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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 03:03 PM
    Sorry to put a damper on the parade but the flash tuning capability of the new turbo M models is greatly overstated. A couple of days ago results were posted of a flash tuned S55 inline-6 which is the turbocharged M motor featured under the hood of the F80 M3 and F82 M4. It is true that this car was flashed but after seeing the article BimmerBoost was contacted by a tuner who wanted to set the record straight on what is actually going on. Nobody at the moment has real control of any modern ECU used in the turbo BMW's. This includes the F30 models, F10, F12/F13, F82, F80, and so on. The tricore ECU's in these cars have not been cracked. So what exactly is going on? The tuners claiming the ability to flash are all using the same trick but they are not uploading their own custom tuned software. They are essentially flashing the same files that originate internally from BMW. Some of these files are just press files. Oh, you did not know BMW uses different software on cars they let the press test? Well, namely with the F10 M5 and F12/F13 M6 they do. Why? The BMW press software will allow a higher margin for a CEL (check engine light). That means you will not see any of those nasty reviews saying the cars went into limp mode. This among other things like traction control changes or higher boost itself. Some tuners have even been using the BMW Competition Package software which is not real flash tuning. It is just uploading BMW's own file. If anyone needs proof of this ask for a custom dyno tune for your F10 M5 or F80 M3. It is not going to happen, at least not yet. Tuners can play with the bootloader but if they modify outside of certain parameters the checksum fails. If it fails, the software will not flash. All of the big boys are struggling with this believe it or not. Dimsport which is traditionally the source for a lot of automotive ECU cracks that then spread out (for $ from others) can not flash tune the Tricore ECU's. Some guys may be using this Russian software for the Tricore ECU's to read out of the files but what can they do with it once they do? The tuner that contacted BimmerBoost said to ask the tuners for proof of their ability. No tuner that has contacted BimmerBoost stating they have the ability to flash tune has demonstrated it. So how do you get a dyno graph showing gains with a flash tune? Well, you can run a car until it is hot and then flash BMW's own software that leaked out and once the car cools down showing gains with a handpicked before and after graph. BimmerBoost stands by this report that nobody has true flash tuning ability at the moment. BimmerBoost will also state that many tuners make their living simply flashing factory files from Europe over on US cars at a markup. We will not name who it is that predominantly does this but the readers here are smart enough to figure it out. The flash tuning era of the F80 M3 / F82 M4 and F10 M5 / F13 M6 can not even be stated as being in its infancy as the development is not even that far along. We will see what happens but internal sources at BMW that traditionally have helped can not. You would not either if it meant losing your job.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 02:34 PM
    Finally some solid testing data for the Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4. This data panel comes to us from German publication Auto Motor Und Sport. They managed to hit 0-100 km/h (62 miles per hour) in 3.1 seconds. The 400 meter sprint which is just slightly shorter than 1320 feet in a 1/4 mile comes in at 10.8 seconds at 132.352 miles per hour. Very good figures from the 3406 pound Huracan. A great curb weight considering the all wheel drive system 610 horsepower 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10. Keep in mind this weight is 6 kilograms lighter than the previous generation Gallardo LP 560-4. Full data panel below:
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    Today, 02:32 PM
    The upcoming entry level Jaguar XE sedan has a lot of people excited and for good reason. The aluminum architecture and F-Type inspired suspension mean the platform should be lightweight and offer sharp handling. The last thing in the world anyone would worry about is the interior or exterior styling which are usually Jaguar strong points. This picture of the production front end just does not excite. Certainly not in the way that the teaser photos of the car did. Take a look at this production photo Jaguar posted: And now the early front end teaser: The teaser photo is obviously touched up but the front end looks much more aggressive in that photo. We will need to see more pictures of the production car before we can reach a definitive conclusion.
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    Today, 01:37 PM
    What whp are we talking for that AA Stage III, seems awfully quick from a roll
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  • e92livin's Avatar
    Today, 01:33 PM
    I raced a GTR also, but he didnt have dp's it was just cobbed w/ midpipes being 6MT made it even sweeter. ...
