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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-28-2017, 04:11 AM
    CARB (California Air Resources Board) is doing its darndest to ruin performance cars for everyone. What is the problem? CARB is adopting standards for 2025 that automakers believe are far too strict. Why is this a problem? First of all, automakers already stated they simply can not meet the previously proposed standards. Secondly, the rest of the states in the union would be forced to acknowledge CARB's decision. That means even if you do not live in California CARB would still be able to push your state around. Imagine for a moment a new car coming out with a lot of horsepower that is very efficient and meets EPA standards but does not meet CARB standards. Effectively, there would be two sets of emission standards in the USA but the CARB standards could force that automaker to abandon selling the car in the United States or even worse not bother producing it. Want to know what is truly troubling? Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia all decided to agree to CARB's standards. That means many of you are not exempt from California's eco-nazis even if you do not live in California. CARB gets away with setting federal standards as it pre-dates the EPA and a waiver under the Federal Clean Air Act means their emission standards must be recognized by other states. What will happen? Who knows. The Trump administration froze EPA grants to CARB hitting them where it hurts. The Trump administration also cut funding to the EPA. The Obama administration on their way out rushed approval of new EPA standards that align with CARB prior to Trump taking office. CARB blames the automakers: The White House believes California is going too far: As you can see, this is all pretty messy and will involve a lot of lawyers on taxpayer dime to sort out. The best case scenario is that CARB's waiver is revoked effectively neutralizing their power. The worst case scenario is two standards floating around which carmakers simply decide not to even bother with and stop producing performance cars altogether for the US market. Thanks a lot California.
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    04-07-2017, 11:13 PM
    Here it is, the Weistec W.4 AMG M157 5.5 liter V8 turbocharger upgrade package. BenzBoost showed teasers previously of the turbo hardware and a preliminary dynograph. Well, the production kit shows 856 horsepower and 759 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. That is at all four wheels on a 2016 W212 E63 AMG S. Additionally, with 91 octane pump fuel at 20 psi with supplemental methanol injection. The car also has the Weistec 722.9 Bulletproof transmission upgrade: That is a ton of power and torque and keep in mind this is not with the turbochargers turned up as this M157 is stock internally. There will be a W.5 package with forged internals which of course have been available from Weistec since last year. What will this turbo upgrade do with a built M157 and the turbos cranked up? Well, we will soon find out but expecting 1000+ is within reason. As for performance the W.4 was measured at 60-130 in 6.153 seconds: We will have to wait and see on the 1/4 mile times. Overall, Weistec has done a ton of testing on the W.4 upgrade and you can rest assured that it delivers as advertised: http://weistec.com/m157-w-4-package.html M157 W.4 Package The M157 W.4 package is the package for customers seeking the pinnacle of performance and refinement. At the core of the M157 W.4 Package is the M157 W.4 Turbo Upgrade. Taking a giant leap ahead of all other available upgrades, the M157 W.4 Turbochargers completely replace the factory units. They are ball bearing, featuring CNC machined billet aluminum compressor wheels capable of flowing 65lb/min. To feed these monster turbochargers, completely new airboxes and intake tubes are included. The Weistec Turbo-Folds provide significantly increased flow of exhaust gasses compared to the stock turbo-fold. The Weistec M157 True Downpipes perfectly mate up to the M157 W.4 Turbochargers to ensure minimal restriction once the exhaust gasses have gone through the turbine. An Engineered Solution The W.4 Turbochargers are the most capable production turbochargers available for the M157 engine. The W.4 Turbocharger Package which includes our M157 ASV/Water-Methanol Injection System is capable of producing 1000+ crank horsepower (820~850HP at the wheels on a Dynojet Dyno) on 91 octane pump gas. What’s equally impressive is that these numbers are achieved at only 20psi, and 20 psi is