Originally Posted by philip1
the problem with this car is that it is heavy and has a smallish 4-cyl (3400lb and a 2.2l) with just 135hp. it really needs a bunch more torque to move the car effectively. on the freeway I come to a slight rise and I am down on two or even three gears to get over it, this is at 65-70mph. If a low pressure turbo system will make enough difference that I only need one lower gear than I will see some improvement. Trust me 6500 at 65mph is NOISY!!!
Oh wow, I didn't realise your power to weight ratio was that bad. OTOH it's nice to see someone actually opt for the base engine instead of the ultra gashog option. Since you're climbing hills, weight reduction will make a bigger difference on your car.
How about a small shot of nitrous for the hills?
If the guys at Mythbusters can come up with a JATO for their car I don't see why you couldn't use one, too!