Behind the Scenes at Centerforce Clutches

In today’s world, if you build a high performance vehicle, every aspect of the car needs to perform at its best. Centerforce Clutches makes high performance clutches and flywheels for a number of popular American muscle applications for that exact reason. Back in the early part of the 1980s, Bill Hays (legendary hot roder and SEMA Hall of Fame member) sought to cure problems with what was then the existing designs of clutches, while developing a competition-rated clutch/pressure plate system. Bill’s invention was then patented as the Centerforce Weighted Clutch System.

The rest as they say is history. His little shop in Midway, CA soon grew to a 48,000 square-foot operation in Prescott, AZ. Now almost 20 years later, Centerforce is still on the cutting edge of clutch design. They back that statement up with the fact that they have 9 separate U.S. patents for their products which translates to over 1,700 different clutch and pressure plate applications for automotive applications. Many of those are for popular late model American cars such as the Chevy Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger.

To learn more about some of their processes and how they build their clutches, we took a trip to their Prescott, AZ facility. While we were there, we learned a lot about the different products that Centerforce makes, as well as what types of technology goes into their clutches. We saw everything from the manufacturing of the friction materials, to how things are packaged and shipped to speed shops and customers across the nation – plus everything in between. They even showed us some of their manufacturing process that had never been seen before!

Best of all, we shot a complete shop tour covering everything that we saw. (Plus a little fun they had with a Camaro in the parking lot.) That video is playing above for your enjoyment.

About the author

Tom Bobolts

Tom started working for Power Automedia in early 2008 at the young age of 20. Starting off as an intern spinning wrenches in the PowerTV garage, Tom cut his teeth helping us build the very project cars we feature. Since moving inside the office, most of his time is spent writing and shooting installs - but he still finds time to get out in the shop. Outside of work, Tom enjoys a variety of different motorsports from Street Bikes, Muscle Cars and just about anything that demands high amounts of horsepower.
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