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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-02-2015, 07:42 PM
    Get used to seeing 10 second N54's. Frankly, it's about time. Recently two 135i's broke into the 10's each with upgraded stock frame turbos. Why this run is significant is that it is a 10 second upgraded stock frame run in a BMW E90 335i. The E90 3-Series is heavier than the E82 1-Series. How much heavier? Roughly 300 pounds with the driver. A significant amount yet the car still cracked the 10 second barrier. Here is the mod list: RB Turbos TFT Inlets JB4 G5/MHD FuelIt stg 2 LPFP HFS-4 meth kit E60 E85 DSS Axles AR DPs Cpe FMIC Tial BOV NT05R's The picture you see in the beginning of this post if of the stealth RB and RB inlets and not the setup on the car that broke into the 10's which is the 'classic' RB stock frame turbo upgrade. Expect even more out of the car when the new turbos go on. Also, expect more 10 second N54's which should now be common. We also have a bit of a back and forth vendor war going in the stock frame N54 turbo upgrade game which is good for all of us. It should push the limits of what they can achieve. A good old fashioned shootout is getting the platform quicker and faster times on the strip. Congratulation to @newb335guy and more details in his words below:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-28-2015, 12:14 AM
    This is a good sign and step forward for the BMW N54 platform which has not had a problem making power but a problem putting that power down effectively. Hot on the heels of a 10 second pass comes another 10 second pass this one setting the overall quickest N54 world record. What makes it impressive is that this is not some single turbo car with 800+ horsepower to the wheels. The automatic E82 135i belongs to BimmerBoost member @turbocripple and this mod list can easily be replicated by any N54: 2010 135i VTT Normal Stage 2 Billet - Cost $2799 VTT Inlets FBO Matt Schnell DP's Berk Exhaust CP-e Charge pipe with Tial Q HPF FMIC JB4 ISO 5 JB4 MHD hybrid flash, and Firmware BMS PI BMS PI OTS map Fuel-it Stage 3 100% E85 M3/4 plugs at .022 gap New injectors New Delphi coils AST coilovers Kosei 17" R1 racing wheels in the rear Hoosier 275/40/17 DOT Drag Radials Carbon Fiber Hood 6AT That is a recipe for power in the 550-600 whp range. VTT of course has higher power stock frame options as well. The stock N54 turbo frames being used to set the ET record is awesome to see. As stated, it was not a lack of power but efficient use of said power that was the problem. This car being a 135i with some weight removed helps as with the driver it is in the 34XX pounds range undercutting E9X 335i's significantly. The 1.8X 60 foot is good but there is even room for improvement there meaning the time can and should fall further. It is also interesting to note the latest two 10 second passes on the platform both come from automatic 135i's. With winter approaching the number of 10 second N54's should only grow as more get out to the strip. Right now though the recipe for 10 second success is a 135i, automatic, and upgraded stock frames. Congratulations to @turbocripple and Vargas Turbo Technologies.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-02-2015, 09:23 PM
    The Cadillac ATS-V LF4 3.6 liter twin turbo direct injected V6 responds very well to tuning. Its tune only results put it well over 500 wheel horsepower. This ATS-V in the video features the Fasterproms ECU tune along with catless downpipes. That is a recipe for 558 horsepower to the wheels. Tune only S55 motors in the F80 M3 and F82 M4 show great gains but not nearly enough to beat an ATS-V on the highway with a tune and downpipes. Keep in mind BMS shows gains with a basic Stage I S55 tune in the ~480 whp range. Things vary depending on the JB4 tuning map and the fuel quality. Despite the F80 M3 being lighter than the ATS-V and having the quicker shifting DCT transmission it can not match the ATS-V's raw grunt on the highway when it has a tune plus catless downpipes. This M3 would need catless downpipes itself, race gas, and a more aggressive map/tune for this race. Despite the obvious power and torque disparity the M3 hangs in well until the upper gears where the ATS-V shows its muscle. It would also be interesting to see how an a 8-speed automatic ATS-V would fare. This is of course just the beginning of the ATS-V and M3 rivalry. With the C63 in the mix it will be fun to watch this battle unfold with the cars in various states of tune.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    11-16-2015, 10:50 AM
    Port fuel injection is becoming increasingly important for the BMW N54 3.0 liter direct injected twin turbo platform. Keywords in the previous sentence being 'direct injected' as supplemental port fuel injection is helping fuel these big turbo builds that need fuel. The JB4 tuning platform is arguably the most employed on N54's on BimmerBoost and port fuel control injection integrated with the JB4 tune is definitely something to watch. Further details directly from Burger Tuning below. Terry@BMS: Been throwing around some PI ideas with Steve and we've come up with a workable mechanism for integrating port injection control in to the JB4 using the existing AIC6 hardware. This will let us get started on the JB4 port injection control and mapping now without having to wait for our PI box to be fully ready/tested. It won't have all of the cool port injection specific features we have planned with the new PI box but even like this will be superior to any of the other port injection control mechanisms currently out. Who knows maybe this will work so well most of you won't even want to bother with swapping the AIC6 for our box. The basic premise is that we've changed the AIC6 boost reference input from the TMAP sensor to a JB4 generated output. The JB4 will pass a high frequency PWM signal in to the AIC6 that represents the desired duty cycle. To that end we've created a special AIC6 map that has a consistent duty cycle for each voltage input and engine speed. We can use up to 50 columns for this so the