I decided to do a little write-up on my mates Mito. It started out life as an 155 bhp model, the equivalent of a Veloce trim in the UK. Nick, the owner of the car, being a spirited young alfista (
) wanted more out of his car, so he went out in search of a remap. First he did a dyno run on his car, being bog standard apart from a sporty air filter.
The car in standard form gave 165bhp and 153lbft. Not bad, considering it was supposed to be around 155bhp.
All right then, off to find a quality remap. After a bit of research, the task would be carried out by Black Angels (Petko, aka KGB in here). Nick chose the less extreme map of the two Petko had to offer (so he wouldn't have to fill with V-power racing all the time). So, the car was mapped and after a while, it went on the rollers again.
So, 162bhp (yes, whichever way you see it, that is less) and 160lbft of torque. When we asked Petko what was going on here, he was adamant that it was our fault, or the dyno operators fault or both. Although he was not entirely convincing, we had to give him the benefit of a doubt, and we followed the instructions to what he insisted would be a correct measurement to the letter. Despite that, the result was exactly the same.
But Nick was still unhappy with the mods on his car (well, obviously). He was considering a bigger turbo setup, but none of the local tuners was able to get serious, sustained and reliable power from the Mito. As a result, an urban legend was created among the alfisti community and the mito owners themselves, that the hardware on the car, and especially the stock turbo, is not at all capable of producing any sort power whatsoever, and if you were brave enough to try, you would soon be collecting bits of your turbo etc from the bumper of the car that was unfortunate enough to be behind you. So, all that, plus a couple of failed bigger turbo projects from fellow mito owners, made him a bit sceptical, to say the least.
And then we contacted Gus from Alfatune (ALFA TUNER). We soon came to realise that he has done his fair share of research (actually, the equivalent of many people's fair share, combined
) on the Mito ECU. We had a proper chat with him in person, and it was more than enough to convince Nick that he was the man.
So he bit the bullet and installed a bigger turbo, a new intake, bigger injectors, a bigger intercooler and a full turboback exhaust. After that, Gus and Adie (from AHM) came in Athens for a tuning session on the dyno. They worked their magic, and after a few runs, the results were absolutely amazing.
Nick wanted the car to be as safe as possible with the bigger turbo and stock internals, so the map was made a bit conservative with that, and the generaly hot climate of Greece, in mind. So, as you can see, it easily
made 215bhp and 205lbft on the crank, on 1.3bar overboost. The final map had the pressure up a bit to 1.4 bar, but a delay with the guys tying to find the dyno didn't leave us any time to test that final map on the rollers. They said that it must hit 225-230 at 1.4 bar. They also both reckoned that the turbo had a lot more to give, and that there was definitely
potential for more power, but they decided to play it safe and stress the internals as little as they could. Plus, Nick was proper chuffed with the car as it was.
On the road, it is even more amazing. Before, it had some silly spikes in power somewhere between 2500 and 3500, it went a bit up and down and ultimately it started to fall progressively, starting from 4k rpm. Reaching 5200rpm, the boost had plummeted, and there was no point revving any more, you had to change up. Now it's absolutely electric. The pressure build up is completely linear and smooth, and at about 3600 revs the boost really hits you and the car goes nuts, all the way to 6000 revs, with no loss of power whatsoever. And if you want to just drive around town, it becomes completely docile, and because the turbo doesn't spool from so low down, it's more economical as well!
The project was a complete success then, all thanks to Gus and Adie (top blokes, by the way). I've uploaded a couple of pictures of the engine bay and the car itself, and i'll see to it to upload a video of fly-bys etc soon.
Thanks for reading!