only the beginning. The goal of the W.4 Turbocharger Package was to have a complete package that provides amazing gains in power and performance, but does not require race gas, or an iced down intercooler system. Something that can be daily driven, filled up at any gas station, and is within power capacity of the factory engine internals. Control = Reliability While the M157 engine is a very robust engine in factory form, we have seen a couple weak leaks at extreme power levels. The most common is a bent connecting rod. If the engine is producing a sustained 1000 lb-ft of torque (820-850 lb-ft at the wheels) or more, all it takes is one knock event to bend a rod. This was taken into consideration with the ECU tuning for the W.4 Power Package as they can make far more power and torque than a stock M157 engine can handle. Boost is controlled and tapered up to the peak of 20psi as RPM’s increase. This creates a broad torque curve that remains under 800 lb-ft (at the wheels) while allowing power to continually increase towards redline, minimizing stress on the rods as well as the rest of the drivetrain. With a fully built M157 and other supporting upgrades, expect to see significantly higher power numbers as the Turbochargers can flow enough air volume for 1400+ crank horsepower! Key Features: Ball Bearing Turbochargers Removed Restriction of Stock Turbo-Folds Weistec M157 Airboxes with Turbo Intake Tubes Greatly Increased HP and Torque Improved Throttle Response Eliminated Top Speed Limiter Optimized Fuel, Spark and Boost CNC Billet Aluminum Compressor Wheel Upgrade 65lb/min Compressor Flow Improved Airflow Aggressive Exhaust Note Free Flowing Exhaust 1000+HP Capable
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    04-12-2017, 10:39 PM
    "Ask any racer. Any real racer. It don't matter if you win by an inch or a mile. Winning's winning." Everyone remembers that quote from the first Fast and the Furious movie. You know, the movie that was about street racing and the scene that surrounded it? Well, something happened to the franchise. It shifted focus from car racing to action scenes. This was good for the box office but there is little remaining for car enthusiasts. The reason the Fast and the Furious originally appealed is that chase scenes, races, and awesome cars were the focus. The vehicle action scenes almost seem forced in the later movies. Bloomberg posted an excellent piece detailing how things changes. Let's just take a look at a few of their data points: You can read the full (and very well done) article here: https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2017-fast-and-furious/ At least there is room for a new movie or even franchise that is more centered around cars as the Fast and the Furious moved toward big budget action scenes and Hollywood starpower.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-14-2017, 04:10 PM
    This is glorious and well deserved. Remember when Pure Turbos released their excellent M177 turbo upgrade for the W205 C63 platform and an idiot by the name of @1fastc63s started running his mouth about how the dyno numbers are fake, Dime's turbo upgrade is better, and proceeded to challenge everyone on Instagram to race in order to prove it? Well, he got his wish. Oh boy did he get his wish. Let's start with a DME Tuning tuned C218 CLS63 M157 with two passengers pulling the Dime turbo upgraded W205 C63 S M177: Well, that did not work out as planned, did it? Now to truly highlight the insecurity and immaturity of this kid with the C63 S, here he is getting pulled by an F82 M4 on the factory S55 turbochargers and a DME Tuning ECU flash tune. The beatdown is so bad he tilts the camera down and refuses to provide the rest of the footage: He mad? He mad: Way to go winner!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-10-2017, 04:34 PM
    I'm just curious if the return on a Dyno by renting out time on it makes an actual business case? Part of me just dreams about having my own dyno in my own awesome garage with a lift and so forth. I'm not sure how quickly car and be put on or off the dyno but could probably pay itself off fairly quickly with enough cars getting runs. A Dynojet 424xLC2 unit runs about $60k. Here's a breakdown of the various units: MODEL 224X STANDARD FEATURES AND EQUIPMENT • Measures up to 1,500hp+ and 200mph • WinPep 7 Software and Hardware to interface (PC, printer, etc. not included) • Automatic Conditions Measurement (absolute pressure, air temp, humidity) • Ignition wire inductive tachometer pickup leads • Auto Tie Down Package (straps, ratchets and ground hooks) • Wheel Chocks • Air Actuated Brake System • Remote Software and Brake Control Pendant • Installation and operation manuals • One year replacement parts warranty • Toll-free technical support Model 224x $22,500.00 2006 Automotive Dynamometer Price List ADDLR - Page 2 All prices subject to change without notification. All prices in U.S. Dollars. Shipping not included. Model 224x Automotive Chassis Dynamometer D y n a m o m e t e r a n d D i a g n o s t i c T e s t E q u i p m e n t Item Detail Price Rotary Four-Post Lift Four-post lift used to raise and lower vehicle for use with an above-ground $4,000.00 (SM-123) installed dynamometer. Lift will also function independently from the dyno. Above-Ground Platform Kit Necessary when using the four-post lift. Consists of a $2,000.00 platform for the rear of the dyno with a lift interface kit Pit Covers Necessary when installing the dynamometer into a pit/in-ground installation. $800.00 Covers open areas exposing the dyno roller only Air/Fuel Ratio Monitor Measures real-time air/fuel ratio using high-flow pump w/ sample tube or bung $2,995.00 Eddy Current Load Control Includes the eddy current absorption unit, torque cell, and dynamic load control $15,000.00 software. Perform loaded tests, including step, sweep, and closed loop. (pit or above ground) Optical RPM Pickup Includes magnetic base, optical sensor and reflective $300.00 tape. Recommended when testing diesel engined vehicles Analog Module Expansion module allows datalogging (4) 0-5v channels $750.00 • 0-50psi Absolute Pressure Sensor $100.00 • 0-100psi Relative Pressure Sensor $100.00 Model 224x Automotive Chassis Dynamometer Optional Accessories 2006 Automotive Dynamometer Price List ADDLR - Page 3 All prices subject to change without notification. All prices in U.S. Dollars. Shipping not included. D y n a m o m e t e r a n d D i a g n o s t i c T e s t E q u i p m e n t MODEL 224XLC STANDARD FEATURES AND EQUIPMENT • Measures up to 1,500hp+ and 200mph • Eddy Current Load Absorption Unit, Torque Cell, and dynamic load control software. Perform loaded tests, including step, sweep, and closed loop • WinPep 7 Software and Hardware to interface (PC, printer, etc. not included) • Automatic Conditions Measurement (absolute pressure, air temp, humidity) • Ignition wire inductive tachometer pickup leads • Auto Tie Down Package (straps, ratchets and ground hooks) • Wheel Chocks • Air Actuated Brake System • Remote Software and Brake Control Pendant • Installation and operation manuals • One year replacement parts warranty • Toll-free technical support Model 224xLC $36,995.00 Model 224xLC Automotive Chassis Dynamometer Item Detail Price Rotary Four-Post Lift Four-post lift used to raise and lower vehicle for use with an above-ground $4,000.00 (SM-123) installed dynamometer. Lift will also function independently from the dyno. Above-Ground Platform Kit Necessary when using the four-post lift. Consists of a $2,000.00 platform for the rear of the dyno with a lift interface kit Pit Covers Necessary when installing the dynamometer into a pit/in-ground installation. $800.00 Covers open areas exposing the dyno roller only Air/Fuel Ratio Monitor Measures real-time air/fuel ratio using high-flow pump w/ sample tube or bung $2,995.00 Optical RPM Pickup Includes magnetic base, optical sensor and reflective $300.00 tape. Recommended when testing diesel engined vehicles Analog Module Expansion module allows datalogging (4) 0-5v channels $750.00 • 0-50psi Absolute Pressure Sensor $100.00 • 0-100psi Relative Pressure Sensor $100.00 Model 224xLC Automotive Chassis Dynamometer Optional Accessories Model 424x All-Wheel Drive Chassis Dynamometer MODEL 424X STANDARD FEATURES AND EQUIPMENT • Measures up to 1,500hp+ and 200mph • Tests vehicles in either two-wheel or all-wheel drive modes • Above-Ground or Pit installation accessories included • Consists of two Model 224x chassis dynamometers • WinPep 7 Software and Hardware to interface (PC, printer, etc. not included) • Automatic Conditions Measurement (absolute pressure, air temp, humidity) • Ignition wire inductive tachometer pickup leads • Auto Tie Down Package (straps, ratchets and ground hooks) • Wheel Chocks • Air Actuated Brake System • Remote Software and Brake Control Pendant • Installation and operation manuals • One year replacement parts warranty • Toll-free technical support Model 424x $60,000.00 2006 Automotive Dynamometer Price List ADDLR - Page 4 All prices subject to change without notification. All prices in U.S. Dollars. Shipping not included. Model 424x All-Wheel Drive Chassis Dynamometer D y n a m o m e t e r a n d D i a