resolution is pretty good. It winds up as a 16x50 table with each column representing an additional ~2% duty cycle. Among the first things we want to develop with the JB4 PI integration is an autotuning algorithm that self tunes the PI curve on the fly using the high fuel pressure set point as a control variable. The JB4 will alter the PI mapping such that high fuel pressure never drops below a certain curve. Ensuring we're pushing as much of the fuel through the factory system as we safely can and then adding in the minimum PI volume needed for the instantaneous conditions. It's a fairly ambitious project but will be a real game changer in terms of PI integration and ease of tuning. After we've spent some time on that we'll also integrate it in with the E85 flex fuel kit Fuel-IT offers so the JB4 also considers the ethanol content automatically for PI mapping. I'll update everyone as more progress is made. Tested the JB4 to AIC6 comms out on the bench and its actually all working really smoothly. The AIC6 accepts in the JB4 PWM signal and converts it to an internal voltage without need of any extra external discrete components. This will make wiring much easier at home. You'll just remove the green wire from spot #10 in the JB4 harness and relocate it to spot #9 on the BMS DATA cable using a DSUB pin. I was able to get a basic map done and tested in car before I head out for SEMA and it all worked as planned. Logging independently on the R4 software shows its receiving the JB4 command and converting it as planned. JB4 Fuel Enrichment now represents the port injection duty cycle.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-23-2015, 09:24 AM
    This car belongs to BimmerBoost vendor @fastgti69 who of course is using his own VM (Ventura Motorsports) N54 single turbocharger kit on his 6-speed manual E90 335i. He recently got it out on the dyno with Terry of Burger Motorsports to do some fine tuning. The result is over 800 wheel horsepower and 834 horsepower and 720 lb-ft of torque at the wheels to be exact. The thing is, they are not done here. There is more in this car. The N54 horsepower record still stands at 861 rear wheel horsepower but as we have more N54's pushing deep into the 800's along with further tuning revisions for these high horsepower cars we should start seeing records fall. Further details below from @Terry@BMS: Hey guys, Spent some time on the dyno today with Payam@VM's car. Main purpose of testing was to evaluate the new JB4 single turbo O2 sensor calibration and JB4 port injection control. In doing that it appears we also upped the official bar a bit for single turbo N54 power. Notes: 1) This big turbo really sings at 35psi. It's starting to get to the point that we need to add 4bar and 5bar MAP sensor support to the JB4. It's on my radar. 2) Car has a major issue dropping timing in cyl4. We have no idea why. 3) The JB4 o2 sensor control is working very well. It's amazing how lean we were running previously without really giving it much thought. The second dyno file is a comparison to his testing a couple months ago. AFR was creeping up to the mid 13s. If you're running a single turbo and not using the latest JB4 o2 sensor control firmware, your AFR is much leaner than you think it is. 4) The JB4 port injection control is working perfectly as well. It's convenient being able to datalog and change it from the same JB4 interface and it's nice that it finally self corrects for low fuel pressure. Much more planned for this. 5) Given the AFRs are accurate now we're using *a lot* more fuel than we did previously. Maintaining low pressure on E80 (as read via JB4 flex fuel sensor) has become an issue again. Been funneling data to Fuel-IT who has some new stuff in the works. 6) I heart JB4 anti-lag.
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  • sA x sKy's Avatar
    11-22-2015, 07:39 AM
    Congratulations to BimmerBoost member sA x sKy who put down some eye opening numbers with his DCT F82 BMW M4. He managed to crack the 700 wheel horsepower barrier with his BMS JB4 tuned car which is upgraded with the Pure Turbos Stage 2 S55 turbochargers. @sA x sKy has upgraded Dodson clutches which is the way to go for BMW DCT upgrades. Noting this is a DCT car is important as it is currently the highest horsepower DCT F80 M3 or F82 M4. The 708 wheel horsepower Pure Turbos Stage 2 upgraded F82 M4 we saw a few months back has a manual transmission. Great numbers here and further details from @sA x sKy below. We also look forward to seeing more timeslips from this car. So two different people told me to make a new thread for this.. so I hope you don't mind Sticky :D So my car was finally fixed today for a timing chain issue (second time..) and we wasted NO TIME whatsoever going to the dyno since street tuning was out of the question b/c of the weather outside. Literally we retimed the engine, put on the carbon fiber brace/strut brace on, turned on the car for 10 seconds.. and said fuck it let's go dyno. With the help of Jesse@PURE and Terry@BMS, I did 5 runs. 640whp, 658 whp, 660 who, 679 whp, and 704 whp! Had I had time for one more run I could have taken the dyno record but I'm content with this for now. We were building boost slowly up first but because the 5th run was the final run of the day, we said fuck it and went straight to an 85 meth additive for the 704! NO CODES. NO DTM. NO LIMP. The car ran amazing those 5 runs. 100% meth with 5 gallons of MS109 Thanks to Petrolwerks for building this awesome machine! And thank you Jesse@PURE, Jason@TPG, Terry@BMS, Mo@ACM, and T0ny32 for all the help along the way. Seriously, this project wouldn't have been possible had it not been for the combined efforts. Atco track rental is on Wednesday to hopefully break another record! I ran a 11.17@126 (maybe 127 I don't remember) with M/T ET Streets II. I have upgraded Driveshaft Shop axles this time so not worried about going full boost on this thing off the line. Objective is a 10.5@XXX. This is the highest whp F8X DCT in the world as of right now, and second highest whp overall. Can't thank Jesse@PURE and Terry@BMS enough for the personal touch for this car.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-16-2015, 12:30 PM
