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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:22 AM
    In the N54 world there are three transmissions mated to the motor as sold by BMW. There is a manual 6-speed, dual clutch transmission, and an automatic from ZF (ZF Friedrichshafen AG) which has six speeds and has the model name 6HP21. High power N54's have thus far been relegated to the manual transmission as the clutch can easily be upgraded. The dual clutch transmission is in far less N54 powered cars and although upgrades are available the amount of DCT guys pushing big power with a huge single turbo for example is relatively small at least as it pertains to N54 motors. The odd man out has been the automatic yet it is numerically the option with the most cars on the road. Why? Why has the automatic been so tough to upgrade? Well, there are a few reasons. For one, nobody has (until now) cracked the TCU or transmission control unit. Additionally, even if you have software control of the transmission there really are not any serious material upgrades that can hold big torque from say a big turbo kit. Oh, sure, people will point to Level 10 transmission upgrades but the reality is Level 10 is only an option to replace factory parts and get a broken transmission working again. They have never demonstrated an ability to hold the kind of power the manuals hold. That is where Propulsive Dynamics comes in. Their proprietary G3 material works in concert with Kolene Steels, a proprietary patent-pend bi-metallic bushing alloy and increased surface area in the holding clutches, to result in an increase in holding capacity of 30.4%. This friction increase is not some number pulled out of thin air but a result of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) testing. Pretty awesome stuff, right? There is much more information to come but for now rest assured automatic N54 fans that a serious upgrade that can handle whatever you throw at it is on the horizon. That means we will finally see N54's take that next step forward especially when it comes to times on the drag strip. Is 2016 the year of the N54 automatic? It sure is shaping up that way.
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    05-23-2016, 09:01 PM
    This is becoming a big problem. You may remember that Maximum PSI was pushing their BMW F80 M3 project car pretty hard. Just earlier this month they were on the verge of a 9 second pass after going 10.2 @ 137. Then everything went to hell. So what happened? This: That was the end of the @maximumpsi 9 second chase and the F80 M3 and F82 M4 community have been holding their collective breaths since for a solution to the crank hub spinning problem. Maximum PSI has yet to comment on what they intend to do to BimmerBoost. What is the cause? It is somewhat difficult to pin down but look at this comparison of the S55 3.0 liter I6 crankshaft and the E9X M3 S65 V8 crankshaft: The S65 crankshaft is on the right and you can see timing gear and oil pump gear are a part of the design whereas the S55 does not have the same design. The S55 quite frankly is simply an evolution of the N54/N55 geometry and design which is basically the same. That makes one wonder why the N54 and N55 do not see this problem to the same degree. Is it the higher redline of the S55 that is partially to blame? Perhaps. You can say what you want about the BMW turbo era and it's easy power with bolt ons but the fact is if BMW raced the S55 design the same way they raced the S65 design no doubt this design flaw would have popped up in serious Motorsport competition and it would have been addressed before production. It is not some fluke. Here is what BimmerBoost member @sA x sKy had to say about it and his own experience: Once? Ok. Twice? Bad luck. Three times? It's a flaw. Four times? WTF BMW? TPG Tuning supposedly has a solution but @JasonTPG has yet to tell us anything about it. Their idea was to cut a notch in the stock piece but it didn't work and they are trying a different approach now: The TPG hub failed on member @sA x sKy three times: So what else can one try to prevent this? Well, Gintani thinks they have the solution: They are looking for someone to test this out. Speaking as someone who has had Gintani try various solutions with on his own car for going on six years now a word of advice is to not be anyone's guinea pig and let them try their solutions out on their own cars first. Let them assume the risk considering their track record and pay for their own development. Will the Gintani one piece crank hub solve this issue? Who knows. Maybe there just is no solution: The Gintani solution may introduce new problems. BMW seems to be aware of the issue but they still put the car in production. It's a numbers game for them. How many cars can they sell and what % will have the issue? Apparently the number is low enough to simply pay out warranty claims on those cars that spin their crank hub (and have not been tuned). You can have your bolt replaced and tightened every so often which is probably the best way to go. Maybe someone will come up with someone else. Maybe not. Where we are at right now is BMW quite simply screwed up on the S55 design and doesn't care. BimmerBoost reached out to BMW for comment on the issue but do not hold your breath for a response.
