Apex Customs, a full-service automotive customization shop dedicated to offering a one-stop solution for car enthusiasts to design and build the car of their dreams, announced that Nathan Bates is joining its team.
Bates, a lifelong racing enthusiast, began his career and mechanical education in his teens. With more than 25 years of experience, he has successfully engineered, built and tuned world record-setting race cars. Bates has served as a specialist in short block, cylinder head and supercharger for both NHRA and IHRA race teams, most recently a car chief for an NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car team.
As a teacher, Bates has traveled internationally to coach drag racing and tuning techniques in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, he has engineered, developed and built cars with global notoriety in the performance and aftermarket automotive industry. Bates worked directly with world-renowned companies such as Mustang Dynometers and HP Tuners and is currently working with new tuning software company, Syked, to develop innovative tuning software tailored specifically to Dodge, Chevrolet and Ford.
Passionate about ensuring every step of the car customization process is reflective of the high standards car enthusiasts expect, Apex Customs says it is committed to combining every aspect of car customization under one roof. The company notes that the addition of Bates brings it one step closer to realizing that dream.
“While we’ve offered bolt-on performance services over the last couple of years, the capability to perform full engine building and tuning services have been at the top of our priority list,” said Elliot Hutchens, co-founder at Apex Customs. “Engine performance is at the top of our customer’s priority list. However, we’re very selective in who we bring into our team because we want our clients to receive the best service possible when entrusting their vehicles to us. We’re excited Nathan shares our vision; he is the perfect man to help us expand into a full-service speed shop alongside our existing offerings.”
To compliment Bates’s capabilities, Apex Customs recently purchased one of the biggest, fastest and most powerful dynamometer available on the market. Its new MD-1750 dyno is capable of measuring up to 3,500 horsepower with a maximum speed of 250 mph.