THE DESIGN PROCESS
Here at Edelbrock, our R&D team is not only top-notch, but they’re also automotive enthusiasts. Why is being an enthusiast so important? Because an enthusiast does more than work in the automotive aftermarket, they live it — and it’s at that point where understanding the inner workings of an engine, EFI system, or suspension components becomes second nature. They are constantly thinking of new and innovative ways of making power. To aid them in bringing their passion to life, they have access to the most up-to-date tools, and can take a component from an idea to a finished product in a shorter period of time.
Beginning with Pro/Engineer®, this sophisticated design program utilizes 3D imagery to produce an exact rendering that can be made into a working composite model using a rapid prototyping process known as Stereolithography. The sample is so accurate that it can be tested as if it were the finished product using tools like our SuperFlow SF 1020 Flowbench. It can then be modified for optimum performance before it even makes production, saving countless man-hours. The R&D process improves the product while it’s being developed, and is a true testament of the commitment to performance that goes into all of our products. Whether they’re manifolds, fuel injection systems, cylinder heads, nitrous systems, carburetors, exhaust systems or IAS shocks, you can rest assured that the final product was directly influenced by the passion for performance that is an integral part of our Research and Development team.
TESTING DELIVERS PROVEN PERFORMANCE
When you design and sell the best-engineered performance products in the world, you have to have a rigorous testing program. Why? Without adequate testing, there’s no way to stand behind your product with confidence. That’s why every product we design and sell at Edelbrock is tested and approved by Edelbrock engineers in a real world environment on state-of-the-art equipment. Our three Super Flow computerized engine dynos are capable of measuring 11 separate engine variables up to speeds of 12,000 rpm. For 2007, we added a new Super Flow SF902 engine dyno. It’s fully automated and programmable to simulate various driving situations, and is equipped with WinDyn™ software for the very latest in testing equipment. For real-world tuning, there’s our Super Flow model SF-840 eddy-current chassis dyno that can handle up to 1,000 hp at the wheels and speeds of 200 mph. When all testing is completed, the results evaluated, and the part has passed all performance criteria, then, and only then, is the product deemed ready for production. These precise testing procedures are applied to the entire Edelbrock line for performance that’s guaranteed.
TRACK TESTED... STREET SMART
Edelbrock test vehicles are driven by Edelbrock engineers and employees to get a “real world” feeling for the performance improvements. Our products are also tested and used by professional race car teams and drivers. Working with these talented individuals is just another extension of our research and development process so when we say “proven performance” we really mean it!
Top racing teams in all forms of motorsports rely on Edelbrock to produce parts that they can count on to win races and championships. Further underscoring our commitment to the racing community, Edelbrock is the only aftermarket intake manifold manufacturer licensed by NASCAR.
Edelbrock Intake Manifolds - Exclusive NASCAR Performance Products
WE CONTINUE OUR RESEARCH BY LISTENING TO OUR CUSTOMERS...
The research and development never really stops at Edelbrock, because we continue our testing by listening to our customers. Three Edelbrock product display trailers travel across the country visiting hundreds of events throughout the year. Staffed by Edelbrock employees and our outside sales reps, these events give us invaluable feedback that helps us keep our products “on the cutting edge” of technology.
Edelbrock's sand cast aluminum parts take shape in one of the most modern high-tech green sand aluminum foundries in the Western United States. The Edelbrock Foundry in San Jacinto, California, is a place that prides itself on quality and efficiency. The 117,000- sq/ft. complex is capable of producing over 3,000 castings a day and many of the processes have been automated. The computer-controlled pouring stations ensure that the molten metal is at the correct temperature and that the right amount of aluminum is used to ensure outstanding consistency and quality. Other equipment includes three automated molding lines, 21 core machines, including a new state-of-the-art cold set core machine, and a self-contained sand handling system that is capable of processing 100 tons of sand per hour. In 2007 we will be adding a new Permanent Mold and Heat Treat facility next to our existing sand cast foundry, an over 8 million dollar commitment to “Made in USA” products and performance.
PATTERN SHOP... IN-HOUSE ART FORMS
In today’s computer age, most of our manufacturing processes revolve solely around computer technology. However, when it comes to making patterns, we combine the old with the new. Back in the ’50s, Harvey Hartman used to carve them himself out of wood. Today, Harvey’s artful talents have been passed down to the next generation through his sons, Mark and Randy Hartman. They blend their wood working skills with the latest techniques in stereolithography to create patterns of the highest precision. Through this use of technology, they carry on the tradition of superior quality through highly accurate pattern making using wood and epoxy resin materials.
PRECISION MACHINING AND QUALITY CONTROL
Edelbrock uses the finest equipment for machining and quality control. With over 55 CNC machines and hundreds of dedicated men and women, the Edelbrock facilities have earned the world recognized ISO 9001 certifications for quality. Edelbrock manufactures more types of performance products than any other company and our employees ensure that they are the finest. All of Edelbrock’s aluminum products, which include cylinder heads, water pumps, manifolds and throttle bodies, are machined by modern multi-axis machining centers, like our cylinder head machining cell that uses three Makino A88 4-Axis machines which are all joined by an automated pallet loader. This remarkable cell is capable of machining a cylinder head from start to finish and has been a boon for production as well as quality. Our Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) in the Edelbrock Quality Control department check all machined products. Edelbrock exhaust products are fabricated from high quality pieces that are bent, cut and welded using the latest precision equipment. World class Edelbrock IAS shocks are manufactured to the highest standards using custom-built machines. Assembly takes place in a temperature-controlled clean room to maintain the highest standards of quality. We are continually reviewing and updating the equipment in our manufacturing facilities to ensure that we remain state-of-the-art. These goals have served our customers well for over 68 years and will continue into the future.
DISTRIBUTION CENTER... QUICK AND EFFICIENT
Our Distribution Center covers 65,000 square feet in Torrance, California. A “real-time” inventory system downloads all orders to hand-held scanners for fast and efficient shipping of orders. With a ceiling of 35 feet, there’s enough room for 6 levels of pallet racking. Vic’s Garage is located in the front 10,000 square feet and is home for the Edelbrock collection of street rods, street machines, race cars and memorabilia from over 68 years in the automotive industry.