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  • jputtho2's Avatar
    03-21-2015, 03:49 PM
    Just the other day a new N54 horsepower record was announced. Some confusion arose as to what turbo kit, what modifications, and whose tuning was employed on the car. The owner of the car came on BimmerBoost to share the details of his build. What better source for details than him? Congratulations to @jputtho2 and we appreciate his additional insight below: First off, I owe HUGE thanks to Jake and the guys at Motiv Motorsports with all of their help with pointers on the tuning side of this and the very high quality products they offer. Also Huge thanks to Chad and Ryan Modified by KC who did the install and tuning on my car. Mike and Aaron and the guys at FFTEC for a very well made turbo kit, and last but not least Steve at Fuel-It taking care of me and my last minute change to the Stg 3+ lpfp! I wouldn't have been able to do this with my life's schedule being so busy with my rapidly growing business and my family. Anyone that knows me knows I'm extremely anal about my cars and in fact was the first time in 10 years that I have trusted someone to work on my cars other than myself. (My cars prior I did all of the assembly, fab work, tuning, etc). This setup is fairly simple as far as mods go and can be replicated easily now that there is a growing support in this community of quality vendors such as the ones I listed above. It's a 100% stock unopened 64k mile long block. It's what I consider a bolt on car. Still has every single creature comfort as one that came from the factory minus the windshield washer reservoir. Well the reservoir is still there the full neck is removed but A/C, heat, cruise, Nav, etc, etc, is still all there and functional. Fuel was 100% e85. To be exact it was e70 winter blend from the pumps that I blended e98 in to bring it up to ~e82. The pumps here should be switching to the summer blend e85 here in a month or so. Injector duty cycle on the port injection was 80% and I can't remember exactly what the DC was for the direct injection but it was roughly the same. I would say its safe to assume 900whp on 100% e85 with this fuel system isn't an issue. MODS: - FFTEC twin scroll Top Mount Precision billet dbb 6466 T4 1.0ar divided, twin Tial MVS WG's - Motiv Motorsports PI-1000 kit - Fuel-It "Hulk"Stg. 3+ lpfp - Cobb AP (Controls the DME/DI) - Haltech Platinum Sport 1000 (controls the PI and boost) - Custom harnesses made by Chad at Modified by KC - Clutchmasters FX850 twin disc - VRSF 7" IC - VRSF charge pipe - Tial Q bov - 4" to dual 3" exhaust The final number was 861whp at 250-255KPA or a peak of 36psi. We were having interference on the rpm pick up for the dyno so I'll post two graphs, one over vehicle speed and the other with engine speed but the engine speed is going to be pretty erratic due to the interference on the pick-up and lost signal. Exact TQ is unknown on the 800+ pulls because of this. It's around 750-760wtq which is low because we had to ramp boost in to keep torque lower due to a "Too Much Torque" limp mode if we gave it all right away on basically anything over 775whp. Otherwise, following what it was was making for tq I would guess it would be around 800wtq and spool would have been about 300-500rpm quicker. The car has A LOT more left in it and this number can easily be broken. My goal today was to make big power but also be able to enjoy after the dyno. I plan on pushing it again this winter until I run out of turbo or the motor lets go and then it'll be a fully forged bottom end, possibly a Motec m142 to simplify the tuning side, and try and do something with the head to make it more rev happy because it really could use another 500-1000rpm. I wouldn't be surprised if the n54 could handle 900-915whp stock. For how long though is the question. I didn't want to be the test mule for the limits of the motor right now. Anyway, we made I think 75-80 pulls on e85 alone, half of those were well over 700whp and I think 5 pulls over 800whp (805, 813, 832, 858, 861). Pull after pull it just wanted more and never showed any signs of slowing up. Here is the 861whp and 832whp graph over vehicle speed. We did make an 858whp pull but the boost control was unhappy bouncing all over hitting target then falling on it's face. This is the 861whp graph with tq reading over engine speed and also showing the dyno losing signal because of the RF interference with the pick-up lead. And then same graph over vehicle speed showing the erratic tq readings again from the reason above. Here is the video of the 861whp pull. (excuse the mismatched wheels, I have new DPE wheels that I was waiting till after the dyno to put on)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-25-2015, 11:15 PM
    The 'professionals' at MotorTrend often amuse this network with their work. For a big name that has been doing this for decades it is mind boggling how the magazine simply can not understand that crank ratings do not mean much of anything. Seriously, does anyone think the S55 engine the F80 M3 and F82 M4 is actually putting out 425 horsepower? It takes just a basic google search to get a dyno of the new M car and see its output at the wheels exceeds the crank HP rating on a Dynojet. We are seeing many high performance cars underrated and BMW has routinely been doing this with their turbo motors. So why does this fly over the heads of the geniuses at MotorTrend? "At 464 hp, the ATS-V has 39 hp and 38 lb-ft on the BMW M3 and M4, which make 425 hp and 406 lb-ft from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6." There is no doubt the ATS-V is putting out 464 horsepower and 444 lb-ft of torque. The thing is, the F80 M3 is also matching that output and then some. Shouldn't a publication like MotorTrend understand their statement based on paper figures is misleading and uninformed? It's hard for enthusiasts to take the big publications seriously when they make basic mistakes and comparisons like this that do not delve even slightly beyond the superficial. I suppose that says something about the writer and the target audience. P.S. This was the power rating Cadillac claimed at the LA Auto Show for the ATS-V: Source
