Theres only one word for BBs new Clio Turbo - mental! For those of you who dont know, its a turbo conversion of the F7P 1.8 16v lump, out of the Clio 16v. There are two versions, firstly, low pressure which is done to a standard engine and will put out around 200bhp max. The second version is the high pressure conversion which entails pulling the whole lump apart and rebuilding it strong with low compression pistons; this is the one I drove in.
I went out yesterday in it for a passenger ride and a drive of my own, and the power and torque are truly outrageous. It was running yesterday at the standard power 241bhp (or as close as you can get- most people whove used them, agree that BBs rollers are pretty much bang on.) Its frighteningly quick, on the limit of breaking traction every time you put your foot down. Around the back roads before you know it, youre up to 80 or 90 between corners. On the open road, we were pushing a Sapphire Cossie along and he had to let us past. Feels like a 13-second 1/4 miler to me, and easily a match for any Scooby.