It seems that Vance & Hines (V&H) learned more than a little about v-twin engines while carrying the banner for Harley-Davidson.  So much so, that V&H is announcing the launch of a new 160-cubic-inch V-Twin engine for use in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Drag Racing class; the VH160VT.

VH160VT engine

Interestingly, the engine’s design is specifically for use with the NHRA approved Buell 1190 RX bodywork.  And the engine is the first time that V&H is designing an engine specifically for use in a Buell race machine.

VH160VT engine

The new pushrod VH160VT will be available on June 1, 2021.

The new engine was designed in-house at the company’s Racing Development Center (RDC) in Brownsburg, Indiana.  It is a 60-degree v-twin with pushrod-driven valves and is capable of turning at more than 10,000 RPM.  The powerplant already has NHRA’s blessing.  V&H plans to offer the engine to teams competing in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Racing.

Complete or pick and choose

You can buy the VH160VT as a complete running package or purchase some of the engine’s components through V&H RDC.  V&H says that some teams may purchase a builder’s kit which allows the team to take advantage of V&H’s proven technology while incorporating their own cams and cylinder head porting specs to arrive at the engine that works best for them.

Mike Kennedy, President of V&H said:

“This is a natural extension of our company’s involvement in motorcycle drag racing.  Terry Vance and Byron Hines became legends in the NHRA with their history of winning. As we have for the past 40 years, we continue to support teams by providing great vehicles, great engines and great components.”

This is the second new engine that V&H revealed this year.  Earlier, the V&H team launched a four-valve Suzuki-based racing engine that can be used in multiple NHRA motorcycle drag racing classes.  This four-valve powerplant quickly proved its mettle by powering Angelle Sampey to a 200 MPH run in its first outing at this year’s Gatornationals.

The VH160VT engine will be available as of June 1, 2021, through V&H’s RDC.  Pricing for the engine was not announced.


Image credit:  V&H



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