This year, we decided to cover some shops and race vehicles on the other side of the border. Earlier this year, we stopped by Federico Montes’ Shop in Ensenada, BC. They specialize in race engines and transmissions.This year is the 25th anniversary of the Montes Shop. This is one of the first Mexican shops specializing in race engines and transmisions for class 11, 5/1600 and 16 only.
Montes has clients all over Baja, Baja Sur, California, Jalisco, Monterrey, Nayarit and Sinaloa and have championships in the most important series like SCORE, CODE or RECORD. Montes’ has specific areas for each type of work they do, such as the transmission assembly area where they arm and disarm with the most specialized tool or the machinery area with milling, lathe and cutting machines. They also have specialized machines for cylinders rectifying.
Around the shop are photos with thank you messages from teams like Kiosko racing, Negrete Boys and Yee’s. There are also best engine and transmission awards but one of the most important achievements for Federico and the shop is having two Rally Dakar in their book. Federico raced once as a mechanic and once as a navigator. This was the root of his work with racing engines.
Class 16 is recognized as one of the most challenging classes for the mechanics because only the best engine and tranny builders are required. Ernesto Arámbula won the 2013 SCORE Class 16 Championship with the help of Montes. In the engine building room, we found a really interesting engine. At the time, Federico told us that engine was a prototype for future use in the classes 11,16 and 5/1600, as a characteristic this engine is a low-compression and uses a regular unloaded fuel.
Stock 1600cc, low-compression makes the engine much more durable. It’s cheaper and has more horsepower than the actual high-compression race engines, around 10HP. The idea is to use restrictors to match the same power than the actual race engines for a fair competition. This engine was first used for the CODE race in May.
Albins, Mendeola and Fortin are every day work at Montes Shop. The shop is an excellent choice to every racers, from novice to champion. Montes offers great deals and if you want more information or are interested in their services, give them a call.
Race-Dezert would like to thank to Federico and all Montes Shop for letting us stop by.