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Mike Magda is a veteran automotive writer with credits in publications such as Racecar Engineering, Hot Rod, Engine Technology International, Motor Trend, Automobile, Automotive Testing Technology and Professional Motorsport World. He was the editor of four national automotive magazines, including Chevy High Performance, and he has authored hundreds of automotive technical briefings. In covering nearly every type of motorsport, Magda has collaborated with many of racing's top engine builders and factory engineers.


Comp Cams, along with Snap-On Tools, is sponsoring the Engine Builder Duel at two locations on the Hot Rod Power Tour in June. Check out the story for all the details.

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Part of a winter rebuild for Blown Z included a new 400ci LSX engine built by Late Model Engines to support a bigger ProCharger supercharger. Check out all the details that make up this very stout engine.

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Composite intake manifolds can be fragile under high boost levels. This new billet intake from Late Model Engines is designed to give LS7 engines plenty of air through a big plenum and short runners.

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Performance Design has released a video of its unique Carbon XR cross-ram intake manifold on the dyno at Lingenfelter Performance. Check the story details on the manifold and the power numbers.

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CFE Racing Products has developed a new 4.5-inch bore center cylinder block that blends desired performance features from the LS, SBC and DRCE 3 platforms. Check out the details in this exclusive story!

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Jordan Lee, chief engineer on the new 6.2-liter LT4 engine that will power the upcoming Z06 Corvette, offers details on the new Gen V V8 and says there more power coming than the early 625-horsepower estimate.

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The Arias hemi designs for LS and 351W engines are starting to draw interest again. Check out the details of these two unique cylinder heads designed by a racing legend.

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A 434ci engine based on the Dart LS Next block and making more than 700 horsepower will go on eBay December 12 to benefit the SEMA Scholarship Fund. Check out the details.

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Unwanted debris can get lodged in hoses and fittings after assembling an automotive plumbing system. Fragola now offers a garden-hose kit that connects to AN fitting for a thorough flush or pressure test.

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Edelbrock showcased numerous new products at SEMA, including an updated big-block tunnel ram intake, a CNC-machined head for Chrysler Hemi engines and huge LS3 intakes for big-horsepower applications.

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JE Pistons already has a line of direct replacement pistons for the new LT1 engine. Builders can choose from different compression ratios to accommodate boost or N/A upgrades. Also new are Ford Coyote pistons.

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As the aftermarket becomes more electronically savvy, wiring a vehicle can get quite complicated. MSD is solving that problems with Brainwave, an incredibly powerful network that shares information efficiently.

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Trick Flow Specialties introduced its GenX 260 LS7-style cylinder head in addition to a new fully CNC-machined and ported big-block Chevy head. Other news includes a header and carb line, plus a new 351W intake.

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Scat Enterprises showed off a number of new crankshafts and rotating assemblies that will appeal to Jeep and LS engine builders, as well as expanded applications for owners of antique vehicles.

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Total Seal’s new break-in oils are designed to match up with the engine’s regular oil viscosity. In other words, a heavy oil shouldn’t be used to break in an engine that will run a light oil. Learn more!

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The new XFI Sportsman EFI controller from FAST fills the gap between the plug-n-play EZ-EFI systems and the high-end XFI controller. Check out all the details on this versatile ECU.

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