With today’s technology, it’s safe to say we’re living in the golden age of horsepower. Even the most mundane vehicles have received power bumps in the pursuit for greater efficiency.
But Katech and development partner Xtreme-DI have something to push things even further: a new fuel system capable of making over 2,000 horsepower. The system was originally developed for the LT1 and LT4 engine platform, but the company said it will be workable with any direct-injection gasoline engine.
Xtreme-DI developed the secondary pump and pump control electronics, while Katech handled the front engine belt drive, provided the required engine ECU calibration, and validated the system on the dyno.
The first vehicle to benefit from the new system was a C7 Corvette Z06, which produced 965 hp and 900 lb-ft of torque in the first application, but 1,200 hp at the wheels with E85. Katech said the airflow available from the engine supercharger kept the Corvette from reaching 2,000 hp, but development is underway on a larger fuel injector to reach the 2,000 hp figure. Katech will then validate the system on a twin-turbo LT engine.
The golden age of horsepower may quickly become nirvana.