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  • Chris@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:41 AM
    Hey Everyone, itís about time for some exciting announcements from VTT. This has been a long time coming! As most of you know, I've taken over online representation for Vargas -but that's not the only thing I do for fun. The overarching announcement is that VTT is now one piece of a bigger group; Vargas Performance Group, or VPG. There are 3 major parts of VPG: 1: VTT (Vargas Turbocharger Technologies): Turbocharger Manufacture/Repair/Upgrades/Sales 2: VPP (Vargas Performance Products): Performance Parts Manufacture/Sales 3: VHP (Vargas Hi Performance): Turbocharger & Performance Parts Installation/Service Iíll quickly go over some announcements as they pertain to each category: VTT NEWS GC's: This is the one many of you have been waiting for. You know the ones -the stock location twin turbo setup that made 736 whp. Just look at the power under the curve! Street spool will be even better! The VTT GCís have started arriving and the first sets have shipped. We expect a second shipment shortly and the remainder of them by the first week in June. The plan is to quickly get caught up on all existing orders and soon after be in a position such that they are available for same day shipping. Note for those who got the ceramic coating; as of this week, itís adding around a week to the ship date. Bundles: GCís can now be bundled with installation ($1000 for inst. labor at VHP, more on that later) and/or a PTF tune ($249 for a MHD tune, $499 for a MHD tune with PI) 93 Octane Testing: I know there are some unfortunate souls out there who don't have access to E85 and for whatever reason don't want to use methanol. For them, we WILL be doing some pump gas testing. Expect this late 2nd quarter/very early 3rd quarter (read that: around July).I don't even want to speculate on dyno numbers -we'll find out while testing and post those results. VPP NEWS Vargas Performance Products. These are all teasers -think of this post as a quick look into the VPP crystal ball looking forward. Here are a few things in the works for VPP and one thing we're just too excited about not to share: Line Lock Kit: Here are a couple development pics -not final config by any means. This will fit all E9X and E8X, not sure about 535's or Z4's -we'll be looking for testers there down the road. Port Injection Plate with Top Mount Injectors: Anyone say they wanted an N54 port injection kit with top mount injectors? We heard you, and we agree -if you can fit them, top mounts are worth doing. We can and we are. ~3rd quarter 2016. S55 Love: We're not just playing with N54's here... the S55 gets some love too -how about some port injection (bottom mount -no room up top)? Oh, and GC's for the S55 are already in process -very late 2016/early 2017 release on those. Transmission Fun: By now everyone and their grandmother has heard the awesome news about Nizpro and the magic they're doing with transmissions. We're working directly with them and will have one the first fully built and flashed transmissions from them. While this (obviously) isn't a VPP product, we're very excited about this and have some high hopes for this really being a huge jump forward for the platform. VHP NEWS Wouldn't you rather have your turbos installed by the same guys who made them? A shop that understands turbos and has 100+ installs under their belts? If you're within driving distance of Hayward, CA, you can buy turbos, schedule an install, and have VHP install them for $1000 labor. Of course you still need to buy your gaskets (we have an installation kit for $230) and do an oil change while you're there, but it makes for a pretty good deal -especially after the GC's are in stock and available same-day. OTHER STUFF Expect more updates with more products, more accurate ship-by dates and more options for everyone. And I'm just getting started... Chris
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 08:33 PM
    Here is the scenario. You work overseas and have a Porsche 996 Turbo. You see a classified ad go up from Vivid Racing for a 4.0 liter stroker short block advertised with a new crank, new pistons, new rings, new Darton sleeves, new gaskets, etc. Sounds good right? Especially considering the advertised $10k price is less than doing this all yourself and assembling all the parts and having the block sleeved. So what is the problem? The customer did not get what was advertised: Basically, what was advertised as new and in great condition simply was not true. Not to mention the scuffed and rusted liners with marks in the flange which he asks Vivid to replace. Vivid says Darton is responsible and Darton says they sold this to Vivid over 2 years ago and who knows what happened since then. Darton is right in this instance, they can not be expected to replace parts Vivid messed with or did not store properly. The solution here is very simple. Vivid should replace the parts, right? Well, they didn't. Rather than replacing the damaged sleeves Vivid is willing to sell more at cost since Darton won't be suckered into paying for Vivid's mistakes and should not be expected to. Vivid knew they were selling something that was not brand new and perfect as advertised and they just wanted to pass this onto a sucker who would have to shell out more out of pocket to get it working. That line about exceeding customer expectations and satisfactions is just a load of horse shit or a sick joke. This is honestly nothing new with Vivid. They will exaggerate or misrepresent things to make sales. We have seen it before such as when they claimed 407 wheel horsepower from a BMW S65 V8 with their tune on a Mustang dyno which is impossible unless one messes with the correction factor which they clearly did to exaggerate the capability of the tune they were selling. Vivid is all about making money and they do not seem to care how they get it. They basically just ship a lot of parts to a lot of people. It's why they acquired the HPF (Horsepower Freaks) name to simply utilize another brand to ship more and more parts from their warehouse. The bottom line is they don't give a crap about their customers and won't do the right thing if it means money out of their pockets. Think this is an isolated incident? Read this 60 page thread on Vivid's business practices which goes from praise to horro stories in a hurry: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=337726 Why do people keep going to them? Caveat Emptor.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-22-2016, 08:53 PM
