Monday, September 29, 2014

What We're Known For: BTE Racing Torque Converters

During the course of the next several weeks, we are going to highlight some of our most popular products. We'll show you how they're made, why they stand out and feature some of our favorite racers using these products every weekend in their cars.

We recently gave away a torque converter to Derek Lewis, winner of our first social media Wheel Stand Tournament. There's a reason we chose this BTE product: It's one of our best and most popular items, and most importantly, it really does help people win races. Just ask Jamie Hancock, among others.

What is it and how does it work?
A torque converter multiplies torque and acts as a fluid coupler. It is a complex assembly of stamped, machined and welded steel. (A great beginners guide to the operation can be found here.) In racing and high performance, we rely on the foundations set by the automotive manufacturers. Every race torque converter today and since the beginning has been based on a torque converter originally developed by General Motors, Ford, Toyota, and others.

After more than 50 years of the torque converter and the thousands of different models available for foundations, there are two secrets we apply to the high performance version we produce today:
  1. Understanding how to upgrade these OEM designs in ways that improve their strength, reliability, and performance qualities.
  2. Having a library of history and experience applying these designs to the huge variety of engines, cars, trucks, boats, and other racing vehicles

This week, we will dig a little deeper into these two secrets and what happens when they come together in unison - fast, consistent, and winning race cars. 

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