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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    10-16-2014, 05:42 PM
    So remember when Vargas Turbo Technology teased that they started work on a turbocharger upgrade for the S55 3.0 liter turbocharged inline six in the new F80 M3 and F82 M4 just two weeks ago? Well, they are already done and the hardware is heading to EAS for testing. Yep, this happened absurdly fast. However, let's all hold our horses and expectations. The problem will not be the hardware, VTT has that part down as the pictures so. The problem as always is the problem on modern BMW's will be the electronics and tuning. Regardless, good things are coming for the new M cars already and it is simply a matter of time before this all works as it should The question mark is how much time. Vargas Turbo Technology: We are happy to announce our first set of S55 turbocharger upgrades are complete, and will be going out tomorrow. We chose EAS as our tester, and they will installed / tested on their current record holding S55. We are excited to see how they do in the new platform! :dance:
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  • BMtroubleYOU's Avatar
    10-20-2014, 06:36 PM
    Great results here on a built motor supercharged E46 M3 which belongs to BimmerBoost member BMtroubleYOU. He got his S54 engine built by VAC Motorsports who dropped the compression to 11.0:1 (the OEM S54 is 11.5:1). He also added the VAC Motorsports Stage 1 ported cylinder head. Next up was a VF-Engineering VF570 kit which includes a Vortech V3si blower. As the motor is built he upped the boost to 14 psi along with 50/50 water methanol injection. The result is an impressive 633 wheel horsepower pull although there is a bit of a spike at the end. Regardless, there are multiple pulls over 600 wheel horsepower and this is one of the strongest supercharged E46 M3's in the world. Full details in the owner's own words below along with the dynographs. Gentlemen, After all these deployments and First Sergeant duties, I finally got to finish my project. For those that are in the M3 Forum, and followed my build seeing my M3 being build from the beginning, Well finally, here it is. The dyno sheet is also attached. I was at the Cars & Coffee meet in Austin this past Sunday with a group of BMW enthusiasts from the Killeen TX area. VAC Lower engine build 11:1 CR Stage 1 VAC head Vortech V3 Si trim 14 PSI Bimmerworld 3.5 Y pipe (half way to 3") Headers wrapped all the way to the 3" reducer (halfway of car) 3" resonator and El Diablo Exhaust AEM Water methanol controller, Labonte Motorsports Nozzles, Devils own 300 PSI pump 50/50 W/M, 7 nozzles, 1 precharger and 6 to the individual throttle bodies 3 seven inch fans, 1 to custom oil cooler and 2 behind the Frozen boost dual pass intercooler. wrapped all hoses with heat reflector tape , then header wrap. AEM in tank Fuel pump. inline Walbro 255 w/ Aeromotive FPR. current @ 4 bar. much more.....
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-21-2014, 07:11 PM
    There was a time where this Ferrari would have been unthinkable. An all wheel drive four seat hatchback Ferrari? How high are you? Well, apparently just as high as whatever engineer at Ferrari put the idea forward as the reality of the situation is that the Ferrari FF is a four seat all wheel drive hatchback Ferrari. It is kind of cool in its own way as it is so different from anything else in the Ferrari lineup. It also is pretty damn fast with an Enzo inspired 6.3 liter naturally aspirated 651 horsepower V12 under the hood. The BMW F10 M5 also has room for passengers but features four doors and seats five. That extra seat comes with an extra $200,000 in your pocket as well. The M5 is your prototypical German luxury sports sedan. It has less horsepower on paper than the Ferrari at a rated 560 (very underrated 560) and similar paper torque figures. In reality, the F10 M5 likely has around the same horsepower as the FF although the FF is not exactly a car that owners put on the dyno all the time. The M5 also clearly has more torque at the wheels which is where it counts. It is a very good race between the two dual clutch cars. However, as speeds rise the all wheel drive of the Ferrari becomes a penalty despite being an efficient system. The FF's weight also is not helping as independent figures have it at a similar weight to the M5 in the 4200 pound range. The M5 pulls until it hits the limiter. Keep in mind the FF is doing itself no favors with three people in the car to the M5's two. The M5 technically wins but considering the source of the video that is no surprise. It also would not surprise us if the M5 happened to have some mods that were not mentioned. Either way, the cars are two very fun ways to go fast with some friends. In the FF's case, even in the snow.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:33 PM
