Following six months of hard work, our state of the art dyno cell is now fully operational. From the outset, our aim was to produce something to be proud of – a facility that would compete with the very best in the world. We’re very pleased to say that we have surpassed our original goal.
At the heart of our bespoke, acoustic dyno cell is a Maha MSR500 four-wheel drive dynamometer. Widely regarded as one of the best setups available, it will allow us to test almost any vehicle and deliver accurate results time after time.
But we didn’t just want a “rolling road”. It had to be a bespoke cell that would allow us to test vehicles safely and (relatively) quietly. This meant investing in a fully acoustic structure.
With an industry leading cooling system including highly efficient ventilation, a huge 75-inch TV to display the vital data and cool recessed LED lighting, plus large window for viewing, we think this set up is second to none.
If you’d like to book a power run or speak to us about dyno development work, please get in touch on 01793 278069.
Look out for our next blog post showing behind the scenes of the dyno cell build.
If you’re a motorsport fan, then Autosport has to be on your list of shows to visit. From the latest F1 cars, through to BTCC, rallying, Time Attack – you name it, there’s something for everyone. But away from the motorsport stars, the Performance Car Show was jam packed with supercars. Although many won’t be to everyone’s taste!
The trend for retina-ripping wraps, aggressive bodykits and money-no-object upgrades shows no sign of slowing and for those who like to show what they’ve got, then this was the place to be.
The Liberty Walk stand had a mix of supercars and SUVs, all boasting excotic bodykits, from a Mercedes-AMG G63 and a Lamborghini Urus, to an Aventador and BMW i8 – they were guaranteed crowd pullers.
On the Kream Developments stand, the centrepiece was a Bugatti Veyron next to a Mercedes-AMG G63 6×6 finished in matching wraps.
The monstrous £370k 6×6 Merc is one of the rarest vehicles you’ll ever see and dwarfed the 1001bhp, million-pound hypercar
Several Huracans including Performantes, and Spyders were dotted around the place, including one with a bonnet design embracing the mindset ‘you can’t take it with you’. We also spotted a Syvecs sticker on the front splitter, so would hazard a guess that this has been highly tuned, quite possibly turbocharged.
As an official UK dealer for these highly impressive standalone management systems, we can supply, install and setup the full Syvecs range, including the Huracan and Gen 2 R8, plus the brand new setup for the McLaren MP4, 570, 650S and 675LT, which we’re really excited about. Click HERE to see the full range of Syvecs power control solutions.
YouTube sensation, Yianimize was showing off his Aventador in its latest mean satin-black finish. We think it certainly looks better than the previous shiny wrap!
We also spotted a couple of rare Aventador SVJs, as well as a plethora of other exotica on the Cannonball stand, including a McLaren Senna which looked plain evil in black.
One car that stood out was a slightly small looking Veyron. On closer inspection we discovered that underneath it was an Audi R8, with the interior in particular giving it away. It may have lacked the 1001bhp quad turbo punch of a genuine Veyron, but it still had decent firepower thanks to the twin turbocharged 4.2 V8.
Away from the crazy supercars, the Autosport halls showcased some genuine racing cars, including a mean looking Bentley on the Eibach stand, plus numerous F1, BTCC, DTM and other machines.
Another car that caught our eye was this Mercedes-AMG C63. With the bonnet removed we could see the supercharger installation, which as Mercedes-AMG specialists, certainly got our attention. We can carry out full dealer-level servicing, which will not affect your warranty – but can save up to 40% over main dealer prices. Click HERE to contact us today for a quote for your Mercedes-AMG.
We complete the VF Engineering upgrade on this Gen 2 R8 V10 Plus, giving it 800hp
The Gen 2 R8 Plus is an awesome machine straight from the factory. Like its Lamborghini sibling, which shares the same V10 platform, it packs a winning combination of sleek good looks, finely balanced chassis and is packed with the latest tech. But it’s the engine that steals the show.
The 5.2-litre V10 produces just over 600hp in the Plus and delivers potent performance, together with a scintillating soundtrack. There’s not much that can beat the sound of a V10 at full chat. However, when it comes to power, there’s always room for a little improvement…
The owner of this vehicle came to us requesting more power. A beautiful, low-mileage example, that’s been fully wrapped by Yiannimize, we recommended a supercharger kit, which would deliver significant gains in power and torque, while retaining the linear power delivery. Having installed VF Engineering packages before, we were confident this comprehensive and very well-engineered kit would offer the perfect solution.
It comes with everything required for a full drive in drive out installation to produce 805hp and 610/lbft of torque, including the Eaton TVS 2300 roots supercharger, the cooling system, aluminium intake manifold, Hex flash ECU tuning, high-flow MAF housings, high-flow dual throttle body inlet, internal bypass system, 2x K&N filters, all brackets, belts, pipes and hoses, plus ready to rock software for the stock R8 ECU.
The customer also asked for the supercharger to be finished in Porsche Riviera blue so that it would really stand out in the engine bay and we have to say it looks stunning. He also asked for the brake calipers to be painted to match – a really nice touch that draws your eye to the beefy carbon ceramics front and rear. We then installed some KW Automotive V3 coilovers, which will allow the R8 to be dropped closer to the road, but benefit from the HLS front-end lift kit – the ideal solution for negotiating speed humps and steep car park ramps
One of the benefits of the VF800 setup is that you don’t have to drop the engine to install it. But that’s not t say, it’s a quick job! VF Engineering suggest 40 hours for a full installation. With the mid-mounted V10, there’s limited access, so our technician Karl, had to work patiently and methodically. The car was with us for just over a week and once the software had been installed and the final checks made, we took it for a test drive. The beauty of the VF kit is that it behaves like a regular naturally aspirated car. There’s no fuss or drama and it’s easy to drive around town. But, once you get on the open road and hit the throttle, the extra 200bhp suddenly makes itself known.
With a large capacity V10 and bags of torque, it doesn’t matter what gear you’re in; mash the throttle and there’s savage acceleration. The big V10 howls as the revs rise, accompanied by a thrilling whine from the supercharger as the power builds and builds. It’s a very linear delivery and it feels relentless. Needless to say, within a very short space of time, you’re into three-figures and leaning on those carbon ceramics to calm things down.
Now let’s be clear, a stock R8 Plus is a fast and highly capable car, but the VF800 package moves things into another league – giving it the performance to match some really big hitters with £250k+ price tags. If you love the sound and power delivery of the 5.2 V10, but just wish it had a little more poke, then the VF800 kit will not disappoint – whether you drive a Gen 2 R8 or a Lamborghini Huracan, it’s a fantastic solution and guaranteed to put a huge smile on your face.
Click HERE to discover more about the VF800 supercharger kit from VF Engineering. We can supply and install this package to any Gen 2 Audi R8 or Lamborghini Huracan. Please call us for a quote.