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Each factory new XP-Engine is created from the most advanced designs and manufacturing techniques then individually hand assembled by experienced engine craftsmen using many of the same FAA certificated parts used to build the FAA certificated Vantage Engine.
The components used to create Superior’s XP-Engines are the culmination of literally hundreds of individual design and manufacturing improvements we have made to our array of FAA PMA-approved parts and components over the last 40-plus-years.
Today, the fit, finish and quality of all of our parts and components are of the highest possible quality and consistency. Our parts and components are not painted or alodined to hide blemishes or manufacturing shortcomings. The only reason we paint our Millennium Cylinder barrels or Alodine finish on the cylinder heads, crankcases, sump, cylinder heads and assembly drives on the XP-Engine is for corrosion protection.
Why? The reason is simple: we have the best looking parts in the business and we don’t have to cover up any manufacturing flaws with paint.
The obvious quality of the XP-Engine is just the beginning of the many performance and quality advancements it brings to piston-powered, experimental aircraft and helicopters.
Other examples of the XP’s many standard features and benefits include:
Direct lubrication available to the thrust face greatly reduces crankcase and crankshaft wear
Balanced oil system provides uniform lubrication to both sides of the crankshaft and camshaft. This reduces pressure fluctuations while equalizing oil-flow through the entire engine, including the filter
Reinforced cylinder deck strengthens key areas against crankcase pressure and helps eliminate cracking
Precision machined to accommodate cooling nozzles for high-compression piston and turbocharger applications.
Electro Slag Remelt (ESR) process removes many more metal impurities than the standard Vacuum Arch Remelt (VAR) process used in the production of most prior-generation crankshafts
Oil journals are polished and coated to virtually eliminate the corrosion and pitting issues that were prevalent in many VAR produced crankshafts
Each crankshaft is balanced within exacting tolerances to ensure the smoothest engine operation throughout the power operating range.
Smoother intake manifold and plenum reduces aerodynamic turbulence for better breathing for all four cylinders
Unique plenum turbulator improves air-fuel mixing
Tuned intake tubes balance the intake runner length to further improve airflow and engine breathing
Polished, stainless steel tubes minimize rust and corrosion.
Air plenum is separated from the main sump body to keep inlet air cooler to provide more horsepower
Horizontally mounted fuel injection system allows builders to create more aerodynamic cowling designs
Lighter weight than conventional sumps
Machined to allow for installation of inverted oil systems.
Through hardened steel barrel provides uniform hardness all the way through the barrel walls, ensuring even wear while withstanding extreme temperature and pressures
Very high quality casting creates aerodynamically smoother surfaces to improve overall airflow and cooling
Exhaust and intake ports are volumetrically matched for maximum output and performance
Computer-generated head fin configuration for more efficient heat transfer and fewer “hot” spots
Increased port wall thickness eliminates issues with warping and cracking
Manufactured from the most advanced alloys available to exceed industry standards for strength and porosity.
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Superior’s camshaft is designed for better cruise economy, lower valve-train loads and smoother idle and power operation
Lower valve-train loads reduce camshaft and lifter spalling while decreasing wear and friction to the valve-train and guide
Precisely timed camshaft lobe valve events eliminate re-ingestion of exhaust gasses, improving economy and overall performance
Idle and power vibration characteristics are also computer optimized to “passenger car” standards to reduce vibration, pilot fatigue and component wear.
Our roller lifters were developed to provide a smoother running engine and to help reduce wear between the camshaft lobe and the roller face, minimizing the occurrences of cam-lifter spalling.
A unique feature of our roller lifter design is that they can be removed without opening the engine case, which reduces costly maintenance and repairs.
Precision machining of the entire connecting rod surface a better finish and more consistent weight and balance
Forged 8740 steel per AMS 6325
Individual connecting rods are statically and dynamically balanced
Tongue and groove design reduces shear loads.
Connecting rods are individually statically
and dynamically balanced
Crankshafts are balanced to within
Connecting rods, pistons, piston pins, connecting rods and bolts are all weighed and balanced as a set to closely match the weights of all opposing components results in smoother engine operation.
Tri-Metal Bearings are 40% stronger than conventional aluminum bearings.
Superior has elevated the production of many seemingly simple parts to a higher art. For example, instead of using lower cost and quality processes including casting and painted, or plastic (filler tube) processes, and materials like our competitors, we have machine numerous parts from billets and then alodine these parts against corrosion.
Superior billet-machined parts include:
Oil filler tube and level gauge
Vacuum pump drive
Oil filter adapter
For more information about Superior XP-Engines, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
*NOTE: Superior XP-Engines are approved for 100LL Avgas per ASTM D910, 91/98 (lead optional) and motor gasoline with a minimum antiknock index (R=M/2 method of 91 per ASTM D4814 (European EN228). Use of auto fuel blended with alcohol (ethanol) is forbidden.
® XP-Engine, XP-320, XP-360 and XP-400 are Registered Trademarks of Superior Air Parts, Inc.
® Millennium Cylinder is a Registered Trademark of Superior Air Parts, Inc.
® Vantage Engine is a Registered Trademark of Superior Air Parts, Inc.