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    10-28-2014, 11:32 PM
    This will be something we will see more and more of over the coming years and one of the more interesting battles in the BMW performance scene in the opinion of BimmerBoost. We have BMW's newest turbocharged M car going against the M car it replaced. As you well know the E90 M3 comes with a naturally aspirated S65 4.0 liter V8 that revs to 8400 rpm from the factory. It makes much less power (roughly 70 wheel horsepower) than the turbocharged 3.0 liter S55 direct injected inline-6 engine in the new F80 M3. It becomes a complete mismatch when the S55 gets a tune such as the JB4 on this particular car. The thing is, what happens when you boost the older M car? This E90 M3 gets boost for its S65 V8 courtesy of an ESS VT2-625 supercharger kit. The high revving naturally aspirated V8 responds quite well generating in the area of 600 wheel horsepower depending on the supporting modifications, fuel, and tune. It is making this horsepower with far less torque than the S55 inline-6 however. This is a race won by top end power and with a centrifugal blower top end power is exactly what the E90 M3 offers. The F80 M3 comparatively offers much more low end torque and has a curve shifted far more to the left than to the right. 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. It will also be interesting how it does against the E90 M3 with turbos instead of a centrifugal supercharger. The E90 M3 only has in the 370 lb-ft of peak wheel torque range compared to the 550+ wheel torque this JB4 tuned F80 M3 is capable of generating. Yet it is where that torque is generated that determines the outcome here. Top end horsepower rules this race. No doubt enthusiasts will debate the approaches here. Both are viable. However, more displacement and higher revs with a torque curve that continues to increase toward redline is hard to beat in a race like this. The older M cars are hardly obsolete. They're incredible. E90 M3 - ESS VT2-625 SC, Akra GT4, 100/91 oct blend F80 M3 - Catless downpipes, full Akra Exhaust, JB4 Map 7, 100/91 oct blend P.S. Iphone videos of races like this make us cry.
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    10-26-2014, 08:42 AM
    Seeing what the big magazines pick as their favorite driver's car is always interesting. Last month MotorTrend took their shot at it with a ten car field and settled on the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 as the best driver's car in all the land. Now it is time to get a British perspective on the matter. Autocar decided on a 12 car field. They usually field 10 cars but made an exception in 2014. There are some big name omissions one of which is the Lamborghini Huracan as Lamborghini declined their invitation (the raging bull is afraid?) and the Z28 is absent. Autocar's 12 car field is as follows and ordered by laptime: 1. Ariel Atom 3.5R – 1min 10.7sec 2. Ferrari 458 Speciale – 1min 11.9sec 3. McLaren 650S – 1min 12.9sec 4. Porsche 911 GT3 – 1min 13.1sec 5. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 1min 14.3sec 6. Jaguar F-type R coupé – 1min 14.3sec 7. Vauxhall VXR8 GTS – 1min 14.9sec 8. BMW M4 – 1min 16.8sec 9. Porsche Cayman GTS – 1min 17.4sec 10. Alfa Romeo 4C – 1min 17.7sec 11. Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy – 1min 19.4sec 12. BMW i8 – 1min 19.4sec This is how Autocar ended up scoring the cars as far as driving pleasure: 1. Ferrari 458 Speciale – 16 points 2. Ariel Atom 3.5R – 19 3. Porsche 911 GT3 – 27 4. Porsche Cayman GTS – 33 5. McLaren 650S – 39 6. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 43 7. Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy 54 8. BMW i8 – 64 9. BMW M4 – 78 9. Vauxhall VXR8 GTS – 78 11. Jaguar F-type R coupé – 80 12. Alfa Romeo 4C – 93 The Ferrari 458 Speciale takes the victory over the Ariel Atom although the Atom is really nothing more than a street legal go-kart. The 458 reigns supreme but it is interesting to note some of the comments by Autocar on the vehicles. The M4 is said to be somewhat of a one trick pony always wanting to go sideways. Yes, the M3/M4 are more about muscle than finesse now. The i8 is said not to be a sports car and its handling changes based on the charge of the batteries. It is said to be better on the road and out of character in the competition which is a shame. The Corvette feels like it got a bit robbed here. A judge scored it as high as second yet it finishes in 6th place? Another judge stated out of all the cars the Corvette is the one he would want to race on the track. So again, what is with the sixth place finish with all the glowing praise? It is surprising the McLaren 650S gets beaten by a full second by the Ferrari. Especially considering its twin turbo V8 is boosted to 650 horsepower now. The Castle Combe track seems a bit short but Autocar feels it is a good test and a 'fast' track. The 458 Speciale is Britain's best driver's car of 2014 according to Autocar. The full video breakdown is below:
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    Yesterday, 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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    10-30-2014, 03:12 AM
    10's are just around the corner for the S55 powerlpant people and that is not surprising. This is the quickest F82 M4 and S55 powered car in the world currently thanks to its 11.18 @ 123.56 pass. TPG Tuning is claiming this is the fastest M4 in the world although an F80 M3 has gone 126 in the 1/4 mile. So, technically, it is the fastest F82 M4 for now but not the fastest S55 powered car as that belongs to an F80 M3. Additionally, TPG Tuning is taking a lot of credit for this while forgetting an F80 M3 has gone faster and I think we all know it is really the JB4 tune from BMS doing the majority of the work here. What readers really should take away is that 10's are coming for the F82 M4 and F80 M3 with the right combination of modifications, traction, conditions, and someone brave enough to use launch control to get out of the hole. The 1.6596 60 foot certainly is impressive as it is without launch control. Modifications are: BMS JB4 with a custom map Race Fuel Hoosier Drag radials
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    10-31-2014, 07:01 PM
    Introducing the new GTRS4 BMW F82 M4 widebody kit from Vorsteiner. The kit is similar in style to their GTRS3 widebody kit most have seen for the E92 M3. Vorsteiner gives the F82 M4 very aggressive wide rear fenders as they did with the E92 M3 which certainly makes the car look much more aggressive. The photos certainly looks great and the design is solid. BimmerBoost will give impressions on how the kit looks (and the fitment) in person at the SEMA show in Las Vegas next week where the kit will makes its official debut.
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    11-13-2014, 05:57 PM
    The BMW S1000RR is an absurdly fast bike in stock form capable of trapping in the tall 140's. Beating one is a very tall order for any street car in stock form let alone tuned. This S1000RR is tuned though by BrenTuning and also features a full Akrapovic exhaust. That should easily push it well into the 150+ trap speed range in the 1/4 mile. Procharged Vettes are of course capable of hitting those trap speeds but require a built motor and a ton of boost. We do not know the specs on this C6 only that based on the result the blower needs to move quite a bit air if the owner wants to run with this bike.