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    03-25-2015, 06:47 PM
    This is not the first time we have seen something like this. Anyone remember the marketing material for the E82 BMW 1M showing it driving around with the E30 M3? This got people saying the 1M was a return to the BMW driver's car producing fun and cheap lightweight models. This despite the fact the E30 M3 has absolutely nothing in common with the E82 1M and it will also have nothing in common with the F87 M2. This is what BMW head of design Adrian van Hooydonk stated, "The E30 M3 has a really big fan base, and we are going to be taking cues from it for a future product." Not really saying much there, now is he? Perhaps he will incorporate something from a styling standpoint that serves as some kind of homage or link to the original E30 M3. From an actual M car standpoint the M2 and 1M are nothing like the E30 M3. The cars are not built for DTM homologation purposes. They do not have naturally aspirated motors. They do not have four-cylinder high revving naturally aspirated M motors designed for racing. In the case of the 1M that particular car does not even have an M motor under hood. Once you factor in the weight difference between the E82 1M at 3339 pounds and E30 M3 at 2857 pounds and that the original was actually built for DTM competition you realize this is nothing more than marketing speak. The 2016 F87 M2 is expected to come with a tweaked N55 engine offering 370 horsepower and likely will have a DCT option. Considering the F22 M235i weighs 3494 pounds do not expect some new E30 M3. It won't even be a new E46 M3. Expect an M235i with some minor tweaks. Just like how the 1M was a 135i with some minor tweaks (and no M motor). Bringing up the E30 M3 is just marketing speak. Nothing more, nothing less. Source
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    03-22-2015, 05:59 PM
    The BMW and Toyota technology sharing agreement has been a bit confusing its application. We know Toyota and BMW agreed to partner up on certain things and share technology back in 2013. Since then there has been a lot of speculation on what this agreement would bring. That speculation has been all over the place. MotorTrend stated the cars would have carbon technology from the 'i' series and be very small and expensive hybrids with the BMW version coming in at around $70,000. Car Magazine then reported we would get mid-engine hybrid sports car with $100k price tags to take on the 911. Maybe they were just pulling things out of thin air to sell magazines, who knows. Now Autocar who is not exactly a bastion of solid automotive reporting states the partnership will spawn two all wheel drive hybrid sports cars that are different sizes targeting different demographics. This is supposed to result in a next generation Z4 as well as a Toyota Supra revival. BMW's Ian Robertson stated, “The one thing we’re clear on now is that a platform for both companies can work. The cars in themselves don’t actually need to be positioned the same. The platform can spawn two positionings. The concept works, the platform can deliver and now we have two proud sets of engineers - one group German, one group Japanese - who are each fighting and arguing for the car they want.” That is about all we have to go on. That the platform can be used to create two cars that are different enough from each other to not simply be the same car with a Toyota or BMW badge being the main point of differentiation. Beyond that everything is still speculation and who knows what the result will be. We only know they are still working on it and that hybrid technology is a certainty. Source
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    03-21-2015, 04:51 PM
    Where are the 4.0 TFSI V8 turbocharger upgrades? We do have an AudiBoost member who has upgraded the turbos on his RS7 with a pair of Garrett GTX28's and has received custom tuning from APR to make it work. But even APR themselves does not offer a turbo upgrade and why are they doing custom turbo tuning work overseas but not at home? So what gives? Well not everyone has the deep pockets of that particular member (@Ghost.) but there is still a noticeable absence of 4.0 TFSI upgrades even for the stock housings let alone going to bigger turbos. Is he running an aftermarket ECU to make it work? Loba Motorsport teased this picture of their 4.0 TFSI turbo upgrade as coming soon... back in 2013. Well it isn't here yet so once again, what gives? Perhaps the tuning ability is overstated on the stock DME. Guys are raising boost and so forth but control seems to still be in its infancy or wouldn't turbocharger upgrades be all over the place? The BMW S63TU also does not yet have any successfully running turbo upgrades but they are expected to come now as the ECU has recently been cracked. Why the 4.0 TFSI still does not have anything available despite hardware having already been developed remains a mystery.