    Dinan launched a new BMW club racing engine based on the S65 V8 out of the E9X M3 models. Dinan increases the bore and stroke to increase displacement from 4.0 liters to 4.6 liters. Just as with Dinan's standard S65 stroker motor the bore and stroke goes to 94mm x 83mm. Now might be a good time to bring up an old BimmerBoost S65 V8 stroker comparison article from 2010. This was the statement BimmerBoost made about the potential of the S65 stroker motors: 'By shifting the power band to the left the torque curve falls off faster not allowing the stroker to show full potential with the stock cam profile that was not designed for it. Neither Dinan or RDsport address the cams.' Well come 2014 Dinan does address the cams and that explains why the club racing S65 engine makes an additional 80 horsepower over the standard stroker. Dinan is essentially giving the motor a dry sump, adding Schrick cams, and a more aggressive tune. Now, $39,999.00 is a lot of money for a stroked S65 with a dry sump oiling system one can get from VAC and Schrick cams. Especially considering the engine requires a standalone engine control system that is not included in the price. That means this engine gets up close to $50k when all is said and done. Now, there is no point to have another discussion on Dinan pricing as Dinan is well aware of his own pricing. BimmerBoost could build this motor for almost half the price though and have it tuned on the stock DME meaning you could use it in a street car if you wanted to without the need for a standalone ECU. What is really nice to see is more aggressive cams paired with the stroker motor. So Dinan's 580 horsepower quoted output is about right considering an RD Sport stroker without the aftermarket cams hits 441 wheel horsepower (Dinan in customary fashion does not provide a dynograph at the wheels): One could expect in the ~500 whp range depending on the tune and fuel quality in naturally aspirated form from a stroked S65 V8 paired with some aggressive cams. That certainly would be a lot of fun on the racetrack which is obviously what this motor is built for. Dinan: For those seeking the ultimate high performance driving experience, Dinan has once again redefined M3 performance with a bored and stroked 4.6 liter version of BMW's V-8 engine complete with a dry sump lubrication system and solid lifter camshafts. The engine produces 580 horsepower at 8200 RPM along with increased torque of 390 lb-ft at 6900 RPM. The engine is supplied as an assembled long-block, fully prepared.. Due to the engine’s high state of tune, a Bosch or Motec stand-alone engine management system is required to run this breed of S65 engine. Dinan's 35 years of BMW tuning and racing experience ensure that the engines will perform for lasting trouble free driving excitement. Much of the technology that has made Dinan's Grand-Am Daytona Prototype engines both competitive and reliable has carried over to the 4.6 Liter V-8 engine program for street and amateur racing use, ensuring that the engines produce great power along with race-proven durability Features and Specification of the Dinan® S65 4.6L Club Racing Engine: + 4.6L long block (bore = 94mm; stroke = 83mm; compression ratio = 12:1) + Peak Power: 580 HP @ 8200 RPM and 390 ft-lbs @ 6900 RPM + High lift camshafts with solid lifters + Dry Sump lubrication system + Dinan proprietary billet crankshaft + Dinan proprietary lightweight forged pistons + Dinan proprietary light-weight connecting rods + Balanced, blueprinted and dynoed + Dinan serial numbered block + NO DINAN WARRANTY + RACING ONLY PART + NOT EMISSIONS LEGAL Core Program: Engines are a part of the CORE program we utilize at Dinan so you will be charged an additional fee on top of MSRP initially. This fee will then be refunded to you once your qualifying engine core has been received at Dinan. This ensures we have a continuous stream of product for rebuilding purposes and the lowest possible price to the consumer.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-21-2014, 03:30 PM
    BMW has done well in DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters or German Touring Car Masters) racing since its return. They won their first season back with an improbable come from behind victory in 2012. BMW also won in 2013 for back to back victories although Audi's Mike Rockenfeller took the driver's championship. This year Audi wins the manufacturer/constructor title while BMW's Marco Witmann takes the driver's win in his M4 DTM car. Now, the M4 DTM car has absolutely nothing in common with the M4 street car other than the general design silhouette. Its chassis, transmission, engine, aerodynamics, and just complete overall design are completely different. So to celebrate the championship BMW is doing exactly what they did in 2013 by creating a lame special edition M car that has nothing to do with the race car and is not special at all. BMW took 23 Alpine White 2015 F82 M4 cars, gave them a matte black hood with colorful stripes, orange outlined kidney grilles, and black wheels. Boom, done, 'special edition' M4. BimmerBoost does not consider this car special. If you can go to anyone who does vinyl wraps and replicate this M4 it really isn't all that special. It's just an overpriced standard F82 M4 with some cosmetic changes. The E46 M3 CSL? That's a special edition M car. The E92 M3 GTS? That's a special edition M car. The M4 DTM Champion Edition? It's M marketing garbage. BMW M GmbH launches the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition to celebrate Marco Wittmann's title win. 19.10.2014 Keen to celebrate this success in fitting style, BMW M GmbH is unveiling the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition (0 – 100 km/h / 62 mph in 4.1 seconds, fuel consumption combined: 8.8 l/100 km ; CO2 emissions combined: 204 g/km)*. The