A company can strive to keep itself as diverse as possible but each company always has a facet of its operation which defines the entity as a whole. Katech’s position in the world of motorsports defines the company over the last three decades. The reputation and record extending through this period is without question the pinnacle of Katech’s success. Winning races, championships, dominating at legendary venues, providing quality and winning products (through services such as racing engine development) is what Katech provides for the motorsports community for both our domestic and abroad customers. Looking through Katech’s current programs and overall racing heritage, a common theme becomes noticeably apparent, winning and succeeding is a constant function of Katech’s business.
For the 2012 racing season Katech Motorsports engines will power race cars in multiple racing venues. Racing teams come to Katech Motorsports for our world renowned expertise when it comes to building high performance, reliable and durable engines.
Grand-Am Chevrolet Camaro GT.R
Grand-Am road racing is widely known as the most competitive racing organization. During the 2011 season Chevrolet was able to capture the manufacturers’ championship. Katech Motorsports Chevrolet LS3 engines led a total of 596 out of 1802 laps throughout the season. There will be two teams running Katech Motorsports engines in their cars during the 2012 season. Autohaus Motorsports will be fielding the #88 car, while Stevenson Motorsports will have two cars racing; #75 and #57.
SCCA World Challenge Cadillac CTS-V.R Coupe
Two General Motors sponsored Cadillac CTS-V.R coupes race in the World Challenge GT division. The series provides manufacturers, teams and suppliers with a competitive production-based race series where they can prove their products and abilities. The two race cars are the #3 and the #8 car. These Cadillac race cars are powered by Katech Motorsports engines. During the 2011 season Cadillac was able to capture the 2nd place in the manufacturers’ championship.
American Le Mans Series (LMPC)
The Le Mans Prototype Challenge class of the ALMS arguably holds the worlds’ highest caliber of performance platforms. These race cars feature a full carbon fiber chassis and body work, carbon brakes and an Xtrac sequential gearbox with paddle shifting. Katech Motorsports engines power every single car in the class. These cars are lightweight and can reach speeds of 170 mph. Team Core Motorsports took the 2011 LMPC championship.
FIA Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1
The Chevrolet Corvette C6.R GT1 is a grand touring race car built by Pratt & Miller and General Motors for endurance racing competitions. It is a replacement for the C5-R race car, and uses the C6 generation Corvette body style, as well as improvements to increase the speed and reliability during endurance racing events. For the 2012 season V8 Racing and Zero Racing will be running Katech Motorsports engines. We will be updating the Corvette C6.R GT1 page as the 2012 season progresses.
Camaro FIA GT3
FIA’s GT3 class is mostly dominated by European Exotics such as; Ferraris, Aston Martins and Lamborghinis. German company Sareni United, founded Reiter Engineering to create class leading race cars. They have worked over an American muscle car to compete with the exotics and put it self on the podium. The Camaro GT3 is a perfect marriage of Reiter Engineerings’ chassis technology and Katech Motorsports’ race proven engine capabilities. The Camaro GT3 will be competing in its’ first year of racing and we will keep updating its’ page.
Superstarts Series Chevrolet Lumina CR8
Team Solaris Motorsports will be running two Katech-powered Chevrolet Lumina CR8′s in the Superstars series. The Superstars series is a production-based championship that takes places in Europe. There will be 9 race weekends with 18 sprint races, including a season final in Indonesia. They will be held at world-class venues such as Monza, Spa, Mugello and Donington. Katech put together an LS3-based engine for Solaris Motorsports. The engine produces over 550 horsepower and is designed to withstand the rigors of racing.
SCCA Trans-Am 2
The Trans-Am Series is an automobile racing series that dates back to 1966. For the 2012 racing season the new Howe chassis cars will be running Katech Motorsports TA2 engines. Miller Racing will have 2 cars in the running this year. The GM LS3 engines will retain the factory LS3 block, heads and truck specific intake manifold, while utilizing the ARE dry-sump system in order to combat oil starvation experienced by wet-sump systems in racing applications.