SEMA 2016: Fuel System Optimization is Key for Fuelab

 5Some of the biggest problems that high performance applications run into is vapor lock and fuel starvation. Brian Paitz, President at Fuelab, has developed pumps for both gasoline and diesel engines that virtually eliminates the issue. By using brushless technology, there is less wear and tear. They weigh less than three pounds and support up to 1,800 hp.

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The brushless fuel pumps are the centerpiece of Fuelab’s offerings. The company also produces fuel pump regulators that work with both electronic fuel injection and carbureted motors. Applications include drag racing, street performance and diesel performance. For those who both drive and drag a single car, having different fuel flow eliminates several issues. As Paitz puts it, “You don’t need 1,000 hp at a stop sign. This is very important for high-flow applications that prevent vapor lock conditions. You don’t want to run a pump harder than it needs.”

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The Fuelab pumps speed up and slow down based on engine demand. It is now possible to electronically send different types of signals to the pump, and to tell it what to do. It can be done through a simple high-low switch that is pre-programmed into the pump. You can also use an output from the ECU or use Fuelab’s electronic fuel pump regulator, which sends a signal to the pump to speed up or slow down based on engine demand. It reads changes in the return line pressure and sends a signal to the pump to speed up or slow down.

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The brushless technology is very important for an inline fuel pump in diesel fuel applications. Fuel pumps will have a problem with low sulfur content diesel fuel wearing out the brushes. The Brushless pump eliminates that issue. Fuelab’s pumps and regulators are great for high-flow and low pressure applications for GM, Ford and Chrysler trucks. There are several installation kits for different applications and model years.

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“We use standard filters, so there is no need to buy special filters. We get a lot of positive feedback from our customers about increased performance,” said Paitz.

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At eight months of age, Tom Stahler sat in a baby stroller in Thunder Valley and watched Chuck Parsons and Skip Scott win the 1968 Road America 500. He has had the car bug ever since. He has won several awards, including the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and the International Motor Press Association's Gold Medal for his writing and photography. When not chasing the next story, Tom drives in vintage road racing events.
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