On the electronics options, I agreed that in wanting to get the spanners out
myself, actually I was probably in somewhat of a minority - and in fact most
owners probably would readily trade the ability to fiddle for the eco-friendly
advantages of a Euro 4 compliant engine. Kevin then pointed out that far from
having a sealed factory management system, they had selected a bespoke solution
which was capable of being tuned via a laptop. Realising that this opens up a
whole new opportunity for fiddling (sorry, "improving") the engine oneself,
I sensed Prejudice Number 1 starting to melt away.
The installation is pretty neat - there's a induction box sat above the radiator,
the plumbing is all nicely integrated with the stock setup, and the exhaust
system wraps neatly under the engine and exits down the right side of the car.
There's a hydraulic clutch instead of the cable version on the CVH engine,
and the ECU, together with a distribution panel, are tucked up away under the
dash. A high pressure in-tank fuel pump is also needed to keep the injectors happy.
||Off to the rolling road for tuning, and an impressive 147bhp at the wheels was measured. The setup still isn't perfect: the cold start system isn't quite right, and the electronic throttle "takes a bit of getting used to" according to Kevin.|