Something I forgot to add previously - had it rolling roaded before the 6-speed box was installed - turns out the car has already been remapped. In fact, in a weird twist of fate it was actually supplied to its first owner by Ned at Autolusso in 2003, including a Red Dot Racing remap from new.
I'm not sure how powerful the car was when I first got it, but the rolling road results was with the following setup:
Front mount intercooler
Stainless boost pipes
BMC Carbon airbox.
It made a peak power output of 200bhp from approx 3,000rpm steady all the way to 4,500rpm.
Peak torque was measured at 346lbft, at a fairly high 2,700rpm. However, the run was done in 4th gear and we did get a bit of clutch slip from around 2,000rpm, so I am wary of trusting the torque curve from zero to approx 2,500rpm. Its likely torque at the 2,000 - 2,300 rpm range is higher than the measured peak of 346lbft.
It is important to note that I visited Red Dot with the intention of having the car remapped, but only ended up getting it rolling roaded. Red Dot didn't know the map on the car was one of theirs, as it was 9 years ago when it was done and the company has changed hands since then. I only found out about the car's history a couple of weeks after the rolling road session when the owner before the previous owner called me for some parts for his 20v; we got talking about our cars and eventually it clicked that my current car is his old one. Another strange coincidence was that he actually removed Sport leather Recaros from this car before he sold it, to fit them into his 20v, so by picking up a set of Sport leather I've put it back to original specification.
I definitely think this engine has more to give
, so in the coming weeks I'm planning a few more changes along with the fitting of KW coilovers. Firstly, I will replace factory intake-to-turbo pipe with silicone, and remove the restrictive looking factory pipe which contains a 180 degree bend. Because the factory elbow contains a T-piece connected to the crankcase breather on the rocker cover and I'll be losing this, it necessitates the fitting of an oil catch can. I've got a nice Mocal gold one which will do the job. Secondly I also plan on installing a boost gauge inside the car so I can see whats going on with that, this may mean fiddling with the intake to the engine a bit so I can get a vacuum line tapped in for the gauge. Thirdly, I'm planning on buying a Water/Methanol injection kit from Cool-is-better, partly because I like the cleaning & cooling effect it has but also because I can then get some more powaah
Stay tuned folks