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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-21-2017, 01:25 AM
    There was a time where HRE Wheels were the most desireable wheels on the market. They had an unbeatable combination of looks, pricing, and performance. Along the way something happened and HRE has moved away from performance and focused more on profit margins. Their new RS2M and RS3M series of wheels retail for $2100 per rim. Why? What justifies that price tag? Are they lightweight? No. Do the have some sort of technologically advanced materials? No. Do they offer a new or stunning design? No. Frankly, you would be hard pressed to tell this is a new wheel line unless HRE told you. Here is what HRE's president had to say about them. Translation: We ran out of ideas and this is a cheap way to reintroduce our same old tired designs at a premium. As a matter of fact, I remember those lines of his on a previous wheel line introduction. He is using the same lines from a 2015 wheel release: http://www.boostaddict.com/content.php?6019-HRE-launches-their-new-RS1M-series-of-Monoblok-wheels-in-six-styles-RS100M-RS101M-RS102M-RS103M-RS105M-and-RS108M HRE's president then: They rearrange a few words, use the same basic press release, and here we are with a 'new' $2100 per wheel line. When was the last time HRE actually was innovative? Why aren't they offering high performance and lightweight composite rims for some of their exorbitant prices? Do not think BoostAddict has some axe to grind here as the BimmerBoost.com M3 wears HRE wheels. The thing is, when the HRE C90 wheels were purchased eight years ago they were chosen because they were the lightest on the market offering a great blend of performance, strength, weight, looks, and cost. HRE does not even bother to include what the rims weigh any longer. What happened to the performance aspect? It seems to have taken a similar tumble as their customer service. HRE just seems to be all about squeezing out every last dime by recycling as many tired designs as they can. This is stuff we have all seen before except now we get a higher price tag along with absolutely no performance benefit. BoostAddict was shocked when inquiring about current HRE wheel weights. They haven't gotten lighter, that is for sure. This article will not change anything nor will any words written by anyone as HRE is a juggernaut and too big to care. However, many enthusiasts do care how they spend their money and this one in particular is going to look elsewhere for a set of performance rims.
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    06-21-2017, 01:14 AM
    There was a time where HRE Wheels were the most desireable wheels on the market. They had an unbeatable combination of looks, pricing, and performance. Along the way something happened and HRE has moved away from performance and focused more on profit margins. Their new RS2M and RS3M series of wheels retail for $2100 per rim. Why? What justifies that price tag? Are they lightweight? No. Do the have some sort of technologically advanced materials? No. Do they offer a new or stunning design? No. Frankly, you would be hard pressed to tell this is a new wheel line unless HRE told you. Here is what HRE's president had to say about them. Translation: We ran out of ideas and this is a cheap way to reintroduce our same old tired designs at a premium. As a matter of fact, I remember those lines of his on a previous wheel line introduction. He is using the same lines from a 2015 wheel release: http://www.boostaddict.com/content.php?6019-HRE-launches-their-new-RS1M-series-of-Monoblok-wheels-in-six-styles-RS100M-RS101M-RS102M-RS103M-RS105M-and-RS108M HRE's president then: They rearrange a few words, use the same basic press release, and here we are with a 'new' $2100 per wheel line. When was the last time HRE actually was innovative? Why aren't they offering high performance and lightweight composite rims for some of their exorbitant prices? Do not think BoostAddict has some axe to grind here as the BimmerBoost.com M3 wears HRE wheels. The thing is, when the HRE C90 wheels were purchased eight years ago they were chosen because they were the lightest on the market offering a great blend of performance, strength, weight, looks, and cost. HRE does not even bother to include what the rims weigh any longer. What happened to the performance aspect? It seems to have taken a similar tumble as their customer service. HRE just seems to be all about squeezing out every last dime by recycling as many tired designs as they can. This is stuff we have all seen before except now we get a higher price tag along with absolutely no performance benefit. BoostAddict was shocked when inquiring about current HRE wheel weights. They haven't gotten lighter, that is for sure. This article will not change anything nor will any words written by anyone as HRE is a juggernaut and too big to care. However, many enthusiasts do care how they spend their money and this one in particular is going to look elsewhere for a set of performance rims.