    Weistec was not kidding around regarding their M177/M178 turbo upgrade development when they said they started last year. Teaser photos were shared early this year and Weistec quietly and diligently worked on the upgrade. Well, here it is and they managed to deliver it before the end of 2015. That is impressive considering most tuners tend to deliver upgrades late (if at all), not early, and rarely on time. The Weistec W.3 turbo upgrade takes the M178 in the AMG GT S to 650 wheel horsepower and 557 lb-ft of wheel torque on 91 octane pump gas. It is important to note these are pump gas figures as there is obviously more in the turbos. Keep in mind this is also on the stock transmission. The car also features Weistec's supplemental bolt on modifications. Now this turbo upgrade system is employed on the M178 in the AMG GT S and Weistec's car at SEMA earlier this month already had this turbo upgrade on it. This upgrade will of course also be available for the M177 in the W205 C63 AMG and S models. As the transmission is an MCT and not DCT it will be interesting to see if the C63 makes more torque with this upgrade. The power curve features spool like the stock turbos just with more torque everywhere. The upgrade is even a bolt on affair maintaining stock like appearance. AMG GT or C63 sleeper anyone? At $12,499.99 it certainly is not cheap but considering this is an application that has undergone significant testing and is essentially OEM level in development using the factory oil and coolant lines it is well worth the money. We can not wait to see what it does on the track and how much further Weistec will push the M178. Transmission upgrades are no doubt up next to handle even more torque on race gas. KEY FEATURES: Up to 650 Wheel Horsepower with supporting upgrades 5 Axis CNC Machined High RPM Balanced for perfection operation Substantial gains in peak HP and top end Rev Limit for AMG GT / GTS increased to 7500 RPM Stock Appearance when installed 100% Bolt on installation ECU Calibration included All necessary hardware and gaskets are included ** Coming Soon for W205 C63 and C63S
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-29-2015, 09:13 PM
    Incredible results here from Australian BenzBoost member @charliekay. His W204 C63 AMG previously ran 10.8 @ 129.2 on the Weistec Stage II supercharger system. He decided to upgrade to the larger 3.0 liter twin screw blower which is part of the Stage III system and his 1/4 mile time improved considerably due to this. He managed a 10.22 @ 137.09 on a 1.606 60 foot. The fastest trap speed he hit was 139.16 which is highly impressive. Why? Because not only is it absurdly fast it is achieved on the stock M156 engine internals. We have seen impressive 1/4 mile numbers from Weistec Stage III supercharged W204 C63's before. However, those C63's were built M156 engine examples and not on the factory motor. This car is right on the heels of a Stage III built motor W204 C63 AMG that went 10.1 @ 138. He may even have a 9 second pass in it although that is asking a lot. Still, this car is right on the 9 second doorstep. A slightly better 60 foot and some cooler weather should do the trick. Specs: - Weistec Stage 3 Supercharger with 67mm pulley (Standard boost, not 14, 16 or 18psi) - Stock Engine, this cars has not have the head studs, bolts, pistons, rods, nothing - Weistec Built Transmission - International Autohaus Headers - a lot of R&D has done into building the perfect headers for RHD cars. - Mix of MS109 and pump fuel - Full weight, in street trim
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-29-2015, 11:04 PM
    The Mercedes-AMG GLE-Class has two variants. The standard W166 GLE and the C292 'coupe' version of the GLE. The coupe is a direct response to the BMW X6. The GLE63 AMG S being the direct response to the BMW F86 X6M. Each is just another way to squeeze out a variant from a production platform and Mercedes wanted a piece of that pie. It works. It works very well as the SUV crazy environment these days eats these vehicles up. The high performance versions also tend to sell very well. That is simply how it is today. It is easier to get BMW to produce multiple M SUV's than M cars. We are still waiting on that Z4M. These two vehicles are actually pretty similar. They are heavy at over 5000 pounds, about the same amount of money, feature twin turbo direct injected V8's, and have automatic transmissions (ignore MotorTrend's 7-speed manual mistake on the GLE63 it is a 7-speed automatic). The BMW has the smaller S63TU V8 engine at 4.4 liters which is rated at 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The GLE63 AMG S (there is no standard GLE63 AMG) feature a 5.5 liter Mercedes-AMG M157 V8 rated at 577 horsepower and 561 lb-ft of torque. They both have direct fuel injection, both have twin turbochargers, and both are at 10.0:1 compression. BMW makes up for its displacement deficit with a trick manifold featuring top mounted twin scroll turbos and by revving higher. So which is better? The transmission of the GLE63 is criticized. They say it seems to not be in the right gear but a 7-speed should keep the revs low on the highway. Maybe AMG needs to works on their programming or MotorTrend just needs to click a button to get in the right gear. Maybe a little bit of both. The BMW gets the nod in the transmission category. They spend a lot of time on the parking ability of these cars and their assist systems. If you can not park an SUV what the hell are you doing driving one? Aren't these performance SUV's? How about some performance comparisons? Finally they get these vehicles on the dragstrip and a Camaro Z28 is thrown in for fun. The X6M wins the elapsed time battle but the Z28 is pulling harder at the finish line (as it should be). The GLE63 AMG S brings up the rear and it is surprising how much slower it is: X6M - 12.1 @ 114.3 Camaro Z21 - 12.3 @ 116.1 GLE63 AMG S - 12.5 @ 110.5 The X6M is significantly quicker and faster. Add that to its lighter weight and better handling and you get a beatdown on the roadcourse. The X6M is 3.64 seconds quicker around Big Willow: The X6M is the better performance SUV. It certainly is interesting that BMW M makes sure it is the top dog in the SUV sphere yet they do not take the same approach to their M cars. The X6M is quicker, faster, better handling, you name it. Why does BMW insist on beating AMG decisively with its SUV's but not its cars? It's an odd world where the Ultimate Driving Machine company will not produce a driving machine to rival the AMG GT S but will gladly invest in making the best 5000+ performance SUV.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-12-2015, 05:33 AM