g n o s t i c T e s t E q u i p m e n t Optional Accessories Item Detail Price Air/Fuel Ratio Monitor Measures real-time air/fuel ratio using $2,995.00 high-flow pump w/ sample tube or bung Optical RPM Pickup Includes magnetic base, optical sensor and reflective $300.00 tape. Recommended when testing diesel engined vehicles Analog Module Expansion module allows datalogging (4) 0-5v channels $750.00 • 0-50psi Absolute Pressure Sensor $100.00 • 0-100psi Relative Pressure Sensor $100.00 Rotary Four-Post Lift Four-post lift used to raise and lower vehicle for use with an above-ground $4,000.00 (SM-123) installed dynamometer. Lift will also function independently from the dyno. Eddy Current Load Control Includes the eddy current absorption unit, torque cell, and dynamic load control $15,000.00 software. Perform loaded tests, including step, sweep, and closed loop. Available for front, rear or both. 2006 Automotive Dynamometer Price List ADDLR - Page 5 All prices subject to change without notification. All prices in U.S. Dollars. Shipping not included. D y n a m o m e t e r a n d D i a g n o s t i c T e s t E q u i p m e n t Item Detail Price Air/Fuel Ratio Monitor Measures real-time air/fuel ratio using high-flow pump w/ sample tube or bung $2,995.00 Optical RPM Pickup Includes magnetic base, optical sensor and reflective $300.00 tape. Recommended when testing diesel engined vehicles Analog Module Expansion module allows datalogging (4) 0-5v channels $750.00 • 0-50psi Absolute Pressure Sensor $100.00 • 0-100psi Relative Pressure Sensor $100.00 Rotary Four-Post Lift Four-post lift used to raise and lower vehicle for use with an above-ground $4,000.00 (SM-123) installed dynamometer. Lift will also function independently from the dyno. Model 424xLC2 All-Wheel Drive Chassis Dynamometer Optional Accessories MODEL 424XLC2 STANDARD FEATURES AND EQUIPMENT • Measures up to 1,500hp+ and 200mph • Tests vehicles in either two-wheel or all-wheel drive modes • Two Eddy Current Load Absorption Units, Torque Cell, and dynamic load control software. Perform loaded tests, including step, sweep, and closed loop • Above-Ground or Pit installation accessories included • Consists of two Model 224xlc chassis dynamometers • WinPep 7 Software and Hardware to interface (PC, printer, etc. not included) • Automatic Conditions Measurement (absolute pressure, air temp, humidity) • Ignition wire inductive tachometer pickup leads • Auto Tie Down Package (straps, ratchets and ground hooks) • Wheel Chocks • Air Actuated Brake System • Remote Software and Brake Control Pendant • Installation and operation manuals • One year replacement parts warranty • Toll-free technical support Model 424xLC2 $79,995.00 Model 424xLC2 All-Wheel Drive Chassis Dynamometer MODEL 248X STANDARD FEATURES AND EQUIPMENT • Measures up to 2,000hp+ and 200mph • WinPep 7 Software and Hardware to interface (PC, printer, etc. not included) • Automatic Conditions Measurement (absolute pressure, air temp, humidity) • Ignition wire inductive tachometer pickup leads • Auto Tie Down Package (straps, ratchets and ground hooks) • Wheel Chocks • Air Actuated Brake System • Remote Software and Brake Control Pendant • Installation and operation manuals • One year replacement parts warranty • Toll-free technical support Model 248x $32,500.00 2006 Automotive Dynamometer Price List ADDLR - Page 6 All prices subject to change without notification. All prices in U.S. Dollars. Shipping not included. Model 248x Automotive Chassis Dynamometer D y n a m o m e t e r a n d D i a g n o s t i c T e s t E q u i p m e n t Model 248x Automotive Chassis Dynamometer Optional Accessories Item Detail Price Rotary Four-Post Lift Four-post lift used to raise and lower vehicle for use with an above-ground $4,000.00 (SM-123) installed dynamometer. Lift will also function independently from the dyno. Above-Ground Platform Kit Necessary when using the four-post lift. Consists of $2,800.00 platforms, railings, side enclosures and lift interface kit Pit Covers Necessary when installing the dynamometer into a pit/in-ground installation. $900.00 Covers open areas exposing the dyno roller only Air/Fuel Ratio Monitor Measures real-time air/fuel ratio using $2,995.00 high-flow pump w/ sample tube or bung Dynotrac Load Control Air actuated system utilizing the friction brake system of the dynamometer $1,500.00 to perform load tests by close-looping on speed, rpm or percentage of load Optical RPM Pickup Includes magnetic base, optical sensor and reflective $300.00
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-05-2017, 01:20 PM
    Are they big enough though?