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    06-20-2017, 12:10 AM
    My father is responsible for my love of cars. I just alway remember him having a German car of some sort in the garage. Whether it was an old air-cooled 911, a Mercedes S-Class, a Mercedes SL, whatever, he would always choose a German car over an American car. Well, not always. Just since I was born. When he came to this country in the 70's American cars were on a downward swing. His first car was a Nova SS. It quickly became his second car after numerous problems. An Oldsmobile he can't or more accurately doesn't want to remember followed. A Cadillac Eldorado quickly replaced it and he liked the Cadillac but my mother drove it through the front of a store and that was the end of that. An unbroken string of German cars to this day followed. My first car was a German vehicle, a BMW E46 330i. My father would not even entertain the idea of an American car. If I wanted a car, it was a BMW 3-Series or nothing else. Rough, I know. He showed up with a brand new E46 330i one day after school and that was the end of that. My love for BMW started with that car and continued for quite a while. The BMW M car was in my opinion the absolute best all around vehicle in the world. I confirmed this assertion when I traded the E46 330i in on a BMW E46 M3. You remember your first love? The E46 M3 was mine. You never quite fall in love like that again. The 2017 911 Carrera gets close though. I considered a Z06 and a Viper over the 911 but the 911 is best for business. That business aspect is why I'm currently driving the C7 Z06 that belongs to BMS (Burger Tuning). Hey, $100k+ cars don't exactly pay for themselves. I admit the Z06 was in the back of my mind when buying the Porsche and considering the price range yes, you can cross shop them. It goes without saying the Z06 has more power. The LT4 6.2 liter supercharged V8 offers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The 9A2B6 3.0 liter flat-6 the 991.2 Carrera uses is less than half the size. It has 'only' 370 horses (underrated horses) but the turbo punch is substantial and the car runs 11's stock. It still trails the Z06 by over a second in the 1/4 mile though and 14+ miles per hour of trap speed. That is a big difference. Especially considering the example I sampled has a tune, pulley, and intake. It makes 585 rear wheel horsepower or about 200 more than my Carrera. Not to mention, a lot more torque that comes on like a light switch being flipped. That may sound great but it is actually part of the problem with the Z06. It constantly wants to remind you of its motor. It is dominated by it. It gets to the point where it can become tiring as well as scary when traction is easily lost. When I picked up the car on the first first turn when I applied the throttle the traction control light came on and I got wheelspin. I was just trying to make a left turn out of a neighborhood, not light the tires up. That is the kind of power the Z06 has. You have to respect it but what is the point if you can't use it? Want to mash the throttle in the Z06? Make sure you are in second gear, point it straight, and hang on. If you are at a high enough speed it will hook and go. If you aren't, you'll spin the tires even in second. If you add even more torque to it just change the point straight in second gear recipe to point it straight in third gear before mashing the gas. The acceleration is amazing though. Oh boy, it's fast. Definitely faster than the Porsche. The Porsche can use its first gear though. It can even use it from a stop. It can go full throttle from a stop. As a matter of fact, if these two lined up at a light the Porsche would be in a different zip code by the time the Z06 got traction. The Porsche makes complete use of every horse at any time. The Z06 doesn't. It can't. What it can do is remind you there is a ton of torque available in any gear. In the 911 you need to be above 3000 rpm to feel that rush of torque. It really does not matter all that much in the Z06. 2nd? 3rd? 4th? 5th? 6th? There's power available at any rpm. Obviously 8th gear at 1500 rpm isn't the fastest way to get the Z06 moving but it will still move. Which brings us to the 8-Speed automatic transmission which Chevrolet touts as shifting as faster than the Porsche PDK. Maybe it does but it is not a PDK replacement. Shift speed alone does not determine the quality of the transmission. The automatic is inferior for numerous reasons. One, who is the genius at GM who thought not allowing you to use the shift lever to change gears manually was a good idea? You might be saying, wait, there are paddles. Sure, there are. How am I supposed to hit the paddle in a low speed turn when they turn with the wheel? Especially if I want to do it as quickly as possible? I can't reach the paddle as I'm turning the wheel around and I want to keep the car in a higher gear