Three COMP Performance Group-sponsored high school teams have qualified for the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge national dual championship to be held at the SEMA and PRI trade shows this year.
More than 158 teams from 54 schools competed to earn spots in the championship events. Among the 50 qualifiers are: Team Racing Head Service (RHS) from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois; Team COMP Cams from Calabasas High School in Calabasas, California; and Team FAST from Rancho Alamitos High School in Garden Grove, California.
During the Engine Challenge, teams must strip and reassemble an engine as quickly as possible. Members work simultaneously on their designated parts of the engine, very close to each other and using only hand tools. They have to be precise, not dropping components or bumping those components or tools together. All adjustments and measurements are also checked. Each mistake can result in seconds or minutes lost.
Qualifying times for CPG-sponsored teams were 24:58 by Team RHS, 25:05 for Team COMP Cams and 30:02 for Team FAST.
Each of the three teams will participate — along with 25 others — in three rounds of competition at the SEMA Show on Oct. 3 through Nov. 2 in Las Vegas. In the end, the Top 4 teams in terms of best average time will advance to face the Top 4 teams that emerge from the same contest at the PRI Show in December. The final showdown between the Elite Eight teams will also be held at the PRI show in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Five colleges are offering more than $6.9 million in scholarships to students participating in the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Engine Challenge national dual championship.