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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 11:16 AM
    Yeah I agree but GIAC is promoting it like some great victory. I mean it is not like the R8 would have won anyway but at least try to make it a race. I don't have the trap speeds. I would like to see a tune only RS7 take on a tune only F10 M5 and E63 from a roll. That would be fun times.
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  • Stevenh's Avatar
    Today, 11:08 AM
    Too much of a jump to even consider that a race... the Rs7 was damn near 3 cars out and probably around 45mph before the R8 got into it. Do we have data on trap speeds to get an idea on where it would have shaken out with an even start?
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    Today, 10:48 AM
    Finally some independent performance numbers for the new Corvette Z06! MotorTrend got their hands on what is the hottest new performance car of 2015 and came away very impressed. They tested the car and got 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and a 1/4 mile pass of 11.3 @ 126.2. Chevrolet themselves claimed 127 mile per hour trap speeds for the car. They also claimed a 1/4 mile elapsed time of 10.95 for the auto with the manual 3/10's behind this so MotorTrend's numbers are right where they should be based on Chevy's claims. That said, the 8-speed 8L90 automatic will be quicker and faster than this. We expect it to be well into the 10's at over 130 miles per hour especially once owners get them to the strip. MotorTrend is not exactly known for their skill at extracting performance on the drag strip. The car is obviously about more than just acceleration. The figure eight time of 22.5 seconds only trails the million dollar Porsche 918 Spyder. The Z06 sure starts to look like a hell of a performance bargain in that company. MotorTrend states the curb weight is 3533 pounds. This is right at the claimed GM figure of 3524 pounds. Spot on and impressive considering it was expected to gain quite a bit more weight than the Stingray. Weight distribution is 51/49 front to back compared to the Stingray 49/51. MotorTrend concludes with the car being just as fast but more composed and enjoyable than the C6 ZR1. Essentially, it's easier to extract the limits while maintaining confidence. Interestingly, they brought in an automatic Z06 for Randy Pobst to lap around Road Atlanta. Why they did not get this car to test in a straightline only MotorTrend knows. Regardless, Pobst hustles the car around the track quickly. How quickly? A laptime of 1:30.18. MotorTrend did not put the time in context after doing some research that is a very fast time. A Champion Motorsports built 997 Turbo managed a 1:37 to give you an idea. We can not wait to see more test numbers from more sources but suffice it to say the Z06 is the performance car bargain of 2015.
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    Today, 09:14 AM
    The heavier V8 turbocharged all wheel Audi sedan against the lighter all wheel drive naturally aspirated Audi sports car. Acceleration is only one measure of these cars but it certainly is one of the major aspects of aftermarket tuning that this network focuses on. GIAC tends to specialize in Volkswagen Group products and this is their area of expertise. Therefore, it is no surprise they offer a very solid tuning option for the Audi RS7 4.0 TFSI motor. This particular car is running their race version of the Stage I software on race fuel of course with an axle-back exhaust system. The R8 is a 2014 model with the new dual clutch S-Tronic transmission. It is presumably stock. It is also at a power disadvantage in stock form with 525 horsepower against the stock 560 horsepower RS7 let alone against a tuned RS7 on race fuel with a claimed output of 750 horses. The advantage the R8 has though is that it is roughly 1000 pounds lighter and has a dual clutch instead of an automatic. The RS7 gets a sizeable jump from the start. The R8 is playing catch up from the beginning. It never does catch up as the gap only widens as the cars continue. This is simply a mismatch and the RS7 has way too much power and torque for a stock R8 V10 to make this a race. It at least would have been more interesting if the R8 was given the jump instead. Regardless, tuned 4.0 TFSI motors continue to impress.
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    Today, 08:54 AM
    Another round in the war of new gen M3 versus previous gen M3. Last month a race was posted showing a supercharged E90 M3 pulling a tuned F80 M3. This of course got fanboys in a tizzy with the latest and supposedly greatest M getting pulled by the car it replaced. Now the F80 M3 in that previous run was not the BMS F80 M3 test car. The car in this video is Burger Tuning's own car and Terry Burger certainly can be more aggressive with his own car than a customer's car as he tests out various tunes. This much is a given. The E92 M3 is running an ESS-Tuning kit which although a solid offering is not the most aggressive supercharged setup available or forced induction setup available. Especially considering this car was in daily driver mode and not kill mode meaning the VT2-650 was more like the majority of ESS supercharged cars and putting out power in the mid 500 range on pump fuel. The F80 M3 wins this round and the conclusion is the same as before: It is two different M engine philosophies at work here and both are effective. The supercharged E90 M3 wins this round but as tunes and supporting mods evolve for the F80 M3 it will compete with stock internal supercharged E90 M3's on its stock turbochargers. We will see more aggressively tuned F80 M3's out there and there are more aggressively tuned E9X M3's out there. Back and forth we will go on the stock internals but ultimately the victor has already decided. Which platform that is BimmerBoost leaves up to you to figure out.
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    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    The 2014 Los Angeles International Auto Show is in the books and a great show it was. There were some excellent debuts such as the Mercedes C63 AMG as well as the mind blowing Ford Shelby Mustang GT350. From a press perspective the auto show does a great job of making media access easy and friendly. The Media Center is run how it should be with lockers available, food, coffee, and quick Wi-Fi. Plenty of press events are thrown including a kick off party, awards, conferences, networking receptions, and plenty of open bars. If it sounds like fun that is because it is. Next year the BoostAddict network will cover more of the press events and technology conferences over focusing solely on manufacturer showing. Speaking of the manufacturers pretty much everyone who is anyone was in attendance. As you see below some of the big boys had some interesting setups. KIA in particular had a woman doing a sort of rock climbing show to get attention apparently and it worked. So did their open bar featuring Sculpin IPA and various California wines. If their idea was to get me drunk enough to like their cars it almost worked. Almost. Porsche as usual had their solid offering in their own hall which creates their own sort of atmosphere and buzz (top notch babes walking around does not hurt either). Not everyone is this exciting though as Toyota, Mitsubishi, and Volvo were boring. If your cars are boring at least try and spice up the atmosphere like KIA did. Here is a recap of the BoostAddict coverage: LAND ROVER BRINGS THEIR $110K 550 HORSEPOWER RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR PERFORMANCE SUV TO LA JAGUAR DEBUTS THE 2016 F-TYPE WITH ALL WHEEL DRIVE AND MANUAL TRANSMISSION OPTIONS - AWD F-TYPE R COUPE A9 COUPE PREVIEW? AUDI BRINGS THEIR STUNNING PROLOGUE CONCEPT CAR TO LA A SOMEWHAT BORING VISIT WITH BMW M AND I DODGE PUTS THE 6.2 LITER 707 HORSEPOWER SUPERCHARGED HEMI HELLCAT V8 ON DISPLAY - PICTURES AND SPECIFICATIONS A VISIT WITH MERCEDES-AMG + 2015 AMG GT S AND W205 C63 AMG S IMPRESSIONS PORSCHE PUTS A CROSS SECTION OF THE MACAN TURBO 3.6 LITER V6 ON DISPLAY FORD DEBUTS THE 2016 SHELBY MUSTANG GT350 - IMPRESSIONS CADILLAC PUTS THE 2016 ATS-V COUPE AND ITS 455 HORSEPOWER LF4 TWIN TURBO 3.6 LITER V6 ON DISPLAY MERCEDES-AMG DISPLAYS A MOVING AND COLOR CODED M133 45 AMG 2.0 LITER FOUR-CYLINDER CROSS SECTION Enjoy the rest:
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