so I don't wrap it around a tree as I go WOT out of the turn. If you leave it in D, the car will drop down a gear and kill you. Speaking of those paddles they do not work as well as advertised. They feel like a gimmick. In the 911, when you pull a paddle it is like a trigger pull. Boom, instant. You are connected to the trans with the paddles or the shift lever. Mechanical, cold, precise, and very German. The Z06 paddles feel like there is a degree of slush between you and the gear shift. That may be because there is. The Porsche PDK makes you not wish for a manual. The Z06 automatic reminds you it is an automatic. If you want the car to do what you want it to do, get the manual. You do not have to make this compromise in the 911. There were a couple instances where the automatic would not shift when I told it to and gave me an error. WTF? I tell you when to shift Z06, not the other way around. The logic of the GM automatic just is not as good and neither is the shift quality. Are the shifts quick? Hell yes! Are they smooth? Hell no! They can be jarring and you do not exactly know when they will be jarring. When WOT if you shift earlier in the powerband they are smoother but if you shift later they can be harsh. Sometimes D mode can make some shift mistakes which jar you. The Porsche PDK on the other hand is buttery smooth unless you set it on the highest mode (conveniently located right on the wheel) where it still never gets as harsh as the Z06 automatic. The PDK is better, period. Ok, what about the handling and braking? Both cars have very high limits and the Z06 amazes with how flatly it corners. It is very comfortable up until going past 8/10's. Where is 10/10's? I don't want to try to find out as the car is not mine for one and secondly 10.1 tenths will kill you. The 911 on the other hand does a better job communicating. It also feels more forgiving. It probably also makes you think you are a better driver than you are. That may be because the Porsche handles road imperfections better. The ride is great for either car but the Porsche deals with the harsh stuff far more gently. The Z06 can be jarring. On the 405 freeway over some portions I was surprised just how harsh the ride could get. The Z06 needs a smoother road to instill confidence than the Carrera. The 911's steering is heavier and more communicative. The Z06 has quicker turn in and you can steer it with one finger. That isn't bad but it is just a bit more numb. The difference from 9 out of 10 steering to 10 out of 10 steering is what warrants 911's costing what they do. The brakes are a bit of an issue as the Z06 did not feel right. The car needs to be checked for a possible warranty claim as it vibrates badly under light braking. It is puzzling as it does not always do this. When it doesn't, the brakes feel perfect. Probably better pedal feel than the Porsche. I really don't understand the shimmying and wobbling when getting on the brakes and this needs to be checked. When applying full force, the brakes work great in either car. What about the interior comfort? I was surprised I could not move the Z06 seat back further or move it lower. I'm not even tall but I wanted a few more inches of legroom. You sit higher in the Corvette. You also feel like you are in a cockpit with everything aimed at you. It is tighter and less roomy. The 911 is more comfortable without a doubt and a better choice for taller drivers. I could go on and on endlessly about these cars but I think that is enough and I'll attempt to the summarize all the aspects numerically below. Car (out of 10): Z06 | 911 Interior: Comfort: 8 | 9 Interior Quality: 9 | 9.5 Space: 7.5 | 9.5 Gear shifter placement: 10 | 9 Armrest placement: 10 | 8.5 Styling: 10 | 9.5 Drivetrain: Acceleration: 10 | 9 Torque: 10 | 9 Top end pull: 9.5 | 8 Engine sound: 10 | 8.5 Transmission: 8 | 10 Flexibility: 10 | 8.5 Handling: Steering feel: 9 | 10 Braking: 7 | 9 Pedal feel: 9.5 | 9 Ride quality: 8.5 | 9.5 Confidence: 8.5 | 9.5 Subjective: Fun to drive: 9 | 9.5 Total: Z06: 163.5 911: 164.5 Summary: Both of these cars are absolutely fantastic. The Z06 is a brute though. It is a muscle car disguised as a sports car. Despite being tighter inside it feels much larger to drive. The proportions feel big from the driver's seat. It constantly wants to pull forward. It just does not feel quite complete or refined. The best Corvette may just be a Grand Sport with a manual transmission and a heads/cam upgrade. The 911 is far more composed. You can have fun in first gear or fifth gear. The car feels more nimble, more tossable, and more forgiving. It isn't as fast but isn't that why BMS has it? Another 100 lb-ft at the wheels and I'll forget about the Z06's engine. I thought the Z06 would fill me with buyer's remorse. Instead, it reminded me just how good the 2017 911 Carrera truly is. The Z06 is the faster car but the 911 is the better sports car.
