the Coach's Choice
Joe Gibbs is one of the
greatest names in sports. He won three Super Bowls and five NFC titles as Head
Coach of the Washington Redskins.
Coach Gibbs has been just as
successful in NASCAR as he's been in the NFL having won nine Championships, 216
races and finished in the top five 851 times. For 15 years, Joe Gibbs Racing has
depended on the reliability and durability of Bill Miller Engineering Forged
Aluminum Racing Pistons.
To dominate a racing series takes
great drivers, a great crew and race cars--or trucks as the case
might be---which consistently perform better than the competition.
During 2014, in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Kyle Busch
Motorsports had all that. Playing a key part in KBM's consistent,
winning performance were the Bill Miller Engineering Forged Aluminum
Pistons used by Joe Gibbs Racing,
KBM's engine supplier. In 2014,
BME-equipped engines helped Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota Tundras
win 14 of the series' 22 races.
Image: Kyle Busch Motorsports.
JGR's three Sprint Cups--Tony Stewart in '05 and '02 and Bobby
Labonte in '00--all came with BME Pistons. Not only has BME won in
the Cup Series, they consistently win races for JGR in the NASCAR
Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, too. In a single year,
2014, JGR engines had an unprecedented 23 wins in those two series'
55 races. JGR Toyota Camrys won 10 Nationwide races and every one
used BME Racing Pistons. In the Truck Series, Kyle Busch Motorsports
Toyota Tundras won 14 races. Under the hoods of the Busch Tundras
were engines from Joe Gibbs Racing fitted with BME Racing Pistons.
BME's domination of the Nationwide and Camping World series was not
just 2014. Since 2007, Bill Miller Forged Aluminum Racing Pistons
and Joe Gibbs Racing have won the Nationwide Series four times and
the Truck Series twice.
Joe Gibbs Racing did very
well in the NASCAR Nationwide series during 2014. JGR
used BME Pistons to win ten of the series' 33 races.
Kyle Busch, driving the BME-equipped, #45 Monster Energy
Toyota Camry, won seven of those ten races.
BME's NASCAR successes have been long-standing. Since 1996, BME Pistons have
been in the engines of six Sprint Cup Champions, Jeff Gordon (1997, 1998, 2001)
Bobby Labonte (2000) and Tony Stewart (2002, 2005), and six Daytona 500 Winners.
In 1998, the late Dale Earnhardt won at Daytona using BME
Bill Miller Engineering is proud that the greatest driver of NASCAR's modern
era, seven-time Sprint Cup Champion, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., used the
performance and reliability of BME parts to put the famed #3 Goodwrench
Chevrolet in the victory circle at Daytona in 1998 and at other races in the
final years of his career.
BME Dominates Down Under
In 2014, Jamie Whincup won an
unprecedented sixth Australian V8 Supercar series title driving
a BME-equipped, Holden VF Commodore. Red Bull Australia's two
drivers, six-time champion, Whincup, and three time champion,
Craig Lowndes, have dominated the Supercar Series for the last
several years. KRE Racing Engines is Red Bull's engine supplier
and it uses Bill Miller Engineering Forged Aluminum Racing
Pistons exclusively. Image: KRE Racing Engines.
Some of the best sedan road
racing in the World is Australia's V8 Supercar Series. It has a global audience
and some of its best drivers graduate to NASCAR. In 2014 the Red Bull Australia
team won 48% of the races and finished first and fourth in the Championship.
Winning 13 of the races, six-time Champion, Jamie Whincup took the title and
three-time Champion, Craig Lowndes was fourth. Red Bull races Holden VF
Commodores powered by KRE Racing Engines which use BME Pistons. Not only did Red
Bull Australia dominate the 2014 V8SC Series but it was the Team's
fourth-straight Championship powered by--you guessed it--BME-piston-equipped KRE
Bill Miller Engineering Forged Aluminum
Racing Pistons are used in many types of racing: NASCAR, Drag Racing, Mile Roll
Racing, Road Racing, Boat Racing, Offroad Truck Racing, and, the fastest of
Both of the 2500-hp, BAE
Hemis in Danny Thompson's Challenger 2 are fitted with BME Forged
Aluminum Racing Pistons. Image: BME Ltd.
Records at Bonneville Salt Flat are an
average of two runs, one each direction. You have five miles to accelerate, a
one-mile speed trap and five miles to stop. On 21 August 2016, Danny Thompson
set the SCTA AA/Fuel Streamliner National Record at 406.769-mph driving the
twin-engine, all-wheel-drive "Challenger 2". The engines are 500-inch, Brad
Anderson Hemis. Each is fuel-injected, burns 72% nitromethane and produces
2500-hp. Both are equipped with BME Racing Pistons which help insure the
performance, reliablility and durability needed to produce a sustained 5000-hp
and do it run after run.
Two weeks later, Thompson was back at
the Salt with the BME-equipped Challenger 2 to try for a World Record in FIA
Category A, Group II Class 11. Interestingly, back in 1959, Danny's Dad, Mickey,
famed racer of the 1950s-1980s, set a 345.33-mph record at Bonneville, in the
same class with the four-engine, Challenger 1.
