Team Solaris Motorsports will be fielding two Katech-powered Chevrolet Lumina CR8 race cars in the Superstars series this year. The Superstars series is a production-based touring car championship held in Europe since 2004. For 2012, the series will be racing in 6 countries. 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.
Solaris Motorsports came to Katech because they wanted an engine that would provide tons of horsepower and a linear torque curve with the goal of taking full advantage of the car’s power both on the straights and exiting the corners. Katech engineering designed and built them an LS3-based engine to power their Chevrolet Lumina CR8 racecar. The engine made more than 550 horsepower on Katech’s dyno. We started with an LS3 block, beefed up the rotating assembly, upgraded the camshaft and valvetrain, as well as adding a set of CNC-ported cylinder heads. To combat oil starvation experienced in road racing an ARE dry-sump system was used.
The first race will be held on April 1st at Monza, in Northern Italy. Stay tuned for more news on the Katech-powered Solaris Motorsports Chevrolet Lumina CR8’s.