The 750 h.p. Mercury Racing SB4 crate engine fits provides unparalleled performance. Photo credit: McGaffin Photography.

Roadster Shop recommended the 750 h.p. Mercury Racing SB4 crate engine to add uniqueness to the build and unparalleled performance from a naturally aspirated engine. The SB4 is featured in the March issue of Super Chevy magazine as well.

Dr. Fox’s son William and daughter Ella pose proudly with what is the baddest family sedan in town and the envy of all of their friends. Photo courtesy Dr. Fox.

Dr. Fox is having a blast in his dream machine. It’s his daily commute to work. It is a conversation piece at traffic lights, parking lots and drive-throughs. One thing he hasn’t done yet – to the chagrin of his son – is to provide him a ride to school so he can be the envy of classmates and teachers alike. Come on Dad – just once?

 

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Rebirth of an American Icon

The Mercury Racing SB4 7.0 looks like it belongs in this Iconic American muscle car.

We are very excited to reveal Roadster Shop’s gorgeous ’66 Chevelle muscle car featuring our SB4 7.0 automotive crate engine.

Mercury Racing’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide significantly improved performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design.

Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the 32-Valve DOHC SB4 7.0 engine adapts our proven high-performance valve train to a customized LS-based cylinder block that produces a staggering 750 naturally aspirated horsepower. Mercury Racing’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide significantly improved performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design.

William wanted to build a muscle car, something to compete with any late model European sports car.

Roadster Shop is the exclusive SB4 distributor. The Mundelein, Illinois based company has been an automotive aftermarket industry mainstay in performance chassis fabrication and custom car building for over 30 years.

The project started with a call from Roadster Shop customer William Fox. William  wanted to build a muscle car, something to compete with any late model European sports car. While reviewing available engine/power options William was intrigued by the new SB4 for its high rpm operating band and naturally aspirated, 750 horsepower.

Survivor Series

The paint, which ironically is very close to our Mercury Racing Blue, is original as are the chrome bumpers.

The SB4 Chevelle qualified as a Roadster Shop “Survivor Series” build; a car that arrives clean in its original condition. The body is stock with the exception of some minor work  to the transmission tunnel, and firewall. The paint, which ironically is very close to our Mercury Racing Blue, is original as are the chrome bumpers.

Badge of honor.

This iconic American muscle car has all the conveniences of a modern automobile.  Roadster Shop re-engineered and rebuilt the complete vehicle. All new wiring and plumbing was installed. It features a custom Roadster Shop Fast Track chassis and high performance suspension. The SB4 is coupled to a  Tremec/Bowler T56 6-speed transmission. Roadster Shop even built custom stainless steel headers and a complete exhaust system. Massive 345/40/19 (rear) and 265/40/18 (front) tires are mounted on all-new RS OE-2 wheels. A C& R Racing radiator keeps the SB4 cool as it runs through the gears up to its 8000 rpm rev limit.

The interior is updated with sound deadening material, modern instrumentation, cruise control, sound system and power windows. Recaro Expert seats provide support for the driver and passengers to comfortably experience the SB4’s full capabilities.

Show Stopper

Roadster Shop debuted the SB4 Chevelle at the Goodguys 2018 PPG Nationals,  July 6-8 in Columbus, Ohio.  Roadster Shop personnel and fans alike were blown away with the SB4’s smooth idle and user friendly running qualities.

“This is by far the smoothest, cleanest performing engine we have ever used. It feels like its not even trying to make all of that power, almost effortless. The smoothness is noticeable throughout the entire rpm range, from idle to 8,000 rpm,” said Roadster Shop director of business development Josh Henning.

“This package really does a number on your senses.  It gives you an organic analog connection to the car with a smooth powerband to create a hybrid muscle car/super car experience like we have never felt before.”

We are excited to see what Roadster Shop has planned next for the SB4. You can be assured it will be the baddest build in its class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SEMA 2017

Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the naturally aspirated, 7.0 Liter DOHC V8 Small Block Four Valve (SB4) engine features Mercury Racing’s exclusive aluminum four-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft valve train integrated with an LS cylinder block packed with Mercury Racing-designed and specified hardware.