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    03-30-2017, 11:08 AM
    I'm exploring wheel options and I feel HRE is played out. Started looking at BC Forged and they have some very cool wheels and finishes. Anyone know more about them or tried out their wheels? Pricing is reasonable IMO.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    04-04-2017, 01:50 PM
    This S14 was fully drag prepped with slicks, and looked pretty fast, he was on it hard, not sure if this was just a shake down, he was limited by traction or gearing, but this is not even fair... One of the three 172 passes on the day...:naughty:
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    04-08-2017, 02:50 PM
    I knew it would happen sooner or later. Way too many Teslas in my area and I wanted to be modded before hitting a stoplight with one but no such luck. Fortunately, it was a Model X P90D. I blew by him and then hit a light and he pulled up next to me so we both knew it was on. I did a soft launch launch and he didn't get me off the line. With the way these things are hyped I figured I would have to run him down. Don't get me wrong, that big boat hung in there well until I was was deep into third and which point I probably had 5 cars or so on him and was continuing to pull. Yes, I know the Model X is slower. However, these things are hardly unbeatable. I'll definitely want a tune if I run into a Model X P100D and especially if I run into a sedan.
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    04-02-2017, 12:23 PM
    Well, at least that is what the guy would have you believe. Sorry for the poor photo but I was driving and it was hard to get a shot with my cell phone while keeping pace as he tried to pull away: M5 badge on a 535i or 540i. Traffic opens up and I easily blow by him without trying. We get a light and I roll down the window and tell him that he wishes that was a real M5. He laughs and nods then tells me he has an i8 and an M550i on order. Young guy with a fake M5 so I don't buy it but whatever. I give him the hit off the line and destroy him by bus lengths. Seeing the fake M5 just brought up something in me that I had to expose it. I might not have been in the M but I still feel the need to call people on this kind of BS.
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    04-11-2017, 03:07 PM
    Talk about some pretty impressive hardware! Evolve took their tuned F10 M5 to Vmax event which is essentially top end racing. Their ECU tuned F10 M5 did not shy away from some stout competition and it did incredibly well. C7 Audi RS6. The all wheel drive wagon gets the F10 M5 as it just goes WOT off the line but the M5 runs it down and passes easily. Just a much stronger top end pull: Next up is a tuned W205 C63 AMG S. The C63 just is outclassed: Now we get to the good stuff. How about a Pagani Huayra? The odds of ever seeing one are slim let alone getting a run with one. The Huayra features a 700 horsepower AMG M158 twin turbo V12. Yes, it can be tuned although this seems to be a stock example. It is blistering fast in stock form and only weighs 3064 pounds. The M5 and the Huayra are door to door but then the Pagani starts to edge at higher speeds. The BMW sedan really hangs in there well against an incredible exotic: Next up is a Lamborghini Huracan. It just does not have the top end pull to compete: Finally, a Porsche 991 Turbo S. The Porsche just rockets off the line and has a huge lead. The M5 has to run it down but begins to close the gap. It actually manages to catch up and pass. An event like this where the M5 can really stretch its legs is well suited to its strengths.
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