One of the hallmarks of the 1969 Camaro’s success is the integration of the FT600 engine management system and its vast capabilities. The FT600, FT550, FT550LITE, and FT450 offer a complete line-up of standard features including sequential injection and ignition, O2 Closed Loop, data acquisition, traction control, delay box, Boost Controller, Nitrous Controller, and so much more. Additionally, the FT600, FT550, and FT450 have a customizable digital display for the driver and the anti-glare TFT touchscreen offers the ability to adjust the tune without hooking up a PC computer. It gives the driver feedback in real-time and puts the data in front of him or her instead of mounting multiple gauges around the cockpit.
A key feature for Micke’s turbo setup is the use of a single Turbosmart electronic wastegate to control boost, which is plumbed on the charge/cold side of the turbo system. Their theory is to have the twin Garrett GT57 98mm turbochargers spool as quickly as possible. In fact, the Camaro doesn’t even have wastegates on the exhaust/hot side. According to Micke, the large displacement Pro Line Racing HEMI makes 48 psi in just a half of second. The aggressive boost curve mimics a centrifugal supercharger and the lack of exhaust pressure bleed-off helps provide downforce to keep the front-end planted. FuelTech PowerFT was one of the first ECUs to offer electronic wastegate control when Turbosmart debuted the product a few years ago.