FuelTech is far more popular in drag racing circles, having burst onto the “domestic” (US) scene only a few years ago. But they’ve made a big impact. FuelTech was one of the first companies I saw that integrated a display and the ECU together, allowing for some tuning without a laptop right on the unit itself. But they still offer fully featured software for tuners.
New for 2019 is a 550 lite, which actually has no screen, targeted at users who will be doing something else for display and/or who have no need for the integrated tuning interface. One thing that isn’t new, pictured here, is the drag tree practice mode that is built into all of the FuelTech ECUs. Since your trans brake or other launch device is likely already wired into the ECU, you can practice your reaction times in your own vehicle on your own gear. As if you needed any more reasons to stay in your car.
Whether you like it or hate it, no one really cares. But the aftermarket cares about the platform, and they have started to work on supporting it.
The BMW-Toyota love child that is the new Supra features a BMW B58 engine which, according to our friends at Supertech, is essentially a Mini Cooper B48 with 2 extra cylinders. It is essentially internally identical with respect to the engine’s spinny bits — pistons, rods, valves, springs.
As such, Supertech already has a complete engine build kit available for it, and it was featured as a part of Steph Papadakis’ SEMA Live build, making around 1000hp. Not too shabby!
Last year we had commented on Supertech’s entry into the head gasket market, and they are continuing to expand their head gasket lineup to offer more thicknesses as well as more bore dimensions to match wit the various piston sizes and options that they offer for their supported platforms.
While it’s not an entirely new development for them, Fuel Safe has been transitioning many of their cell top plate designs to use an SAE standard 10-bolt pattern. Pump manufacturers like Aeromotive have been using this 10-bolt pattern for quite some time.
Since the pump and pickup assembly can essentially be a complete unit, use of this design can make for extremely fast servicing of the pump and/or the pump filter. For competition use, you can simply keep an entire spare assembly ready to go.
To service, disconnect the fluid and electrical hook-ups, unbolt the 10 bolts, yank the assembly, and then perform the steps in reverse with the new assembly. For drifting use where competition timeouts are on the order of a matter of minutes, this allows for ruling out fuel pump issues quickly.