Diesel Research Lab 2019


SunCoast Performance is excited to offer their biannual Diesel Research Laboratory March 6-7, 2019, in conjunction with their SunCoast Spring Shakedown racing event (formerly known as Diesel Thunder Spring Break).

Learn from the brightest minds in the diesel industry! Network with the greatest transmission and torque converter builders in the world! Prepare your brain for the latest diesel technology and innovations! GROW. YOUR. BUSINESS.

This year, SunCoast is offering Research Lab 1.0 and 2.0 classes geared toward providing insight into their industry-leading research and development. These courses will allow participants the opportunity to learn everything from theory and function to design and principles of transmissions and torque converters. Our 2.0 course provides advanced training in Cummins-Allison conversion. The SunCoast Diesel Research Lab 1.0 course is open to anyone looking to learn more about diesel technology, while the advanced 2.0 course is available only to students who have taken one of SunCoastÕs previously offered Diesel Research Lab classes.

Diesel Research Lab 2019

The research laboratory will be held at the SunCoast facility at 631 Anchors St NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. The course culminates with an Open House Party that Thursday at Hardway Performance, SunCoast's Hangover Brunch on Friday, and is followed by a weekend of racing at the Emerald Coast Dragway March 9 for the SunCoast Spring Shakedown.

Wednesday - March 6, 2019

  • - 8:00-9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast of the Minds
  • - 9:00-9:30 AM: Tour of SunCoast Production Facility
  • - 9:30-10:30 AM: Torque Converter Theory, Principles, and Design
  • - 10:30-10:45 AM: Break
  • - 10:45AM-11:45 AM: Determining Which Torque Converter is Right for Your Setup; Measuring the Difference
  • - 12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch with the Minds - Sit down with the Wolvertons and our engineering staff, and discuss everything SunCoast from design to development
  • - 1:00-3:00 PM: Alto Products Seminar- "Emerging Issues - A Friction Story"
  • - 3:00-5:00 PM: Sonnax discusses the latest issues plaguing our industry

Thursday - March 7, 2019

  • - 8:00-9:00 AM: Continental Breakfast of the Minds
  • - 9:00-10:00 AM: Raybestos Seminar - "State of the Industry: Discussing Currents Trends and Issues"
  • - 10:00-11:45 AM: Pick your poison (learn to build like the pros as you team up with one of our builders and stack up the unit of your choice)
  • - 12:00-1:00 PM: Lunch
  • - 1:00-5:00 PM: Pick Your Poison, continued
  • - 5:30 PM: SunCoast / Hardway Blowout Bash at Hardway Performance

Discounted rates for the week of SunCoast Spring Shakedown are available at our favorite beachfront getaway and lodging partner, The Island by Hotel RL. Visit https://tinyurl.com/theisland19, or Call (850) 243-9161, and mention SunCoast to receive rates that are typically cheaper than 80% of the surrounding area hotels. Rooms will fill up fast, so book soon.

For more information about the Research Laboratory or SunCoast Spring Shakedown, email [email protected], or call (800) 868-0053.


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