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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    01-25-2015, 11:47 AM
    Put the car on the dyno tonight, for a few runs with the new intakes on. The results were pretty much as expected, we can most likely get more power out of the car, but 640WHP on stage 2's (or RB's), very very doubtful. These results were had with no tuner on hand, Dzenno is Skiing, and made me 2 maps one with low timing and one with the high timing (the same timing we ran last time on the dyno), well due to a miscommunication on my part they were left for IJEOS(shop car), instead of I8AOS for the car these are on. So they were unusable meaning we had one back end flash, with timing set to 10-13.5 up top, which is 2 degrees less then we ran on the previous dyno session records. We also were having a very hard time getting boost smooth in the JB, Terry, and I worked at it for about 20-40 logs, and got it to this level of smoothness, for some reason the PID had to be dropped way down as very small PWM changes were making big swings in boost, even with PID this low boost would still do weird things. It would spool then quickly drop boost, then build it again, which is that little depression in TQ you see from 3500-4250 or so, after that boost would smooth out, and track pretty well to redline. On the previous dyno the Stage 2 record was achieved on 29psi peak to 17.5 psi at redline as that is all we could make. These numbers were achieved with 27 psi peak to 22 psi at redline. We couldn't go any higher as we were getting a LOT of corrections, and LPFP was going nuts, but we can easily hold 25+ psi to redline if we can get the other issues figured out, but BP and shaft speed with those little compressors is going to be up there, and not healthy. If we matched the previous boost in the midrange, and fixed the boost drop off then rebuild issue, the curves down low would basically be identical. As far as LPFP something is really going on there, I will investigate tomorrow, as its pretty scary. With this against us, we still managed to make 576WHP/615WTQ with all these issues, once Dzenno gets back, and we can have a tuner on hand as we dyno, as well as get the LPFP, and boost figured out, the graph will smooth way out, and we have no doubt should achieve 600WHP with a few more psi, and less timing corrections. Either way, the intakes do exactly advertised, offer you much more flow to redline, and a much more flat power curve where it counts in the high end of the rev band. I threw a graph in there against 2+ as well, there really is no comparison, 2+ leaves the 15T's in the dust on about the same boost midrange and 2 psi more up top. All, and all we are happy, and these delivered as expected, once we get tuning sorted, we should have nice clean graph, and right around 600/600. Not bad for a set of Stage 2's...:naughty: Break down: VTT Stage 2's Billet 15T's VTT Silicone intakes VTT Silicone Charge pipe VTT Double Barrel HPFP upgrade Fuel-it Stage 2 LPFP with 450 inline Cobb AP with PTF custom back end flash JB4 100% E85 All runs done in 4th gear Stage 2 Silicone Vs Stage 2 Stock intake Stage 2 Silicone Vs Stage 2+ Data Zap Log http://www.datazap.me/u/vargasturbotech/stage-2-silicone-intake-dyno-run-476?log=0&data=1-3-4-8-10-11-17-25-26-27-28-29 Jb Log
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  • fieldysnuts8's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 04:04 PM
    So I'm in the pretty early stages but I am considering buying a new (used) car. I bought my current car (2011 Camaro 2SS/RS/manual) when I graduated law school and I was 25 at the time. I'm now 30 and I have a 2 year old. So I think its time for something a little more mature, classy, and practical but I don't want to give up having a relatively fast, relatively sporty car. My price range is around $36k. I do my own basic maintenance (oil, tranny/diff fluid, brake pads, spark plugs) and basic bolt on type work (air intake, headers) but on cars that are pretty easy to work on (Trucks, F-body's, my current car). Below are my requirements outside of price and some general thoughts on how I will use the car: 4 doors and a decent backseat (for car seat) and trunk (golf bags, stroller). It can't be slower than my current car (0-60 in around 4.6, low 13's 1/4). I will not modify the car so it must be at least that fast stock. It must be fun to drive. For example: A Charger Hellcat would not be appropriate because although it is fast, its not fun to drive. I want a car that feels a little special. USE: primarily a daily driver but I may occasionally take it to a track. That said, I'm not one of these guys who is obsessed with shaving 100ths of a second off my lap time. I just want to have fun and have a car that I can push without killing it or myself. If tracked, I would probably not take it past 7.5/10ths of its potential. It must be somewhat classy but not super flashy. I want a car that is nice to be in and I would be proud to walk up to and get in on a daily basis. Ideally it would be a car that a normal person wouldn't think twice about but someone like us (abnormal people) would look at and be like "nice." The car is for me to enjoy driving, not to attract attention. It must be reliable and reasonable to fix or have fixed when something does break. It must also be reasonable to maintain. I understand that most "nice" cars will be more expensive to maintain than my Camaro but it has to be within reason. RWD is preferred but I'd be willing to do AWD if the AWD is fun and tossable. Manual is preferred but I would do flappy paddle if it is a great box, a good deal, and not unreliable. Right now my two front runners are a 09-14 CTS-V and an E90 M3. My concern with the Caddy is that although its fast, I worry that its heavy and not that fun to drive. My concern with the M3 is reliability and maintenance. Any feedback or tips on my front runners is welcome as is advice on other options (supported with reasoning).
