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Stage 3 Corsa VXR

We had a lovely 40 something thousand mile Corsa VXR in with us recently which had been fitted with a full 3″ exhaust system, twin silencers and pre cat removed and also our high flow CSRacing full height intercooler.

Compressions were checked all found to be good, then the ecu was remapped and the car underwent a full rolling road set up with full ecu datalogging and the software was optimised to suit the fitted components resulting in 240bhp and 249 lb ft torque and running on 99 octane fuel.

As we are sure you all know what a Corsa VXR looks like by now, we will show you the power and torque graphs instead:

Corsa VXR Stage 3 Power and Torque Graph

Corsa VXR Stage 3 Power and Torque Graph

Mapping Session – Supercharged VX220

This VX220 was in for mapping following a self-install Stage 1 supercharger conversion and was mapped and set up on the rolling road making 210bhp and 190 lb ft torque.

Stage 1 Supercharged VX220

Stage 1 Supercharged VX220

Vectra VXR Mapping Session

This Vectra VXR came to us for mapping having already had an Insignia VXR Turbo unit and an intercooler fitted. The cats had also been removed prior to its visit. Once in our rolling road bay, a set of uprated injectors were fitted and then the car was mapped and set up on the rolling road, achieving excellent figures; 329bhp and 406 lb ft torque. These numbers were about what was expected from a car running a factory water radiator, in between our Stage2+ (320-325bhp) package and our Stage 3 (340bhp) package (which also adds an uprated water radiator) .

More details on Vectra VXR tuning on our >>>> main website <<<<.

Vectra VXR on the Rolling Road

Vectra VXR on the Rolling Road

Astra VXR Rolling Road Health Check

It is always useful to have a car checked from time to time on the rolling road, as it can show up potential running issues.

We had this Astra H VXR Nürburgring brought in for a health check on the rolling road this week, due to it feeling ‘down on power’ after a manifold swap by the owner, so running it up and datalogging it should highlight any issues.

We carried out an initial check over of the vacuum pipes, recirculation valve and actuator just to make sure nothing physical was at fault which could cause a problem. The ecu was also checked for any stored trouble codes, again to see if there was anything that could cause a running issue.

Running the car up on the rolling road whilst datalogging found the turbo to be down on boost, making less bosst pressure than expected  and resulting in 255bhp and 290 lb ft torque down on what is expected from a Nurburgring with a remap.

Additional checks were carried out to the boost hoses and intercooler fittings, which showed no leaks or issues.

After further runs, the turbo was shown only to be capable of making a maximum of 20psi overboost, and unable to make the required boost at peak power (around 5,700rpm), so identifying the root cause of the problem to be a failing turbocharger.

Astra VXR Health Check

Astra VXR Health Check

Corsa VXR Blue Edition – Stage 2

We had this lovely low mileage Corsa VXR Blue Edition with us recently.

Corsa VXR Blue Edition

Corsa VXR Blue Edition

If it was feeling ‘blue’ before it arrived, it certainly wasn’t when it left, after having a full 3″ exhaust system fitted, NGK iridium plugs, a panel filter, large bore inlet pipe and uprated recirculation valve followed by ecu remapping and a full set up on the rolling road with datalogging and map optimisation.

Corsa VXR 3" Exhaust Fitted

Corsa VXR 3″ Exhaust Fitted

Achieving 223 bhp and 238lb ft torque runing on 99 Octane V Power Nitro+.

Astra VXR Sprint

Built specifically for use as a track day car, this car was previously a Stage 3 car producing a useful 292bhp and had been fitted with our 3″ full exhaust, CSRacing Intercooler, Pro Alloy Water Rad, Wavetrac LSD, Alcon 4 Pot calipers with 356mm alloy belled discs, 292mm Rear Brake Upgrade, Whiteline Rear ARB, DAP Road Springs, direct route hose kit and Pro Race 1.2 alloys. Building on the track day specification, other modifications have included Recaro Pole Position Seats, Rear Cage and Sabelt Harnesses.

Astra VXR Sprint

Astra VXR Sprint

After a few engine changes including K06 turbo rework, Courtenay Klasen Inlet Manifold, Steel Rods, Turbosmart Actuator and Recirculation Valve and a few hours mapping on the rolling road we achieved a respectable 336bhp and 355 lb ft torque, all useable on track increases through the mid range and top end, with the ability to rev to 7,500 rpm.

Before and After Graph:

Stage 3 K04 v Stage 4 K06  Astra VXR

Stage 3 K04 v Stage 4 K06 Astra VXR

Corsa VXR Nürburgring Stage 2 Upgrade – Take 2

It has been a busy week for us for Corsa VXR tuning.

