1. I installed the GIAC chip (actually a 5-minute cable software upload) on my 100% stock 1.8 T and the power under boost went berserk .
(2). It’s supposed (I have yet to measure the new power in a dynamometer) to raise the max horsepower from 180 to 210. But the real treat I got is in the torque department: from 174 lb-ft to a whopping 235! You can feel a big difference. It feels like a multivalve V6.
3. You get usable power at way lower RPMs. No longer need to make the engine scream to accelerate really fast.
4. In the drag strip I lowered my quarter-mile time from 15.4 to 15.0 flat. Consistently and with higher measured top speed (from 85 mph to a solid 92 mph) (recommend raising octane levels to 93 with toluene mixture). All that with lame 60 ft starts that went from 2.1 seconds to 2.3 seconds. When I get the hang of the new pedal curve, I will let you know.
5. I haven't reached the 14s since now I have a serious grip problem during takeoff, thanks to the brutal torque peak I'm receiving from 2500 RPM. Instead of peaking the torque pull at 2100 (OEM), now I get loads more torque from 2500-3000 AND keeps pulling hard until about 4500.
6. Forget the traction control aids in 1st and 2nd gear. The computer goes like crazy trying to keep things safe, but it only manages to slow me down just a bit and blinks a warning light until the wheels stop squealing at about 80 Km/h (50 mph).
7. The really good nicety I'm experiencing now it's at highway speeds. Now I never need to shift down in order to accelerate with might. It can go from 120 Km/h to 180 Km/h (75 mph to 112 mph) in a few seconds, without ever needing to mash down the pedal all the way. Pimped-out Hondas (yes, even those lame V6 Accords) and Acuras don't get even the slightest hope to catch up with me.
(pimp my ride Honda drivers) --->
(old farts in BMW X5) ------------>
(guys in noisy Toyotas) ---------->
Modified by Flurrymail at 11:10 AM 2-19-2010
Modified by Flurrymail at 5:43 PM 2-19-2010