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    03-22-2015, 03:40 PM
    Well, they made good on their promise. In October of last year Extreme Turbo Systems announced that they intended to take back the Nissan GTR 1/4 mile world record. AMS Performance in that same month set the Nissan GTR record with a pass of 7.70 @ 186.51. Well the quickest and fastest GTR is now 7.492 @ 189.20. Just under 190 miles per hour and likely indicating we will have GTR's trapping 200 in the 1/4 mile in the near future. That is hard to even process as its unbelievable performance. It was just a matter of time for this to happen as ETS was already getting close. Early this year they ran 7.75 @ 176.36 but technical issues hindered them. It's safe to say it looks like they solved the problem. Expect more details to come along with a video. The specifications should be similar to when the car cracked 2000 whp and would have even shown more had the dyno been able to read the output past that mark. *Edit* Video added:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-21-2015, 05:41 PM
    The CTS-V is an awesome performance sedan. In stock form it will do over 200 miles per hour, it has 640 horsepower from an LT4 supercharged V8 borrowed from the C7 Z06, and it is a reasonable value in comparison to the German performance sedans if it comes in at its expected $75,000 price point. Now the previous generation CTS-V was produced as a wagon by Cadillac. This time around it looks like they are not going to do it. Bummer. It almost would make would make hauling kids and groceries not seem like a chore.
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    Yesterday, 06:07 PM
    That is the rumor going around. We have no official source on this but apparently there was some Audi employee meeting in the USA and the RS3 was confirmed for the USA at that meeting. It is really no surprise as we always expected to get the sedan. The hatchback we knew was out of the question based on precedent. Audi already sells an RS3 Sportback in Europe based on the 8V platform. So, expect that same drivetrain to make its way into the 8V A3 sedan. That means a 367 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque 2.5 liter turbocharged and direct injected inline-5 sending its power to all four wheels courtesy of a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Now the 2.5 TFSI motor can put out a heck of a lot more power than that. Remember the 525 horsepower A3 Clubsport concept car from last year? That is what the RS3 should be but it would eat everything else in the Audi lineup alive. That's ok, that is what tuning is for. The most obvious competition for this car would be from the Mercedes CLA45 AMG. The RS3 should be able to out-muscle it though. Whatever happened to Audi's high output EA888 that was supposed to go in the RS3 anyway? Hopefully we can get more concrete details and not just some rumor someone supposedly overheard somewhere. The chances of an RS3 in the US are the best they have ever been though. The sedan seems like a certainty.
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    03-22-2015, 04:11 PM
    Just yesterday AudiBoost posted an article wondering where the 4.0 TFSI V8 upgrades are at. Well, there may be some good news on that front as AMS Performance intends to get into the Audi tuning game. You may recall that they are working on upgraded turbos for the BMW S63TU V8 engine platform and already offer upgraded turbos for the AMG M157 V8. That leaves the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 as the odd one out but hopefully for not too much longer. AMS products are coming along with a turbo upgrade although there is no timetable for the latter: AMS Eric: "Right now we are working on our boost cooling kit for the S6. It's still a ways out as we are still testing the prototype. Following that we will test our upgraded turbos. Our downpipes are done and test fit and I should have those ready to go by the end of march or earlier. Turbo upgrades are in process but I dont see the tune necessary for them ready until early summer." Tuning will be done by Tony of EPL (European Performance Labs) and it will be interesting to see if he can pull it off. It will also be interesting to see if AMS offers turbos upgrades for the entire 4.0 TFSI V8 line or just certain models. In theory the turbos should fit any 4.0 TFSI V8 which would turn the S6/S7 into an incredible tuning value compares to the RS6/RS7. We'll see what develops.
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    03-26-2015, 07:21 PM
    Not much can play with a BMW S1000RR in stock form. The bike is flat out absurdly fast. When tuned? Well, it takes something pretty damn special to run it. An 1100+ horsepower Boost Logic Nissan GTR may just qualify as something up to the task. The thing is though these two S1000RR's in the video are tuned. The camera bike has a Brentuning ECU tune in addition to a full Akrapovic exhaust system. The other S1000RR just features a full exhaust and a PCV (Power Commander V). The Brentuning ECU tune makes a large difference as the camera bike destroys the other S1000RR and the GTR. They do three runs and in all three it pulls pretty hard. Thank you to BimmerBoost member @Czero for the video.
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    03-22-2015, 10:01 PM
    This is a piece of news that was introduced very quietly. Volkswagen stated in their report on new models to be introduced in the 2015 calendar year that a Macan GTS is on the way. As you likely know the Porsche Macan is currently available in two flavors in the USA those being the S and Turbo models. The turbo gets a 400 horsepower 3.6 liter V6 and the S gets a 340 horsepower 3.0 liter V6. So where would a GTS slide in? Traditionally, the GTS fills the gap between the S and Turbo models. That means a GTS would likely be 370 horsepower and likely a 3.0 liter simply to protect the Turbo but that is speculation on the part of PorscheBoost. There is very little talk about a Macan GTS model from Porsche or VW and the only hint that it even is coming is this from the VW New Models in 2015 report: "On top of this, the new version of the 981 Spyder (Boxster Spyder), the Macan GTS and the Cayman GT4 will be launched in the market." We will have to see what the GTS has in store but Porsche really likes to tread a fine line fillings gaps in the lineup. A Turbo S model would be more exciting to see but apparently there is a market for a Macan GTS. Source
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    Yesterday, 10:40 PM
    The S54 remains the BMW inline-6 power king going into 2015. Well, the S38 may have something to say about that but that is a discussion for another day. Sound Performance built the E46 M3 S54 motor and Saad Racing provided a turbo kit utilizing a Precision 6766 turbocharger. The result? 859 wheel horsepower pushing 29 psi of boost on a Mustang Dyno. Here are the numbers at the various boost levels tested: 678whp @ 18psi 740whp 624wtq @ 23psi 859whp 710wtq @ 29psi On a Dynojet this should be breaking 900 whp. They of course also have 1000+ whp M3's but this shows what is possible with a Precision 6766, a ProEFI 128 ECU, and a built motor. Specs: SP Built 10:1 CR Engine Saad Racing Turbo Kit w/ SP 3" Boost Activated Exhaust Cutout Saad Racing E85 Fuel System Saad Racing Intake Manifold w/ LS3 DBW Throttle Body SP Direct-Port Nitrous Kit ProEFI Pro128 Flex Fuel Standalone EMS OS Giken Twin Disc Clutch They plan to test the Precision 6870 CEA GEN2 turbocharger next. 9XX whp on the Mustang? We will have to wait and see.
