10 Automotive Aftermarket Tendencies on the Horizon

10 Automotive Aftermarket Tendencies on the Horizon


In honor of the tenth anniversary of OnAllCylinders, we’re asking a few of our common contributors to write down a couple of tales on the automotive trade. First up is Wayne Scraba and his ideas on the way forward for automotive efficiency.


The automotive world is altering at warp pace. No secret I’m positive. However in live performance with the common automotive biz is our little nook of the storage. The excessive efficiency aftermarket has advanced quickly and we’re seeing traits pop up seemingly in a single day. Some disappear as rapidly as they arrive. Others have a tendency to stay. A few of these traits evolve whereas others morph into belongings you’d by no means acknowledge. The web might very effectively be liable for this pace of change.

I’ve been tasked with attempting to determine the place we’re headed. In consequence, you’ll see this by way of my lens. Truthfully, I definitely wouldn’t have expertise from all angles of the trade. However what I’ll do right here is give you a snapshot of the place I believe the automotive efficiency aftermarket (aka “Scorching Rodding”) is headed.

10 Future Automotive Aftermarket Tendencies


Summit Racing’s obtained its personal hotrod Tesla. Find out about Undertaking White Lightning right here. (Picture/Summit Racing)

10. Extra Electrical Automobiles

An increasing number of electrical automobiles are on the way in which. How fashionable or widespread they may actually change into is past me. I consider the limiting issue with electrical propulsion would be the mechanics. Electrical motors require some security precautions many people are very unfamiliar with and should you get it unsuitable, you could want greater than a bandage out of your storage first support equipment. I believe the preliminary mods will focus on suspension, brakes, and tires. And also you may discover fairly little bit of efficiency in weight discount too (though battery weight might very effectively show to be the limiting issue).


I see conventional sanctioned drag racing proceed to evolve. We’re positive to see an increasing number of heads up racing, extra “quickest road automobile” racing, extra road automobile racing, extra no prep, and extra drag-and-drive sort occasions. When these alternate options first burst on the scene, few gave them an opportunity of survival. Now they’re solely getting bigger. (Picture/Jim Greenleaf)

9. A Transition in of Sanctioned Drag Racing

This can be a fascinating matter for me, as a result of I began out my profession a long time in the past as a contract author for Tremendous Inventory & Drag Illustrated. I actually dig class racing, however I believe you’ll finally see sanctioned drag racing (as we all know it) undergo a transition. That doesn’t imply drag racing is useless. Removed from it. I believe what you’ll see is the followers and drivers migrate to an increasing number of heads up racing occasions, extra No Prep, extra Grudge Racing, and extra road authorized heads up racing. These occasions are already right here. They’ll simply develop exponentially.


To fight rising gas prices, I can see inner combustion engines getting smaller (displacement), extra environment friendly, and even making extra energy. Case-in-point is the brand new 500+ HP Hurricane 3.0L inline six from Stellantis. (Picture/Stellantis)

8. Extra Environment friendly Powertrains

Whereas I personally have a brute power carbureted road automobile, I consider the path will finally shift towards very subtle setups that make extra energy and have extra tractability on the road (we are able to see this already). We’ll see an increasing number of excessive energy, smaller displacement engines. Boosted engines and EFI will clearly be the hallmarks. We’ll additionally see higher and higher transmission decisions (maybe extra compact). We’d even see price reductions on sequential shift examples and “manumatic” (twin clutch semi-automatic) transmissions.


Whereas we’ll proceed to construct rat rods, I can see them changing into extra subtle with nice engineering and fabulous fabrication strategies—with out shedding that “unfinished” look. (Picture/OnAllCylinders)

7. Higher Executed Rat Rods

I believe these will morph into one thing much like excessive finish automobiles, however with out the excessive greenback paint jobs and interiors. There are various of those automobiles on the market now and I can see this development evolve and easily getting higher. The shortage of trick paint and an costly inside actually permits one to make use of the automobile: Gravel highway? Greasy blue denims? Who cares? Not solely does it save appreciable prices, it cranks up the enjoyable meter to full quantity. To me at the very least, I’ve a burning want to construct one.


