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Innovation On Display During Annual AETC At PRI 2017
December 6, 2017
Industry experts shared with attendees technological breakthroughs and state-of-the-art advances in motorsports technology during the two-day conference co-locating with the PRI Trade Show.
Innovation On Display During Annual AETC At PRI 2017

"We are good stewards of what's out there. We're making things better," said engine builder Jon Kaase as he addressed a packed room of engine builders, designers, engineers, manufacturers, business owners and racers Tuesday during day one of the Advanced Engineering Technology Conference (AETC) at the 2017 PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis.

"We were born too late to invent cool things," Kaase continued. "Most of the stuff we work on was invented a long time ago, so we're working on and improving what's out there."

Kaase, who shared some of the projects his company, Jon Kaase Racing Engines, is currently working on, was part of a two-day speaker lineup that included three-time NASCAR Cup Champion Crew Chief Ray Evernham, Automotive Specialists' Keith Dorton, VP Racing Fuels Senior Technical Director Freddie Turza, EngSim Principal Engineer Dan Agnew, Comp Performance Group's Billy Godbold, and Wiseco's Dave Fussner, among others. The industry experts shared with attendees technological breakthroughs and state-of-the-art advances in motorsports technology.

"I didn't realize how much some of the parts are moving around internally," said attendee Scott Handler of Handler Enterprises. "I was able to visualize how much parts are bending. To see some of the slow-motion stuff that Billy [Godbold] showed and how much things are deflecting, I didn't realize it was moving that much."

Attendee Tim Willming of Motor State Distributing was just as impressed with Fussner's presentation, which touched on topics such as forged aluminum piston material, forging processes and associated technology, billet racing pistons, and effective surface engineering technologies to enhance the performance of racing pistons.

"The armo coating that he's using is interesting," said Willming. "We distribute to engine builders, so I attend AETC to learn about the cutting-edge ideas these guys are on. We'll take this information and put it into our system, and hopefully people around us will find a good use for it."

This year's AETC also offered attendees an opportunity to exchange cutting-edge ideas and information on the latest in performance engine technology, as well as a chance to spend one-on-one time with colleagues and expert presenters.

"I've attended every AETC since 2002, and I learn something every time, including during lunch," added Handler. "Technology changes so much in our field, so it's a good way to keep up with it. Some of the speakers have forgotten more than I'll ever know."