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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all happen...giving the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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FuelTech 1075 HP C8 with piggyback ECU

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  • FuelTech 1075 HP C8 with piggyback ECU

    Maybe the aftermarket will be able to work around the encrypted VIP architecture after all.

    From GM Authority:

    FuelTech USA Twin Turbo C8 Corvette Makes 1,075 WHP On The Dyno: Video

    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 ****, 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 FuelTech’s C8 Corvette is good for a whopping 1,075 horsepower and 888 pound-feet of torque at the wheels.

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    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.

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    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,” **** 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.
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  • #2
    Like to see how many engine and tranny parts are stock and how much is not. Then the cost. Quite sure it has upgraded rods, pistons and port work etc ike others who claim less Hp!
    Impressive stuff none the less!

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      It's a 10 second car.

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      • #4
        They ran the quarter mile in 9.73 @146 mph, with slicks and skinnies. Way cool, but no longer street legal.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by 3 Z06ZR1 View Post
          Like to see how many engine and tranny parts are stock and how much is not. Then the cost. Quite sure it has upgraded rods, pistons and port work etc ike others who claim less Hp!
          Impressive stuff none the less!
          No doubt. But to me the important part is that they worked around gm's Global B encryption. That's what's been holding up all the tuners, and this proves it's possible. Not many people will want a 1000hp C8, but plenty will want the ability to tune to match exhaust and intake mods.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Racer86 View Post
            They ran the quarter mile in 9.73 @146 mph, with slicks and skinnies. Way cool, but no longer street legal.
            I don't believe skinnies were used on this just heads up.

            There are plenty of DOT approved slicks out there as well such as the MT ET Street R Bias Ply.

            Super cool either way though!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
              Maybe the aftermarket will be able to work around the encrypted VIP architecture after all.

              From GM Authority:
              We were super happy to help out with this project!

              Anderson and his team are stand up guys and we expect plenty of cool development out of this platform from them!

              Really happy to see this platform making so much progress so quickly!

              -Andrew
              Andrew Pasik

              Sales | Cicio Performance

              Phone: 678.297.7770 ext 106

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