By gum Dave, do you live on this forum??
Anyway, I did not want to get into arguements and counter arguements as I am no expert and obviously niether are you, but at least I can read articles and get the relevent facts out of them.
Fact 1. The agents did not test the car, they just fitted the Ecotek, the car was taken away to an independent tuners who had a new rolling road.
Fact 2 Where does it say the tests were done on different days - it doesn't.
Fact 3 The 147 has an addaptive ECU to cope with such changes, that is why you can get better performance by changing fuel RON values with no adjustment needed to the ECU.
Fact 4 You cannot get 2 hp by changing tyre pressures if they are correct (as they should be) in the 1st place without losing grip and possibly damaging the tyres.
You can get 10hp by chipping it but that is not the point, is it?
Fact 5 I cannot comment on the reputation of the CCC magazine tests as peoples opinions of magazines tend to change in direct proportion with the comments they make about the readers favourite cars.
But if you find me a copy of the CCC test I will certainly pull it to pieces (Sorry I meant review it)!!
Now,onto your mates claims about Millers Oil.
Firstly,I hope he is not a reseller of the stuff or is sponsered in some way by them, you did not say, we only want unbiased results on this forum, don't we?.
Was it an ALFA 147 2.0 your mate tried the Millers oil in, if not, then the facts have no relevence in this thread.
I hope you have given your mate the same type of grilling about the Millers oil tests as you are giving me about the Ecotek.
Such as, was the outside temperature constant throughout the tests, what was the oil temperature range, how many thousands of miles were the tests conducted over, were the figures the same for old oil as they were when the oil was first changed. How often do you have to change the oil and what is the cost difference compared to other premium oils. I hope you also asked him what the point is of changing the oil when he reckons he can get a similar improvement by changing his tyre pressures
Ok,I should be out driving now, so please let me get on with testing the thing, instead of spending time talking about it.