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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:03 PM
    Sorry to put a damper on the parade but the flash tuning capability of the new turbo M models is greatly overstated. A couple of days ago results were posted of a flash tuned S55 inline-6 which is the turbocharged M motor featured under the hood of the F80 M3 and F82 M4. It is true that this car was flashed but after seeing the article BimmerBoost was contacted by a tuner who wanted to set the record straight on what is actually going on. Nobody at the moment has real control of any modern ECU used in the turbo BMW's. This includes the F30 models, F10, F12/F13, F82, F80, and so on. The tricore ECU's in these cars have not been cracked. So what exactly is going on? The tuners claiming the ability to flash are all using the same trick but they are not uploading their own custom tuned software. They are essentially flashing the same files that originate internally from BMW. Some of these files are just press files. Oh, you did not know BMW uses different software on cars they let the press test? Well, namely with the F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 they do. Why? The BMW press software will allow a higher margin for a CEL (check engine light). That means you will not see any of those nasty reviews saying the cars went into limp mode. This among other things like traction control changes or higher boost itself. Some tuners have even been using the BMW Competition Package software which is not real flash tuning. It is just uploading BMW's own file. If anyone needs proof of this ask for a custom dyno tune for your F10 M5 or F80 M3. It is not going to happen, at least not yet. Tuners can play with the bootloader but if they modify outside of certain parameters the checksum fails. If it fails, the software will not flash. All of the big boys are struggling with this believe it or not. Dimsport which is traditionally the source for a lot of automotive ECU cracks that then spread out (for $ from others) can not flash tune the Tricore ECU's. Some guys may be using this Russian software for the Tricore ECU's to read out of the files but what can they do with it once they do? The tuner that contacted BimmerBoost said to ask the tuners for proof of their ability. No tuner that has contacted BimmerBoost stating they have the ability to flash tune has demonstrated it. So how do you get a dyno graph showing gains with a flash tune? Well, you can run a car until it is hot and then flash BMW's own software that leaked out and once the car cools down showing gains with a handpicked before and after graph. BimmerBoost stands by this report that nobody has true flash tuning ability at the moment. BimmerBoost will also state that many tuners make their living simply flashing factory files from Europe over on US cars at a markup. We will not name who it is that predominantly does this but the readers here are smart enough to figure it out. The flash tuning era of the F80 M3 / F82 M4 and F10 M5 / F13 M6 can not even be stated as being in its infancy as the development is not even that far along. We will see what happens but internal sources at BMW that traditionally have helped can not. You would not either if it meant losing your job.
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    Yesterday, 11:34 AM
    Audi showed off a triple turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 diesel motor in May of this year on the RS5 TDI concept. That engine concept is moving to reality as Audi confirmed that the engine will see production in the upcoming SQ7 TDI. What type of output the SQ7 TDI will have nobody except Audi knows at this point. In the RS5 TDI concept Audi tuned the motor to 385 horsepower and an eye opening 553 lb-ft of torque. AudiBoost has its fingers crossed the production variant of the motor approaches this output. People refer to this electric compressor as a 'turbo' and that includes Audi themselves. However, an electrically driven compressor wheel is essentially an electric supercharger. The advantage is that you do not have to wait for spool from exhaust gases but that the wheel with electricity can be spun to maximum right off idle. The idea is to eliminate lag from the turbochargers which is vital in low revving diesel applications. The electric compressor helps throttle response and off the line performance. Once the conventional turbos are spooled the electric 'turbo' is disengaged and bypassed. The question remains on how Audi intends to power the 9 horsepower electric motor spinning the wheel and where that energy will be stored. The engineers will sort all of that out. The diagrams below help explain how the idea works. Source
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    Yesterday, 10:06 AM
    This is a rumor that just won't die and even BMW themselves just does not seem to know what side of it they are on. Just last year BMW stated an M version of the new i8 hybrid does not make sense and the 'i' and 'M' brands simply can not mix. Frankly, BimmerBoost believes that BMW 'i' could use a little BMW 'M' sprinkled on it. The base that makes the most sense for the M brand to use to produce an i9 supercar is the i8 unless an entirely new platform is created. The Germans over at Auto Motor Und Sport state the i9 is an i8 on steroids. Instead of using a three-cylinder motor that barely offers enough power for a lawnmower the i9 will get BMW turbo inline-6 power. Which inline-6 will they use? Hopefully the underrated S55 turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-6 from the new M3/M4. Additionally, more juice is expected from the electric motors. That likely means heavier batteries and the larger motor itself would be heavier so yes, the i9 would weigh a bit more than the 3380 pounds of the i8. Probably somewhere over the 3500 pound mark which with close to 600 horses and all wheel drive is absolutely fine. Now, this all sounds great but the real question is will it happen? M stated they want to build a supercar. Some idiot at BMW headquarters said BMW 'i' and 'M' can not mix because he is an idiot and apparently differentiating between two different letters of the alphabet confuses him. A BMW i9 with some serious power to back up the looks is the perfect way for BMW to celebrate 100 years. There is no official word on if it will happen but let's hope the Germans are not just making this report for hits. BMW, you owe us one. Just give us one freaking car that shows what you can do. 100 years is the perfect excuse to use against whatever accountant says it is too big of an expense to justify. Build the car, show the world just how good you are (were), and fire any accountant or executive against it. There should not be an internal debate on whether an Ultimate Driving Machine should be built. Do it. Source
