Pipercross panel air filter

Finally got round to fitting the Pipercross replacement element panel air filter to the Fabia vRS (which only took 5 minutes to fit, so should have been done WEEKS ago!!).

The fit was perfect as you’d expect from any original-equipment specification air filter and thankfully, Pipercross took the decision to design the filter so it doesn’t need any dirt retention fluid (oil) to work.

This makes the air filter unique as all other performance filters need oil, which can damage the sensitive MAF sensors found in VW, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Subaru applications (anything fitted with a Bosch MAF really).

As it’s an OE spec filter, there’s no need to inform insurance companies and it cannot invalidate your warranty (considering it protects the engine better than some paper air filters, it should be a requirement to have one fitted!!).

Anyway, on with the road test…

Induction note is pretty much unchanged – I guess I’m listening out for it more, but the sound is always going to be muffled by the factory airbox. I can definately hear the turbo spooling a bit louder though, possibly because it now picks up at lower RPM due to the increase in air supply.

Power increases will be negligible, at least nothing I can’t measure by simply driving the car. Throttle response is definately better with the revs picking up and dropping off easier (makes it easier to drive as the engine becomes more predictable) and there’s less turbo lag of course.

MPG over the past hundred miles since fitting the filter has actually improved which is fantastic considering I’ve been driving it a bit more enthusiastically whilst listening out for the induction note! When I get back to sensible driving it should be even better (high 40’s).

Soot out of the exhaust is reduced too. Where I’d normally see a plume of smoke shortly after planting my right foot, now there’s just a faint wisp 🙂

All in all, very impressed – the filter was only ?33 from The Pipercross Shop and I’m just annoyed I didn’t fit it earlier!

Bugatti Veyron supercar with not so superdriver

Ah, nothings better than laughing at other people’s misfortune. Here we have a prime example of chump, one guy who decides to hire a Veyron for ?20k a day, only to crash into the UK’s very own supercar, the Vauxhall Astra.

According to the Police, the Veyron was travelling at around 100mph when it lost control by hitting a bit of a puddle (remember it was pissing it down over the weekend).
It spun a couple of times, colliding with a Vauxhall Astra with a seven-months pregnant woman inside, before finishing up in trees up a 3ft bank.

The woman was taken to hospital for a check-up but was alright.
The Bugatti driver, who was with a younger male passenger, was reported by police for driving without due care and attention.

The smash happened shortly after 3pm on Sunday on a 40mph stretch of the B375 near Chertsey, Surrey, a known crash blackspot.

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Save the cheerleader, save the world

OMFG!? For the past few months I’ve been watching NBC’s Heroes and doing my best to convert others to fans. At the time of writing this, s01e18 has just aired and god it’s good.

I’ve been saying that for the past few episodes though, but the show just gets better and better, with more reveals and more twists!

If you’re into Lost, 24, Prison Break, X Files, etc then you’ll enjoy this!

Lite FM – the sound of the underground?

Unknown to everyone outside of Peterborough and possibly most in Peterborough, Lite FM‘s fast becoming my radio station of choice both at home and in the car.

As the name may suggest, Lite isn’t going to satisfy your hunger for even mild RnB, Dance, Drum and Bass, Electronica… nope you won’t get any of that at Lite 106.8 FM. Lite’s strictly for easy listening sounds from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today (think Natasha Beddingfield and Sandi Thom).

Listen out for Chris Tibbles in the evenings and Holly Ford reading the news during the day (she’s the one with the sexy Northern accent!).

Hopefully the Lite FM website and streaming radio will be up soon so I can listen during the day while I’m at work!

Fabia vRS Milltek exhaust system

The warranty on my standard Skoda Fabia vRS is up soon so I’ve been looking at what exhaust systems are available.

Milltek have been the preferred choice for a lot of VW / Audi owners for a while as Milltek have specialised in those models for one reason or another, but also because their exhausts are quite good (if expensive – you get what you pay for after all!).

Thankfully, Milltek have also covered the Fabia vRS nicely and offer a couple of options for those looking to release as many “horses” and “torques” as possible.

Roadrunner Motorsport in Nottingham are Milltek stockists so their prices and service are always bloody good. After a bit of a chat, I discovered there’s now a new large bore cat-replacement downpipe available so I’d lose the catalytic convertor… failing that, a sports cat keeps my carbon footprint low and VOSA happy. Win-win!

Just need to work out how to pay for it now 😐

Wikifest – Isle of Wight FAQ

I’ve been on the Isle of Wight festival forum for about a year now and this year is no different to last, hundreds of questions that have all be asked and answered before… so I thought I’d have a go at trying to bring some order to the chaos.

Wikifest, a basic wiki (powered by Wikki Wakka Wiki) with no customisation from me other than a 30 second “web 2.0” logo 😛

This is my first real foray into creating/editing wiki content (previously I’ve had a play with entries on wikipedia).

Welcome blah blah..

Ooh get me, my own blog…

I decided that in the interest of SEO my Myspace (and more recently trig.com) blogs just don’t cut the mustard, not to mention the hassle of cross-posting.

About me:

I’m a web developer (full time and also freelance) from Peterborough, UK. I tend to work closely with the automotive aftermarket industry (manufacturers, distributors and retailers) but take on work from other industries too (charities, Intranets).

Outside of the code I’m partial to a bit of comedy (watching, not performing) and the usual CV-inspired guff of reading, music, etc.

If you’ve stumbled on this blog from Google, you might want to visit my homepage or then again, you might not.

Joff