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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-08-2017, 08:41 PM
    If something is not broken, you do not need to fix it. Porsche is introducing a problem that does not need to exist. You may remember spyshots of the 2019 992 generation 911 showing off some of the interior design elements were posted a few months back. Those photos did not capture much of the interior including the shifter. The latest set of photos from Car and Driver do and they have us thinking, WTF? Seriously, what is that? Why does it even exist? The PDK shifter is perfect the way it is. How is one supposed to use the shift lever to change gears now? The only way to do it would be paddles and if the shift lever is nixed this takes something away from the interaction as well as the PDK serving as a manual alternative. It just looks stupid. Not to mention the needless cupholder as if the current cupholder setup being away from the shifter is not perfect as you are not knocking some soda over with your elbow when trying to shift. Maybe Porsche is going to an automatic? What other explanation is there?
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    12-08-2017, 09:03 PM
    Is anyone keeping score of how many people have been scammed or stolen from by Dime Racing up to this point? BoostAddict is doing its best but admittedly there are so many horror stories to sort through it is tough to keep track. The latest victim to come forward is Meister Werke Design + Technik or MWDesigntechnik. What happened? They ordered a very expensive Super Trofeo Race aerodynamic kit for their Huracan for roughly $30k. They were strung along and never received the kit. The money was taken of course. This comes in the wake of Dime being sued by multiple parties, Brian McLevis' Huracan horror story, ripping off Deeds Racing, oh and the Vehicle Virgins Huracan horror story. These guys sure love taking advantage of Huracan owners, eh? Easy targets with money so it makes sense from the scammer perspective. If only someone had warned people? Oh, that's right, BoostAddict did. It's a shame to read that yet another person was taken advantage of:
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    12-09-2017, 10:42 PM
    All wheel drive obviously adds weight. The main concern for enthusiasts with the first ever all wheel drive M5 is that the car will become bloated beyond belief. BMW assured everyone they would offset any potential weight gain with extensive use of lightweight materials. Well, they did not completely offset a weight gain as the F90 M5 is heavier than the F10 M5 but they at least did a decent job. Keep in mind the G30 M550i xDrive comes in at 4414 pounds. The F10 M5 is a fat pig at 4313 pounds and offers poor weight distribution. The F90 is not improving in those areas and likely will have more weight on the nose. While 4369 pounds is more weight than the F10 M5 the F90 M5 manages to undercut all wheel drive rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG E63 S, Audi RS7, and Porsche Panamera Turbo. Keep in mind these numbers come from an internal BMW document shared by BimmerBoost member @DANKimball. Let's see what independent weight tests show. If you would like further F90 M5 technical details such as the gearing, final drive, transmission codename, etc., take a look below.
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    12-08-2017, 09:33 PM
    This is the same design that BimmerBoost covered in a previous article. Is this the solution that finally solve the nasty crank hub spinning issue once and for all? Gintani is releasing their crank hub fix kit at $1693. This includes their one piece crank hub, the crank hub bolt, and the crankshaft modifying tool. The real expense comes from the install. Due to the installation difficulty you should budget about two days worth of labor from your shop. Gintani is offering an install special at their location for $3500. Yes, that makes this crank hub solution a total of $5193 installed. It certainly is cheaper than a motor and easier than having to fight BMW on a warranty claim. What is peace of mind worth to you?
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    12-13-2017, 04:35 AM
    Congratulations to Renntech are in order! Hot on the heels of releasing their Stage I M177 tuning software for the 2018 Mercedes-AMG W215 E63 S they set a record on the dragstrip. A 10.685 @ 130.09 is the new quickest and fastest pass for the platform. This also makes for the quickest and fastest tune only W213 E63 pass topping Weistec's record of 10.849 @ 126.58: Different tunes, conditions, and octane explain the difference. We will see a bit of back and forth as tuners start to upgrade these cars and they get out to the track. It is always fun to see records quickly fall on a new platform.
