Most General Motors enthusiasts probably know Katech for its relation to Corvette Racing and its numerous other motorsports endeavours.
Katech built the V8s engine that powered Corvette Racing’s Corvette C5-R and Corvette C6.R GT1 to a myriad of victories, including six class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and also helped Cadillac Racing achieve its championships in the SCCA World Challenge series with the Cadillac CTS.V.R Sedan and Coupe. The fifth-generation FIA Chevrolet Camaro GT3 car also used Katech power, along with the Grand Am Chevrolet Camaro GT.R and..well, you get the picture.
The company has expanded its business beyond high-performance racing engines in recent years and today has a wide portfolio of powertrain-related services available to consumers, race teams, OEMs and anyone else who could benefit from its technical expertise. It recently put together a video documenting its new GM LSx-based alternative fuel engine, which makes 1,000 lb-ft of torque at engine speeds of just 3,000 rpm using liquid petroleum gas (LPG).
This engine is destined for use in Class 6 passenger buses in Europe, or city buses with a maximum weight of around 26,000 lbs. Katech says that in addition to this LPG engine, it can also produce similarly high-output engines using compressed natural gas as a fuel. It’s planning on putting the engine into production in numerous locations as well, allowing it to more easily serve the global market. The alternative fuel V8 will only be built at Katech’s HQ in Michigan to begin with, however.
Katech’s CEO believes the internal combustion engine will always be around and thanks to mass transit, shipping, heavy industry and other such applications, he’s right. The fuel type could change though, especially with regards to industrial applications, which is why Katech is diversifying its business and working on cleaner, more efficient engine designs.
Hear what Katech has to say about the alternative fuel LSx engine in the video above.