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    Yesterday, 08:17 PM
    Last month we saw an 8L90 automatic C7 Z06 go 10's in the 1/4 mile completely stock. Well, here is yet another one reinforcing the point. The Z06 with the 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission is a high 10 second car. The thing is, the previous generation Z06 also broke into the 10's at MIR with far less power. It truly makes one wonder a bit why the C7 Z06 is not much faster in a straight line considering its massive power and torque from the supercharged LT4 motor. Especially when this run is put into the context of having run at one of the fastest strips in the United States and in -800 density altitude. Still, 10.770 @ 129.080 on street tires is not bad at all and the automatic is a few tenths quicker and a couple miles per hour faster than the manual from the data we have seen. Oddly though, the previous generation C6 ZR1 despite having less power and torque (although it is lighter) still is the faster Corvette.
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    Yesterday, 03:11 PM
    These are two performance sport utility vehicles that do have similarities. They are German, turbocharged, all wheel drive, and both feature dual clutch transmissions. Beyond that though we are talking very different vehicles as the GLA45 AMG is essentially based on a front wheel drive sedan platform. That of course being the CLA-Class. The GLA45 AMG can be thought of as a CLA45 AMG on stilts. The test numbers show the GLA45 AMG matches its sibling pretty much across the board. That includes in curb weight as the GLA45 weighs only 3589 pounds. The GLA45 AMG also features the M133 2.0 liter four-cylinder AMG engine. With 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque it is no slouch and capable of high 12's in the 1/4 mile in stock form. The Macan Turbo though has a 3.6 liter twin turbo V6. The engine is less stressed and puts out more horsepower and torque in stock form. 400 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. It's bigger, heavier (roughly 4500 pounds), more powerful, and more expensive. Would the 340 horsepower 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 Macan S that starts at $49,900 make more sense for this comparison? If you are trying to level the playing field a bit, yes. But even so the Macan S and Turbo are larger vehicles. The GLK is closer to size of the Macan. Regardless, this comparison pits these two together and is what it is. The straightline testing has the Macan Turbo come up with the quicker 0-60 at 4.2 seconds to the GLA45 AMG 4.3. The 1/4 mile result though favors the GLA45 AMG as the Macan Turbo manages 12.9 @ 106.2 whereas the GLA45 AMG does the 1/4 mile sprint in 12.8 @ 107.9. There is something to be said for power to weight but it is highly impressive the GLA45 AMG is quicker and faster in a straight line. Especially when one considers it has two less cylinders and has a 1.6 liter displacement penalty. To test the handling prowess they closed off a section of a canyon road. It is not super scientific but the GLA45 AMG comes out just ahead by less than a tenth of a second. The GLA45 AMG is lighter, more tossable, and offers a bit more steering feedback but the Macan Turbo does very well. It's practically a wash. MotorTrend picks the GLA45 AMG. If you want the vehicle that is more fun to drive that is the choice. If you want more utility the Macan Turbo is the choice. Considering the GLA45 AMG bang for the buck it is hard to argue against it here.
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    03-25-2015, 07:49 PM
    It is no secret the 6.2 liter supercharged LSA V8 is very tunable. The motor is of course based on the LS9 6.2 liter supercharged V8 used in the C6 Corvette ZR-1 and if you want to see how they differ click this link. Despite the LSA not having quite as strong of internals it puts up impressive numbers with basic bolt ons. How does 555 rear wheel horsepower sound along with 555 lb-ft of torque at the wheels? Just from a pulley swap and tune. Sounds pretty damn good to us. Now the new CTS-V coming up also has a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 although with a smaller motor but with a higher compression direct injected engine. It is essentially the LT4 engine borrowed from the Z06. We have seen the Z06 bolt on tune numbers and they are impressive. It certainly is going to be fun to compare the new car versus the previous generation CTS-V as a tune and pulley put the LSA CTS-V just under what the LT4 puts out stock.
