Experts on Tour - Kenneth W. Kayser
The History of GM's Ramjet Fuel Injection on the Chevrolet V-8 and its Corvette Racing Pedigree
Fuel Injection was recognized in the early 1950's by GM VP Harlow Curtice as a "Future Technology" deemed necessary for improving fuel economy, reducing exhaust emissions and improving performance.
GM's strategic plan was to roll out the GM Fuel Injection system starting with the premium nameplates first; Cadillac and Buick followed by Oldsmobile, Pontiac and Chevrolet.
History recorded a few ill-fated automotive technological marketing events in the early 1950's causing some GM divisions to become conservative and resulted in postponing their foray into Fuel Injection. At the opposite end of the spectrum Chevrolet, GM's high volume value leader became aggressive in the market place and became GM's first application for Rochester Fuel Injection.
GM's corporate wide network of staffs and divisions participated in this historic launch of Fuel Injection fully three decades in advance of the rest of the US automotive industry.
Mr. Kayser spent another three decades investigating GM's Rochester Fuel Injection System in preparation for this book.
Kenneth W. Kayser has been interested in the history of the Corvette since he first began the General Motors Institute Co-op Engineering program in 1968 at the Chevrolet Tonawanda Plant. It was his purchase of a "Pilot" 1957 Fuel Injected Corvette in 1975 that started the long research odyssey that culminated with this book. Mr. Kayser earned a Bachelors of Engineering in 1973 from G.M.I. and an M.B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo in 1978. Mr. Kayser has engineered manufacturing of GM engine for nearly 40 years.