2022 AUSTRALIAN AUTO AFTERMARKET INNOVATION AWARDS
AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product – Performance
The competition for AAAA Most Innovative New Aftermarket Product – Performance award was exceptionally close with six entries in total from five AAAA members. In this issue, we take a look at the entrants who vied for this award including the winning eSG50 StraightGate50 Electronic External Wastegate from Turbosmart.
For more information about the Australian Auto Aftermarket Awards, please visit www.aftermarketawards.com.au
Turbosmart, eSG50 StraightGate50 Electronic External Wastegate – WINNER
Turbosmart says its eSG50 StraightGate50 is a world first (patent pending) electronically actuated butterfly style wastegate which provides more flow and greater control, specifically at low opening angles than any other wastegate available. The StraightGate is smaller than a 60mm wastegate and has control greater than any 38mm or 40mm wastegate. The electronic actuator uses no springs or vacuum hoses so is not limited to the tuning window associated with pneumatic solutions meaning virtually any boost level can be achieved with no limits or compromises to boost and torque management. Turbosmart says the StraightGate50 is lighter, faster, more accurate and responsive and with a wider operating range than any other wastegate in the world. It can provide a tuning window from zero boost, all the way up to all of the available boost and does so with less mechanical complexity and less wearing components for a longer service life.
For more information, visit www.turbosmart.com
Valvoline, Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 Engine Oil
The solution of Valvoline’s mission to address the “why so many 5W-30 engine oils” bugbear was the introduction of the Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 Engine Oil. This new engine oil has the ability to replace up to five different engine oils within the Valvoline range and meets the OEM requirements of over 45 percent of Australian vehicles sold since 2009. Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 is a full synthetic, multi-vehicle engine oil developed exclusively for use in professional workshops. With latest generation Mid SAPS technology combined with Low Speed Pre-Ignition (LSPI) protection, this engine oil is a multi-application workshop exclusive product suitable for use in various modern petrol and diesel vehicles. Another benefit of the Valvoline Professional Multi-Vehicle 5W-30 engine oil is that it can improve fuel economy up to 1.5 percent in certain vehicles. It also protects engines from wear by up to 72 percent when compared to standard engine oils.
For more information, visit www.valvoline.com.au
Superformance, Superformance Ultimate Independent Front Suspension Systems
Superformance’s Ultimate independent front suspension is designed, engineered, and built in Queensland. The designers have integrated several reputable products, including Wilwood pro spindles and disc brakes, Flaming River rack and pinions, Aldan or QA1 coil overs, and Slam Specialties or Ridetech Shock Wave air bag options. Superformance says this new product offers superior handling and varying stance options. It explains the front suspension features premium shim adjustable control arm shafts for simple adjustments that can be handled by any competent Wheel Align shop. Superformance says it has not included bushed rod ends that prematurely shorten bush life and that “gimmicky eccentrics” and camber bolts are also not included as these are either not understood or require major vehicle dismantling to set up and adjust correctly. Superformance’s new independent front suspension is currently manufactured for 1960-65 XK-XP Falcons, LH-LX Torana, Chev and Ford Pick Up Trucks 1946 to 1998.
For more information, visit www.superformance.com.au
Australian Clutch Services, Xtreme Clutch Performance Concentric Slave Cylinder
Xtreme Clutch’s performance Concentric Slave Cylinder (CSC) is a modular system, allowing the CSC to be utilised in a large range of applications such as engine or gearbox conversions with the change of a few minor parts. It incorporates a billet 6061 alloy housing, high quality EPDM rubber seals, alloy piston, guide pin and a threaded adjustment sleeve (where required) for universal applications. The CSC has two main mounting options depending on the application. It can be mounted to the transmission using a supplied spacer/adaptor plate which is specific for each vehicle application, or it can be fitted directly to the transmission and held in place using the supplied guide pin. For some applications, such as gearbox or engine conversions where height adjustability is critical, the CSC can be fitted with a threaded sleeve which can be turned in or out to setup the CSC height in relation to the clutch diaphragm.
For more information, visit www.australianclutch.com.au
Australian Clutch Services, Xtreme Clutch 230mm Sprung Twin Plate Organic for Subaru WRX STI
Xtreme Clutch 230mm Sprung Twin Plate Organic kits for Subaru WRX STI have been specially designed to provide a performance clutch solution for high horsepower street cars that require a high torque capacity clutch with reduced shock loading on the transmission. The new kit fits all six speed versions of the WRX STI, from the GD produced in the early 2000s all the way through to the current model. The new CSC has significantly reduced the amount of work involved with converting the vehicle to push type. The final solution offers exceptional performance with a recommended torque capacity of 1000 Nm and ease of driveability for high performance street applications. The kit also offers exceptionally easy fitment, and everything required in the one box to significantly transform the vehicle’s driveline and performance capacity. The final product is a kit that meets the requirements of performance tuners and enthusiasts.
For more information, visit www.australianclutch.com.au
Injectors Online/CoolDrive Auto Parts, XS Injectors
Performance tuners who tune modified engines know that it is a very precise business, with the smallest of margins potentially making a huge difference to the tuning outcome – especially when it comes to fuel delivery. XS Injectors were developed as a bespoke product to provide performance vehicle engine tuners with data that is exactly matched to each set of injectors, rather than generic flow rate data. Injectors Online says the time savings achieved by using XS Injectors provides substantial extra value to engine tuners. The precision testing of each XS Injectors set is said to be like nothing seen before in the industry. XS Injectors’ matched sets provide tolerances within one percent on fuel flow rate and two percent on injector dead times and each injector has over 6,500 flow points recorded to create a flow profile. It says the result is “the world’s most accurate performance fuel injector.”
For more information, visit www.xsinjectors.com.au