Optimax chip upgrade

Derek Squires (Woodcote Green 1262) from Hampshire is another member who reports satisfaction with the Optimax chip upgrade supplied and fitted by V8 specialists Rpi in Norfolk. (Jul 06)

Just for the record, Rpi Engineering has another satisfied customer!
My car had been re-chipped by the previous owner with a basic fuel-saving chip, but I didn’t think that the performance was as I would have expected from a 3.9 V8, with noticeable lack of ‘urge’ when accelerating from lower revs when overtaking. Having owned it for about a year, I decided it was time to get it sorted.

I ordered and fitted a set of Magnecor plug leads and a fuel pressure boost valve from Rpi, and then drove up to Norwich from my home in Southampton for Chris and the team to fit an Optimax chip. They recommended an ignition amplifier as well, and tweaked the timing. The car has been transformed, with smooth acceleration throughout the rev range and an impressive increase in torque. Chris even demonstrated going up the gearbox from standstill using idle rpm – with no throttle!

Optimax chip. (Photo: Rpi)

Having already had a set of Clive Wheatley’s excellent Koni sports shockers fitted, the car is now an absolute delight to drive – as MG Rover should have built it in the first place! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Optimax cip and Rpi to any RV8 owner. The product is superb, and the support from Rpi has been first class, with all my email queries answered by return and really friendly service during my visit to them.

Copyright reserved by the V8 Register of the MG Car Club, PO Box 888, London SW14 7YT
Remember to disclose any modification made to your car to your insurer - see our cautionary note. More