Katech customer Benton Bryan will be racing his tube-frame Corvette in the Endurance Champions Cup. The series takes place in Europe and Mr. Bryan will race at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza track on March 24th and 25th. Monza is a race track located near the town of Monza, north of Milan, in Northern Italy. This historic track was built in 1922 and is widely known as being one of the fastest and most dangerous circuits in Formula 1 and Grand Prix. Many safety improvements have been made over the years such as chicanes on the straights to slow the cars down, but the track continues to hold an infamous record. Despite safety concerns the circuit is still a firm favorite with fans and drivers who can always expect an action-packed high-speed race.
Benton and his father are long time gear-heads and have been restoring and racing cars for years. This has been Benton’s brain child and it began with a Riggins tubular chassis for superior handling and weight savings as well as fiberglass Derhaag C5 body work. Benton Bryan reached out to Katech Performance in order to power this race car. Katech Engineering came up with an engine package that provides high horsepower as well as durability for endurance racing. They started with a C5-R block, which was used in the Le Mans 24 hour C5-R Corvettes, and is intended for endurance racing engines. The primary difference between this block and the Gen 4 production blocks is the 356-T6 aluminum used to increase stiffness. A Callies crankshaft and Compstar connecting rods were used to ensure a strong bottom end. A GM Stage-3 camshaft was employed to make excellent power and maintain stable valvetrain. Katech used LS7 cylinder heads that flow upwards of 370 cfm. In order to supply the maximum amount of air and fuel to the heads a GM single plane manifold is fed by a Kinsler throttle body with Katech billet fuel rails. This combination produced a staggering 661 hp and 561 ft-lbs and has already set a GT car track record at the Paul Ricard track in Southern France.