TopGear.com converted a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Diesel into an eco-friendly 70-plus US MPG bunny that hits 60 MPH in 7 seconds all for under $7,000.
After two months of non-stop working, the TopGear.com team surpassed their goals: They managed to not only hit 0 to 60 mph in 7.09 seconds, they achieved a fuel-economy figure of 84-US MPG (100 Imperial MPG, 2.8L/100km). Malone Tuning Ltd. diagnosed a cruise-control issue, supplied with a FlashZilla programmer for e-mail tuning support, and provided a special ECU tune that boosts both performance and fuel economy. One of Malone Tuning Ltd.’s dealers in California was also kind enough to provide diagnosis and replacement for an injection pump issue that TopGear.com were having. Their 0 to 60 MPH time is now around 6 seconds although that has not been officially measured. We’re all pleased with the results!
We tuned a new 2009 Common-Rail VW TDI in March 2009 and dynoed it. We used one of the most conservative dyno machines around, with real-world no-nonsense horsepower and torque numbers.
Incredible & safe power gains with chip tuning only.
BMW 3.0sd BiTurbo (originally found in BMW X5 xDrive35d model)
Before: 265 HP and 425 ft-lb
After: 310-340 HP and 515 ft-lb
Audi 3.0L TDI (originally found in Audi Q7 model)
Before: 221 HP and 406 ft-lb
After: 280-290 HP and 427 ft-lb
Before: 90whp 155ft-lb After: 181.9whp 310ft-lb
Just one week before the races, Richard from Portland Oregon rebuilt his New Beetle TDI engine and at least tripled the factory 90 horsepower output. The result is an impressive 13.607 @ 104.42 MPH (driven by Matt Davis) at Portland International Raceway. Next to the beetle is a 2006 Jetta TDI driven by Sarah Boyd aka “Jetta Girl”. The Jetta is running a wastegated Garrett turbo and it put down 200whp on a dyno.
Passing MIT and Tesla, West Philly is moving forward at full steam for the $10 million dollar Automotive X Prize. We’re thrilled to take part in this project.
Well I did it. I broke down and just figured I would roll the dice. After many emails with Mark [of Malone Tuning], we agreed on a day and I pulled out the ECU (I can help anyone with this as it is tricky). Shipped it out Fed-X and got it back. Installed the ECU in the car, waited a few minutes before I started it and then let it idle for a few more.
Took the car out for a spin (I live in the coutry where we have beautiful twistie roads – Central coast of California). No error codes, no warning lights, the car idled perfectly and drove just like it always did down my road I share with my neighbors. Here’s where the story get good. 1st gear… wow had some more pep… Second gear… whoa nice… third gear … holy crap this sucker pulls hard…. 4th gear…. raped ape. THIS IS HOW VW should have done this car. It’s a smooth wonderful ride but when you put your foot into it… well quite simply, it goes and nicely I will add. The power band is exceptional … in fact it’s a completely different car and I cannot stress that it’s FAR better than stock.
No, I’m not on the payroll, I didn’t know Mark until I made contact a few weeks ago. What I can also say is Mark ALWAYS gets back to my emails. Never left me hangning on any questions and was more than helpful.
I will be putting the car through it’s paces over the next few months and I would be happy to keep all of you posted. For the record, my car has 5000 miles on it.. I LOVE THIS TUNE….
email me if you have questions.
- David D.
Wed, 29 May, 2013