Posted on 1st February 2016 at 8:53am
Back in July 2014 following the sale of our Gen-F R8 we sourced a new VF SS for a development journey on the last locally made Holden Commodore. With only a handful of kilometres on the White Rhino odometer we wasted no time installing our most popular entry level Harrop Performance System with driveline warranty:
- Harrop OTR with dress up panels
- 1-7/8” headers with hi flow cats
- 3” Bi-Modal catback – Pro Extreme Exhaust
- Custom ECU Recalibration
- 282kW / 533nM (Harrop Dynapack Hub Dyno)
Posted on 1st February 2016 at 8:56am
Coinciding with our LS Camshaft & Valve-train program that includes 6 custom profiles and a full range of supporting valve-train components. For the White Rhino we selected the H05 profile. Best described as a utility cam for its great manners and solid performance on N/A applications and the ability to support supercharger upgrades at a later date it was the perfect choice for our diverse needs and planned upgrade journey and also demonstrating that you can see moderate gains in N/A trim and don't have to go to the trouble of swapping out sticks when boosting comes along.
After removing the pesky AFM hardware from the factory L77, the H05 camshaft was installed along with a set of tie-bar lifters, valve-springs, pushrods and ARP bolts.
Back to Heathcote to run the 325 with H05 package we ran a best time of 12.37 at 113.6mph, a solid result with the L77 on a greasy day at the track.
Posted on 1st February 2016 at 8:57am
LS3/FDFI2300 Supercharger Install:
With all primary testing of
factory L77 engine complete, the White
Rhino had something of a rebirth... In anticipation of Holden’s
VF series II release we chose to install a brand new 6.2Lt LS3 which
not only put us up to date with the current Commodore but also provided another
step to further development for ourselves and the Australian market.
Following the install of a H05 camshaft kit to the LS3, it was time for the straight forward 6lt - 6.2lt engine exchange into our VF.
September was an exciting month for Harrop with the long awaited release of our next generation cooling upgrades for the popular FDFI Supercharger. Through extensive in-house and external Harrop dealer testing these upgrades provide a significant reduction in inlet air temperatures across all FDFI supercharger installations both on standard engines and built engines, learn more here.
This could not come at a better time with the FDFI2300 to be bolted onto the new LS3 complimented with a 6L80 Auto transmission hardware upgrade and engine oil cooler to see what she could do.
Dyno Tune (E85)
As always we strapped her into the Dyne Cell in HPC for testing. Continuing our testing with the use of E85 fuel it quickly became apparent that we had found the limit of the standard fuel pump with fuel pressure dropping out around 460RWKW highlighting the need for a higher volume fuel system to support the thirsty nature of E85.
Stay tuned for updates in 2016 as development and testing is top of the list for this project.
Putting the E85 testing on hold, we reverted back to good old 98 premium unleaded to finish off the Rhino's new upgrades with the 2300 Supercharger providing around 9psi with healthy gains across the board.
- Dyno Tune (98RON)
460kW / 868nM – 9psi
Dyno Tune (98RON)
460kW / 868nM – 9psi
Harrop participated in the Geelong Revival Sprints on the picturesque waterfront, with hundreds of cars entered in to the sprints we managed to run quickest in class and 3rd overall outright for the weekend with a 10.70 around the foreshore bend.
Backing this up we wanted to test how the car performed at a proper drag strip and with a hot summer in full swing in Melbourne by mid-December got down to Calder with our enhanced FDFI2300. Best run with calibration improvements on the 6L80 required with ran a best of 11.04 at 125mph, not the 10 we hoped for but confident we could find it with some fine tuning in Harrop Performance Centre.