September 14th, 2015

  1. Modern or Classic Engine – The first thing you want to decide when designing the engine/transmission combo for a pro touring car is what kind of engine it will have. Some purists prefer an older, more authentic, carbureted engine, but the style tends to lean towards a modern, fuel-injected, power plant, like an LS.

While it’s true that a properly tuned carb can yield as much power as fuel injection, and it certainly can be cheaper and faster, electronic fuel injection can give much better gas mileage and better throttle response, to say nothing of the ability to “tour” without having to adjust the carb for different altitudes.


  1. Automatic or Manual Transmission – While many insist that a car intended to be driven for enjoyment should have a manual transmission, both options have merit. An automatic can be much simpler and less expensive to install, as well as more convenient to drive, both on the strip and, for some, on the road.

On the other hand, a manual gives car enthusiasts that traditional feel of being a part of the car. The common choice, a six-speed, gives a double-overdrive and plenty of “room to run” on the highway, excellent for a pro touring car.


  1. Performance vs. Economy – We’re all familiar with the classic dilemma in cars – use a big engine to get great acceleration and top speeds or tone down for better gas mileage?

Fortunately, the newest offerings from engine makers have made it relatively easy to have your cake and eat it too, with power plants like the LS series and the Coyote offering up decent mpgs along with tons of power.

  1. High Horsepower or Daily Driver – Not everyone wants a car that only makes sense to use on a track or drag strip. In fact, a lot of people choose to build pro touring cars they can drive on a daily basis. With this in mind, it’s important to consider whether your engine and transmission choices are aimed merely at raw power or at providing enough power to be worthy of the muscle car moniker while not overdoing it.
Just kidding, these are both high horsepower!
  1. Accessories – Deciding whether or not to include such options as a supercharger, headers, exhaust, etc. on your pro touring car is something you should do in the budgeting phase of the design. For example, you may know that you will be happy with the output of the engine you’ve selected or, conversely, that what you plan on using will need the boost from a charger. Do your homework and try to have a good idea of what you will or won’t be satisfied with.


  1. Use – When considering all of the options listed above, it’s important to keep the final use of the vehicle in mind. Do you plan on trailering this car to shows, or to the track, or driving it to work every day? Where some upgrades may be flashy for shows, or help eek out that last bit of horsepower on a track, they might be more than is needed for a commuter or weekend leisure driver. Be honest with yourself about your intentions for your vehicle and making the right decisions gets easier.

Don’t forget, if you want some help designing your pro touring car, Fesler Built can help! Visit our website, or call us at (480) 748 – 2000 to talk about the right options for you!