Champion Edition will be built in a limited run of 23 units, reflecting Wittmann's car number. And – in a further tribute to the DTM winner – it will be offered exclusively in Alpine White. The other signature features of the special-edition model, which will be refined exclusively at the BMW Individual Manufactory in Garching (near Munich), will likewise display close links with the victorious BMW M4 DTM. The matt-black bonnet and boot lid with eye-catching stripe design make an excellent visual complement to the standard CFRP roof, as does the black character line along the car's flanks. Added to the mix are an M kidney grille with orange surround, an M logo rearwards of the front wheel arches, the number 23 on the doors and the flag along with "WIT" and "DTM Champion 2014" lettering on the rear side windows. ### BMW M GmbH launches BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition – Marco Wittmann commits long-term future to BMW and receives Formula One test. Hockenheim (DE), 19th October 2014. DTM champion Marco Wittmann's (DE) superlative season drew to an end with yet more highlights in Hockenheim (DE). BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt announced at the season finale that Wittmann will remain part of the BMW family for next season and beyond. And there were another couple of surprises in store for Wittmann in the evening after the race: BMW M GmbH launched the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition in his honour. BMW Motorsport is also giving Wittmann the opportunity to achieve a childhood dream and complete a Formula One test for the Scuderia Toro Rosso team. "Marco Wittmann has an extraordinary season behind him, in which he has given BMW Motorsport an awful lot of pleasure," said Marquardt. "It is now our turn to reward him for his efforts. The contract renewal for the coming season is a logical step for us, as he has consistently impressed us in the three years he has been working with us within the DTM – both on and off the track. For this reason, BMW M GmbH has come up with something very special. I am delighted that we can also make his childhood dream come true with the Formula One test. Thanks to the relationship we enjoy with our premium partner Red Bull, it was possible for us to organise a test drive in the Toro Rosso. We are excited to see how he fares in this car – and are then looking forward to more top-class performances from Marco in the BMW M4 DTM." Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW M GmbH, said: "The production version of the BMW M4 Coupé is the new centrepiece in our range. We could obviously not have hoped for anything better than for Marco Wittmann to win the BMW M4 DTM's very first race and to end the season as the champion in the drivers' and team standings. You cannot get more emphatic proof of the performance of our cars. Therefore, it is a pleasure for us to recognise Marco Wittmann's performances by launching a BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition in the colours of his Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM. The Champion Edition will be built in a limited run of 23 units, reflecting Wittmann's car number – a very special memento of a very special season." "I am overwhelmed," said Wittmann, given the wealth of surprises awaiting him after the season finale. "The entire season has been incredible. After all, coming into the opening race of the season here in Hockenheim, I never believed I would be standing here in the same place as the DTM champion. And then to have my contract as a BMW works driver renewed and receive a Formula One test – that is a dream come true for me. I cannot find the words to express how proud and happy I am to be part of the BMW family. The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition in my colours is the icing on the cake at the end of this outstanding year. The car looks fantastic. I can hardly wait to take it out for a drive. And the test in the Scuderia Toro Rosso F1 car will definitely be an amazing experience." In a tribute to the Ice-Watch BMW M4 DTM, the Champion Edition will be offered exclusively in Alpine White. The other signature features of the special-edition model, which will be refined exclusively at the BMW Individual Manufactory in Garching (near Munich, Germany), will likewise display close links with the victorious BMW M4 DTM. The matt-black bonnet and boot lid with the eye-catching stripe design make an excellent visual complement to the standard CFRP roof, as does the black character line along the car's flanks. Added to the mix are an M kidney grille with orange surround, an M logo rearwards of the front wheel arches, the number 23 on the doors and the flag along with "WIT" and "DTM Champion 2014" lettering on the rear side windows. The BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition is also fitted with 19-inch light-alloy wheels, a black front splitter, a black side skirt blade, carbon front flaps, carbon mirror caps, a rear spoiler and a carbon diffuser insert from the M Performance Parts range. The Champion Edition underlines its exclusivity once again when you step inside. The door sill plates bear Marco Wittmann's autograph, while carbon interior trim strips – likewise signed by the 24-year-old from Fürth, Germany – feature "DTM Champion 2014" lettering and the car's serial number.
