I've been scouring the pages of this forum for a while but most of my online activity has been on the Exocet build forum. However, I have taken a rather major detour from my original build plan and I am now going to turbo my BP engine for the kit car.
My donor car was a 1998 (1999 in USA market) NB 6spd with about 130000km (85000 miles or so) which ran well.
What ruined it for me was borrowing a turbo 1.6 Exocet for a weekend. At around 170whp low boost and 200whp on high, this thing was an absolute blast to drive.
I've decided since though, in order to avoid that 'got used to the power' feeling, that somewhere around the 270whp mark should be what I shoot for. Future proofing is how I justify it to myself
As such, and keep this on the down low because the wife doesn't know, I've decided to do a full build. Everything I read suggested I might get away with the power level I want on the stock internals for a little while...I dont want to do this twice though, so I've collected all my go fast bits and the kit looks like this:
CP Pistons (84mm 9.0:1 CR PT#SC7542)
Eagle H Beam Rods (PT# CRS5233M3D - 900hp rated! lol )
ARP Studs all round
ACL Bearings all round
Cometic metal head gasket (PT#C4560)
Billet Oil Pump (949Racing)
Coolant re-route (949Racing)
Gates Racing Timing belt and pulleys (949Racing)
Custom exhaust manifold (probably Sinco Customs · Turbo manifolds, welding, fabrication and machining specialists, Hamilton New Zealand
but I will wait until the engine is in the car before having this fabricated, along with the downpipe and exhaust)
Garrett GT2871R .60 A/R turbo
Link G4+ Storm ECU
Injectors, coils and cooling yet to be decided upon.
Other than uprated valve springs I will leave the head alone for now, unless something pops up once they get the head off.
Engine is off to the builder today so batten down the hatches...here comes the fun!