I spoke with David Draper for about an hour on the phone today.. Really nice guy. Sounds like he has it all together, his turbo is the Audi A4 Quattro 1.8 liter turbo with custom piping being produced by Injen
. The turbo Replaces the exhaust manifold, and the intercooler is under the front bumber. The kit looks pretty sharp, and they are doing a "stealth" version of the turbo using the stock Intake
, and black pipeing. You don't really notice it with the engine bay open unless you really know what you are looking for, the pipes will also come in Injen
Red and Blue as well on request. The kit comes with an ECU piggy back AFC with a laptop interface pre-programmed for optimal safe fuel levels at various RMPs and safe engine temps, they are at 200hp at the WHEELS, with 6psi of boost on the GT.. The kit goes into production in mid june (they need to get the Injen
piping ready for mass production, and are making a custom wire harness so you don't need a good electrical guy with the install). The kit comes with new injectors. He also said that it's not totally necessary but reccomends getting a boost gaugue, and exhaust temp gauge just to monitor everything and a turbo timer so the turbo can cool. Other than that he said the kit is about a 6 hour install at the most for an average mechanic.
The only drawback was that they are not CARB approved yet, so I am planning to wait because of that, but I thought you guys might want to have the info..
He also said, you DO NOT need ANY additional engine upgrades.. but you will almost certainly wear out your clutch a little faster. THAT'S IT though he laughed when I mentioned new piston rods, he said you really only need that if you plan to double the boost this turbo has. Which in his opinion is a very bad idea, he doesn't think the engine would handle it even with the upgrades and siad it's just not worth it you would have heat and fuel management issues with much more than 10psi.. 200hp AT THE WHEELS on a car as light as a celica GT is all the power you would want anyway, and more and you wouldn't have enough traction to keep control IMO. You would beat the A4, and the WRX. No sweat. [ 04-28-2003, 06:46 PM: Message edited by: FX-MAN ]