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    11-08-2014, 10:36 PM
    GM had a great showing at SEMA with plenty of exciting cars. What stood out though was this beautiful monster. The upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Z06 convertible is a work of art. This particular example has the gorgeous Laguna Blue paint as well as the optional Z07 package. Those are carbon ceramic brakes you see as well as carbon fiber aerodynamic pieces designed for increased downforce on the track. This is one convertible that will be right at home on the roadcourse. In person the Z06 definitely looks more aggressive than the standard Stingray and the wider hips also add sexiness. The C7 design is simply beautiful and the Z06 takes it to the next level. You already know all about the 650 horsepower LT4 supercharged V8 as well as the 8L90 8-speed automatic that is available as an option. GM hit it out of the park with this car especially if the performance is as good as the styling (which it will be).
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    10-26-2014, 07:32 AM
    Interesting tune only matchup here of the new turbocharged F80 M3 and F82 M3. Both cars of course share the same 3.0 liter direct injected S55 inline-6 turbo motor. The only modification to each car is a tune with the camera car being the F80 M3 with the BMS JB4 tune. The BMS JB4 car is running on Map 7. The ECU Tuning Group car has their tuning solution which they claim adds 89 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque. BimmerBoost has not seen any dyno sheets or timeslips backing up their claims as is the general trend for ECU Tuning Group products. BimmerBoost has seen dyno sheets for the BMS JB4 tuned S55 motors and they are over 500 wheel horsepower. Dynosheets are one thing and putting that power down in practice is another. In practice, the JB4 car simply pulls away (although it does start early). One sided race:
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    Yesterday, 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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    11-07-2014, 09:00 PM
    At the SEMA show this year the new F82 M4 was all over the place. Two major widebody kit options made their debut with the LB Performance widebody and the Vorsteiner widebody. The LB Performance styling should be familiar to those who have seen the previous E92 M3 version. The styling is much more over the top and Asian inspired than the refined European touch one would expect on a BMW. It definitely is attention grabbing and the kit offers better fitment than several E92 M3 LB Performance kits BimmerBoost has sampled. This fits and looks better but there still are gaps and fitment issues. As far the styling is concerned it definitely is attention grabbing. The thing is, this widebody kit is all about form over function. It is not made so you can fit wider wheels and tires specifically for racing. Just based on looking at the pieces up close themselves there does not seem to be any aerodynamic testing to inspire the design based on performance. This is all about looks folks and this kit certainly is going to increase drag and maybe not even proportionally. Out of the two M4's fitted with the LB Performance kit at the SEMA show BimmerBoost found the white one to have the better execution. If one wants to hide the gaps and rivets making the kit appear to flow together better a dark color is probably the best choice. Is it attention grabbing? Yes. Is it different? Well, this style is starting to get a bit played out. Does it belong on a BMW? That is up to to you decide.
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    11-17-2014, 11:45 AM
    The official debut for the 2015 Shelby GT350 is tomorrow at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. Ford fortunately is giving an online sneak peak for those who will not be in attendance. The new track star of the Mustang lineup is everything is was hyped up to be and then some. The heart of the car will be a flat-plane crank V8 as rumored displacing 5.2 liters. Exact output figures will not be available until tomorrow but expect over 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Yes, that means this motor will be very close to 100 horsepower per liter possibly even exceeding it. A Ferrari style V8 with American displacement? Talk about a match made in heaven. This car is all about the track though and not just muscle. Ford worked on making the chassis much stiffer and they succeeded. The new chassis is over 28% stiffer than the previous model. The GT350 also offers a wider front track and a strut tower brace. Lightweight wheels are specced to reduce as much unsprung weight as possible. The lightweight 19 inch wheels are 10.5 inches wide up front and 11.0 inches wide in the rear wearing Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. The front rotors are huge 394mm units and 380mm are used in the rear. The dampers are continually adjustable MagneRide units. Sensors monitor each corner independently and can make adjustment every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling. More details will come tomorrow but enjoy what is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 Ford has ever produced and the most track capable Mustang yet: SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG: THE LEGEND RETURNS All-new Shelby® GT350 Mustang is a thoroughbred capable of tackling the world’s most challenging roads and racetracks GT350 is powered by a unique, high-revving flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 engine that will produce more than 500 horsepower – the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever Advanced materials, MagneRide dampers, aggressive brakes and finely tuned aerodynamics push the performance of Mustang to previously unmatched levels The original Shelby GT350 introduced in 1965 established Mustang’s performance credentials. The all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, is a world-class performance vehicle, designed to tackle the planet’s most challenging roads – an all-day track car that’s also street legal. The new GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transforming a great every-day car into a dominant road racer – by taking advantage of a dramatically improved sixth-generation Mustang to create a truly special driving experience. Driving enthusiasts behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can expect to be treated to the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet. Ford engineers took an innovative approach with GT350. Rather than develop individual systems to perform well independently, every component and shape is optimized to work in concert; balance is the key. While paying rigorous attention to detail, the team pushed the envelope with cutting-edge materials and technologies. “When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.” Track-tuned driveline Early in development of the GT350, it was decided a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine would best suit a track-focused Mustang. “The final product is essentially an all-new powerplant unique to GT350 – and one that takes true advantage of the new chassis dynamics of the Mustang platform,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Global Performance Vehicles. The new 5.2-liter engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals. The 180-degree, flat-plane layout permits a cylinder firing order that alternates between cylinder banks, reducing the overlap of exhaust pressure pulses. When combined with cylinder-head and valvetrain advancements, this permits better cylinder breathing, further extending the performance envelope of the V8. The result is the most powerful naturally aspirated production Ford engine ever, at more than 500 horsepower, with a torque peak above 400 lb.