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    06-20-2017, 12:01 AM
    My father is responsible for my love of cars. I just alway remember him having a German car of some sort in the garage. Whether it was an old air-cooled 911, a Mercedes S-Class, a Mercedes SL, whatever, he would always choose a German car over an American car. Well, not always. Just since I was born. When he came to this country in the 70's American cars were on a downward swing. His first car was a Nova SS. It quickly became his second car after numerous problems. An Oldsmobile he can't or more accurately doesn't want to remember followed. A Cadillac Eldorado quickly replaced it and he liked the Cadillac but my mother drove it through the front of a store and that was the end of that. An unbroken string of German cars to this day followed. My first car was a German vehicle, a BMW E46 330i. My father would not even entertain the idea of an American car. If I wanted a car, it was a BMW 3-Series or nothing else. Rough, I know. He showed up with a brand new E46 330i one day after school and that was the end of that. My love for BMW started with that car and continued for quite a while. The BMW M car was in my opinion the absolute best all around vehicle in the world. I confirmed this assertion when I traded the E46 330i in on a BMW E46 M3. You remember your first love? The E46 M3 was mine. You never quite fall in love like that again. The 2017 911 Carrera gets close though. I considered a Z06 and a Viper over the 911 but the 911 is best for business. That business aspect is why I'm currently driving the C7 Z06 that belongs to BMS (Burger Tuning). Hey, $100k+ cars don't exactly pay for themselves. I admit the Z06 was in the back of my mind when buying the Porsche and considering the price range yes, you can cross shop them. It goes without saying the Z06 has more power. The LT4 6.2 liter supercharged V8 offers 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. The 9A2B6 3.0 liter flat-6 the 991.2 Carrera uses is less than half the size. It has 'only' 370 horses (underrated horses) but the turbo punch is substantial and the car runs 11's stock. It still trails the Z06 by over a second in the 1/4 mile though and 14+ miles per hour of trap speed. That is a big difference. Especially considering the example I sampled has a tune, pulley, and intake. It makes 585 rear wheel horsepower or about 200 more than my Carrera. Not to mention, a lot more torque that comes on like a light switch being flipped. That may sound great but it is actually part of the problem with the Z06. It constantly wants to remind you of its motor. It is dominated by it. It gets to the point where it can become tiring as well as scary when traction is easily lost. When I picked up the car on the first first turn when I applied the throttle the traction control light came on and I got wheelspin. I was just trying to make a left turn out of a neighborhood, not light the tires up. That is the kind of power the Z06 has. You have to respect it but what is the point if you can't use it? Want to mash the throttle in the Z06? Make sure you are in second gear, point it straight, and hang on. If you are at a high enough speed it will hook and go. If you aren't, you'll spin the tires even in second. If you add even more torque to it just change the point straight in second gear recipe to point it straight in third gear before mashing the gas. The acceleration is amazing though. Oh boy, it's fast. Definitely faster than the Porsche. The Porsche can use its first gear though. It can even use it from a stop. It can go full throttle from a stop. As a matter of fact, if these two lined up at a light the Porsche would be in a different zip code by the time the Z06 got traction. The Porsche makes complete use of every horse at any time. The Z06 doesn't. It can't. What it can do is remind you there is a ton of torque available in any gear. In the 911 you need to be above 3000 rpm to feel that rush of torque. It really does not matter all that much in the Z06. 2nd? 3rd? 4th? 5th? 6th? There's power available at any rpm. Obviously 8th gear at 1500 rpm isn't the fastest way to get the Z06 moving but it will still move. Which brings us to the 8-Speed automatic transmission which Chevrolet touts as shifting as faster than the Porsche PDK. Maybe it does but it is not a PDK replacement. Shift speed alone does not determine the quality of the transmission. The automatic is inferior for numerous reasons. One, who is the genius at GM who thought not allowing you to use the shift lever to change gears manually was a good idea? You might be saying, wait, there are paddles. Sure, there are. How am I supposed to hit the paddle in a low speed turn when they turn with the wheel? Especially if I want to do it as quickly as possible? I can't reach the paddle as I'm turning the wheel around and I want to keep the car in a higher