    Now this is the kind of power you like you see out of a turbocharged BMW I6. The iron block straight sixes remain king and this a reminder of that with everyone so caught up in the new direct injected BMW turbo sixes. 1178 wheel horsepower and 907 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with tuning by Jordan Horowitz of RK-Tunes. What are the specs? Here you are: RK-Tunes stock DME turbo tune package - 1600cc injectors. C85 fuel GTX 3576r turbos ICS performance Custom twin turbo kit ICS Camshafts ICS Pistons 9:1 K1 Rods M52 / S52 motor S52 crank Ported Head OEM intake manifold, OEM throttle body. Some of you will notice a dip on the 1178 pull on the graph. This is the reason: Just absolutely absurd power and this is one of the strongest street BMW's in the nation.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-21-2016, 04:11 PM
    Some big claims here from VF-Engineering who is known in BMW circles primarily for their supercharger kits. Those who know VF-Engineering's history know software tuning was the main weakness of their kits especially in the S54 days. Have things changed with their S55 engine tuning software for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 models? Maybe. They are making some big claims. They say they offer Stage I and Stage II flash tuning software. Additionally, they say they have TCU (transmission control unit) software for the DCT transmission: The TCU software seems to be much like the software for E9X M3's where they simply up the line pressure in the transmission to increase clamping force. This certainly is useful when torque is increased. So what are the power and torque gains? Let's take a look: Vehicle: 2016 BMW M4 (DCT) - Austin Yellow Software Level: HEX Tuning Stage ONE (username:1FastS4) Additional Mods: Completely Stock Vehicle: 2016 BMW M4 (DCT) - Yas Marina Blue Software Level: HEX Tuning Stage TWO (username:yellowssm) Additional Mods: VRSF Downpipes / Factory Rear Section / Berger "Cold-air" Intake Vehicle: 2015 BMW M3 (DCT) Software Level: HEX Tuning Stage TWO & Stage TWO+ Additional Mods: Evolution Racewerks Downpipes / Akrapovic Exhaust / Eventuri Carbon Intake / ERW Chargepipes They get up to 497 wheel horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with their Stage 2 S55 flash along with downpipes, an exhaust, and intake. That is certainly the right range and they are not claiming any exaggerated numbers or posting any glory pulls. It looks like they have a few customers running their tune. The problem? It's a bench flash. That means this is basically relegated to the Southern California market and VF plans to go on a flashing tour so to speak to reach other people. Will they do that before people in other areas find a local solution though? You can of course mail in your ECU but most owners are uncomfortable with doing that. Also, who is the source here? VF-Engineering is likely buying this from someone and the question is from whom? Many tuners do this but it's good to know the source to know the quality. If we knew the source though why even bother going to VF? You see the problem. Is the option worth exploring? Sure, why not? However, once OBD-II flashing gets here the bench flashes will be a thing of the past. It's just a matter of time.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-23-2016, 07:20 PM
    Well, if you want maximum naturally aspirated power this is not a bad way to go. The LS7 V8 is more than twice the size of the 3.2 liter I6 the BMW E46 M3 comes with. The S54 is arguably the best I6 BMW produced so it is a shame to see it ditched but it is also fun to see different things. The LS swap into a BMW of course is nothing new as the LS1 has been done. A guy is even doing an E90 LS1 swap with a single turbocharger on top to boot. People have done E46 M3 LS swaps and then supercharged them. For maximum naturally aspirated horsepower though the LS7 is probably the best choice as the Viper V10 isn't going to fit. The LS7 does though and this guy did some nice custom fab work especially with the headers to get everything to fit nicely. It will be nice to see the finished product in action. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-20-2016, 04:31 PM