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    03-25-2015, 10:48 PM
    The Audi RS7 is capable of mid 10 second performance at over 130 miles per hour of trap speed with just basic bolt on modifications. This is something we already knew and the record (in the USA... and officially) is 10.388 @ 133.54 in the 1/4 mile. The car that went 10.3 had a full exhaust and race gas. This RS7 is just tune only. Whose tune is it running? And what fuel is it running on? Good questions. That information for whatever reason is not provided. It is best to assume race gas though. Regardless, mid to low 10 second performance from an RS7 with bolt ons is well within reason. Now how about some turbo upgrades?
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    03-25-2015, 07:14 PM
    As expected the newest entry to the McLaren lineup will debut next month in April at the New York Auto Show. This model will be called the 570S and it will headline the McLaren Sports Series range. This will mean McLaren now has a three-pronged approach with the 570S, 650S, and range topping P1. What do we know about the 570S? It will feature a detuned version of the M838T McLaren twin turbo motor. The name instantly tells you power will be in the 570 PS or 562 HP range. Not far off the 592 horsepower the MP4-12C debuted with. We will have to see what changes are made to the motor. We will know more next week after the official debut. McLAREN LAUNCHES ITS SPORTS SERIES RANGE IN NEW YORK WITH THE 570S COUPE NEW YORK (March 25, 2015) – McLaren Automotive announces today that the first model in its Sports Series family will be named the 570S Coupe. This V8 powered, carbon fiber-structured two seater will show its beautiful, aerodynamically optimized form for the first time when it debuts at the 115th New York International Auto Show. With the launch of the 570S Coupe, McLaren will display its entire three-tier model line-up for the first time globally. Every Sports Series model will share its DNA with the Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it in the McLaren hierarchy. A pure McLaren, offering class-leading levels of performance coupled with optimized handling characteristics and driving dynamics, the 570S Coupe marks the first time McLaren has offered its original and race-derived technologies in the sports car segment. In line with the naming convention that began with the 650S, the number 570 gives away the power output of this first McLaren Sports Series model: 570PS (562HP). Further details and images of the McLaren 570S Coupe will be announced next week ahead of the car's global unveiling which will take place at the McLaren Automotive press conference in New York on Wednesday, April 1 at 2:55PM EST, Stand 704, Level 3.
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    Yesterday, 01:11 PM
    Graphic artists often attempt to predict what an automotive design will look like before its debut. Sometimes they are spot on and sometimes they miss the mark wildly. This particular artist is usually pretty darn good at it and he has done some work for this network. So is this what the rear of the upcoming McLaren 570S set to be revealed next week will look like? Maybe. If so it takes a lot of inspiration from the P1 which is no surprise as McLaren is using styling cues from their supercar in all their models. The 650S for example was updated to incorporate P1 style headlights. It makes sense for the 570S to use the P1 rear light style. We will just have to wait and see.
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    03-22-2015, 04:34 PM
    This is an inevitability really. Expect plug-in hybrids to eventually dominate the Mercedes lineup. The trend is toward smaller motors and electrics. Mercedes obviously does not intend to be left out and is planning a massive roll out of plug-in hybrid models. This will eventually lead to fully electric models and then self-driving models. The internal combustion engine has peaked and from here on out we will see a decline. The models will have the letter 'e' denoting their hybrid plug-in nature. For example, a C350e is in the works. There will be several variants including an S550e that is expected as early as late this year. At least Mercedes still offers some nice displacement with turbos. Enjoy it for as long as it lasts. Strategic hybrid initiative from Mercedes-Benz: Ten new plug-in hybrids by 2017 Stuttgart/San Francisco. Extra impetus for the Mercedes-Benz strategic hybrid initiative: In the run-up to 2017 the company is bringing out a total of ten plug-in hybrid models, i.e. one new model with high-tech hybrid drive every four months on average. Following the successful launch of the S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, this month will see the C 350 e, the second model to feature the progressive drive concept, find its way to dealerships. And what might happen next with the strategic hybrid initiative has just been demonstrated by the Concept V-ision e study at the Geneva Motor Show. Under the new Mercedes-Benz nomenclature, an "e" replaces the words PLUG-IN HYBRID. "Plug-in hybrids are a key technology on the road to the local emission-free future of the automobile," emphasises Prof Dr Thomas Weber, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. "Plug-in hybrids offer our customers the best of both worlds; in the city they can drive in all-electric mode, while on long journeys they benefit from the combustion engine's range. In addition, hybridisation makes the combustion engine more efficient and brings with it a special type of dynamic performance - making driving an absolute pleasure." As the plug-in hybrid comes into its own especially in larger vehicles and with mixed distance profiles, Mercedes-Benz is opting for this drive concept from the C-Class upwards, which means that this key technology will make its entry soon into the SUV segment with the new Mercedes-Benz GLE. With plug-in hybrids, Mercedes-Benz Cars is stepping up its drive to reduce CO2 emissions: at 129 g/km, the European fleet value for 2014 was once again 5 g lower than the year before. This is equivalent to an average consumption of 5.1 litres/100 km. This means that the company has lowered