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Astra J VXR Front Pipe and Mapping

Another Astra J VXR in for front pipe fitting (shown centre front), followed by mapping and rolling road set up.

Astra J VXR Front Pipe Fitting

Astra J VXR Front Pipe Fitting

After mapping and set up, on 97RON fuel, this particular car achieved 324bhp and 357lb ft torque.

Astra J VXR Rolling Road

Astra J VXR Rolling Road

Astra J VXR Stage 1+

Another Astra J VXR in for our increasingly popular Stage 1+ tuning package, comprising of front pipe fitting, ecu remap and rolling road set up. This car made a respectable 320bhp and 339 lb ft torque.

Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR Stage 3

A change to the more common Astra J VXRs we see in Arden Blue, this time in the much less seen but equally stunning Power Red.

The car had already been fitted with a full 3″ Piper turbo back exhaust system and an Airtec cooler and induction kit when it arrived with us and when benchmarked produced 300bhp and 348 lb ft torque when benchmarked, although with a noticeably bouncing boost curve between 3-4,000 rpm due to the factory software, which was reflected inthe power and torque curves.

Once mapping was completed the results were a very respectable 340 bhp and 381 lb ft, after we had fitted our own air flow meter inlet housing and AEM dryflow cone filter which allowed the car to produce an extra 3 bhp and 10 lb ft torque over the original induction kit that had been fitted on the car.

Our free flowing air flow meter housing was specifically developed for the Astra J VXR on our rolling road and features a built in air straightener so correct air mass values which are relayed to the ECU, and able to help this car reach higher numbers.

Astra J VXR Mapping

Astra J VXR Mapping

More Astra J VXR Mapping

Another Astra J VXR in for mapping, in the ever popular blue, this time from another repeat customer who was more than pleased with work we carried out to his previous car a Vectra VXR.

Already fitted with an induction kit and our 3″ pre-cat removal pipe the car came in for mapping and full rolling road set up.

Astra J VXR Mapping Session

Astra J VXR Mapping Session

The final figures were up from 280bhp and 324 lb ft to 325 bhp and 365 lb ft torque.

Astra J VXR Mapping

We are seeeing an ever increasing number of Astra J VXRs in for remapping and rolling road set up. As with Astra H VXR, blue seems to be a popular colour.

This car came to us with a pre cat removal pipe and Evoms kit already fitting. After mapping and rolling road set up the numbers were 333bhp and 376lb ft, which are within ther expected range.

Astra J VXR Mapping Session

Astra J VXR Mapping Session

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

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

Astra J VXR – Stage 1+ Upgrade

This Astra J VXR came to us for a Stage1+ conversion. This was a lovely low mileage example which had covered under 4,000 miles and was finished in Buzz Blue paintwork.

The first part of the process was to check the vehicle on the rolling road and benchmark it. This car made 278 bhp and 319 lb/ft torque.

Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR

The second stage of the process was to remove the factory pre-cat and replace it with a high flow straight through front pipe, removing the restrictive catalyst.

OE Pre Cat (Left) Pre Cat Removal Pipe (Right)

OE Pre Cat (Left) Pre Cat Removal Pipe (Right)

Then it was back onto the rolling road for mapping, data logging, map optimisation and full calibration and set up. The results on 97RON fuel; 319.99 bhp and 366.84 lb/ft torque with a much greater spread of power and torque which can be seen on the graph.

Astra J VXR Standard and Stage1+

Astra J VXR Standard and Stage1+

Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR

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 Stage 3

Another Astra J VXR in for mapping, fitted with all the right components for Stage 3; Full 3″ Turbo Back Exhaust with pre-cat removal, CSRacing Intercooler, enlarged inlet hose, Induction Kit.

Astra J VXR Mapping

Astra J VXR Mapping

 

Astra J VXR Engine Bay

Astra J VXR Engine Bay

Astra J VXR Day

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

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

DAP Springs Astra J VXR

DAP Springs Astra J VXR

DAP Springs Astra J VXR

  • Manufacturered Exclusively for Courtenay Sport.
  • Probably the ultimate fast road springs for this chassis.
  • Lowers the VXR chassis by about 20-25mm.
  • For excellent road holding whilst maintaining good ride quality.

Priced at £183.95 per set.

Following our very successful and much acclaimed DAP R Astra H VXR spring kit we now have our DAP R Astra J VXR spring kit available.

