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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-13-2017, 11:41 AM
    Where do you even begin with this mess? After the article about yet another Dime Racing Huracan horror story BoostAddict was contacted by the owner as well as multiple parties contributing further details. Suffice it to say, Dime Racing is in big trouble. Don't say we didn't warn you. We did. covered this mess involving Steve Atneyel and Rod Shuqom (or whatever he is calling himself these days) of Dime from the beginning. It's all crumbling around them. Let's start with the major points. Dime Racing is crunched for cash. That happens if you take in money and do not deliver products or services but instead use those funds elsewhere. Diverting funds and funneling customer cash into maintaining operations is not a solid business model. Porsche Financial Services wants $216k+ not including legal fees and other damages: Leasing a car for tuning development is not unheard of. Usually high end tuners buy the cars as a leased car is technically not supposed to be modified. Regardless, you need to make the payments either way. Dime Racing did not according to the very well detailed complaint from Porsche Financial: Things do not end there. They also did not pay their rent according to another lawsuit: You can read the landlord's full complaint here: If they can not make the car payments and can not pay their rent, should you be sending your car to them? Oh, it gets better. How about this $1.1 million? Essentially that amounts to just over a million dollars in frozen assets. It seems a lot of people are going the legal route to get what they are owed from Dime Racing. It is doubtful they will see any of it but somebody at Dime at some point is going to have to face the music. In addition to all of this Huracan owner Brian McLevis contacted with additional details from his Dime Racing experience. His car is now headed to Underground Racing to get sorted: There you have it folks. Feel free to read over the complaints and the customer impressions. At this point, is sick of Dime Racing and having to say 'I told you so' regarding them. The legal system can sort this mess out.
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    08-24-2017, 06:13 PM
    The GT-R is a bit long in the tooth at this point. It is still a fantastic performance car but once getting up to the $176,585 asking price of the Nismo Edition one has to stop and ask if the car is worth the money today. When the AMG GT R starts about $20k cheaper defending the Nismo becomes all the more difficult. Not to mention the AMG GT R offers better weight distribution, weighs 224 pounds less, and has a newer dual clutch gearbox. Plus there is the more modern and sleeker overall platform. All for less money. So what about how they drive? The AMG GT R sounds better, has less lag, more torque, better brakes, better suspension, and just overall has the more responsive motor. The only downside really is that the Nissan GT R offers more traction which all wheel drive gives you but it comes with weight penalties. These cars are about performance ultimately. Which one is the better performer? They are not dragsters but the Nismo runs the 1/4 mile in 11.0 @ 126.8 compared to 11.4 @ 127.6 for the GT R. All wheel drive provides the elapsed time benefit but the GT R pulls harder. The roadcourse is where they really shine. MotorTrend takes them to Laguna Seca and the AMG GT R crushes the Nismo: The argument is made that it is the tires which have the AMG running so quickly but if that is the case, change the tires on the Nismo and prove it. No tire change will make the Nismo lighter or better balanced than the GT R. Quite simply, the AMG GT R is the better track car.
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    08-24-2017, 08:15 PM
    This is the kind of build that separates the men from the boys. Bimmer Performance Center created what is one of the baddest E30's out there and arguably as they say themselves the baddest E30 in the Carolinas. I mean, just look at the work involved in this. The plan originally was for an M60 swap but they ended up with an S62 during a second revision: The full specifications are below and this car is featured (deservedly so) in Grassroots Motorsports magazine: Engine S62 complete tear down and refreshed by BPC -Coated rod bearings -ARP rod bolts -BPC custom spec cams -BPC custom stainless long tube headers -BPC custom ram air/ cold air intake -BPC custom stand alone tune 420/390 SEA Driveline -E36 M3 front and rear subframes, control arms , axles and spindles -E39 M5 6 speed transmission -Diffsonline custom ramp 3 clutch E36 M3 diff 3.91 ratio -Clutch masters 6 puck clutch -JB racing light weight single mass flywheel -Custom BPC driveshaft with guibo joint deleted Suspension -MSC 2 way with remote reservoir's -Hypercoil springs -Speedway Engineering anit-roll bars with BPC custom stress bars and end links -Z3 quick ratio power steering rack Body -M3 front fenders -E46 front hood hinges -E36 trunk hinges -DTM fiberwerks rear fenders and side skirts -BPC modified DTM Fiberwerks front and rear bumper covers Interior -AiM dash display -Tilton pedal assembley -BPC custom roll cage -Racetech drivers seat -Schroth harness -Momo steering wheel Brakes -Brembo 4 piston front calipers w/14" Coleman rotors -E46 M3 rear brake calipers and rotors -Motul RBF 600 -Stainless steel brake lines Wheels -Apex ARC-8 18x8.5 front 18x10.5 rear Tires -Hoosier R7 255/35R18 front, 315/30R18 rear Car weights 2850 pounds
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    08-29-2017, 05:01 PM
    Oh my! This network called out the performance of the Ferrari 488 GTB in an article early this month. The new twin turbo mid-engine V8 Ferrari obviously is not a slow car but it does not seem to be nearly as fast as we were led to believe. The F80 M3 with a Pure Turbos Stage 2 S55 upgrade is more than a match for it. The M3 has PTF Bootmod3 ECU tuning with a BMS JB4 stack and Fuel-It! upgrades to the fuel system. Does that Ferrari looks like a 137+ trap car? Not from the M3's perspective.