gear so I don't wrap it around a tree as I go WOT out of the turn. If you leave it in D, the car will drop down a gear and kill you. Speaking of those paddles they do not work as well as advertised. They feel like a gimmick. In the 911, when you pull a paddle it is like a trigger pull. Boom, instant. You are connected to the trans with the paddles or the shift lever. Mechanical, cold, precise, and very German. The Z06 paddles feel like there is a degree of slush between you and the gear shift. That may be because there is. The Porsche PDK makes you not wish for a manual. The Z06 automatic reminds you it is an automatic. If you want the car to do what you want it to do, get the manual. You do not have to make this compromise in the 911. There were a couple instances where the automatic would not shift when I told it to and gave me an error. WTF? I tell you when to shift Z06, not the other way around. The logic of the GM automatic just is not as good and neither is the shift quality. Are the shifts quick? Hell yes! Are they smooth? Hell no! They can be jarring and you do not exactly know when they will be jarring. When WOT if you shift earlier in the powerband they are smoother but if you shift later they can be harsh. Sometimes D mode can make some shift mistakes which jar you. The Porsche PDK on the other hand is buttery smooth unless you set it on the highest mode (conveniently located right on the wheel) where it still never gets as harsh as the Z06 automatic. The PDK is better, period. Ok, what about the handling and braking? Both cars have very high limits and the Z06 amazes with how flatly it corners. It is very comfortable up until going past 8/10's. Where is 10/10's? I don't want to try to find out as the car is not mine for one and secondly 10.1 tenths will kill you. The 911 on the other hand does a better job communicating. It also feels more forgiving. It probably also makes you think you are a better driver than you are. That may be because the Porsche handles road imperfections better. The ride is great for either car but the Porsche deals with the harsh stuff far more gently. The Z06 can be jarring. On the 405 freeway over some portions I was surprised just how harsh the ride could get. The Z06 needs a smoother road to instill confidence than the Carrera. The 911's steering is heavier and more communicative. The Z06 has quicker turn in and you can steer it with one finger. That isn't bad but it is just a bit more numb. The difference from 9 out of 10 steering to 10 out of 10 steering is what warrants 911's costing what they do. The brakes are a bit of an issue as the Z06 did not feel right. The car needs to be checked for a possible warranty claim as it vibrates badly under light braking. It is puzzling as it does not always do this. When it doesn't, the brakes feel perfect. Probably better pedal feel than the Porsche. I really don't understand the shimmying and wobbling when getting on the brakes and this needs to be checked. When applying full force, the brakes work great in either car. What about the interior comfort? I was surprised I could not move the Z06 seat back further or move it lower. I'm not even tall but I wanted a few more inches of legroom. You sit higher in the Corvette. You also feel like you are in a cockpit with everything aimed at you. It is tighter and less roomy. The 911 is more comfortable without a doubt and a better choice for taller drivers. I could go on and on endlessly about these cars but I think that is enough and I'll attempt to the summarize all the aspects numerically below. Car (out of 10): Z06 | 911 Interior: Comfort: 8 | 9 Interior Quality: 9 | 9.5 Space: 7.5 | 9.5 Gear shifter placement: 10 | 9 Armrest placement: 10 | 8.5 Styling: 10 | 9.5 Drivetrain: Acceleration: 10 | 9 Torque: 10 | 9 Top end pull: 9.5 | 8 Engine sound: 10 | 8.5 Transmission: 8 | 10 Flexibility: 10 | 8.5 Handling: Steering feel: 9 | 10 Braking: 7 | 9 Pedal feel: 9.5 | 9 Ride quality: 8.5 | 9.5 Confidence: 8.5 | 9.5 Subjective: Fun to drive: 9 | 9.5 Total: Z06: 163.5 911: 164.5 Summary: Both of these cars are absolutely fantastic. The Z06 is a brute though. It is a muscle car disguised as a sports car. Despite being tighter inside it feels much larger to drive. The proportions feel big from the driver's seat. It constantly wants to pull forward. It just does not feel quite complete or refined. The best Corvette may just be a Grand Sport with a manual transmission and a heads/cam upgrade. The 911 is far more composed. You can have fun in first gear or fifth gear. The car feels more nimble, more tossable, and more forgiving. It isn't as fast but isn't that why BMS has it? Another 100 lb-ft at the wheels and I'll forget about the Z06's engine. I thought the Z06 would fill me with buyer's remorse. Instead, it reminded me just how good the 2017 911 Carrera truly is. The Z06 is the faster car but the 911 is the better sports car.
