ACT News

  • Advanced Clutch Technology Changes Limited Retail Warranty

    LANCASTER, CALIF. (December 19, 2013) — Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) is pleased to announce changes to our Limited Retail Warranty. Beginning in January 2014, ACT’s Limited Retail Warranty will cover products for a period of one year from the date of purchase — a move that is unparalleled in the performance clutch aftermarket.

    “Since we already go beyond what is promised in our current warranty for customers, we decided to make it official,” Dirk Starksen, ACT President, said. “This represents ACT’s continued commitment to quality products, exceptional value and customer service.”

    Visit www.advancedclutch.com/faq to view the official warranty information.

  • ACT Releases Heavy Duty Performance Clutch Kits for the 2010-2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8L V6

    LANCASTER, CALIF., Nov. 19, 2013 — Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) has released Heavy Duty clutch kits for the 2010-2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8L V6.HY4-HDSS

    ACT’s new clutch kits for the 3.8L V6 Genesis Coupe include a Heavy Duty pressure plate, a choice of street or race disc and an alignment tool. The Heavy Duty pressure plate has a precision-stamped cover and the diaphragm undergoes an exclusive four-stage, heat-treating process.

    The ACT Street clutch kits include a Heavy Duty pressure plate, a performance organic street disc and an alignment tool. The disc features premium organic friction materials to withstand increased heat and abuse, steel-backed linings for high-burst strength and modifications engineered for quicker shifting. The premium organic street disc is spring-centered to properly damp torsional vibrations for quieter operation. The ACT Street clutch kits meet SFI Spec 1.1 and have increased torque capacity up to 404 ft.-lbs.

    The ACT Race clutch kits feature the Heavy Duty pressure plate with a cerametallic Xtreme Race disc, which is available in 6-pad spring-centered and rigid-hub designs. These discs are very durable, while allowing for quick shifting. The Xtreme Race discs are for high-powered engines and recommended for track use only. The ACT Race clutch kits meet SFI Spec 1.1 and will hold 518 ft.-lbs. of torque.

    To view a PDF of the press release and specifications sheet, please click here.

  • ACT Releases Xtreme Clutch Kits Including a Streetlite Flywheel for the 2013 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S and Toyota 86

    LANCASTER, CALIF., Nov. 19, 2013 — Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) has released Xtreme clutch kits for the 2013 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S and Toyota 86 2.0L H4.SB7-XTSS

    ACT’s new clutch kits for these applications include an Xtreme pressure plate, a choice of a street or race disc, a release bearing, a pilot bearing, an alignment tool and an XACT Streetlite flywheel.

    The ACT Street clutch kits feature an Xtreme pressure plate with a performance organic street disc. The disc features premium organic friction materials to withstand increased heat and abuse, steel-backed linings for high-burst strength and modifications engineered for quicker shifting. The premium organic street disc is spring-centered to properly damp torsional vibrations for quieter operation. The ACT Street clutch kits meet SFI Spec 1.1 and have increased torque capacity up to 347 ft.-lbs.

    The ACT Race clutch kits feature the Xtreme pressure plate paired with a cerametallic Xtreme Race disc, which is available in 6- and 4-pad spring-centered and rigid-hub designs. These discs are very durable, while allowing for quick shifting. The Xtreme Race discs are for high-powered engines and recommended for track use only. The ACT Race clutch kits meet SFI Spec 1.1 and will hold 444 ft.-lbs. of torque.

    The XACT Streetlite flywheel is a one-piece, forged Chrome-moly steel flywheel. It is CNC-machined, features induction-hardened, integral ring gear for increased durability and can be resurfaced. The XACT Streetlite flywheel is recommended for street or drag racing and weighs 11.8 lbs.

    To view a PDF of the press release and specifications sheet, please click here.