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    08-30-2017, 11:21 PM
    BMW put out a video showing the F90 M5 launch control in action and of course everyone started uploading it to Youtube as if it was their own. The point is the video shows the real emphasis of the new F90 generation M5 and that is off the line acceleration. Drag racing if you will. The M5 is supposed to be a four-door sports car that can dominate the roadcourse. The thing is, we have seen a shift where M owners care more about straightline power than anything else. What did you expect when M started putting out SUV's? The funny thing is, those SUV's could often times beat the M5 as M5 owners are notorious for struggling to launch their cars. In all fairness, a high torque rear wheel drive car is difficult to launch on the street. The M5 will not be a stoplight warrior and with more weight on the front end of the car less of a balanced track toy you rotate with the throttle. BMW to their credit is allowing to select a rear wheel drive mode but that does not remove any weight from the front of the car. It's a drag car now. It launches with no drama and the launch control system doesn't even make the tires squeal with a 3k rpm launch. You will notice the driver short shifts a couple times rather than having the car handle the gearshifts likely to prevent people on the internet from figuring out the acceleration figures. Suffice it to say, the car will be quick in a straight line and will no longer struggle at stop lights.
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    09-02-2017, 04:26 PM
    There is a 9-second S55 platform car as you already know. It will be joined soon by other cars as more F80 M3's and F82 M4's get close to breaking into the 9's. This particular F80 M3 is already on the doorstep with a 10.112 @ 139.07 pass. Here is the recipe: PureTurbos Stage 2 - Flash by ProTuning Freaks - FBO - E85 Fuel - BMS PI Controller - Fuel-It! LPFP and PI - Dodson DCT clutches When the temps drop this should be an easy 9-second car. Additionally, the first stock internal 9-second S55.
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    09-01-2017, 09:11 PM
    That Lamborghini Huracan and Audi R8 5.2 liter V10 forced induction market just keeps getting more and more competitive. This is a new option from Sheepey Built and it certainly looks to be a quality entry into the market. Here are the specs: - Full Titanium hot parts produced in house by Sheepey Built - Tuned on Syvecs Ltd PnP Huracan Kit - Zona Rotor 67mm Turbochargers - Turbosmart 45mm Wastegates - Turbosmart 50mm Blow Off Valves - CSF Radiators Air-to-water 1000hp Intercooler Cores - Vibrant Performance HD Clamps - GnJ Aircraft Hose Ends and Hoses - Ticon Industries Titanium The Syvecs Huracan Plug and Play ECU makes tuning possible and it is already running strong at only 5 psi of boost in the prototype teaser video below. As for pricing and dynos, those will come as the kit reaches its official release point.
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    09-15-2017, 12:53 PM
    In the N54 tuning world the E9X 3-Series and E82 1-Series models get the majority of the attention. They are lighter cars with higher production numbers that tend to have younger owners so this is not really much of a surprise. However, E60 535i's are a nice value and when looking at this 535i put it in the context of an E60 M5. The more expensive M5 with its 5.0 liter S85 V10 makes roughly 415 wheel horsepower in stock form. That means this 535i will dispatch it with ease for a fraction of the cost. As a matter of fact, even with bolt on tuning the E60 M5 S85 V10 will have a hard time hitting 500 wheel horsepower and will need headers (expensive) and a very aggressive tune with associated bolt ons. With a blower the S85 V10 is on another level and nothing will replace the displacement and sound but tuned 535i's sure make for nice sleepers and a value proposition when it comes to 5-Series performance.
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    09-19-2017, 11:24 PM
    This is a great comparison from The Tuning School who tried out various fuels and provided great data. They compared 93 octane pump fuel, MS103, C9, E85, VP C85, MS109, leaded C16, 93 octane plus water, 93 plus boost juice, and 93 with methanol. The results are very interesting as VP's C85 ethanol race fuel provides the best results. However, 93 octane with methanol injection is right on its heels. This of course shows what a value methanol injection is: 93 octane pump gas with methanol even tops MS109 race gas and C16 race gas. C16 is leaded and really outdated as a race fuel with modern direct injected motors and ethanol blends. Overall ethanol is the champ here. It is just a matter of availability for most people but if E85 is not available methanol injection is a nice alternative. Just keep in mind that supplemental methanol injection comes with its own pluses and minuses not to mention that methanol is highly corrosive and flammable. It also does not create the same taxing issues on a direct injected fuel system that straight E85 does.
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    09-21-2017, 11:21 AM
    Hot on the heels of MotorTrend's 2017 Best Driver's Car competition comes their World's Greatest Drag Race where they have the contestants face off in a straightline contest. They did make one change though by replacing the Miata (which had no chance) with a Tesla Model S P100D. Racing from a stop is the Tesla's game. It shows as it gets a lead off the launch with the 911 Turbo S hot on its heels. Surprisingly, nobody is able to pass the Tesla in time. It runs a 10.5 @ 125 (GPS time) in the 1/4 mile. This is what happens when you do not have a prepped strip or drag rubber for powerful RWD cars. The rest of the times are below in order of trap speed but as stated believes the Ferrari is a ringer based on real world results from owners.
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    09-01-2017, 08:31 PM
    This big. This F80 M3 camera car caught our attention when it took down a Ferrari 488 GTB. Yes, it's fast. It is running the Pure Turbos Stage 2 S55 turbocharger upgrade along with BMS JB4 and PTF Bootmod3 flash stack for tuning. Watching it beat up on a new turbo Ferrari was incredible but look at how big the difference is between the Pure Turbos F80 M3 and a bolt on F80 M3. Quite simply, night and day. For those wondering if they should upgrade their turbos this result should be enlightening.
