If you’ve spent any time on the internet recently, you’ve probably seen images of an incredible, mind-bending triple turbo SR22-powered tube-frame drag car that’s been doing the rounds. On this episode of the HPA Tuned In podcast, we talk to the guy who built it.
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Fabrication extraordinaire and master of the TIG torch JT Oliver of JTO Power joins us this week, and he’s ready to lay down some great insight into the motorsport fabrication game.
JT first discusses his entry into the industry, covering how he got started, and what led him to start his successful one-man-band fabrication business.
JTO Power is best known for the internet-breaking Mazworx SR22VE triple compound turbo-powered drag car that, as you can probably tell by just looking at it, requires some serious talent in order to fabricate. With the legendary Shane T steering the ship on the mechanical and tuning side, JT has poured hundreds of hours into this build, starting with the chassis all the way through to the insanely complicated intake and exhaust tracts.
JT also discusses the importance of 3D CAD modelling in any fabrication project, as well as advances in 3D printing, including his experience in printing a complete aluminium intake manifold for the drag car — something that would have been near-impossible using traditional methods.
There are a lot of great tips to be found in this episode for any aspiring fabricator, covering everything from time-saving secrets, the importance of proper preparation, which materials to use, how to worth with Chromoly, and even what it takes to successfully run a one-man business without falling apart at the seams.
The interview with Shane T discussing the drag car can be seen here: https://youtu.be/1pV_tLbZY0A