    SEMA is practically getting too big to cover. It takes multiple full days to even begin to capture the vast size of this show. It just keeps getting bigger and the 2015 edition was the biggest yet. It was also the best yet with a vast array of vehicles and parts to capture anyone's attention. Here is just a small taste of what you can find at the show: SEMA 2015 - Ford has the car of the show with new GT SEMA 2015 - Chevrolet Performance shows how it's done displaying engines, parts, race cars, trophies, etc. SEMA 2015 - Vorsteiner's stunning carbon fiber Novara Huracan widebody kit in a matte purple finish SEMA 2015 - Weistec brings their record setting AMG GT to the Optima Batteries booth SEMA 2015 - Procharger's C7 Z06 supercharger gets 1000 rwhp from the stock internal LT4 on 93 octane with a cam SEMA 2015 - Acura brings a gorgeous Nouvelle Blue Pearl 2017 NSX with carbon accents SEMA 2015 - Why not swap in an LS V8 into an E46 M3 and throw in a Vortech supercharger on top? SEMA 2015 - Dodge shows off their record setting Gen V Viper ACR and does not even bother to wash it SEMA 2015 - LB (Liberty Walk) Performance widebody Audi R8 SEMA 2015 - Hellion Power Systems debuts their C7 Corvette 1000+ hp capable Precision based LT1 turbo kit SEMA 2015 - Bulletproof Automotive ditches the folding hardtop and windshield for a very unique E89 Z4 Next year the BoostAddict Network plans to dedicate a day per hall to get far more in depth and comprehensive coverage. This means more time in Las Vegas but it is a sacrifice we are willing to make. Enjoy the rest of the photos below that did not necessarily fit into their own category or article: #SEMA2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-10-2015, 11:50 PM
    Have LS swaps into BMW's been done to death? Probably. This one has an interesting twist as in addition to the GM V8 it is also supercharged on top of the swap. They went with a Vortech V3si blower and we would love to know exactly what kind of power this car is putting to the ground. As it was in the Airlift booth the display was focused more on the drop and suspension than anything else. If you have the hood off and go to the trouble and expense of swapping in an LS V8 and putting a blower on it at least detail that part of the build. We can not imagine this car is too focused on performance with the suspension and body kit setup it has. The car is clearly designed to be an attention seeker at shows and it fills that role admirably with the attention grabbing lime green paint, slammed look, and widebody. So if it's for show why even bother going to all the trouble under the hood? We can not answer that. It seems done simply for the sake of being different and not for any actual racing or performance reasons. #SEMA2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-20-2015, 08:09 AM
    What a steaming pile of dogshit this is. Introducing the worst BMW F82 M4 on planet earth. LT Motorwerks, LB Performance, and Crzy Engineering can all take a bow for this pile of garbage. This is what you get when people who should be modifying Hondas for teenangers set their sights on a BMW. Recognize the name Crzy Engineering? You probably do not. The last time their name came up on BimmerBoost they were proclaiming a rear mount E9X M3 S65 V8 turbo kit option. Unsurprisingly, nothing ever came of it. Who knows what they did to this poor M4's motor. LB Performance needs no introduction as their riveted widebody kits that look tacked on are well known at this point for all the wrong reasons. It is no surprise LT Motorwerks is involved with this 'project' if you even want to call it that. You could tell from the panel gaps alone. This is the same LT Motorwerks responsible for this abomination that just needs to be seen to be believed. It seems they just want to keep destroying and ricing out German cars. How do these people continue to get business? #LAAS2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-04-2015, 02:22 AM
    The current generation F30 3-Series does not exactly push the envelope styling wise. The most controversial aspect is the lights being connected to the kidney grilles. We have not had a controversial BMW car design since when Chris Bangle was in charge of styling. The automotive world reacted harshly to Bangle's desire to push BMW into the modern world. Say what you want many others copied aspects of what Bangle did. His flame surfacing and rear end design had a tremendous effect on automotive styling. The problem though is many BMW enthusiasts were turned off by the designs as they were too big of a break from the norm. That is partially why BMW is playing it safe with their new designs which are evolutionary more than revolutionary. The G20 3-Series is expected to push BMW design forward yet again. Auto Bild claims the next 3-Series will use LED headlights (safe bet) and sharp edges. They provided renderings in support of their theory. Are these renderings accurate? No, probably not. It's just guessing at this point. This often happens when magazines try to generate a story. You can definitely expect LED headlights and some sharp edges but only BMW knows at this point what the next generation G20 will look like.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-10-2015, 10:01 PM