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    09-18-2017, 04:04 PM
    The Maserati Gran Turismo is a good looking GT. It sounds great too with its 4.2 liter and 4.7 liter naturally aspirated V8's. Fast it is not. The 4.2 liter offers 399 horsepower and the 4.7 liter V8 bumps output to 434 horsepower. At 4200+ pounds and with little torque it is hardly fast. The even stronger 2013 Maserati GranTurismo Sport with 454 horsepower for example runs the 1/4 mile in 13.1 @ 109.2. The car desperately needs an update and really a new generation. FAST AS F@#K it is not.
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    09-12-2017, 05:17 PM
    When it rains it pours, eh? How many articles exposing Dime Racing are going to come out? You all remember last month's Dime Racing Huracan twin turbo horror story. Well, here is yet another one. This one comes from Speed Society who shared a story about a guy named Brian McLevis and his Dime Racing experience: Cars sitting at Dime and not getting anything done to them after Dime promises the owners big upgrades is really nothing new. This owner got fed up and flew in from Kansas to take a look at the car after he was lied to in a video chat. Basically, Dime Racing said they had his manifolds but instead showed him a V8 platform piece which obviously is not for the Huracan V10. Pathetic. He picked up his car after Dime frantically tried to put it together for this to happen: We wish Brian luck in getting his car sorted and running again.
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    09-19-2017, 08:12 AM
    Car forums are a dirty business. Or at least, they can be. In MBWorld's case, dirty hardly covers it. This is the same forum that had such extreme corruption in the past regarding EVOSPORT it led to the rise of Some things never change. MBWorld is deleting threads regarding the Dime Racing fiasco. Don't take our word for it. The owner of the most recent Dime Racing Huracan problem car tried to go on MBWorld to warn AMG owners of doing business with Dime. He was quickly silenced: Now why would a forum silence someone who is sharing their horror story with a tuner in order to spare others from the same fate? What is the point of forums? Well, that is where things get tricky. MBWorld isn't the only forum that has vendors try to pull strings to keep negative stories off the site. Tony Vargas of Vargas Turbocharger Technologies infamy recently tried the same thing here only to be to told the thread would not be deleted. This is what some of the shady vendors do. They threaten to pull sponsorship unless negative threads are deleted. MBWorld is owned by Internet Brands which makes $100 million dollars a year. They can afford to show a vendor the door. The fact they do not highlights just how bad the situation is. From @Z-Tuned: "Sticky - just an FYI, MBWorld has been deleting posts about this on their forums and censoring members who talk about it because they are being paid by Dime through advertising. They're claiming there are "two sides to every story", but I find this infuriating. Having gone through a lengthy legal battle myself with an Audi/VW tuner many years ago, I can relate to the pain of being screwed by a shop during a big money build. MBWorld is already basically a dead forum, but the fact that they continue to censor members about Dime's fraud is disgusting." It is exemplified by corrupt moderators who often will favor a vendor for free parts or simply to score brownie points. The moderators are not paid. To cover up serious problems with a tuner in order to remain in an unpaid position to abuse power on internet forums is pathetic. What kind of grown ass man does that? Well, a moderator by the name of nlpamg or Philip Nulud cares so much about his token moderator position MBWorld users tell BoostAddict he is allegedly willing to help remove negative Dime posts: There are plenty of Dime horror stories that have been deleted and covered up. This is only the latest. If someone ends up losing tens of thousands of dollars due to this shouldn't a forum or moderator potentially engaging in a coverup be liable to a certain degree? BoostAddict will not cover this story up. We stand with Brian McLevis and others that have been taken advantage of by Dime Racing. MBWorld should be ashamed.
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    09-13-2017, 04:12 AM
    We all saw the teasers and sat patiently waiting with anticipation. A car based on a modern Formula 1 hybrid powertrain design? Five engines? An 11000 rpm redline? Street legal? It all sounds too good too be true. Yet here it is, the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. The gasoline motor is based on the 1.6 liter AMG Formula PU106A powerplant. It won't be pushed to the ragged edge like the Formula 1 engine as it will be running fuel you can get straight from your local gas station. Despite the relatively small turbo engine Mercedes-AMG claims better response than a large naturally aspirated V8. How? Well, the four electric engines help things: 0-200 kph is said to take less than six seconds. The design is simply incredible. It looks like it came right off the Mulsanne Straight. Mercedes rewrote the supercar rulebook. This is on another level. The electric motors on the front axle are also true rev wonders, with rotor revolutions up to 50,000 rpm – current state of the art is a speed of 20,000 rpm. The very high-revving engine is additionally boosted by a high-tech turbocharger. The exhaust gas and compressor turbines are separated from one another and located at an optimum position to the exhaust side and to the intake side of the V6 engine, and connected to one another by a shaft. This shaft features an electric motor with approximately 90 kW which, depending on the operating status, electrically drives the compressor turbine with up to 100,000 rpm – for instance when moving off or following load changes. The Formula 1 designation for this unit is MGU-H (Motor Generator Unit Heat). The major advantage: the dreaded turbo lag – the delayed response to accelerator pedal commands owing to the inertia of the large charger – is completely eliminated. The response time is greatly reduced, and is even shorter than that of a naturally aspirated V8 engine. The electric turbocharger brings about another advantage: it uses parts of the surplus energy from the exhaust system to generate electricity, and either stores it in the high-voltage lithium-ion battery as part of recuperation or provides additional drive power by feeding it to an additional electric motor. This motor produces 120 kW, has been installed directly on the engine and features a link to the crankshaft via a spur gear (MGU-K = Motor Generator Unit Kinetic) – another technology that ensures maximum efficiency and performance in Formula 1. The thermal efficiency of the combustion engine with electric turbocharger (MGU-H) in conjunction with the electric motor