Raise your hand if you believe that Lamborghini has solid engineering at the core of their development philosophy. Yeah, you guessed it, that's crap. Having the body and the rest of the Aventador finally sorted. (Which involved upgrading the suspension, brake calipers, and driveshafts. No I'm not kidding.) We began tearing down the engine and transmission, which like the Countach was relatively painless, only to find out that cylinder compression is off, relative to each bank, by as much as 10%. No, I'm not joking, 10%
. That is apparently within their tolerance margin. Before throwing stones, however, I was informed that that is still better than most mass-produced power plants. The 458 was much better, ~3x better. That's likely why Lambo needs a 6L V12 to make 700hp, while other makers can do the same, and much more, with a smaller V8. What? You expect high quality in a $400,000 car? Hah!
So, we're doing it right; rebuilding, replacing what's questionable (which is a lot), and testing each step of the way. We don't have a benchmark horsepower target, we're simply going to see what we end up with, after we're comfortable with how it's built. With that we're ditching the generic supercharger idea and going with a low-boost, bi-turbo system (Heffner has already built the same for a past customer, so we aren't flying blind). Not only providing "more power!", without appreciable lag, but also improving efficiency and emissions.
Let's see... next weekend I'm having 6 lifts installed for extra car storage, and I'm planning for the garage expansion this Spring, adding another 2400sq/ft. The building is designed to be expanded, on the back side the wall disconnects and you can add another "module", all without being visible from the front. This way I can actually keep all my cars at home, rather than leave some of them at work. I mentioned the Mini, which is extremely cool, and we'll soon be able to have midget car racing. Also I bought a 2005 Mercedes SLR McLaren at a great price. Yeah, I know, but it has that fantastic sound and awesome doors...
My wife said that I need an intervention, but my male friends threatened her with harsh language if she interferes, so there's that. As long as we're doing well, and it doesn't interfere with actual living, I'm just going to keep collecting.
I make no excuses, it appeals to my inner 9 y/o.
We did a minor tuning with Eleanor too, which didn't amount to much, but through Torque Pro I did find out that under normal driving I get almost 16MPG. That's really not as awful as I feared.Edited by Magick Man - 3/9/13 at 7:44pm