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  • HRE_Wheels's Avatar
    10-20-2014, 07:21 PM
    So we launched the 3-piece HRE Classics a few weeks ago, and since then, we've been receiving requests about 1-piece versions... So without further adieu, we give you the HRE Classic Monoblok Series! The new Classic Monoblok line debuts with five new styles in 1-piece form including the 300M mesh, the 301M split-9-spoke, the 303M 13-spoke, the 305M 5-spoke, and the 309M 19-spoke. The Classic line is available in diameters ranging from 18 to 22 inches. Widths range from 8 to 13 inches. Also available in center lock. Feel free to PM us with any questions regarding fitment or pricing! Enjoy.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    This is a similar question to what BimmerBoost raised last year regarding an M2 model. A ton of speculation took place from the various culprits on the 2015 F87 M2 this year and one site even claimed to definitively know the M2 would have a more aggressively tuned N55 from the M235i. Our position was (and remains) that nobody knows what the hell they are talking about and that they are simply guessing to get attention. CAR is claiming to definitively know what the specifications for the M2 are and here is their take. CAR states the F87 M2 will arrive in 2015 and offer 369 horsepower and and 384 lb-ft of torque featuring a detuned S55 inline-6 borrowed from the F80/F82 M3 and M4. Ok, fine, that certainly is a possibility. CAR does not state how the engine will be detuned, who at BMW stated this is the engine if anyone even did, or any real solid info on the motor. Is it just a software detune? Is BMW mating the motor to a DCT in the 2-Series finally? Will the motor get a different turbocharger or any physical hardware differences? You would think someone who supposedly has access to an inside source at BMW would ask these questions. If the M2 gets a detuned S55 and it is only detuned through software we can declare right now the M2 is the greatest tuning value in the history of the BMW lineup considering how underrated the S55 engine is and what it gains from basic tuning. If it is detuned through hardware means to protect the M3/M4 this is not a big deal anyway as on paper the M3/M4 and the M2 will have the same potential. If it features an N55 like the M235i as some reported then it does not have a real motor and BMW is really getting out of control with their cost cutting and their watering down of the M brand. All CAR has done is create a bunch of hype. That sells magazines. Good for them but they aren't getting our money. Source
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  • COBB Tuning's Avatar
    10-16-2014, 05:36 PM
    Our Accesstuner Race software is now available for supported 997.1 Turbo and GT2 vehicles!! Accesstuner Race is engine tuning software created for enthusiast tuners. Accesstuner Race allows the user to get into the heart of the OEM ECU and create custom calibrations for vehicles equipped with virtually any performance modification. The end result is a tune that is custom tailored to the vehicle's unique modifications, producing maximum power gains while maintaining the drive-ability and sophistication inherent in the OEM ECU. Please submit the Accesstuner Race Request Form in order to begin the process for acquiring this software. Once submitted, one of our Customer Service Representatives will contact you for billing information and to initiate the email containing your specific download link.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-20-2014, 06:29 PM
    There are major changes in store for the Porsche 911, that much is certain. However, a recent report from CAR stated that when the 991 generation receives its mid-cycle refresh all models will be turbocharged. CAR is taking some major liberties with the details and that is what they typically do. To begin with, CAR does not have an official source on this. They do not have a quote from anyone, a picture of a turbo engine, or anything to go along with this report other than a test mule they are guessing off. We do know that Porsche has tested a new turbocharged powerplant in the 991 Carrera / Carrera S body but the motor was a turbo four-cylinder and not the new turbo flat-6 being reported. Now, the new turbo boxer four-cylinder engine is expected to be a fully modular platform and essentially the 911 flat-six with two cylinders removed and boost added. CAR says Porsche will downsize the flat-6 engine to 2.9 liters from 3.4. That certainly is possible as the four-cylinder will not hit that displacement. Where things get very speculative is that CAR states the 911 Carrera will go up to 400 horsepower. Ok, fine, that is possible. They then state the Carrera S will get a turbo 3.8 liter and go to 530 horsepower. Well, um, is that not basically what the 911 Turbo is? The Carrera S has never swelled by over 100 horsepower with a refresh and this redundancy in the lineup with the Turbo does not make sense. A rear wheel drive turbo 911 is a GT2 isn't it? Porsche stated the level of power they are making creates traction issues for a turbo rear wheel drive 911 plus the Carrera S also is available as a 4S. CAR is just guessing wildly. The GT3 will remain naturally aspirated so all 911's will not be turbo. At least not yet but signs sure point toward this. We will have to wait and get concrete details from a source that can actually tell us what the source for information actually is. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-21-2014, 06:02 PM