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    Yesterday, 12:04 AM
    700+ wheel horsepower BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4 models are going to be more and more common. The main key ingredient in recipe to get there is a turbo upgrade and the turbo upgrade that most are running is the Pure Turbos Stage 2 S55 turbo upgrade. You are going to need fuel and octane to go with it though. You are also going to need a quality tuner and that is where Eurocharged comes in. Big numbers, no doubt: That curve does not look bad either. They are also doing it without any port fuel injection although obviously meth is playing a large role. The F80 M3 and F82 M4 almost make hitting 7XX whp easy. - PureTurbos Stage 2 - Meth Kit - Race gas - Flash Tune - FBO
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-12-2017, 02:41 AM
    You may have noticed an increasing number of bottom mount twin scroll turbo kit options coming out for the N54 in late 2017. Well, add 4N Performance to that last. If you have not heard of them 4N Performance is a tuning and performance shop for German cars based in Modesto, California. So what is special about this offering? This: Additionally, pricing is $4500 with a Precision 6266 turbocharger. No results have been posted with the kit just yet. So who is willing to sign up and try it out?
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    12-13-2017, 01:08 AM
    Car and Driver released their test of the 2018 Audi TT-RS and it puts up the numbers expected. It is not quite as fast as the European test figures but you can attribute that to weight, weather, and octane. The trap speed is similar to what Iroz hit with just a downpipe so while the Car and Driver time is GPS derived rather than from a strip it is at least a realistic representation of the platform. What is really commendable is the weight. 3270 pounds! For an all wheel drive turbo car with a dual clutch transmission that is incredible. Actually, it is the best on the market. Audi seems to get the recipe is keeping weight low. Which is astonishing as all their other vehicles are incredibly fat. At least the TT-RS remains light. Even at the $80k as tested price the TT-RS is a bargain. It offers a ton of tuning potential in a technologically advanced and lightweight package. It's Audi's version of the 911 Turbo. For less than half the price yet almost all of the performance. EHICLE TYPE: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe PRICE AS TESTED: $80,200 (base price: $65,875) ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 20-valve inline-5, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 151 cu in, 2480 cc POWER: 400 hp @ 7000 rpm TORQUE: 354 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm TRANSMISSION: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: WHEELBASE: 98.6 in LENGTH: 165.0 in WIDTH: 72.1 in HEIGHT: 52.9 in PASSENGER VOLUME: 74 cu ft CARGO VOLUME: 12 cu ft CURB WEIGHT: 3270 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 3.4 sec Zero to 100 mph: 8.6 sec Zero to 130 mph: 15.4 sec Zero to 150 mph: 23.0 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 4.5 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.7 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.3 sec Standing -mile: 11.9 sec @ 117 mph Top speed (governor limited, mfr's claim): 174 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 154 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.99 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY: Observed: 22 mpg 75-mph highway driving: 31 mpg Highway range: 440 miles EPA FUEL ECONOMY: Combined/city/highway: 22/19/29 mpg
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    12-08-2017, 10:40 PM
    The Corvette Z06 in stock form is very potent with its 650 horsepower LT4 supercharged 6.2 liter V8. The automatic models are quicker than the manual but from a roll shift speed is not as important as top end power as you spend more time in the higher gears. Not that quick shift speeds hurt as this DCT M4 shows. What does hurt is the big wing the M4 is wearing. A ton of drag which does not help performance. Yet, despite the drag, the M4 quickly makes up ground on the Z06 and pulls. The Z06 getting a nice lead partially thanks to the instant torque from the positive displacement blower. What does the Schmiedmann Stage 4 S55 upgrade constitute? Upgraded turbos, exhaust changes, upgraded intercooler, and an E85 tune in this case. As well as an upgraded Stage IV fuel system courtesy of Fuel-It! to be able to run straight E85. A fast M4 for sure and if the Z06 intends to take it he is going to need some upgrades of his own.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-11-2017, 08:57 PM
    You want to know what the absolute best Porsche tuning value is? The 996 Turbo. Just go look at prices. The model does not hold its value due to following the air-cooled 993 and moving away from the trademark bug eyed look. That may not be fine for collectors but it is great for people who want tune a 911 Turbo without breaking the bank. Amazing values to be had. This example of course is a bit more involved than basic tuning. The car has the AIM Performance 1200 package. What does that mean? You would have to ask AIM. 1200 implies 1200 horsepower and well they are certainly delivering more than that based on the dyno: A built motor, upgraded fuel system, and a pair of Precision 6466 turbos are part of the package. It is tuned on a Syvecs standalone which seems to be the way to go in the Porsche Turbo world. What kind of performance does 1238 wheel horsepower get you in the 1/4 mile? A 9.581 @ 153.65 miles per hour: The 1.607 60 foot is not bad but there is room to improve there. Keep in mind the car is converted to rear wheel drive and manual. It looked like they had trouble getting heat into the tires. They plan to push it further and we will definitely be watching.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:00 AM
