Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Dual Championship Winners Announced - Engine Builder Magazine

Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Dual Championship Winners Announced

The first half of the 2015 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Dual Championship is complete. Twenty-two teams competed in the Engine Challenge, held at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. These teams—comprised solely of high-school students—faced off against each other and the clock to complete performance engine rebuilds and, for the first time, also took a 50-question written exam to further test their knowledge.

Team ARP’s Peach County High School from Fort Valley, Georgia, came in at an average time of just 17:20 to take the SEMA Dual Championship’s top spot at the Engine Challenge Championship Finals.
Team ARP’s Peach County High School from Fort Valley, Georgia, came in at an average time of just 17:20 to take the SEMA Dual Championship’s top spot at the Engine Challenge Championship Finals.

The first half of the 2015 Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge Dual Championship is complete. Twenty-two teams competed in the Engine Challenge, held at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. These teams—comprised solely of high-school students—faced off against each other and the clock to complete performance engine rebuilds and, for the first time, also took a 50-question written exam to further test their knowledge. Team ARP’s Peach County High School from Fort Valley, Georgia, came in at an average time of just 17:20 to set the bar and take the SEMA Dual Championship’s top spot at the Engine Challenge Championship Finals.

In order to determine an overall Engine Challenge champion, the top four teams from the SEMA Show will compete against the top four teams from the second half of the Dual Championship, forming an “elite eight” showdown to be held at the PRI Show, December 10–12 in Indianapolis.

Three other teams completed rebuilds in less than 25 minutes and also qualify for the Engine Challenge Finals. Coming in second at the SEMA Dual Championship was Team Taylor from Belvidere North High School in Belvidere, Illinois. They completed their rebuilds in an average time of 22:37. Close behind them was Team K&N Engineering from Loara High School in Anaheim, California, posting an average time of 23:52. The final team to qualify for the Engine Challenge Finals was Team B&M from Franklin County Career and Technology Center in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, with an average time of 24:09.

Besides ranking first at the SEMA Show, Team ARP also set a new national record. They completed one of their rebuilds in just 16:11, beating the previous record of 16:22 held by Team Nitrous Express.

These teams are competing for more than just the title of 2015 Engine Challenge Champion. There are $3.8 million in scholarships on the line for these high-school students from a variety of career, technology and automotive colleges. The Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge fuels a lifelong automotive passion in high-school students, preparing them for careers in the field.

For the second year in a row, an all-female team made an appearance in the Dual Championship. It was the first time, however, an all-female team also had a female instructor. Team Edelbrock, also from Belvidere High School, coached by female instructor Jill Arata, made history as they finished 11th overall with an average time of 28:31.

“As always, we were very impressed with the teams’ performances at the SEMA Show,” stated Hot Rodders of Tomorrow President Jim Bingham. “They continue to amaze us with their dedication and hard work. We are honored to be a part of their journey in the automotive field. We can’t wait to see the final outcome of the 2015 Engine Challenge Championship.”

The second half of the Dual Championship will be held Thursday and Friday of the PRI Show, December 10–11. The elite-eight showdown will take place Saturday, December 12, beginning at 12:00 p.m.

For more information: Hot Rodders of Tomorrow website.

You May Also Like

Isky Racing Cams’ Ron Iskenderian Has Passed Away at 75

Ron Iskenderian, the son of industry icon Ed Iskendarian and the former vice president of Isky Racing Cams, has passed away at the age of 75. He was the eldest son of Ed and Alice Iskendarian.  “Ron passed away on January 28 from complications of a stroke. He will be sorely missed by all of

Ron Iskenderian, the son of industry icon Ed Iskendarian and the former vice president of Isky Racing Cams, has passed away at the age of 75. He was the eldest son of Ed and Alice Iskendarian. 

"Ron passed away on January 28 from complications of a stroke. He will be sorely missed by all of us," said a company release. 

MPMC Media Trade Conference to Relocate in 2025

The SEMA Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Media Trade Conference, the aftermarket’s premier conference for establishing connections between motorsports parts manufacturers and media professionals, is relocating from Los Angeles, California to Orlando, Florida in 2025.  Related Articles – Mobil 1 Celebrates 50th Anniversary – Lewis Hamilton to Leave Mercedes for Ferrari in F1 2025 Season

Mobil 1 Celebrates 50th Anniversary

In 2024, ExxonMobil will commemorate its 50-year history of the Mobil 1 brand with a series of initiatives across partnerships, motorsports, and virtual reality, each of which will highlight the brand’s legacy and what’s to come. Related Articles – Nasr Victorious at Rolex 24 for Penske, Porsche – Competitors Revealed for ’24 Pikes Peak Hill

Lewis Hamilton to Leave Mercedes for Ferrari in F1 2025 Season

Lewis Hamilton will join Ferrari next year and replace Carlos Sainz.

Formula 1 Rejects Andretti and Cadillac

Formula 1 earlier this week rejected Andretti Global’s long-held bid to join the series in the 2025 or 2026 season, also denying the team’s corporate partner General Motors. Related Articles – Engine Builder Hall of Fame Names Inaugural Class – 3 Engines for Sale – LS3 and Two Small Block Chevys – Holley Names Philip

Other Posts

ARP Special Chaser Taps

ARP has expanded its tap offerings to include some 22 different sizes.

ARP chaser taps
Degreeing the Camshaft and Checking Valve-to-Piston Clearance

Jeff McCord of LinCo Diesel Performance walks you through degreeing a camshaft and checking valve-to-piston clearance.

Designing a Better LS Engine

After a customer wanted a Steve Morris Engines’ SMX in an LS version, Steve saw the upside and potential in the market, and a challenge to build a better LS.