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AO Silver Member
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater London
Now have finally got time and have covered a couple of hundred miles I can write up my thoughts of the work done by Autolusso and my crazy ideas!
I have not been able to proper accelerate through the gears as I have to run the new engine in for 500+ miles upto and no more than 3500 revs. Lets start with ALL the mods i have had done over the past year, (AL) means autolusso carried works out, anything blank after carried out by other mechanics before I met autolusso
Q2 and rebuilt gear box ( AL )
New GTA clutch and skimmed flywheel (AL)
New engine (AL )
Ferrari 360 TB (AL)
Larger diameter silicon air in take hose (AL)
engine bay powder coated (AL)
New air con radiator
CT2 Manifold DE CAT with wizard downpipes welded straight on (AL)
Wizard rear exhaust (AL)
New upper and lower arms front (AL)
New AR bushes (AL)
B12 Pro kit suspension (AL)
Full respary with new bonnet, rear bumper and front bumper (AL)
Full front chassis repair work to the front
There is loads of small stuff that I think I have mentioned on other threads, the history of this car in the last year with things going wrong and meeting some absolute cowboy mechanics ( not alfa specialists ) is a far too long story which again I think I have posted, need to move on from that, forget how much money I have spent and wasted ( in total with car around 16k ) and enjoy what I think is a magnificent machine. With the use I have got out of it now apart from not quiet experiencing power and acceleration this is what I think of whats been done -
B12 Pro kit suspension - Straight away from the off you can notice the difference, its a smooth and far more stable ride than the original. Over pot holes its no where near as crashy as before and seems to ride them pretty well. Still a hard ride though, but a sports suspension should be. Round tight bends and over multi roundabouts it holds better with no roll, seems more flat and stable. Before the B12 and used to plough around two roundabouts near me at about 40-50 but it never seemed very safe so I slowed down. Now I can achieve that speed ( revs permitting ) easy and far more stable. I would not say the ride is absolutly perfect, you can still feel some bumps and road noise is still there but it needs time to bed in and without spending a fortune on more expensive set ups this is in my opinion a very well matched suspension set up for the V6 GT. I didnt measure before and after ride heights but it is obviously lower as I have compared photos and the guys at AL said its about 20mm lower, looks good and the wheel arches are pretty full.
You may already no the positives of this, its a definate mod that should be fitted to the V6 GT or GTA. No wheel spin, holds the road better at speed around bends and will not ( fingers crossed ) not blow a hole in the gearbox casing. I know that sounds like a sale cliche but I actually know someone I met last week who has a 147 GTA and his original diff blew on him. My favourite mod
Wizard set up
The actual down pipes and rear box are a work of art. As I was going for a new engine I wanted to keep the heat down on the rear of the engine and as well as the growling noise of the wizard I wanted some decent power gains, so after discussing and suggested by AL I went for the CF2 decat manifold, eq downpipes to the original centre cat box then onto the new wizard rear box. Like I said cant really comment on its acceleration gains or smoother revving at the moment but it is loud, very loud. On start up cold the engine is revving at roughly 1100 rpm which makes the exhaust at idle bloody loud. Pulling away quickly with in limits gives a very howling noise, I love the noise myself as I love loud cars but any passengers in the back would be deffened as it bellows inside. Ned at autolusso said the engine needs time to run in and for everything to settle down then maybe it will quieten down a bit. Its not a major issue for me as the positives of reduced heat and more power gains is what I want but the busso engine noise is lost to the wizard. I have been told they are working on a center section to bring it down a bit but like I said i need to give it all time to settle down. Cruising at 30 0r more though its not loud at all, its just when you put your foot down. I will try and put a video of it soon on here to see what its like against over set ups.
Very Very bright and angry! Well done to Autolusso for taking my colour scheme and producing a Beautifully assembled car where every attention to detail has been met. You will see by the photos ( if they come out im a bit of a moron when it comes to computers ) what they have done. The orange is aracio argos a Lamborghini colour that has come out exactly as I wanted, its not a bright lets say Ford focus ST orange its a more red/orange that when different lights hit it the whole car is made up of different shades.
After a year of more ups and downs I am very happy with the car. I have had day and whites do some work on it which I need to add are a very good garage, and some complete morons work on it who I hope there buisness go under and they become homeless work on it. I had a budget and initially I had a local sprayer that was going to take the body work on, and I was getting the B12 kit and body parts off Autolusso, but then obviously as the first thread read " very sad time " my car was in a worst state than I previously thought, mainly engine, so I gave Ned my budget and offered the whole car to him to be done and he came up tops. They created for me the nearest car I will own to a supercar ( Lamborghini ) that I could wish for. I am planning to keep it for a long time, well unless someone wants to give me 20k for it!
There is a slight scratch mark on the paint but very small and some very tiny snags which Ned has said they will sort out no problems when I take it back for the performance engine oil to go in, a project this big will always have a few snags, mechanically and cosmetic dont matter what garage you are. The sign of a good garage is someone that provides good after care and will correct any issues which I know Ned and the boys will do. Thanks again Autolusso, the car will be at there opening day on the 1st September if anyone wants to take a look. Apologise for any spelling or grammer errors, Im a plumber not a Author! I will post pictures seperatly within the same thread