BOE's traction reduction services - 1 year later
I have been thinking I wanted to post about my experience with BOE and their "Black" series engine install they completed for me. I'm also trying to avoid a long winded rant, as I have a tendency to ramble on. If anyone wants more detail just ask. I thought that giving a report from a year later might give some insight in to reliability and BOE service after the sale. It was easy to be excited and happy when I first got the car, but would some miles and time paint a different picture? Short answer: I'm still loving it!
At just over 8500 miles for 2017, all on the BOE built motor, I suspect my car was one of the most driven Loti. In addition to many spirited backroads trips to nowhere, I drove the car at autocross, road course (saw over 155mph on track), weekend trips, as well as some commuter duty. I even drove my car on a boat, the only time I have done that with any car!
Not that I want to focus on negative things, but I would rather just address them and move on to the good stuff. The skills and experience of the team @ BOE is a two edged sword. Be prepared to be patient. I suspect they can turn out 400hp builds in their sleep (well, some say Phil doesn't sleep), and apparently the word is out. It was months waiting for my turn before they were ready to get started on my car. Communications was sparse and at times frustrating or concerning. I was willing to overlook this in exchange for top quality workmanship. After all this is an automotive shop not a call center. After I got the car back, I had only 1 issue that was their responsibility: they didn't get their toe links installed on my car. I was so excited about the motor I didn't notice until I got home. Some might say this is a negative, but no person and no company is perfect. How you respond to a mistake can help define your character. In my case, there was no hassle. I spoke to Andrew and he quickly made it right, end of discussion.
I had to draw the line on some of the expense, so I kind of got a rather vanilla setup as far as BOE motors go. No long rod, solid rockers, or front HEX. I did do a stage 3 cam. Pretty much anything else we added on was for reliability. I had told myself I would be happy with 330 whp, but when Phil was done tuning, it made over 350 whp! On the scales my car weighed 1944 pounds, I like the way this math looks! It's not just the power but probably more striking is the increase in mid range torque. It changed the character of the car. On the stock block with the rev 400, the car was fast and powerful, but sometimes below 4k revs at an autocross I would kind of have to wait for the power to build back up, or consider downshifting. Now it plants you back in the seat with over 200 lb ft of torque starting around 3500 rpm, and a flat ~250 lb ft from 5k to 7k. The car can dig out of a slow/tight corner WAY faster than with the old motor. It demands grippy tires and respect from the driver. I *need* motorsport events because the limits of the car are too much for the streets. That being said, I will vouch for Phil on a point I have seen him make a few times: his supercharger kits maintain essentially stock driveability. If you shift at say 4k, especially using partial throttle, this car is not scary. My wife drives it sometimes without me and there's no fear of it getting violent with her. Whenever you want it, though, just keep your foot mashed to the floor until 8k+ rpms, and things start happening very quickly!
In summary, almost everyone has heard the addage, "Cheap, fast, reliable: pick two." It's not cheap, but it is stupid fast and BOE's track recipe has proven reliable for me so far. Keep up the good work!
Last edited by Parko; 02-16-2018 at 07:57 AM.
Reason: As noted below, I should point out this is meant to be a review of the motor, doh