    The Liberty Walk widebody kits with their riveted fender look certainly have gained a lot of attention. In the opinion of this network the design is played out and all about form over function. The idea of riveted on wide fenders originally comes from the Germans who tried to fit the widest rubber possible for racing. This car is clearly not going to be doing any racing. This is German rice. The aerodynamics are not tested in any wind tunnel and the car is tucked on the largest rims possible to fit under the fenders. All that said this is probably the nicest Liberty Widebody job we have seen in person. The work was well done here and there were not any giant or weird gaps as seen in past LB Performance applications. The shop doing the bodywork is key with this type of kit. If you enjoy looking at your car parked and having people crowd around it seeking attention in such a manner this might be for you. If you enjoy driving your R8 and want aerodynamics to compliment the driving experience, look elsewhere. #SEMA2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-04-2015, 05:13 AM
    The two main flash tuning options for the Porsche 991 Turbo platform are from Cobb Tuning and GIAC. Cobb detailed their experience in tuning the the 991 Turbo platform in incredible detail earlier this year. PorscheBoost member @sdg1871 has been running the GIAC tune and detailing his results. Ultimately, both tuners are very capable and results will vary based on supporting modifications and fuel. The limiting factor on the Porsche 991 Turbo and S models is the factory hardware. Competent tuners will get to the same spot on the same hardware. That is what one must be aware of at this early stage in Porsche 991 Turbo flash tuning. Different fuel, different intercoolers, different exhausts, etc., can influence the result. Some people will show this video and display it as Cobb Tuning superiority over GIAC. There may be some truth to that due to Cobb's extensive testing in demanding conditions. However, this is not apples to apples by any means. The only way to see true tuner superiority is to have them tune the same car on the same fuel on the same day with dynos and logging as well as measured runs on the dragstrip or with GPS. The problem with comparisons done in this manner is that for one the cars and drivers as well as modifications are different. Secondly, in a roll on race one driver may jump before the other. That happens in the videos you see where the GIAC car jumps from a roll although the Cobb tuned car (the camera car) runs it down impressively in that instance decisively showing it is the more powerful of the two. There is no supporting data to go with these runs. We see one car is faster, definitely. That is the Cobb tuned car. Does this mean all Cobb tuned 991 Turbos are faster than GIAC tuned 991 Turbos? Perhaps. Perhaps not. We can not conclusively prove that from this video. All we know is this particular Cobb tuned 991 Turbo is faster than the GIAC tuned 991 Turbo S. It does show Cobb has a great grasp of the platform early on and their work is paying off, that is for sure. This Cobb tuned 991 Turbo hustles and pulls the Giac tuned Porsche 991 Turbo S from a stop and from a roll. That is certainly something to brag about. 991 TT COBB Tune Mods: IPD - Plenum and Y Pipe By Design full stage 3 Includes Cobb AP/tune Kline exhaust /Kline equal length headers B&M Air Filter Michelin Pilot Sports 991 TTS GIAC Tune Mods: GMG catless exhaust Champion Intercoolers GIAC Stage 2+ tune Air filter Dunlop R Compound Stop (Cobb car gets a jump): Roll (GIAC car gets a jump):
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-03-2015, 09:51 PM
    Impressive numbers here from the twin turbo 3.6 liter LF4 V6 engine under the hood of the Cadillac ATS-V. An LF4 engine tune with catless downpipes from Fasterproms showed 558 rear wheel horsepower and 539 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. With the addition of exhaust and intake modifications plus further tuning New Era Performance takes the LF4 to 576 wheel horsepower and an incredible 617 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Over 600 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on pump gas with bolt ons is quite serious and impressive. Especially when one takes into account this is a 93 octane pump gas tune. What will methanol injection or ethanol bring? Likely well over 600 wheel horsepower on the stock turbos with bolt ons. It is just a matter of time. The LF4 is hardly being pushed to the limit on the stock turbos at the moment and we will have to wait and see what the fuel limit is especially with ethanol tunes.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-10-2015, 08:46 PM
    This Z4 easily stood out at the 2015 SEMA show. The most obvious change made by Bulletproof Automotive is that the folding hardtop is gone. The car is now a dedicated roadster offering design somewhat reminiscent of a Porsche Boxster Spyder. Seeing it in person of course allows one to pick up on all the little details such as the side exit exhaust cut out from the passenger side front fenders. This changes the look of the rear as well as they go with an aggressive carbon rear diffuser without worrying about room for any exhaust pipes or tips. Carbon accents abound such as in the large rear wing along with the sideskirts and front diffuser. These pieces integrate well with the widebody setup which is clean and molded well. Liberty Walk bolted on pieces with gaps this is not. Unfortunately further details on the build were not presented with the car. It is somewhat of a shame something like this was just left in a booth without any details. How much weight did they save taking out the folding hardtop and windshield? Did they actually test the aerodynamics? Is this all just for show or is this designed to allow for wider tires and more downforce to hit the track? Either way it's awesome and well done inside and out with a ton of effort going into this build. #SEMA2015
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-20-2015, 04:35 AM
