Last month at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, the Vance & Hines team debuted their four-valve Suzuki engine, which carried Angelle Sampey to her first 200-mph runs and also powered the Suzuki entries of Joey Gladstone, Cory Reed, and world champion Jerry Savoie, among others. Now, the team has expanded their customer options to include a 160-cubic-inch V-Twin engine that was also specifically designed for use in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class in the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series. The engine, available to customers beginning June 1, is specifically designed for use with the NHRA-accepted Buell 1190RX bodywork. Vance & Hines has offered a customer program since the formation of the Pro Stock Motorcycle class, but this is the first time they designed or sold an engine for use in a Buell race bike.
The powerplant, tagged "VH160VT," was developed at the company's Racing Development Center (RDC) in Brownsburg, Ind. The engine architecture is a 60-degree V-Twin with pushrod-driven valves and is capable of turning in excess of 10,000 rpm. The engine will be sold as a complete, running engine or components may be ordered through the Vance & Hines RDC as well. Some teams are expected to purchase a builder’s kit, which allows a racing team to take advantage of Vance & Hines proven technology while incorporating their own cams and cylinder head porting specs to create a powerplant that works best for their team.
“This is a natural extension of our company's involvement in motorcycle drag racing,” said Mike Kennedy, president of Vance & Hines. “Terry Vance and Byron Hines became legends in the NHRA with their history of winning. As we have for the past 40 years, we continue to support teams by providing great vehicles, great engines, and great components.”
Vance & Hines launched a four-valve Suzuki-based racing engine earlier this year, which can be used in several drag racing classes. In its first outing at the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, three-time world champion Sampey made her first 200-mph run and was the low qualifier on her Mission Foods Suzuki.
The VH160VT engine will be available starting on June 1, 2021 through the Vance & Hines Racing Development Center.