-ft. The track capability is enhanced by the output characteristics of the engine – the 5.2-liter V8 features an exceptionally broad torque curve. Combined with its high-revving ability, the flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 gives drivers an enormous amount of performance and flexibility within each gear of the lightweight six-speed manual transmission. A standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential optimizes cornering grip and straight-line traction. “Make no mistake, this is an American interpretation of a flat-plane crankshaft V8, and the 5.2-liter produces a distinctive, throaty howl from its four exhaust tips,” said Hameedi. Balanced dynamics The new Mustang platform is the strongest in the history of the brand, with torsional stiffness increased 28 percent over the previous model. That stiff structure ensures the suspension geometry remains consistent, even under hard driving on back roads and tracks. Front stiffness is further improved on GT350 with a cutting-edge injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. The front track has been increased while spring rates and bushings have been recalibrated all around, with ride height reduced compared to Mustang GT. For optimum handling, the wheels need to respond quickly to the contours of the road and driver input. Reducing unsprung mass is key to improving that response, but a balance must be struck between taking mass out of a suspension and delivering truly capable braking performance. Due to the significant speeds the car can develop, GT350 features the most track-credible brake system ever offered on a Ford vehicle in terms of absolute stopping power, fade resistance and brake pedal feel. The brakes are two-piece cross-drilled iron discs mounted to aluminum hats. At the front are massive 394-millimeter rotors clamped by Brembo six-piston fixed calipers with integrated caliper bridges, while 380-millimeter rotors at the rear utilize four-piston calipers. GT350 makes use of extra-stiff 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels – 10.5 inches wide in front, 11.0 inches in the rear – clad in state-of-the-art Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with GT350-specific sidewall construction, tread face and compound. The custom tires are designed to deliver maximum grip on the road or at the track. Ultra-quick responsiveness to changing conditions is provided by the first-ever Ford application of continuously controlled MagneRide dampers. The dampers are filled with a hydraulic fluid impregnated with iron particles; when an electric current is passed through the fluid, a near-instant adjustment of the suspension performance can be made. With wheel position sensors monitoring motion thousands of times per second combined with other vehicle data, changes can be made to each corner independently every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling performance. This is a system designed not just to make the car handle better but to instill greater confidence in even the best driver. Obsession to detail “Everything we changed on GT350 is purely functional-driven design, with the goal of improving the overall performance of the car,” said Chris Svensson, Ford design director, The Americas. “We optimized the aero shape of the car, and then fine-tuned what was left to increase downforce and cooling airflow.” All bodywork from the windshield forward is unique to this high-performance model and up to two inches lower than Mustang GT. The new aluminum hood has been lowered and sloped, compared to the base Mustang, tightly wrapped around the engine for the smallest possible aerodynamic signature. Front and rear aero elements have been balanced to work together on the track. The fascia has been resculpted to provide the aggressive lower front splitter with maximum pressure and a ducted belly pan delivers significant downforce. The hood outlet acts as a heat extractor while also reducing underhood lift at high speed. At the rear, much of the engineering was focused on creating an aggressive functional diffuser doing double duty to increase downforce and provide cooling air to the optional differential cooler, and a subtle lip spoiler across the trailing edge of the decklid increases downforce without adding excess drag. The athletic stance of the all-new Mustang is further accentuated with recontoured aluminum front fenders to accommodate the wider front track and wider wheel arches. Front fender vents work with vented inner fenders to draw out turbulent air in the wheel wells and smoothly direct it down the side of the car. The forward-angled grille is designed with individual openings to draw air through the radiator, high-pressure engine air intake, cooling ducts for the front brakes and, optional with the Track Pack, an engine oil cooler and a transmission cooler. Focus-driven cockpit changes Like everything else about GT350, the interior has been optimized for driving, beginning with the specially designed Recaro sport seats with a unique cloth. Hundreds of hours and many prototypes went into a seat that is both comfortable in daily driving and capable on the track. A flat-bottom steering wheel makes it easier for the driver to get in and out, and is more ergonomic on the racetrack. Gauges are upgraded to reflect the enormous performance capability of the car. Chrome and bright finishes have been reduced or eliminated to prevent sun glare that may distract the driver. The advanced technology inherent to Mustang has been deployed for duty in the Shelby GT350. An all-new integrated driver control system allows selection of five unique modes that tailor ABS, stability control, traction control, steering effort, throttle mapping, MagneRide tuning and exhaust settings, depending on driver preference, to achieve maximum performance. Drivers are invited to test them all. Drivers interested in comfort, convenience and entertainment upgrades may select the Tech Pack, which includes power, leather-trimmed seats; Shaker Audio; 8-inch MyFord Touch® LCD touch screen; and dual zone electronic temperature control, to name a few features. “We took the best Ford Mustang yet and massaged every aspect of the car that affects the performance driving experience,” said Hameedi. “We tested endlessly on the most challenging roads and tracks in the world, and we believe serious drivers will love the Shelby GT350 Mustang.”
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    11-11-2014, 08:45 PM
    One of the biggest debuts of the year in the BMW aftermarket is Vorsteiner's GTRS4 carbon fiber widebody kit for the new F82 M4. What better place than in Las Vegas and at SEMA to show off such an attention grabbing body kit for a hot a new car? Vorsteiner debuted the kit online before the show but seeing it in person is something else entirely. Enthusiasts will no doubt compare the Vorsteiner F82 M4 widebody to the LB Peformance widebody kit. For those that have seen both kits in person, it really is not much of a comparison. Why? Because the Vorsteiner kit is simply executed better. There are no weird gaps or exposed rivets. The Vorsteiner kit is completely molded following the OEM lines and made out of carbon fiber. It simply looks and fits like a higher quality design. It also looks like it belongs on a German luxury car going for a more refined look. Vorsteiner's marketing and media director Donald Tran was in attendance and immediately approached me in a friendly and professional manner to answer any of my questions. The first one was obviously regarding the cost. It costs $24,999.99. That does not include the installation. Yes, this is expensive. Yes, you get what you pay for. Look at the closeup photos of the fenders and how everything fits. The lines are perfect. That money also does get you a set of 20 inch Vorsteiner wheels built specifically with this kit in mind for a flush fitment. The front tire size is a 275 so yes things do get considerably wider. As far as the aerodynamic impact is concerned I was told that the kit was tested in computer simulations to make sure it does not severely increase drag or upset the OEM engineering regarding airflow over the car at speed. This means this is actually a body kit you would be comfortable running to high speeds as you would with the stock car. Vorsteiner put in the necessary engineering work. No doubt there will be those critical of the price but I'm told buyers are already lining up to purchase it. No different than the Vorsteiner E92 GTRS3 kit really which offered similar pricing. All that is left to be said is that the photos do not do it justice. The execution is much better than the GTRS3 E92 kit in the opinion of BimmerBoost. The rear fenders are wide but not comically so. The design compliments the BMW factory effort instead of attempting to radically change it into something it is not. It all works and flows together very, very well. Thank you to Vorsteiner for their courtesy in taking the time to answer all of my questions and for having the foresight to have a fridge with beverages in their booth. These little touches matter believe it or not. Vorsteiner GTRS4: Carbon Fiber Front Bumper with an Integrated Front Splitter Element Carbon Fiber Wide Front Fenders with Ventilation (2 inches wider each side) Carbon Fiber Aero Side Blade Elements Carbon Fiber Wide Rear Fenders (3.5 inches wider each side) Carbon Fiber Rear Bumper with an Integrated Rear Diffuser Element Vorsteiner 90mm Quad Exhaust Tip Finishers (Options: Brushed | Diamond Black) GTRS4 Embroidered Colored Floor & Trunk Mat Set Vorsteiner Chrome Trunk Badging GTRS4 Forged 3-Piece Wheels, 20x10.5J | 20x13.5J in Gloss Brushed Shadow