    BMW is boring. Seriously, they are so businesslike in their approach to building cars now it is hard to get excited about yet another X model or yet another Gran Coupe variant. Don't even get us started on the 'i' brand. BMW at one time built some very exciting and lightweight driver's cars like the 2000 series. Of course that was back in the 60's but BMW's vehicles were a good value, lightweight, performed well, handled well, and simply were the best all around blend of daily usability and performance for the money. Road and Track regarding the 2000 sedan stated it was 'the best performing 2-liter sedan in today's market and the best handling and best riding as well.' The 2002 was a slightly shortened coupe version of the sedan platform and an evolution of the 1600-2. The 2002 Turbo was launched in 1973 and it holds a special place in the heart of BMW enthusiasts as it was the first production turbocharged BMW. Yes, that's a big deal. BMW has not built anything like it since. If you suggest a 1M or M2 as a spiritual successor you just do not get it. The 2002 Turbo is supposed to be a small, nimble, and very light four-cylinder turbo powered car. Not some parts bin money grab with an M badge tossed in. Is that what this Hommage is? No, it's a Concept so it can become whatever BMW wants it to become. If they want to produce a billion front wheel drive X1's based on a MINI platform at the very least they could produce something like the cars that got them to where we are now. At least to shut people like myself up who are wondering what the hell happened to BMW. There clearly is styling in this concept inspired by the 3.0 CSL Hommage. Many felt that car was too over the top (BimmerBoost felt it was perfect) and this Hommage Concept is far more toned down. It's still edgy though and very well designed. The rear lights take a bit too much inspiration from the i3 but the design overall is very well done. Quite modern but the 2002 Turbo inspiration is there. So why not build something cool and fun like this? Keep it light. Keep it cheap. No need to go crazy with power or try to beat everyone in performance. Win with the classic BMW recipe of offering the best all around car that is the most fun to drive for the money. What ever happened to that BMW?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-21-2016, 12:42 AM
    This actually is not something new. BMW trolled people on April Fool's Day back in 2011 with an M3 pickup truck. However, this version seems to be built a bit better. Somebody named Mad Dog Racing put this together and apparently it is quite functional and reinforced. It's a German El Camino or an M3 Camino or BMW Ranchero or come up with a name for it. What is the point? Who knows. It's one of those things that you do because you can. The S65 V8 is even supercharged on top just for good measure. That way it will get whatever it is hauling in the bed to its destination quite quickly. Source
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    05-24-2016, 11:16 PM
    BimmerBoost member @RobNyc took his stock BMW F27 X4 M40i to the ATCO dragstrip and Raceway Park (E-Town) drag strips for some runs. As a reminder, the X4 M40i has an N55B30T0 3.0 liter turbo I6 motor which is the same motor under the hood of the F82 M2 but in the X4 M40i it is rated at 355 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. The X4 also of course has xDrive all wheel drive and it weighs quite a bit more coming in at 4235 pounds according to BMW. The performance is pretty good with @RobNyc consistently running low 13's. The best pass was a 13.157 @ 103.19 completely stock on 93 octane pump gas. With a tune and race gas we're talking easy mid 12's here. The ATS-V for context managed a 12.6 @ 111. Videos of his runs are below.
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    05-21-2016, 11:31 PM
    In case you needed any more evidence the Pure Turbos S55 turbocharger upgrades work how about a Russian M4 running their turbo upgrade? The M4 also features tuning courtesy of a BMS JB4 with mapping from a Russian tuner. The Ferrari F12 appears to be stock. It is a potent car even in stock form with 589 horsepower to the wheels from the naturally aspirated 7.3 liter V12. It also traps just over 130 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile in stock form. The M4 runs away with this race though. Apologies for the terrible HD potato quality but it is a cell phone recording uploaded to Instagram. Hopefully a high definition version shows up later but it's easy to see that the M4 wins and additionally that it pulls 162.5 miles per hour by the end of the run compared to 155.34 miles per hour for the F12. The F12 needs some boost and people talking down on BMW's performance need to understand an M4 with mild upgrades is easily taking down one of the best GT cars Ferrari has ever made. <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BFrb-2RyLUG/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A video posted by Pure Turbos (@pureturbos)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2016-05-21T18:05:04+00:00">May 21, 2016 at 11:05am PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>
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    05-24-2016, 09:01 PM
    Great pictures, details, and results here from Fabspeed who has diligently worked on an aftermarket exhaust system for the new 991.2 Carrera and Carrera S models. Their project car is a 2017 Carrera 4S 7-speed manual with the factory Sport Exhaust system. As you can see in the above photo the factory system is not a bad design by any means but there is room to improve. Traditionally, the main area of improvement in a turbocharged Porsche 911 is in the headers and also with higher flowing cats. These are the areas Fabspeed upgrades. Let's take a look at the factory manifolds: Here is the Fabspeed design: Next up the Fabspeed 200 cell sport cats vs. the factory catalytic converters: So what is the result? Another 32 horsepower at the wheels: Very nice numbers from exhaust only changes on an all wheel drive 991.2 C4S. The peak torque figure does not change much but so what? The torque peak is early in the rev range on the new turbo motors and the Fabspeed system really starts outflowing the factory system past 4000 rpm which means much more power up top and this is really what the engine needs. Throw a tune on the engine and this car will easily be a 450+ wheel horsepower daily driver. If someone wants that tiny bit more, Fabspeed also has cat bypass pipes available. Just great work and the 991.2 is responding very well to modification. It also sounds pretty good once opened up as you can hear in the video below.