    It seems we have a bit of a healthy rivalry going in the GTR scene. ETS held the quickest Nissan GTR 1/4 mile record with 7.818 pass. They also held the fastest record with a 183.56 trap speed. AMS recently raised the bar and took both records with a 7.70 @ 186.51 pass. ETS of course is aware of this and is currently making preparations to reclaim the title. They set the record with what they call their Super 99 kit that makes roughly 1800 whp. Their new front facing kit will exceed this power figure although we will have to wait and see by how much. As you can see by the Super 99 timeslip and 60-130 time, it's not going to be easy to top: So how are they going to top their own record and AMS as well? Let's have them explain it but with this front facing kit they will be able to run turbos much larger than the GT42R range: Introduction to the ETS Front Facing Turbo Kit With the record being broke, the plan is simple. It's time to go quicker and faster! The idea of a front facing setup was tossed around which is not only beneficial for manifold design, but you can also show off your turbochargers as well. The guys in the shop quickly went to work and turned our ideas into a reality. Over the last couple weeks lots of testing has taken place behind the scenes. We are happy to share some of our progress below. The kit on the left is our new front facing turbo kit and on the right is our old Super 99 turbo kit. Above is a sneak peak of our front facing kit, which will debut at the Shift-S3ctor event on October 25th-26th. Update 10/17 >> As promised, few more pictures of the new water/air intercooler setup! Huge water to air capable of supporting over 3000hp! Flared inlet/outlets for optimal air distribution through the core. Update 10/20 >> The car is up and running! Final product will have turbine housing blankets. Test run to Subway for lunch was flawless! Any luck, we will be tuning tonight!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:13 PM
    1971 horsepower at all four wheels is just absurd. That is where the ETS Nissan GTR is at right now although they showed more power than anticipated. This is a result of the Super 99 kit (turbocharger specs are undisclosed at this time) that ETS intends to use to take back the Nissan GTR 1/4 mile world record. As the full specs are not given we will state what we know. The car is running E98 ethanol. This kit with the turbos it is running is capable of 40-45+ psi of boost but this 1971 wheel horsepower run was on an 'accidental' 52 psi of boost due a mistake connecting the four port boost solenoid. ETS is going to inspect the 4.1 liter built VR38DETT motor and see how things are holding up but 2000+ wheel horsepower GTR's are definitely within reach and to be expected.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-20-2014, 08:15 PM
    Daimler is messing around with all its naming schemes and the latest genius idea someone in their office had was to bring back the Maybach moniker. You probably know that Maybach was officially killed off in 2013 and Mercedes announced it would do so back in 2011. So what is going on here? Mercedes is splitting the car division three ways. Mercedes-Benz will denote the standard cars. Mercedes-AMG will be used with the performance cars. Mercedes-Maybach will now denote their premium luxury segment. This certainly brings up a lot of questions such as what will the first Mercedes-Maybach car be? Is Mercedes still doing the Pullman long wheelbase S-Class or will that now be a Maybach model after Mercedes specifically stated they were getting away from the Maybach name? Who knows what they intend to do but Maybach, at least for now, appears to be back. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:20 AM
    You know how the M156 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 is dead? Officially, that is true as Mercedes announced its demise earlier in the year and introduced its replacement M177/M178 turbocharged and direct injected 4.0 liter V8. Technically however, the motor will live on through 2015. Does that interest you? Well, it should considering the M156 is the last of a dying breed. If you want the greatest naturally aspirated motor AMG has ever produced you can still get it in the W204 C63 AMG coupe with the M156 and the tweaked M159 version in the SLS Black Series which also will still be produced in early 2015. Both of these models are expected to be retired fairly quickly but if you still want the a 6.2 liter German naturally aspirated high revving V8 you can have it. The W204 C63 AMG coupe gets the production nod into 2015 simply because the new W205 generation C63 AMG only exists as a sedan... for the moment. Expect the M156/M159 to finally be put out to pasture around after the Spring in 2015. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-21-2014, 06:26 PM