    Go catless or run sport cats? That is a question we hear all the time on the forums, isn't it? Well, was able to do some independent testing on the 991.2 Project car and obtained some valuable and interesting data. Full disclosure, Soul Performance is a vendor here and I contacted them telling them what I planned to do with my 2017 911 Carrera. I asked about their exhaust options and spoke with Mike Spock. Mike was honest and upfront saying he believed there was not much gain to be had with the sport cats or bypass pipes alone. Well, as luck would have it I was getting a tune. After some debate I decided since I had the PSE (Porsche Sport Exhaust) it made sense to go with the bypass pipes for the sound quality alone. Check out the sound: Unfortunately, a mixup resulted in the bypass pipes being shipped to my home rather than my tuner. If you are wondering why this article took so long to be posted, now you know. Anyway, with the Soul Performance 991.2 Cat Bypass pipes I picked up 13 horsepower at the wheels: There is indeed a tradeoff of torque down low for horsepower up top. You do not start to see a gain with the bypass pipes until 4200 rpm. Oddly enough while there is a peak torque loss there is a slight spool improvement. Overall, the gains up top where the 991.2 Carrera badly needs them are well worth losing a bit of torque from 3500-4200 rpm especially considering a tune brings torque in that range up so high to begin with. Now compare these bypass pipes results to an independent test by VF-Engineering of the Fabspeed 991.2 sport catalytic converters. These sport cats retail for $2650: Fabspeed claims the sport cats lose a little torque but provide huge gains up top similar to what my bypass pipe testing shows: Well, right now is where you are going to learn the difference between a marketing graph and real independent testing graph. Here is a 991.2 Carrera with the Fabspeed Sport cats overlaid with my stock baseline pull on this same dyno at VF-Engineering: My stock car is the red line making 344 whp 326 wtq. The car with the Fabspeed sport cats is making less power and less torque. Basically, the sport cats aren't helping at all. Would a tune help see gains? Definitely but the truth is the factory cats flow pretty darn well. If you are buying sport cats for power gains alone you are wasting your money. Ultimately, the Soul Performance bypass pipes helped us hit 455 whp and 448 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with an aggressive race gas tune. That is the most anyone has shown on the platform so far: The more gas you flow the more of a gain you will see. Thank you to Soul Performance, Gintani, and VF-Engineering.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-08-2017, 11:13 PM
    This dyno overlay illustrates what BoostAddict preached for years and continues to preach. Boosting a high revving naturally aspirated motor makes for a better power platform. Why? Because it takes less boost (and less heat) to hit higher output numbers and there is more headroom. This is a debate that raged in BMW circles forever as people debated the merits of adding forced induction to a naturally aspirated M car versus tuning one with forced induction from the factory. Just look at how this GT350 Voodoo V8 does with a 2.9 liter Whipple twin screw supercharger at 10-11 psi on 93 octane pump gas compared to a Mustang GT Coyote with a 2.3 liter Eaton TVS blower at similar boost: Night and day, isn't it? You will notice all the gains come up top past 5500 rpm. The better breathing of the Voodoo V8 paired with higher compression and a higher redline give it a power advantage of 149 rear wheel horsepower at similar boost pressure. Not only will the Voodoo V8 pull much harder it can be geared more aggressively due to the wider powerband. It is no wonder BoostAddict absolutely loves the Voodoo V8 and feels it is one of the best V8's ever made. What is there not to love about over 800 whp on pump gas?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2017, 08:33 PM
    Gintani has by far the strongest stock internal E9X M3 S65 V8 supercharger builds out there. They are basically right on the doorstep of the 7XX rwhp mark with their Stage X S65 supercharger system. What is the key? Ethanol. The fuel system is upgraded to flow plenty of E85 and the boost on the Vortech blower is cranked up with tuning to match: The reason this works well with the S65 V8 is the torque comes in up top. Just look at that curve as measured on the Dynocom. That means the rods are not stressed in the same manner as a turbo or positive displacement setup. If you want the maximum amount of horsepower on the E9X M3 without opening the motor, this is quite simply the best option. For those wondering, the E92 M3 is getting a similar setup and looking for that 7XX number.
