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  • ChuckD05's Avatar
    Today, 10:43 AM
    Guy next door to my job has a 911, FF, and a M5 ... I should ask him to hit the service road one day on lunch in his break hehe
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  • alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
    Today, 09:44 AM
    Guy I share the building with has an FF. Its a fast car, and is probably one of my favorite Ferrari's out there. I LOVE the interior. ITS A BIG CAR- don't fool yourself! I think its WAY too quiet though. Needs some Tubi exhaust or something. The 4wd turns off around 90mph IIRC. put one person in each car and make sure they both are stock, and I bet the game would change. ESPECIALLY from a dig. that FF plain MOVES off the line.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 04:31 AM
    Now we're talking! The main problem BimmerBoost has with the i8 is that BMW went overboard in the efficiency department for a two-seat sports car (technically 2+2 but try to sit in the back) that costs over $130k. The i8 performs well and makes efficient use of its 357 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. That is decent power but it just not cut it in the golden age of horsepower. Especially considering the ~3400 pound carbon tub i8 chassis is simply begging for more. Who is buying cars approaching $150k with options to save a few MPG anyway? The i8 potentially is capable of so much more. Its 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbo engine only produces 231 horsepower. Good for a 1.5 liter motor of course but imagine if BMW used their S55B30 inline-6 engine from the M3/M4 instead? Automobile reports that may be a possibility. The other possibility is a 320 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder and considering that BMW does not have one of these sitting around the M division would have to develop one likely starting with the N20 engine as a base. Ok, fine, even a 320 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder massaged by M is better than this 1.5 liter three-cylinder nonsense. The best bet and what BMW should do is the S55B30 3.0 liter inline-6 giving the car an underrated 554 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That is of course assuming no changes to the electric drivetrain. Really BMW should use a twin turbo S85 V10 for the gasoline motor but now we're dreaming and we'll be content with an i8 that finally has the performance to back up the looks. The four-cylinder although better than the three-cylinder just is not good enough for a proper M1 successor and a car to honor a hundred years of BMW. This is a one time one shot thing. Go big or go home. It's now or never. Ulrich Kranz who is the BMW i Senior Vice president is apparently pushing for this hotter i8 which will be called an i8S instead of an i8M. Keep in mind last year BMW stated i and M need to remain separate which is a steaming hot pile of you know what. Look, this M version of the i8 or higher performance i8 or whatever you want to call it has been reported off and on for years now. Automobile Magazine says it is coming but we have heard this before only for reports weeks later to state the opposite. Enough already. Someone at BMW confirm this thing and let BMW M go to town on the i8. In April of this year BimmerBoost made the case for a high performance i8. The conclusion is the same as before: It is time to build the Ultimate Driving Machine. It is now or never. Either you produce an enthusiast car or just admit you no longer build 'only one thing.' Build the i8 M or M1 as you have put your hardcore and loyal fans through enough and yet we are still here. If you do not, we won't be for much longer. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 02:21 AM
    Well, this sure is a fun swap! Simply rip out the VR6 engine up front and stuff a 5.2 liter V10 in the back and give it a pair of a turbos to boost output to over 1500 horses. That is what Asgard Performance in Germany did with this Golf and that certainly is one way to increase the output of a MKIV R32. Now, you can clearly see the V10 in the back and that they actually did put the motor back there. They are claiming 1500+ horsepower and a curb weight of 1984 pounds. That curb weight is very hard to believe as is the 1.32 pounds per horse ratio. We all know the V10 can make over 1500 horsepower with a big pair of turbos so no reason to doubt the power potential aspect. This is definitely one of the coolest VW swaps we have seen and the video of a rev is nice and all but how about some substance? How about a video of the car running or a dyno? There are a lot of questions marks here but the concept is definitely cool. This is a new shop and they seem to be promoting this big time asking for people to contact them. VWBoost would like to see what this car can actually do and some concrete support for their very bold claims.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 01:32 AM
    This is definitely not a TT you would call cute. Audi is offering its customers a potentially affordable way to get into a spec racing series. Affordable naturally when put into context against other single make factory sponsored series such as the Ferrari 458 Challenge program or the Porsche Carrera Cup program. The Audi Sport TT Cup will begin next year in 2015. It will be held as part of the DTM season meaning owners will compete in an environment as serious as its gets. Yes, this will only be available for Europeans (or people who love to travel to Europe frequently) for the time being. So what about the car itself? It features a dry weight of 2480 pounds so with fluids closer to 2600. With 310 horsepower from the 2.0 TFSI motor and front wheel drive it will definitely move well and it also features an innovative push to pass overboost feature. Audi allows the engine to be briefly boosted by 30 horsepower although the amount of