  • ACT Releases Xtreme Clutch Kits Including a Prolite Flywheel for the 2013 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S and Toyota 86

    LANCASTER, CALIF., Nov. 19, 2013 — Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) has released Xtreme clutch kits for the 2013 Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S and Toyota 86 2.0L H4.SB8-XTSS

    ACT’s new clutch kits for these applications include an Xtreme pressure plate, a choice of a street or race disc, a release bearing, a pilot bearing, an alignment tool and an XACT Prolite flywheel.

    The ACT Street clutch kits feature an Xtreme pressure plate with a performance organic street disc. The disc features premium organic friction materials to withstand increased heat and abuse, steel-backed linings for high-burst strength and modifications engineered for quicker shifting. The premium organic street disc is spring-centered to properly damp torsional vibrations for quieter operation. The ACT Street clutch kits meet SFI Spec 1.1 and have increased torque capacity up to 347 ft.-lbs.

    The ACT Race clutch kits feature the Xtreme pressure plate paired with a cerametallic Xtreme Race disc, which is available in 6- and 4-pad spring-centered and rigid-hub designs. These discs are very durable, while allowing for quick shifting. The Xtreme Race discs are for high-powered engines and recommended for track use only. The ACT Race clutch kits meet SFI Spec 1.1 and will hold 444 ft.-lbs. of torque.

    The XACT Prolite flywheel is a one-piece, forged Chrome-moly steel flywheel. It is CNC-machined, features induction-hardened, integral ring gear for increased durability and can be resurfaced. The XACT Prolite flywheel weighs 10.5 lbs. and is recommended for road and rally racing.

    To view a PDF of the press release and specifications sheet, please click here.

  • ACT Releases SFI-Approved Heavy Duty Performance Clutch Kits for the Audi B7 RS4 and S4

    LANCASTER, CALIF., — Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) has released Heavy Duty clutch kits for the 2007-2008 Audi B7 RS4 and 2005.5-2008 S4 4.2L V8.AA2-HDSD

    ACT’s new clutch kits for the B7 RS4 and S4 include a Heavy Duty pressure plate, a choice of disc type, a release bearing and an alignment tool. The Heavy Duty clutch kits provide a 41-80 percent increase in torque over the stock unit.

    The ACT Street clutch kits combine the Heavy Duty pressure plate with a performance organic street disc or a rigid-hub street disc. These discs feature premium organic friction materials able to withstand increased heat and abuse, steel-backed linings for high-burst strength and modifications engineered for quicker shifting. The ACT Street clutch kits provide a moderate and consistent pedal feel, smooth engagement and significantly improved durability. These kits meet SFI Spec 1.1 and have an increased torque capacity up to 510 ft.-lbs.

    The ACT Race clutch kits combine the Heavy Duty pressure plate with a cerametallic Xtreme Race disc, which is available in 6-pad spring-centered or rigid-hub designs. These discs are very durable while allowing for quick shifting. The Xtreme Race discs are for high-powered engines and recommended for track use only. The ACT Race clutch kits meet SFI Spec 1.1 and will hold 650 ft.-lbs. of torque.

    To view the full press release and specifications, click here.

  • ACT Releases Twin-Disc Clutch Kits for the 2008-2012 Dodge Challenger

    LANCASTER, CALIF. — Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) is pleased to introduce its new twin-disc clutch kits for the 2008-2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 6.1L/6.4L V8 and 2009-2012 Dodge Challenger R/T 5.7L V8. T1S-D03_A

    ACT twin-disc clutch kits offer a wide range of street-friendly to race-ready kits for these applications, with torque capacities ranging from 875-1470 ft.-lbs. These kits include two discs, resulting in nearly twice the disc surface area compared to a conventional clutch design. The street disc option is a premium organic, spring-centered disc, and the race option is a 6-pad, rigid-hub disc. The twin-disc kits include ACT’s proprietary positive lift floater system, which compensates for disc wear.

    The street and race options offer a choice of three different clamp load designs to give unparalleled performance and moderate pedal effort. The twin-disc kits include a CNC-machined and dynamically balanced flywheel to ensure smooth, trouble-free installation and operation. These kits offer a 10 percent reduction in weight compared to the original equipment kit.