Greetings from the Las Vegas Convention Center – home of the 2017 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show.  We are excited to promote our new SB4 7.0 (Small Block Four Valve) automotive aftermarket crate engine. The SB4 earned two Global Media Awards upon its 2016 SEMA debut. Read more

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Power Couple!

Roadster Shop has been an industry mainstay in performance chassis fabrication and custom car building for over 30 years.

We are pleased to announce we have partnered with Roadster Shop of Mundelein, Ill., for the distribution of our SB4 7.0 (small-block, four-valve) automotive aftermarket crate engine. The announcement comes one day prior to the opening of the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas. The show runs October 31 through November 3.

Mercury Racing’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide significantly improved performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design.

The 32-Valve DOHC SB4 7.0 engine adapts Mercury Racing’s proven high-performance valve train to a customized LS-based engine that produces a staggering 750 naturally aspirated horsepower. Mercury Racing’s advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train provide significantly improved performance and durability compared to a standard two-valve design.

The Mercury Racing SB4, available for immediate delivery, offers Roadster Shop customers a turnkey, fully calibrated high-performance engine package.

Roadster Shop has been an industry mainstay in performance chassis fabrication and custom car building for over 30 years. It produces innovative, performance-based vehicle-specific chassis & suspension components for top tier street rods, trucks and pro-touring muscle cars. The Mercury Racing SB4, available for immediate delivery, offers Roadster Shop customers a turnkey, fully calibrated high-performance engine package.

Water Gene

“Being avid powerboaters for three generations, we are extremely familiar with Mercury Racing’s offshore marine products and the incredible rigors they are built to withstand while maintaining top-level performance. We are excited to partner with a company that can provide that level of durability in a 750 HP automotive engine package,” said Jeremy Gerber, Roadster Shop vice president of operations.

Roadster Shop owner Phil Gerber agreed.

“We are excited to partner with Mercury Racing on bringing the SB4 engine to the hot rod industry.” “The SB4 is an incredibly unique package that fits perfectly with the direction of high-end custom cars being built today. This engine will certainly be a game-changer and we couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of it.”

The feelings from Mercury Racing are mutual.

The Mercury Racing booth, #21330 Central Hall features both a fully dressed SB4 and a cut-a-way model featuring an inside view of the advanced four-valve cylinder head combustion system and dual overhead camshaft valve train.

“We are excited to partner with Roadster Shop,” said our General Manager Erik Christiansen. “They are highly respected and passionate veterans of the automotive aftermarket industry. Our capabilities are complementary and we appreciate their approach to providing innovative, high-quality products and services.”

SEMA SB4s

Roadster Shop’s C07 Central Hall booth features a Mercury Racing SB4 engine is fitted in their all-new RS4R – a full independent front suspension, 4WD chassis developed for 1966-77 Ford Bronco SUVs.

Roadster Shop’s C07 Central Hall booth features a Mercury Racing SB4 engine is fitted in their all-new RS4R – a full independent front suspension, 4WD chassis developed for 1966-77 Ford Bronco SUVs. Designed and developed in-house, the custom chassis offers 12″ travel in the front and 13″ in the rear. Dual rate springs, combined with  2.5″ Fox Factory series twin tube bypass shocks and coilovers optimize ride quality and overall performance.

Designed and developed in-house, the custom chassis offers 12″ travel in the front and 13″ in the rear. Dual rate springs, combined with 2.5″ Fox Factory series twin tube bypass shocks and coilovers optimize ride quality and overall performance.

The RS4R is configured to accept Coyote/6R80 or LS/4L80 drive train packages with an Atlas 2 Speed transfer case. The design allows the use of 285 series tires and +17″ wheels on all four corners without the need for fender mods.

Call 847-949-7637 or email info@roadstershop.com for additional information.

Roadster Shop is also displaying a fully dressed SB4 engine along with our DOHC SB4 cylinder head in their Upper South Hall booth, #30280.

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Mercury Racing Reveals SB4 7.0 Automotive Crate Engine

The all new Mercury Racing SB4 7.0 automotive crate engine.
The all new Mercury Racing SB4 7.0 automotive crate engine.

 

Greetings from Las Vegas! We are here for the 50th Anniversary SEMA Show where we just revealed our latest automotive aftermarket crate engine, the SB4 7.0. The 32-Valve DOHC V-8 was designed, developed and manufactured in-house.

