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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 06:14 PM
    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
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  • Sales@vargasturbotech's Avatar
    10-27-2014, 02:57 PM
    Despite our best efforts to get our shop car running properly in time for the event we decided not to run the car at all this past weekend. The #2 cylinder is leaking down over 25% and we will be putting another stock motor in shortly to continue development so we just cruised down to Coalinga to spectate. Here are some photos from the event. Hope you all have a great week! It will be a very busy and exciting one for us as we continue to assemble / ship the Stage 2+ N54 turbos and are awaiting testing of the world's first S55 turbo upgrade :music-rockout:.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    11-16-2014, 09:14 PM
    Was able to line up with LongBoarder for a friendly battle of the platforms... The F80 won this round. :)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-13-2014, 05:49 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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  • G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
    11-20-2014, 12:12 AM
    So this morning I was on my way to class when this kid in a scion tc past by me. He apparently hit a patch of black ice and lost control of his vehicle. I saw the whole thing coming, but there was nothing I could do to save my car, he smacked into me and sent us both flying off into a ditch on the side of the highway. I will find out for sure if the car is totaled or not in the next few days, but after talking to my body shop (whom I have a great relationship with) they are confident it will be totaled. This really sucks because my car was finally coming together I just installed bc racing coilovers a few weeks ago along with all the other mods done to the car. Thankfully I was not at fault so hopefully everything will be covered by his insurance, but this still sucks:( I really don't know what car to get next... I loved my m3, but I don't want to get another one while I am still in college, this whole thing just sucks I worked hard to get this car and get it where is was and now all of it is gone.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-13-2014, 04:58 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
    Yesterday, 02:25 PM
    Sticky started a thread ASAP Rep this post in Test Section
    Testing something out, rep this and post in the thread and I'll rep you back.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 08:16 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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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 08:28 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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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-07-2014, 10:43 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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  • CaliBenz's Avatar
    11-07-2014, 12:56 AM
    I was shocked to see that Mercedes Benz had their own booth at the SEMA show. It only had vans in it but Renntech had a van all done up in it. It was pretty ugly though and the workmanship was pretty bad. It looked like Street Glow built it. There was another van built by Garmin that was really really clean looking and professional, Renntech should learn from Garmin. I guess some Fire Department built a van too, it was awesome. It had huge brakes on it, and all type of fire fighting equipment installed in it. I hope someone posts some pictures from the Mercedes booth on here.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-22-2014, 09:23 AM
    Mercedes-AMG along with the entire Mercedes portfolio (Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach) had an excellent showing at the 2014 LA Auto Show and they offered the most pleasurable experience of all the manufacturers at the show. All of the questions asked by BenzBoost were answered in a polite and professional manner. And trust me there were many questions and some of them specifically were designed to tweak AMG a bit from the enthusiast perspective. Let's start with the major debut which is the AMG GT you see pictured in yellow and grey paint colors. The styling in person of course is subjective but the vehicle is not nearly as striking as the SLS. Whereas the SLS attempted a modern take on the classic Gullwing SL the AMG GT looks like more of a mashup of the current Mercedes styling language. The front headlights obviously are influenced by the CLS and S classes and the rear lights take their cue from the S-Class coupe. It is a much safer and frankly more bland design interpretation than the SLS. That is not to say it does not look good as it does. It is just that the Mercedes designs are starting to blur together. The same could be said about the new W205 generation C63 AMG. It does look like a miniature S-Class but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The C63 AMG simply looks great in person. Excellent, muscular presence and the best C-Class styling to date. It looks incredibly modern, elegant, and strong all at the same time. Borrowing design elements works in this application. I started hammering the AMG representatives with questions and they never once ignored a question or lost their composure. Let's go over some of the questions. BenzBoost: Why no dual clutch transmission for the C63 AMG? The response I got from the Mercedes-AMG rep was that the C63 AMG is a different target audience than the AMG GT. The MCT works well