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 02:19 PM
    Most people will not remember that AMS Performance announced a couple years ago they would be doing a turbo upgrade package for the F10 M5 S63TU engine. This created a big stir in the BMW Performance scene at the time as enthusiasts knew the incredible performance results AMS had achieved with the Nissan GTR. We all know AMS was more than capable of upgrading the turbo hardware at the time but the issue was not the hardware. It was the tuning for the hardware. That is where ESS-Tuning was supposed to come in and provide their tuning 'expertise' with this turbo upgrade. Well, you may have noticed that AMS did not release any S63TU turbo upgrade since this announcement and that ESS-Tuning did not complete any tuning for any aftermarket S63TU turbo upgrade packages. They are not the only ones by the way. Dinan also has yet to come through on F10 M5 / F13 M6 turbocharger upgrades and built S63TU motor promises. So why the big claims and big announcements when both Dinan and ESS-Tuning knew they did not have the capability to tune them at the time? In the case of ESS-Tuning it was likely just a cheap publicity grab designed to get them exposure and fuel their fanboys. In retrospect, it looks downright deceitful and is pretty embarrassing considering they had nothing to back up their claims with the F-Series ECU's just recently being cracked. AMS has their own S63TU tuning solution and will be providing their own tuning for their Alpha 9 S63TU turbo upgrade package. Will anyone even bother to hold ESS-Tuning accountable for tuning claims they could not deliver on? At least one BMW website does not have a short term memory and certainly will. Here is to the future turbo upgrades and quality S63TU tuning options.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-24-2015, 08:32 AM
    This is not surprising as BimmerBoost last year reported that all wheel drive coming to the M5 is an inevitability. What is surprising is just how quickly things are moving in that direction as BMW is already testing an xDrive all wheel drive equipped F10 M5. This all wheel drive M5 was spotted in Sweden which during the winter as you can see is a pretty good place to test traction. Apparently the front wheels did a slight burnout prompting a photographer to go underneath and see the front driveshaft confirming all wheel drive. All wheel drive is coming because these cars have become so heavy and utilize so much low end torque. The M5 is more about muscle than ever in its history and really is becoming a dragster. Well, the traditional rear wheel drive layout is making traction a problem and considering most owners just want to go fast in a straight line instead of hustle around the track (the old AMG recipe) traction off the line is the point of emphasis. Especially considering that the next generation M5 will likely get a tweaked F10 M5 S63TU 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 with horsepower bumped to the ~630 range. It is unlikely that BMW will release an all wheel drive F10 M5 (although they clearly could) and more likely that this is a test mule for the next generation M5 powertrain which will be very similar to the F10 M5 powertrain. Expect more weight on the nose, more understeer, and for traditional BMW handling characteristics and balance to take a back seat toward straightline performance. It was nice knowing you M.
