Originally Posted by Ironpony
But don't get me wrong it is fun. I am not going to put a V8 in this car. I have vehicles for going fast. I don't think as light as this car will be that I need or want 300hp. My intention is for it to be a little differnt and be fun to drive. 140 to 150 hp would be plenty for this light car in my opinion and getting to that number with a turbo and slightly built 2.3L would be easy and very forgiving on the quality of fuel ya get at the pump. And after all it's all about power to weight ratio. If you have a 200hp car that weighs 3300 to 3400 lbs and a under 2000 lbs car with 150 hp and everything else being equal at the drag strip they will run pretty close. With the edge going to the lighter car. But this car is NOT about racing. It's about fun and the question I posed was to find someone that had run this engine will a slight build in a true lightweight car. And to get info on building the engine for what I want. And I wish to thank the folks that have contributed to those ends. I am know for doing differnt things. And have considered at one point and time since I have a background in Marine turbine propulsion too. of putting a turbine in the car. But dismissed that idea because of the cost. And it would be too complicated for a fun car. So I'm back to my first question has anyone done this that's on this site that could share their opinions on the results. Thanks Bill
Then a completely stock swap is best. I would get a donor car that has the turbo motor running and ready to go. Even in fair condition they dont go for too much cash so get one with a good motor even if it means scrapping a nice car. Merkur svo and the turbo coupe will have the best setups. Intercolled is best but not really important for you power level.
You will need the stock computer it is boost reference and will add fuel and retard timing as boost comes up. Works very well so no need to rebuild the wireing or use megasquirt its just too much to build for a car that does it from the factory with similair performance. Use the factory wiring harness as well. Then simply bolt it up and wire it up. Plug it in. Not easy but not reall difficult either the hard part the efi setup is done and turbo ready every thing else is plumbing and welding.
Be sure the fuel system will support the efi motor.
Keep the motor completely stock for 170 hp And plenty of tq. But very tame and easy to use and easy on the car. Also hook up the low octane fuel switch. Retards ten degrees so it will run on any swell you end up with in the tank. For the most part stock boost will run on. Good 87 and any super. Not like some turbo cars that are real fuel snobs these run on just about anything.