FuelTech USA, a Georgia-based purveyor of standalone engine control units for high-performance road cars and drag racing applications, has managed to squeeze over 1,000 horsepower out of its C8 Corvette shop car.
The company recently shared a video to its YouTube page showing Anderson Dick, FuelTech’s founder and CEO, making some final adjustments to his work-in-progress C8 Corvette shop car before hooking it up to a dyno to validate its output. With two Garret G35-900 series turbochargers, 1700cc fuel injectors and a FuelTech FT600 standalone ECU, the company’s C8 Corvette is good for a whopping 1,075 horsepower and 888 pound-feet of torque at the wheels.
Usually squeezing over 1,000 horsepower out of a twin-turbocharged Chevy Small Block isn’t very hard, but it’s a different story with the C8 Corvette and its 6.2L LT2 V8. General Motors used an encrypted ECU on the C8 Corvette for cybersecurity purposes, which the aftermarket has yet to fully crack. That means tuners haven’t been able to adjust the engine mapping, air/fuel ratio and other settings, limiting the returns on upgrades like turbochargers.
To solve this, FuelTech USA installed its own FT600 standalone ECU, which works in conjunction with the C8 Corvette’s stock ECU. This allowed the company to adjust the ECU settings without confusing the car’s stock computer altogether.
“We’re so happy to finally accomplish a number that for us is very important,” Dick said. “I know a dyno number… each dyno might have a different number. But from our perspective, just having over 1,000 horsepower, it’s an honor. We know how many people are trying to do this and it’s awesome that we also are getting through these barriers.”
FuelTech USA says it will release a 1-hour long episode later this week documenting how it managed to work around the C8 Corvette’s ECU, which many tuning shops will be watching with great interest, we imagine. For now, check out the impressive dyno run in the video embedded below.