Wheeler E-Z-Hook Streamliner Engine Video
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Poor salt conditions this year put the kibosh on an attempt to break the 400 mph barrier in motorcycle Land Speed Racing. But Sam Wheeler’s E-Z-Hook Streamliner rebuild
continues, along with IGNITION3’s exclusive coverage of the potential record-breaking project. This latest video installment covers the engine preparation from drag racing pro Vance & Hines. The company namesakes, Terry Vance and Byron Hines, talk about the project – as well as NHRA champion Eddie Krawiec, who outlines the engine mods.
LSR and drag racing share similarities, just stretch out the quarter-mile to a timed mile with a five-mile running start… The goal of top speed is the same, however, and V&H knows how to build an engine to get the job done – with the turbo-charged
platform capable of reliably churning out 600 HP. Challenges for the Wheeler project will be durability, as instead of being stressed for 7-8 seconds in the quarter-mile – the E-Z-Hook streamliner
will be screaming at max power for 30-40 seconds.
Starting with the base Hayabusa Inline Four V&H will add cylinder studs for stability to withstand the high output and turbo boost. The crankshaft needs no alteration, a nod to the prowess of Suzuki’s base platform. CP pistons and Carrillo connecting rods are sourced (the two companies having merged together as CP-Carrillo http://www.cp-carrillo.com/). Cylinder heads are ported in house by V&H, with as Krawiec states “a little bit of intake work, a lot of exhaust work.” Valves will get thorough abuse during the long duration LSR attempt, so exhaust valves are made of super-titanium alloy to handle the high temperatures. An intercooler helps keep heat stresses down on the regular titanium intake valves.
Watch the full update courtesy of IGNITION3 in the video below.
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