Video: Top Teams Head to PRI for Hot Rodders of Tomorrow National Championship

By SEMA Editors

The first half of the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow (HROT) 2016 Dual Championship Engine Challenge is over. The event, which took place last week at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, included 20 teams from across the country who battled to become one of the top four teams to move on and compete for the 2016 National Championship at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, December 9–10.

Team Vibrant, from C. D. Hylton High School in Woodbridge, Virginia, came in first place with an average time of 19:18. They were the only team to have all three runs below the 20-minute mark.

Team Howards Cams from Belvidere North High School in Belvidere, Illinois, came in second place with an average time of 22:04. They are the first all-female team to compete in the Elite 8 of the Dual Championship, and the fastest all-female team in the history of the competition.

Team Aeromotive, from Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois, came in third place with an average time of 22:52. They are the only team to have perfect motors (no penalties) during the first half of the 2016 HROT Dual Championship. Team Taylor, also from Fremd High School, came in fourth place with an average time of 23:10. Teams Aeromotive and Taylor are both coached by Steven Elza.

The top four teams from the SEMA Show will now move on to the Elite 8, held next month during the PRI Trade Show, to compete head-to-head against the top four teams from PRI to earn the 2016 HROT National Champion title. The Elite 8 battle will start December 9, at 1:00 p.m. (EST), and continue through December 10.

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