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    06-21-2017, 09:52 PM
    BPC (Bimmer Performance Center) continues to expand their BMW tuning offering. You all saw their absolutely absurd 335d results. They are tackling the S55 now and their early ECU tune results are promising. This is a Competition Package car with downpipes: Pump gas, catless downpipes, and a tune. That is it. Keep in mind many of the dyno graphs you are seeing as of late are coming from pulls in hot weather. This is a 500+ whp car when it cools down. BPC is still revising the tune and E85 results are coming up next.
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    06-21-2017, 11:03 PM
    Here is an easy way for F10 M5 owners to make sure they are ahead of the F90 M5 when it hits the streets. Simply get an ECU flash and some downpipes. This car features tuning by HCP through the PTF Bootmod3 system which tuners seem to be loving. A trap speed over 130 miles per hour for the 4300+ pound boat with just bolt on modifications is great to see. No methanol here, just regular fuel. If the owner wants more he can change the turbos and go big but this is a safe and reliable package that is hardly pushing the envelope but providing a big performance boost. If you have an F10 M5 and haven't flashed your car yet, what are you waiting for? An F90 M5 or W213 E63 beatdown?
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    06-19-2017, 08:31 PM
    How does Renntech do this so fast? The new W213 E63 AMG is barely on the streets and already they have a Stage I M177 V8 ECU flash tune in development. This is not the final tune by any means but W213 E63 AMG S tuning is already showing huge promise. They are getting 724 horsepower out of the car which is almost another 100 horses over stock based on the baseline curve. The torque figure is 755 lb-ft: Torque gains really start to show from 3000 rpm on before leveling off toward 7000 rpm. The engine sure is revving higher and making more power up top than the M157. The downsize in displacement is hardly hurting things down low. It's a broader powerband for sure. The new E63 is a beast. Just look at the acceleration teaser in the video for yourself.
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    06-19-2017, 07:40 PM
    It is always important to question this source when a 'stock' BMW M car is shown obliterating whatever it is racing. However, in this instance there is nothing difficult to believe as the Lexus RC-F is a giant pile of fail. Plus, we have already seen this race from another source. The run in the video here is a bit longer and the M4 stretches its legs by putting football fields on the RC-F. Based on comparisons going back as far as 2014 the RC-F showed it was never in the M4's performance league. Which is a shame as it would be great to see a naturally aspirated entrant in the segment offering real competition for the Germans. Only the Americans offer a real challenge there if you consider a Mustang or a Camaro to be in the same class.
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    06-22-2017, 12:56 AM
    Dodson powers the quickest and fastest dual clutch Lamborghini Huracans and Audi R8's. You may remember the earlier version of their upgrade sending the Huracan into the 7's in the 1/4 mile and essentially bitch slapping Heffner and SSP (South Side Performance) back into their places. Dodson and UGR (Underground Racing) are now taking things further with the Promax Version 2 upgrade: What changes in Promax 2.0? They do not say but here is what we know about the previous version: They are up to 18 plates now and maybe more. UGR is the best bet to test this out and push further into the 7's. Dodson is quite simply the best in the business.
