With MSD Ignition, you can optimize the power sent to your ignition system. Choose between ignition boxes that dial in your engine’s every spec, distributors to maximize where your energy is going and ignition coils to dial in your spark energy.
The power of your engine can be magnified with parts that work hard for your engine’s best potential. MSD packs that punch you have been looking for.
Boost your spark with an MSD Ignition ignition box. Dial in your revs, max RPM and boost your engine in countless ways with these revolutionary tools. The functionality of your vehicle on the track is a science and now you can digitize your ignition control, specs, customize options where you want them and choose different options for your engine’s fuel type. Timing control is now at your fingertips to make your racecar the highest performing possible.
MSD distributors are a breeze to install and come in three types:
Max-Fire, Unilite and E-Fire. Drop the part right into place and enjoy
the efficiency of how well the part distributes energy from the ignition
Dial in your power with the perfect ignition coil for your engine. You can increase your capacity for spark energy with greatly improved performance. The spark energy delivery is unmatched with any MSD ignition coils.
The History of Drag Racing
Drag racing is at the heart of MSD. The rich history of the sport hails from the West Coast – where all things cool seem to erupt.
Often thought of as an underground sporting event, drag racing has become a worldwide phenomenon, putting the sport on the map in a big way. In the early days, drag racing was an underground sport, but the advent of sanctioned racing courses, big name companies and huge money prizes put the sport on the national map.
Drag racing is a side-by-side racing competition where two contestants race side-by-side on a drag strip. A drag strip is typically a straight racing track with a minimum distance of about 1320 feet. Most drag strips are built on flat, artificially-constructed tracks. The winner is determined by the speed of the two vehicles and the elapsed time.
The first official drag race took place in Goleta, California in 1949. The race elicited the attention of Wally Parks, who served as the first President of the National Hot Rod Association. He called for a national organization to oversee drag racing and later became the editor of Hot Rod magazine.
The first commercial drag strip opened in Santa Ana, California in 1950. The strip was a formerly unused runway, and the first drag race was held on the track. It is believed that a few fans of the growing competition devised the rules and regulations of drag racing.
Another first was the use of a stopwatch to measure the fastest speed of the cars. Another first was the use of a bracket racing system to determine the fastest time. This system, which was developed by Ron Leek of Byron Dragway in Illinois, was invented to boost the grassroots competition.
Aside from the obvious, a more technical change came in 1963, when nitro-methane was banned. This was the era of the “slingshot”, a purpose-built front-engine dragster. Another milestone was the use of electronic lighting instead of flagmen.
The history of drag racing is a complex one. One theory is that it came from the challenge of driving a car through a series of gears. Another theory is that it was the challenge of finding the fastest way to drive through a straight line. However, most people are still at a loss as to why this race is called a drag race.
The most important rule is that a drag race is not for the faint of heart. The only paved section in smaller towns was on the main drag. Nevertheless, drag racing is a sport for the fast and the furious. It may not be for the faint of heart, but it does bring car enthusiasts together and puts the sport on the map.
The NHRA has since spawned multiple national events across the United States. It has also spawned a top-tier category for motorcycle drag racing, referred to as Pro Stock Motorcycle. This category is a blend of high performance and brand identification.
The National Hot Rod Association also ran HOT ROD magazine, which discussed a variety of interesting topics, including the history of drag racing. The association has hosted more than a thousand events across hundreds of race tracks and is credited with legitimizing the sport. It also introduced safety standards, and produced the first national magazine about the sport.