on the crankshaft (MGU-K) will be over 40 percent. This is a previously unattained peak value for series production vehicles. There will also be two further 120 kW electric motors at the front axle. Each is connected to a front wheel via a reduction gear. The fully electrically driven front axle allows individual acceleration and braking of each front wheel, and therefore selective torque distribution for particularly high levels of vehicle dynamics. The driver can move off purely electrically, initially with just the electric motors on the front axle driving the hypercar and the electric motor on the crankshaft supporting short-term acceleration wishes. If the driver presses the accelerator more firmly and demands more output, the V6 engine also switches on. The drive system unfolds its full power as the engine speed increases. Impressive acceleration figures are possible with the Race Start function: acceleration from zero to 200 km/h takes under six seconds. If the driver’s foot leaves the accelerator again to let the car coast, the system switches to electric drive at the front axle – whilst braking under normal driving conditions recuperates up to 80 percent of the energy, which is fed into the battery. Power is transferred to the rear wheels by an 8-speed manual transmission that has been entirely developed from scratch for the Mercedes-AMG Project ONE. It is activated hydraulically and can be operated in automated mode or manually using the shift paddles. The car is equipped with an advanced, weight-optimised ceramic high-performance compound braking system. Its low weight reduces the unsprung masses, thus improving driving dynamics and agility Multi-link designs are used at the front and rear. The adjustable coil-over suspension has several special features: Both push-rod spring struts have been installed across the direction of travel. The innovative arrangement of the spring/damper unit replaces the function and application of conventional tubular cross members. The overall setup of the springs and dampers is configured for perfectly balanced, easily controlled and above all sporty handling characteristics. These are also assisted by all-wheel drive and torque vectoring. The Mercedes-AMG Project ONE will not only be an ultimate driving machine that directly brings current Formula 1 hybrid technology onto the road and combines top-class race track performance with full day-to-day suitability. Its purpose is also to obtain extensive findings about performance-oriented plug-in hybrid drive technology, further developments of suspension layouts and extended onboard electronics that will later benefit series production AMG cars.
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    08-28-2017, 06:55 PM
    We are now entering the end of Summer 2017 yet there is still no OBD-II tuning option for the 991.2 generation Porsche 911. Why? Well, the new generation of Siemens ECU's utilized is doing a good job keeping tuners out. You might be saying, wait, doesn't GIAC have a tune? Indeed they do and to their credit they are the only company flashing the ECU. What they are truly doing is anyone's guess (and impressive) but tuners speculate they are doing what is known as BDM tuning or Background Debugging Mode. This is commonly called a bench flash as the ECU must be physically removed. Cobb for example does not do bench flashing (although they do have bench flash access) and wants OBD-II access so you can flash at home with your Cobb Accessport. That creates a problem though: As stated we are just speculating on GIAC's approach but BoostAddict was told they likely get the ECU to the point where it accepts commands for programming as if it were delivered from Siemens themselves to Porsche. How much can be programmed this way or what level of control is offered only each tuner knows. Clearly, this is very early in the 991.2 ECU tuning process. There are authentication steps that are posing problems which we will now go over. 1. For OBD-II access there is a seed key algorithm with a private key to gain write access to the ECU. If the wrong response is given then you are locked out of the ECU. Someone already solved this part. 2. Read access can be an issue as with the 991.1 tuners were able to use factory tools through OBD-II to get a read. Now, you have to build a file library through BDM access since it is not possible through OBD-II. 3. Things get tricky with the write process. The files are all encrypted at the OEM level and when a dealer writes to the ECU the files are encrypted and decrypted at the ECU level. It is this new encryption and decryption process that is posing the big problem. The new ECU's have stronger processing power so the write time is about the same despite the encryption protocol. Additionally, when the ECU boots up it checks for a signature. You must have this signature or you will be locked out. This signature is computed on the fly. The signature validation process is arguably the hardest part depending on which hacker/tuner you talk to. BDM flashing does not have this requirement. If you program via OBD-II when you upload data or erase memory the validation status is reset and cleared. It is not set again until the validation routine is run. In the past the signature pointer was manipulated through a binary patch which pointed to a valid signature in section that was not normally tuned. The early SDI3 and SDI4 Porsche ECU's did not have this validation requirement enabled for whatever reason but they did not check for actual validation but just the checksums. The Porsche 991.1 SDI9 did implement signature validation but you could bypass it as it was previously bypassed by pointing it somewhere else. This is a common exploit and a bug Siemens seemingly patched which means people are going to need to get very creative to bypass it. The various checksums (a digit representing the sum of the correct digits in a piece of stored or transmitted digital data, against which later comparisons can be made to detect errors in the data) of course still pose a problem so overall this is a very difficult process but one would guess it is only a matter of time before it is solved. How much time? Who knows. With the Infineon Tricore ECU's and some Bosch ECU's there was help from someone in the factory on the inside who sold codes for hundreds of thousands of dollars. It would be with great risk for someone at Porsche or even Siemens to help tuners get around the security measures. A great financial reward too but is it worth a potential jail sentence? There are very smart people working against very smart people with billions of dollars of resources to make sure those smart people do not get access. Ultimately, it is a huge battle being fought behind the scenes for some who wish to prove their talent and others who want to make tons of money. These two aspects often overlap in the tuning world. One way or another, this ECU will be broken into.
