Joe the hybrid will certainly not be laggier. The impeller wheel is a much improved design with much faster pickup.. So no worries there pal. And didn't you get the stainless hose connectors with the FMIC kit?
yup I did, I just came to the conclusion that for my relatively modest gains, a FMIC is just not required. the bottom piping cannot be modified to work with the stock cooler or I would have used the piping on the FMIC to attach the stock unit.
I know it can be mapped to account for the extra volume from the FMIC but this just means more aggressive fueling and stressed injectors...I will fit the hybrid and then map and see what the deal is, If i am happy with it I will just leave it as a stock cooler with the stainless steel piping, one of the things I least enjoy about a turbo driven car is lag, I am keen to avoid doing anything that will add more...I may see if there is a way to direct more air to the stock intercooler as a middle ground.
at very best I need to proceed by adding each mod at the right stage and evaluating, as I can do it myself this is no biggie, intercooler is easy ,had it on and off once already. I now have a modded airbox ready to go making the fitting a matter of about 45 minutes.
so hybrid first. evaluate.
re-fit intercooler (maybe) and evaluate.
red -dot map.
what this does is gives another significant gain in power in the interim whilst allowing me to go for more once I replace the clutch when it is due and not before!
I know your aims are different mate ,hence all aspects have been looked at...I went down one route due to yearly mileage and a slightly unclear objective, without spending major money I am not sure I can or should go all out power at this point. TBH if something does break I just don't have the money to fix it.
hence the reasons my aims are modest, 210-220 will do me nicely mate, I think that is very do-able without an FMIC there are STOCK cars running 210 BHP reliably according to Aidie at AHM...my hybrid should make it easily achievable...in fact even a new stock turbo should do that.
my drive train is a major limiting factor, if I had a stage two in there already I would be forging ahead to as much as the engine can give me! sadly not, I just cannot afford to do the clutch again so quickly after the last one...its nearly £700 with Labour and VAT each time.
and lets not even mention CV joints....
it's all still up in the air at the moment! i can't come to a conclusion as there are too many variables and unknowns.
will let you know what happens in due course.
any suggestions are welcome.