Jun 252008
ALTA Tuned the GP

As many people now know, we are selling/tuning Unichips for the Mini.  We have proven the Unichip can make big power on the new R56 model, and now its time to prove its worth on the R53 Mini!  It may sound funny that we are re-proving an already proven product for the R53, but no one has really done back-to-back runs proving what it can do.   We like Concrete Evidence that something works, and this is exactly that. Also it […Continue Reading…]

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Jun 252008
R53 GP Test and Tune of the JCW Exhaust and Intake

We€™re at it again proving more ALTA PARTS!  One question we always wanted to answer was €œDo the ALTA parts make more HP than the JCW parts?€.  We get asked this a lot as customers are torn between parts they can get at the dealer, and aftermarket parts from us.  Our selling points used to revolve around the prices of JCW parts vs. ALTA.  Now we have another angle!  We can now say ALTA parts WILL make more power than […Continue Reading…]

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Jun 172008
EVO X Intercooler Prototype Build, Test & Tune

Like we weren’t going to make a new intercooler for the X. For one, the stock one is pretty restrictive, and two, in order for the EVO to compete with the STI in our EVO vs. STI project it really needed one!  Besides the gains we saw there is one very important thing we found, which will be a Huge concern to all X owners after they find this same thing out. Before we get too deep, lets look the […Continue Reading…]

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Jun 172008
PERRIN Stage 3 Uni......wait, no more Unichip?????

These results are also for a product we no longer support (ECUTEK Flashes), but these results are right in line with what we see on our AccessPORT flashes which is what we currently offer.  Just don’t call and ask us for Unichip!! Stage 2 Unichip tuning, and turboback exhaust is all done and proven.  We then did our FMIC testing and showed the HP gains from it and discovered a major flaw in the EVO’s new engine design.  Read HERE for our Base […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on June 17, 2008 Dyno Test & Tune Tagged with: , , , ,
Jun 082008
EVO X Stage 2 Dyno Tuning

Just to recap again.  The ECU Tuning device here is not a supported item and again this info is provided to show customers how we strive to be the first to tune these cars and get more experience than any other tuner. Time to put that exhaust to the test!  Last time we left the EVO X progress we had a nice and shiny turboback exhaust all done and awaiting testing. To refresh your memory see our page located HERE. Here […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on June 8, 2008 Dyno Test & Tune Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jun 082008
ALTA R56 Crank Pulley Proving

We here at ALTA have done lots and lots of proving of parts over the years.  99% of the time parts do exactly what we want, or they do almost what we want and we modify them to make them work better.  Nearly every part we have we have dyno graph for it to back it up. The R56 crank pulley is no exception.  Just like our other parts, we have a very good back to back run to show […Continue Reading…]

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May 272008
The Great Subaru Intercooler Test

The Great Subaru Intercooler Test Its intercooler testing time.  After a semi cold winter, it was a great time to do some long awaited intercooler testing.  Because our 08 STI has become the mule for testing of other parts, its great for testing intercoolers.  We have great results from previous dyno runs to back up the consistency of the power (or lack thereof with stock intercooler).  Like other dyno sessions, we started with the same map and same dyno setup, […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on May 27, 2008 Dyno Test & Tune, Part Design & Tech Tagged with: , , , , ,
May 272008
EVO 9 Stage 1 & 2 Test and Tune

Update EVO 8/9 AccessPORT, RIP   In the world of EVO ECU tuning, there is one basic standard form of tuning.  OpenECU very quickly became the standard form of tuning because of its open-ness to anyone that wanted to help figure out maps and how the ECU actually worked, oh, and not to mention you could flash your car for $99.  Since we have been using the COBB AccessPORT on our Subaru’s for a while now, we thought lets tune […Continue Reading…]

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May 252008
ALTA's New JCW Replacement filter

Mini created a great aftermarket intake system for the Mini a few years back, the John Cooper Works Intake.  The JCW intake system consists of a slightly larger air box, and a more traditional cone type air filter.  This intake system contains a flapper that opens up under high load conditions allowing cool fresh air to enter from the window cowel.  This unique flapper keeps the intake system quiet under normal operating conditions, but adds that sweet Supercharger wine when […Continue Reading…]

 Posted by on May 25, 2008 Dyno Test & Tune, MINI Only Tagged with: , , , , ,
May 102008
R56 FMIC, Boost Tubes, Inlet and Intake Test & Tune

For this session we had 4 good things to test. 1. New FMIC core design versus old prototype 2. Boost tube kit 3. Turbo inlet hose 4. Intake system before and after with exhaust system installed   DYNO NOTES All of these tests were done with our new in house Dynapack AWD dyno.  While the overall numbers may vary from previous ALTA runs published on the Internet, the difference before and after is what is most important when making comparisons.  […Continue Reading…]

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