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    08-30-2017, 09:43 PM
    Since modern BMW performance motors are turbocharged pretty much everyone adds power by increasing boost and searching out turbo upgrades which can move a lot more air. Nitrous is discounted and has a stigma attached to it but there are many benefits. For one, it's cheap. At least compared to a proper turbo upgrade. Secondly, it is density altitude in a bottle. What that means is nitrous oxide provides a cooling effect: There are of course variables depending on the fuel octane, amount of nitrous injected, how it is injected, how it is tuned for, bottle pressure, etc. Twisted Tuning provides a direct port nitrous system which while more expensive than your basic wet or dry kit maintains even nitrous distribution to each cylinder. Do you want to do it right or save a few bucks? Check out their results on a 335i. Yes, they used a virtual dyno (get it on a real dyno) but it is nice to see different BMW tuning approaches: A little something different for the masses that you don't see too often on the N54 is nitrous injection. There are turbo upgrades out of the Whoo-hah, but we wanted to do something different and go against the grain with this particular 335xi. Setup designed by us here at Twisted Tuning, some probably have seen our Direct port Meth injection setups. Moving forward, last night we finally got around to starting to tune the car on the bottle. 2007 335xi - Stock Turbos, VSRF 5" stepped Intercooler, DCIs,VSRF Chargepipe, Direct Port Nitrous. Fuel is E40 and this is on a 50 shot with partially reduced timing (mainly reduced from target timing on or E40 map without the bottle) and about 19-20psi peak from the stock twin. This was generated from a log from the first full pass, after the initial setup. so more tuning and more power to be had when its all said and done. Starting out great though. We will post more updates as we progress through the tuning side of things. Then hit the rollers for final numbers. We are thinking about shooting for a respectable 600whp on the bottle after we toss on a set of catless downpipes.
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    09-19-2017, 10:52 PM
    Oh great, now the politically correct virus that infects America is coming for car advertisements. You know what a car ad is supposed to do? Get your attention. That is exactly what Mercedes-AMG accomplishes showing the new W213 generation E63 S model line up for a drag race. They are not endorsing street racing by doing this. As it turns out, advertisements do not create laws. Amazingly, somehow we still have speed limits and rules on public roads despite car ads. How many people drag race Top Fuel cars on the street anyway? What about Formula 1 cars? That number is exactly zero. It's a fantasy. It's a commercial. It isn't real. Watch the ad below and then let us know if you suddenly have the desire to race a jet powered Bonneville land speed record car at your local stoplight. Doug Stokes of Irwindale Speedway in California (of course it has to be California) takes issue with the commercial. Maybe he is drinking a bit too much soy as he seems to be suffering from low testosterone? What exactly should a commercial about a 600+ horsepower all wheel drive twin turbo V8 super sedan be about? Its gas mileage? A leisurely drive to the recycling center? It is no coincidence Irwindale Speedway operates an 1/8 mile drag strip. The argument made is self-serving as Doug wants to funnel people to the Irwindale strip because there really is nowhere else to race in California as 1/4 mile strips continue to shut down. Sacremento Raceway is the latest victim as the county is forcing them to close due to residential development. Doug, grow a pair. It's an ad. Stop trying to use it to funnel people to Irwindale. Furthermore, 1/8 mile racing sucks. Open up a real 1/4 mile strip where 600+ horsepower cars like the E63 can stretch their legs or shut the fuck up. An open letter to the industry: 09/10/17 Who the hell do I have to complain to? It (was) just a quiet Sunday afternoon, my wife and I were watching the U.S. Open finals on TV. There were, of course, number of adverts from top-tier companies … and then there was one, near the end of the match, that made the two of us whoop louder than the sellout crowd at Flushing Meadows. The ad that stunned us was a Mercedes-Benz commercial which shows a number of growling drag racing vehicles racing against a new model Mercedes. The machines (including a funny car, a dragster, and a full-out drag bike and the Mercedes) line up curb to curb on what looks like a city street, a traffic light goes green … and the machines leap forward in a five-wide drag race … the Mercedes gets to the end of the block first. Apparently it wins what looks everything like a patently illegal street race and the voice over indicates what Mercedes model it was and indicates that it would be a good idea for the people watching to buy this car … I guess based on its “track” … er, street racing record.* I frankly don’t think that it was the very best example of “The Best or Nothing” slogan that tags the advert. Likewise, a recent (at least here in Los Angeles) TV commercial shows two late model BMW’s seemingly racing each other through a (it seems) deserted industrial site with a quick close-up of another (was it one of the two street racers?) BMW cornering very hard, so hard that the driver needs to crank in a huge amount of opposite to keep control as the car slides right up to a painted double line that’s NOT on a race course, but apparently on a normal street somewhere. There you go, “The Ultimate Driving Machine” going way, way too fast apparently on city streets. And then we have Fiat-Chrysler running a whole flight of TV ads that show a wide range of way too fast activities with two (or more) cars quite apparently racing each other. Of course building a car (the Dodge Demon) that’s banned from competing in “as delivered” form by the NHRA, and then bragging about it in print in enthusiast magazines says: (at least to my ear) “Race this one the street, because it is so powerful that NHRA wants you to install a big old honking roll cage if you ever want run it at the drag strip.” A quick word about myself if I may, I’m the VP of communications at Irwindale Event Center located about 20 miles East of Los Angeles. We operate a half-mile NASCAR-sanctioned paved oval and an eighth-mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip. We opened the drag strip in 2000, and it’s the only one in southern California that operates on a weekly basis all year long. Thousands upon thousands of drivers (young, old and in between) have used our facility to have some safe, controlled, high-speed fun with their performance cars. It’s almost impossible to prove a negative, however, I think that our drag strip has helped to dampen illegal street racing in the area. And, from that perspective I feel that I can say the following: … Yeah, sure, yup, correct, you’re right; I know those commercial are a fantasy, innocent, innocuous metaphors, simply flights of advertising license. On the other hand, all of the above automobile commercials most blatantly portray and appear to glorify illegal street racing. (And supering-in some sort of tiny “closed course, do not attempt” screen when the hottest model Dodge cars are purposely seen racing with each other (or in earlier TV adverts, joyfully driving right through the middle of an idyllic outdoor wedding party knocking over tables and scattering people like a terrorists.) Finally and directly to all three of the above manufacturers, as well as any others that I’ve missed: All of you know that you can show the fun of cool, high performance driving without using (and thereby glamorizing) often deadly and illegal street racing (no how much you see it as harmless marketing hyperbole ). You are all better than that, I’m sure. Doug Stokes PS: I’d like to invite anyone in the industry (who wants to see what I’m talking about) out for one of our “Thursday Night Thunder” events at Irwindale Dragstrip. Heck ... I’ll even buy you a hot dog, soda, and a bag of chips.