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    11-10-2014, 05:26 PM
    This is so incredible it is almost hard to believe. Chevrolet was not kidding around regarding the performance capability of their new 8L90 8-speed automatic. Based on the numbers in the timeslip, it certainly appears the claims of GM exceeding Porsche PDK dual clutch shift speed are true. Now that 2015 Stingray's are out and equipped with the new automatic transmission option owners are taking them to the strip. This owner managed an incredible 11.37 @ 122.91 in a completely stock 8-speed automatic Stingray. Yes, completely stock right down to the tires. The -900 density altitude of course helped the LT1 but this is incredible performance. With just an aftermarket tune it looks like the car is capable 10's with the 8L90 on the stock rubber. Incredible:
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    10-28-2014, 08:40 PM
    It is not surprising that AMG will have a version of the GT sports car to race with. This being the AMG GT GT3 model. What is interesting though is that the head of AMG Tobias Moers stated he wants to build a hardcore street version to be as closely related to the GT3 race car as possible. This of course would be similar to what Porsche does with the 911 GT3 or at least they used to. Moers indicates that this model will not be a Black Series but Moers indicated a Black Series version of the AMG GT was on the way just earlier this month. Will there be both an AMG GT Black Series and an AMG GT GT3 model? This seems somewhat redundant. Both models are more hardcore versions of the AMG GT and both will have weight stripped out. There is some confusion here that he needs to clear up. Regarding this GT3 model it will not be called GT3 as previously mentioned Porsche uses it for the 911 GT3. What AMG will end up calling it is unknown at this time. What we do is that AMG will build it with laptimes in mind and not straightline speed. Moers stated, “I don’t want to make a dragster that’s only good for doing 0-100km/h in 2.8sec. We need more power, less weight, better aerodynamics and different suspension but the targets should be the power to weight ratio, drivability, lap time and tremendous feel. The car is already 80kg lighter than the SLS and has a similar power to weight ratio, so to lose much more weight we will need to use carbonfibre as we have with our Black Series models.” That sounds pretty good. Lower the weight quite a bit over the standard AMG GT and beef up the suspension and aerodynamics for better laptimes. More power will be part of the equation as well as he indicated the M178 is hardly being pushed, “That doesn’t mean we can get 700bhp from the V8 – it is not as simple as that – but the V8 is currently very understressed.” Moers expects this model to shave more than 10 seconds off the AMG GT Nurburgring laptime on standard, not R compound, tires. A hardcore track special AMG GT focused around the driving experience with more power and less weight sounds like a winning recipe to BenzBoost. Source
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    11-07-2014, 10:58 PM
    HRE had another strong showing at SEMA with some impressive hardware in their booth. Yes, that is a Porsche 991 GT3 you see there. Yes, that also is a Porsche 918 Spyder you see wearing HRE wheels. How HRE managed to get a Porsche 918 Spyder in their booth only they know but if you were to bet on someone getting such prized hardware displaying their wheels it would be HRE. HRE had a variety of their wheels in a variety of finishes on display. On the GT3 they showed off their center locking wheels which obviously have a nice race inspired touch. Of the two styles displayed on the GT3 the gold looked better in person. On the Huracan a bronze finished and then a more traditionally finished forged S101 were featured. It is personal preference but the gunmetal wheels on the passenger side seemed to flow better with the white Lamborghini. The 918 Spyder also featured center locking HRE wheels. It is safe to say that if your wheels are featured on a car of this pedigree and they look like they belong there well then they will not look out of place on anything in the automotive marketplace. HRE's president Alan Peltier was at the booth entertaining guests and answering questions. He was very busy as the booth was packed so I did not get a chance to speak to him. I did not want to bother him and the wheels spoke for themselves anyway. HRE also had the Flow Form wheels separate from the forged series which is smart. They are doing a good job positioning Flow Form as a separate entity in function, style, and value. What more is there to say? I run HRE Wheels on my own car for a reason. Enjoy the pictures.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-08-2014, 02:49 AM
    Rear mount turbo kits tend to get a bad wrap on this network as a 'cheap' solution but there are also proponents. The results STS displayed here on a C7 Corvette LT1 V8 certainly are impressive. They had a Dynojet graph on display showing 656 horsepower to the rear wheels. That is a gain of 248 rear wheel horsepower over stock. The peak torque figure jumps up by an impressive 168 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. It also certainly was nice to see a company bring a Dynojet dynograph with them instead of just make claims on paper as many at the SEMA show did. The kit uses Comp Turbo units that are oilless. There is a split front mount intercooler included. STS is also doing their own flash tuning. So what is the price for all of this? They did not list the price but it probably will fall above the range of their previous Corvette turbo kits which range from $7-8k. That makes this a fairly good value and value is why people look into rear mount turbo kits. A dynograph alone certainly does not show the driveability of this kit but the gains are respectable. However one may feel about rear mount turbochargers it is nice that C7 owners have several forced induction options to choose from.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-13-2014, 05:02 AM
    Congratulations to Weistec who holds the M157 half mile trap speed record. The car setting the record is a Weistec built W212 E63 AMG S. It features upgrades to the M157 V8 from Weistec Engineering including their turbocharger upgrade, downpipes, and exhaust system. Something else to note is that this 4Matic car features an upgraded transmission from Weistec as well. The transmission especially on the all wheel drive 4Matic M157 vehicles and E63 AMG's becomes a weak point when upgrading the turbos. There are not many transmission upgrade options out there that work and as you can see in the video Weistec's is doing some serious work. The car effortlessly accelerates to 174.55 through the half mile with little drama. It just hooks up and goes. Congratulations to Weistec Engineering and look forward to seeing more details on the 4Matic M157 tuning options available.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 11:12 AM
    On paper this should not be much of a race. This video illustrates why we do not race dynographs. The Corvette is a C6 with the LS3 6.2 liter V8. It is naturally aspirated with bolt ons and an aftermarket cam and said to making 464 horsepower at the rear wheels. The GT500 is a 2014 with bolt ons and a pulley upgrade. It is said to be making 690 wheel horsepower and considering how easy it is to gain power on the blown GT500's there is no reason to doubt that figure being attainable. The performance of the GT500 does make one doubt the figure though. The first run is very close between the two. The GT500 starts out ahead but then loses ground on a shift only to pull up top. The second run is botched on what looks to be a missed shift by the GT500 so let's focus on the third and final run. This run finally shows a bit of the horsepower difference as the Mustang driver hits his shifts. The Mustang effortlessly pulls 5+ car lengths. Is the GT500 making 690 wheel horsepower? Probably. It just does not show as there is some poor driving on display. Additionally, the C6 Corvette is lighter, more aerodynamic, and makes more efficient use of its horsepower. If it had equal power and torque it would (and should) pull away.
