Check out this video explaining how and why FuelTech built their Twin Turbo C8 Corvette step by step.
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The Internet buzzed with excitement last month when FuelTech revealed its latest R&D project, a 2020 Corvette that produces 754whp, an output level that was held back by a slipping clutch and has the potential to top 1200whp.
The multi-national technology company integrated its FT600 engine management system with the factory ECU (PCM) and TCU (Transmission Control Unit) to create a seamless solution for ultimate control over the twin turbocharged LT2 engine combination without hacking into the factory ECU.
Here is the story behind the project as FuelTech blends its championship-winning, record setting electronic technology into the C8 Corvette. In the video Anderson explains FuelTech’s highly successful drag racing programs in Sport Compact and the domestic-based door-slammer segments. It is through that success—at the highest level of motorsports—that has prepared the company’s PowerFT engine management systems to be capable of piggybacking on to one of Chevrolet’s most advanced vehicles in its line-up.
Beginning with a clean sheet of paper wasn’t easy but worth the efforts since FuelTech will be building a user-friendly plug-and-play setup for speed shops and enthusiasts.
FuelTech is proving it is more than just a motorsports technology company as it expands into the street market and integrates with OEM electronics. It is the reason you’re seeing #FuelTechEverywhere
WHEELS UP for FuelTech Twin Turbo C8 Corvette in 2nd Trip to Drag Strip!
Nearly two months ago FuelTech shocked the late-model Corvette world by cracking off 1,075 whp from its twin turbocharged C8 Corvette.
Last month the team got on track and rushed into the 9-second barrier with an awesome 9.72 at 146 mph at Virginia Motorsports Park.
But they were just getting started—last week Anderson Dick pushed the FuelTech C8 Corvette even further into the 9s with a best of 9.61 and 148 mph during a private track rental at South Georgia Motorsports Park.
The 60-foot times are impressive with a best of 1.38, thanks to leaving on nitrous and the sticky Mickey Thompson ET Street R drag radials, which are mounted on a pair of Belak wheels.
The main goal of the C8 Corvette is to develop EFI technologies while showing the versatility of the PowerFT line of engine management systems. The EFI setup on the FuelTech C8 Corvette features a custom jumper harness that allows a FT600 ECU to control fuel and timing in this twin turbocharged combination. The internal boost controller and power management options allow Anderson to custom program the power curve, which is a critical function in getting the vehicle to perform properly on the drag strip.
The OEM powertrain control unit forces the team to modify the shift procedures, transmission pressure controls, and the clutch adjustments. The team made huge strides this outing with multiple 9-second runs and three jaunts into the 9.60s, but there is more work to be done. The team also relies on the FT600 data logger to record factory sensors at a high sampling rate in addition to an assortment of FuelTech sensors. The Corvette employs two WB-O2 Nano meters that monitor the air/fuel ratio through Bosch LSU 4.2 sensors in the exhaust. Other sensors wired into the FT600 include backpressure canister, 0-150 psi pressure sensor to monitor the port fuel injection, two backpressure sensors for each turbocharger as well as turbocharger speed sensors.
Anderson also added two FuelTech EGT-4 kits, which allows individual cylinder EGT monitoring for all eight cylinders, aiding in complete data collection and engine safety. New for this track outing was the addition of a Nitrous Outlet laughing gas kit with the goal of getting the Corvette to run quicker 60-foot times. And if you’ve watched the video, it was mission accomplished as Anderson yanked the driver’s side front wheel off the ground at the drop of the green! The FT600 includes a Pro Nitrous controller, allowing Anderson and his group to bring in the nitrous quickly and shut it off as the Garrett turbochargers start to reach peak boost at 21 psi.
An Aeromotive fuel system supplies VP Racing Fuels M1 methanol to a second set of fuel injectors, all controlled by the FT600, and can provide ample fuel volume for boost and nitrous usage. If you are just checking in on the FuelTech C8 Corvette, a brief overview shows it has two Garrett G35-900 turbochargers mounted topside that provide plenty of boost to the fortified LT2 engine. Simplicity reigns in this engine compartment—the turbo kit doesn’t have an intercooler due to the use of methanol fuel to help cool the incoming air.
Late Model Racecraft’s Steve Fereday, who was also on-hand to enjoy the barrage of 9-second runs at South Georgia Motorsports Park, inspired Anderson to build this turbo combination. The only drivetrain modifications has been the addition of a Dodson clutch and GForce Engineering rear axles. In all, the team made 14 runs at South Georgia Motorsports Park as they develop strategies to get the best and most consistent performance from the complicated platform. They left the famed drag strip with a glove box full of 9-second time slips, including three in the 9.60 range. From a mid-9 second late model Corvette to winning championships and setting records at all levels of motorsports, that is the reason you’re seeing #FuelTechEverywhere
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