    To view the full press release and specifications, click here.

  • ACT Releases SFI-Approved Streetlite Flywheels for the Hyundai Genesis Coupe

    LANCASTER, CALIF., SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 — Advanced Clutch Technology (ACT) is pleased to announce our new Streetlite flywheel, the 600665, for the 2010-2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0L T.600665_sm

    The Streetlite is a lightweight, single-mass upgrade from the dual-mass OE flywheel for these applications. It is designed for performance and affordability, without compromising a smooth idle. The one-piece, forged Chrome-moly steel flywheel is CNC-machined and features an induction-hardened, integral ring gear for increased durability. ACT flywheels are engineered for strength and allow cost-effective resurfacing.

    Driver and spectator safety are a top priority at ACT. Each ACT flywheel is certified to meet SFI Specification 1.1 standards, making them legal for competition where SFI 1.1 certification is required or recommended. XACT flywheels come complete with an official SFI sticker and serial number, as required for certification.

    The 600665 XACT Streetlite flywheel weighs 18.75 pounds, which is 37.9 percent lighter than the stock flywheel, resulting in quicker engine response and acceleration.

    To view a downloadable version of this release and a specifications sheet, please click here.

  • ACT drivers fight it out in the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl

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    Last month, thousands flocked to Joliet, Ill., for the Eighth Annual Nitto Tire NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing. This event combines the NMRA and NMCA sanctions in a match up, where each sanction functions as a team of drivers and tries to beat out the other team on a points scale. This year, NMRA won for the sixth year, with ACT drivers leading the way in a few classes.

    Among the NMRA Factory Stock drivers running ACT products, Matt Amrine made his way to the semi-finals, with a 10.82-second run at 123 miles per hour. ACT-sponsored, Factory Stock driver John Leslie Jr. (JLJ) beat him out in the semi-finals at the Super Bowl, but Amrine currently holds the points lead in the class. JLJ continued on to the Factory Stock final against Matthew Williams and won — racking up points for the NMRA team.

    The final match for the NMCA Mean Street class wasn’t any less ACT. Both drivers up for the final ran ACT products. Brian Campbell and ACT-sponsored driver, Brandon Alsept, gave each other a fight for the win, but Campbell ended up taking the win to move onto the NMRA vs. NMCA round.

    The final between NMRA Factory Stock winner JLJ and NMCA Mean Street winner Brian Campbell was intense. Even though Campbell won the final, the NMRA team had the points lead and took the event — giving JLJ his second Super Bowl ring.

    It runs in the family for John Leslie, Jr.

    Being on the winning team gave JLJ a good jump in points and put the John Leslie Jr. Racing team back in the mix for the 2013 NMRA championship. According to JLJ, he arrived with an agenda to win and continues to put that agenda on the table for the next event. While driving his car to the races with tools in the truck and a back seat packed full of tires isn’t how he plays the game anymore, he’s still as determined as day one.

    JLJ-vs-SL John Leslie Jr. goes up against his sister, Sondra Leslie at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl in Joliet, Ill., in July 2013.

    “We’re gunning for it and are going to do what we can to get this car to top notch and get it ready for Bowling Green,” he said.

    He said that winning the event in Joliet was a “do-or-die” scenario for JLJ Racing. During competition, he pushed hard to get the wins and the points, and it paid off. With a little more than two months left until the NMRA World Finals in Bowling Green, Ky., JLJ Racing has a chance for the championship win. The team is working to get the car dialed in for what could be JLJ’s first season win.

    JLJ began his racing career just over a decade ago and put the Leslie family on the street legal drag racing map. He grew up with Mustangs around all the time and worked on them with his father, he said in an interview with ACT. When his father put his favorite Mustang up for sale, JLJ bought it and started his racing career.

