VZ Crewman

A tradies dream – this VZ Crewman is absolutely immaculate. The owner has lovingly and painstakingly maintained this car and it’s great to see it booked in every so often for some ‘fun bits’. The “bits” include a Harrop brake kit upgrade, a VCM air box & full custom VCM ecu reflash tune.

We dyno’d the car before and after the air box fitment and reflash to end up with almost 330HP at the wheels! Check out the gallery as well as some video of the last dyno run.

 

 

Video Highlights From Oz Renault Sport National Meet

As promised we’ve prepared this video highlights package from the recent Oz Renault Sport Nationals Meet. The last 10 seconds are “interesting”…

BMW X3 Reflash Tune

BMW X3This is one of our latest projects. A BMW X3 3.0 TDI X Drive 4×4. Our customer was hoping for an increase in both power and torque but also drivability. Naturally, as this model is a 4WD we used our Four Wheel Drive dyno in order to properly assess the power and torque improvements.

Dyno ChartThe X3 is mechanically standard apart form the custom reflash tune and in its standard ECU format (before reflash) we measured the power as 165hp at the wheels.

Once the ECU was reflashed and we jumped-on the 4WD dyno we successfully achieved 229hp at the wheels. This represents an almost 40% increase in power with great throttle response and sharper shifting from the transmission. Another bonus is the overall improvement to the drive.

It’s Time To Go….RS250 Megane

Megan RS250Our road registered Renault Megane RS250 is for sale to make way for our new project car – the new Renault Sport Clio (details to come). Our Megane is the fastest RS250\RS265 in Australia having set the fastest times at the 2012 & 2013 Oz Renault Sports Nationals at Winton & Wakefield Park respectively. Chris Romano & his Romano WORKX team have devoted hundreds of ours to the development of this limited edition gem.

Harness BarWe developed our RS250 for both road & track with an emphasis on drivability and a bias towards every-day-driving as Chris drives the car to work every other day. The race harness bar is a bolt-in modification that allows the back seat to be utilised and the custom tune is suited to “pump” fuel. For more details regarding the specification of the suspension, tune and add-ons call Chris – (07) 3395 8255 or email info@romanoworkx.com.au

Ford BA Ute

Check-out the power figures from this Ford BA Ute “Sleeper”. 430KW at the rear wheels!!!

BA Ute Sleeper BA Ute Dyno Chart

Oz Renault Sport Nationals

Megane On TrailerFour days of country drives, great meals, fantastic people and even a little bit of track work – this years Oz Renault Sport Nationals have been one of the best subscribed and enjoyable yet. Our Romano WorkX team joined the fleet as they descended upon Yass for a spirited drive through the Brindebella National Forrest. The drive took-in some of country NSW’s best views and roads and a brief stop gave us an opportunity to catch-up with the rest of the members. The level of participation has been fantastic as witnessed by the breadth of models that attended the event. Every Clio and Megane from the 172 to the RS265 were proudly represented in their varied colours and specification.

The drive back to Yass was equally vigorous and the flotilla convened in the Yass Soldiers Club for a fantastic dinner and slide-show. The images of the previous years’ Oz Renault Sports Nationals were a nostalgic boon for previous participants and a visual feast for the newer members.

Yellow MeganeThe event had originally started in Albury on the previous day and included members from as far as South Australia (who where suitable rewarded for the efforts on the last night of the event). The majority of members hailed from Victoria, NSW and the ACT. Our Romano WorkX crew were the only representatives from Queensland however I suspect that next years ‘Nationals’ will attract more members.

The Saturday schedule included a track day at Wakefield Park hosted by Circuit Club. A large portion of our members signed up for a full day of tyre destroying action which started with a track familiarisation session. The weather was perfect as the first un-timed sessions kicked-off the day. This allowed for passengers to climb aboard including driver-trainers and other forum members.

The level of driving standards were perfect as our cars shared the track with supercharged Honda S2000’s, AMG Mercedes and turbo charged GTR’s. Our very own Megane RS250 finished 5th outright with a 1:08.433 and fastest Renault. The fastest non-professional Renault was also a Megane RS250 ably piloted by Adrian Weir and an amazing time of 1:10.006.

There were other notable efforts from the Oz RS brigade which can be found HERE!

RenaultsMark Eddy, Francois Jouy, Adam Spence & Russell Boyd arrived at the circuit with their respective purpose built track weapons. Eddy & Jouy have prepared the latest entrant for the Shannons Australian Manufacturers Championship series – a Megane RS265 replete with a remarkable matt finish similar to the Angels & Demon Clio series.

Spence fielded his Targa class winning Megane – one of two that recently contested Targa Adelaide. The level of detail and finish was matched only by the sophistication of the equipment and gadgetry.

Boyd’s go-kart like Clio turned heads even as it sat on it’s custom trailer at Yass the previous afternoon. Once on-track the spectators rushed to the fence to get a glimpse of the pocket rocket. Adam Spence managed to wrestle the keys (nee start button) from Boyd for a quick spin just before lunch…lucky bugger!

The evening festivities then moved to the ‘local’ in Gunning where the pub food was equally matched by the long-tales of track infamy…

Big BallsAnthony Musson and Dishan Marikar presided over the event which included awards for a number of feats during the 2013 event. A truly remarkable effort by both Anthony and Dishan that will be hard to beat in years to come. Romano WorkX would like to thank all the participants, volunteers and especially Anthony Musson and Dishan Marikar for a truly enjoyable ‘Nationals’. Roll On 2014!!!

Harry’s Diner

We headed to Harry’s Diner last Thursday for Hot Import Nights with our VW Golf GTiR, Renault Megane RS250 & Mitsubishi Evo VI. The nights are hosted between 7-9 @ Harry’s Diner and very openly welcomed the opportunity to host ALL TYPES of Cars on THURSDAY nights.

Harry’s Diner is a traditional 50’s style Diner on Newmarket Rd, Windsor.