PORSCHE SERVICES OUR SPECIALISMS
All performance and classic cars need regular servicing and maintenance to ensure that they stay in the best condition and to ensure optimum safety.
Our workshop can cater for performance and classic cars of any age, and we approach each car with the same care. All Porsche servicing is carried out using only genuine manufactured parts and approved oils. PIE is also happy to supply service kits to those wishing to undertake their own work.
As part of our fixed-price servicing we carry out preventative maintenance to save potential big bills for the customer in the future. One example being the clearing of the front air intakes in the front bumper on all water cooled Porsches. Not doing this will cause a build-up of road detritus such as leaves which over time will rot in the radiators and air conditioning condensers to the point where they will leak.
No two cars are ever the same, and therefore it is prudent of us to get to know every car we see. Often, older cars have had a variety of work done before we get to see the car; therefore, it is best for us to start from scratch, work our way methodically around the car and see if anything stands out as needing immediate attention.
Once we have seen your car, we start to create a history file for it on our computerised system - this allows us to keep a record of work we have carried out on the car and make notes and advisories of potential problems or work needing to be carried out in the near future. These items will be listed on the job invoice, so that the customer has their own copy for their records.
We work closely with a skilled painter who owns his own bodyshop situated on the same site as PIE. Carrying out bodywork can potentially be a can of worms.
It can also be very difficult to quote accurately, because until work is underway it isn't always possible to see previous repairs and any other damage that may be in need of extra work (such as rust). Therefore, it is always best to build in a contingency.
Our painter's work is second to none, so much so that Chris here at PIE used him to fully respray his Porsche 911 SC during its complete restoration.
Interior trim repairs or complete restoration can be expensive. We are able to offer interior refurbishment from minor repairs to complete re-trimming, including carpets.
We can also just supply and fit, depending on the customer's wishes - we work very closely with some of the best trimmers and suppliers in the UK to offer a direct replacement to factory finish, or changes that meet your personal needs and budget.
Wheels have a bit of a hard time, really. They have to withstand being bumped into kerbs and driving along salty roads, among other indignities.
Over time they can look tired, with the rim of the wheel potentially being kerbed, or road salt eating into the alloy metal under the paint, causing bubbling or peeling lacquer.
These things can really detract from the exterior look of the car; however, it doesn't necessarily have to be as costly a process as replacing the wheels to get your car looking new again.
Here at PIE we offer a wheel refurbishment service which involves a six-stage process:
Remove wheels from the vehicle
Remove tyres from the wheels
Dip the wheels in a strong acid which strips grime and paint off the wheel, taking it back to bare metal
Repair the rim where it’s been badly kerbed, welding any cracks and possibly having to heat and reshape the wheel if buckled (at extra cost)
Powder-coating the wheels in the customer's desired colour
Refitting tyres to wheels, balancing wheels and refitting to the car
There are sometimes extra processes that the wheels have to go through: for example, Porsche Fuchs wheels have an anodized finish. It is very costly to redo the anodizing, but we can offer this service. We also offer the process of diamond-cutting the face or barrel of the wheel to get a shiny, polished finish.
Here at PIE we undertake all mechanical work involved in the restoration process in-house, including complete air-cooled and water-cooled engine rebuilds in our new dedicated engine workshop (see photographs below).
Before beginning any restoration we will have an in-depth conversation with the owner of the car so that we fully understand how the car is going to be used (concourse events, high days and holidays or everyday use), the budget, and the time scale for completion; all of these factors will have a bearing on whether we reuse existing, serviceable used parts or purchase brand new factory parts.
Remapping and Performance Tuning
Remapping is not just about maximizing power or fuel economy - it's about delivering the right engine performance to improve your driving experience.
Remapping your car can dramatically improve overtaking safety, acceleration, reliability and fuel economy, as well as saving you hundreds of pounds in repair bills and potentially pre-empting any need to buy a new vehicle.
