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Astra J VXR Stage 1+

Another Astra J VXR in for a Stage1+ tuning package, which is proving to be a very popular option for many owners.

The first stage is to benchmarck the power of the standard car. It had already had a generic flash map installed via a well known hand held tuning box, so we first ran the car with the generic map installed, then using the hand held unit returned the car to factory standard software and ran it again. With the generic flash map loaded the car produced 287bhp and when returned to the standard map and run again the car made 281bhp.

It was then round onto the ramp so the pre cat removal pipe could be fitted, removing the restrictive factory pre cat.

Pre Cat Removal Pipe Fitting

Pre Cat Removal Pipe Fitting

Once the 76mm straight through pre cat removal pipe had been fitted it was back onto the rolling road for mapping and datalogging whilst the map is optimised on the rolling road, resulting in 328bhp and 373 lb ft torque.

Astra J VXR Mapping

Astra J VXR Mapping

Insignia VXR Remap

Another returning customer coming back to us this time with his 7,000 mile Insignia VXR for mapping, having previously has his Vectra VXR mapped by us.

Latest spec and an otherwise standard car, and a little under a year old we carried out the mapping, map optimisation, datalogging and full rolling road set up achieving 332 bhp and 380 lb ft torque, it will loosen up given a few more miles on its belt.

Insignia VXR Mapping on the Rolling Road

Insignia VXR Mapping on the Rolling Road

Astra J VXR Stage 3 Package

Courtenay Sport Stage 3: Remap, Front Pipe, Free Flowing Cat Section, Induction Kit, Intercooler
Stage 3 is the final stage upgrade using the standard factory K04 Turbo. This package consists of pre-cat deletion, replacing the OE factory front pipe and first cat first cat with our free flowing 3” cat-less front pipe (also used in our stage 1+ package). In the quest for further power we then turn to the next restriction which is the case of the Astra J VXR is the original equipment air intake/air box.

We completely remove this and replace it with a huge free flowing AEM non oiled Dry Flow Filter. This is mounted to a free flowing air flow meter housing which features a built in air straightener so correct air mass values are relayed to the ECU, finally this assembly sits within a heat deflector shield.

This particular car has also had our upgrade silicone inlet hose fitted.

Astra J VXR Stage 3

Astra J VXR Stage 3

With the Stage 3 package  we are looking to fully optimise everything around the turbo to fully maximise efficiency, so a huge Pro Alloy/Courtenay full height intercooler is installed complete with large bore pipe work and hoses, which whilst keeping the inlet air temperatures very cold also optimises the flow from the turbo through to the inlet manifold. The intercooler and pipework on the above car have been finish in stealth black finish.

Next a 3” free flowing cat section is fitted to compliment the high flow front pipe. With these parts installed the car is remapped on our rolling road optimising our Exclusive Courtenay Sport software to take full advantage to achieve maximum gains from these components.

Final power and torque figures are a very healthy 342bhp and 384 lb ft.

As an option to enhance the soundtrack, this car has also had our 3″ single sliencer cat back system fitted.

Astra J VXR Rolling Road Set Up

Astra J VXR Rolling Road Set Up

Corsa E VXR Stage 3 Mapping

Another Corsa E VXR which was brought to us for mapping and rolling road set up.

This car had already had a Cobra 3″ exhaust system and Airtec intercooler fitted to it by the customer and had previously been mapped. Prior to mapping we benchmarked the car on our rolling road to establish its base power and torque figues which were 227 bhp and 246 lb ft torque.

We then remapped the ecu and carried out a full rolling road set up with datalogging and optimised the software to suit the fitted components.

When finished the car is now producing 245 bhp and 259 lb ft torque with gains right across the rev range compared to the previous remap.

Corsa E VXR Rolling Road Set Up

Corsa E VXR Rolling Road Set Up

Corsa E VXR Front Pipe and Remap

In our workshop today was this 7,000 mile Corsa E VXR with the latest version of the 1.6 Turbo engine, B16LES. The first job was to remove the restrictive pre cat (first cat) and fit one of our straight through downpipes (pre cat removal pipe). Once fitted it was round into the dyno cell for remapping with full rolling road set up.

Corsa E VXR Pre Cat Removal

Corsa E VXR Pre Cat Removal

Running on Shell V-Power (99RON) fuel the results were 235bhp and 248 lb ft torque, with power and torque gains right across the rev range.