time and frequency of use allowed is not specified. There will be two races featuring a 24 car field at each DTM race event with 18 permanent seats. You can let a guest drive your car if you want to which means I better make friends with someone who buys one of these and quickly. Audi's own professional drivers and staff will be on hand to assist and the winner of the cup will be invited to participate in the Audi R8 GT3 program. Awesome? Hell yes it is. AUDI TO LAUNCH RACING SERIES FOR THE NEW TT - Audi Sport TT Cup from 2015 in DTM environment - Attractive race car for beginners and drivers switching from other series - Prof. Dr. Hackenberg: "The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers" Ingolstadt, October 2014 – With a dedicated racing series for the Audi TT* the brand with the four rings will be offering a new opportunity to enter the company's successful motorsport world. The Audi Sport TT Cup will be held as part of the DTM starting in the 2015 season. This means that, following the successful introduction of the Audi R8 LMS Cup in Asia, Audi is launching another one-make cup in Germany next year. The racing version of the new Audi TT with a weight of only 1,125 kilograms delivers 228 kW (310 hp). By means of a so-called push-to-pass function the output of the two-litre TFSI engine can be briefly boosted by 22 kW (30 hp). "The Audi TT is an icon and continues to epitomise powerful sportiness and emotional design in what is now its third generation," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of Audi's Board of Management for Technical Development. "For me it was clear that a driving machine like the new Audi TT belongs on the race track as well. With the Audi Sport TT Cup we have found an exciting approach. The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers." In the 2015 season, at each of six DTM events in Germany and neighbouring countries, two races of the Audi Sport TT Cup are planned. quattro GmbH will centrally prepare and field the 24 cars. Six cockpits will be reserved for changing guest drivers, while interested drivers can apply worldwide for the other 18 places on the grid at www.audi-motorsport.com effective immediately. The multi-stage selection process will take place in close cooperation with the Audi driving experience. Markus Winkelhock will be on hand to coach the participants of the Audi Sport TT Cup as an experienced professional race driver. The former Audi DTM driver and winner of this year's 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and at Spa has already tested the TT cup. His impression: "The Audi TT cup is a genuine race car, ideal for rookies, yet challenging to drive. You immediately feel that you're sitting in an Audi and recognise the close kinship with the brand's other race cars." The extremely light body of the third TT generation with its intelligent material mix of steel and aluminum provides an ideal base for a race car. The four-cylinder TFSI and the six-speed S tronic were adopted from the production model nearly unchanged. An active differential that is electronically variable from the cockpit ensures optimal traction at the front axle. "With the TT cup we offer an attractive race car for beginners and drivers who switch from other racing series," says Heinz Hollerweger, Managing Director of quattro GmbH. "It goes without saying that for Audi safety is of paramount importance. We're using features from the Audi R8 LMS ultra, such as the Audi PS1 Safety Seat." The winner of the new Audi Sport TT Cup can look forward to receiving support in Audi's successful GT3 sports car program. A subsequent promotion to the DTM or the WEC with Audi is another dream of many young race drivers. "Audi fully concentrated on top-flight racing for a long time," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "The Audi R8 LMS in 2008 was the first race car we specifically developed for use by customer teams. With the Audi Sport TT Cup, quattro GmbH now also offers the opportunity to enter racing with Audi."
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:06 AM
    Canned tunes evolve too but the point is ultimately that if you're comparing custom dyno tunes to 'canned' or 'box' tunes as you are calling them of course the custom dyno tune is going to be better as it is like a custom tailored suit. Especially if the tuner is skilled.
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  • RNS-11Z's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:06 PM
    By box tune I meant canned flash tune, one size fits all. My case could be that my initial tuner who did the custom tune was not so affluent with C63's at the time or purely didnt know how to tune well. But since changing to an Autowerks tune I have improved by 4 tenths, gone from a 11.9 to a 11.5. Like I said though, if I was running race gas I do believe a custom would yield better results.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    By box tune do you mean canned flash tune that is one size fits all or a piggyback tune? These are different things.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    1971 horsepower at all four wheels is just absurd. That is where the ETS Nissan GTR is at right now although they showed more power than anticipated. This is a result of the Super 99 kit (turbocharger specs are undisclosed at this time) that ETS intends to use to take back the Nissan GTR 1/4 mile world record. As the full specs are not given we will state what we know. The car is running E98 ethanol. This kit with the turbos it is running is capable of 40-45+ psi of boost but this 1971 wheel horsepower run was on an 'accidental' 52 psi of boost due a mistake connecting the four port boost solenoid. ETS is going to inspect the 4.1 liter built VR38DETT motor and see how things are holding up but 2000+ wheel horsepower GTR's are definitely within reach and to be expected.
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