Last November, LSXTV’s Cliff Klaverweiden lamented the 5th-Gen Camaro V6′s inability to be performance tuned because of the running characteristics of its ECU. In order to remedy this problem, IPF Tuning and Vortech combined forces to develop a V-3 supercharger kit that features IPF’s own flash tuning tool to calibrate the V6′s fuel and spark accordingly.
This revolutionary flash tuning system from IPF eliminated the hurdle caused by the stock V6 ECU, but since Klaverweiden’s report on the Vortech-IPF system last year the two companies have reissued a new version of the kit that’s designed specifically for the 2012 “LFX” code V6. As an added bonus, Vortech and IPF’s current system is also engineered to run with the previous “LLT” motor from ’10-11.
The secret behind the latest flash tuning supercharger is in the development of the ECU tuning software itself. System designer Todd Zuccone elaborates, “The key to making power on the V6 platform, especially the 2012 model, is properly designed hardware as well as a precisely tuned ECU calibration.”
But IPF and Vortech have not accomplished this engineering feat alone. In fact, development of the latest V-3 supercharger for the 5th-Gen Camaro LFX was largely the result of an overseas collaboration. They say, “With the help of our GM software tuning partner, Arno Schindler (EDS-Motorsport) in Germany, we have a hardware and software system that is second to none.”
Another crucial reason why the new V-3 kit should prove to be a hit with V6 Camaro buffs is because IPF and Vortech have designed the system to be totally bolt-on without the need for major or evasive modifications to the V6 platform itself. 5th-Gen Pony enthusiasts will also be happy to hear that they can achieve up to 440 horses from a stock 305 without sacrificing fuel economy or overall reliability. With that being the case, IPF Tuning and Vortech have opened a whole new door, and possibly a new market, by developing a system that achieves V8 power from GM’s current 3.6l DFI V6.