Every car on the track may have to meet a minimum weight, but that doesn’t mean crafty racers can’t still find an advantage over the rest of the field.
Every competent racer understands that weight placement plays a huge role in how your race car handles. But that applies to more than just lead ballast. After all, your race car doesn’t know the difference between lead bars bolted to the frame and the weight from your engine, or your fuel cell, or even you, for that matter.
Moving as much weight as possible toward the center of the car can have multiple benefits on the track. First, it can help the car pivot more easily and turn better. But having weight located near the center of the car also makes any lead you move around the car more effective in the changes it will have in handling.
Of course, the problem with this concept is that weight that isn’t lead is extremely hard to shift on the race car. For example, you may be able to use components that lighten the rear end, but you aren’t exactly going to be able to move that weight around. The rear wheels can only go in one spot. Likewise, that engine isn’t going anywhere beyond the maximum setback the rules allow.
But that doesn’t mean you don’ t have any options. Jones Racing Products has put together an excellent system that moves the front accessory drive setup for the alternator, fuel pump and power steering to the rear of the engine. At first this may not seem like such a big deal, but consider how important it can be to move several pounds that is stuck up high over the front suspension to behind the firewall. Plus, the package really cleans up the front of the engine, making it much easier to work on the front suspension, the steering rack and the radiator. And you even get the benefit of ditching the standard bladder-style fuel pump design for a modern, high pressure mechanical fuel pump.
Most of all, we’re extremely impressed by the quality of this system Jones Racing Products has designed. The build quality and components are all the highest quality, and everything bolted right up with zero fitment issues or machining necessary. We tested the system on a Crate Late Model with a Quarter Master bell housing, but Jones has designs that work with Bert and Brinn units as well. We can see this becoming an extremely popular option in the Late Model classes as well as Modifieds.
Check out our install and see for yourself.