the CO2 emissions of its fleet in Europe by over 40 percent within two vehicle generations. The strategic hybrid initiative is decisively facilitated by Mercedes-Benz's intelligent modular hybrid concept, which is scalable to allow it to be transferred to a large number of model series and body versions as well as left and right-hand drive variants. Concept V-ision e: feel-good atmosphere with modern loft character With the Concept V-ision e, Mercedes-Benz has just given a preview at the Geneva Motor Show of the versatile development potential of the V-Class, a further model series that enjoys powerful propulsion thanks to modular plug-in hybrid technology. The highly efficient twin power source of petrol engine and electric motor delivers a system output of 245 kW (333 hp) with a system torque of up to 600 Nm. This guarantees sporty performance – with a standard consumption of less than 3.0 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres. An all-electric range of up to 50 kilometres turns day-to-day short-distance driving into an enjoyable local emission-free experience. In the interior, the Concept V-ision e offers a unique feel-good atmosphere with a modern loft character. The largest panoramic glass sunroof in the mid-size van segment ensures an extensive light-flooded space which, in combination with bright, white trim and a brown real-wood floor, conveys a previously unknown feeling of expanse, freedom and airiness. Numerous additional new comfort features, such as executive seats with calf support, massage function and footrest in the rear or a large centre console with heated cup holders and five-litre refrigerator box, provide further scope for individualisation of the V-Class. C 350 e: available as saloon or estate The first model to sport the new "e", the new Mercedes-Benz C 350 e is a plug-in hybrid that combines extraordinary levels of efficiency, dynamism and comfort. In either the saloon or estate variant, the performance of a sports car makes it a convincing proposition, especially in combination with a certified consumption of just 2.1 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres and an all-electric range of up to 31 kilometres. Its four-cylinder petrol engine, in conjunction with a powerful electric motor, gives it a total system output of 205 kW (279 hp) with a system torque of 600 Nm. Both the saloon and the estate model are equipped with air suspension and a pre-entry climate control system as standard, delivering a unique level of driving and climate comfort. The price of the C 350 e starts at 50,961.75 euros (Saloon) or 52,627.75 euros (Estate). Both vehicles are at dealerships from March 2015. S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID: luxury saloon with exceptional efficiency The S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID blends an ultramodern hybrid drive configuration with the unique innovations and luxurious equipment and appointments of the S-Class. This long-wheelbase luxury saloon impresses with its exceptional dynamism and efficiency. Thanks to the standard-specification pre-entry climate control system it also offers outstanding climate comfort. With a system output of 325 kW and 650 Nm of torque, the Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds while boasting an all-electric range of up to 33 km. The certified consumption is 2.8 litres/100 km, which is equivalent to emissions of 65 g CO2/km. The Mercedes-Benz S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID is available from a price of 108,944.50 euros. Environmental certificate: environmentally exemplary over the entire life cycle Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the hybrid models of the C and S-Class come with environmental certificates. These document the models' environmental performance from development through to recycling, across the entire life cycle, and the performance is certified to internationally recognised standards by independent experts. With regard to CO2 emissions, the certificate attests the following for the C 350 e: "Over the entire life cycle, comprising manufacture, use over 200,000 kilometres and recycling, there are clear advantages compared with the C 250. External charging with the European electricity mix can cut CO2 emissions by around 29 percent (9.6 tonnes) compared with the C 250 petrol-engined model. The use of renewably generated hydroelectricity allows a 41 percent reduction (15.1 tonnes)." Extensive know-how in the field of hybrid and electric vehicles In 1982, at the same time as it was launching the Mercedes-Benz 190, the predecessor of the C-Class, Mercedes-Benz also presented the first concept vehicle with a hybrid drive in which the battery was charged by a two-cylinder horizontally opposed engine. A number of other experimental vehicles followed until in 2009 the world's first standard-specification hybrid drive with lithium-ion battery made its debut at Mercedes-Benz: for a long time, this S 400 HYBRID was the most fuel-efficient petrol-engined luxury saloon and the most successful hybrid in its segment. The second-generation hybrid transmission evolved on the basis of the 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission. It premiered in 2012 in the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, the first diesel hybrid in the premium segment worldwide. By combining the efficiency of a diesel engine with the advantages of the hybrid drive, Mercedes-Benz set another milestone in the development of the automobile and advanced into consumption regions of 4 litres of diesel per 100 km in the luxury saloon segment. After the E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, S 400 HYBRID, S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID, C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID and S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID, the C 350 e is the latest hybrid model from Mercedes Benz. In the years to come, the main emphasis as regards alternative drives will be on PLUG-IN HYBRIDS. The company is also a leading player in the field of all-electric mobility. Growing range: all current hybrid and electric drive vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Cars: 2012: smart fortwo electric drive 2012: E 300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2013: SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive 2013: S 400 HYBRID 2013: S 300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2014: C 300 BlueTEC HYBRID 2014: B-Class Electric Drive 2014: S 500 PLUG-IN HYBRID 2015: C 350 e