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  • Andrew@activeautowerke's Avatar
    11-02-2014, 03:30 AM
    As producer of one of the finest working supercharger systems for the E46 M3, Active Autowerke is proud to introduce the PRIMA starter system capable of exceeding 500WHP through upgrades to Level 1 and Level 2. In collaboration with Frank Smith of Tuning Tech FS, the Prima SC kit has evolved as a fantastic performer. Designed and introduced with no frills and exceptional pure basic fundamentals, the system is efficient in software tuning with outstanding design synonymous with the Active Autowerke brand. As a full bolt on (non-intercooled) system, it is completely reversible and requires no custom fabrication. The Prima supercharger system is fully upgradeable with Level 1 through 2 for addition horsepower if so desired. Active Autowerke has made the finest more affordable, a feat accomplished with vision and passion, while still maintaining all the inherent qualities of your BMW M3. Now you can enter the F.I. realm with a proven company known for reliability and proven performance. Active Autowerke invites you to “Come Play with Power” with your BMW. KEY FEATURES: Rotrex C38-92 Supercharger System No need to upgrade to a bigger supercharger used in level 2-3. It's all included Active Autowerke GEN7 Intake Manifold plenum Active Autowerke DOUBLE By-Pass Valves set-up Active Autowerke Spec Green Filter Active Autowerke Air Filter Cover High Capacity Fuel Injectors Proven Alpha N Software tuning SIMON 2 interface (allows you to upload the software yoursefl) is included Colder Heat Range Spark Plugs included Fully Upgradeable to Generation 8 Level 2 System Dedicated oil cooling system for maximum performance and reliability All Hoses, Clamps, etc (pre-assembled) Easily upgradeable to either Level 1 or 2 system Step by Step Instructions PERFORMANCE SPECS: Boost: 5.5 - 6.0 psi Stock Horsepower: 333 HP @ 7900RPM Supercharged Horsepower: 480+ HP @ 8100RPM Stock Torque: 268 Ft Lbs @ 4800RPM Supercharge Torque: 345 Ft Lbs @ 7200RPM WHY A PRIMA SC KIT Since June, 2006, BMW stopped production of the E46 M3 making this model BMW 8 years old to date. Through time, the BMW E46 M3 has become one of the most sought after BMW to be enhanced with performance modifications. One of which is the installation of a supercharger system capable of creating 600 horsepower. The 8 year tenure invites a multitude of new owners looking for performance modifications at a renewed price point to match the readjusted Kelly Blue Book price. With amortization expensed on the Active Autowerke supercharger components, the timing for a entry level supercharger system could not be timed more appropriately. CAN I RUN THE PRIMA WITHOUT A INTERCOOLER With an engine compression on the S54 engine at 11.5:1 this was considered suicidal at times. Through years of product development supercharging this specific motor; the software development has undergone changes to offset not only the high compression but also the additional boost created. So YES, it can be operated, but is dependant on boost level, horsepower maintained and engine temperatures. If exceeded, then the need for Level 1 to 2 becomes more apparent. CAN THE PRIMA SC KIT BE UPGRADABLE YES. Just like all other Active Autowerke SC kits, they are designed from inception to be modular with the intent of future upgrade levels of power if so desired. WHY USE ACTIVE AUTOWERKE Guarantee. Active Autowerke has a guarantee for most BMW performance products that even surpasses the performance industry standard. Quality product with exceptional customer service is our core value that we practice everyday. Longevity. With 32 years to date, this is a testament to what Active Autowerke has been doing for sometime. With thousands of superchargers already sold and many used, pre-owned supercharger kits already transferred to a new owner/car, you can trust a company that continues to support systems even as old as 10+ years. That is the Active Autowerke difference : value, performance, support. WHY BUY THE COMPLETE INSTALL PACK? To get rid of all the headaches. No hassle, just power. It's simple. INCLUDES: Free Installation of the kit* Free Shipping No Tax *Installation is free at a trusted dealer, near you.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 10:32 AM
    Now this is a pretty big deal. Everyone is obviously aware of Underground Racing twin turbo V10 builds and the absurd amount of horsepower they put out. What makes the magic happen is not just their hardware but sophisticated tuning. Their tuning by John Reed using a Motec standalone in conjunction with the factory DME had no real rival... until now. Syvecs released a standalone ECU that is completely plug in play with Audi R8 and Lamborghini V10 motors. It also supports the V8. Now what is the big deal? Well the big deal is it replaces the factory computer while supporting all factory functions. That means no compromises or loss of creature comforts. Additionally, the Syvecs standalone is capable of controlling the direct injection system. That in of itself is impressive. However, the standalone is capable of controlling 20 injectors in total. That means you can have a direct injection system combined with a port injection system to provide fuel for a big horsepower turbo build. Now you see the big deal? In theory now anyone can put together a turbo kit themselves as tuning options have opened up along with fueling options. Maybe we will finally see what the R8 V8 can do as well now that it can finally have the fuel that has held back built motor turbo setups. Now what about the other features? Here is a quick rundown: - 12 on the fly adjustable maps vis OEM controls - Flex fuel control - Cruise control - Rolling anti-lag - Launch control system which builds boost at the line - Onboard datalogging - Adjustable traction control system vis OEM controls Now that all sounds pretty awesome. What sounds even more awesome is that the Audi/Lamborghini R8 and Gallardo tuning world has opened up and we should see prices tumble. Not to take away anything from Underground Racing as they are the premier option on the platform but competition is a good thing. Well done Syvecs, much respect from the performance tuning community.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 07:44 PM