This Glacier White car is our second Corsa VXR Nürburgring Stage 2 Upgrade in a week. We fitted our full 3″ turbo back exhaust first:

Corsa VXR Nürburgring Exhaust Fitting

Corsa VXR Nürburgring Exhaust Fitting

Followed by custom mapping, datalogging (including ignition timing, knock retard, injectors, boost pressure, fuelling), map optimisation to suit the new exhaust and full rolling road set up:

Corsa VXR Nürburgring on the Rolling Road

Corsa VXR Nürburgring on the Rolling Road

Corsa VXR Mapping

A busy week for remapping Corsa VXRs on our rolling road with this A16 engined Corsa VXR in for mapping, injectors and set up earlier in the week, reaching a respectable 217bhp for a car with a 70mm cat back exhaust.

Corsa VXR on the Rolling Road

Corsa VXR on the Rolling Road

Garrett Built Astra G GSi Turbo 503bhp

Garrett Build Astra G GSi Turbo 503bhp

Garrett Build Astra G GSi Turbo 503bhp

Another Garrett build, with Garrett GT30 Turbo, V Band Manifold, Courtenay Klasen Cams and Inlet Manifold, Engine rebuild, 90mm AFM, injectors, 3″ exhaust; all the usual requirements for a Garrett conversion, previously mapped by us and making a respectable 490bhp; brought in for checking now its a little cooler. Up 13bhp to 503bhp due to the lower temperatures.

Another Garrett Build Astra H for Mapping

Astra H Van with Z20LEH VXR Engine

Astra H Van with Z20LEH VXR Engine

This Astravan with Z20LEH engine, steel rods and GTX2867 garrett build was brought in for mapping and full rolling road set up.

The map it was brought to us with (which was not our software) was checked first and shown to be running 320bhp, with some fuelling and ignition timing issues.

We switched to a 3 bar map sensor (from a standard 2.5 bar one) and recalibrated the map so the ecu could correctly read boost pressure as the 2.5bar map sensor will go out of range on capable of reading up to 22psi of boost, hence the change to a 3 bar sensor. Correctly recalibrated the ecu can then read up to 29.4psi boost presure.

Also changed were the 875cc injectors to a much more suitable 630cc injector for the required power, again with suitable ecu recalibration. 875cc injectors for the required power prove way too big, and cannot be controlled accurately enough for part throttle fuelling (essential on a fast road car) due to the spray pattern plus fuel consumption will be higher, again another consideration for a car with road manners. When checked and datalogged first this car was running at 0.88 lambda on cruise, so clearly the map needed some work at this point. This is too rich and can cause bore wash and potentially internal engine damage. Big injectors are fine for stand alone management and for race cars which do not run at part throttle or cruise, but were just incorrectly specced for this particular applcation.

With a couple of bits still to do and after mapping and set up the result for now is 390bhp and much better, more controlled fuelling at part throttle and cruise. Fuel consumption will improve as well as 630cc injectors control part throttle fuelling more accurately.

Why the change of injectors? For better road manners; in simple turns the bigger injector (875cc) does not atomise the fuel as efficiently at slow duty cycle/engine speeds. So a 630cc injector can provide more than enough fuel for the power but still return better fuel economy due to its ability to better atomise the fuel.

Corsa VXR Nürburgring Stage 2 Upgrade

This lovely 2012 Corsa Nürburgring in Lime Green Pearlescent was brought to us for a Stage 2 upgrade, so initially into the workshop and up in the air so the original exhaust could be removed to be replaced with the full 76mm (3″) turbo back stainless steel exhaust system:

Exhaust Fitting - Corsa Nürburgring

Exhaust Fitting – Corsa Nürburgring

and then onto the rolling road for custom mapping, datalogging (including ignition timing, knock retard, injectors, boost pressure, fuelling), map optimisation to suit the new exhaust and full rolling road set up:

Mapping on the Rolling Road - Corsa Nürburgring

Mapping on the Rolling Road – Corsa Nürburgring

Mapping Session Astra H VXR

Rolling Road mapping session to optimise software settings on this Astra H VXR, which has had some hardware alterations since it was first mapped. Before and after mapping saw gains of between 12-34bhp and 5-20 lb ft torque.

Astra H VXR on the Rolling Road

Astra H VXR on the Rolling Road

Zafira VXR 430bhp

Another big power Z20LEH engine undergoing mapping this week, this time in a Zafira VXR making it a pretty quick 7 seater! Pushing around 430bhp from a Garrett conversion, with 3″ exhaust, Courtenay Klasen Cams, Nortech tubular manifold, Owen Developments GT28 71 HTA turbo, 630cc injectors, steel rods, Pro Alloy alloy water radiator, 356mm K Sport brakes, Quaife LSD. A very respectable figure for a hot summer’s day on the rollers.