Vauxhall set the bench mark very high with the original Astra J set up which didn’t make our job very easy however after an extensive period of development we have achieved what we feel is the ultimate fast road set up.

Visually the car now sits typically between 20-25mm lower. The straight line ride quality is slightly firmer but not at the detriment of ride quality and certainly does not feel crashy, however press hard into the corners and the suspension tightens, firming up giving more control through mind corner bumps and undulations whilst communicating with plenty of driver feel and feedback.

DAP Rs are wound from high tensile chrome silicone steel and are manufactured in a cold winding process for maximum durability in all weather conditions. They are powdered coated Diamond Black to give a very OE look and feel and have the DAP signature discreetly placed on them.

Uprated Enlarged Performance Intercooler – Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR Uprated Performance Intercooler

Astra J VXR Uprated Performance Intercooler

Once again we have joined forces with industry leaders Pro Alloy to develop our new enlarged, uprated performance intercooler kit for the Astra J VXR.

Our new intercooler is both larger in width and height than the standard unit with the core being twice as deep as the factory cooler. This represents a huge increase in available cooling area and volume and maximises the cooling available through the front of the car whilst also future proofing the cooler for use with high power large turbo setups.

The factory cooling set up has the air conditioning radiator in front of the intercooler so our first job was to remove the intercooler and then reposition the A/C radiator back, on to the water radiator. This is done so that the new intercooler is receiving the coolest air available. To further improve the efficiency we have included in the kit a lower air blade to stop the air washing away from the bottom of the intercooler.

Furthermore to maximise flow to and from the intercooler the kit comes complete with all the pipework which is enlarged to 60mm, paying particular attention to the restrictive section straight out of the turbo seen at the top rear of the engine bay. The Intercooler kit also comes complete with all the required hoses and laser cut brackets and fittings.

Price: £899

Astra J VXR Remapping

We had another Astra J VXR in for mapping this week and it is good news that we are now seeing more and more of them. ECU remapping alone makes such a big improvement.

Otherwise a standard car, the ecu was treated to some enhancement offering much more mid range power and torque with good top end gains too, and the software was optimised, whilst the ecu was datalogged on the rolling road and a full set up carried out, checking AFR, boost pressure, inlet air temperatures, ignition time etc. A massive improvement all round, with mid range gains of between 10-40+bhp and torque with overall peak power at a shade over 300bhp.

Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR Stage 1 Remap

Courtenay Sport Stage 1 ECU Remap

Exclusive Courtenay Sport Stage 1 Software Upgrade. Software customising whilst on our rolling road optimising fuelling, full boost and ignition maps, Full Power and Torque Graph Print Outs.

Our Stage 1 upgrade gives much better low end response combined with a smother and flatter torque curve, whilst at the top end we have managed to increase and sustain the power for longer. Alongside this you will also benefit from improved cruise fuel economy. We saw a peak power figure of 342.65 lb ft torque with power rising to 300.07 bhp. Our development car still has quite low miles so we would expect to see a few more bhp as the engine loosens further.

Like all our ECU upgrades the software is installed on your car whilst on our rolling road optimising fuelling, boost and Ignition maps. This enables us to see and rectify any underlying faults or problems and to ensure that the calibration is 100% accurate and safe for your car before handing it back over to you, along with the full power and torque print outs.

£565.00 including full map optimisation, datalogging and Rolling Road Set Up.

Courtenay Sport Stage 1 Remap Graph Astra J VXR

Courtenay Sport Stage 1 Remap Graph Astra J VXR

Astra J VXR Panel Filters

Courtenay Sport High Flow Panel Filters are now available for the Astra J VXR.

A high flow re-useable foam panel filter for improved air flow.

£34.95 + P&P Available Online Now

Courtenay Sport High Flow Panel Filter

Courtenay Sport High Flow Panel Filter

Astra J VXR 76mm Exhaust System

The first pictures of our New Stainless Steel Sports Exhaust System for the Astra J VXR have been released and can be seen below.

The exhaust system comprises of a full turbo back 76mm system, including sports cat. It has been trial fitted to the test vehicle and checked on our rolling road. The vehicle is now undergoing ‘real world’ on-road testing and once our final evaluation has been carried out, we will be able to release the system for sale, which we hope to be in the next few weeks.

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