Clinton Township, Mich.-based Katech Engines turned to Hawthorne, Calif.-based AEM Performance Electronics’ new Infinity standalone programmable engine control unit (ECU) to build a race engine for a COPO Camaro.
The ECU will tune the 1,100-plus horsepower NHRA Super Stock combination for JC Beattie Jr. of ATI Performance Products Inc., according to AEM.
“It’s a quality system that is easy to tune and very customizable,” said Kevin Pranger of Katech Engines. “We received excellent support from AEM’s Devin Pearce. We tuned it in no time at all and the final map was very precise. We also made the most power with this engine using the Infinity ECU.”
The new Katech engine adheres to NHRA rules and allows Beattie to keep his factory engine in pristine condition if he ever plans to sell the COPO Camaro. Beattie and ATI are happy with the tuning on the COPO Camaro and have switched to an Infinity ECU on Beattie’s Drag Pack Challenger as well, the company noted.
ATI Performance Productsalso recently introduced four Super Damper shell and damper combos with steel trigger options that are compatible with the Infinity ECU.
“I was introduced to fuel injection and AEM with our NHRA Drag Pak Challenger in 2010,” Beattie said. “Learning the system, using the interface and relying on Devin and the AEM team made it all very simple. Having never used fuel injection, I was nervous to say the least. But after two seasons of using the older equipment in the Dodge, and now having seen the new Infinity in action, I am excited for this season of racing!”
The AEM Infinity has found its way onto several other Katech-built LS engines, including an LS7 in Matt Powers’ drift car and also in the Katech-built LS3 that powers the Pirelli World Challenge Best IT/Crown Seven Camaro, the company noted.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be working with such highly regarded and respected companies,” said Greg Neuwirth, AEM president. “Katech is a leader in engine development for the LS platform and ATI’s products are synonymous with high-performance racing. We look forward to setting records with them throughout the season.”