As some of you might know, last year I leased a Renault Twingo Tce90 from my friends at Fahrbach Motorsport. It felt so cool though telling people that I daily drive a rear wheel drive rear engined turbo car weighing under 1000kilos. Hilarity almost immediately ensued with it getting cutesy names such as TicTac and RennEi. So much that it’s registered with 00 because the font looks like two eggs (doppel Ei).
There were two things that bothered me about the Twingo. The soft ride and the lack of power. My friends at Autohaus Fahrbach stepped in first, dropping the car a solid 30mm all round using shorter, stiffer springs from H&R. The Twingo is limited to 165kph from the factory, something that was quite easy to hit even in fourth gear with a bit of a tailwind. The wizards at DigiTec Intecno stepped up the game when owner and my colleague Frank Eickholt asked me to bring the car over to their HQ in Castrop Rauxel.
“Chip tuners” usually simply slap on an additional black box that circumvents the car’s stock CPU, but I wanted a proper software reprogram and luckily this was exactly what the guys at DigiTec did. The car’s brain was unplugged and wired up to the jig at DigiTec and prepped for a software flash. I’m sure the stuff on the monitor makes proper sense to a trained eye but all I could think of was the scrolling code in the matrix. Once the software wipe was done, it was time to dyno the car to see the gains. I had initially only wanted to unlock the speed limiter in the car, but following the final dyno run the little Twingo was putting out 118hp (up from the stock 89hp) and a peak torque of 250Nm (up from the stock 135Nm).
How do you think the car drives like right now?
#sofa #king #fast.