2013 Engine Masters Challege Rules Released

Date Published: December 6, 2012

The 2013 Engine Masters Challenge rules were released last week at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show. After reading the rules, there are some major rule changes that put the package the UNC Charlotte team took to competition in 2012 at a major disadvantage. The team is still looking at all their options, but at first glance it appears they will not be able to compete competitively this coming year. Check back for future updates.

Look for the January edition of Popular Hot Rodding Magazine to a break down of the 2012 Engine Masters Challenge and see the UNC Charlotte team, specs on the engine, and dyno sheets.

Good Showing

Date Published: October 9, 2012

Well the UNC Charlotte Engine Masters Challenge team finished 7th overall, out of 25 accepted teams in their division. Being the team’s first year to compete, they did very well and got alot of respect for how prepared they were and how well everything went. The team saw some easy things they can improve upon, they will wait and see if next year’s rules will allow them to compete again with a similar engine package. The rules will be released the last week of November at this year’s Performance Racing Industry show in Orlando, Fl. UNC Charlotte will be at this show with their NASCAR Cup car, and Engine Masters Challenge engine. Stop by their booth and check out what else is going on in the Motorsports Engineering program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

See pictures of the UNC Charlotte team at the competition here.

Bumped – Day 3

Date Published: October 3, 2012

Well after day 4, UNC Charlotte has been bumped into 5th position. Although the team’s position could be better if they had known about the “tricks” to cooling the room air, as a first year team they have earned a lot of respect. The team is holding their heads high, as they have competed against the best engine builders in the country and have done well.

Still hanging in there – Day 2

Date Published: October 2, 2012

Well after day 2, UNC Charlotte still holds 2nd place in the competition. But with 2 more days to go, and some former Engine Masters Challenge winners coming up, it will be interesting to see what happens. Tonight is bowling for all the competitors, however a Canadian found out US bowling balls have 3 holes in them, learn something new every day!

Ok – Day 1

Date Published: October 1, 2012

Well the UNC Charlotte entry for the Street class at this year’s (2012) Engine Masters Challenge has ran and posted its score of 2292.9. At the end of the day, this was good for second place in the class, only being beat by 5.3 points. This was a little disappointing to the team because the engine can easily make 100 more points, but because this was their first time at the competition, they did not know about the “tricks” to cool the air temperature in the dyno cell before making their pulls. If this score holds up and keeps them in the top 3, the team know how to cool the room air and gain 100 more points. 

Being the first time this team has ever competed, it is already a success. If you plan on being at the PRI show, stop by the UNC Charlotte booth to see this engine.

Check out the Engine Masters Challenge webpage for more info and pictures on the event.

Heading to Ohio

Date Published: September 29, 2012

The team has everything packed up and is headed to Ohio in the morning. It’s been a long past couple of weeks, and they have worked very hard, and even pulled a few all nighters! But these were to just make the engine better. The competition starts Monday morning.

Making Changes

Date Published: September 14, 2012

Well we have our first baseline. Now we are making changes to try and improve our power and torque numbers. Thanks to our good friends at ACCEL, we have got our fuel injection tuning software working in tip-top shape.

Making Changes

Date Published: September 14, 2012

Well we have our first baseline. Now we are making changes to try and improve our power and torque numbers. Thanks to our good friends at ACCEL, we have got our fuel injection tuning software working in tip-top shape.

It’s Alive

Date Published: September 9, 2012

The UNC Charlotte Engine Masters Challenge entry roared to life today. We are still finalizing a few things, so we haven’t started tuning yet, or been able to make any dyno pulls. But so far so good.


Date Published: September 7, 2012

Pretty much finished welding the headers up last night. They look pretty good, but trying to fit these in a car would be a real nightmare.

Ready for the pan

Date Published: September 5, 2012

We have the rotating assembly together and ready to put the oil pan on. The heads are also on, just waiting for some 1/4-28 fine thread rod.

Starting Build

Date Published: August 28, 2012

We have all the piece in house, and are now starting assembly. Headers are coming together nicely, and should be done by next week. Pretty soon, we’ll be able to fire the engine.

Second Street Competitor

Date Published: August 15, 2012

The run schedule for the competition has been released, and UNC Charlotte will be the second Street competitor to run of the competition, October 1, about 9:30 in the morning! See the full schedule here.

UNC Charlotte Accepted

Date Published: March 28, 2012

UNC Charlotte accepted into 2012 Engine Masters Challenge in the Street division. See all the participants here.