If you’ll harken back to your middle school science class with me for a second, you’ll remember that in order to make fire, you need three ingredients: fuel, ignition and air – or, more specifically, oxygen. You’ll also remember that cold air is denser than hot air, putting more oxygen in the same amount of volume. While the modern internal combustion engine does a fine job of delivering fuel and ignition, that cold air part becomes tricky as…Read More
By Steve Magnante
As we celebrate 50 years of 426 HEMI® engine power, let’s remember that Chrysler Corp. actually created three distinct generations of this fabled dome-head power plant. The first generation appeared in Chrysler vehicles in 1951 and — with unique variations for use in Dodge and DeSoto models — was offered through the 1958 model run. The second generation is the one racers love. That’s the mighty 426 HEMI engine of the 1964–1971 era.
Of course, the third generation of the HEMI engine is what’s driving so much excitement at Dodge these days….Read More
We recently reported with sadness the June 2, 2014, passing of former Chrysler high performance vehicle development engineer Jim Thornton at age 77. Though you’d have to be a fairly devoted muscle car and drag race enthusiast to know his name, once folks learn he was a member of the Ramchargers, a bell rings, and Thornton’s place in the automotive firmament becomes clearer to many.
To briefly recap, the Ramchargers was a…Read More