Katech Has Built a 1000-Torque “Alternative Fuel” LSX Engine For Buses
Just when you thought the LS swap had found every potential candidate imaginable, in comes yet another groundbreaker. As the automotive scene continues to change and evolve, we see all sorts of different concepts coming into play. If you ask Katech, they think that the internal combustion engine really has a long life ahead of it. Even though electric technology has come around strong, internal combustion certainly has proven architecture with lots of benefits. However, Katech seems to think that a more common alternative fuel source might over the horizon. This is where things begin to change up a little bit.
With one particular platform, Katech has been developing engines for European buses. All LS swap banter aside, the engine is based on the LS platform. However, what’s a bit more uncommon is that it’s slated to be fueled by liquid propane.
The goal here is to make efficient power that is enough to move a bus for hours on end. This has to come with the qualities of being durable for everyday use. We can see where that could provide a complicated cocktail to address the situation. The particular application that they put together in this video makes right at 1000 lb-ft of torque at 3000 RPM. That certainly sounds like enough to move a passenger bus around all day without straining the engine too much.
In the future, the company also plans on designing an engine propelled by liquid propane gas and compressed natural gas alike. The whole idea is to come up with something clean, powerful, and durable. What way is better than working off of architecture that we all already know works. In fact, many probably know of Katech for the work that they’ve done to the LS platform over the years. They’ve become especially prominent in the Chevrolet Corvette industry.
By following along with the video below, we were able to learn a little bit more about what this platform is going to offer. Who knows? Before long, we might see engine swaps coming out of passenger buses!