Corsa E VXR Remapping

Corsa E VXR Remapping

Features Cars – Astra H VXR Sprint and Corsa C Z20LET

The owners of these cars which we have mapped and supplied parts, help and advice to have had them featured in the latest April/May issue of Performance Vauxhall magazine.

Jason Anthony’s Astra H VXR Sprint, began life as a Triple8 modifed car at around 295bhp and since his ownership Jason has made a lot of changes to the car and turning it into something equally at home of the track as the road. Now with steel rods and a bespoke Courtenay Sport remap to mid 330bhp and mid 350 lb ft torque the car has also been treated to a K06 turbo, Courtenay Klasen Inlet Manifold, KW Clubsport Coilovers, Safety Devices Rear Cage, AP Front Brakes, 292mm Rear Brake Upgrade, TD Pro Race 1.2 alloys, LSD, Courtenay Intercooler and Water Rad, 3″ Piper Exhaust, Recaro Seats and Harnesses.

Wearing the Sprint badge, this is a fantastic conversion often seen at Snetterton track days.

Jack Scott’s Corsa C 1.8 SRi has changed massively since it left its birthplace in Spain. Wanting to achieve 300bhp, Jack and his Dad carried out a Z20LET engine transplant and also fitted abig intercooler and some other performance upgrades. Once up and running, the car came to us to have a few additional upgrades including performance clutch, Courtenay Klasen Inlet Manifold, 80mm VXR air flow meter and VXR injectors and was then treated to a full bespoke remap achiving 321bhp and 340 lb ft torque.

Stage 2 Astra H VXR

Astra H VXR is still a very popular vehicle for modifying, whenther it is a mild upgrade or something far more major.

This particular car came to us for a Stage 2 tuning pack. We fitted a full 3″ stainless steel turbo back exhaust system and it was then round to the dyno cell for mapping and a full set up on our rolling road. The resuting 280 bhp and 333 lb/ft torque completely transforms the car.

Astra H VXR Stage 2 Mapping

Astra H VXR Stage 2 Mapping

Revised M32 Endcase and Larger Bearings

As part of our M32 gearbox repair service, we are now able to offer a new revised M32 gearbox endcase.

This later revised end case, introduced during 2012 for production vehicles, features additional oil galleries for improved lubrication of the end case bearings and also the end case bearings are of a larger diameter (62mm compared to 55mm); larger diameter bearings being able to deal with greater loads.

This upgrade is one that is well worth carrying out as part of an M32 gearbox refresh when new bearings are fitted, and proving extremely popular.

If you are unable to get to us for us to be able this service to be carried out, we are able to send out bearing packs complete with the revised endcase and larger endcase bearings, so if your chosen M32 gearbox repairer is unable to supply these parts we will send them directly to your repairer.

Astra H VXR Stage 4 K06 Coversion

Another fabulous conversion on an Astra H VXR.

This car first came to us for mapping to Stage 3 (hardware requirements are a full 3″ exhaust system and uprated intercooler). The car was fitted with a Forge lower front mount intercooler, but on the exhaust side only had a pre-cat removal pipe, and a Piper 3″ cat back exhaust system and was still running the factory main cat section. Obviously with this restriction in place it would be down on expected power, and upon checking on the rolling road this was found to be the case, but still making a respectable 283bhp.

Remedial action was simple; fit a 3″ front pipe and sports cat section. Once the mapping was finalised the results were a very good 299.99bhp and 332 lb ft torque on a cold January day.

In the hunt for more power, the car returned to us recently for a full K06 and inlet manifold upgrade.

ZRP steel rods and uprated ARP rod bolts were fitted, stem seals and retainers were done at the same time, and then when being put back together the K06 turbocharger, Courtenay Turbosmart uprated actuator, Courtenay Klasen high flow inlert manifold,thermal inlet gasket and high flow 340 fuel pump were all fitted. This was also the ideal opportunity to replace the cambelt and water pump and fit a lightweight allow bottom pulley.

Z20LEH engine being fitted with steel rods

Z20LEH engine being fitted with steel rods

An uprated CSRacing clutch kit and lightweight billet steel flywheel were also fitted, as a safeguard against the increase in power and torque, and to top it off a huge K Sport 8 Pot 356mm brake kit was also fitted, to bring everything safely to a halt. The car already had a Wavetrac LSD in the gearbox.

