Well, the weekend started in the crappiest way possible with my car being a victim of what I am assuming was the wind - front wing passenger side has had something scrape down it leaving a mixture of chips and scratches. Absolutely GUTTED. Think the whole damn wing will need respraying...
But the gang at AmD helped put the smile back on my face today. Some of you at the AmD meet a couple of weeks ago might remember my completely standard car was putting out a very healthy 216bhp and 231lb/ft.
Well, their magic today has resulted in 251bhp and 253lb/ft torque. The bhp is way beyond my original expectation and whilst at first I thought the torque increase was less impressive, I looked at my previous plot and to be honest the 231 was quite a peak and the general output was more like 210lb/ft. The torque plot is now straighter and actually peaks further up at 4629rpm (originally 2431rpm).
I was also very impressed with how close the two pre-map rolling road results were which to me speaks volumes about the accuracy of the test.
The drive home? I'm still wearing the grin. I felt particularly sorry for the lad in a very nice what I think was an SXi, DE53 YMC who decided to try it on ... you picked the wrong day mate
My irritation with 3rd gear is gone, 2nd is awesome, I adore 4th (why aren't you using this LeeGSi?!!), all in all, the car is now what I feel it should have been from the factory.
The price - I know many of you feel that the AmD price is high for 'just a remap'. It is a lot of money but can I offer a couple of my thoughts. It took nearly 3 hours - that's £200 labour at any VX dealer, even for routine, non specialised work. I paid more for my bloody headlights (ok, I do love my Xenons), I paid £500 for a sunroof.
For the same price I got a 'new' car at AmD today. You think in these terms and suddenly the price seems rather more reasonable.
Ross, if you read this can you thank the 'gang' for me. I very much appreciate what you have done and the courtesy extended to me whilst there.
So any of you turbo owners umming & ahhhing about it. In the words of a reasonably famous sports brand ...... 'Just do it....'
Now to sort that bloody wing out ....