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    05-22-2016, 04:43 PM
    Let's put this time in context. Porsche themselves runs the Cayman GT4 around the ring in 7 minutes and 40 seconds. That is a factory time with factory drivers and factory resources. Manthey Racing improves on that time by 11 seconds without even touching the motor. They are not doing this with more power. If they add power they can drop this time further but Manthey revises the suspension and brakes as well as changes the wheels and tires. Obviously the Pirelli Trofeo R's make an appreciable difference but Manthey Racing also adds in a roll cage. That adds weight but they make up for it with a carbon fiber hood and race seats. To put this laptime in other words a Carrera GT did a 7:28.71 time in a test by EVO and Porsche themselves got a 7:32 out of the 997 GT2 model. This is an incredible lap for the power and just a great example of superb mid-engine handling. Watch it eat up the Nurburgring corners below.
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    Today, 06:42 AM
    Great numbers here and he Doc Race single turbo kit for the BMW N54 motor continues to impress. This particular E92 335i is running a Comp 6267 turbocharger and boost is 23-24 psi on a 93 octane and methanol map and it goes up to 26 psi on an E30 tuned map. Here are the specs: 132k miles on the clock -93 and meth map is 23-24psi -the E30 map is 23psi ramping up to 26psi at redline. -100% Meth on both maps Mods: -Doc Race Twin Scroll manifold -JB Comp 6267 -JB4 -BMS Meth Kit -Boost Addictions Custom Calibration Very solid numbers here and obviously the methanol is a big part of it. With the meth it is possible to have an easy 600+ wheel horsepower 335i daily driver. The Doc Race kits continue to impress and reports thus far are of quality fitment and parts. Definitely a solid option in the crowded N54 market.
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    Today, 03:01 AM
    Whoa there McLaren! Not so fast. This talk coming from McLaren boss Ron Dennis sounds pretty good. He said, "I honestly believe that the next world champions after Mercedes will be McLaren. We'll get to that goal before other people." Will they though? McLaren has not won a race since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2012. Mercedes-AMG won the Formula 1 championship in 2014 and 2015. Is this year really shaping up any differently? The only thing that stopped Mercedes-AMG from winning the last race was their own drivers crashing into each other. The upcoming Monaco Grand Prix this Sunday is only the sixth race of the calendar so it is more than mathematically possible for someone to catch and pass Mercedes-AMG in the standings: It just does not look like it will be McLaren that does it. Only Ferrari and Red Bull seem to be putting up any kind of fight and Mercedes is still dominating. Realistically, McLaren doesn't have a shot until next year and Ron Dennis knows it. Plus, Honda really needs to improve their motor. Good luck with that. Source
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    05-22-2016, 12:52 AM
    Audi's have a reputation for understeer. It is well earned over the years with nose heavy cars that tend to plow at the limit. However, a skilled driver can get an Audi rotating and the low end torque the 4.0 TFSI V8 makes in the C7 RS6 certainly helps. There is something badass about a wagon smoking all four tires like this while going sideways and ending the drift with perfect composure.
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    05-20-2016, 06:21 PM
    A bad crash in 2015 that killed a spectator (video posted below) prompted officials at the Nurburgring in Germany to impose speed limits (even during races) and ban automotive testing for a while. After some changes to the track, additional safety barriers, and repaving in certain areas the limitations are finally gone. The process of removing the limitations was implemented gradually throughout 2016 but now manufacturers are returning to the track and testing again. Koenigsegg for example is going for an overall record with rumors of breaking into the 6 minute range (the Porsche 918 Spyder does a 6:58 lap). You can see videos below of their tester finally running again which were recorded a few days ago. It's back to business as usual at the 'Ring.