Rolling Road Mapping

Rolling Road Mapping

The end results after mapping 333bhp and 350 lb ft torque.

Astra J VXR Stage 2

Astra J VXR’s are becoming more and more popular for tuning now and here is another example. White seems to be a popular choice on this model.

This car was brought to us for a Stage 2 Tuning package which consists of a replacement 76mm downpipe to remove the restrictive pre-cat, a revised silicone inlet hose with a free flowing replacement air flow meter housing and large AEM DryFlow air filter assembly followed by custom ecu remapping, datalogging and full rolling road set up.

This car acheived 334bhp and 385 lb ft torque.

Astra J VXR Day

Returning after the Christmas and New Year break to work on more Astra J VXRs.

Mapping on a Cold Day – K06 at 349bhp

This Astra H VXR has been with us before for mapping and has a K06 turbo, full 3″ exhaust, Courtenay Klasen inlet manifold, CSRacing intercooler, steel rods (plus all the other required components) and achieved a very respectable 329bhp and 350 lb ft torque when last seen in the July heat this year.

Astra H VXR K06 Conversion

Astra H VXR K06 Conversion

Previously running a standard actuator, the car came back to us for checking and additional mapping after a Courtenay Turbosmart uprated actuator and recirculation valve had been fitted. We were able to have some further changes made to the boost, fuelling and ignition timing after the replacement actuator had been fitted, but the biggest change was the colder November temperature, meaning the dyno cell was lovely and chilled.

Final mapping saw a recorded power figure of 349bhp and 370 lb ft torque with more boost through the mid range helped by the stronger actuator. It goes without saying that the car was running Shell V Power 99RON fuel.

K06 Graph

K06 Graph

We still quote expected gains for this conversion at 330-335bhp, becuase we see and map more cars during the hotter months, but it only goes to prove how much turbocharged cars love cold dense air!

Astra J VXR Development

This summer has seen a substantial increase in tuning demand for the A20NFT engine. This combined with the ECU’s use in the new Corsa E VXR has seen us spending many hours on the dyno looking at data with Stephan getting his teeth firmly into the intricacies, oddities, protocol and hidden depths of the Delco ECU required for example in bigger airflow and turbo applications.

With Stephan visiting us this week we took the opportunity carry out some further testing work on our own  Astra J VXR, already fitted with our Courtenay Sport Racing intercooler and full turbo back 3″ (76mm) twin silenced exhaust system. A lot of time was spent with the car on the rolling road and further updates were made to the software. One of the objectives this week was to further test and calibrate our soon to be released induction kit in order to to fully understand where the best gains are made. To do this a number of filter and air mass housing combinations were tested before finally settling on our preferred design for the A20NFT engine.

Enlarged Silicone inlet Hose for Astra J VXR

Enlarged Silicone Inlet Hose for Astra J GTC VXR.

A direct replacement for the factory inlet hose, this silicone hose has been enlarged throughout its length for improved air flow, tapering only at the end to fit onto the turbo. This hose is smoothed out removing all the steps and convolutes found in the factory hose. It also features a moulded spigot for the breather pipe.

£119.95 Available in Blue, Red or Black or Yellow, Green, Purple or Orange to Special Order.

Astra J Inlet Hose

Astra J Inlet Hose

Courtenay Trio Excells at Thunder Road

For the third year in a row Courtenay Sport powered cars have come away victorious from Thunder Road, which this year was held on Saturday 8th August at the former RAF Woodbridge airbase.

The Thunder Road event is aimed at Performance VAUXHALL road going cars including all VXR models and is only open to road legal, taxed, tested and insured road vehicles. The competition comprises of 5 x 1 Mile Speed runs along the the 2 mile runway with the highest Terminal Speed at the 1 mile mark to count.

Congratulations to Andy Carr and Ben Gibson, who took first and second place in Class B for cars between 1601-2000cc and Tim Crane who won Class B for cars up to 1600cc. All three cars have been mapped by Courtenay Sport.

Andy driving his Courtenay Sport mapped Garrett equipped (GTx3076R) Astra G GSi 2.0 Turbo achieved a top speed of 173.86mph to win the class, beating the 2014 winning time for Class B.