    CAR got everyone talking with a report about the 991.2 facelift making some bold claims about the 2015 Porsche 911. Now they speculated wildly with absurd claims like a 530 horsepower Carrera S but the one aspect they appear to be getting right is that the 991.2 facelift is going to bring more turbo power for the 911 range. Why do we think this? Because the spyphotos you see below show the 991.2 Carrera or Carrera S testing on the Nurbugring and for the first time these models are getting fairly large rear bumper air inlets which we assume is due to the turbochargers now housed there. The spy photographer CarPix also told us he is 95% certain the model is turbocharged based on the engine sound. He then joked about it basically being 100% certain although nobody other than Porsche knows the engine specs. Now, the Carrera will almost certainly bump up around the 400 horsepower mark. That means the Carrera S may stretch up to 450 or even more likely an underrated number to prevent stepping on the Turbo toes. Where the 911 Turbo / Turbo S will go from here nobody knows but the 991.2 facelift will also likely bring a power bump to those cars. The size of the motor and the cylinder count are the main points of contention here. Maybe the Carrera will get the flat-4 turbo that it has tested with at around 400 horsepower? With four-cylinder turbo power coming for the Boxster and Cayman Porsche knows it needs to do something to protect the 911. It looks like the answer is turbo power for the Carrera and Carrera S as well. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 04:31 AM
    Now we're talking! The main problem BimmerBoost has with the i8 is that BMW went overboard in the efficiency department for a two-seat sports car (technically 2+2 but try to sit in the back) that costs over $130k. The i8 performs well and makes efficient use of its 357 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. That is decent power but it just not cut it in the golden age of horsepower. Especially considering the ~3400 pound carbon tub i8 chassis is simply begging for more. Who is buying cars approaching $150k with options to save a few MPG anyway? The i8 potentially is capable of so much more. Its 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbo engine only produces 231 horsepower. Good for a 1.5 liter motor of course but imagine if BMW used their S55B30 inline-6 engine from the M3/M4 instead? Automobile reports that may be a possibility. The other possibility is a 320 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder and considering that BMW does not have one of these sitting around the M division would have to develop one likely starting with the N20 engine as a base. Ok, fine, even a 320 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder massaged by M is better than this 1.5 liter three-cylinder nonsense. The best bet and what BMW should do is the S55B30 3.0 liter inline-6 giving the car an underrated 554 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That is of course assuming no changes to the electric drivetrain. Really BMW should use a twin turbo S85 V10 for the gasoline motor but now we're dreaming and we'll be content with an i8 that finally has the performance to back up the looks. The four-cylinder although better than the three-cylinder just is not good enough for a proper M1 successor and a car to honor a hundred years of BMW. This is a one time one shot thing. Go big or go home. It's now or never. Ulrich Kranz who is the BMW i Senior Vice president is apparently pushing for this hotter i8 which will be called an i8S instead of an i8M. Keep in mind last year BMW stated i and M need to remain separate which is a steaming hot pile of you know what. Look, this M version of the i8 or higher performance i8 or whatever you want to call it has been reported off and on for years now. Automobile Magazine says it is coming but we have heard this before only for reports weeks later to state the opposite. Enough already. Someone at BMW confirm this thing and let BMW M go to town on the i8. In April of this year BimmerBoost made the case for a high performance i8. The conclusion is the same as before: It is time to build the Ultimate Driving Machine. It is now or never. Either you produce an enthusiast car or just admit you no longer build 'only one thing.' Build the i8 M or M1 as you have put your hardcore and loyal fans through enough and yet we are still here. If you do not, we won't be for much longer. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:23 PM