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 11:34 AM
    Audi showed off a triple turbocharged 3.0 liter V6 diesel motor in May of this year on the RS5 TDI concept. That engine concept is moving to reality as Audi confirmed that the engine will see production in the upcoming SQ7 TDI. What type of output the SQ7 TDI will have nobody except Audi knows at this point. In the RS5 TDI concept Audi tuned the motor to 385 horsepower and an eye opening 553 lb-ft of torque. AudiBoost has its fingers crossed the production variant of the motor approaches this output. People refer to this electric compressor as a 'turbo' and that includes Audi themselves. However, an electrically driven compressor wheel is essentially an electric supercharger. The advantage is that you do not have to wait for spool from exhaust gases but that the wheel with electricity can be spun to maximum right off idle. The idea is to eliminate lag from the turbochargers which is vital in low revving diesel applications. The electric compressor helps throttle response and off the line performance. Once the conventional turbos are spooled the electric 'turbo' is disengaged and bypassed. The question remains on how Audi intends to power the 9 horsepower electric motor spinning the wheel and where that energy will be stored. The engineers will sort all of that out. The diagrams below help explain how the idea works. Source
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    Today, 10:51 AM
    Land Rover let it slip that their upcoming Range Rover Sport SVR lapped the Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 14 seconds. You may remember that last month the hotter Range Rover was spotted testing on the 'Ring and Land Rover certainly appeared serious about performance. Well, they are very serious as the 8 minute and 14 second laptime makes the Rover Rover Sport SVR the quickest production SUV to ever lap the Nurburgring. The 8 minute and 14 second time beats the rumored Macan Turbo 8 minute and 15 second laptime. It also puts it ahead of the BMW 1M, first generation Honda NSX, and a second off the Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG. Absolutely incredible performance from the SUV. Well done Land Rover! 8:04 Audi R8 V8 Sport Auto (07/2007) 8:04 Alfa Romeo 4C topspeed.com (09/2013) 8:04 Porsche Cayman S Walter Röhrl Sport Auto, 19 inch wheels, ceramic brakes. 8:05 BMW M3 E92 Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2007) 8:06 Subaru WRX STi Spec-C (2004) Motoharu Kurosawa Best Motoring Video 'NISMO Beast Unleashed' 8:07 BMW Z8 E52 Autobild (06/2001) 8:07.97 Renault Megane RS Trophy Laurent Hurgon June 17, 2011 www.europeancarnews.com (06/2011), new record for a FWD car. 8:09 Audi RS4 Sport Auto (06/2006) 8:09 BMW M6 E63 Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2005), Sport tires, 259 km/h speed limiter. 8:09 Honda NSX-R Sport Auto (08/2002), Sport tires, suspension modification. 8:10 Porsche Boxster S www.sueddeutsche.de/automobil/372/449102/text/11 8:10 Dodge Viper GTS Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (10/1997) 8:10 BMW Alpina B6 S Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (05/2008) 8:11.16 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX Takayuki Kinoshita (Best Motoring video 14) Wet conditions, not a true time attack. 8:12 BMW Z4 M Coupe EVO magazine (Issue 093, page 077) 8:13 BMW M5 E60 Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2004) 8:13 Ferrari 355 GTB Sport Auto (10/1994) 8:13 Mercedes-Benz_C63 AMG Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (2/2009) 8:14 BMW Alpina B3 Biturbo Coupé Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2008),including optional LSD and 19 inch wheels. 8:15 BMW 1 Series M Coupe June 2011 Sport Auto, 8:16.15 Honda NSX (NA1) Motoharu Kurosawa Best Motoring Video Special Vol. 15 "The Honda NSX" (1990), video confirmed 8:16.90 Renault Mégane RS R26.R Vincent Baylé 23 June 2008 Previous FWD record 8:16 Porsche Cayman S Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2009?) 8:17 Porsche Boxster S Horst von Saurma Sport Auto (12/2009?) 8:18 Lexus IS-F fastestlaps.com (2007)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 10:34 AM
    This is the sports car that apparently has Lamborghini in a tizzy as its architecture will likely be used for the Huracan successor. The new car is internally dubbed the 988 during development as the Porsche marketing gurus figure out what to call it. Autocar states the car will use a flat-8 engine although that seems to be a guess. PorscheBoost has heard rumors the 4.6 liter V8 used in the 918 Spyder may be borrowed for this car. At this point nobody really knows as plenty of internal squabbling is taking place. Turbocharged power may be employed as well but a target of over 600 horses at this point is the goal. This all may change as the architecture is not even expected until 2017. That brings us to the main point which is that this new architecture will be used for all future Porsche sports car. That means mid-engine cars such as the Boxster and Cayman as well as for the rear engine layout of the 911. This does not sit well with Lamborghini as they are not interested in four-cylinder power for the Boxster and Cayman but a V10 for their Huracan successor. Porsche wants to keep costs low with flexibility by using the same platform for every sports car. It makes sense on paper but it will have to be highly modular to accommodate so many different engines and designs. The 911 and the Boxster sharing the same platform somehow? If anyone can pull it off it would be Porsche. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 10:06 AM
