The factual bit:
I spent many hours down at Star Performance yesterday…12 hours in fact (08:45-20:45) having a play…testing a few things, having a load of work done, trying out a few things etc.
Firstly, thanks to Jim & Brian…12 hours and two meals later we were all knackered!
Credit where it’s due…anyone looking for decent service, advice and standard of work could do a lot worse than giving them a shout.
Secondly, none of this was free…labour rates, wheel alignment rates, dyno time, replacement parts…all paid for out of my pocket...I have the invoice for over Ł900 to prove it!!
Thirdly, these are our (mine, Jim’s and Brian’s) observations based upon our findings. All testing carried out with conditions kept as close to previous conditions as possible etc…some will disagree violently, some will agree…that’s your prerogative.
So, Puzzle me this:
If my car makes more torque than any other S3 Star Performance has ever dynod - which it does....and it makes decent power on decent high octane fuel - which it does...
And it takes me 2 x bespoke ICs including a FMIC, Samco hoses everywhere, 1.7 bar of boost, modified airbox, coil air feed, K&N filter, modified throttle body, de-restricted turbo outlet pipe, APR Optimax software, Milltek cats, Milltek exhaust etc...to make about 200 BHP @ wheels / 310 lb-ft of torque...
How can 'other' tuners get much more power 280, 290+ BHP and over 300 lb-ft of torque from just a simple re-map.
One instance I know of it a re-mapped S3 that shows just over 1.0 bar but according to the dyno chart makes 300 lb-ft ot torque. How's that work?
My figures are (averaged):
About 200 BHP @ wheels.
About 310 lb-ft torque
...and if you really want the totally irrelevant and calculated (often fudged) flywheel figure it's about 265-270 BHP.
...and yes, the car was run in 4 WD mode....and yes, it was a fight to get it run!
Can anyone explain this to me? As i'm obviously missing something?
Is the air less dense north of the border?
Does fluctuations in electricity supply make for differences in the operation of rolling roads?
Is there a glitch in the matrix?
Either way...it doesn't add up.
Rant over. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/angel.gif[/img]