PRI 2019: Peterson’s Dry Sump Systems Offer Road Racers Relief

When you introduce grip and power to a road racing/time attack machine, oil starvation issues loom nearer than some would imagine. The reality is when a factory engine is introduced to the grip provided by slick tires and a driver who can utilize all the grip available. Oftentimes the motor won’t get the necessary lubrication in the middle of a corner — even with mild modification of the factory system. Nothing ruins the bliss of a successful race weekend like a $6,000 engine giving up the ghost with just a few miles on it.

To ensure a longer lifespan and peace of mind when challenging the limits of adhesion, considering one of Peterson’s oiling systems might be a wise way to go.

Not only are the brackets and fittings motorsport-grade and capable of withstanding the jarring and jolting experienced on the road course, but they’re also extremely light.

Some try to upgrade the OE oiling system, but these upgraded systems can’t always keep up with the demands. Above a certain level, moving up to Peterson’s components makes the most sense, since they “outperform the factory pieces in oil control and de-aeration,” says Peterson’s Pat Haberkorn.

As Haberkorn notes, “The tank is a significant upgrade from stock. The baffling design de-aerates the oil, as well as constrains it around the pickup point. This is useful in aggressive cornering, braking, or acceleration due to the fact oil can’t slosh away from the pickup point.”

In addition to safeguarding the motor, the tanks come in different sizes to fit your application, and they add some style to the engine bay while doing it, as well.

With roughly $700 to $800 of necessary plumbing and a $2,500 oiling system in place, it’s certainly not an inexpensive modification. However, a quality oiling system can be seen as insurance; it certainly beats replacing a motor every year or two.

The oil pump can be ordered with all the fittings and adapters you will need to make it work for your build.

With the plumbing, oil tank, and dry-sump system, the ambitious weekend warrior can push the limits of adhesion at relative ease. At the very least, they won’t have to fret about the motor coughing its last breath in a long, fast, neck-wrenching corner. In moments like those, a driver has enough to consider. Instead, consider a Peterson oiling system before the inevitable happens.

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Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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