Learn extra about Matt Maier’s superior overlanding rig right here. (Picture/Matt Maier)

6. An Evolution of Overlanding

I can see off-roading and journey journey rising in recognition. There’s an enormous world on the market for us to discover and what higher strategy to do than to construct your individual devoted journey rig—one which reaches all the efficiency objectives essential to get the job performed and concurrently pushes all your buttons. I additionally see this evolving into one thing that really integrates the curiosity of overlanding with filth bikes, ATVs, and snowmobiles. For me at the very least, the enjoyable issue could be fairly excessive.


How do you stuff an LS6 right into a Lotus Europa? Discover out right here. (Picture/OnAllCylinders)

5. Extra Daring, Extra Completely different

I can see issues like mid-engine, LS powered imports, together with different radical swaps involving fashionable energy and off-the-wall automobiles. An excellent instance is the Hellcat-powered Prius the parents from American Racing Headers constructed a couple of years in the past. And what about all of the EV drivetrain conversions, like Scorching Rod’s latest transformation of Undertaking X? It positively rattled loads of senses and I believe a cleverly engineered, off-the-chain challenge could possibly be loads of enjoyable.


Meet “Outdated Smokey,” a 1,200-horsepower, Cummins-powered 1949 Ford F-100. (Picture/OnAllCylinders)

4. Elevated Diesel Efficiency.

That is no brainer. The heartland of North America is stuffed with diesel pickup vans. Diesel engines have picked up steam over the previous few years and the diesel efficiency components aftermarket continues to develop. Used vans are plentiful and there are every kind of powertrains obtainable from wreckers and even rebuilt diesel crate engines you should buy on-line. You may even wish to contemplate mixing and matching a number of the different concepts (above and under) to construct a spark plug-free sizzling rod.


Although huge wheels and tweaked bodywork could also be de rigueur, I consider some restomods will morph into far more inventory showing automobiles. People like you might be definitely intelligent sufficient to seamlessly combine fashionable conveniences into outdated automobiles with out altering the look and the flavour. (Picture/OnAllCylinders)

3. Renewed Curiosity in Restomods

Sure, they’ve been right here for a very long time however in lots of instances, right this moment’s restomods additionally have a tendency to include an enormous quantity of bodywork coupled with generally extravagant customized interiors and slicked out engine compartments. I can see a development rising the place the automobiles will seem a lot, a lot nearer to inventory however function seamless integration of contemporary conveniences. Ponder a really inventory showing Mustang Boss 429 clone powered by a brand new blown, intercooled GT500 engine. Not cheap, however it might certainly get your pulse racing.


Ripp observed some efficiency anomalies in inventory Pentastar coils. So, it determined to make higher ones. (Picture/Ripp Superchargers)

2. Extra Aftermarket Efficiency Product Depth

At the moment, many aftermarket firms are being swallowed up by big firms. No secret. However I see alternative for smaller firms that may effectively zoom in on specialised components. They’d fill voids missed by the large efficiency conglomerates or they’ll tackle these huge firms head on with higher constructed, ingenious elements. Mainly, I see the rise of a cottage trade within the excessive efficiency aftermarket.


Print media will proceed its fusion with digital media. This can be the longer term for books too. (Picture/OnAllCylinders)

1. Elevated Digital Media

Print magazines proceed to shift their focus on-line. No shock to anybody I’m positive. With regards to digital information, quick tech articles are usually the preferred. They’re fast and simple to learn. However as a tech author, I actually consider there might be a necessity for extra in-depth complete articles. I can see a number of images and movies blended in with the printed phrase to create these articles. That is one thing you clearly can not accomplish with print.


And that’s it. That’s my private take of the place we’re headed. And from what I can inform, there are some thrilling issues coming down the highway quickly.

Wayne Scraba is a diehard automobile man and common contributor to OnAllCylinders. He’s owned his personal pace store, constructed race automobiles, road rods, and customized bikes, and restored muscle automobiles. He’s authored 5 how-to books and written over 4,500 tech articles which have appeared in sixty totally different excessive efficiency automotive, bike and aviation magazines worldwide.


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