Zafira B VXR

Zafira B VXR 430bhp

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

Time Attack Set Up Check

We recently had the Courtenay Sport backked DCE Motorsport run Time Attack Astra VXR back for set-up check, after a spot of bad luck at the previous round at Donington Park. Some gravel ingress into the cambelt area caused severe damage to the engine, resulting in a last minute engine swap for the car, to ensure it was up and running for the final round at Brands Hatch on Sunday 29th September.

So with a borrowed ‘spare’ engine, Will and his pit crew worked tirelessly over the weekend and once the engine swap had been completed and all the ancillaries, turbo, manifolds and such like had been refitted the car came to us for a mapping session just to check and alter the parameters, due to the fact this engine was running slightly different compression than previously.

After a few hours set up, all is now well again and we’re looking forward to Brands Hatch. Good Luck to Will and the whole team.

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

Cortina GT on Rolling Road

Had something a little different on the Rolling Road this morning……

A 1965 Cortina GT 1500 on twin webbers.

It was just being run up to check fuelling and power and made a respectable 100bhp at the flywheel.

Standard Astra GTC VXR Power Run

Courtenay Sport, as part of our development and testing, have run the new Astra GTC VXR on our Dynojet Rolling Road. This car is standard, and has been run as a benchmark. Mapping details will be released soon, along with full details of the 76mm performance exhaust system and intercooler.

Standard Astra GTC VXR Power Run on our Rolling Road

Map Optimisation and Set Up Pays Off – Astra VXR

Another question we are constantly being asked is about remapping and correct set up and why this is better than a hand held unit.

Many people like the convenience of installing a map from a hand held unit (and are often ‘sold’ the same results as bespoke mapping, which invariably is not the case), but without checking it or seeing what it is doing for the car, the results are simply ‘hit and miss’. Put simply unless ecu software is properly checked and optimised to each car, you are unlikely to get the results you are expecting (or have been sold!)

Here’s a graph for an Astra VXR which we were asked to dyno which had a lower front mounted intercooler fitted, a full 70mm Remus Exhaust System and an unchecked map from a hand held unit. The resulting dyno figures show the map gave worse results than the factory software (where we have seen 270bhp on a car with exhaust and intercooler fitted):

Astra VXR Competitor Stage 3

Astra VXR Competitor Stage 3 : Before

This set up, correctly mapped should really have been producing at least 285bhp, not 252bhp!!

At the customer’s request, we changed the intercooler for one of our Full Height Front Mounted VXRacing Intercoolers and fitted a full 76mm system. Once properly remapped, datalogged and set up on the rolling road we achieved:

Astra VXR Courtenay Sport Stage 3 : After

Astra VXR Courtenay Sport Stage 3 : After

And finally here are the before and after graphs, showing the differences. Much more power and torque right across the rev range, which will totally transform the drive of the car:

Astra VXR Stage 3 Comparison

Astra VXR Stage 3 Comparison

The Benefits of a Good Exhaust System – Astra VXR

On more than one occasion we have extolled the virtues of a good, free flowing 76mm sports exhaust system for Astra VXR to get the best performance results out of remapping correctly.

Well here is another classic example……..

The car in question is an Astra VXR 2.0 Turbo which was fitted with a Stage 1.5 Hybrid K04 turbo (with exhaust wheel cut back), a large full height front mounted intercooler and a ‘one-off’ made to the car exhaust system which in places reduced to 50-57mm.

Once mapped the results were as follows:

Astra VXR Stage 3 : Poor Exhaust System : Before

Astra VXR Stage 3 : Poor Exhaust System : Before

Results: 278 bhp and 318 lb ft torque.

Upon examining all the evidence from the rolling road and datalogging, we concluded that the exhaust system was the limiting factor. Some might say it was easy for us to blame the exhaust (which we didn’t supply)….. why could it not be the installed software??

Well, we could comfortably rule out software based on the fact that all our maps are optimised on the rolling road and datalogged. so we knew we couldn’t get any more ignition timing into the software or take any more fuel out (without risking safety).

So we had the car back a couple of months later and fitted our full 76mm sports exhaust system, changed nothing else and ran the car back on the same rolling road, resulting in the following:

Astra VXR Stage 3 : 76mm Exhaust System : After

Astra VXR Stage 3 : 76mm Exhaust System : After

Yes, no word of a lie results of 305bhp and 348 lb ft torque, aided by the Stage 1.5 hybrid turbo, the full 76mm system and the cold February dyno cell temperatures.

Here is the before and after graph. The gains speak for themselves. Lots more power and torque right across the rev range:

Astra VXR Stage 3 - Good Exhaust vs Poor Exhaust : Before and After Results

Astra VXR Stage 3 – Good Exhaust vs Poor Exhaust : Before and After Results

So if you are trying to decide on which exhaust system to fit to your Astra VXR, we think we’ve just made the decision much easier for you. A good exhaust system may cost a little more, but you will get the benefits from fitting it.

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