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    08-24-2017, 09:03 PM
    The Lamborghini Aventador Superveloce it not a drag car. It is designed to be an incredible roadcourse performer which shows with it sub-7-minute Nurburgring laptime. The Tesla Model X on the the hand is a one-trick pony. It does that trick incredibly well as we saw the other day with an 11.427 @ 118.84 quarter mile pass. The Aventador SV was tested by magazines running as quick as 10.4 @ 134.71. This is yet another example of magazine times and real world quarter mile times being very different things. The Model X sets a new record with its 11.418 elapsed time. The Aventador wins by just edging the elapsed time but it is much faster trapping 129.38 miles per hour: The Model X P100D is the quickest and fastest SUV in the world. The Lamborghini Aventador is a completely different kind of car. If you want to see this same Aventador SV in some more runs against a Model S P100D, here you are:
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    09-18-2017, 01:33 PM
    Awron is a new vendor on BimmerBoost that brings with them considerable electronics expertise. From engine swaps to performance displays, their products are just awesome. will be sharing some first hand experience shortly with Awron's Performance Display System for the E92 M3. Awron asked if BimmerBoost would test the display with a supercharged M3 and so here we are. The E92 M3 is getting a revised Gintani E85 high boost stock internal S65 setup similar to the system detailed earlier this year which made 645 horsepower to the wheels. The Awron display will be very useful as it will provide real time data and telemetry. Plus, the piece looks OEM as if it should be there from the factory. What does it do? It offers 20 features in 1: Pretty cool, right? As for pricing, the kompressor or supercharger kit costs 999.00 Euros. We should have US distributor pricing shortly. DGA Displayed Values: Voltage Water Temperature Oil Temperature Horsepower Torque Speedometer 0-60 mph & 0-120 mph Acceleration Timer Two Axis G-Meter Power and Torque Graph Fuel Pressure Intake Temperature (After Cooler) Exhaust Temperature (Modeled) Air Fuel Ratio (Before Catalytic Converter) Transmission Temperature Maximum Recorded Values DGA Kompressor 1 Option Adds: Boost Pressure Intake Temperature (Before Cooler) Features: Steering wheel controlled (CAN) User defines dedicated steering wheel button Gauge ships pre-assembled into OEM air duct Plug & play installation Full Color OLED Display OEM look & feel Integrated USB port for firmware updates The values ​​are displayed on a modern, dimmable AMOLED display. A high-quality housing and the perfect integration into the interior provide for an optical upgrade of the cockpit. The operation is carried out via the left-hand wheel buttons (hold any key for 10 seconds and then can be switched by the screens) and an integrated USB interface allows the display to always be on the current software stand. The display is already delivered fully assembled in the fresh air guide and is easy to install. No further sensors need to be installed. The scales are adapted to the respective motor type.
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    09-18-2017, 05:30 PM
    Almost 138 miles per hour on the stock F10 M5 S63TU turbochargers? Wow! This is the same F10 M5 that previously went 135 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile. The owner went back to the strip and managed a better launch with a 1.976 60 foot. There still is plenty of room to improve that short time but the 1/4 mile result was 10.88 @ 137.80. Yes, still on pump gas. Obviously water-meth injection is making a big difference and the HCP tune sure seems solid: HCP Tune (still on pumpgas map) 3.5 bar sensors Catless dp Upgraded DCT clutches Upgraded Axles (broke OEM) WMI
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    08-29-2017, 12:40 AM
    This Mercedes-AMG W212 E63 AMG S belongs to BenzBoost member @Vasily1 and is well known on this site. He recently ran the car at a Moscow Unlimited event and put up some incredible numbers. Obviously, the timing equipment is different from an NHRA certified dragstrip. That does not make the numbers any less impressive. He started with a 10.054 @ 228.59 kph (142.02 mph) and improved to a 10.038 @ 230.76 kph (143.38 mph) recently. That is the quickest and fastest recorded W212 E63 to BenzBoost's knowledge. It is not quickest or fastest overall M157 as GAD's W204 C63 Black Series with an M157 and 4Matic swap set that record earlier this month. As for the full mod list this is essentially a custom build. @Vasily1 shared a dynograph last year showing almost 1200 horsepower. Where he is at now only he knows but there is no doubt this is one of the world's strongest E63's.
