The innovation promises improved compression, more torque, and no piston rock.
It's almost time for SEMA 2022, and over the past few weeks, we've been getting sneak peeks at some of the builds that will be displayed there, many of which are totally wild. Sure, SEMA is embracing electric vehicles as much as possible as we enter a new age of mobility, but lovers of internal combustion engines are still coming out in full force with attention-grabbing body kits or totally custom creations like a pickup based on the current G82 BMW M4 Competition. But some are going even further, revolutionizing the combustion engine.
Transcend Energy Group will debut its latest product called the Thunder Rod, the first-ever two-piece connecting rod. What benefits does this have? Read on.
Transcend Energy Group says that the new secondary joint causes the piston to drop faster and farther at a 90-degree crank angle, increasing dynamic compression by 25-30%. The new con-rod also "creates more leverage to the crankshaft, increases torque, and eliminates piston rock."
The new innovation comes from inventor Jon Woodward, who designed this technology in an effort to maximize performance and efficiency in combustion engines.
"Combustion engines are due for an update and the future of electricity is further away than you think," says Woodward. "It is a dream come true after so many years of iterations to finally see the technology of the Thunder Rod come to life and make a powerful impact."
Transcend Energy Group says that it has performed multiple dyno tests and has a vehicle operating with the Thunder Rod. The company has naturally patented its new connecting rod and says that it will have no sticking points or cause any sort of hammer effect, making it suitable for racing cars, everyday cars and trucks, and OEMs. The technology will be showcased at booth #10219 with a cross-section of an engine on display, showing the Thunder Rod on one side and a standard rod on the other. The company will demonstrate live how the innovation improves performance and is hoping to compete for the awards of Engineered New Product, Performance-Racing Product, Off-Road/4-Wheel-Drive Product, and Van/Pickup/Sport-Utility Product.
Hopefully, we'll see this invention in action on the drag strip or at the circuit in something like a Mustang very soon. As a reminder, SEMA takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 1-4 November 2022.