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Hypertech Celebrates 25 Years of Performance Tuning!
It started with a chip, a Power Chip, twenty-five years ago and today Hypertech is the world leader in high-performance engine tuning products for computer-controlled vehicles.
Hypertech was founded in 1985 by Mark Heffington. It started with 7 employees and one engine dyno. Today there are 52 employees. Hypertech owns its facilities at 3215 Appling Road in Bartlett, TN, which includes an administration building, a state-of-the-art research and development building with 21 engineers and technicians and operates three chassis dynos, and a fabrication building for project vehicles.
With a love for cars, an engineering degree and experience as the chief cam designer for Crane Cams®, Mark Heffington, Owner/President of Hypertech, started Cam Dynamics™ in 1972. Cam Dynamics quickly became the number one high performance camshaft company by winning over 54% of all N.H.R.A. Pro Stock and Sportsman Eliminators and 192 out of 197 World Of Outlaw Sprint Car Races during a three year period! Mark sold Cam Dynamics to Crane Cams in 1982 and became a consultant for United Technologies and General Motors. While designing cams for the 1984 computer-controlled Indy turbocharged Buicks, Mark realized that without being able to alter the tuning program utilized by the electronic control module, the future of high performance was in jeopardy.
In 1985, Mark founded Hypertech®, and virtually invented “Power Tuning™” to take advantage of the incredible power of computer controls. Hypertech was the first company to introduce the street performance enthusiast to the Power Chip™ in 1986. In 1994 Hypertech introduced another industry first, the Power Programmer to take advantage of flash programming provided by OBII technology. Clearly the pioneer of aftermarket on-board computer reprogramming, Mark was recognized for his contributions to the aftermarket and racing community by being inducted into the Hot Rod Hall Of Fame in 1977.
A five time winner of SEMA’s Best New Performance Street Product and Best Engineered Product Award and two time Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award, Hypertech continues to develop innovative products like the HyperPAC, the first automotive performance computer, and the Max Energy Sport, the first street-legal, hand-held tuner for imports. Since its inception, Hypertech has continued to design and market emissions-sensitive engine/powertrain computer reprogramming products that meet or exceed all CARB and EPA requirements for certification and leads the tuning industry in these efforts. Future plans for the company will reflect Mark’s insight on the needs both for Hypertech and its role in growth of the specialty automotive parts aftermarket.