The 32-valve cylinder head and DOHC valve train design is a decendant from our 9.0 QC4 engine platform.
The 32-valve cylinder head and DOHC valve train design is a decendant from our 9.0 QC4 engine platform.

The naturally aspirated, 7.0 Liter engine features Mercury Racing’s exclusive aluminum four valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft valve train integrated with a LS cylinder block packed with Mercury Racing designed and specified hardware.

This proven valve train, which greatly enhances engine durability over a standard two-valve design, enables the engine to produce a staggering 750 horsepower at 8000 RPM on pump fuel!

Benefits of the DOHC four-valve design versus the typical LS pushrod layout include:

  • Improved intake and exhaust flow enables increased engine performance
  • Efficient, high tumble four valve combustion
  • Low mass, high stiffness design reduces stresses and enables smooth high RPM operation and long life
  • Improved drivability due to optimized camshaft timing at comparable horsepower levels

Engineering Excellence

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Mercury Racing is unique in the high performance powertrain business in that we design and develop fully integrated systems.

Mercury Racing is unique in the high performance powertrain business in that we design and develop fully integrated systems. We even go as far as developing our own electrical and engine management systems. Our proprietary powertrain control module, featuring internally written software, provides the opportunity for customization and application specific needs.

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Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and GT-Power engine performance simulations were used to develop an optimized intake manifold featuring dual throttle bodies for maximum power and efficiency.

The Mercury Racing SB4 7.0 was developed utilizing 3D simulations and analyses on airflow, cooling, fuel and lubrication systems. Intense finite element analysis (FEA) studies were conducted on the head, block and rotating components to ensure an efficient and reliable powertrain.

Testing

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Tests are conducted to calibrate engine management systems, evaluate in-cylinder combustion, and measure timing drive dynamics and torsional excitation, just to name a few

Prototype testing is where the rubber meets the road. Mercury Racing conducts fired engine, motored engine, and dynamic rig testing. Tests are conducted to calibrate  engine management systems, evaluate in-cylinder combustion, and measure timing drive dynamics and torsional excitation, just to name a few. Mercury Racing people, capabilities, and facilities are recognized through ISO 9000 and EU RCD certifications.

Dressed to Thrill

SB4 7.0 engines are sold as turn-key, ready to run engines. This includes a Mercury Racing engine control system and custom styled engine cover with SB4 7.0 cover graphics. Exhaust and engine front drive components (power steering, alternator, air conditioner pump, pulleys, belts and related brackets) are not included.

Accessories 

An engine front drive accessories kit is available. The kit consists of the necessary brackets, fasteners, belts, idlers, and pulleys to attach components such as the power steering pump (which is included) and an alternator or air conditioning compressor (which may be sourced elsewhere).

SB4 7.0 compatible aftermarket alternator and air conditioning compressor:

  • AC Compressor: AC Delco ~ PN: 1522274
  • Alternator: Powermaster ~    PN: 58247

An Analog Gauge Interface (AGI) kit, compatible with both digital and analog gauges, is also available.

Show & Go

The SB4 7.0 development vehicle - a 2001 Ultima GTR supercar.
The SB4 7.0 development vehicle – an Ultima GTR supercar.

This is our fourth consecutive SEMA show.  Our main booth, #37005, is located in the Upper South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. An SB4 7.0 is featured in their development vehicle, a mid engine Ultima GTR Supercar. The Ultima is flanked with two SB4 7.0 static displays, one fully dressed and one cutaway to reveal exclusive features. A fully dressed SB4 7.0 is also displayed in SEMA’s New Product Showcase, also in the Upper Show Hall.  Edelbrock, booth #22643 Central Hall, is displaying the SB4 cylinder head they cast for us.

TANTRUM is a SEMA 2015 GT Awards - Best Domestic Build, was featured on Jay Leno's Garage and will be seen in the the nxt Fast and Furious movie - Fast8. In US theaters, April 14, 2017.
SpeedKore’s TANTRUM, a 1970 Dodge Charger powered by a one thousand, six hundred and fifty horsepower Mercury Racing QC4 crate engine.

We are proud to display one of SpeedKore’s most popular builds to showcase our potent QC4 1650 crate engine. Deemed TANTRUM, the 1970 Dodge Charger earned a Gran Turismo award for best domestic build at SEMA last year. Speedkore’s impeccable carbon fiber work, featured throughout the car, was one of many unique highlights that caught the attention of the judges and media alike.