    This is a rumor that just won't die and even BMW themselves just does not seem to know what side of it they are on. Just last year BMW stated an M version of the new i8 hybrid does not make sense and the 'i' and 'M' brands simply can not mix. Frankly, BimmerBoost believes that BMW 'i' could use a little BMW 'M' sprinkled on it. The base that makes the most sense for the M brand to use to produce an i9 supercar is the i8 unless an entirely new platform is created. The Germans over at Auto Motor Und Sport state the i9 is an i8 on steroids. Instead of using a three-cylinder motor that barely offers enough power for a lawnmower the i9 will get BMW turbo inline-6 power. Which inline-6 will they use? Hopefully the underrated S55 turbocharged 3.0 liter inline-6 from the new M3/M4. Additionally, more juice is expected from the electric motors. That likely means heavier batteries and the larger motor itself would be heavier so yes, the i9 would weigh a bit more than the 3380 pounds of the i8. Probably somewhere over the 3500 pound mark which with close to 600 horses and all wheel drive is absolutely fine. Now, this all sounds great but the real question is will it happen? M stated they want to build a supercar. Some idiot at BMW headquarters said BMW 'i' and 'M' can not mix because he is an idiot and apparently differentiating between two different letters of the alphabet confuses him. A BMW i9 with some serious power to back up the looks is the perfect way for BMW to celebrate 100 years. There is no official word on if it will happen but let's hope the Germans are not just making this report for hits. BMW, you owe us one. Just give us one freaking car that shows what you can do. 100 years is the perfect excuse to use against whatever accountant says it is too big of an expense to justify. Build the car, show the world just how good you are (were), and fire any accountant or executive against it. There should not be an internal debate on whether an Ultimate Driving Machine should be built. Do it. Source
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  • AlexQuattro's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    I was at Montreal this year and saw him win for the first time. Man what a show! The sound wasn't crazy loud so we could actually be close to the track without having our ears bleed but I really enjoyed the turbo sound.
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  • bobS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:09 PM
    Great race! The fact that Lewis Hamilton was able to start so far back in the pack and finish in the top 3 again is amazing! It also shows just how dominant the Mercedes cars are.
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  • Group.america's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:44 PM
    I saw a badged AMG A250 the other day in Hampton Bays, is there really such a thing
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  • ChrisA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:45 PM
    That's why the SL55k is having continuous dyno run tests and file updates to see where the issues lie. Not just the 55k but also the 63 NA cars also low on torque I'm confident in 575+rwhp but hoping to match my 609rwtq I'll keep you posted and thanks for the reply :)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:40 PM
    How is the bigger blower going to be lower on torque? First of all, congrats on the 3.0 liter. The 3.0 liter will produce the same HP at less boost with less heat. The 3.0 liter is also more capable but to extract the capability you need to spin it. I really can't make any sense of the less torque comments though as it just doesn't seem logical.
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  • ChrisA's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:36 PM
    I'm having the 3.0l blower fitted end of next week here in the UK. Little concerned about the torque figures the 5 UK Weistec cars are running. My EC Stage 3 runs 530rwhp and 609rwtq which is pretty good. I drive on the Autobahn every 2 weeks for 600miles so torque is what's required, not 1/4 mile bursts. The issue the UK Weistecs are having is they are very low on torque. The M113K ones are at around 530rwtq which is a long way off the quoted 615rwtq. The quoted 575rwhp is spot on the money and with a bit more fine tuning of the map should be nearer the 600rwhp mark. Heating issues are also a problem. Unless you have split cooling, Killer Chiller and Meth it seems you will also have issues after just one or two WOT runs If Weistec are online over the next few days it would be interesting to hear your thoughts although I know Acid (UK) is in contact with you guys on a daily basis I'll post some dyno graphs up with IAT's etc once the build is complete
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  • Sticky2's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:16 PM
    It's not terrible because it was over quick. I'd prefer more pulls but hey the GTR should have more power if an early jump beats it like that.
