The concept of using a motorcycle engine to power a small race car or sidecar outfit is well established and very effective – bike engines are small, light and very powerful, giving excellent straight line acceleration and cornering potential. There are however, some fundamental differences between the bike and car/sidecar applications which can lead to oil surge and potentially engine failures.
The solution to this is West Performance’s dry sump kits which include every part required to convert your engine. Currently available for the Suzuki GSXR1000, GSXR 600/750 and BMW Twins, with the Yamaha R1, Hayabusa and Honda CBR600 following soon.
No machining is needed and fitting takes only a few minutes. The sump pan is a lightweight alloy casting which once fitted, looks like it was designed by the original engine maker, and the twin stage scavenge pump is specially designed for the kit. The pump is protected from any debris by gauze strainers covering the oil pickups.
Dyno testing on a race prepared GSXR1000 has shown a 10bhp gain over a wet sump – this of course measured with the engine static – the gains will be much greater when cornering.
West Performance also supply a high quality range of oil absorbant materials.