Carrillo Celebrates 50 Years in Business

Apr 23, 2013

CP-Carrillo, a high-performance connecting rod manufacturer based in Irvine, Calif., is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2013.

Fred Carrillo established the company in 1963 as Warren Industries with a vision to design, manufacture and test high-performance connecting rods.

During the 1960s, Carrillo pioneered the development of traditional H-beam design for demanding race engines applications.

His involvement with Dan Gurney and Jack Brabham helped propel his connecting rod business after winning the Formula 1 World Championship in 1966, according to a CP-Carrillo press release.

Carrillo sold his interest in the company in 2001.

CP Pistons, a member of Pankl Racing Systems, acquired Carrillo in 2008.

The Carrillo headquarters and manufacturing plant was moved from San Clemente, Calif. to its current location in Irvine in 2009 and was incorporated into CP-Carrillo LLC.

Today, CP-Carrillo remains a subsidiary of Pankl Racing Systems with Barry Calvert serving as CEO/president.

Continuing Fred Carrillo’s legacy, the company continues to specialize in “the innovative design and production of both high-performance connecting rods and pistons for the high-end racing industry,” the release noted.