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    12-09-2017, 11:12 PM
    AMR Performance recently did a Stage I dyno tune for a W205 Mercedes-AMG C63 S. The S version of course has a more aggressive tune from the factory said to be good for 503 horsepower at the crank. AMR Performance got a baseline of 452 wheel horsepower from the car. The torque figure is 450 lb-ft at the wheels and it is impressive how well the torque curve holds from 2850 from 5000 rpm. So what do the numbers go to after the Stage I pump gas dyno tune? 527 wheel horsepower and 575 lb-ft of wheel torque. The torque gain is massive: It mostly comes down low but there are gains through the curve as the turbos start to run out of breath toward redline. An additional 125 lb-ft of torque at the wheels from just a Stage I tune on pump gas is a very stout gain.
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    12-09-2017, 09:52 PM
    If you were one of those people wondering when McLaren would release a track-focused version of the 720S, well, here it is. McLaren is not shying away from saying this is the top track car in their history and that means it should have no trouble dispatching even the vaunted P1. Only 500 of these Senna models will be built and if you were supposed to get one McLaren already contacted you. For the rest of us people with the bank accounts of mere mortals we will simply have to watch what the Senna does from afar. What are the big changes? Well, the styling clearly shows you downforce is the emphasis. The wing is not for show. McLaren also revised the suspension, brakes, and wheels. Oh, and how about 800 horsepower? It is also lighter with McLaren claiming it is the lightest car they produced since the F1. Considering the standard F1 weighs 2500 pounds it is doubtful McLaren got the Senna that light. A good bet though is that it is under 3000 pounds. Let's assume that is the case. Less than 3000 pounds with 800 underrated horses and aerodynamics that will have it sticking to the ground means the GT2 RS might as well count the days until its record Nurburgring laptime is topped. Nothing is going to touch this car on the track. No production car will even be close. McLaren is simply increasing the gap between them and everyone else and nobody is going to catch them. Enjoy it while it lasts. This may be the peak for the internal combustion sports car.
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    12-13-2017, 10:45 PM
    Now this is a serious turbo upgrade for the M133 engine platform. Not a hybrid but a full turbo replacement with a new manifold. That means there is no core charge but also much more capability from the Garrett GTX 3071R or 3076R turbo options. Just how much more power? Well, we will have to wait and see a dyno but expect 500+ horsepower and more depending on turbo choice, fuel, and options. For example, you can add water/methanol injection to the turbo kit. Either way, there is far more capability than the factory manifold and turbo: Weistec is not forcing you to use their software either. If you want a custom tune by your tuner of choice, by all means do so. This is also a completely bolt on install affair and the turbo upgrade will mate to the factory downpipe. Key Features: Twin Ball Bearing Turbocharger ~60 to ~70 Lbs/min compressor flow depending on turbo choice Weistec M133 Compressor Cover Weistec Cast Stainless Steel M133 Twin Scroll Manifold Weistec W.4 Turbo Heat Shield Custom Turbo Coolant Lines and Fittings Custom Turbo Oil Lines and Fittings Bolt on installation All hardware and gaskets are included 500+HP Capable with supporting upgrades* Designed to use Weistec M133 Downpipe, Weistec M133 Intake System, and Weistec M133 Anti Surge Valve for maximum performance Compatible with Factory Downpipe Reuses Stock Wastegate Actuator No Core Charge It is going to be fun to see what CLA45's, GLA45's, and A45's do with this turbo upgrade. It starts at $6,699.99:
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    12-12-2017, 10:11 PM
    BigBoost announced back in June they were developing a turbocharger upgrade for the McLaren M838T engine used in the 570S, MP4-12C, 650S, and 675LT. This is obviously an involved process but it also shows that BigBoost is not just repackaging development from someone but actually doing their own compressor map testing. What you see is a gas stand which quite literally is a stand flowing gas through the turbocharger. Various sensors are attached and they can monitor in real time how the compressor reacts to exhaust gases. Why is this important? Here: This is literally a test bench for turbos allowing various scenarios to be applied. A very cool (and expensive) toy.