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    Yesterday, 12:07 PM
    The Lamborghini Aventador is spectacularly fast in stock form. 0-60? Just 2.7 seconds. 1/4 mile? 10.4 seconds and 136 miles per hour. The naturally aspirated 6.5 liter V12 under the hood makes 691 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque. That power is sent to all four wheels thanks to an all wheel drive system. The carbon fiber and aluminum frame gives it a 3795 pound curb weight. Impressive figures right? Unfortunately for the Aventador the McLaren P1 puts it to shame. For more than twice the price and due to coming to market a couple years later it better. MotorTrend got 0-60 in in 2.6 seconds from the P1. The 1/4 mile time is 9.8 seconds at 148.9 miles per hour. Its hybrid drivetrain provides 904 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. More power, more torque, and it weighs roughly 500 pounds less than the Aventador. On paper, this is no contest. The two cars were pitted against each other in Indonesia for a 1/4 mile sprint but unfortunately no data was provided as to the acceleration figures. At the 3:50 minute mark you can see the race but the footage beforehand has some gorgeous shots of the P1 and the MP4-12C that are worth watching. The P1 is simply an incredible machine. That said, so is the Aventador.
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    Yesterday, 09:56 AM
    wish i got to try out the level 3 kit before i got rid of my m3.
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  • Andrew@activeautowerke's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:49 AM
    Gtr was on 93oct and the m3 was on 93oct with meth. This is the M power car you have seen in the other video's btw.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:32 AM
    You did not just think Dodge would only stick the 6.2 liter twin screw supercharged Hellcat Hemi V8 under the hood of the Challenger did you? The four door Charger sibling was spotted testing with a hood scoop Dodge did not exactly do the best job ever covering up. Under the camouflage is of course the hood scoop just like the Challenger and the Charger Hellcat also gets the new updates from the 2015 models. Additionally more aggressive bumper stylings are covered and the updated wheels and brakes are shown. Expect the new 2015 lights, interior features, and the 8-speed automatic transmission. The Charger SRT Hellcat should have the same 707 horsepower rating as the Challenger. Will the price be the same roughly $60k MSRP as well? It is great to see the Hellcat Hemi V8 finding its way into other models and now the question becomes what else will Mopar put it into? A new Jeep SRT model with this motor could potentially be the fastest SUV in the world.
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    Yesterday, 08:24 AM
    Mercedes is still way out in front of everyone but the Hungarian Grand Prix ended up with Red Bull Racing taking the victory and it was not Sebastian Vettel as we have become accustomed to. Daniel Ricciardo took the checkered flag with excellent driving. He was followed by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes who provided a great race and excellent finish. Nico Rosberg finished behind teammate Hamilton for fourth place. Alonso got his second podium of 2014 and very nearly a victory. Ferrari and Red Bull Racing both appear to be improving but with eight races remaining it is highly unlikely anyone can overcome the large lead Mercedes is enjoying. Additionally, Nico Rosberg remains atop the driver standings although Hamilton is within 11 points and that battle will range until the end of the season. Team by team race breakdown along with the results and standings below. Daniel Ricciardo's inspired drive to victory for Red Bull stole the headlines in Hungary, but the two men he beat - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton - also shone in a sensational finish to a breathtaking Grand Prix. For Alonso, an astounding 32-lap stint on the soft tyres yielded a second podium of 2014, and very nearly a first triumph. Hamilton, meanwhile, came close to an unprecedented charge from the pit lane to victory, and while powerless to halt Ricciardo, still gained points on his team mate, title rival and polesitter Nico Rosberg. We take a team-by-team look back at Sunday's formbook after a remarkable race in Budapest… Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo, P1 Sebastian Vettel, P7 Quick thinking under the first safety car helped Ricciardo to get into contention, and even though the second wasn't so beneficial he was in play from then on. He was forced to do some judicious juggling mid-race in order to reset things when he feared an imminent power loss, but all was well and after his final pit stop he was able to play catch up on fresh soft rubber, passing both Hamilton and then Alonso in the final four laps to grab his second career victory. He did all of that in great style, and thoroughly deserved the plaudits. Vettel, meanwhile, was also in the thick of the fight for the lead, until he spun exiting the final corner on the 32nd lap and dropped back. He was lucky to get away with that, and later elected to stay out to the finish rather than stop for