Date published: April 6, 2012
Journal code: NDRG
Frontal Head Restraint
NecksGen offers a lightweight and simpleto- use head-restraint unit. Weighing in at just 1.6 pounds and made in Southern California from the latest carbon-fiber composite material and designed to work in conjunction with 2-inch and 3-inch seat-belt harnesses, the NecksGen system has achieved superior results in SFI 38.1 certification testing. The NecksGen unit features a one-size-fitsall design that is adjustable to fit a wide range of seat angles from 10 to 40 degrees. NecksGen also features unique belt wings to keep loose belts from falling off under accident conditions; this, combined with belt channels, keep the restraint system centered under the seat belts at all times. The NecksGen's single-adjustable tension-neutralizing helmet tether allows the impact load to be distributed evenly through four load paths for maximum head and neck protection. Quick-release helmet hardware allows the helmet to be released with two fingers. Its ergonomically flexible design helps achieve previously unsurpassed comfort while its body-forming belts and pads ensure there are no hard contact points to pressure the collarbone. For more information, log on to www.necksgen.com or call 855-632-5743.
LS Cast-Iron Manifolds
Holley Performance Products and its Hooker brand now offers LS castiron exhaust manifolds. The manifolds are the perfect solution for exhaust in a tight engine bay or where the maintenance-free characteristics of manifolds are desired. They are designed to hug close to the engine block, so they fit into a wide variety of replacement and engine-swap applications. Their contoured design aims the exhaust directly at the exit port for improved flow. Being cast iron means they will provide years of leak-free performance with less under-hood noise than traditional headers. Plus, their shorty design means you can route exhaust tubing close to your frame and floor pan for maximum ground clearance. The manifolds are available in five finish options: cast-iron gray ceramic, silver ceramic, titanium ceramic, black ceramic, and cast. For more information, write to Holley Tech Service, Dept. ND, 1801 Russellville Road, Bowling Green, KY 42101 or call 270- 781-9741; website, www.hookerheaders.com.
Dual-Adjustable Launch Controller
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering has introduced the LNC-003 dual-adjustable launch controller, a two-step sparkbased rpm limiter for LS-based engines and ignition systems. Designed to give users the ability to control a primary and secondary rpm limit setting, the LNC-003 provides consistent launch rpm off the line. In turbocharged applications, the LNC-003 can be used to load the engine and help build additional boost off the line. In addition, the controller can be used as an adjustable individual-cylinder rpm limiter, providing reliable spark-based engine rpm limit control that is useful in vehicles with auxiliary fuelcontrol systems. The LNC-003 (part no. L460105297) has a plug-and-play coil-pack connection design that allows for easy of installation and removal. It is designed for use on all General Motors LS engines and other Gen III/IV GM V-8 applications. The LNC-003 features a custom-molded, high-temperature-glass-filled Nylon 6 enclosure that provides direct access to the launch-controller settings without having to remove a cover or access panel. Its rpm limiter activation can be adjusted from 1,500 to 9,900 rpm in 100 rpm increments, and there are separate primary and secondary rpmX100 and rpmX1000 switches for easy setting adjustment. Both ground activation and 12-volt activation inputs are provided for the primary rm limit activation. Additional product benefits include a 40-MHz, 16-bit automotive-qualified processor; dedicated timers on each coil-drive circuit to keep timing accurate over the full rpm range; independent coil drives that provide sequential ignition kill when rpm limiting is active; and active clamps and optical isolation to suppress electrical noise. For more information, write to Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Dept. ND, 1557 Winchester Road, Decatur, IN 46733 or call 260- 724-2552; website, www.lingenfelter.com.
Air/Oil Separator, Vacuum Pump
Moroso's vacuum pump air/oil separator is designed to be plumbed between the valve cover and the inlet side of the vacuum pump. It features internal baffling with mesh media for superior separation of air and oil; a billet-aluminum body that complements any engine compartment and can be polished, chromed, or powdercoated for a custom look; -12 A-N inlet and outlet fittings for plumbing the separator inline; billetaluminum mounting clamp for the body of the air-oil separator; stainless-steel bracket for non-accessible behind-the-panel mount applications; and an O-ringed drain bung. For more information, write to Moroso Performance Products, Dept. ND, 80 Carter Drive, Guildford, CT 06437 or call 203-453-6571; website, www.moroso.com.
Vintage Funny Car Collectibles
Round 2 has introduced Legends of the Quarter Mile, a new line of drag racing memorabilia that includes 1:25-scale plastic model kits, 1:64-scale slot cars, and highly detailed 1:18- scale diecast Funny Cars. Legends of the Quarter Mile model kits will kick off with Arnie Beswick's 1969 The Super Judge GTO Funny Car, followed by another famous flopper to be announced soon. These detailed kits are Skill Level 2 with paint and cement required. This will be the first time in decades that many of these kits have been reissued. Auto World is creating 1:64- scale slot cars in the style of the classic drag racers as well. The Legends line of slot cars will feature Funny Car bodies on Auto World's 4Gear chassis, which has an extended wheelbase and large dragster-inspired wheels and tires. Best of all, two neodymium traction magnets make them the perfect "engines" for these classic Funny Cars. Also being released is a slot car dragstrip track set that includes the vintage race cars along with 13 feet of track, two variable-speed controllers, and an LED Christmas Tree with in-track sensors and win lights. Auto World is investing in all-new tooling for the Legends diecast line, which will debut with four cars in 2012 and is projecting six to 10 cars the following year, all as limited editions. The Legends line represents the first time that vintage Funny Cars have been replicated so authentically in the 1:18 scale. For more information, log on to www.autoworldhobby.com/legends or www.round2corp.com.