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 its 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 £900 to prove it!! Thirdly, these are our (mine, Jims and Brians) 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 thats your prerogative. So, off we go: Now, the NEW South Performance Power Gasket. A strange beast indeed...promises free power. I very much doubt it...but as anyone who knows me will testify, I very much douby mosr things unless I've seen them proved to work in front of me. There is too much bullshit spoken in this industry...inflated power figures, imaginary gains, huge claims etc... So back to the gasket: Available from Awesome GTI...is this gasket Power Gasket Note, that's the manucacturere site, not Awesome's! So, we do a few dyno runs...get a baseline. Then we fit the gasket...warm the car up (don't want false indications of 'up to 5% power increases') and re-dyno a few more times. The performance...what is the gasket worth? Absolutely f**k all. Nothing. Nowt. Nadda. Diddly squat. Did it do anything? Yes...lost me 20 lb-ft of torque due to leaking and bleeding off 0.2 bar of boost! So after re-tightening the gasket up we dyno's again! Same same...same boost as before, same power, same torque. No gains... sure the manifold is cooler to touch...and it doesn't heatsoak as much back from the head...but it gives you NOTHING! So, anyone with one of these gaskets that's been adding on the 5%...wake up and smell the coffee. The gains just aren't there.