Element Tuning GT65 Bolt On Turbo, Hydra EMS, E85 fuel, 532whp, 07 STI 2.5

This is really impressive for a bolt on turbocharger running E85 and pump gas. On this tune the customer swapped out the header and it appears we lost some bottom end power over the old but peak power stayed about the same (on pump gas). All the dyno plots on this tuning session had the “blips” where the WG opens and I just noticed this time around the dyno was set to 150 instead of 120 so that could have something to do with it.

Dyno Dynamics @ Pina Motorsports, WA
Tuner: Phil Grabow Element Tuning
Wheel HP: 532whp UNCORRECTED
Wheel TQ: 513wtq UNCORRECTED
Target Boost: 26 psi
Target AFR: 11.5
Fuel: E85 and 92 Octane pump gas
Ambient Temp: 50
Elevation: 0

Initially I tuned the car with DW 1000cc injectors but for E85 we stepped up to RC 1600cc with the base fuel pressure set to 50 psi but the regulator diaphragm failed so we had to replace the regulator with an Aeromotive A1000 (don’t waste your money on anything else!). We also swapped in a TurboSmart BOV to better manage peak boost pressure and not blow open.

Car Info
Engine Management: Element Tuning Hydra EMS
Turbo: Element GT65 Bolt On
Intercooler: APS
Meth Kit: None
Injectors: RC 1600cc, Bosch 044 Fuel Pump, A1000 regulator
Engine: Element Tuning Rods, CP Pistons, Cosworth cams, stock block and bore.
Intake/Inlet: Magnus, APS
Headers: AMR
Uppipe: AMR
Downpipe: ?
CBE: Invidia

The Element GT65 Bolt-on really shined on E85 fuel especially given the car didn’t have anything done to the heads but a set of cams.

Phil Grabow
Element Tuning

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Hankook WRX vs. EVO Time Attack, 11/07

New for this year was the Hankook WRX vs. EVO Time Attack held at Button Willow Raceway. This event was an invite only Time Attack run the day before Super Lap pitting WRXs against EVOs with a new twist, a 5 lap time attack battle backwards. The Element Tuning Time Attack STI made its debut as an “Unlimited” car this year running a new driver, me (LOL), and I’ve never driven this track before so I was expecting lots of surprises.

The weekend started out with lots of last minute changes unfortunately. With SEMA so close there wasn’t enough time to get our new suspension prior to heading to CA but Jon at JIC Suspension graciously worked on Sunday to get us the custom suspension we so desperately needed. All I can say is that Jon really knows his stuff and we analyzed our currently setup, discussed its shortcomings, and came up with revised settings.

With new dampers and springs rates I was skeptical but how can you question a team with so many “Ulimited” class Time Attack Wins? I went with it and we also installed a set of JIC rear trailing arms and lateral links to provide stiffness, response, and to allow for more adjustability in the future.

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Element Tuning and World One take 1st in Pro Class at Subiefest 2, 4/07

Phew…what a weekend! As sponsoring Phil and his Element Tuning Time Attack Race Car, we had our work cut out for us in preparation for the event. We all knew that there was going to be stiff competition, so we did our best to make sure the car was as prepared as possible.

Aside from getting the front bumper fixed, we added a SYMS rear bumper, Seibon doors, Seibon side skirts, and painted the roof black. Seibon doors also came in just in time, as well as the APR GTC-300 wing and APR front splitter.

With the last-minute work still going on Phil’s car, the rest of us pretty much packed up the entire showroom into a U-Haul truck, along with some flooring and tents thanks to Dan from Prodrive America. We closed down the shop very early on Friday to make sure we could concentrate on getting everything packed up. After about 7 hours straight of work on all fronts, we were finally all packed up and ready to go. Our caravan left the shop here in Kent, WA around 7 pm, grabbed some dinner down the road, then headed off.

The group got separated along the way, with Phil (driving the Time Attack car, no trailers here) leading the first pack and Jonathan and myself switching off leading the second group. We stopped just south of Olympia in hopes that the group would reconvene, but Phil’s group decided to head on straight down to Portland. At this point, Subiesport photographer Nick Parker realized that his camera bag was missing, and after about an hour and a half of phone calls, it turns out a good samaritan had returned his camera bag to the local police station, completely intact. With Nick’s fears alleviated, we continued on down south.

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Element Tuning Wins Subiefest 1 Time Attack, 11/2006

In preparation for Subiefest 1 the 2006 Element Time Attack STi was sent to World One Performance in Seattle, Washington, the location of www.subiefest.com for a bit of a transformation. For prior Time Attack events, we went with a smaller GT52 turbocharger, but at Subiefest it was important for me to showcase our flagship turbo kit the Element Tuning GT65 Rotated Turbo Setup. Wayde and the technicians at World One outfitted our race car with the GT65 kit, new brake pads, flushed the brakes, changed all fluids, installed different rear springs, and a different front sway bar so that when I arrived in Seattle the car was ready to go.

Subiefest Time Attack began at Pacific Raceways in Seattle bright and early as the sun came up over the Pacific Northwest. After filling up with race gas and checking to make sure all was in order the car went out on the track for warm up hot laps.

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The Element tuned STI takes 2nd in the Primedia Time Attack, 4/6/04

For the first time ever Sport Compact Car, and Super Street Magazine decided to collaborate and bring time attack racing to US shores.  A time attack is a popular form of Japanese racing in which top tuner teams battle for the best single lap time of the day on one of Japan’s many circuits. The AWD limited class however was saturated with cars that were anything but limited. Some of the cars in our class were the Sparco EVO VIII, XS Engineering’s EVO VIII, Road Race Engineering’s EVO VIII, Works EVO VIII, Worx Tuning’s STi, RB Motoring’s Skyline R32, and more. Other notables included Signal Auto’s Purpleen Skyline R34 piloted by world famous wild man Tarzan Yamamoto running in the RWD limited class, Axis Wheels 360 Modena and Turbo 350Z all running in the limited RWD class, a number NSXs from Science of Speed and a monstrous Twins Turbo Supra.   For the rest of the article follow the link:

Time Attack Article

GT52 + Hydra 2.6 + Hydramist + Q16 = 475 whp / 534 wtq

Built by World One Performance, Phil traveled to the Pacific Northwest to tune this beast of an 07 STI.  Utilizing a number of Element Tuning products, including a GT52 turbo, Hydra EMS 2.6, and Hydramist, the car was tuned with Q16 race gas to a powerful 475 whp and 534 wtq.  This is a full 75 whp above what a GT52 typically makes on pump gas, which instantly put a smile on the customer’s face.  For more information on this build, please see World One Performance’s blog here:


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