I first met Steve in 1995. He was sent to us for a piston development program for Mercury Performance Craft for an all new engine we were developing. Steve also designed pistons I used at Mercury Racing. He guided us through a number of high performance piston programs while I was there that were very successful.
More recently we worked together on development program for a Military Drone engine. Steve was a priceless consultant on that program in so many ways beyond the pistons he produced for the program.
Now Steve and I are working on Snowmobile racing pistons trying to fill a void where high quality parts are needed.
I have always enjoyed working with Steve as his all-around knowledge has certainly been a benefit to me as I worked for four different companies. I learn something every time I talk to him. Without a doubt in my mind, Steve is the smartest guy I have ever met on piston design and manufacturing. Not just smart, but he can explain it so you can understand the details and can prove what he says because he has done it. He is truly a pleasure to work with. I wish we could work more together.
Mike Wienandt - Owner - Wienandt Performance Technology
Leadfoot Engineering has been an extraordinary development partner. Our desires for the outcome of our piston development program—primarily friction and emissions reductions—are precisely what they delivered. Their thorough explanation of each step of the process along with providing supporting materials and regular consultation expanded our company's internal knowledge of piston design and development. Fast and flexible with piston procurement as well, I would highly recommend Leadfoot Engineering.
Joshua Raimond - Design Engineer - Pinnacle Engines
Steve Bethel and Leadfoot Engineering have worked for my company for over 10 years. Steve is an extremely capable professional...the best I've seen in this industry! Steve's knowledge, experience and commitment are what set's him apart and underscores the reason why he is so highly sought after, especially for his piston development work. Steve has a unique ability to explain options and guide decision making and is more of a partner than a vendor. He delivers on time, on budget with the highest quality and integrity. It has been my pleasure to work with him over these many years.
Forrest Bowen - Chairman - XRDi
Deltahawk Engines has used Leadfoot Engineering to refine the piston design in our diesel aircraft engine. The project has concluded with a successful, marketable product. This was a difficult application, being a two stroke diesel that highly stresses the piston thermally and mechanically. Leadfoot aided in selecting the alloy and developing the heat treating for the skirt. They were the principal developer of the final piston profile. DeltaHawk continues to use Leadfoot services, and we have been highly satisfied with their work to date.
Doug Doers - CTO - Deltahawk Engines, Inc.
We have been working with Leadfoot Engineering for a few years now; and our collaboration has been a great opportunity for us to improve our products.They’ve offered a reliable & professional service. Projects are normally well-planned and the communication is very smooth and clear. Test results and project reports are accurate, well-documented and delivered on-time. The engineers are very courteous, supportive, and knowledgeable; they always offer ideas to solve problems based on good information and sound judgment. In the past few years, they have proved their competency in technically challenging projects and have always delivered excellent service with great attitude.
Maryam Khorshidi - CAE Engineer - MTD Products Inc.
As an independent mechanical engineering consultant, I’ve recently had the pleasure of working with Leadfoot Engineering Inc. on an internal combustion engine-related project. This put me back in touch with friend and respected colleague, Steve Bethel. I have known Steve (founder of Leadfoot Engineering) since 1991, when we both worked for Mercury Marine in the Applied Technology department. He has always impressed me with his knowledge of engines, especially in the highly detailed area of piston design and engineering. With the establishment of his own company, Steve is now able to contribute this knowledge to other engine manufacturers. Leadfoot Engineering has a proven and enviable track record of success in the design and manufacture of pistons for high-performance engine applications. From initial design concept, selection of specialty alloys, full CAD-CAM capabilities, to fully finished prototype parts, Leadfoot Engineering has rapidly become a state-of-the-art piston specialist. For the aforementioned reasons, I whole-heartedly recommend Leadfoot Engineering Inc. to any engine manufacturer requiring the highest standards in piston technology.
J. David Kirk - President - Kirk Engines, Inc.