From there – the car was sent to Los Angeles for multiple photo sessions and video shoots – culminating with a feature on Jay Leno’s Garage. Timing is everything. Shortly after the Leno show – the Mercury Racing powered Charger was requested for filming of the next movie in the Fast & Furious franchise. TANTRUM will be seen in the upcoming Fast and Furious film – Fast8. In US theaters April 14, 2017

The SEMA show runs Nov. 1-4.

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Jay Leno Experiences Mercury Racing Power

Jay Leno has the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the most powerful and exotic cars money can buy in his show “Jay Leno’s Garage”, causing feelings of envy and desire among his viewers.  The former “Tonight Show” host has turned his passion for cars into the popular web series, which gives a detailed look at the newest European supercars to great American classics.

One of the classics recently featured was a 1970 Dodge Charger, built by our friends at SpeedKore in Port Washington, Wisconsin.  The “Tantrum” Charger is the first automotive application of Mercury Racing’s QC4 platform and based on its performance, it surely won’t be the last.

 

Mercury Racing launched the QC4 platform in 2010 as a high-performance offshore marine engine capable of exceeding the demands of the grueling racing environment.  This modern powerplant features dual overhead cam (DOHC) 32-valve heads on top of a 9.0 liter aluminum block.  The massive air flow of the heads is increased even further by two 94-mm turbo chargers, delivering upwards of 1650 horsepower on race fuel.  After years of success as both a marine racing and pleasure engine, the team at Mercury Racing decided it was time to develop something car guys would crave.

 

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At the SEMA Show in 2013, we featured the QC4 shoehorned into an Ultima GTR kit car that was used internally as a development vehicle.  The Ultima allowed us to perform calibration changes required to transition from water to pavement.  These changes included delayed turbo activation to make the car more drivable at lower speeds.

 

001-jay-lenos-garageWhile showing the automotive world our engineering prowess at SEMA, we also laid the foundation for the Tantrum by meeting Dave Salvaggio, builder of the Charger. After nearly two years of working together, the completed Charger was first displayed at SEMA 2015.  After winning a Grand Turismo design award at SEMA, the Charger headed further west so the comedian could climb behind the wheel.
Leno was rightfully blown away at the beauty and performance of the QC4 engine, and perhaps a bit humbled by its full potential (It’s not often he relinquishes the key for the show’s customary burnout).  The QC4 hits all the right notes for a modern crate engine for high end car builders.  It is unique, modern, reliable, attractive and most importantly it provides an answer to every car guy’s visceral desire for more power.

Watch the Jay Leno’s Garage episode below to learn more about the QC4 powered Tantrum and see the QC4 in action on the California roadways.

For more information on automotive crate engines visit www.mercuryracing.com/automotive.

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SEMA 2015

The Mercury Racing built LS7 crate engine featuring our exclusive 32-valve DOHC SB4 cylinder heads and valve train.
The Mercury Racing built LS7 crate engine featuring our exclusive 32-valve DOHC SB4 cylinder heads and valve train.

We’re excited to return for our third consecutive SEMA show where we are showing our all-new 32-Valve DOHC SB4 cylinder head and valve train.

The SB4 cylinder head was modeled off our our exclusive QC4 engine design.
The SB4 cylinder head was modeled off our our exclusive QC4 engine design.

The aluminum four valve head dual overhead camshaft valve train, designed and developed to integrate with General Motors LS series hardware,  provides improved performance and durability versus a standard two-valve design. The head design adapts Mercury Racing’s proven high performance valve train to the robust, small block LS engine family. Read more

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All Charged Up at SEMA

DCB's beautiful M35R cat is photographed continually throughout the show.
DCB’s beautiful M35R cat is photographed continually throughout the show.

The 2014 SEMA show has been a blast. Once again our booth has a variety of displays that have stopped traffic and been the talk of the show.

Our concept Small Block 4-Valve engine.
Our concept Small Block 4-Valve engine.

We opened the show with the unveiling of our concept Small Block 4-Valve engine. The engine features dual overhead cam shaft (DOHC) four-valve cylinder heads modeled after those used on our exclusive quad-cam, four-valve (QC4v) engine platform. Read more

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