Re: Ford in NHRA
Nitro cars run what is essentially a "spec" engine. That means only NHRA accepted designs are allowed to run. It is for all intents and purposes the latest evolution of the 426 Chrysler Hemi. Several sources make blocks , heads , cranks , etc. that interchange. When Ford came along with Force , they wanted to use their resources to design "their' engine and NHRA quickly put the brakes on. NHRA ( and the other aftermarket manufacturers) saw a potential for a "new" engine to significantly hurt the "current" engine supply chain if the engine was a huge success. You might argue that it was that way in the early years so why not now? In the past the OEMs were making the blocks , heads , etc. Now you have many small companies whose lively hood is solely based on making those parts. Ford cried "foul" and was allowed to ( through John Force Racing) make "some" improvements and run their name on the engines Force produced. As no surprise , when Ford bailed on Force , he retained the rights to produce engines he was already making . Force now puts Chevrolet logos on "his" engine parts. The SOHC and Boss 429 are no longer NHRA accepted engines and never will be.
NOTHING that the OEMs supply is used on any of the Nitro engines , so it is of little point to do anything different in NHRA's eyes.
YES I agree it sucks!
Experimental Ford parts collector.
Last edited by GT350HR; 09-05-2017 at 10:45 AM.