    This is some impressive tuning right here from BrenTuning. The 997.1 GT3 is in a very high state of tune the way it sits right off the showroom floor. The 3.6 liter flat-6 motor is rated at 415 horsepower and really a bit underrated from the factory. It is making quite a bit over 100 horsepower per liter. Squeezing out more power is not easy and tuners need to be cautious. Looking at the baseline with a Cargraphic rear section exhaust the car is already making over 100 wheel horsepower per liter on a Mustang dyno. Porsche does not hold back much with the GT3. Tune only on the same 93 octane pump gas BrenTuning takes output from 364 wheel horsepower to 390 wheel horsepower with significant torque gains through the curve. 26 wheel horsepower with just a tune only on a GT3 is a big time gain. With race gas BrenTuning raises output to 400 on the dot at the wheels. A total gain of 34 wheel horsepower through just tuning. Very impressive work:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-16-2014, 05:02 PM
    We tend to make fun of the Toyota Prius here. Not because it is a bad car but because it is pretty much the opposite of what we as automotive enthusiasts look for. We want cars that are fun to drive, exciting, and that maybe even offer a bit of a roar from the motor letting everyone know hundreds of horses are under the command of your right foot and ready to be unleashed. This guy summed up our feelings on the Prius:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-21-2014, 09:23 PM
    Kind of amusing, isn't it? Ford, an American car company, is going to be importing the Ford Focus RS to the USA. Ford builds focuses in the USA for North American consumption but due to the production line at its Michigan plant not being able to build the Euro Spec Focus without extensive modification Ford will simply ship the RS over from Europe. This does mean the Focus RS will be more limited in the United States as the cost for shipping is higher than building them domestically. This also may inflate the price of the Focus RS a bit. What we do know is that the Focus RS will finally be sold in the USA and it will feature all wheel drive as well as a 2.3 liter Ecoboost turbo four-cylinder. This engine makes 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft in the Mustang and already is in the 12's in the 1/4 mile. It should be more than capable for the all wheel drive Focus RS and is likely to get a slight bump over the Mustang. US enthusiasts will finally have the chance to buy the sportiest Focus Ford produces. Whether imported or built domestically, this is a win for enthusiasts. Source
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    10-21-2014, 05:00 PM
    Interesting idea here and Acura clearly wants to make its lineup more exciting. The upcoming NSX halo sports car will be all wheel drive and Acura intends to capitalize on this aspect of the car. Half of all Acuras sold in the United States today have all wheel drive. Acura's head executive Koichi Fukuo stated regarding all wheel drive, "I think that's the way we should go." This fully all wheel drive plan is also a result of Acura's new Business Planning Office which is tasked with rethinking the brand and getting sales going. Fukuo stated, "The key is awd. As a premium brand, we need something different from the competition." It sounds like they intend to be the Japanese Audi with these statements. Acura seems to be searching for an identity and new ideas. Perhaps standard all wheel drive will offer what they are looking for. What they really need are better and more exciting cars. The NSX will hopefully have the effect they seem to desperately need. Source
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    Today, 01:32 AM
    This is definitely not a TT you would call cute. Audi is offering its customers a potentially affordable way to get into a spec racing series. Affordable naturally when put into context against other single make factory sponsored series such as the Ferrari 458 Challenge program or the Porsche Carrera Cup program. The Audi Sport TT Cup will begin next year in 2015. It will be held as part of the DTM season meaning owners will compete in an environment as serious as its gets. Yes, this will only be available for Europeans (or people who love to travel to Europe frequently) for the time being. So what about the car itself? It features a dry weight of 2480 pounds so with fluids closer to 2600. With 310 horsepower from the 2.0 TFSI motor and front wheel drive it will definitely move well and it also features an innovative push to pass overboost feature. Audi allows the engine to be briefly boosted by 30 horsepower although the amount of time and frequency of use allowed is not specified. There will be two races featuring a 24 car field at each DTM race event with 18 permanent seats. You can let a guest drive your car if you want to which means I better make friends with someone who buys one of these and quickly. Audi's own professional drivers and staff will be on hand to assist and the winner of the cup will be invited to participate in the Audi R8 GT3 program. Awesome? Hell yes it is. AUDI TO LAUNCH RACING SERIES FOR THE NEW TT - Audi Sport TT Cup from 2015 in DTM environment - Attractive