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2016 PRI Show - It's All Go At This Show

It's like SEMA without the rhinestones and airbags

Pablo Mazlumian
Feb 9, 2017

If you're in the automotive industry and, more specifically, involved in racing, tuning, fabrication, or any kind of distribution of the above, the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis, Indiana, is a must-see event. I'm a seven-hour drive from PRI, and this is my third straight year. It's definitely worth the trip. It's like being at SEMA, except they've taken out anything that isn't performance or racing related. Also, the city sets the tone, and the difference between Indianapolis and Las Vegas is...well...pretty night and day.

With more than 1,200 vendors, PRI 2016 was a huge success. I had the chance to check out some products that would be of interest to european car readers, so let's take a look!

Jonbloed Racing Wheels

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Jonbloed Racing Wheels was showcasing its line of high-performance forged aluminum racing wheels. The company has great-looking wheels and offers applications for a variety of European makes and models. Porsche owners going for a retro look can also enjoy a set of JRW wheels, and they can be ordered with a standard lip and even extreme widths.

KW Suspension

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KW also had a variety of racing coilovers on hand for various European applications. Everything from units valved to Ruf specs and other Porsche coilovers, including the new Cayman GT4. Seen here is a racing coilover setup for the BMW M235i.

CSF Radiators

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Check out this Cayman road racer in the CSF radiators booth. The Porsche was beautiful outside, and all business inside with an OMP racing seat, HRC Zero 2000 fire suppression system, and Motec electronics.

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CSF had a few Porsche cooling products on display, including these all-aluminum radiators for the 991/981, 997/987, and 996/986, as well as one for 981 GT4 with a quick-connect feature.

Eibach Suspension

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Eibach Springs was showing off its XT Barrel and Metric coilover springs, which can be used in conjunction with a variety of coilover setups from various companies. Eibach claims its Metric line offers the closest tolerances and lightest weights in the industry. The XT line offers increased shock body clearance and features Eibach's extreme travel using EPST Hi-Ten spring steel.

Toyo Tires

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The Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS, driven by Darren Law, Johannes van Overbeek, Dion von Moltke, and Mike Hedlund was in the Toyo Tires booth. It won the NASA 25 hours of Thunderhill race in California in the ES class for both 2015 and 2016.

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Let's check out some of the Toyo competition tires on display. On the left we've got the Proxes TQ DOT drag radial, on the right is the well-known Proxes R888 DOT competition tire, and in the center is the newer R888R DOT competition tire that offers even better dry handling than the R888.

Precision Turbos

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How about some horsepower for your Porsche or VW? Along with the plethora of turbos offered by Precision Turbo and Engine, PTE has the Gen2 PT5558 ball bearing turbocharger. It's available with a K26 flange turbine housing and while it looks small, it's rated up to a whopping 650 hp.

Audi RS3 LMS

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It was nice to see the 2017 Audi RS3 LMS at PRI, with full, widebody flare that brings back Audi Quattro nostalgia. With a massive carbon-fiber splitter and the Quattro-like fender flares, it's a beautiful car to behold. Since it's got a 2,878-pound minimum weight, we're sure it's also a hoot to drive. Inside is all-factory-race-car business. Everything is monitored through an AiM MXG 28-channel data acquisition system.

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The 330hp 2.0L four is transversally mounted in front of the front axle and sends power to only the front wheels, making it eligible for TCR, International Endurance Series, STCC, and Clubsport.


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Lifeline is only one of three companies with FIA 8865 homologation, and this Zero 36 model has been approved for it. The testing for 8865 involves heating the test car to a staggering 500 C (932 F), and it can't reignite. 8865 is required in WRC, RS Super 2000, and cross-country racing (like Dakar Rally). While it is not yet required by the FIA for the rest of motorsport to be 8865-compliant, it is highly recommended.

Xtrac Transmissions

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If money is no object and you want one of the best transmissions money can buy, then look no further than Xtrac. This unit is for Lamborghini Huracan race cars. On the far left is the three-piston actuator that Xtrac uses to get shifts down to a staggering 0.03 seconds!

Sadey Transmissions

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Another big name in transmissions is Sadev. This unit was designed for the BRZ/FR-S, but the French-based company reports that the short version of this box—without the tail section—will fit the E36 BMW chassis as well.

GTR Simulators

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The GTR simulator is perfect for drivers needing to learn new tracks or gamers with deep pockets. GTR offers nine models, from "entry-level" to flight to F1.

Forgeline Wheels

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Forgeline Wheels always has an impressive booth full of eye candy at PRI. Its wide range of custom forged wheels is used in all sorts of racing classes in the U.S. For those wanting to shed weight, Forgeline offers forged wheel centers with carbon-fiber barrels.

BBS Wheels

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BBS had some new wheels on display this year. Up top is the FI-R 20-inch forged aluminum rear wheel for the Cayman GT4. It will be available for various BMW and Porsche applications. Below that is the forged aluminum RE Motorsport for Porsche GT4 Club Sport. And at the bottom is the single-lug version of RE Motorsport for the front of a Porsche GT3.

