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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-19-2015, 11:18 AM
    Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani is a member of the ruling family of Qatar. This means he has plenty of Qatar's oil and gas money controlled by his family to spend on toys like a LaFerrari along with a 991 GT3 among others. He also apparently thinks this money means he can do whatever he wants. The LaFerrari and GT3 were captured speeding through the streets of Beverly Hills. Having fast cars is fine. Recklessly speeding through residential neighborhoods at triple digits is something else entirely. You can take a look at the video below to get an idea of what was going on. Neighbors filed complaints with the Police and Hamad Al Thani is stated to have told a reporter that he has diplomatic immunity. This is false, he does not. He also told that same reporter he could kill him if he wanted to and get away with it following that statement up with, 'Fuck America.' As the Police presence and investigation ratcheted it up the LaFerrari as well as Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani himself disappeared apparently leaving the country. He likely learned he is not immune to American laws so he ran away to escape any potential punishment. It is also interesting to note the LaFerrari appears to overheat with smoke billowing out after the joy ride through the neighborhood. Not a good sign for the LaFerrari if some rich asshole (that is their demographic after all) can break the car with just a high speed residential joyride. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-02-2015, 09:11 PM
    Incredible numbers here from Renntech. Say hello to a new M177 world record (M178 as well) with 699.4 to the rear wheels. Just shy of breaking 700 but let's just round up for the momentous occasion. What is important to note is this was achieved on the stock M177 W205 C63 engine. It also was achieved on the stock transmission. Renntech is limiting boost from the upgraded turbos to preserve the stock motor and trans. Yes, upgrades in this area are in the works and Renntech plans a built motor stage after this going for 800+ whp. Who knows what they will reach. For now the record stands at 699.4 to the wheels. This is also over 800 horsepower at the crank. It is achieved with a modified air intake system, catless downpipes, upgraded intercoolers, Stage 2+ turbos, Renntech ECU tuning, and Renntech TCU tuning. Looking at the graph overlay between the R800 and stock there is not any increased lag but a whole lot more punch and area through the curve from 2700 rpm until redline. The power also holds well from 6000 rpm until the rev limit without a major dropoff. The test car was refitted for the overlay dyno with 200 cell cats and boost was slightly lowered as they are trying to reflect a safe and reliable package for the street. Those who want more will of course have the option of going catless and upping boost if they feel the need to push thing on the stock components. Renntech will also offer a more mild turbo upgrade as well at a lower cost which will be more of a Stage I package. Incredible stuff here already from the new C63 and the M177 motor. Congratulations to Renntech!
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  • triggz's Avatar
    09-14-2015, 01:19 PM
    E92 M3: ESS 650 Kit Catless Exhaust GTS Tune 3rd setting 94 Oct F80 M3: Eurocharged tune Catless downpipes Race gas
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2015, 05:45 PM
    Taking a break from our usual seriousness let's start the week off with some cringeworthy automotive humor. It is difficult to even know what to say to this one other than it makes you want to place your head in your palm. On the bright side she looks very good in that dress and no man is interested in her oil changing skills. Maybe in how well she handles a dipstick. You come up with a better pun. <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="/niesamowitefilmiki/videos/vb.530456393661052/1043530882353598/?type=1"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite=""><a href="">Kochanie, dolejesz oleju?</a><p>Kochanie, dolejesz oleju?</p>Posted by <a href="">Niesamowite i zwariowane filmiki</a> on Friday, September 11, 2015</blockquote></div></div>
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-30-2015, 12:29 AM
    The heads continue to roll at VW with R&D chiefs at Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche joining the recently deposed CEO. Their names respectively are Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Ulrich Hackenberg, and Wolfgang Hatz. They all formerly served at Volkswagen and all are big names who are being forced out over the Volkswagen diesel scandal. More details continue to emerge as to why Volkswagen did what it did by using an ECU 'cheat code' so to speak to beat US emissions tests. The reason is that it would have cost Volkswagen $335 per vehicle to refit the cars with an AdBlue Urea injection system to clean their emissions. Volkswagen chose the software approach to save money instead. That is what brings Bosch into the picture as Bosch supplies the engine management systems that Volkswagen used to skirt the tests. Bosch of course claims they only supplied these systems that could be