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    Yesterday, 01:31 AM
    With the 5.5 liter M157 V8 on the market for a while now (and being slowly phased out) a lot of cars will be coming out of their warranty period and owners will be seeking more power. Fortunately, Weistec has them covered with upgraded forged pistons and rods. These pistons and rods are a direct replacement for the factory pieces meaning the bore and stroke stay the same. Additionally, the factory crankshaft can still be utilized. Take a look at the AMG factory M157 piston and rod vs. the Weistec design: The factory rod isn't a toothpick but the Weistec pieces are much beefier and able to support much more power and torque. Additionally, the Weistec wrist pin design is stronger than the OEM pin. You also have ceramic coated tops for the pistons which helps with heat resistance/dissipation and the skirts reduce friction thanks to a teflon coating. Yes, these do not come cheap at $7999.99 but you certainly get what you pay for. KEY FEATURES: Maintains Factory Compression Ratio Ceramic Coated Piston Tops Teflon Coated Pistons Skirts Billet Connecting Rods Improved Wrist Pin Design Performance Ring Set Included High Strength/Quality Design and Construction Increased Power Capacity and Heat Dissipation Product Page: http://weistec.com/weistec-forged-rods-and-pistons-m157.html
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    05-21-2016, 02:51 PM
    Interesting numbers to say the least here. AutoTalent is claiming these figures are at the wheels on a Dynapack hub dyno but the readout does say flywheel power. If you look at the baseline numbers 453 horsepower and 485 lb-ft of torque are reasonable baseline figures at the wheels. Look at before and after runs on a Dynojet from Renntech for context. Their baseline figures are 469 horsepower and 473 lb-ft of torque at the wheels and tune only they hit 517/565. On higher octane fuel, Eurocharged got to 542 wheel horsepower and 628 lb-ft of torque at the wheels but their baseline was a higher 474/495 to begin with. After the PP-Performance Stage I M177 ECU flash tune horsepower goes to 539 and torque goes to an eye opening 661 lb-ft at the wheels. A Dynapack definitely tends to read higher but considering the baseline figures these gains look exaggerated. Maybe someone is messing with the correction factor? We'll have to see more results on other dynos for context but the torque gain tune only being claimed here is larger than anyone else in the industry and that certainly brings with it questions.
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    05-22-2016, 04:02 PM
    A McLaren beating up on a Lamborghini is nothing new. The MP4-12C makes easy work of the Huracan. The 650S routinely dominates the Aventador whether it is from a roll or from a stop. The fact of the matter is McLaren produces higher performance cars than Lamborghini. It is startling just how big the difference is and these two drag races highlight the difference well. The Aventador is heavier by about 800 pounds. The passenger in these runs isn't helping the Aventador with its weight problem. Part of what adds weight is the all wheel drive system but in the first run you see the benefit. The rear wheel drive 650S doesn't start reeling the Aventador in until 3rd gear but by the time it passes it is pulling like a freight train. The second run has the 650S get a much better launch and the race is over quickly. The Lamborghini is simply at a disadvantage with its heavy drivetrain and naturally aspirated V12. The 650S just has more area under the curve, is much lighter, has a more efficient dual clutch drivetrain, and just chews the Aventador up and spits it out without much effort. What a beast.
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    05-20-2016, 08:21 PM
    If you have a PS4 and you are a car enthusiast this game is basically a must buy. The Gran Turismo video game series is well known and it will finally make its way to the Playstation 4 later this year on November 15. So what is the big deal other than updated graphics and updated physics? How about that the FIA (International Automobile Federation) which oversees competitive automotive racing in 125 countries around the world will formally ratify the Gran Turismo Online Championship. What does this mean? It means you will be able to race competitively for a world championship in Gran Turismo Sport online. It is not exactly the same as driving professionally at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but you also get to do it from your couch without multi-million dollar manufacturer backing and having to work your way up to pros from childhood. It's also a bit safer too. There will be two championships to race for. The 'Nations Cup' where the best drivers of their nation compete against each other and the 'Manufacturers Cup' where drivers compete for say a BMW specific championship. Winners will get their awards in Paris at FIA's ceremony just like professional drivers. All of this of course is in addition to the normal driving and competitive modes. Pick up a PS4, buy Gran Turismo, and prepare to race against the world.
