Confederate Motorcycles started a lot of talk with their Renovatio Project, revealed a few months ago. This concept has a design that many are still trying to get their heads around but one piece I find interesting is the engine. It's a 90 degree V-twin being designed by Katech Inc., a Michigan firm with strong racing roots at places like Sebring, Daytona and LeMans and who are also responsible for the 1000 horsepower V16 powering the Cadillac Sixteen, a showcar from a few years ago.
The water cooled V-twin for the Renovatio is actually going to be a 2 cylinder slice from the Chevrolet Corvette's LS7 V8. Preliminary displacement will be 103 cubic inches with 11:1 compression plus a target of 135 horsepower. Confederate is also talking about a supercharger so we'll see what that does to power numbers.
When we wrote about the S&S X-Wedge engine a few days ago we mentioned that it utilized a lot of automotive style parts, now, Confederate is actually taking a portion of an automotive engine as the basis for their entire powerplant. When you think about it, the number of automotive engineering firms and parts suppliers in the U.S. does make the idea somewhat appealing. With ever tighter emission regulations coming into play, the knowledge base in the auto world could be helpful, too. Companies like Katech bring some pretty high level expertise to the table and this engine might get a few other companies thinking about a little auto to motorcycle crossover work. This one will be worth watching.