    Those reports of a new special edition R8 were correct. The final product is a bit different than anticipated as this is not the R8 RS but the R8 Competition. Audi will produce only 60 Competition R8's which receive a power boost to 570 horsepower making it the most powerful factory R8 produced. Considering this horsepower has always been sitting there waiting to be unlocked in the detuned 5.2 liter V10 borrowed from the Lamborghini LP-560 Gallardo the power boost is not a big deal. Audi just gave the car some different software and there is your explanation for the horsepower gain. In addition to some new ECU software the Competition gets some new carbon fiber body pieces. It also is available only with the dual clutch S-Tronic gearbox. This R8 Competition model really is not that big of a deal. It certainly is not as exciting as the hardcore R8 RS we were expecting. Maybe that model will still come as if this is the last 'special edition' of the R8 it is a bit of an anticlimactic end to the production run. Limited-edition Audi R8 competition to debut at Los Angeles Auto Show - Audi R8 competition is the most powerful Audi production vehicle to-date going 0-60 MPH in 3.2 seconds with a top speed of 199 MPH - Design and performance elements draw inspiration from R8 LMS racecar - Limited production of 60 units to be made available in the U.S. HERNDON, Va., October 28, 2014 – Audi of America announces the debut of the powerful 2015 R8 competition at the upcoming 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The R8 competition redefines the iconic R8 as the pinnacle of Audi performance with 570 hp and racing-inspired, lightweight matte carbon elements. "The limited-edition Audi R8 competition is the closest road car to our R8 LMS ultra race car that has won virtually every race around the world," said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "It is designed for the driving enthusiast and we're excited to bring 60 units as a limited-edition to the U.S." The high-performance R8 competition features a 570hp 5.2L V10 mated exclusively to a seven-speed S tronic and a sport exhaust system with black high-gloss tailpipes. This combination results in a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds and a top speed of 199 mph, making it the fastest R8 ever offered. The R8 competition is engineered to push the limits, sharing the same naturally aspirated V10 FSI engine as the Audi R8 LMS race car which has won Daytona and Nuerburgring 24 hour races as well as all other major GT races around the globe. The award-winning GT-engine represents the pinnacle of durability, requiring its first major service after approximately 13,000 miles under race conditions or approximately one full race season. Competitor engines require a major service after one 24 hour race. Further enhancing the unmistakable Audi R8 competition design are striking matte carbon exterior elements consisting of a fixed rear spoiler, engine bay, mirror housings, flics, side blades, front spoiler and rear diffusor. The combination of the carbon elements lower the weight of the R8 competition and also provide greater downforce. Gloss black wheels with 305 cross-section rear tires and ceramic brakes with anodized red brake calipers provide a stunning contrast to the matte carbon fiber elements. Inside, drivers will find a matte carbon fiber treatment including the center console and illuminated "R8 competition" door sill inlays. The R8 competition is an Audi exclusive line vehicle, which allows the driver to pair a variety of interior and exterior colors and choose from a selection of wheel finishes for a striking look designed to meet driver needs and tastes. A total of 60 units will be produced at the R8 production facility in Neckarsulm, Germany. Customers can begin ordering the Audi R8 competition as of early November with deliveries expected as of the beginning of 2015.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 10:19 AM
    Definitely nice to see more numbers for stock internal turbocharged E46 M3 S54's that are tuned on the factory computer. Maximum PSI previously showed horsepower in the high 690 wheel range with torque in the low 500 lb-ft range for the Stage II kit. This particular car is producing a bit less horsepower but a bit more torque with 676 horsepower and 532 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The supporting mods between the cars are likely different and possibly the turbocharger as well although that is something Maximum PSI would have to clarify. The modifications to the SMG E46 M3 are: - Maximum PSI Stage 2 turbo kit - Maximum PSI 3 inch exhaust system - Stock DME tuning - MS109 Fuel For those wondering, Stage 3 ups the power figures to over 800 wheel horsepower but that requires a built motor and the Stage 3 is still being worked on as we understand it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-12-2014, 11:25 PM
    Road and Track completed their 2015 Performance Car of the Year testing and the data is all below for you to sample. The field features 14 cars which are all broken down below. Road and Track includes a small data panel for each car showing the curb weight, power, and acceleration figures. One thing to take away from the acceleration figures is some are estimates and they were not all completed on the same day. So before anyone gets hung up on what time is slow or what time is fast keep in mind the data is all pooled together from their road tests in different conditions. Not exactly as scientific as it could be. Additionally, the track they use is the Motown Mile pictured here: It is a makeshift track at the Coleman A. Young airport. They shut down a portion of the runway and make this 5969 foot 'track' if you want to call it that. This is not the level of testing these cars at something like Laguna Seca. It amounts to basically shutting down a runway and creating an oval. Seriously Road and Track? How good can the quality of the tarmac really be? You couldn't rent out a dedicated roadcourse? From this picture we dug up, it seriously looks like garbage when you're running over grass exposed from cracked concrete: Let's go over the list of the 14 competitors: Here they are ordered by their curb weight from lightest to heaviest: 1. Alfa Romeo 4C - 2455 lbs 2. Volkswagen GTI - Estimated 3150 lbs 3. Ferrari 458 Speciale - 3199 lbs 4. Porsche 911 (991) GT3 - 3269 lbs 5. Dodge Viper SRT TA - 3364 lbs 6. Subaru WRX STI - 3375 lbs 7. BMW M235i - 3511 lbs 8. BMW M3 - 3540 lbs 9. Ford Mustang GT - 3540 lbs 10. Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - 3856 lbs 11. Nissan GTR - 3880 lbs 12. Jaguar F-Type R Coupe - 3929 lbs 13. Lexus RC F - 4038 lbs 14. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat - 4458 lbs In order of 1/4 mile trap speed: 1. Dodge Viper SRT TA - 11.6 @ 126.7 2. Nissan GTR - 11.0 @ 126.6 3. Ferrari 458 Speciale - 11.1 @ 125.7 4. Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat - 12.0 @ 124.8 5. Porsche 911 (991) GT3 - 11.3 @ 123.4 6. Jaguar F-Type R Coupe - 11.9 @ 122.7 7. Chevrolet Camaro Z28 - 12.2 @ 118.3 8. BMW M3 - 12.3 @ 114.9 9. Lexus RC F - 12.7 @ 113.0 10. Ford Mustang GT - 13.0 @ 112.0 11. Alfa Romeo 4C - 12.9 @ 107.8 12. BMW M235i - Estimated 13.3 @ 106 13. Subaru WRX STI - 13.3 @ 102.8 14. Volkswagen GTI - 14.4 @ 98.7 In order of lap time: THE LEADERBOARD 1 2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale 51.92 sec 142.1 mph 2 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo 51.93 sec 141.7 mph 3 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 52.18 sec 139.7 mph 4 2015 Dodge Viper SRT TA 52.36 sec 137.2 mph 5 2013 Ferrari F12Berlinetta 52.97 sec 144.4 mph 6 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo 53.02 sec 140.5 mph 7 2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series 53.66 sec 135.8 mph 8 2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition 53.76 sec 135.6 mph 9 2013 SRT Viper 54.55 sec 138.9 mph 10 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 54.66 sec 131.2 mph 11 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 54.80 sec 135.5 mph 12 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 55.03 sec 133.5 mph 13 2014 Audi R8 V10 55.18 sec 135.9 mph 14 2012 Lexus LFA 55.48 sec 130.6 mph 15 2015 BMW M3 55.53 sec 132.3 mph 16 2015 Jaguar F-Type V8 55.84 sec 134.4 mph 17 2013 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 55.86 sec 133.9 mph 18 2013 BMW M6 Competition Pack 55.89 sec 133.8 mph 19 2015 Lexus RC F 56.08 sec 128.8 mph 20 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 56.19 sec 134.8 mph 21 2013 Jaguar XFR-S 56.33 sec 131.6 mph 22 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat 56.37 sec 131.5 mph 23 2015 Jaguar F-Type R 56.37 sec 133.5 mph 24 2014 Porsche Cayman S 56.73 sec 125.1 mph 25 2015 Ford Mustang GT 56.81 sec 127.2 mph 26 2014 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE 56.83 sec 126.2 mph 27 2013 Audi RS5 56.83 sec 126.0 mph 28 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S 57.01 sec 130.7 mph 29 2014 Chevrolet SS 57.43 sec 127.1 mph 30 2015 BMW M4 57.47 sec 130.5 mph 31 2014 M-B E63 AMG S-Model Wagon 57.76 sec 128.3 mph 32 2014 BMW M6 Gran Coupe 57.85 sec 132.1 mph 33 2014 Mercedes CLA45 AMG 57.90 sec 123.1 mph 34 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S 58.10 sec 127.1 mph 35 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 58.39 sec 124.8 mph 36 2015 BMW M235i 58.54 sec 122.5 mph 37 2014 Mercedes S63 AMG 58.68 sec 131.5 mph 38 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C 58.72 sec 119.0 mph 39 2014 Jaguar F-Type S V6 58.77 sec 122.0 mph 40 2014 BMW 435i 59.27 sec 121.7 mph 41 2015 Subaru WRX STI 59.46 sec 116.5 mph 42 204 MINI John Cooper Work GP 59.98 sec 114.6 mph 43 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI 60.35 sec 112.2 mph 44 2014 Ford Fiesta ST 62.80 sec 111.3 mph On a makeshift oval shaped course that is basically a straightline sprint until you hit a corner we would not put too much emphasis in chest beating over these laptimes. When a Cayenne Turbo S is beating a Mustang Boss 302 around the course something is really wrong. The times do show the general trend of how the cars perform but something like a Z28 would do much better on a course with a more varied variety of turns and elevation changes. There is some useful data to take away from this comparison but there are glaring holes. Using estimated performance times and weights? Using acceleration data from different locations and days? Using an airport tarmac with some turns thrown in to loop it around? Seriously Road and Track? Higher quality should be expected from you but people probably do not care for quality or context these days. You should be embarrassed but it's content and people click to it so who cares right? They also forget the '5' in the 58.72 of the Alfa Romeo 4C laptime on their own page so it feels as if this was hastily thrown up as well. Road and Track did not exactly set a high bar for quality here. Take away from this what you will. The Viper is the fastest car, the Ferrari 458 Speciale has the quickest laptime, and the Nissan GTR sets the quickest 1/4 mile time.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    11-01-2014, 08:34 AM
    The F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 have shown strong performance courtesy of their 4.4 liter S63TU twin turbocharged and direct injected V8 which features 560 underrated horses. The only issue for enthusiasts is that this performance thus far has been relegated to modifications using the OEM turbochargers. Considering the S63TU V8 in stock form features 22 psi of boost and higher compression at 10.0:1 compared to its S63 sibling it is based on the motor is already being pushed fairly hard by BMW. Some bigger turbochargers that are not as stressed certainly will not hurt. AMG enthusiasts have enjoyed a bevy of upgrade options for their M157 turbo V8's in the E63 AMG and CLS63 AMG. Even the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 motor appears to be getting turbo upgrades now. Well, the S63TU is set to join the mix as Vargas Turbo Technology has completed the upgraded hardware. The problem, as always with BMW's, will be the software side. BMS (Burger Tuning) is going to try to get the ECU to cooperate with new hardware. It is an exciting time in the boosted BMW world right now, that is for sure. Vargas Turbo Technology: We are happy to announce our first set of S63 turbocharger upgrades are complete, and will be going out tomorrow. We chose a customer in Singapore as our tester, and they will installed / tested on their current S63 with the help of Terry we are hoping should do some good things! We are excited to see how far we can take the S63 platform with available tuning!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-15-2014, 02:03 PM
    It was just a matter of time and here we finally are, 10 second S63TU's. You may remember this F13 M6 from an article earlier this year where its 11.0 @ 128 1/4 mile run was detailed. BimmerBoost mentioned that drag radials should get the car into the 10's fairly easily. Well, the Toyo R888's used are not exactly a dedicated drag radial but they certainly are a fairly soft R-compound tire. The owner got his 60 foot down and the 10's came as you can see in the three slips below. Also notice how the worse 60 foots produce higher trap speeds. Modifications to the car are a BMS Stage I tune, meth injection, downpipes, custom exhaust, custom intake, and custom charge pipes. We should be seeing 10 second F10 M5's and F13 M6's routinely now. It always was just a matter of traction off the line to produce the 10 second pass.