race car for beginners and drivers switching from other series - Prof. Dr. Hackenberg: "The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers" Ingolstadt, October 2014 – With a dedicated racing series for the Audi TT* the brand with the four rings will be offering a new opportunity to enter the company's successful motorsport world. The Audi Sport TT Cup will be held as part of the DTM starting in the 2015 season. This means that, following the successful introduction of the Audi R8 LMS Cup in Asia, Audi is launching another one-make cup in Germany next year. The racing version of the new Audi TT with a weight of only 1,125 kilograms delivers 228 kW (310 hp). By means of a so-called push-to-pass function the output of the two-litre TFSI engine can be briefly boosted by 22 kW (30 hp). "The Audi TT is an icon and continues to epitomise powerful sportiness and emotional design in what is now its third generation," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of Audi's Board of Management for Technical Development. "For me it was clear that a driving machine like the new Audi TT belongs on the race track as well. With the Audi Sport TT Cup we have found an exciting approach. The TT is going to thrill fans and drivers." In the 2015 season, at each of six DTM events in Germany and neighbouring countries, two races of the Audi Sport TT Cup are planned. quattro GmbH will centrally prepare and field the 24 cars. Six cockpits will be reserved for changing guest drivers, while interested drivers can apply worldwide for the other 18 places on the grid at www.audi-motorsport.com effective immediately. The multi-stage selection process will take place in close cooperation with the Audi driving experience. Markus Winkelhock will be on hand to coach the participants of the Audi Sport TT Cup as an experienced professional race driver. The former Audi DTM driver and winner of this year's 24-hour races at the Nürburgring and at Spa has already tested the TT cup. His impression: "The Audi TT cup is a genuine race car, ideal for rookies, yet challenging to drive. You immediately feel that you're sitting in an Audi and recognise the close kinship with the brand's other race cars." The extremely light body of the third TT generation with its intelligent material mix of steel and aluminum provides an ideal base for a race car. The four-cylinder TFSI and the six-speed S tronic were adopted from the production model nearly unchanged. An active differential that is electronically variable from the cockpit ensures optimal traction at the front axle. "With the TT cup we offer an attractive race car for beginners and drivers who switch from other racing series," says Heinz Hollerweger, Managing Director of quattro GmbH. "It goes without saying that for Audi safety is of paramount importance. We're using features from the Audi R8 LMS ultra, such as the Audi PS1 Safety Seat." The winner of the new Audi Sport TT Cup can look forward to receiving support in Audi's successful GT3 sports car program. A subsequent promotion to the DTM or the WEC with Audi is another dream of many young race drivers. "Audi fully concentrated on top-flight racing for a long time," says Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "The Audi R8 LMS in 2008 was the first race car we specifically developed for use by customer teams. With the Audi Sport TT Cup, quattro GmbH now also offers the opportunity to enter racing with Audi."
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    Today, 02:21 AM
    Well, this sure is a fun swap! Simply rip out the VR6 engine up front and stuff a 5.2 liter V10 in the back and give it a pair of a turbos to boost output to over 1500 horses. That is what Asgard Performance in Germany did with this Golf and that certainly is one way to increase the output of a MKIV R32. Now, you can clearly see the V10 in the back and that they actually did put the motor back there. They are claiming 1500+ horsepower and a curb weight of 1984 pounds. That curb weight is very hard to believe as is the 1.32 pounds per horse ratio. We all know the V10 can make over 1500 horsepower with a big pair of turbos so no reason to doubt the power potential aspect. This is definitely one of the coolest VW swaps we have seen and the video of a rev is nice and all but how about some substance? How about a video of the car running or a dyno? There are a lot of questions marks here but the concept is definitely cool. This is a new shop and they seem to be promoting this big time asking for people to contact them. VWBoost would like to see what this car can actually do and some concrete support for their very bold claims.
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    Today, 12:06 AM
    Canned tunes evolve too but the point is ultimately that if you're comparing custom dyno tunes to 'canned' or 'box' tunes as you are calling them of course the custom dyno tune is going to be better as it is like a custom tailored suit. Especially if the tuner is skilled.
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