David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower (S-A Design)

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9781934709177: David Vizard's How to Build Horsepower (S-A Design)

Proven methods for increasing horsepower in any engine. High-performance street and race engine builders are always looking for the latest techniques and combination of parts to build a better, stronger, more powerful engines. Building an engine is a complex, demanding process that requires careful planning, bulls-eye parts selection, and exceptional attention to detail. If someone is building an engine for the first time, they need the information contained in this book.

Extracting maximum torque and horsepower from engines is an art as well as a science. David Vizard is an engineer and more aptly an engine building artist who guides the reader through all the aspects of power production and high-performance engine building. His proven high-performance engine building methods and techniques are revealed in this all-new edition of How to Build Horsepower. Vizard goes into extreme depth and detail for drawing maximum performance from any automotive engine. The production of power is covered from the most logical point from the air entering the engine all the way to spent gasses leaving through the exhaust. Explained is how to optimize all the components in between, such as selecting heads for maximum flow or port heads for superior power output, ideal valvetrain components, realizing the ideal rocker arm ratios for a particular application, secrets for selecting the best cam, and giving unique insight into all facets of cam performance. In addition, he covers how to select and setup superchargers, nitrous oxide, ignition and other vital aspects of high-performance engine building.

Vizard's top-selling How to Build Horsepower explains the latest and most effective engine building techniques and strategies. The reader is treated to the secrets and methods for building virtually any automotive engine. Vizard's unique and entertaining style of writing clearly explains the key principles and provides extreme detail and uncommon insight, so at-home engine builder can realize their performance goals.

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Extracting maximum torque and horsepower from an engine is art as well as science. This all-new edition of David Vizard’s How to Build Horsepower explains the latest and most effective working practices, techniques, and strategies for building a high-performance automotive engine of any type―cam in block or overhead cam. With more than 50 years of experience, Vizard shares his methods, insights, and secrets, so you can select the best combination of components and turn his special engine-building knowledge into big horsepower numbers. Building an engine isn’t simply assembling a collection of the recommended parts from a catalog. Instead, it requires careful planning, bull’s-eye parts selection, and exceptional attention to detail. If you’re building a serious high-performance engine for the first time, you need the information in this book. Vizard is an engineer, and more aptly an engine-building artist, who guides you through all the aspects of power production and high-performance engine building. The process follows the airflow path through the engine, starting at the air cleaner and concluding at the exhaust pipe. All the systems in between are covered in detail, so you can assemble an engine using the latest techniques and the best heads, cams, carbs, ignition systems, and much more. This master engine builder explains how to select and port heads for maximum output. Choosing the right cam and specs is thoroughly covered because the cam is essentially the “brain” of an engine. As such, Vizard provides invaluable advice on all aspects of cam performance and explains his proven method for selecting the best cam for a particular engine and application. In addition, he explains how to pick the ideal valvetrain components to arrive at the ideal rocker arm ratio for your equipment package. Forced-air induction is another important aspect of making horsepower, so he also covers how to select and set up superchargers as well as nitrous-oxide systems. You simply cannot find another book that packs as much engine-building acumen and wisdom into one package.

About the Author:

David Vizard is a revered engine builder, technical writer, and author. In fact, he has authored more than 30 highly respected engine building and automotive books, penned about 4,000 magazine articles, and contributed scores of web pieces to popular sites. Often referred to as Vizard the Wizard, his work is often the subject of blogs and editorial pieces in popular automotive magazines. Currently, he owns and runs MotorTec Magazine in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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