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  • Group.america's Avatar
    01-26-2015, 04:07 PM
    Juno started this morning and I already have 2" of snow on my way to maybe 36" in the next 24 hours. Thought I would clear off the drive... within 2 minutes the 45 mph winds blew the snow right back into my driveway.. anyway I am bored so will post some pics as we go along Audi A3 Quattro FTW
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-24-2015, 11:41 AM
    Very nice numbers here from a GIAC tuned Porsche 991 Turbo S. The vehicle is running the GIAC Stage II race gas tune which is an ECU flashed tune. In addition to the tune plus race gas this 991 Turbo S has the Tubi catless race exhaust and the IPD intake plenum. The owner used launch control on the runs and as you can see the car was incredibly consistent. 132 mile per hour traps each time and the 60 foot ranges by less than 1/100 of a second. That is some serious consistency not to mention the launch control system is highly efficient hitting 1.4X. The tires used are Dunlop Sport Maxx Race which is a street tire but basically an R compound. So what else is needed for this car to be the first US 9 second 991 Turbo? Good question. It is somewhat perplexing why US 991 Turbos can not break out of the 10's yet we are seeing many record breaking results on the same dragstrip in the Middle East.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:53 PM
    LT Motorwerks is a relatively new shop that mostly does work with body kits. They tend to be on the show over go side. As do their customers one of which had LT Motorwerks do the work you will see below on this Porsche 997 GT3. The pictures pretty much tell the story. The owner was a user who goes by the name 'Creaminz' on the forums. In the opinion of this website he is the epitome of (poor) style over substance. He sold this 997 GT3 to a fellow on the forums who did not know what he was getting himself into. He clearly just wanted the money and to move on and that is what happened. Some BMW readers may know of a 3-Series this same Creaminz fellow built which was simply riced out junk in a similar manner to this 997 GT3. He also attempted to sell that car for an inflated price through the forums and we do not know what happened with it and we do not care as it was tasteless. The reason this is being brought to your attention is so you can avoid a situation like this and to remember how cars and shop work are portrayed on forums is not how it always is in reality: Hi everyone, I am a new GT3 owner and new to the forum. Recently purchased a 2007 Porsche GT3 that was a previous forum member Creaminz. This is my first Porsche. I have a small shop in Northern Virginia and was looking for a new shop car. I'm not a fan of the color and several other things so will be changing a lot of things. After actually getting the car in my hands and putting it on a lift I will be changing much more than I originally planned. So now I have made a long long list of parts that will be getting changed. Along with a complete disassemble of the car. I took a lot of pics of the car in its current (delivered) condition and will document the rebuild. I was honestly shocked by many things I found. Here was the car at SEMA And here it is on my lift the other day when I was looking it over and making the list of things needed. I took about 50 pics when it was on the lift documenting a bunch of things that where wrong or just subpar. I messaged the previous owner and his response was that, "the car was fine when I had it" and nothing else. So I have no choice but to make this car right. I will try to post up pics as I have them. Here is just a brief list of some things that will be going on: Custom set of wheels being made now JRZ coilovers Full GMG suspension upgrades (with a proper alignment and corner balance) Custom dyno tune Replacing several other stock suspension parts that have paint over spray on them. The paint job looks like a Maaco paint job currently. Either powdercoating the calipers or going with a new set of StopTechs for front and rear. The calipers are currently 3 colors because they where sprayed on the front and the back are still yellow. They are very ugly. Install proper bracing throughout the car and get rid of the tons of self taping screws and zipties. Full repaint and body work. All of the new panels on the car have waves all in it. So we are going to completely break the car down so that everything is painted. The roll bar is going to be removed and repainted. Going to slightly modify the roll bar so the new harness has a better place to mount. Some carbon fiber parts are being made for the wing, splitters, and other small items. The engine has a rear main seal oil leak so going to fix that also. That's the list for right now. Once the car is completely straight and in proper condition I will look at what I originally had planned for and that is an engine build. But I am not going to worry about that until after the car is in a condition that it deserves. Here are a few pics of the car. I have more but these give you the idea."Custom" BBS wheels...... Instead of having the wheels built proper they just redrilled and changed some barrels up. On the rear wheels they have the huge outer lip that comes out for the widebody. But on the inside the barrel is the size of a normal outer barrel and barely comes flush with the rotor. There was about 6 more inches they could of come inside. Not that I am saying they had to come in all the way. When I first drove the car the steering wheel was shaking like crazy and whenever hitting a bump in the road it was a lane