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    12-13-2017, 09:04 PM considers the Lexus LC500 a joke of a car in performance terms. It's fat. It's slow. It is simply behind the times. What could give it a boost you ask? How about a brand new 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with over 600 horsepower for the LC-F? Now that is something to take seriously. Lexus stated they would produce an LC F and a Japanese site states a brand new 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 is being designed for it. A V8 with over 630 horsepower. If one were to guess Lexus will no doubt employ a design similar to the Audi 4.0 TFSI and Mercedes M177. Expect another 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with twin scroll turbos mounted in the valley. The more boost the better, right? At least we will be able to take the performance of the LC F seriously. Now what are they going to do about its porky 4300+ pound weight? Source
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    Yesterday, 01:44 AM
    What APR is doing with the Golf R is amazing. This is a 10-second Golf on pump gas! Yes, pump gas and street tires. Essentially performance you can repeat every single day and they did not even have to open the motor. The APR Stage 3+ turbo upgrade kit is what makes this possible and the BorgWarner EFR7163 turbocharger of course. The pump gas aspect needs to be highlighted though. We all have seen the kit top 500 whp on race gas but running 10's on whatever you fill up with locally with a 2.0 liter motor is just awesome. For perspective, a GTI on 93 octane will dyno 474 whp but a Golf R sending power to all four wheels will have higher losses. Either way it gives you an idea of the level of power it takes to achieve this result on the strip. Consistent, reliable, and fast. Exactly what you expect from APR:
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    12-13-2017, 11:25 PM
    That would be a dream motor! A lot is being read into a random photo circulating on Instagram which you can see pictured below. It was captioned as '2019 GT500' and so of course the automotive internet is now running wild with speculation. The engine is rumored to have the codename 'Predator' which means Ford has a monopoly on awesome codenames. Everyone knows what a blown Voodoo V8 is capable of. A little bit of boost goes a long way on that exceptional NA base. However, the current rumor is that while the block and displacement all stay the same a cross-plane crank will be utilized. Why? Likely because it will be sturdier under boost but considering Voodoo's are making 800+ whp the reason is more than likely to keep the GT350 special. That is the same reasoning as to why the Ford Racing 5.2 liter Aluminator XS crate motor has a cross-plane crank instead of a flat-plane crank which Ford directly admits to. If that is the case, expect a lower redline and a motor that is not all about the top end pull past 8000 rpm. It also means the twin turbo V8 rumor is dead. Honestly, boosting a GT350 sounds more interesting (and more fun).
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    12-12-2017, 09:46 PM
    Formula 1 car versus tuned Nissan GTR is an awesome race. This one is not quite what we would want to see as a 2017 Formula 1 car against a top tuner R35 GTR is what BoostAddict would choose. Beggars can't be choosers and this is still a very cool race that puts performance in perspective. The R34 features a 2.8 liter built RB26DETT engine with a billet block. They say it makes 1000 horsepower which is certainly believable. The 1994 Footwork Area Formula 1 car on the other hand has naturally aspirated 3.5 liter Ford Cosworth V8 power. It revs to roughly 10,000 rpm and makes 620 horsepower or so. What this comes down to is power to weight and not outright power. The GTR does hang in pretty darn well with a car that is about half its weight. It even takes one run where the F1 car misses a gear and can't make up the gap. Very cool to see. Now who can put together a 2000+ awhp tuner R35 against a modern F1 car?
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    Today, 12:27 PM
    All the runs were done in AWD with Launch Control. RWD on the streets is only possible in Drift Mode and that doesn't help the acceleration ;-)
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    Today, 12:01 PM
    Just noticed that too :lol:. They were actually folded down to transport the equipment (cameras, stabilizer, table, tent, etc.)
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    Today, 11:57 AM
    Correct, run was done on 93 octane pump gas. No other modifications to the car beside the ECU tune. We used our new RPS wheels which are 20x10.0 in the front (20x9.0oem) and 20x10.5 in the rear (20x10.0oem) with the OEM tires (265/35-20 and 295/30-20), wider wheels with same tires. As you can hear in the video, we had slight wheel spin at the start, which causes a slower 60' time.
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