    He said he flipped through an NMRA class book with a friend one day, to find out what class he wanted to run and settled on Factory Stock. For a time, he drove his car to the events, with tires in the back seat, and a tool box, two jack stands, a cooler and a sleeping back in the trunk of the car. It wasn’t until his parents spotted him at an event, that he looked into purchasing a trailer and making his racing official.

    Today, his father, John Leslie, and younger sister, Sondra Leslie race in the NMRA Factory Stock class and his older sister is married to John Urist. He often runs against his family and well, one could say that drag racing runs in their blood.

    For more information about the NMRA or NMCA, go to www.nmradigital.com or www.nmcadigital.com.

  • Forsberg and Aasbo earn podium finishes at Round 5 of the Formula Drift Pro Championship

    From left, Michael Essa, Chris Forsberg and Fredric Aasbo celebrate their podium finishes from Rd. 5 of the 2013 Formula Drift Pro Championship.

    July 26, 2013 LANCASTER, CALIF., — ACT-sponsored Formula Drift drivers, Chris Forsberg and Fredric Aasbo, earned first and third place podium finishes last weekend, at Round 5 of the Formula Drift Pro Championship. The event was sold out and the crowds were excited to watch drivers compete for the win and earn points around the track at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash.

    Forsberg started the competition on Saturday, qualified in the 11th position, in his NOS Energy Drink Nissan 370Z on Hankook Tires and was paired up against Miro Ovcharik. Aasbo came in second during qualifying, in his Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC, and was paired up against Jhonnattan Castro. Both ACT-sponsored drivers slid their way to the Final 4, where they were paired up to fight for the championship runs.

    Chris Forsberg, of Chris Forsberg Racing, leads a run against Robbie Nishida at Rd. 5 of the 2013 Formula Drift Pro Series.

    "Chris is one of the most experienced drivers in the series and this year, I know him and his team worked extremely hard to improve their package even further,” Aasbo said, “I knew we were in for an extremely tough battle, but unfortunately it didn’t last too long. As I was leading and coming through the power alley, my left rear hub broke and took the axle with it, and I lost all drive mid-turn.”

    The Papadakis Racing crew was unable to fix the car in time for the second run, but was able to have it ready for the consolation round against Aurimas “Odi” Bakchis. Aasbo took the win, landing him in third for the round.

    “We made a big jump in championship points and we are currently only 33 points away from the lead,” Aasbo said.

    Papadakis Racing driver Fredric Aasbo creates a lot of smoke on a run during Rd. 5 of the 2013 Formula Drift Pro Series.

    Round 5 gave several drivers a chance to move in standings when the points’ leader, Daigo Saito took himself out in the Top 32. “It brought the championship points race back into view,” Forsberg said.

    After Round 5, Forsberg currently sits on top of the championship standings, one and a half points ahead of Michael Essa.

    In a press release sent out by Formula Drift, Forsberg gave credit to the Chris Forsberg Racing crew for working hard to get his car dialed in and giving him a perfect running car for the competition. “It is a testament from last year’s season, to this year, just how much you can improve with a hard-working crew and the support of great sponsors.”

    Formula Drift’s Round 6 is at a new location this year — Texas Motor Speedway in Dallas Fort Worth, Texas, Sept. 13-14. “With this being a new track layout for Formula Drift it'll be anyone's game,” Aasbo said, “We have performed well at new courses in the past and I am really excited to roll into legendary Texas Motor Speedway with the Formula Drift circus. I have a feeling this will be one for the books!”

    “Dallas is a new venue, so there’s no advantage to veteran drivers and teams,” Forsberg added, “The teams that learn to adapt the quickest, will end up on the podium.”

    ACT has sponsored Papadakis Racing for several years in drag racing and now with drifting competition. ACT has also sponsored Chris Forsberg Racing for the last two years. Both Forsberg and Aasbo run custom, multi-disc clutch kits that ACT’s Research and Development (R&D) team have built and refined for their specific car setups. Learn more about kits for your applications, here: www.advancedclutch.com/clutch-kits.