changer. Maybe that is due to the custom BBS wheels or perhaps due to the shock being blown and puking fluid... or perhaps the sway bar end link that is sheared off or the passenger side sway bar end link that is bent..... The seller said, "the car was fine when I drove it all over, it rode like stock". I'm sorry but a John Deere tractor rode smoother than this did when I received it.The calipers where painted and looked like they matched the car in the pics and at the shows..... This demonstrates great quality from a car builder... Um no! The car had no issue is what I was told... Paint quality is on par for a Maaco job.... The widebody kit was supposed to be a Vollkommen Design CF widebody kit. I found out that Creaminz is the owner of Volkommen. I also found out that he bought the kit from Flobmann Auto Design in Germany. The kit was carbon fiber. They cut the cut and extended it several inches. So its carbon where they did not touch it. They hacked the kit up. You can see where they hacked it up. Just not a safe or quality build at all. It is honestly very sad and costing us way more money than planned. I will make sure the car is done right. In the mean time he will be building a 993 RWB. I have plenty other pics but you get the idea.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-26-2015, 12:45 PM
    The M133 engine just continues to impress and the tuning market for the smallest AMG motor just continues to push forward. Here is an A45 AMG that received bolt on modifications from Rebellion Automotive consisting of their tune, downpipe, and intake. The result? 375 horsepower at all four wheels. The torque figure is what is is really eye opening as the car shows 502 newton meters or 370 lb-ft at all four wheels. That mountain of torque is also available fairly early in the powerband. Rebellion claims they picked up 43 wheel horsepower on a competitors tune but did not provide the graph to support this assertion and they did not name the competitor. Additionally, the claim this A45 AMG put down 312 at all four wheels in stock form but once again did not provide a graph as support. Rebellion is using a piggyback tune and with flash tunes progressing on the M133 it will be interesting to see how bolt on tuning plays out for the M133 from here on out.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-27-2015, 05:24 PM
    Say hello to a new vendor and a new tuner on the scene, Miami Tuning Group. Many of you have seen a lot of S63TU tunes have hit the market in short order as F-Series ECU's have been cracked. What will separate these tunes is namely pricing and features. What is nice to see here are timeslips accompanying the dyno chart. How about cracking 130 in the 1/4 mile with just a tune? This is a Florida result so keep in mind the fuel is 93 octane pump. The M6 turns into quite the beast with just a tune so imagine the possibilities with a race gas tune and bolt ons. Regarding the output figures the S63TU goes to 588 wheel horsepower from the stock 524 wheel horsepower. The peak torque figures rises by just under 100 lb-ft of torque at the wheels getting very close to breaking 600 lb-ft at the wheels. You should also notice the torque gains are through the entire curve. Expect to see more MTG over the next few weeks.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-26-2015, 12:36 PM
    The M133 engine just continues to impress and the tuning market for the smallest AMG motor just continues to push forward. Here is an A45 AMG that received bolt on modifications from Rebellion Automotive consisting of their tune, downpipe, and intake. The result? 375 horsepower at all four wheels. The torque figure is what is is really eye opening as the car shows 502 newton meters or 370 lb-ft at all four wheels. That mountain of torque is also available fairly early in the powerband. Rebellion claims they picked up 43 wheel horsepower on a competitors tune but did not provide the graph to support this assertion and they did not name the competitor. Additionally, the claim this A45 AMG put down 312 at all four wheels in stock form but once again did not provide a graph as support. Rebellion is using a piggyback tune and with flash tunes progressing on the M133 it will be interesting to see how bolt on tuning plays out for the M133 from here on out.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-24-2015, 08:31 PM
    The M133 engine is finally getting more flash options on the market. Up until now Renntech was the only tuner offering a real flash tune. The vast majority of the other M133 tuning options were piggyback tunes which of course have their plusses and minuses depending on your tuning goals. Flash tunes tends to offer more control over various parameters but it is ultimately personal preference. What is important is that M133 tuning is taking strides forward which is good for everyone. Eurocharged recorded a baseline wheel horsepower figure of 330. After the tune this rises to 380 for a very impressive gain of 50 wheel horsepower. The baseline torque figure is 334 lb-ft at the wheels. After the tune the peak torque rises to 430 lb-ft at the wheels for a gain of 96 lb-ft. The M133 definitely offers incredibly torque stock and tuned. The turbo does look like it runs out of steam past 5500 rpm though as if the torque did not drop off so sharply the M133 would easily make over 400 wheel horsepower. The Eurocharged tune retails for a very reasonable $999. The ECU must be sent in to either the Houston or Toronto location. OBD-II flashing is not yet possible but that will come with time. This is just the beginning but the future of M133 tuning certainly is bright.
