Aug 032012
 
JCW Catback Testing on a 2012 JCW Coupe

Its been a while since we had a new Mini part to dyno test and tune and this part is well worth the wait. The ALTA JCW Catback (fits Cooper S as well) replaces the entire exhaust system from the downpipe to the back of the car. This means you keep your stock downpipe which is the ONLY downpipe that doesn’t throw check engine lights or cause other emissions related problems. Just like our catback for the other cars, its [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on August 3, 2012 Dyno Test & Tune, MINI Only Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Jul 042012
 
BRZ/FR-S ECU Tuning Has Begun

A few of us lucky tuners were able to get our hands on the Beta ECUTEK ProECU software to tune the new BRZ and FR-S. ECUTEK is a UK company that has been reverse engineering ECU’s(Engine Control Units) in Subaru’s for 10 years now. This is as long as we have been building parts for Subaru’s so by no means are they new to the tuning world. Since June 27th at about 11am, we have been testing and tuning working [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on July 4, 2012 BRZ / FR-S, Dyno Test & Tune, ECU Tuning Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jun 052012
 
BRZ Intake Design and Proving... Part 1

In our world, intakes are not all created equal. Intakes generally require an ECU retune to compensate for the change in airflow readings. This is because intake manufacturers can use a variety of different style MAF flanges, tubing sizes, and even bends before and after the MAF sensor can all create different readings for the ECU. These readings can affect how the car runs in all conditions, but most importantly under full throttle. An intake can cause a dangerously lean [...Continue Reading...]

Jun 032012
 
BRZ Front Pipe Design and Proving

Sticking with the theme of free flowing and 2.5″ tubing, the next restriction in the exhaust system after the catback exhaust is the Front Pipe for the BRZ. For all you STI and WRX fans, think of this as the downpipe for the BRZ.  Looking at the diagram below, you can see the Front Pipe is after the header and over pipe, but before the catback system. The Front Pipe consists of two flanges, a catalytic converter, and a strange rectangle  resonator. [...Continue Reading...]

Dec 012011
 
Your STI Doesn't Need an Intercooler, Right?

Around the shop we talked about this a bunch but never actually did it. Of course it sounds crazy to run your STI with no intercooler, but what if we added Meth injection?? Would this solve the air density issue? Would it cool temps enough to run the same ignition timing? Would this offset a necessary richer AFR do to the hotter charge temps?  Would it be more responsive? Results were very interesting for sure. The car we used was [...Continue Reading...]

Feb 102011
 
Borg Warner EFR7670 Turbo Exposed and Tuned Part 1

EFR7670 Like a lot of guys out there, we have been waiting for an EFR to play with for a long time! Someone took this picture of me about a month ago waiting. Ok not really it was from today, but it sure feels like i have been waiting forever. I know there is no proven power yet, but very very soon. Maybe Nasioc can make a new Turbo section for things like this… Like the GTX thread i started [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on February 10, 2011 Turbocharger Testing Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Aug 102010
 
07+ Cooper S Intake System Design

Cold Air Intake System Design and Testing Our intake system started out simple using a combination of silicon steel and some other sheet metal parts.  In dealing with other cars with MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensors we knew it was important to keep diameters and orientation of the sensor similar to stock.  Looking to make the intake the best we could, and knowing customers would be wanting a true cold air intake we starting working toward that goal. But we [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on August 10, 2010 Dyno Test & Tune, MINI Only, Part Design & Tech Tagged with: , , , , ,
Aug 092010
 
07+ Cooper S Panel Filter Tech

As with many of our ALTA products we start out simple and build upon them until they meet our customers’ demands and or our own internal goals.  With any new vehicle we start with the things we know customer are going to want. The obvious things like exhaust, swaybars and of course the intake!  When the first 07+ Cooper S was release we started with the intake system first to see what we could gain from it. The first thing [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on August 9, 2010 Dyno Test & Tune, MINI Only, Part Design & Tech Tagged with: , , ,
Jul 012010
 
The Original PERRIN Part... Uppipe...

The term uppipe, where did this come from?  Definitely not from Subaru, but most likely from some crazy Subaru Enthusiast.  Where ever this term came from, I remember first seeing the term use on I-Club forums (now known as NASIOC).  This strange part people were calling an Uppipe is what drove me to start coming up with high performance parts for Subarus. Over the years I have this term so much that I added it to my Microsoft Word Dictionaries. [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on July 1, 2010 Part Design & Tech Tagged with: , , , ,
Nov 252008
 
2009 JCW Test and Tune

We finally got around to retesting all our parts on the new 09 JCW.  WE have very good results on our 07 and 08 R56 Minis when we tested every single ALTA part back to back.  To this day we have proven these results over and over again with customer cars and new R56′s we purchased. You will see below once again we have proven the same parts on this new 09 JCW. We have learned  a few things over [...Continue Reading...]

 Posted by on November 25, 2008 Dyno Test & Tune, MINI Only Tagged with: , , , , ,