    $132,200 for the new 2016 BMW F82 M4 GTS? The standard M4 starts at $65,400. That means the GTS is just over twice the price of the standard M4. The M4 GTS is going to be rare and offers a very impressive Nurburgring laptime (which BMW has yet to prove or backup) but it is not worth double the price of an M4. The horsepower and torque are bumped but they are bumped through software. That means any M4 owner today can have the same output of the M4 GTS through the aftermarket (and then some) for a fraction of the cost. The GTS is lighter due to the rear seats being pulled and the carbon fiber pieces. These weight saving measures add up to around 200 pounds but we have to see independent weight test numbers. If a current M4 owner wants to ditch weight off their car they have options that will not cost them another $65k. What about the suspension and aerodynamics? These parts can also be sourced in the aftermarket. For someone to pay $134,200 for an M4 GTS if seeking a track car when the Viper ACR exists for almost $20k less they must really, really, really, love BMW and have money to burn. To BimmerBoost, the M4 GTS is not worth the money for what amounts to a standard M4 on steroids. Especially considering it features the exact same turbo engine and anyone can add a solid water/meth injection system to their M3/M4 today for under a grand. With the E92 M3 GTS one could not just take their S65 V8 from 4.0 liters to 4.4 liter as easily as it is to bump power output and add water injection to the M4. Despite the ludicrous pricing we certainly are glad BMW built this car and is selling it in the United States so BMW performance enthusiasts finally have something to at least cheer for in performance comparisons. #LAAS2015
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    11-02-2015, 10:42 PM
    This is pretty damn impressive. Renntech recently launched their M133 ECU flash tune in the USA but they have been testing it for well over a year and it is available worldwide. This A45 AMG from the UK received the Renntech M133 tune and laid down impressive times on the drag strip. How does 11.90 @ 115.68 grab you? How about the consistency of six 11.9 passes? Impressive and consistent. With bolt ons, race gas, and more aggressive tuning we should be the M133 platform go deep into the 11's even on the stock turbo. The runs come as mentioned from the UK at Shakespeare County Raceway.
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    11-03-2015, 11:16 PM
    Car and Driver tested the 981 Porsche Cayman GT4 and the numbers they recorded are impressive in the estimate of this website. Car and Driver is reaching and severely at that by complaining the GT4 is not as fast as it looks. What the hell do they want out of it? The car has 385 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque mated to a traditional manual transmission. No PDK here and for good reason. With PDK this car would step on the toes of way too many 911's in the lineup. Porsche can say whatever nonsense they want about the driver interaction afforded by a manual. If they really believed in putting a premium on that aspect the GT3 and GT3 RS would not currently be PDK only. Car and Driver recorded a 12.3 @ 117 1/4 mile sprint out of the car. That is not slow and for a Cayman very fast. Their Cayman S manual test numbers are 12.7 @ 112. What were they expecting out of a car with 60 more horsepower? 11.5 @ 125? The GT4 sprints to 150 just over 3 seconds quicker than the Cayman S. It hits 100 miles per hour in 9 seconds. This is not far off from a BMW M4 which has much more power and torque plus a dual clutch transmission. Another way to look at it is Car and Driver got a 12.2 @ 118 out of manual C7 Corvette Z51. The GT4 is a tenth and one mile per off the Corvette Stingray Z51 in the 1/4 mile despite having 75 less horses and 2.4 liters less displacement. Is the Corvette suddenly slow or the GT4 suddenly fast? Where were the complaints about the Corvette's speed? The GT4 is doing more with less. Car and Driver's complaint about the acceleration is idiotic and likely centered more around the feeling of being fast (torque) than how the car actually moves which is very impressive for the horsepower rating and displacement. Is there a quicker 385 horsepower production car? We can't think of one. The Cayman GT4 performs very well considering how Porsche neuters it. They could give it more power or a PDK transmission but then it would stomp every naturally aspirated car in the lineup short of the GT3 RS. Technically, they could give the Cayman the GT3 RS motor as well as there is no longer a major difference in the engine block design. It is infuriating Car and Driver says the Cayman GT4 should be quicker when it exceeds their own recorded times for the more powerful PDK Carrera S. The car is a lightweight in this day and age weighing 3050 pounds. It pulls 1.01g on the skidpad. It handles well, offers incredible balance, transitions beautifully, brakes well, and is basically the best driver's car in the Porsche lineup at any price point. Porsche is finally letting the Cayman encroach on the 911's dominance. That is to be celebrated. Not admonished. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door hatchback PRICE AS TESTED:$104,815 (base price: $85,595) ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:232 cu in, 3800 cc Power: 385 hp @ 7400 rpm Torque: 309 lb-ft @ 4750 rpm TRANSMISSION:6-speed manual DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 97.8 in Length: 174.7 in Width: 71.5 in Height:49.8 in Cargo volume: 5 cu ft Curb weight: 3050 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 4.1 sec Zero to 100 mph: 9.0 sec Zero to 150 mph: 22.9 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.7 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 6.8 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 6.0 sec Standing ¼-mile: 12.3 sec @ 117 mph Top speed (drag limited, mfr's est): 183 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 151 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.01 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 18/23 mpg C/D observed: 17 mpg TEST NOTES:Easy to extract this car's full potential: Launch between 3300 and 3600 rpm. Zero brake fade, excellent pedal feel. Tall gearing saps some of the sensation of quickness.