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  • COBB Tuning's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 06:38 PM
    I wanted to take some time to post up about this car I worked on over the weekend. This car I tuned some time ago and he wanted to push the car further than what it was at, so he opted to go to 3.8L. This car has Alpha 30 turbos and on our dyno before at 20psi made about 730WHP. The car was also on 1000cc injectors and on E85, so we were capped on fuel. The car went to BBI and got the motor installed as well as a fuel system and 1500cc Bosch injectors. This is the BBI B-One-E package, and honestly it is just an amazing package. Probably one of the most well rounded packages I have tuned to date, as it is responsive and makes a TON of usable power. They did a great job as always! The car got finished Friday night and tried to dyno it but had only enough time to get one pull on wastegate pressure. Tune still needed some more work so we loaded it up and took it north for Shift Sector. Saturday morning we started to get working on it making tweaks to it through the day and finally towards the end of the day the car started to get going! Best time of the weekend in the half mile was 185MPH. Boost wouldn't go above 31psi so it has more in it for sure. Kong also has a 996 that we were running and supporting at this same event, and it went 205MPH in the half mile, which is really moving, but more on that car later. Anyways Kong raced the car hard all weekend, and is taking it back to Oklahoma as it is his daily driver :) They took it to the dyno today to see how much power the car was actually making after tuning at the event all weekend. 1002WHP on the stock ECU using a Cobb Accessport, calibrated by me and BBI. This is really how the car will get driven day in and day out, which is really awesome! Pics: There was no tach pick up so no torque number for now, but he said he will dyno it when he gets back and get me an updated number. Enjoy the car Kong, and thanks for reading. Mitch.Mckee@Cobbtuning.com -Mitch
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-12-2014, 09:51 PM
    Do you remember the awesome Volkswagen Golf R400 concept car VW debuted earlier this year? If not, here is a quick refresher. Volkswagen upped the output of their EA888 2.0 liter turbocharged and direct injected four-cylinder engine to 395 horsepower and sent this power to all four wheels through a dual clutch automatic transmission. This concept was a direct response to AMG and their A45 and CLA45 AMG vehicles. The 45 AMG vehicles have the world's most powerful production four-cylinder motor (M133) rated at 355 horsepower. The man responsible for it now works at Volkswagen. Volkswagen stated their intention to take the production four-cylinder title from AMG so here we are now. Volkswagen has been talking about a 400 horsepower 2.0 liter production four-cylinder for some time now and put out concepts this year showing the feasibility. Well, no more concepts, no more talk, it looks like finally we will get a production version if this report from CAR is correct. Here is what you need to know: Ten key facts on the world premiere of the Golf R 400 1. Golf R 400 reflects the sporty potential of the model series. 2. The "400" in Golf R 400 stands for its power of 400 PS. 3. The concept car develops 100 PS more than the Golf R. 4. Specific power of 200 PS per litre displacement and power-to-weight ratio of 3.55 PS per kilogram are on the same level as a super sports car. 5. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and 280 km/h top speed (governed). 6. Design of the Golf R 400 was customised to a great extent. 7. The R 400 concept is based on the technology of the new Golf R. 8. Flared wings are a tribute to the legendary Rallye Golf G60 (from 1988, motorsport homologation model). 9. Permanent 4MOTION all-wheel drive impressively transfers the car's extraordinary power to the road. 10. Customised interior with motorsport shell seats in Alcantara and carbon leather. The production version of the car should be similar although the power to weight target of the concept is likely to be missed. Regardless, expect a 400-414 horsepower production Golf with all wheel drive and a dual clutch gearbox to make its debut at the Frankfurt auto show next year. All we have to say is it better be available for sale in the USA. Don't screw this up Volkswagen. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-01-2014, 11:22 AM
    This is a rematch from a race earlier this year. This same E63 AMG S that belongs to BenzBoost member Vasily1 decisively beat the Weistec Stage II supercharged W204 C63 AMG it ran from a roll. Not shocking with how well the E63 AMG S 4Matic featuring Renntech upgraded M157 turbochargers is performing with its 850+ horsepower. This E63 has beaten the Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Huracan, and also put up quite a fight against an Audi RS7 with upgraded turbos. Suffice it to say, it is fast. What a difference the Weistec Stage III makes for the C63 AMG though! The outcome is essentially reversed thanks to the larger 3.0 liter twin screw blower. An extra ~100 wheel horsepower certainly helps in a race from a roll like this. The C63 manages to pull up top each time even when the E63 gets the hit. Being 400 pounds lighter and rear wheel drive certainly does not hurt the C63 AMG either versus the all wheel drive 4500 pound E63 AMG S in a highway pull. Round 2 goes to the M156. Thank you @Vasily1 for posting the result win, lose, or draw.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-12-2014, 01:22 AM
    The 2014 edition of the SEMA (specialty equipment market association) show is in the books. The 2014 show was the biggest one ever attended by this network and it certainly was more packed than previous years. More people, more booths, more cars, just more of everything. Where the roof is on the automotive aftermarket nobody knows but the $30 billion dollar a year industry continues to grow and that certainly was reflected in this years rendition of SEMA. The show drew over 60,000 domestic and international buyers and over 2,000 new products were on display. Obviously it is impossible to capture everything but here are over 200 pictures that did not necessarily fall into a single category or article for you to browse. Here is a recap of BoostAddict's coverage of the 2014 event: GM PUTS THE C7 Z06 SUPERCHARGED LT4 V8 ON DISPLAY VORSTEINER DEBUTS THEIR GTRS4 CARBON FIBER BMW F82 M4 WIDEBODY KIT, IMPRESSIONS AND PICTURES ARMAGEDDON TURBO SYSTEMS MUSTANG GT / BOSS 302 COYOTE GT1000 TURBO SYSTEM PUTS DOWN AN ASTOUNDING 1439 HORSEPOWER TO THE WHEELS TOYOTA GATHERS A CROWD WITH THEIR FT-1 CONCEPT CAR AKRAPOVIC F82 M4 TITANIUM EXHAUST SYSTEM, DOWNPIPES, AND CARBON FIBER REAR DIFFUSER LB (LIBERTY WALK) PERFORMANCE WIDEBODY LAMBORGHINI AVENTADOR AFE POWER'S PROJECT 2015 BMW F82 M4 FEATURING ADJUSTABLE COILOVERS, TUNE, INTAKE SYSTEM, EXHAUST, AND DOWNPIPES GM BRINGS THE ROLLING SEX THAT IS THE 2015 Z06 CONVERTIBLE TO VEGAS - LAGUNA BLUE PICTURES AKRAPOVIC SHOWS UP TO SEMA WITH MARCO WITMANN'S 2014 DTM WINNING M4 RACE CAR STS TURBO DEBUTS THEIR C7 CORVETTE STINGRAY LT1 REAR MOUNT TURBO KIT, 656 REAR WHEEL HORSEPOWER SUPERB OR SACRILEGE? PORSCHE 996 WIDEBODY WITH LS3 V8 SWAP A VISIT WITH HRE WHEELS, PICTURES LB (LIBERTY WALK) PERFORMANCE BMW F82 M4 WIDEBODY KIT IMPRESSIONS AND PICTURES Until next year:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-27-2014, 07:31 AM
    It is only a matter of time. We all know and love the 5.5 liter M157 V8 that currently powers the turbocharged 63 AMG models on the market. With the AMG GT and W205 C63 AMG on the way a new era of turbocharged AMG powerplants is almost here and that era will be powered by the M177/M178 motor. Critics will be quick to point out that the M177/M178 has 1.5 liters less displacement than the M157 and that is certainly true. BenzBoost will quickly point out that the M177/M178 is a lighter motor with top mounted turbos and that it also revs higher than the M157. As Audi showed with the 4.0 TFSI V8 replacing their bi-turbo 5.0 liter V10 displacement is not as important in the turbocharged German V8 era as displacement was when naturally aspirated motors were more prevalent. The switch has been confirmed by AMG boss Tobias Moers who stated regarding the M177/M178, 'The engine will replace our 5.5-litre engine.' The S63 AMG, SL63 AMG, CLS63 AMG, and E63 AMG will eventually switch to the M177/M178. There is no reason to shed any tears over the switch. Top mounted turbos are easier to reach and turbo upgrades potentially become easier. The switch will also provide a lighter motor making for better balanced and less nose heavy cars. The M157 will be missed but the M177/M178 is a worthy successor offering certain advantages despite the displacement loss. Source
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