Katech Motorsports has recently partnered with Reiter Engineering, led by Hans Reiter was started in 2000, and is owned by Sareni United. Reiter Engineering has made a name for themselves by race prepping exotic cars such as Lamborghinis. The nature of their business is to take supercars, and turn them into race cars. They believe that a car always has room for improvement, so they constantly search for new ways to make their race cars faster and improve its handling abilities. Their Lamborghini race cars have been very successful. In 2011 they were able to attain numerous victories in the; DAC GT Masters, Brazil GT3, ASIA GT3 and Spanish GT Championship. They have gained a lot of knowledge about racing and are constantly working on innovative ideas.
In general there are no factory super teams in GT3. These teams are funded by individuals who love racing and are willing to put their money where their mouth is, meaning they will purchase a car they think is a winner and then race it to prove their point. As individuals they only want to buy the best, regardless of the price.
GM designed the new retro Camaro to resemble the iconic 1st generation cars that were produced from 1967-69. The 2010 Camaro shows a resemblance to its first generation, yet its new design brings the car into the 21st century. The new Camaro has made a great impression on the American car market. 2010 marked the end of the Mustangs’ 23 year sales reign, as the Chevrolet Camaro surpassed the Mustang in total sales. Due to a large demand for the fifth generation Camaro overseas and to further expand their market domination GM will be selling the Camaro as a 2012 model in Europe.
When Hans traveled to the US he was able to see the 2010 Camaro in person and decided that Reiter Engineering was going to venture outside of their norm of building Lambos. The masculine styling, retro look and aggressive body lines make the new Camaro the car of choice for Reiter.
While deciding on what engine should power the new Camaro GT3 race car, Reiter Engineering wanted to make sure that the power plant would be very powerful and reliable enough to compete in sprint races as well as 24 hour races endurance races. Reiter came to Katech Motorsports in order to find a solution for their powertrain needs.
Katech Motorsports is renowned in Europe for the multiple GT1 wins at Le Mans as well as other tracks. The engines are assembled in house at Katech Motorsports by expert engine builders. Reiter outlined their performance and reliability requirements. Katech then used their experience acquired over more than a decade of building LS based racing engines to create a brutally powerful, yet remarkably efficient engine.
The 7.9 liter aluminum V8 makes 650 hp, and produces ground pounding torque. Katech rigorously tests all of their engines to make sure that they will be able to withstand the tortures of racing. The attribute that really differentiates Katech Motorsports engines is reliability and durability. Many engine builders can achieve high horsepower numbers for a short time, but the real magic is making real usable power that you can race with for 24 hours. The engine should be refreshed at 5,000km and overhauled at 10,000 km. These engines can take a lot of abuse, through extensive testing Katech Motorsports has created an engine that Reiter can use to power their new Camaro.
The combination of the chassis technology that Reiter Engineering is known for and the remarkably powerful yet durable Katech Motorsports engine creates a menacing track warrior that is ready to take on the competition. Reiter has been producing Lamborghinis for a long time and for them to venture out and build an American muscle car was a bold move. However, it was also a wise investment.
The Reiter Camaro is in the FIA homologation process, and will soon be racing. Reiter already has its first customer, YACO Racing, who will be running the car in the ADAC GT masters series in Germany. Reiter will build 20 cars per year and they will cost roughly $260,000. American muscle and thunder are a novelty in Europe where small displacement, dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder dominate the race car scene. Based on the success of the Katech Motorsports powered GT1 corvettes in Europe, Reiter and Katech Motorsports are sure this Camaro will be a hit with the European fans and race teams.