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    10-29-2015, 08:36 PM
    Here is Part 2 as promised of a three part independent comparison of the Porsche 918 Spyder, McLaren P1, and the Ferrari LaFerrari. It is important to put emphasis on the word independent due to Ferrari's attempted control of the media and test figures released when the LaFerrari is involved. The first test of the trio took place on the roadcourse. Part 2 takes place at the Santa Pod drgstrip in the UK to determine which is the fastest in a straight line. The video starts off well showing the prep on the strip. The conditions are a bit cold and wet as is typical in Britain so it is nice to see the detailed prep and heating of the VHT compound to get the launch area sticky. Unfortunately, they do not put drag rubber on the cars. They run the factory rubber which is a street compound and that is certainly fine but this seems like a missed opportunity to get strong numbers. Why bother with the prep and renting the strip to bring this trio out if you are not going to get them properly configured for dragstrip duty? You can see how this test falters with with a run between the P1 and the LaFerrari at the 2:10 mark in the video where the P1 goes 11.7 @ 134 and the LaFerrari goes 12.1 @ 136. Running 12's in a LaFerrari? That is a poor, poor launch with poor traction. Not to mention the huge spread between the elapsed times and trap speeds we end up seeing. A bad launch is one thing but the way the run results are presented is another issue. We get a table showing the best 1/8 mile and 1/4 mile results for each car: Ok, fine, but where are the slips? We want to see all the numbers and we need to see the 60 foot figures for the best results. Considering how traction was an issue the trap speeds sure look inflated. That means they were likely achieved with a poor 60 foot. The all wheel drive 918 Spyder winning the elapsed time battle is no surprise if the cars are on street tires. Is this a good test? No, not really. It is a missed opportunity and the data is presented in a manner that is missing the pieces we really need to see from dragstrip runs to make it useful. Decent effort that seems more focused on video editing than data but what a massive missed opportunity for a proper dragstrip showdown between these three.
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    11-10-2015, 10:21 PM
    This was awesome to see for those who were aware that the Viper ACR recently decimated everything on four wheels in route to setting thirteen production car lap records. The Viper ACR looked like it just came straight off the racetrack into the Dodge booth and that is precisely what happened. I noticed some people wondering why Dodge did not wash the car and that is sort of the point here. They listed the lap records, brought in the the car without any changes from when it set those records, and put up a big video screen behind the ACR showing it actually doing the laptimes listed. It was a brutally effective presentation and one a car enthusiast just has to love. All it was missing was a Dodge exec in a t-shirt chugging a beer and then dropping the mic before walking off stage.
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    11-04-2015, 01:32 AM
    Holy crap! The Viper ACR is the baddest thing on four wheels. Find that hard to believe? How about the new track special Viper setting overall production lap records on thirteen tracks? Dodge released videos of every record today basically letting the world know who is boss around the racetrack. Why is this impressive? Well, holding a production lap record on a major roadcourse is one thing. Doing it thirteen times on separate road courses is something else entirely. It's domination. Dodge also takes back the Laguna Seca lap record besting... wait for it... the Porsche 918 Spyder. The new record is 1:28.65. The record was 1:29.89. What does the Porsche 918 Spyder cost and what does the Viper ACR cost again? Which has more power and torque? You have google, you figure it out. If you wish to watch the laps at each track go here: Below you will find the record setting lap for Laguna Seca as well as Virginia International Raceway. All hail the king.
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    11-16-2015, 11:21 AM
    Every time a naturally aspirated motor comes out offering over 100 horsepower per liter there are people who say it is maxed out. Well, the Voodoo V8 is not maxed out from the factory despite being one of the most impressive naturally aspirated engines ever produced. As a matter of fact we are going to see incredible aftermarket gains from this motor even in naturally aspirated form. Lund Racing supports this assertion with their tuning results. Their baseline is 442 rear wheel horsepower completely stock on 93 octane pump fuel. A base tune got this up to 456 wheel horsepower on the same 93 octane pump gas. With E85 they pushed it to 480 wheel horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque at wheels for gains of 38 hp and 32 lb-ft over stock respectively. You might be saying, 480 wheel horsepower? I thought the motor made 467 wheel horsepower stock? If you are saying that you probably do not read this network too often as we make sure to point out different dynos produce different results. On a Dynojet, it looks like the Voodoo V8 will be very close to breaking 500 wheel tune only on E85 fuel. These are Mustang dyno results and impressive in that context considering the baseline is much lower on this Mustang than your typical Dynojet. The Voodoo V8 is going to be doing well into the mid to upper 500's naturally aspirated, mark our words. As this a port fuel injected V8 the E85 is pretty much providing an octane benefit and not quite the same cooling benefit as would be seen in a direct injected setup. It goes to show how the octane boost helps with tuning a high compression port injected motor though. Great stuff already from aftermarket Voodoo tuning.
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    11-02-2015, 08:53 PM
    Ignore the S4 badges. This is a stealthy test mule. How can we tell? Compare the design to the B9 S4 spotted testing a couple months back. You will notice this test mule has more aggressive bodywork with the key being the very wide fenders which are typically a hallmark of RS models. The fenders are pre-production and look somewhat tacked on without being painted. That of course will change in production. Regardless, the RS4 is shaping up well and looks to be wide and aggressive. The big question mark is the engine under the hood. The V6T badge essentially confirms that V6 turbocharged power will be employed in the B9 A4. The S4 will likely get a 3.0 turbo V6 and the RS4 a higher output version of this same motor. A similar strategy to the S6/S6 and RS6/RS7. Plus Audi confirmed 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 power for the RS4 earlier this year. What we really want to know is if this is turbos added to the 3.0 TFSI V6 architecture we all know well or if this is a new ground up design possibly taking inspiration from the 4.0 TFSI V8. With twin turbo power, an expected dual clutch transmission, and all wheel drive the B9 RS4 will be the most exciting model produced since the vaunted B5 generation RS4 which never came to the USA.