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This is the BBS RI-A Track Package monobloc, designed for commonly tracked street cars.

Brembo Brakes

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From near to far we see Brembo's GTR line, followed by the GTS and then GT in dark gray and then yellow, respectively. The GTS fills the gap between the cost and performance of the GT to the GTR. Now you can get a braking system that can withstand higher temperatures than the GT line, but isn't as costly as the GTR line.

Alcon Brakes

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Alcon also brought out several of its full line of braking components, and for those looking to take a street car to the track, Alcon offers its four-piston RC4 featuring disc diameters from 330 to 360 mm (13 to 14 inches), 66.1 cm2 per pad area, a staggered piston diameter to ensure even pad wear, internal fluid transfer (no external bridge), high temp seals, and steel pistons for improved thermal resistance. If you need to go bigger, Alcon's RC6 six-piston caliper setup can squeeze rotors measuring anywhere from 380 to 410mm (15- to 16.1-inch) diameters.

Radium Engineering

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Radium Engineering makes quality products that are also very pleasing to the eye, like this fuel rail for the S54 3.2L BMW engine.


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U.K.-based Jenvey unveiled its new range of Heritage Throttle Bodies with Aston Martin specialist GTC Engineering, and it boasts all the benefits associated with individual throttle bodies, yet with the look of a period-correct carburetor. To the right are the internal fuel injectors. The Jenvey Heritage throttle body line is designed to work on any car running a DCOE carburetor with a stand-alone ECU.

Vibrant Exhaust

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For any fabricators out there, or for those getting a lot of custom work done, Vibrant Performance had a nice display of various exhaust components, including mufflers, piping, V-band clamps, flex joints, etc.

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Vibrant Performance also displayed its oil cooling components, which included cores, lines, fittings, and catch cans.

Burns Exhaust

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Speaking of fabricators, you can't be in the fabrication industry without hearing about Burns Stainless. The company is known for making some of the best custom exhaust components—and especially for its merge collectors that range from 2-to-1 all the way to 8-to-1!


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Mahle displayed a variety of pistons and other engine components this year. Since the company has teamed up with Cleveite bearings, it also showed a plethora of engine bearings like this rod and main bearings set for the VW 1.8L turbo.


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Wiseco unveiled its new Boostline rods, which combine the best of I-beam and H-beam designs. They're made of 4340 forged steel, include ARP bolts, and feature Wiseco's patent-pending three-pocket design. Wiseco reports a 60 percent increase in bending strength over H-beam rods. It plans to expand the Boostline in the European market but currently offer them for VW 1.8T engines.

JE Pistons

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JE showcased this lightweight, asymmetrical piston for a recently added application—the S50B30 or S50B32 E36 M3 Euro-spec engine. They're offered in either 86.0mm or 86.5mm bore sizes and can range anywhere from 9.0:1 to 12.5:1 compression.


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Deatschwerks now offers fuel system components on top of its already well-known fuel pressure regulators and fuel pumps, like fittings and lines, so you can have an all-DW fuel system from pump to injectors.


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AEM's all-new CD-7 full color dash display features a 7-inch screen with 800x480 resolution, 1,000-cd/m2 brightness, and anti-glare for readability in all conditions (including direct sunlight), water resistance for operation even in boats, and seven programmable pages. It also is available with or without 200MB internal logging up to 100 Hz/channel.


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ProCharger had a large presence, not just in its booth but with several cars throughout the show. You used to have to be turbocharged to make big horsepower, but supercharger companies are closing that gap. This F-1X blower is meant for cars making between 375-550 hp normally aspirated and can pump that number to a whopping 1,400 hp! Max boost is 38 PSI, and max impeller speed is 72000 rpm.

Garrett Turbochargers

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Since the Garrett GTX3582R was designed for applications ranging from 2.0L to 5.5L, looking to make anywhere between 550-1,000 hp, it will surely be popular. And to make the fabrication part easier, Garrett also released several new turbos in reverse configuration.


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Turbonetics released its new line of NX2 competition dual ball bearing turbos featuring new compressor and turbine wheels. The firm has also recently teamed up with Precision Turbo and Engine, since they're both Wabtec-owned.


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Auto manufacturers are turning to smaller engines with turbochargers to get the fuel efficiency without sacrificing overall performance, but smaller engines sacrifice low-end pre-boost torque. The BorgWarner eboost will tighten that gap by spinning up the turbo using an electric motor.

Stilo Safety

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You shave every pound off your race car, why not give your neck a break, too. Stilo offers carbon-fiber helmets with optional fully integrated electronics as well as systems for hydration, air supply, and FIA Hans posts. Prices start at $1,915 for the ST5GT carbon helmet.

Schroth Racing

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When it comes to safety restraints, Schroth Racing is one of those at the top of the chain. Schroth's booth had several different configurations on display, ranging from FIA homologated Formula cars all the way to 16.1 homologation, and even enduro racing series belts that feature fast driver changes.

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