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    05-19-2016, 10:25 PM
    These spyphotos show the next generation E-Class coupe based on the W213 E-Class platform testing. The photographer was able to capture a few shots of the interior and the design is much like the sedan with the round vents but the vent covers are different. It looks a bit sportier and the aluminum finish is quite nice. The new E-Class coupe is expected to bring back an AMG variant as well. To get an idea of the exterior design, check out these renderings by clicking here. The car is shaping up well thus far.
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    05-21-2016, 03:20 PM
    On paper this is a mismatch of epic proportions. The Mustang is lighter than the Challenger Hellcat by some ~700 pounds but compared to a bolt on Hellcat it is severely lacking in horsepower and torque. The naturally aspirated Coyote 5.0 V8 is a great engine but the Hellcat 6.2 liter V8 with its twin screw blower is just a beast that easily outpaces it. We're talking roughly 660 horses to the wheels stock and well over 700 when tuned with bolt ons for the Hellcat. An E85 Coyote with bolt ons will be nowhere near this. It's at least 300 horsepower at the wheels behind with far less torque. Yet, it still manages to give the Hellcat problems in these runs. Why? The Hellcat can't get traction despite running drag rubber just like the Mustang. Also, the driver in the Challenger has a terrible reaction time. He flat out sucks at getting off the line on time. This is definitely a time where a driver mod is needed. The Hellcat is clearly the faster car running down the Mustang time and time again but the Mustang dominates it off the line. You can have all the power in the world but if you can't put it down and can not get on the throttle in a timely fashion what's the point? The race is over before you get going.
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    05-24-2016, 12:53 AM
    Damn the new 991.2 models are quick! We're talking performance not far off a 997.1 Turbo model. Don't believe it? Well, just check out the acceleration video posted below. The PDK transmission certainly helps as the car rockets through the gears hitting 285 kph (177 miles per hour) with ease. 0-60 takes just 3.4 seconds. 0-200 kph (124 mph) takes just 11.9 seconds. 250 kilometers per hour passes in 20.5 seconds. That 420 horsepower B6 turbo 3.0 liter motor (check out our technical breakdown) is no slouch. Even in stock form this is an easy 11 second car. Oh, and how about that Porsche launch control? 6200 rpm launches. Nonse of that pansy 2200 rpm stuff like the Acura NSX.
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    05-21-2016, 07:42 PM
    It is always nice to see actual dragstrip 1/4 mile times rather than having to use magazine times for certain cars. Especially Ferraris considering that Ferrari is known to try to control testing and sends ringers to magazines. This run is a realistic representation of what the F12 is capable of. If you want to see what the 730 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque 6.3 liter naturally aspirated V12 actually puts out on the dyno check out our past article on the topic. On the strip the Ferrari is good for just over 130 miles per hour and this one runs 11.17 on street tires. On drag rubber this is an easy 10 second car especially in more favorable conditions. No doubt people will point out that is not exactly stellar performance per dollar these days but the F12 is not a car you buy for drag racing. It's just nice to see what it can really do and it certainly is a solid performer.
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    05-20-2016, 06:01 PM
    The turbo four-cylinder game is pretty crowded in the luxury sport sedan category. It seems as if everyone has a turbocharged 2.0 liter motor. Even Cadillac is joining the fray but is their 2.0T offering in the 2016 ATS a match for its competition? Well, it's a valiant effort. For one, it's a much stronger motor than the one under the hood of the 2016 Mercedes C300. The acceleration figures for the claimed 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque are outstanding. 0-60 in 5.4 seconds, 0-100 in 14.5 seconds, and a 1/4 mile sprint of 14.1 seconds at 99 miles per hour. That is even slightly ahead of the mighty BMW 328i but that model's N20 engine is being replaced by the new B48 for a 330i. The Caddy likely won't top it but it's a very close match between the two. So Cadillac has a strong four-cylinder that accelerates at the top of its class. What are the downsides? The vehicle is a bit heavy at 3671 pounds but that weight is basically a wash with Audi. All wheel drive comes with a penalty but Cadillac isn't heavier than its all wheel drive competition which is a good thing. The handling with the all season tires just isn't that good. The grip is decent at .86g but this is not performance rubber. The performance in this area suffers as a result. Ditch the tires for something sportier and handling vs. the Germans should be a wash. That brings us to the interior. While the stitching and leather is nice that dash is embarrassing. Look at this outdated crap: You can't get almost everything right and then have a glaring weakness like this when the appeal of the Germans is partially their style and interior. Why can't Cadillac get this part right? The CTS is done correctly and competitive with its rival all the way through. The ATS just does not quite feel as polished inside. This is a great effort by Cadillac and it is so close to being the best in its class. They're almost there but almost isn't good enough. They have to be better everywhere. That is the only way they will get people out of the BMW is best mindset and considering BMW dominates this class of car sales Cadillac won't change people's minds unless they do everything better for less money. They're close... oh so close. