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AUGUST 2019 THE SHOP 25 for bragging rights than it is for performance ability." The fact that these setups are even an option for general street use is a testament to the quality products available in the clutch market today, notes Bob Scheid, director of business development for McLeod Racing LLC in Anaheim, California. "Technology is the biggest factor of change right now in the clutch market," he states. "It starts with what the OEs are developing—more cars coming with twin- disc clutches from the factory, dual-mass flywheels and the change to DCT transmis- sions. Combine that with the technology that has been developed to make more horsepower for less money and it means that, as a clutch manufacturer, we need to develop clutches that hold more power yet stay reliable and drivable." And drive they do. It's long been said that manual transmissions are preferred by car Performance shops recognized long ago that higher horse- power numbers and stronger clutches & flywheels go hand in hand. (Photos courtesy Fidanza Performance) Clutch manufacturers are enjoying themselves these days, creating new and better parts to keep pace with rising horsepower ratings. (Photo courtesy McLeod Racing)

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