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    08-28-2017, 05:53 PM
    Absolutely incredible speed from an BMW F10 M5 here that is still on the factory S63TU turbochargers. Sometimes spinning will inflate a trap but there are two runs here one showing 134 and the other showing 135 miles per her with low 11 second elapsed times. Are 2.0X 60 foots the best? No. That just means this is an easy 10 second car and really with some better traction should go pretty far into the 10's: As for the specs: HCP Tune (still on pumpgas map) 3.5 bar sensors Catless dp Upgraded DCT clutches Upgraded Axles (broke OEM) WMI Definitely more in this car. Check it out dusting an LP560 on the strip below.
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    08-28-2017, 05:22 PM
    The research study below from LMC Automotive points to where the automotive industry is going. The direction is really not all that surprising. Engines are continuing to get smaller and the number of turbocharged engines is increasing. As a matter of fact, turbo engines will overtake naturally aspirated engines in market share. Those same turbo engine are pushing a gain in specific output of ten horsepower per liter. The reason is obviously due to downsizing of displacement and increasing output thanks to boost. Another interesting aspect is that inline-3 cylinder engines are becoming more popular. Great for commuter cars but not so great for enthusiasts. Ultimately, with more turbocharged enthusiast motors this really does not matter. Turbo tuning is only set to increase. A good time to be a BoostAddict, eh? Diesels are also becoming a bit less popular even in Europe. No doubt emissions scandals have played a part in this as well as a shift to electrification. DCT adoption continues to grow with 10-speed transmissions seemingly being the new norm. How many more gears are they going to cram in? A big uptake in hybrids is expected in 2019 and on to 2022. Expect hybrid sports cars at that time as well. As long as manufacturers don't give up on enthusiast cars this is all fine and dandy. The naturally aspirated and big displacement enthusiast car is quite definitely a dying breed. Enjoy them while you can.
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    09-15-2017, 02:43 PM
    The larger B58 3.0 liter I6 is obviously the stronger motor with more potential but the B48 2.0 liter I4 is based on the same modular architecture and offers some advantages. For one, it is cheaper. Secondly, it is lighter. Toss a JB4 on the B48 and you have quite the performance value in the BMW lineup. In stock form the car manages a 1/4 mile sprint of 13.9 @ 100 miles per hour. That is E36 M3 level performance. With a tune? 300 wheel horsepower is possible which is more than the 275 rear wheel horsepower of the E46 M3. The 230i looks pretty good in that context. The 230i xDrive weighs 3571 pounds. That is rear wheel drive 3-Series weight but keep in mind all wheel drive does come with penalty. The weight is not too bad when you factor in power being sent to all four wheels as well as the more compact B48 motor improving weight distribution over the longer and heavier B58. At $36k the car is a value. At over $50k with options not so much. Keep it relatively plain and the 230i makes for a nice BMW bargain. VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED: $50,070 (base price: $36,145) ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 122 cu in, 1998 cc POWER: 248 hp @ 5200 rpm TORQUE: 258 lb-ft @ 1450 rpm TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 105.9 in LENGTH: 174.7 in WIDTH: 69.8 in HEIGHT: 55.8 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 89 cu ft TRUNK VOLUME: 14 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 3571 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 5.3 sec Zero to 100 mph: 13.9 sec Zero to 130 mph: 26.5 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.6 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.4 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.1 sec Standing ¼-mile: 13.9 sec @ 100 mph Top speed (governor limited, mfr's claim): 149 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 152 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.96 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA combined/city/highway: 27/24/33 mpg C/D observed: 26 mpg C/D observed 75-mph highway driving: 35 mpg C/D observed highway range: 470 mi
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    09-10-2017, 03:30 PM
    This is ugly. Not all that surprising however if you have been following McLaren 720S performance results. The new McLaren dyno's just shy of 700 horsepower to the rear wheels completely stock on a Dynojet. Not to mention the absurdly quick magazine test figures as well as a video showing the 720S dispatch the 675LT with ease. Well, here is a Huracan for context and the poor Lambo needs some boost if it wants to play. In the drag races the Huracan gets an initial lead by virtue of all wheel drive but into 3rd gear the McLaren 720S just pulls like a freight train going by. From a 40 mile per hour roll, it's a joke. The McLaren is in another zip code. Even when the Huracan is given a huge jump it doesn't matter. Wow is the 720S fast.