PIE Performance is proud to be working in tandem with Mobile Remaps, which is the only remapping company in the Cambridge, Peterborough and Bury St Edmunds area to have its staff certified by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) - what this means for you is that their technicians have completed a unique and complex training and certification program, and are fully qualified to remap your car.
In addition to remapping, we are able to greatly enhance your car's performance across the board using many high-tech options including Quantum Tuning, Milltek Sport Performance exhaust systems, Bilstein Performance suspension components, Powerflex polyurethane bushes, and IPD (Innovative Pro Design) Plenums induction technology.
We offer different levels of restoration depending on the customer's requirements, from sympathetic recommissioning to complete rebuilds.
We appreciate that mechanical work and bodywork is costly, so working closely with the customer we will tailor a package to suit the condition of any Porsche.
We can also work out a flexible payment scheme to lighten the load.
In addition to our engine rebuilding services, we can also breathe new life into your tired gearbox.
There's no need to feel like you’re stirring porridge while trying to find 3rd gear; we can fully rebuild all Porsche gearboxes at a very competitive price.
As with everything else that we undertake we always use new original parts, replacing any defective items with factory specification unless the customer requests specific uprated parts.
No one is perfect, even Porsche! M96 and early M97 engines have a known weak point in them which has caused numerous engine failures.
The fault is the IMS (Intermediate Main Shaft) bearing, which has a habit of breaking down. This bearing drives the camshafts. Should the bearing fail, an expensive engine rebuild will result. Contact us for more information on this vital component.
Evans Waterless Coolant...
Here at PIE we are a stockist of Evans Waterless Coolant Power Cool 180º for Porsches in the East of England. Power Cool 180º is revolutionary because it’s completely waterless, and as Evans say: no water, no worries!
Suitable for all types of motorsport and sports cars, it has a number of benefits over old-fashioned antifreeze:
Benefits to Power Cool 180º
More horse power as it eliminates premature detonation which is associated with overheating
No more overheating, as the boiling point of Power Cool 180º is as the name suggests 180º and it will not boil over!
Unlike regular antifreeze/water mix, Power Cool 180º allows the coolant system to run at a lower pressure, reducing the strain on engine components
No water means no oxygen, which in turn means no corrosion.
Unlike your regular antifreeze/water mix, Power Cool 180º significantly reduces liner pitting.
Traditional water-based coolants regularly cross the thermal boundary that separates Efficient Nucleate Boiling (A) from Inefficient Critical Heat Flux. CHF leads to localised film boiling (B) and steam bubbles circulating throughout the cooling system, which often results in overheating and combustion issues. Evans Waterless Coolants boil above 180º C ensuring effective cooling and efficient fuel burn is maintained for all engine loads and ambient air temperatures.
When water-based coolants vapourise adjacent to the combustion zone, hot-spots are formed. These hot-spots have been proven to cause pre-ignition in petrol engines and detonation issues in diesel engines. Evans Waterless Coolants eliminates hot-spots and subsequently improve combustion efficiency and increase power delivery.
Water is the root cause of corrosion in all cooling systems, via oxidation (rusting) and galvanic (electrolytic) action. Evans coolants do not contain dissolved oxygen, and have a much lower conductivity (increased resistivity) compared with water-based coolants. Subsequently replacing water with Evans non-aqueous solution eliminates corrosion and the need to periodically refresh or replenish the coolant.
Water requires additional (cap) pressure to prevent it boiling within the engine. This additional pressure can vary between 7psi and 29psi (0.5 Bar to 2 Bar), which places significant stress on cooling system components, including hoses, gaskets and radiators. Evans Waterless Coolants generate much lower pressures - in the region of 4psi - and therefore reduce strain on all components.
No Liner Pitting
Liner pitting is primarily caused by the rapid formation and collapse of small steam bubbles on the metal surface. Over several years this process can lead to severe surface erosion and deep liner pitting. Evans Waterless Coolants are not prone to forming vapor bubbles and are proven, by SAE trials, to virtually eliminate surface erosion and pitting.