Early on the morning of 16 September,
running against an existing 414-mph record, Danny came oh-so-close. At 413-mph,
Challenger 2 blew both rear tires. Thompson got the "C2" stopped safely but the
tire failures ripped the rear driveshaft out of the car and damaged the body, so
hopes for a record in 2016 were dashed. If Danny Thompson goes to the Salt in
2017, the same BME Forged Aluminum Racing Pistons will be in his pair of Hemis.
Why have Bill Miller Engineering Pistons
had such success in NASCAR, the Australian Supercar Series, at Bonneville Salt
Flat and in other forms of racing?
BME makes a better piston.
The BME Advantage
In the mid-'90s, the first
Sprint Cup team to switch to BME Pistons gained 8-10 horsepower. In NASCAR five
horsepower is substantial and 8-10 is huge. Soon, other teams switched. By the
end of 1999, all the top GM teams in Sprint Cup were buying BME Pistons.
Prior to that, most Cup teams
used another piston brand. The engine shops of the two top Chevrolet teams,
Richard Childress Racing and Hendrick Motorsports, were having trouble with
In a 1990s NASCAR engine, the
heat transfer path was: from the piston top, to the top ring, to the cylinder
wall and, finally, to the block's cooling jacket. To keep the piston from
overheating, this path had to adequately transfer heat. The other brand of
pistons had ring groove surface finishes so rough that heat transfer from the
piston to the top compression ring was inhibited. That allowed the ring to get
so hot that microscopic, heat-softened pieces of piston material would weld to
the ring. Once that happened, ring rotation stopped, ring seal degraded and
The solution to micro welding
is the higher-quality finish on the ring grooves of a Bill Miller Engineering
Forged Aluminum Piston. Superior manufacturing processes, using Okuma Simulturn
CNC machining centers, and rigid quality controls hold tolerance for ring groove
run-out to less than two ten-thousandths (.0002) of an inch, 360-deg. around the
piston. A BME Piston's nearly mirror-smooth ring groove surfaces improve heat
transfer. That reduces peak temperature of the top ring, eliminating micro
welding. Ring seal during the intake stroke is enhanced. That increases the
pressure differential caused by the piston moving down on the intake stroke so
the engine pulls in more air. More air means the engine can burn more fuel. The
final result is more power.
Since BME Pistons are
custom-made, we offer a variety of optional services and one some NASCAR teams
choose is a unique piston design. This allows the team to have pistons of its
own, special configuration. The specifics of these designs are known only to the
teams? engine shops and the engineers at BME.
BME's special machining procedures result in a very smooth
finish on ring lands. That near-mirror finish greatly increases
resistance to microwelding. Image: BME Ltd.
BME makes 400-gram, NASCAR racing pistons for the Chevrolet, Ford and
Toyota NASCAR engines.
BME Pistons are manufactured in Carson City, Nevada. BME's factory is clean,
modern and filled with the latest in manufacturing technology, such as Okuma
Simulturn five-axis CNC machining centers.
BME Pistons: The
Drag Racers' Choice
well-known reasons many nitro class engine builders choose BME Forged
Aluminum Pistons are
1) their winning record and 2) their reliability. But,
there's a third important issue and that's cost. Top Fuel and Funny Car
teams need many sets of pistons because each of them has half-a-dozen or
more engines. If the pistons are more durable, they will last longer and
a team will need less of them. That makes the BME Piston not only a
winner but also a great value. Image: BME Ltd.
While BME's flagship piston products are NASCAR and road racing pistons, Bill
Miller Engineering's cutting-edge technology and premium quality wins races in
another motorsport which is a grueling test of pistons: blown-fuel drag racing.
In fact, drag racing was the first market for the BME Forged Aluminum Racing
Ever since legendary, dragster
and funny car crew chief, the late Dale Armstrong, switched to BME in the 1980s,
blown-fuel racers have used BME Pistons in their engines. Since then, in the Top
Fuel and Funny Car classes of National Hot Rod Association and International Hot
Rod Association competition, where engines making 1000-horsepower per cylinder
are the norm; BME products are a benchmark by which racing pistons are judged.
There is only one piston
manufacturer in the World which races its products in its own Top Fuel Dragster
and that's Bill Miller Engineering. Bill Miller's "BME Top Fuel Dragster",
driven by Troy Buff, is a key development tool Bill Miller Engineering uses to
validate its piston designs along with that of all its other products.
better way to prove you make the best blown-fuel pistons in the
industry by running them in your own Top Fuel Dragster? Image: BME
BME makes a variety of pistons for other
types of drag racing, including blown alcohol, Pro Stock, Comp Eliminator, sport
compacts and Super Stock. Bill Miller Engineering Forged Aluminum Pistons have
a growing popularity amongst racers in the Pro Mod ranks. Some of the top
Pro Mod teams running supercharged or turbocharged, alcohol-burning engines in
NHRA, NCMA, SCSN, PSCA and PDRA, use engines built by Pro Line Racing. The folks
at Pro Line put BME Forged Aluminum Racing Pistons in every alcohol-burning
engine they build.