programmed to beat the EPA for testing purposes. They also claim they warned Volkswagen not to use software that could beat tests. Nobody at Bosch knew what software Volkswagen was using for years? Sounds like Bosch is already in protect their own behinds mode as they supplied the software VW needed to beat the tests. Cost cutting is the cause of this whole mess. $335 times roughly 500,000 affected US cars is $167,000,000. That is not chump change but it sure beats losing billions upon billions. There will be those who point out this software is in 12+ million cars worldwide but again not all countries have the same emissions standards so not all cars would require the AdBlue Urea system. Even if they did we are talking about roughly three billion dollars. Still six times less than what was wiped out from VW's stock in one day. Greed is certainly to blame here. Now what about the other German brands? Audi uses many of the same motors with the same software so they are pretty much screwed too but we all already knew that when Volkswagen itself was caught. Now we see how Mercedes, BMW, and suppliers such as Bosch make it out of this. German magazine Autobild says the BMW X3 xDrive 20d emits more than the legal amount of pollutants in Germany. Autobild's own test is not the same as a test by a government agency and BMW quickly denied Autobild's report. BMW's stock price still took a 10% hit based on the report. There is currently no proof BMW did anything wrong but BMW's stock continues to tumble. You can see how Volkswagen has the entire German automotive industry in turmoil right now. It does not end here. BMW diesels will be scrutinized by government agencies worldwide as will Mercedes. The extent of the role Bosch played has yet to be determined. Volkswagen also needs to make the cars compliant so whether they wanted a hardware solution or not they will now have to shell out for it at a much greater cost. This is nowhere near over.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-23-2015, 11:01 PM
    The mounting pressure became too much to bear and somebody had to take the fall. Volkswagen's CEO Martin Winterkorn has officially stepped down. This is a quick turn on his recent apology and reports that he would not resign but needed to get all the facts before proceeding. Well, the fact is, Volkwagen is in major trouble and the trouble is so large it is affecting the other German brands. Winterkorn states he is stunned and wonders how this type of misconduct could take place at Volkswagen. Well, it usually starts at the top when it is on this large of a scale and if Winterkorn was isolated from this and not to blame he would not have stepped down this fast. Especially considering he seemed a bit defiant to the idea to begin with. Don't cry for him, he will get a golden parachute among the millions and millions he already has. In case you are wondering what is going on and why this is such a big deal Volkswagen got caught using software capable of detecting when the EPA and CARB would test their diesels and the vehicles would adjust emissions output to meet federal guidelines. On the road they would pollute up to 40 times more than the legal amount. That is a pretty big gap. Volkswagen's stock already took a major tumble and continues its slide. The loss is so large and the potential fine so big that it has even affected BMW and Mercedes stock as the two brands also took a hit. BMW is down about 5.5% and Mercedes around 6.5% but as this is a fluid situation these numbers will change daily. Porsche and Audi of course are affected as their parent company is losing billions upon billions with no end in sight. In the US roughly 500,000 cars are affected from 2009-2015. In theory this could result in a fine of up to $18 billion if it were done a per car basis as the EPA states it could do. These types of fines are often negotiated down so it is unlikely we will see a fine anywhere near that amount. The fact is VW has already lost that much money and more in its stock tumble alone not to count the legal fees they are about to incur. On top of that Volkswagen will compensate US dealers who have been ordered to stop selling diesels. Who knows what the final tab will be. Now this is where things get interesting as the EPA no doubt will check BMW and Mercedes to make sure they are compliant. These brands have taken a hit simply because a big hit may be coming. Is VW alone in emissions cheating? Let's assume for a moment BMW and Mercedes are found to have also been cheating diesel emissions standards. Billions upon billions will be wiped out from the German automotive industry and future US diesel sales from the Germans will be in jeopardy. They may leave the US diesel market entirely. This is of course a worst case scenario but you can sort of start to understand why the US does not get the high performance European diesel models as just making the economy models compliant is tough enough. Apparently tough enough that some makes decided to cheat the standards. Volkswagen is setting aside $7.3 billion to contain this mess. We wonder if there should also be some blame on the EPA for not catching this loophole years ago. Whoever devised a test that could be beaten with software should of course take some responsibility. Technically, VW did pass the tests. Volkswagen