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  • DD GT3 RD's Avatar
    01-27-2015, 12:32 AM
    Not sure if this was ever posted, if a repost please delete. Pretty fast! LaFerrari: 0-60 2.7 1/4 9.6 @ 157 mph P1: 0-60 2.6 1/4 9.8 148.9 mph http://www.automobilemag.com/features/magazine/1503-hybrid-is-the-new-fast-ferrari-laferrari-vs-mclaren-p1/
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-26-2015, 08:23 PM
    Interesting comparison here that we do not often get to see which is the same S63TU equipped vehicle dyno'd with a piggyback and with a flash tune. Obviously everyone knows the F generation BMW's were recently cracked and now flash tuning is possible which is an alternative to the already established piggybacks. This comparison is not exactly perfect and there are a few things to keep in mind. First of all, Jailbreak tuning sells flash tunes. It is in their best interest to show a flash tune doing better than a piggyback. Secondly, we do not know what piggyback unit is being used or what map is being used. Results with a piggyback can vary greatly based on the information it is relaying to the ECU so the piggyback numbers are hardly set in stone. What the graph does show is the flash tune appears to be smoother and also it is able to go well past the rev limiter which the piggyback tune can not. The flash provides 36 more wheel horsepower and 32 more lb-ft of torque at the wheels. A higher resolution graph would be appreciated but it is still nice to see an overlay of an F13 M6 with downpipes on the stock tune, piggyback tune, and flash tune.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-27-2015, 06:34 PM
    This may be the first McLaren P1 and LaFerrari comparison test to provide some real data. CAR Magazine put up a pathetic attempt at a comparison between the two last year. Automobile Magazine does a much better job in their write up and data but something still feels amiss. These are very fast million plus dollar supercars that are the absolute bleeding edge of high performance hybrid technology for street cars. That is all fine and dandy but these are not dragsters. Where is the track comparison component? It is somewhat odd we only get 1/4 mile acceleration figure and that some of the other data listed is based off estimates. They did not weigh the cars for example. How much these cars weigh with their hybrid drivetrains and how close the real world weight is to the manufacturer claims is kind of a big deal. We want to see how light high performance hybrid drivetrains can be made. 3150 pounds for the LaFerrari sounds great on paper but it is an estimate. It may way that much or it could be lighter or heavier. The only way to know for sure is to actually test it. Why have a test and omit this? The biggest omission though is the lack of laptimes from a professional driver. Which one of these cars laps a track the quickest? Automobile sort of dances around this stating the P1 sticks with the LaFerrari around Maranello roads. You may know Maranello is in Italy and you may be getting the feeling this was a Ferrari controlled test hence the lack of real data. We do get acceleration figures but considering the article reeks of Ferrari influence and control how much faith do we put into them? Would Ferrari release figures showing anything less than superiority from the LaFerrari? Why is there no video? How were the cars tested? What equipment? Were they tested on the same day? Are you starting to see the problem here? Although this is the best 'comparison' if you want to call it that to date it is still severely lacking. It may be due to Ferrari politics which it probably is. Either way, this is far from over. Ferrari LaFerrari Specifications Base Price: $1.4 million (est) Engine: 6.3L DOHC 48-valve V-12/789 hp @ 9,000 rpm, 516 lb-ft @ 6,750 rpm, plus 161-hp, 199-lb-ft electric motor; 950 hp combined Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic Layout: 2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine RWD coupe EPA Mileage: 12/16 mpg city/highway Suspension F/R: Control arms/multilink Brakes: Carbon-ceramic discs Tires F/R: 265/30ZR-19 (93Y)/345/30ZR-20 (106Y) Pirelli P Zero Corsa L x W x H: 185.1 x 78.4 x 43.9 in Wheelbase: 104.3 in Weight: 3,150 lb (est) Weight Dist. F/R: 41/59% 0-60 mph: 2.7 sec Mile: 9.6 sec @ 157.0 mph Top Speed: 217 mph McLaren P1 Specifications Base Price: $1.15 million Engine: 3.8L DOHC 32-valve twin-turbo V-8/ 727 hp @ 7,500 rpm, 531 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm, plus 177-hp , 192-lb-ft electric motor; 904 hp combined Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic Layout: 2-door, 2-passenger, mid-engine RWD coupe EPA Mileage: 17 mpg/18 mpge combined Suspension F/R: Control arms, coil springs Brakes: Carbon-ceramic discs Tires F/R: 245/35ZR-19 (93Y) / 315/30ZR-20 (101Y) Pirelli P Zero Corsa L x W x H: 180.6 x 76.6 x 46.8 in Wheelbase: 105.1 in Weight: 3,300 lb (est) Weight Dist. F/R: 41/59% 0-60 mph: 2.6 sec Mile: 9.8 sec @ 148.9 mph Top Speed: 217 mph Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 11:30 AM
    Everyone who has been whining about the C7 Corvette Z06 straightline performance can just STFU already. Seriously, shut up. If this report is true (as it is almost unbelievable) the Corvette Z06 has managed to place itself among the world's most elite performance cars... at any price point. The C7 Z06 8L90 automatic with the Z07 package is reported to have lapped the Nurburgring in 6:59.13. To understand what a sub 7 minute laptime on the 'Ring means let's provide a laptime from million dollar machinery. The Porsche 918 Spyder laps the track in 6 minutes and 57 seconds. That means the new Z06 can hang with Porsche's best for, oh, less than 10% of the money. That is insane! It also places the Corvette Z06 with elite company like the McLaren P1 and even the Ferrari LaFerrari. The Z06 literally can run with the best the world has to offer at any price point. Now, this is all providing the reports are true. All we have to go on is a source that has not provided or referenced any official confirmation. An HD video is supposed to be coming so we will hold our breath before pronouncing the Corvette Z06 as arguably the greatest performance car in all the land.
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