fresh tyres. The gamble just paid off as he held Williams' Valtteri Bottas at bay for seventh. Ferrari Fernando Alonso, P2 Kimi Raikkonen, P6 Alonso drove brilliantly to keep his F14 T in contention right up until the penultimate lap, and never left an opening for Hamilton even though his soft tyres were 32 laps old by the end of the race. He had earlier survived an off-track moment at Turn 1 and kept himself in contention despite the unfortunate timing of the first safety car - an astounding drive which was a massive boost to Ferrari morale. With Raikkonen having a more convincing race than of late to take sixth from 16th on the grid, the Scuderia move back ahead of Williams and into third place in the constructors' championship. Mercedes Lewis Hamilton, P3 Nico Rosberg, P4 All things being equal, Mercedes should have walked the race - but things weren't equal. After opening up a lead of nine seconds, Rosberg lost out under the first safety car, got held up chasing after Ricciardo, Massa and Alonso by Vergne, and then to his frustration was also held up by his team mate when the latter declined team requests to let him through so that his three-stop strategy might work. He was phenomenally quick at the finish, closing a 20-second gap in 10 laps to finish right on the tail of Hamilton and Alonso's fight for second. Hamilton, meanwhile, survived a spin and a clash with the barriers at Turn 2 on the opening lap, having been caught out by how cold his brakes and tyres were following his pit-lane start. But when he did get going he used the safety cars well and was even in contention for what would have been an unprecedented charge from pit lane to victory, on an afternoon when many had doubted that a podium would be achievable - even in a Mercedes. The fact that he did scythe his way up the order, and his robust refusal to make life easier for his team mate, were two of the enthralling factors of the race. Williams Felipe Massa, P5 Valtteri Bottas, P8 Bottas was one of the four leading drivers to lose out under the first safety car, as timing and traffic dropped him from second to 11th and forced him to play catch-up thereafter. In the end a late tyre stop prevented him from doing better than eighth. Massa drove a tricky race well, and was second before the second safety car, before eventually coming home fifth. The team may have dropped behind Ferrari and into fourth in the constructors' championship, but they can still hold their heads high at the season's midpoint. McLaren Jenson Button, P10 Kevin Magnussen, P12 McLaren were undone by their early gamble to re-equip Button with more intermediate tyres at the first pit stop, with their prediction of more rain proving totally wrong. The Briton did at least lead a lap, but his tyres were soon finished and he was forced to pit for slicks and thereafter dropped away. Magnussen, who elected to stay out on his intermediates and therefore moved from the pit lane to fourth in the space of the opening 14 laps, also felt that a chance had been fumbled as he suffered a similar fate. Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne, P9 Daniil Kvyat, P14 Vergne's occupancy of second place between laps 24 to 33 was a high point, especially as he was fending off Rosberg, Vettel and Hamilton with aplomb. Thereafter, however, he struggled with brake temperature problems and dropped back to ninth at the flag. Kvyat had a tough time after his engine stalled on the formation lap, forcing him to start from the pit lane and limiting him to 14th in the race. Sauber Adrian Sutil, P11 Esteban Gutierrez, Retired lap 33, ERS failure For a while Sauber looked likely to score their first points of 2014, with Gutierrez having his best race of the year to run eighth from laps 24 to 29 - although he later dropped out with an ERS problem. Then Sutil started harassing Button for 10th, with the pair finishing less than a second apart at the flag. Lotus Pastor Maldonado, P13 Romain Grosjean, Retired lap 11, accident Maldonado spun on one of his warm-up laps before the race, later collided with Bianchi, and was never in contention for the points. Grosjean, meanwhile, crashed at Turn 3 while running behind the safety car on lap 11. Not a happy day for Lotus. Marussia Jules Bianchi, P15 Max Chilton, P16 The two Marussia drivers battled throughout, with Bianchi leading Chilton by half a second at the flag. The Frenchman had to cope with a car whose balance was damaged in the collision with Maldonado. Force India Sergio Perez, Retired lap 22, accident Nico Hulkenberg, Retired lap 15, accident For the first time this season Force India failed to score points. Hulkenberg took off his own front wing and slid out of the race when he collided with Perez in the final corner, an incident for which he subsequently apologised. Eight laps later and Perez was also out, spinning exiting the final corner and trashing his car against the pit wall. Caterham Kamui Kobayashi, Retired lap 25, fuel system Marcus Ericsson, Retired lap 8, accident Caterham also had a terrible day, with Kobayashi retiring with fuel system gremlins and Ericsson crashing heavily exiting Turn 3 on the eighth lap, triggering the first safety-car intervention.
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