is hiring the legal firm that defended BP. Yes, British Petroleum, during its oil spill crisis. We do not consider this on the level of a disaster decimating millions of fish, birds, other wildlife, shipping, fishing, water supply, etc., that will take decades to recover from if the area ever does fully recover but VW is clearly gearing up for a giant fight of unprecedented scale. Other countries are beginning to investigate Volkswagen as well so even if the US fallout is contained there may be many other countries levying fines should Volkswagen be found in violation of their emissions standards. Is this bad? Yes, it's a nightmare for the Germans. Is it as bad as other major automotive scandals? We do not think so. GM is still in business after the ignition switch recall and that cost dozens and dozens of lives. Fining the world's largest automaker to the point they will no longer be able to conduct business is likely not a good idea for the future of the automotive world or for the future of automotive business in Germany. We will see what happens but this has the potential to get very ugly for a very large amount of people worldwide. The CEO will not be the only person losing their job over this. #dieselgate Statement from the Executive Committee of Volkswagen AG's Supervisory Board In a meeting on Wednesday, September 23, the Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG discussed in detail the manipulation of emissions data of Volkswagen Group diesel engines and came to the following conclusions: 1. The Executive Committee takes this matter extremely seriously. The Executive Committee recognizes not only the economic damage caused, but also the loss of trust among many customers worldwide. 2. The Executive Committee agrees that these incidents need to be clarified with great conviction and that mistakes are corrected. At the same time, the Executive Committee is adamant that it will take the necessary decisive steps to ensure a credible new beginning. 3. The Executive Committee has great respect for Chairman Professor Dr. Winterkorn's offer to resign his position and to ask that his employment agreement be terminated. The Executive Committee notes that Professor Dr. Winterkorn had no knowledge of the manipulation of emissions data. The Executive Committee has tremendous respect for his willingness to nevertheless assume responsibility and, in so doing, to send a strong signal both internally and externally. Dr. Winterkorn has made invaluable contributions to Volkswagen. The company's rise to global company is inextricably linked to his name. The Executive Committee thanks Dr. Winterkorn for towering contributions in the past decades and for his willingness to take responsibility in this critical phase for the company. This attitude is illustrious. 4. Recommendations for new personnel will be presented at the upcoming meeting of the Supervisory Board this Friday. 5. The Executive Committee is expecting further personnel consequences in the next days. The internal Group investigations are continuing at a high tempo. All participants in these proceedings that has resulted in unmeasurable harm for Volkswagen, will be subject to the full consequences. 6. The Executive Committee have decided that the company will voluntarily submit a complaint to the State Prosecutors' office in Brunswick. In the view of the Executive Committee criminal proceedings may be relevant due to the irregularities. The investigations of the State Prosecutor will be supported in all form from the side of Volkswagen. 7. The Executive Committee proposes that the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG create a special committee, under whose leadership further clarifying steps will follow, including the preparation of the necessary consequences. In this regard, the Special Committee would make use of external advice. Further details about this will be decided at the Supervisory Board meeting on Friday. 8. The Executive Committee is aware that coming to terms with the crisis of trust will be a long term task that requires a high degree of consistency and thoroughness. 9. The Executive Committee will work on these tasks together with the employees and the Management Board. Volkswagen is a magnificent company that depends on the efforts of hundreds of thousands of people. We consider it our task that this company regains the trust of our customers in every respect. In a statement, Winterkorn said: "I am shocked by the events of the past few days. Above all, I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group. As CEO I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the Supervisory Board to agree on terminating my function as CEO of the Volkswagen Group. I am doing this in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrongdoing on my part. Volkswagen needs a fresh start - also in terms of personnel. I am clearing the way for this fresh start with my resignation. I have always been driven by my desire to serve this company, especially our customers and employees. Volkswagen has been, is and will always be my life. The process of clarification and transparency must continue. This is the only way to win back trust. I am convinced that the Volkswagen Group and its team will overcome this grave crisis."
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