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    03-25-2015, 09:40 PM
    Come on Porsche, be cool! We all know the 911 GT3 is absolutely badass. The reason it is badass is because Porsche essentially tries to make a 911 GT3 race car into a street car with the model. It essentially denotes a GT3 race caliber vehicle and that is where the name originates. Porsche believes GT3 belongs to them though and is doing what they believe is in their best interest by attempting to limit its use to their own models. Is anyone really going to confuse the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with the 991 GT3? This network recognizes GT3 models as race spec models designed with GT3 class racing in mind. The street cars muddy this somewhat but that is what the GT3 name denotes. GT3 class racing. Not the 911 GT3 in particular. Porsche has succeeded in getting Aston Martin to change the name but it's a bit of a childish move. Aston Martin did not seem to want to fight this and just named the car Vantage GT12 instead. This begs the question, why isn't anyone at Porsche bitching at Bentley for the Continental GT3 R model? Well, the obvious answer is because Bentley is part of the VW Group which means they escape Porsche's wrath. But if Porsche can let the Continental GT3 go why can't they let the Vantage GT3 go? The Germans are a lot of fun, aren't they? Source
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    03-22-2015, 08:31 PM
    MotorTrend took a 2015 Mustang Ecoboost with the manual transmission out for some testing and compared the results to their automatic figures. The days of the manual transmission being the top performance option have simply come to a close. That said, the manual numbers are not bad by any means. 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 14.4 @ 97.4 miles per hour. What about the automatic? The same 5.6 seconds to 60 and the 1/4 mile in 14.1 @ 97.8. The trap speed is close but the elapsed time favors the automatic which indicates a gear change advantage. You just can not manually outshift today's automatic boxes. The weight is interesting as the manual comes in at 3654 pounds. Offering a fairly good 51/49 weight distribution to boot. The manual only undercuts the automatic by 4 pounds so it is essentially a wash. This is about the transmission comparison mostly but it is interesting to note the Mustang pulls .99g on the skidpad. That is better than a VW GTI, Subaru WRX, and Hyundai Genesis coupe. If weight, balance, and handling matter to you the Ecoboost Mustang may be the way to go. Spend what you save versus the V8 on mods to make it even more fun to drive. Ford did the right thing putting this motor under the hood. 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3 Manual BASE PRICE $29,995 PRICE AS TESTED $37,755 VEHICLE LAYOUT front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 2.3L/310-hp/320-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,654 lb (51/49%) WHEELBASE 107.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 188.3 x 75.4 x 54.4 in 0-60 MPH 5.6 sec QUARTER MILE 14.4 sec @ 97.4 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 108 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.99 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.0 sec @ 0.85 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 22/31/26 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 153/109 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.77 lb/mile
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    03-26-2015, 05:31 PM
    EVOMS is tackling the 991 Turbo and Turbo S as expected and has released their EVT640 tuning package for the platform. The name of course implies 640 crank horsepower which according to their dyno results at all four wheels on a Mustang AWD 500-SE Chassis Dyno is within reason. So what does the EVT640 tuning system that retails for $6495 consist of? The 'heart' as they cal it is the EVOMS Intelligent Engine Control Module. They abbreviate it ICM. All it happens to be is a piggyback and we wonder who the source for the box is. In addition to the piggyback box they give you an exhaust that attaches to the rear cats. No headers, no catless pipes, just what you see here: The exhaust is street legal and features the following: Improves overall sound and performance. Increases HP and TQ – On average ~24 HP and 18 ft./lbs. TQ (Exhaust Only) Saves 13.30 pounds verses the stock exhaust system Retains the use of the OEM Exhaust Tips Attaches to the OEM catalytic Converters 50 state / SMOG emissions legal 100% Bolt on – no modifications. Easy installation Works with OEM headers or EVOMS ClubSport headers, Stock Catalysts or EVOMS high flow Catalysts 16 gauge T-304 stainless steel – mandrel bent and purge welded You also get billet boost recirculation valves. $6500 for a piggyback and exhaust (not a full exhaust)? Heh. 991 Turbo S dyno results below. Gains of 52 horsepower at all four wheels which certainly is respectable.
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    03-21-2015, 05:13 PM
    We can not get enough Hellcat action around here on the BoostAddict network. The car is a monster and it especially shows from a roll when it can put its massive power down. We have seen it beat up on a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Z06 from a roll but now it is taking on its big brother the Viper. To provide a point of context the Viper also beats the C7 Z06 from a roll so that makes this race quite interesting. Well, it would be far more interesting if the Viper did not miss third gear. The cars looks very even. But the fact the Hellcat can run with a Viper from a roll says plenty about its potency. The Viper obviously is lighter but it is naturally aspirated. The Hellcat is going to be a tuning monster and already ECU tune only is over 700 wheel horsepower. Talk about bang for your buck.