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    09-21-2017, 04:41 AM
    Dodson has a new Sportsman Plus 10-plate BMW DCT transmission upgrade. You have seen this upgrade in action already on the 725 wheel horsepower Maximum PSI F80 M3 which recently ran 10.1 @ 139 in the 1/4 mile. Clearly the upgrade works and is powering the quickest and fastest BMW's in the world. In addition to the F80 M3 and F82 M4 models the new Dodson design will work on the F10 M5, F13 M6, and F87 M2 which share the same basic Getrag DCT box. Here is everything included in the Sportsman Plus kit: Details - 10 plate build - Quality machined billet high grade hardened baskets - High grade billet steel lid and splines - Quality Exedy® frictions Kit Includes: 10 x Large Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 10 x Small Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 10 x Large Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 10 x Small Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 1 x Large End Plate 1 x Small End Plate 1 x Large Basket 1 x Small Basket 4 x Large Circlips 4 x Small Circlips 1 x Service Tool Fits: E82: E82 135i Coupé, USA E82 135i Coupé, Europe E88: E88 135i Convertible, USA E88 135i Convertible, Europe E89: E89 Z4 35i Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35is Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35i Roadster, Europe E89 Z4 35is Roadster, Europe E90: E90 M3 Saloon, USA E90 M3 Saloon, Europe E90N: E90N M3 Saloon, USA E90N M3 Saloon, Europe E92: E92 M3 Coupé, USA E92 335i Coupé, Europe E92 M3 Coupé, Europe E92N: E92N 335is Coupé, USA E92N M3 Coupé, USA E92N 335i Coupé, Europe E92N M3 Coupé, Europe E93: E93 M3 Convertible, USA E93 335i Convertible, Europe E93 M3 Convertible, Europe E93N: E93N 335is Convertible, USA E93N M3 Convertible, USA E93N 335i Convertible, Europe E93N M3 Convertible, Europe F06: F06 M6 Gran Coupé, USA F06 M6 Gran Coupé, Europe F10: F10 M5 Saloon, USA F10 M5 Saloon, Europe F12: F12 M6 Convertible, USA F12 M6 Convertible, Europe F13: F13 M6 Coupé, USA F13 M6 Coupé, Europe
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    09-21-2017, 10:42 AM
    MotorTrend's Best Drier's Car competition is always interesting to watch. The videos are well done and they provide plenty of data. The field they choose is not always the most logical though. What the hell is a Lexus LC500 doing in this competition? Also, why is there no BMW? That omission may be BMW's fault more than that of anyone else. Just taking up space that could be used for a serious entry. Regardless, it is a pretty good lineup with all eyes on the 488 GTB. Let's list the entries in order of curb weight from lightest to heaviest: Mazda MX-5 Miata RF - 2420 lbs Porsche 718 Cayman S - 3190 lbs McLaren 570GT - 3346 lbs Ferrari 488 GTB - 3412 lbs Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - 3464 lbs Porsche 911 Turbo S - 3557 lbs Mercedes-AMG GT R - 3680 lbs Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio- 3749 lbs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE - 3837 lbs Nissan GT-R NISMO - 3904 lbs Aston Martin DB11 - 4194 lbs Lexus LC 500 - 4364 lbs The Miata undercuts the field considerably and the Lexus LC500 almost weighs 2000 pounds more than the Miata. Wow is it fat. This competition is about what is the most fun to drive but it is always interesting to see which car is the fastest. They are listed below in order of their trap speed and with additional data panels: The Ferrari is the fastest? That is a load of BS. Either Ferrari sent a ringer or MotorTrend is cooking the numbers. There are plenty of videos out there showing the McLaren 570S dispatch the 488 with ease. This alone calls into question the validity of the comparison. Regardless, here are the cars in order of their laptime around Laguna Seca: Ferrari 488 GTB - 1:31.68 Mercedes-AMG GT R - 1.33.01 Porsche 911 Turbo S - 1:33.21 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE - 1:34.30 McLaren 570GT - 1:34.87 Nissan GT-R NISMO - 1:35.01 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - 1:36.02 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio- 1:39.65 Porsche 718 Cayman S - 1:40.05 Aston Martin DB11 - 1:40.05 Lexus LC 500 - 1:43.40 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF - 1:51.43 The 488 GTB which trails the AMG GT R on the Nurburgring considerably opens up a large lead on the AMG GT R at Laguna Seca? Something doesn't smell right here. MotorTrend chooses the 488 GTB as the best driver's car but it does not feel right. The Ferrari dominates all the performance categories along with the subjective ones. If one were to guess, Ferrari provided the car only if they got this outcome as they have previously controlled MotorTrend's testing. BoostAddict doesn't buy the result and neither should you. Watch the videos from the cars below and come to your own conclusion.
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    08-31-2017, 07:33 PM
    Ethanol is the performance fuel of choice these days. Why? For one direct injected turbo motors respond well to it with pronounced cooling effects. Furthermore, ethanol is a great value and many refer to it as bargain race gas. It does tax the fuel system though. You want your car adjusting to the amount of ethanol in the fuel and that is where Fuel-It! comes in: Here is what is included for $449.95: Complete Kit includes: Two E85 compatible -6an fuel lines Custom anodized billet fittings Ethanol Sensor Bluetooth Analyzer Accessories pack
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    09-13-2017, 05:34 AM
    Get used to seeing videos like this. The new generation of German mid-size sport sedans is all about drag racing. They all have all wheel drive. They all have top mount twin turbo V8's. They are more similar than ever. Somebody has to be the quickest and fastest though, right? On paper the Porsche Panamera Turbo is at a disadvantage. It has less power and torque from the new 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 but it does have a dual clutch transmission. The W213 Mercedes-AMG E63 S on the other hand uses a 9-speed MCT automatic. A quick shifting box as well and a major advantage for the E63 other than just the power and torque is that it weighs 200+ pounds less. It shows in the performance as the E63 S kicks dust in the Panamera Turbo's face. It is two seconds faster to 150 miles per hour and the difference is almost a full three seconds by 160. Clearly it is the more powerful car (trap speed would have been nice to see EVO): It will take a Porsche Panamera Turbo S to reverse the outcome and Porsche is playing it smart not releasing the Turbo S right away. They will likely wait and see what Mercedes and BMW offer and then top it. Which they better for the considerable price premium.
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