Here is our new project. Like all the others it too has started it's new life coming home on a trailer because it doesn't run. It has a near perfect body, no rust, it's the light weight Graduate model, and best of all...it's BLACK! I have always wanted a black Alfa.
If you are a hardcore Alfa enthusiast, you may want to follow along on this project. It will be unlike any other Spider project you are likely to see. Project Super Spider will be one of the most fearsome Spiders on the road, with the ability to smack down STIs and EVOs.
Here are the project goals:
1. Dead stock appearance. No bulges in the hood, no visable intercooler, stock steel wheels. The only exterior change will be the exhaust tip.
2. An EVO smashing 275 horsepower* reliably on PUMP GAS!
3. Retention of the air conditioning and all other stock items, including of course the major engine components.
4. Minor chassis upgrades, including some strethening, better bushings etc. Nothing too radical, this will not be a track car. It will be a true street car. It will see some track days, but it will also drive coast to coast.
Obviously we plan to go with forced induction. Other modifications to the engine will be minimal, and relatively inexpensive.
* I know a lot of people will doubt that I will be able to get that amount of power within these conditions. I heard the same doubts during my supercharged V6 development. Of course when the dust settled and the dyno results were in the results were as predicted in every case, except the higher boost 2.5 with which we exceeded the expectation by 10 horsepower.
This project is moving forward. The supercharger has been mounted and it fits under the hood with no problem. I feel all major issues have been resolved and we should have a running test car soon. The biggest problem at this point is time. Obviously the customer cars in our shop always take priority over new projects, so the SuperSpider is always the last thing we work on.
The kit is very similar to our GTV6 kit. It can be run intercooled or non intercooled. We are working on fitting an OEM salvage yard intercooler so those budget minded enthusiasts can easily copy what we did. We are going with SDS fuel injection. The car could be run with L-Jet following the same procedures I used succesfully with the V6, however space is at such a premium under the hood of the Spider that it really helps to eliminate the air flow meter.
At this point everything is based on a stock engine. We will design lower comression forged pistons in the future.
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