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    03-25-2015, 09:22 PM
    If you do not know who Walter Rohrl is just watch the video and see that his introduction lists him as 'rally legend' as in the description. That succinctly summarizes who Walter Rohrl is. The man has set Pikes Peak Records, raced in the infamous Group B, won the Monte Carlo rally, and scored 14 WRC victories when rally racing was at its most dangerous in history. Yep, he's done it all and been named Rally Driver of the millenium. He spends his years these days testing the latest Porsche machinery as well as running Porsches on the Nurburgring. He is paid by Porsche but when he likes a car it is worth noting. He has nothing but praise for the Cayman GT4 in this small overview. Take a look at a legend having some fun with the new hardcore Cayman and giving an overview:
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    Yesterday, 01:32 PM
    The new GT3RS differs quite a bit from its standard 991 GT3 sibling. Not that the standard GT3 is soft but the GT3RS looks like it just came off the racetrack. Its wider track, air intakes, wing, roll cage, etc., all contribute to a GT3 class race car look for the street. The car of course has more power than the standard 991 GT3 by virtue of its larger 4.0 liter flat-6 motor and also is a bit lighter. The leaked spec sheet basically tells all the details. We have official pictures from Porsche but enjoy these independent photos of the GT3 RS at the airport in Stuttgart:
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    03-26-2015, 06:25 PM
    You do not get to see many McLaren on McLaren races. It might have something to do with the pricetag and production numbers of the car. Maybe. What we have here though is a roll on race between two tuned McLaren MP4-12Cs but it is not exactly apples to apples. Tune only versus tune only would tell us a lot. The white MP4-12C is tune only. The camera car though has a full exhaust in addition to its tune and modified turbos. So what does that mean? Well, take a look at these results for a full exhaust on a 650S to get an idea of the gains offered by an exhaust system on this motor. Regarding the modified turbos, we do not know the specs. Now, an MP4-12C featuring only the AMS pump gas tune and drag radials has gone 10.15 @ 138.19 in the 1/4 mile. So for this EVOMS car to pull that it shows you how fast it. 9.X @ 14X? That sounds about right. Although one would expect a car with upgraded turbochargers to pull harder. However you slice it the MP4-12C is a beast.
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    Yesterday, 02:15 PM
    Very nice results here from Fabspeed for their new valved Supersport Lamborghini Huracan exhaust system. As stated the exhaust system is valved and supports different sound modes based on the steering wheel mounted mode selector. For example, Strada mode keeps the valves closed on the 70mm bypass pipes. Select Corsa mode and it opens up the exhaust to let the world hear those Italian horses prance. The power and torque gains are very respectable as well. It is nice to finally have some Huracan graphs on a Dynojet. The baseline is 555 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels. With the exhaust output rises to 584 and 420 respectively. Gains are throughout the entire curve. With an ECU tune it certainly looks like the Huracan is capable of 600 horsepower at all four wheels in naturally aspirated form. In other words, wow. That would be in the 130+ horsepower per liter range all motor. The cherry on the top is that the Fabspeed system saves 23 pounds off the OEM system. Nicely done Fabspeed.
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    03-26-2015, 12:01 AM
    Do you want to be protected from speeding? Well then Ford's new system that they intend to roll out this summer in the S-Max is just for you. Now this could certainly help in areas drivers are not familiar with as safety cameras (revenue cameras) target speeders. Do you need to be protected from yourself? Well, fortunately the Intelligent Speed Limiter can be switched on or off. Whether it actually keeps anyone safer is a valid question being asked but we could certainly see how it could prevent someone from getting taken advantage of by increasing speeding penalties designed to stuff county coffers. The system will essentially adjust to the local conditions by scanning traffic signs. The driver can set a maximum speed and the speed is automatically adjusted from the traffic sign recognition system. How far are we from cars just doing all the work for us? Maybe two decades. Maybe.
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    03-26-2015, 04:42 PM
    This is not really anything new as this vehicle was spotted testing a year ago. Since that time though Jaguar made all wheel drive standard on its V8 F-Type models which likely means this new lighter and even more powerful F-Type will likely also get the all wheel drive system. The car is expected to drop weight by virtue of carbon pieces as well as lightweight wheels and carbon ceramic brakes. The motor is expected to get a boost to 600 horses which the 5.0 liter supercharged V8 is easily capable of. We will have to see the final specs but this is shaping up to be a very potent Jag.
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    Yesterday, 06:44 PM
    Here are some 1/4 mile times from some big horsepower GTR setups from Switzer. The Goliath X made some headlines recently beating an Underground Racing 2R Gallardo on the highway and posting 1865 horsepower to all four wheels on a Dynojet (with wheelspin). The E1K-X GTR makes less power at 1400 wheel horsepower but it's no slouch. It's just power numbers have become so absurd in the GTR world that we're almost numb to how ridiculous 1400 at all four wheels truly is. So Switzer had both cars run on the dragstrip and they are definitely fast. The Goliath X in the right lane went 8.575 @ 177.74 on mid/high boost and the E1K-X in the left lane went 9.137 @ 163.29 on medium boost. Both clearly have more in them. To put this in context the top dog is ETS with their 7.492 @ 189.20 pass. Can the Goliath X match that on high boost? It's a tall order but it clearly is a hell of a package.
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