Ben’s Courtenay Sport mapped Zafira B VXR with Garrett GT2871HTA turbo took second place at an extremely respectable top speed of 160.26mph; not bad for a 7 seat bus!

2015 was the third year that a Courtenay Sport car has won Class B. 2014 saw Rob Dennis run his Courtenay Sport mapped Garrett Turbo quipped Astra G across the line at 171.59mph, and 2013 the outright Class B winner was Wayne Townsend’s Courtenay Sport Astra H VXR.

Tim Crane was the winner of Class A, for vehicles up to 1600cc. His Stage 4 Corsa D VXR Sprint crossed the timing line at 138.73mph.

To show what an achievement Andy’s ‘almost’ 174mph top speed actually was, he would have also won Class C (2001-2800cc) and Class D (2801cc and above). It would have also placed the Astra in 4th place in Class E (for cars above 2800cc Turbo or Supercharged).

Overall 173.86mph placed Andy 4th overall (only loosing out to a couple of Monaros and a VXR8!), and Ben’s 160.26mph saw him 12th overall.

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Andy Carr’s Astra GSi

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Class B Winner

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Class B Winner

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Ben Gibson’s Zafira VXR

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Tim Crane’s Corsa VXR

Thunder Road 2015

Thunder Road 2015 Ben’s Trophy and Engine

Something Different

Something a little different……

Brought to us for an independent examination and mechanical inspection. The subject of an insurance claim (from a well known ‘local’ insurer) the car had suffered lower front end damage to the water radiator and dry sump set up. We were asked to carry out an inspection and to check that the engine was not seized.

Ferrari 575M

Ferrari 575M

New Advert June 2015

Our Latest Advert revealed in Evo and Performance Vauxhall magazines.

Courtenay Sport Advert

Courtenay Sport Advert

Vauxhall Drivers’ Club Rolling Road Day

Saturday 16th May.

We had a varied selection of cars turn out for the VxDC Rolling Road day on Saturday 16th May, 2.0 16v Turbo Z20LEx engines being the most popular offering due to the wide range of tuning options available for this popular engine.

We were fortunate to have good weather, with sunshine for the most part of the day and a very good turnout of cars and people.

Thank you to everyone who attended the day and made it an enjoyable one.

Look out for the feature in a forthcoming edition of Performance Vauxhall magazine.

Classic 911 in for MOT

There is just something about the lines of a classic 911…. we had this immaculte car in recently for headlight bean alignment and MOT.

Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche 911 Targa

Turbosmart Recirculation Valves Now Available

Turbosmart Recirculation Valve

Turbosmart Recirculation Valve

Turbosmart Kompact Shortie Series Recirculation Valves have been specifically designed to suit BorgWarner EFR and KKK turbos.

Unlike the standard, plastic valves that use un-reinforced rubber diaphragms and are known to crack or split under increased boost, the new BW/KKK Kompact valves uses an O-Ring sealed piston which, coupled with their billet aluminium construction give them over 30PSI of boost handling capability.

Designed as a bolt-on direct replacement replacement for the factory valve on all BorgWarner EFR, KKK turbos, the Kompact Shortie Plumb Back provides better boost response and greater boost handling capability.

Included with each Kompact Shortie kit is:

  • 1 x Model Specific Valve
  • 1 x Straight Nipple
  • 1 x Banjo Nipple
  • 3 x Mounting screws

Finished in Black as shown. This recirculation valve is a really nicely machined and finished item, with a quality look and feel about it.

Features and Benefits:

  • Machined from Billet Alluminium.
  • Lightweight, brass/aluminium, two-piece piston.
  • More Reliable than the factory valve.
  • Substancial Construction.
  • Improved Boost Responsive.
  • Single Spring – No Requirement to Change when Tuning.
  • Finish: Anodised Black as shown.

Suitable for ALL BW EFR KKK (K04/K06) Z20LEx and A20NFT Turbo units:
Astra G SRi/GSi 2.0 Turbo
Astra H SRi 2.0 Turbo including VXR
Astra J GTC VXR 2.0 Turbo
Zafira A GSi 2.0 Turbo
Zafria B SRi 2.0 Turbo including VXR
VX220/VXR220 2.0 Turbo

£120.00 inc VAT

Coming soon for Z16LEx 1.6 Turbo Vauxhall Engines.

Turbosmart Recirculation Valve

Turbosmart Recirculation Valve

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