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    11-11-2015, 01:32 AM
    Acura delayed the new NSX several times making the car feel as if it has been in development forever. Well, next year you will finally be able to get your hands on the 573 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque all wheel drive hybrid 3.5 liter V6 powered twin turbo beast. Acura showed up to SEMA with the production version of the car which was finished in an absolutely gorgeous Nouvelle Blue Pearl paint color. Photos do not convey what a beautiful blue this is. This NSX also is optioned with the carbon fiber package which adds tasteful carbon trim elements such as the front diffuser, side skirts, rear diffuser, and exhaust tips. The carbon theme continues with carbon ceramic brakes and a carbon fiber engine cover. The NSX certainly looks very Japanese and depending on perspective that is good or bad. Does it look modern? Absolutely. Will it stand out in a crowd? Definitely. Is it elegant? Well, in the opinion of this network the design is more edgy than refined. There are complaints already that the vehicle feels too artificial which is almost a standard Japanese trait at this point. We certainly look forward to reviews and experiencing this machine ourselves. The enthusiast marketplace is a better one with an NSX available for sale. #SEMA2015
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    10-29-2015, 09:57 PM
    Well, it indeed does exist. A car for the Porsche 911 'purist' which has been speculated for some time is actually coming. What this vehicle amounts to is basically a Porsche 991 GT3 with a manual transmission. It is expected to be called the 911 R and be fairly limited. What this goes to show is Porsche could have done a manual 911 GT3 all along but that surprises nobody. The 911 R will be slower than the GT3 despite sharing the same motor. This is simply due to the PDK transmission shift speed advantage. The 911 R is not about outright speed as much as it is about driver interaction. Those people who claim the GT3 lost something in the switch to the PDK dual clutch transmission will finally be satiated. What other changes are there? We do not know as the car basically takes all its cues from the GT3 except the rear wing seems to be missing. The center exhaust, body pieces, brakes, etc., all appear the same. Maybe an aero option will be available or maybe the 991 R will be distinguished from the GT3 by not sharing the wing. It would be nice for Porsche to differentiate the 911 R by more than just the transmission choice. Either way it is nice to see Porsche produce this car even though it is expected to be rare and come with a premium price for the privilege of rowing your own gears.
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    11-10-2015, 08:49 PM
    This is a very interesting debut as it is the first turbo kit we have seen that integrates a turbocharger directly into the C7 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray LT1 engine bay. Last year at SEMA the talk was about the STS rear mount turbo system for the C7 but it is hard to deny that seeing a big turbo sitting in the engine bay looks far more impressive. What STS did better though was provide a dynograph for their system at 656 rear wheel horsepower. Hellion did not provide any dynographs but simply stated their Precision turbocharger is good for up to 1000 horsepower. That is fine but where is the proof? Obviously for (reliable) 1000 horsepower on the LT1 the factory pistons will need to be ditched and supplemental fueling is necessary. We would love to see a dynograph proving this capability which the turbo on paper can obviously flow. What about a stock internal dyno? It would be interesting to see what it does with a cam upgrade for additional fueling. What about pricing? That info also was not presented. This certainly is a major and new forced induction entry on the C7 platform. Hellion has awesome results on other platforms such as the Mustang GT which they pushed to over 900 wheel horsepower on the stock engine internals. Some have criticized the wastegate placement and piping on this turbo system but Hellion knows what they are doing and keep in mind this is not in final production form yet. Things may change before these kits start shipping. We look forward to seeing what they do on the dyno and what it is priced at. #SEMA2015
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    11-22-2015, 07:32 AM
    Pictures do not do it justice. Audi's Press Release on the second generation R8 was well done with great photos but you just have to see the car in person to really understand how it is distinguishes itself from the previous generation R8 model. The new grille, headlights, rear lights, air intakes, etc., all combine to make the second generation R8 much more flattering. The proportions somehow seem more muscular and less awkward. The second gen car is just basically a reskinned Lamborghini Huracan with both cars sharing the same basic chassis, dual clutch transmission, and 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 engine. The R8 V10 Plus model you are looking at essentially matches the Lamborghini Huracan with 610 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The R8 is no longer neutered to the degree it was with the previous generation versus its Lamborghini sibling. What we want to know is when the R8 will be getting an entry level model soon to replace the defunct 4.2 FSI V8 model but boosted from the factory as reports hint at. For now, Audi is mum on the topic and the V10 engine remains the only option in the range. #LAAS2015
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    11-12-2015, 03:12 AM
    It is always great to see our vendors products in the spotlight. Optima Batteries had a very large booth at the 2015 SEMA show right in the middle of the hall and Weistec basked in the attention afforded by great placement with their record setting AMG GT. Feel free to read details on their record 10.8 @ 126 pass here. The Weistec AMG GT of course has their bevy of upgrades including their M178 ECU tune, coilover suspension system, downpipe and midpipes, high flow air filters, cooling upgrades, VTA adapter system, and it now features their upcoming M178 turbo upgrade. How much power is the M178 turbo upgrade putting down? Well, they are still working on it and we can not say at this point but AMG GT owners will be very satisfied with this turbo upgrade option once it officially hits the streets. Expect dynos and more 1/4 mile runs to come and that 10.8 time to fall quite a bit further. #SEMA2015
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