This is a project that you don’t see every day. A customer brought us a Factory Five 818 kit car. It was running a completely stock WRX motor and 5-speed with a Megasquirt MS3Pro controlling everything.
We ended up tossing on a very lightly 2017 STi turbo and intercooler to make this thing even more fun. It currently doesn’t have its body, but it’s definitely cool to see all of the inner workings of the suspension and frame.
We’re going to get this over to the dyno for some tuning action. With the weight of this car just touching 2,000 pounds, I can’t imagine how much fun it’ll be to drive. I’m thinking this will end up around the 300whp mark. Possibly more since it’s now rear-wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive. Once it’s all tuned up the owner is going to put the body on it and bring it back for a custom exhaust. I can’t wait to see it once it’s all buttoned up.
This build was getting buttoned up last week. The car made its way onto the dyno, and it was LOUD. The titanium hood exit makes this thing scream. A few things still needed to be buttoned up, but everything else was ready for engine break-in and tuning.
Once tuning was done, the last few details were finished up. The hood exit looks sweet with its burnt titanium trim on the hood. It’s definitely a cool touch. Attention to detail is a huge part of all of our builds, and it especially shows with this one.
The face of the WRX was put back on, and the car was sent on its way. That wraps up this build for now!
Here’s a few more pictures of the car during its build.
We had a longtime customer bring this car in for a pre-purchase look over. After going over the car we found that it had low compression in one of the cylinders and was breaking up while going into boost. The customer purchased the car afterwards and brought it back in for a base tune so it could at least be driven smoothly & safely while a plan for a full build could be laid out.
Once on the dyno a small bit of tuning got the car running smooth and clean throughout the rpm range. Surprisingly even with the low compression at only 20psi it laid down just under 400whp & 380wtq! The owner was extremely happy with end result.
Knowing the engine has some issues & won’t last forever, the new owner is preparing to build it over the winter and possibly make a few changes to the turbo setup as well in hopes of bigger power. Check back in the future to see what route this car decides to take, but for now enjoy the sights and sounds of this 400whp widebody hawk-eye.
Here at PSI PROformance we have done a few recent 4-500whp rotated turbo kit Subarus with great results. Some customers just want more, and we are here to make it happen.
We have modified this STi a few different stages since the owner purchased it and after talks of wanting more power he decided on a 600hp goal.
The project began with our custom-spec built/sleeved engine, and our custom rotated turbo kit. With the power goals in mind, a Precision 6262 turbo & E-85 fuel were chosen to make it all come together. With a host of supporting mods & custom built parts done in-house the car easily put down 600 WHEEL horsepower after being tuned on our Dynojet.
We have since installed a resonator to our Race-spec exhaust and the car is happily in the hands of the owner. We are looking forward to it coming back in for a re-tune on higher boost when the owner is ready. At only 29psi the setup is not even breaking a sweat.
The customer brought the car back a week later to have us add a muffler as he was getting dirty looks from annoyed neighbors.
Please check us out on facebook to see regularly updates photos from around the shop including the build of this STi. If you have any questions regarding the build, or would like to start a Subaru build of your own please don’t hesitate to contact us at the shop. Our number is: 215-361-7100
The Other Day we had Kevin and his Legacy GT in for a retune after he performed some recent modifications. Some of these changes included a turbo upgrade, which was an AMR 500 Turbo. Along with a turbo, this Legacy Gt is supporting a grocery list of mods including a WBR FMIC, 740cc Jecs Injectors, Walbro 255 fuel pump, JNZ cold air intake, Borla Headers, Grimmspeed uppipe, Tial Mvs Wastegate, Grimmspeed EBCS, Invidia Catless Downpipe, and a Megan OE-RS Exhaust. With our tuner Steve working his magic, this Legacy GT was able to make 373whp and 398tq.
Also, if you are in need of car insurance then we at PSI PROformance recommend that you check out Brandon Insurance Group. All of the employee’s at the shop have their personal and project cars insured through Kevin and Brandon Insurance Group, so make sure you check them out.
Today at the shop we had this Subaru WRX on the dyno for a tune. This Subaru WRX looked stock but was far from it with all of it’s modifications. These modifications included a Blouch 16G Turbo, 650cc Injectors, Perrin Up Pipe, Agency Power Downpipe, AEM Intake, HKS Catback Exhaust, and a Hallman Boost Controller. With these mods the car put down 307whp and 284tq, making a fun and awesome daily to whip around town. Here are the pictures and video from the dyno session, and don’t forget get $100 off a dyno tune for the month of December, so get your car in for a tune today!
Today at PSI PROformance we had this Subaru WRX STI Hatch in for a dyno tune. It appeared pretty much stock on the outside, but it had plenty of work under the hood to push some power. Some of these modifications include a FP Red turbo, Front Mount intercooler, Full Race Equal Length Manifold, and Wiseco Pistons and Eagle Rods. With these mods the car was able to make 429 whp and 400 tq on about 23 pounds of boost. Here are the photos and video from the dyno tune. Enjoy!
Today we had one Mazda MS3 in for a tune that lived up to Mazda’s slogan of “Zoom Zoom”. From the start you could tell this car meant business with its growl from Cobb bolt-ons including an intake and exhaust. This MS3 was also sporting a front mount intercooler and a TB30r Turbo, but besides that the car was mainly stock. Even with it’s mainly stock motor, this Mazda was able to put down 374whp and 347tq, which is quite impressive. We look forward to even more power and updates from this car in the future.