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    Yesterday, 09:54 AM
    Went down to the drags tonight to better my previous time and managed 4 x 10second runs, best being 10.8. The car is a 2008 C63 with Weistec Stage II kit. It was running: - Full weight minus the spare tyre - Pump fuel - No Ice Trunk - Stock internals - Stock transmission - 16" CLK wheels on the rear with Hoosier 225/50/16s - 19" OEM multispokes on the front with PSS 235/35/19s - iPE valvetronic exhaust Here is the time slip and a picture of the from tonight Charlie
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    Yesterday, 08:35 PM
    Probably the best video on the conflict so far:
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    Yesterday, 02:34 PM
    Finally some solid testing data for the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4. This data panel comes to us from German publication Auto Motor Und Sport. They managed to hit 0-100 km/h (62 miles per hour) in 3.1 seconds. The 400 meter sprint which is just slightly shorter than 1320 feet in a 1/4 mile comes in at 10.8 seconds at 132.352 miles per hour. Very good figures from the 3406 pound Huracan. A great curb weight considering the all wheel drive system 610 horsepower 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10. Keep in mind this weight is 6 kilograms lighter than the previous generation Gallardo LP 560-4. Full data panel below:
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    Yesterday, 10:34 AM
    This is the sports car that apparently has Lamborghini in a tizzy as its architecture will likely be used for the Huracan successor. The new car is internally dubbed the 988 during development as the Porsche marketing gurus figure out what to call it. Autocar states the car will use a flat-8 engine although that seems to be a guess. PorscheBoost has heard rumors the 4.6 liter V8 used in the 918 Spyder may be borrowed for this car. At this point nobody really knows as plenty of internal squabbling is taking place. Turbocharged power may be employed as well but a target of over 600 horses at this point is the goal. This all may change as the architecture is not even expected until 2017. That brings us to the main point which is that this new architecture will be used for all future Porsche sports car. That means mid-engine cars such as the Boxster and Cayman as well as for the rear engine layout of the 911. This does not sit well with Lamborghini as they are not interested in four-cylinder power for the Boxster and Cayman but a V10 for their Huracan successor. Porsche wants to keep costs low with flexibility by using the same platform for every sports car. It makes sense on paper but it will have to be highly modular to accommodate so many different engines and designs. The 911 and the Boxster sharing the same platform somehow? If anyone can pull it off it would be Porsche. Source
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    Yesterday, 02:32 PM
    The upcoming entry level Jaguar XE sedan has a lot of people excited and for good reason. The aluminum architecture and F-Type inspired suspension mean the platform should be lightweight and offer sharp handling. The last thing in the world anyone would worry about is the interior or exterior styling which are usually Jaguar strong points. This picture of the production front end just does not excite. Certainly not in the way that the teaser photos of the car did. Take a look at this production photo Jaguar posted: And now the early front end teaser: The teaser photo is obviously touched up but the front end looks much more aggressive in that photo. We will need to see more pictures of the production car before we can reach a definitive conclusion.
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    Yesterday, 10:51 AM
    Land Rover let it slip that their upcoming Range Rover Sport SVR lapped the Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 14 seconds. You may remember that last month the hotter Range Rover was spotted testing on the 'Ring and Land Rover certainly appeared serious about performance. Well, they are very serious as the 8 minute and 14 second laptime makes the Rover Rover Sport SVR the quickest production SUV to ever lap the Nurburgring. The 8 minute and 14 second time beats the rumored Macan Turbo 8 minute and 15 second laptime. It also puts it ahead of the BMW 1M, first generation Honda NSX, and a second off the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Absolutely incredible performance from the SUV. Well done Land Rover! 8:04 Audi R8 V8 Sport Auto (07/2007) 8:04 Alfa Romeo 4C topspeed.com (09/2013) 8:04 Porsche Cayman S Walter Röhrl Sport Auto, 19 inch wheels, ceramic brakes. 8:05 BMW M3 E92 Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2007) 8:06 Subaru WRX STi Spec-C (2004) Motoharu Kurosawa Best Motoring Video 'NISMO Beast Unleashed' 8:07 BMW Z8 E52 Autobild (06/2001) 8:07.97 Renault Megane RS Trophy Laurent Hurgon June 17, 2011 www.europeancarnews.com (06/2011), new record for a FWD car. 8:09 Audi RS4 Sport Auto (06/2006) 8:09 BMW M6 E63 Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2005), Sport tires, 259 km/h speed limiter. 8:09 Honda NSX-R Sport Auto (08/2002), Sport tires, suspension modification. 8:10 Porsche Boxster S www.sueddeutsche.de/automobil/372/449102/text/11 8:10 Dodge Viper GTS Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (10/1997) 8:10 BMW Alpina B6 S Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (05/2008) 8:11.16 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Takayuki Kinoshita (Best Motoring video 14) Wet conditions, not a true time attack. 8:12 BMW Z4 M Coupe EVO magazine (Issue 093, page 077) 8:13 BMW M5 E60 Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2004) 8:13 Ferrari 355 GTB Sport Auto (10/1994) 8:13 Mercedes-Benz_C63 AMG Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (2/2009) 8:14 BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo Coupé Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2008),including optional LSD and 19 inch wheels. 8:15 BMW 1 Series M Coupe June 2011 Sport Auto, 8:16.15 Honda NSX (NA1) Motoharu Kurosawa Best Motoring Video Special Vol. 15 "The Honda NSX" (1990), video confirmed 8:16.90 Renault Mégane RS R26.R Vincent Baylé 23 June 2008 Previous FWD record 8:16 Porsche Cayman S Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2009?) 8:17 Porsche Boxster S Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2009?) 8:18 Lexus IS-F fastestlaps.com (2007)
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