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan PRICE AS TESTED:$52,720 (base price: $38,240) ENGINE TYPE:turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:122 cu in, 1998 cc Power: 272 hp @ 5500 rpm Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm TRANSMISSION:8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 109.3 in Length: 182.8 in Width: 71.1 in Height:55.9 in Passenger volume: 90 cu ft Cargo volume: 10 cu ft Curb weight: 3671 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 5.4 sec Zero to 100 mph: 14.5 sec Zero to 130 mph: 28.2 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.3 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.4 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.1 sec Standing ľ-mile: 14.1 sec @ 99 mph Top speed (governor limited): 145 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 167 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.86 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 22/30 mpg C/D observed: 19 mpg
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    05-22-2016, 04:22 PM
    The reception to the 2002 Hommage Concept has generally been positive. It certainly makes one think about a back to basics BMW. Speaking of which, when is the last time BMW had a fun to drive and lightweight convertible? If you can't think of it we don't blame you. With the E89 generation Z4 BMW went to a convertible hardtop that added considerable weight. What about the F23 2-Series convertible you say? Well, even the base 228i model starts at 3625 pounds. There is nothing lightweight with a drop top in the BMW lineup. Nothing. This rendering certainly gives you something to think about. It won't get built but maybe someone at BMW will see it and start thinking about making a light and sporty cabrio again.
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    Today, 03:42 AM
    These two are siblings in a sense as they are both part of the Volkswagen Auto Group but they are aimed at different audiences. The Panamera Turbo is slightly smaller and more of an M5 mid-size competitor whereas the S8 is a larger luxury sedan that goes up against the 7-Series and S-Class. While the S8 is larger the weight between the two is actually close with the Audi coming in roughly 40 pounds heavier. Both are all wheel drive but the Panamera feature a dual clutch transmission. The issue for the Panamera Turbo is its V8 design is long in the tooth especially when compared to the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8. It's why Porsche developed a new 4.0 twin turbo V8 similar in design to the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 motor which will replace the Panamera 4.8 liter mill. The S8 Plus gets a boost to 605 horsepower as well so it has the Panamera Turbo easily outgunned here. The Panamera Turbo hangs in surprisingly well but the S8 Plus takes it. It's definitely time for the Panamera to get a new engine and new chassis.
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    Today, 04:13 AM
    There are not exactly a ton of products for the C300 models equipped with the M274 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. This motor can use all the help it can get as it trails the competition in its class despite the 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque rating. The Weistec downpipe is a simple bolt on affair that fits in the factory location. It will improve the engine note, turbo response, and of course offer more power. We need to get a dynograph but rest assured pairing this downpipe with an ECU tune will really boost the performance of the C300. This part retails for a very reasonable $399.99: http://weistec.com/m274-downpipe-c300.html KEY FEATURES: 100% mandrel bent and TIG welded Constructed of low carbon 304 Stainless Steel CNC machined 304SS turbine flange Laser cut mounting bracket Fully brushed finish Bolt-on installation 1 hour instal time Improved exhaust note Improved exhaust flow Improved turbo response
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    Today, 08:20 AM
    These are some very quick numbers as recorded by EVO magazine. Magazine times and actual drag strip timeslips are quite different but these numbers are not shocking considering what the F80 M3 and F82 M4 are capable of in stock form on the dragstrip. The M4 GTS takes the standard M4 recipe and improves on it by stripping out a couple hundred pounds thanks to extended use of CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic). The S55 engine also gets a water injection system and a power bump to 500 horsepower. Considering the standard M4 S55 motor is already making in the 500 horsepower range with dyno results showing 427 to the wheels the M4 GTS is likely at 450+ to the wheels. Despite the additional aerodynamic drag caused by the wing which increases downforce the M4 GTS accelerates very well. Under 8 seconds to 100 miles per hour was supercar territory not too long ago. Do these test numbers make the car worth $134,200? No way. Throw a tune on your M4 and be done with it if acceleration is what you are after. Actually, maybe hold off accelerating in an S55 equipped car entirely considering the engine issues.
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