Katech Signs Commercial Agreement to Build LPG Engines for Begas Motor - Engine Builder Magazine

Katech Signs Commercial Agreement to Build LPG Engines for Begas Motor

Katech has announced it signed a commercial agreement with Begas Motor of Madrid, Spain to build 250 liquid propane gas (LPG) engines over the next two years.

Katech has announced it signed a commercial agreement with Begas Motor of Madrid, Spain to build 250 liquid propane gas (LPG) engines over the next two years.

As part of the agreement, Katech will develop the production cell in which the engines will be assembled. The cell will initially operate solely at Katech, with a second identical cell becoming operational at the Begas facility by the end of the first year of the agreement. 

Katech developed the Begas LPG engine based on the 7.2 liter supercharged General Motors LS engine. Two prototype engines were delivered earlier this year to Begas for road and laboratory evaluation, including emission compliant testing for certification as a Euro6 LPG engine.

“Euro6 certification of an LPG engine is a big breakthrough,” said Victor Saenz, director of engineering for Begas Motor. “There is a lot of news and expectations for this engine here in Spain.”

The engines will be used to power commercial buses, which are in demand as Spain enacts stringent air quality standards for vehicles operating in major metropolitan cities.  

“The engine produces approximately 1,000 ft.-lbs. of torque at 3,000 rpm,” said Katech program engineer Eric Suits. “We modified the engine so the torque curve is very flat, so the power is there to compete with diesel engines and yet still meet stringent emissions standards.”

Saenz envisions a long-term relationship with Katech.

“We chose Katech because they know to build high performance highly durable engines, know how to manufacture engine components, and have the engineering in house to support our vision as we evolve to other applications,” Saenz said.

“There are other projects coming down the line that don’t require the torque and power that we have on the 7.2 liter engine,” said Saenz. “I cannot give too much detail, but I can tell you it’s going to be a smaller engine and we will do this with Katech.

“I don’t think we could have found a more understanding, capable supplier than Katech,” Saenz said. “Katech is very open, very straightforward, and they deliver what they promise. They know what they are doing in alternative fuel engines.”

You May Also Like

Mahle Appoints Brent Fletcher Head of North America Aftermarket Regional Sales

Fletcher and his team focus on dialog with customers to position Mahle as a strong partner in aftermarket business.

Mahle Aftermarket has announced the appointment of Brent Fletcher as Head of Regional Sales in North America. In this role, Fletcher will oversee the sales and strategic growth of the portfolio of MAHLE Aftermarket solutions, which include the Clevite and Behr brands. Utilizing his extensive sales background, Fletcher and his team will work directly with production engine rebuilders, retailers, traditional distributors, shop owners and technicians throughout North America to provide them access to the premium solutions and training services.  

NASCAR to Launch In-Season Tournament in 2025

The top 32 drivers based on the seeding events will become eligible for the in-season tournament competition.

Ned Walliser Elected WPI Board President

Walliser was elected to a three-year term during the company’s annual shareholders meeting last month.

SCCA Event Schedule Now Available

The Sports Car Club of America National Championship Runoffs are returning to Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI for 2024 and 2025.

Lauri Eberhart Named CEO at Friends of Laguna Seca

Eberhart joins FLS as the group begins assessments of the facility ahead of numerous necessary improvements.

Other Posts

Full Pull’s 2024 Streaming Schedule

The 16-week, 32-session streaming schedule will include commentary, behind-the-scenes content, interviews with class winners, track-side insight, and analysis.

2025 Daytona 500 Logo Unveiled

Logo pays tribute to iconic Harley J. Earl trophy presented to winner of The Great American Race.

SEMA Names Ryan Stutzman as New CFO

Stutzman replaces current Vice President and CFO George Afremow, who will retire in June after 12 years with SEMA.

Liqui Moly Sponsors World’s Largest Porsche 356 Gathering

Promoted annually with the seal of Porsche AG and the Official Porsche Club, the International Porsche 356 Meeting takes place on a rotating basis in several countries.