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    06-19-2017, 07:36 PM
    It is always important to question this source when a 'stock' BMW M car is shown obliterating whatever it is racing. However, in this instance there is nothing difficult to believe as the Lexus RC-F is a giant pile of fail. Plus, we have already seen this race from another source. The run in the video here is a bit longer and the M4 stretches its legs by putting football fields on the RC-F. Based on comparisons going back as far as 2014 the RC-F showed it was never in the M4's performance league. Which is a shame as it would be great to see a naturally aspirated entrant in the segment offering real competition for the Germans. Only the Americans offer a real challenge there if you consider a Mustang or a Camaro to be in the same class.
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    Yesterday, 12:33 AM
    Nurburgring laptimes are getting so quick they are becoming tough to even fathom. Take the new 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 ILE. Video proof was posted by Chevy showing a laptime of 7 minutes and 16 seconds. How quick is that? Well, it tops all of these cars: 7:18 - 997 GT2 RS 7:19 - C6 ZR1 7:21 - Ferrari 488 GTB It only comes up short against the 2018 Porsche 991.2 GT3 with its 7:12.17 and the AMG GT R with its independently tested 7:10.92. Considering the price of the ZL1 in comparison to the two German track specials it is most definitely a performance bargain. Just imagine what the upcoming Corvette ZR1 is going to do. A time below seven minutes sounds like a very realistic goal.
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    06-19-2017, 08:28 PM
    How does Renntech do this so fast? The new W213 E63 AMG is barely on the streets and already they have a Stage I M177 V8 ECU flash tune in development. This is not the final tune by any means but W213 E63 AMG S tuning is already showing huge promise. They are getting 724 horsepower out of the car which is almost another 100 horses over stock based on the baseline curve. The torque figure is 755 lb-ft: Torque gains really start to show from 3000 rpm on before leveling off toward 7000 rpm. The engine sure is revving higher and making more power up top than the M157. The downsize in displacement is hardly hurting things down low. It's a broader powerband for sure. The new E63 is a beast. Just look at the acceleration teaser in the video for yourself.
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    06-20-2017, 10:08 PM
    Getting dyno numbers for stroked S85 V10's is tough to come by. Dinan never posted any Dynojet figures for their motors and that is because it would not work in their best interest to show what you actually get for the money. Troy Jeup is an alternative to Dinan and provides the most displacement for the S85 motor at 6.0 liters. So what does a 6.0 liter S85 V10 put down? 561 horsepower to the wheels on 91 octane pump gas. Not bad at all but for this engine to really shine it could use some aftermarket Schrick cams and then push for over 600 to the tires. For now, this is the most powerful naturally aspirated S85 V10 BimmerBoost has viewed a graph of.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-21-2017, 02:01 AM
    The other day Renntech showed that the new M177 V8 powered W213 E63 AMG S is stout and responds well to tuning. The the car is strong when tuned is not a big surprise but even stock it is doing well against some strong tuned German competition. Look at how it does in this Moscow Unlimited standing 1/2 mile event. In this first race it goes up against a tuned RS7 and beats it off the line but can not hold it off the whole way. Understandable considering how strong a tuned RS7 is. What about against a tuned CLS63 M157? It also beats it off the line but the CLS63 eventually pulls past as the traps do show it has more power. Still, for a stock car the W213 does a great job. Finally, it takes on an Evotech tuned F13 M6. The stock E63 AMG S despite having less power holds it off through the entire 1/2 mile. That is impressive. As is the stock 125.10 1/4 mile trap speed and the 153.00 1/2 mile trap speed. Yep, it's a beast.
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    Yesterday, 01:43 AM
    Who needs boost? Not this Viper. This is a naturally aspirated beast making over 700 horsepower to the tires. To put this in perspective a factory stock Gen V Dodge Viper 8.4 liter V10 produces 520 horsepower to the wheels on a Dynojet in SAE correction. Add in headers, a cam, heads, an exhaust, E85, and a Motec M1 and you get this: 742 rear wheel horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. This is a built motor example although a stock internal motor should not have too much trouble matching the numbers: Imagine this paired with a 9.0 liter stroker motor:
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  • VF-Engineering's Avatar
    06-20-2017, 02:01 PM
    For those who may have been curious about how the Lamborghini Aventador stacks up to one of our Supercharged Huracan's; LINK: https://www.instagram.com/p/BVgfUUuhqdw/
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