Video: How To Tune A Converter For Drag Racing With Neal Chance

Any time you have an opportunity to learn a little something from the best, it’s wise to listen and soak it all in.

Neal Chance Racing Converters ranks among drag racing’s leading torque converter manufacturers, with decades of experience in manufacturing and on-track research and development, and they have the records, the race wins, and championships to go along with it. While the company’s point-man, Marty Chance, is traditionally tight-lipped about the true tricks of the trade that go into making his converters perform the way they do, he’s outlined some of the basics of not only tuning a torque converter, but how to marry the proper converter to your application and analyze the data set it up for the conditions.

Of course, if you don’t have the correct converter for your vehicle, then nothing you do from that point forward is going to net the results you want, and Chance notes the variables they take into account at this stage: the detailed engine and power adder information, tire size, chassis type, and so on.

With a converter then custom-tailored to your combination, it’s a matter of acquiring good data — and not falling into the trap of misconceptions in reading that data, as Chance shares. The proper approach, as he outlines, is tuning the car and the converter for the front half of the run, versus working in reverse from the finish line to the launch.

Armed with the right converter and the data to use it properly, you can then gain a better understanding of how to tune it to meet your end performance goals — largely through the use of the stators, of which Neal Chance produces many, for fine-tuning to the nth degree.

Check out the full clip as Marty walks you through the fine art of tuning a converter for drag racing, and be sure to visit their website to read about their products and the racers that use them at racingconverters.com

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Andrew has been involved in motorsports from a very young age. Over the years, he has photographed several major auto racing events, sports, news journalism, portraiture, and everything in between. After working with the Power Automedia staff for some time on a freelance basis, Andrew joined the team in 2010.
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