What do you mean "coming soon"? We have a pair of them running around right now (supervised).
Originally Posted by Achmedisdead
Any particular reason for the Roots blower? Or is it just because you have turbos on a bunch of cars already and want to try something different?
Hope the frame is strong on that car.....sounds like the engine will have the capability to twist the car up like a pretzel.
And I know I have said this before, but man, that Bel Air is a beauty.....
With the ability to finetune the latest forced induction systems, and I mean to within thousandths of an atmosphere, you can essentially turn them off without suffering from a parasitic effect, by allowing it to run just enough to counter its own mechanical impedance. So, dialing in 550-800 whp (our upper target), on the fly, is simple. It's exactly the way Eleanor is set up. It's like a rudimentary type of launch control. On takeoff, TC is engaged and it's set to a lower level of boost, this negates all wheel slip, then TC disengages and the system allows the SC to very quickly build to maximum. It's going balls to walls after the shift to 3rd. Of course, all of that can be turned off and the driver can select the map they want, but the aided launch is cool (when it works 100%, still a couple small bugs to work out
). We're still doing things with Heffner Perf and have 2 more customer upgrades to do in the next several weeks, an R8 V8 and a Gallardo, but he's sent us toys as well, like software that would cause most automakers to crap their pants.
Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
Well, I think I gave you most of my thoughts in the previous post. Is he going to let you try it before you pay the full amount? Or does the hourly rate for changes start as soon as you take delivery? I think he should give you some time to make sure the thing actually does what he claims it will do. Speaking of which, did you put the requirements in writing? Anything not written down can be considered "out of scope" when you say you ass-u-me-d the SW would have that feature. Assume nothing, verify and validate everything.
My other question would be on the capability to configure the app. If you find a new web site that you would like included in the search list, is there any capability for you to add the site and get anything useful, or will that require that you go back to the developer?
One option might be to pay a support fee each year instead of T&M for some things (like adding sites, modifications to make sure the core sites can always be searched, etc. The T&M is fine for enhancements or changes that are outside the scope of the original requirements, but if the next Microsoft update to Windows breaks the program, you shouldn't have to pay him T&M to fix it. A typical annual support fee is ~20-25% of the purchase price.
Finally, when you use an independent developer to create SW, always remember that the life of the SW is only as long as that developer doesn't get hit by a bus. It's not uncommon for a developer to be all hot to trot initially, but 6 months later, when you need them for something, they are too busy, or they now have a full-time job, or they are only interested in their latest project, or whatever. Depending on how much you are paying - you might consider getting the source code from him. That way you will have something if he disappears. There are "SW Escrows" where the source code and documentation can be placed, so that if he is unable or unwilling to provide support, the source code automatically goes to you. If you are paying a couple of grand, it's probably not worth it - but if you are paying big money, then I would consider it.
All excellent points.
I forwarded this to the minion, since she's handling this (hopefully).
I'm happy but kind of annoyed too. Earlier I bought that Koenigsegg CCX and paid a boatload of money to get it upgraded to the latest CCXR spec (and then some). They told me it would be ready in 4-6 weeks and that's okay. However, I've found out it's not only ready, they've been showing it and even used it as a customer tester to sell upgrades. No, the customer didn't drive it, just their test driver, but it's irritating that they've been holding on to it and using it, instead of shipping it, and they didn't even ask me
. I found out because they emailed me and asked if I would "accept the honor" of having my car shown at the Frankfurt auto show (2 months away), like I give a bucket of warm spit about that?
"Oh look, here's a pic of my car at the show, with some malnourished, fake-boobed Swedish skank sitting on the hood." Maybe I should have asked if they'd refund a large chunk of what I paid, for "the honor"?
But I just told them that it was a gift (kind of is, for my anniversary) and I needed it well before then and for them to please send it ASAP. Seriously, the gall of some of these companies... Oh, and before that, they contacted me asking if I'd "like the opportunity to upgrade" to paddles?!? When I'd already told them twice that I want that car specifically because it has a stick
, then they acted like I was crazy to not want that "upgrade". Finally I said, "Look, if I wanted paddles, to go along with everything else I've had done, wouldn't I have just bought an Agera?" They finally shut up. If I didn't know better, I would have thought I was being trolled. Morons.
The CF weave on it is amazing, though.Edited by Magick Man - 7/21/13 at 1:02am