The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) has selected Holley EFI systems to power the new ARCA Ilmor 396 engine recently introduced for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards for the 2015 stock car racing season.
ARCA introduced the new engine Aug. 1 as an option for teams in an effort to address the challenges of rising costs in the series, according to a press release.
The series partnered with renowned IndyCar engine builder, Ilmor Engineering to develop and assemble the engines. Ilmor and ARCA then selected Holley EFI ECUs and hardware to deliver the fuel.
“We’ve partnered with ARCA to construct a durable, reliable engine capable of running 1,500 miles between rebuilds,” said Paul Ray, president of Ilmor Engineering. “The teams will be able to use the same ARCA Ilmor 396 at short tracks or a superspeedway, a road course or the mile dirt tracks. We have begun to conduct extensive testing, and our plan calls for the first engines to be available for purchase by the teams by early December.”
The ARCA Ilmor 396 is expected to deliver 700 hp and 500 foot-pounds of torque, with durability and performance standards, the release noted.
“We’ve worked very hard to make Holley EFI products capable, robust, easy to use, and cost-effective,” said Tom Tomlinson, Holley president. “We’re very pleased that ARCA has selected Holley EFI for its new fuel-injected engine program. With NASCAR’s Cup series and GM’s COPO Camaro already using our EFI products, they’re in good company.”
Beginning in 2015, ARCA teams will have the option of using the new ARCA Ilmor 396 or continuing to use the open motor rules package currently in place.