The Benefits of a Lighter Race Car


Looking to shed a few pounds on your chassis, but not wanting to sacrifice performance strength while pummeling down the track? It might be time to introduce your Ford’s stock suspension, braking, rearend, and drivetrain to some Strange Engineering.

When Bob Stange (pronounced Stang-ee) first founded what would later become Strange Engineering in the early 1960s, he had no idea that he was about to change the face of machining and race engineering homologation forever. There was no grand plan to make millions. The guy was just trying to make high-performance components that wouldn’t break under pressure.

Since repurposed and/or modified junkyard parts were indeed “junk,” Bob Stange (pronounced Stang-ee) found himself manufacturing his own line of parts purely out of necessity. This was not an uncommon practice back in the 1950s, for aftermarket parts manufacturers were few, and ordering and allocation was a hassle.

What was not so common, was Bob’s attention to detail, creative problem-solving capabilities, and unwavering dedication to quality craftsmanship. Over time, more and more of Bob’s friends and acquaintances began to offer him their hard-earned cash for his race parts, subsequently turning Bob Stange’s little side hustle into a bona fide business.

Bob Stange, the founder of Strange Engineering, always said that Strange Engineering makes jewelry for cars. The parts not only need to be functional but also need to look like they belong on a racecar. – J.C. Cascio, director of business development at Strange Engineering

Complete chassis builds to highly specialized race-compliant NHRA components, top-tier tooling techniques, and quality craftsmanship quickly transformed Bob’s business into a cornerstone of the racing community.

But a lot of what has made Strange Engineering’s parts so appealing for over half a century has little to do with strength, performance, materials, or driven practicality. When it comes to constructing a race car, weight savings are a cornerstone upon which everyone must build.


Today, Strange Engineering manufactures a slew of parts for the Ford community, with the following key items being the most purpose-built for those looking to haul ass down the track. Looking to learn a bit more about this portion of the portfolio, and get some advice for our own in-house builds, we recently caught up with Strange Engineering’s Director of Business Development, J.C. Cascio. 

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