    Stay tuned in at www.FormulaD.com for information about the next rounds in the 2013 Formula Drift series, or to watch live coverage of the series.

  • ACT-sponsored driver Fredric Aasbo continues championship fight in New Jersey

    fdnj3-2079 Fredric Aasbo leads this tandem run at Round 4 of Formula DRIFT in Wall, N.J.


    By Papadakis Racing

    WALL, NJ June 23, 2013 – Hankook Tire Scion Racing driver Fredric Aasbo is once again the talk of Formula Drift after bringing the eventual contest winner to a thrilling one-more-time battle that had fans on their feet at a sold-out Wall Speedway.

    “We did a great job this weekend and our battle against Daigo Saito was drifting at its best,” said Aasbo. “The fans told me they would have been happy to see everybody else go home and the two of us battle it out over and over.”

    After putting in a strong first qualifying run that earned him the third spot on the elimination ladder, Aasbo took down 2011 Formula Drift champion Dai Yoshihara in a challenging first-round battle, then swept past Matt Field before reaching current championship leader Saito.

    Their initial head-to-head battle was too close to call for the panel of three judges, who asked for a rematch. The one-more-time fight saw an incredible show of smoke and car control but ultimately the decision went to Saito. Aasbo was the closest challenger to Saito, who was undefeated at Wall Speedway this weekend.

    “When it takes a one-more-time battle to get ahead of the guy who wins the whole weekend, you know you’re doing something right,” said Stephan Papadakis, team owner. “Fredric is a top level driver.”

    The course was newly configured this year at Wall, adding more challenge to the notoriously difficult championship stop.

    The Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC produces more than 800 horsepower from its BorgWarner EFR boosted inline-four cylinder engine, with nitrous. The Papadakis Racing squad has proven time and again this season that their formula is competitive, making Aasbo and the Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC one of the teams to beat.

    Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motorsport with an emphasis on car control skill. Drivers compete in knockout heats on a closed course, sliding sideways in trials judged on speed and style. With origins in Japan, it is the fastest growing form of motorsport in the world.

    Aasbo remains in the top-10 of the Formula Drift rankings, and is within striking distance of the title as the championship season heads into its second half. Formula Drift continues to Round 5: Throwdown at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., on July 19 – 20, 2013.

    fdnj2-30ABOUT FREDRIC AASBO
    Fredric Aasbo returns to Formula Drift for his third full season of U.S. competition on the Papadakis Racing squad in 2013. The Norwegian driver, voted “Fan Favorite of the Year” after a successful 2012 Formula Drift season, is a two-time Nordic Drifting champion (2007, 2008) and 2010 Formula Drift Rookie of the Year. He ran select Formula Drift events in 2009 and 2010 and made his U.S. debut at a global drifting invitational in 2008. He has rapidly progressed through the drifting ranks around the world and has established himself as both a fan favorite and proven championship contender.

    Originally from Ski, Norway, Aasbo splits his time between his native country and Redondo Beach, California. He campaigns a full international season, with a commitment to the 2013 Formula Drift schedule as well as select events worldwide in Europe and China.

    ABOUT PAPADAKIS RACING
    Team owner Stephan Papadakis is a legend of sport-compact racing who began building his reputation in the 1990s with the first front-wheel-drive, tube-chassis drag car in the U.S.

    The team earned multiple records and championships in the discipline, turning in elapsed times and trap speeds previously thought unattainable in front-drive drag cars. Papadakis' successes in front-wheel drive were matched by his efforts in rear-wheel drive when he campaigned a Civic that became only the fifth car to join the Nora's Sport Compact 200 MPH club.

    Aasbo is the newest member of Papadakis Racing, who signed the Norwegian driver when Tanner Foust announced his retirement from the sport after the 2010 season. The team began drifting in 2005 and has shown impressive results in seven years of Formula Drift competition, earning two championship titles (2007, 2008). The team finished in the runner-up position in the 2010 championship. The Hankook Tire Scion Racing tC is the team's latest competition build.