The father-and-son team of Troy Coughlin and Troy Coughlin Jr. race two
Corvettes in Promod, a 2015 "C7" and a 2004 "C5". Both the Jegs
Corvettes rely on Pro Line Racing for power. Pro Line uses BME Pistons
in the engines for both Vettes. Image: Team Jegs.
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Piston Tech Briefing
Bill Miller Engineering Pistons
are forged from 2618-T61 aluminum. BME has used 2618 for almost 25 years because
Bill Miller believes it to be the best choice when strength and durability are
Another reason racers
pick BME as their piston supplier is attention to detail. This set
of racing pistons is being built for Drag Racing megastar, John
Force, but whether it's pistons for Force or just your average
bracket racer, every Bill Miller Engineering piston gets the same
care taken in its manufacture.
Many other piston
manufacturers use a silicon-aluminum alloy, such as 4032 or MS75.
Pistons made from those alloys have good wear characteristics
because the silicon particulate's hardness improves the piston
skirt's durability, however, silicon is, also, their downfall
because it makes pistons brittle. Through race track testing, BME
found that silicon-aluminum alloys are prone to fracturing when
subjected to extreme loads.
This gets worse.
With pistons made of brittle, silicon-aluminum alloys, once a crack
starts; it doesn't stop until the piston suffers catastrophic
failure. In the rare case of a crack in a BME, 2618-T61 piston, once
the crack reaches an area of lower stress; it stops, making
immediate failure less likely.
In the tongs is a BME
raw forging that has just come out of the forging die. Just right of the
piston blank in the tongs is a chunk of aluminum bar stock that will go
into the forge on the next cycle. The forging temperature is 800 deg. F
and it applies a force of 18,000 tons to forge a piston.
NASCAR Sprint Cup racers use
BME pistons to win races with engines which must produce upwards of 800
horsepower, sustain speeds above 9000 rpm and do that for up to 600 miles. The
choice of a strong and durable raw material, subtle differences in the design of
the forging and precision finishing of ring grooves are just some of the reasons
why pistons made by Bill Miller Engineering outperform and outlast other racing
pistons in stock car racing.
With its blown-fuel drag race
pistons, BME takes durability measures even further by treating each piston to a
very low temperature, hard anodizing process. As a result, compared to other
brands, BME Pistons last about twice as long in blown-fuel, drag race
Bill Miller Engineering uses
state-of-the-art equipment to manufacture BME Pistons. Here a BME
Team Member programs an Okuma Simulturn CNC machining center prior
to a run of BME Sprint Cup racing pistons. The Okuma CNC equipment
is used to machine ring grooves and to "cam turn" the piston's
The Bill Miller Engineering Forged Aluminum
Piston line is focused on the types of products hard-core racers tend to buy.
"I've decided." Bill Miller states, "to concentrate my efforts on making
high-quality, high-tech racing pistons for professional racers who compete in
specific types of motorsports using certain types of engines. By focusing on a
limited amount of hardcore racing pistons and making those pistons to order, we
can give our customers a measure of performance, quality, reliability and
durability no other piston manufacturer offers. We, also, can do that with very
short turnaround times.?
The three most important things about a Bill Miller Engineering piston are quality, quality and quality.
Every step of the way, the manufacturing process at BME employs stringent quality control along with careful
In addition to NASCAR racing
pistons, BME makes pistons for the Chevrolet Big-Block V8 along with the
"traditional" (Gen 1 and 2) and LS-type (Gen 3, 4 and 5) Small-Block V8s and for
the Holden 5-liter road race engines. For Ford engines, BME offers pistons for
the 460 big-block, 289-302W and the BOSS 302/351s. Bill Miller Engineering has
Chrysler, late-Hemi-style pistons for blown-fuel and blown-alcohol applications
along with parts for the older small-block Chryslers. Bill Miller Engineering
has a variety of piston designs for Pro Stock drag racing. Lastly, BME
manufactures sport compact drag racing pistons for Honda four-cylinder engines.
Prices for most BME pistons are listed on our price page. BME offers a number of
special services which are optional at extra cost. See a list of those on our
BME makes no inventory items.
All its Forged Aluminum Racing Pistons are either custom-made to customer
specifications or, in the case of race teams who take the specific forging die
option, are completely unique.
Not only does Bill Miller
Engineering make the most reliable and durable forged pistons in the business
but it prides itself on great customer service, accurate technical advice, quick
turnaround of orders and fair prices. More importantly, everyone at BME, from
the office staff, to the high-tech manufacturing specialists who make the
pistons, to the shipping department and, of course, to Bill Miller himself, are
intent upon great communication with customers.
Try this with any of the other
piston makers: call and ask to speak to the owner. If you don't get the reply,
"Uh--he's not taking calls.", you'll at least get voice mail. At BME, when you
ask for help from the top, Bill Miller, himself, answers the phone.
That's the sign of a great
business--the one from which you should buy your next set of racing pistons.