Do You Need an Alternator on a Crate Engine? (Video)

Welcome to our Tech Question of the Week Series. Customer Bobby Hackel asks: Do you recommend running with an alternator or without for horsepower gains? Or is the voltage more important through the duration of the race?

Alternators are a complex issue and there’s not necessarily a clear cut answer.

To gain new perspective, we reached out to 3 engine builders:

Brad Hibbard from Race1

Don Blackshear from Pace Performance

Steve Hendren from Hendren Racing Engines