Edelbrock, a giant in today's performance industry, hails from humble beginnings. Started in the 1930s as a small garage in Beverly Hills, California by master mechanic Vic Edelbrock Sr., the company later evolved as a manufacturer feeding the need for speed. Still in family hands under the direction of Vic Edelbrock Jr., the Edelbrock Corporation now has over 650 employees at five locations throughout Southern California. Their designing, testing and manufacturing today represents an impressive commitment to quality.
The design process
One of the keys to manufacturing a great product is Research and Development. Edelbrock's dedicated R&D team is comprised of engineers who are automotive enthusiasts. They understand what it takes to design a product that improves performance because they know how it feels when a vehicle is running at optimum power levels. Having the most up-to-date tools to design these products, such as Pro/Engineer software, gives our engineers the tools they need to achieve design goals. This three-dimensional computer software takes a project from an idea to a finished product in a shorter period of time than was previously possible. Combined with tools like the flow bench and electronic test equipment, our R&D team has what it takes to put years of hands-on experience and love of the automobile to work. At Edelbrock, this commitment to engineering and development goes into all our products, whether they're manifolds, fuel injection, cylinder heads, carburetors, exhaust systems or IAS shocks.
Testing delivers proven performance
Once a product has been designed and a prototype part fabricated, it is rigorously tested, both on the engine dynamometer and in the vehicle on our chassis dyno. Two computerized Super Flow dynos record 11 engine variables at speeds up to 12,000 rpm. A Heenan-Froude G490 dyno equipped with a Digalog Cellmate test program and a Testmate data acquisition system is an automated engine dyno that is fully programmable for endurance loads. A Super Flow model SF-840 chassis dyno can handle up to 1,000 hp at the wheels and speeds of 200 mph. For Edelbrock street products, our engineers use our Emissions Lab to test and certify parts. Designed specifically to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency's Code of Federal Regulations for vehicular emissions testing, the Edelbrock Emissions Laboratory provides vital data that is accepted by the EPA and the California Air Resources Board. A Clayton CPE-50 chassis dyno provides a precise simulation of road load and vehicle operation. Because of our Lab, we can offer street-legal products that will not void your warranty or pollute our precious environment. When all testing is completed, the results evaluated, and the part has passed all performance criteria, then, and only then, is the product deemed ready for production. These precise testing procedures are applied to the entire Edelbrock line for performance that's guaranteed.
Road-tested - where it really counts
Edelbrock test vehicles are driven by Edelbrock engineers and employees to get a "real world" feeling for the performance improvements. Our products are also tested and used by professional race car teams and drivers. Working with these talented individuals is just another extension of our research and development process so when we say "proven performance" we really mean it!
We continue research by listening to our customers
The research and development never really stops at Edelbrock, because we continue our testing by listening to our customers. Four Edelbrock product display trailers travel across the country visiting hundreds of events throughout the year. Staffed by Edelbrock employees and our outside sales reps, these events give us invaluable feedback that helps us keep our products "on the cutting edge" of technology.
Quality is top priority
Edelbrock's sand cast aluminum parts take shape in one of the most modern high-tech green sand aluminum foundries in the Western United States. The Edelbrock Foundry in San Jacinto, California, is a place that prides itself on quality efficiency. The 117,000- sq/ft. complex is capable of producing over 3,000 castings a day. Many of the processes have been automated, yet the critical procedure of setting the cores is still done by highly skilled technicians who carefully hand fit each piece in the intricate assembly that makes up and the mold. The computer-controlled pouring stations ensure that the molten metal is at the correct temperature and that the right amount of aluminum is used. This fully automated system ensures outstanding consistency and quality. Other equipment includes three automated molding lines, 21 core machines, including a new state-of-the-art cold set core machine, and a self-contained sand handling system that is capable of processing 100 tons of sand per hour.
Pattern shop - in-house art forms
In today's computer age, most of our manufacturing processes revolve solely around computer technology. However, when it comes to making patterns, we combine the old with the new. Back in the '50s, Harvey Hartman used to carve them himself out of wood. Today, Harvey's artful talents have been passed down to the next generation through his sons, Mark and Randy Hartman. They blend their wood working skills with the latest techniques in stereo lithography to create patterns of the highest precision. Through this use of high tech, they carry on the tradition of superior quality through highly accurate pattern making using wood and epoxy resin materials.
Precision machining and quality control
Edelbrock uses the finest equipment for machining and quality control. With over 55 CNC machines and hundreds of dedicated men and women, the Edelbrock facilities have earned the world recognized QS-9000/ISO 9001 certifications for quality. Edelbrock manufactures more types of performance products than any other company and our employees ensure that they are the finest. All of Edelbrock's aluminum products, which include cylinder heads, water pumps, manifolds and throttle bodies, are machined by modern multi-axis machining centers, like our cylinder head machining cell that uses three Makino A88 4-Axis machines which are all joined by an automated pallet loader. This remarkable cell is capable of machining a cylinder head from start to finish and has been a boon for production as well as quality. Our Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMM) in the Edelbrock Quality Control department check all machined product. Our other products set the industry benchmark standards in their categories. Edelbrock exhaust products are fabricated from high quality pieces that are precision bent, cut and welded on the latest CNC equipment. The world class Edelbrock IAS shocks are manufactured to the highest standards using custom-built machines. Assembly takes place in a temperature controlled clean room to maintain the highest standards of quality. We are continually reviewing and updating the equipment in our manufacturing facilities to ensure that we remain state-of-the-art. These goals have served our customers well for over 67 years and will continue into the future.