Dean was in town to tweak some people’s cars as well as mine and this him doing what he does best!
His laptop is plugged into the car’s ECU and as its running, he twiddles with air/fuel ratios and a myriad of other settings – all of which will improve the car’s overall performance.
At the end of the session, you get a car that is torquey-er and more responsive than it was before, and you’ll know that your fuel mixture won’t be too rich or too lean.
Most car makes/models can be tweaked this way (by adding an aftermarket ECU) so if you’re not happy with how your car is performing, you know who to call!
One of the reason’s I was went to Kuala Lumpur for the Merdeka weekend was to hook up with my buddy Dean Ong, who is very well known within the modifying/tuning car circle in Southeast Asia for being somewhat of a wizard when it comes to ECU (Electronic Control Unit) tuning.
Dean drove all the way from Singapore to do some settings on my car, but due to some unforseen circumstances, we couldn’t get any work done.
Anyway, this is Dean’s ride. It is the BIGGEST sleeper I have ever seen in my life.
For those who don’t know, a “sleeper” is a car that looks deceptively like a standard car on the outside but is actually heavily modified on the inside.
From the exterior, Dean’s car looks exactly like your average normal Subaru WRX Impreza sedan which has around 212bhp.
Even when you pop the bonnet, the car looks bog standard, except for the Apex’i pod air filter (bottom left) … the intercooler, exhaust manifold, everything is what you would find in the engine bay of a standard WRX.
Even when you look at the exhaust, its a standard exhaust from the WRX.
No big 3-inch stainless steel muffler or anything that would arouse suspicion from anyone.
The only tell-tale sign that there is something out of the ordinary with the car is if you peer carefully at the turbo and notice that its been replaced with a Trust TD-05 unit (good for 400bhp) instead of the standard wimpy Z32.
Thats the ONLY thing that tells you something out of the ordinary has been done to the car.
What you CANNOT see is the 2.2 litre stroker kit that, in conjunction with with the TD-05 makes this sleeper pump out around 320bhp – and that is detuned massively because Dean didn’t want to keep breaking driveshafts (he’s broken 7 already)
Truly a sleeper in every sense of the word!