in this application. That is a fine explanation and I followed up with: BenzBoost: Even though the MCT works in this application isn't the reason the AMG GT has a dual clutch transmission and the C63 AMG does not because the rear transaxle dual clutch setup from the SLS AMG could simply be borrowed for the GT whereas in the C63 AMG it would require a new design and therefore cost more money? I could see the (attractive) German female AMG rep flinch a bit after this one but her response was that cost cutting was not the reason the C63 AMG did not have a dual clutch transmission and that the MCT is better suited to the C63 character. Ok, so be it, but I was not exactly buying it and I pressed harder again stating that the dual clutch setup from the GT and the SLS would not work in the C63 meaning a new design would be necessary which another AMG representative overheard and agreed stating the additional cost was not worth it when the MCT automatic has proven to work so well. I got the answer I already knew but it was nice to have confirmation. BenzBoost: Why no 4Matic all wheel drive for the W205 C63 AMG? The answers here were all very logical. First of all, 4Matic adds considerable weight and the C63 is a sportier car than the E63 AMG as the reps stated. Additionally, they feel that overlap begins to happen in the lineup if the C63 AMG has 4Matic with the E63 as we all know is only offered in 4Matic guise in the USA. BenzBoost: Why no dry sump lubrication for the M177 V8 in the C63 AMG? The reps were not too thrilled with this question as they felt I seemed to be implying the M177 is inferior to the M178 which in a sense I was. As an enthusiast I expect the best parts available from a manufacturer in their cars and this goes for the C63 AMG as well. Even though the car comes in at a lower price point than the AMG GT we should at least have the option. Porsche offers dry sump lubrication on its SUV's and Mercedes-AMG can't on its cars when the system is already developed for the motor used? I was told the AMG GT S is more of a track car and that is absolutely true. However, it is also more than twice the price of the C63 AMG. Not everyone can get a C63 AMG can afford an AMG GT and the AMG GT will never offer seating for more than a single passenger. The option of a dry sump system would at least be nice although it was pointed out to me by the reps that I would probably be the only person ordering the option. They are right. But they would definitely show they take hardcore enthusiasts who want the most from their cars into account. BenzBoost: Are there internal differences between the M177 V8 in the C63 AMG and the standard C63? I was told there is more to it than just the motor and was shown the wheels and brakes. That is true the S adds more than power but what I wanted to know is if the difference in C63 AMG S and C63 AMG output was from software and received confirmation that it is in fact just software. BenzBoost: When will we see an AMG GT or C63 AMG Black Series model? The AMG reps clammed up on this one. This was sort of a wink wink nudge nudge type of response. We all know it is coming but the AMG representatives were not allowed to talk about an AMG GT Black Series car. I mentioned Tobias Moers already stated a more hardcore AMG GT is coming but the reps told me as he is the head of AMG he can say whatever he wants but that they could not. They had a very good point. BenzBoost: Why not unlock ECU's for guys who want to tune? Isn't the M177/M178 leaving a ton of power on the table? Now the response to this was cool to see. The AMG rep started telling me how they are aware of tuning and specifically mentioned Weistec and Renntech. The rep went on to discuss some of the Weistec cars and as being a fan of what they do. Interesting, right? The rep then stated that they have to protect their software as it will be ripped off. I mentioned that it is simply a matter of time before the software is cracked and that if OEM's wanted the info they have larger resources to get it than tuners. He agreed but said AMG has to take steps to protect itself and that if you want to tune these cars you have to work for it. He said he might not like it and some engineers may not like it but it is not their decision and there are too many concerns to factor in. Essentially, it would be like opening a pandora's box and no doubt warranty claims would skyrocket. Unfortunately, cultivating a closer relationship between the enthusiast and the factory does not seem possible due to politics. This is a shame as AMG is targeting enthusiasts and all enthusiasts want is more out of their cars. It should not be a fight between the two but that is where things are. Some companies are more friendly in this respect than others and I at least came away with the sense that AMG is not opposed to modification but only wants to protect their intellectual property. With the reps knowledge of various tuners and their builds as well as what goes on in the forums I believed him. I enjoyed my visit with Mercedes more than I did with any other manufacturer at the 2014 LA Auto Show. The reps immediately came over to answer all my questions and were very polite, informed, and professional. They managed to not get frustrated even though I tend to frustrate. No other manufacturer offered as much time to answer questions and show off the cars they had at their display. Well done Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach, and Mercedes-AMG.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-05-2014, 10:46 PM
    Here is a new product that should get W212 E63 AMG owners with the M157 twin turbo V8 excited. Gintani has released their catless X-pipe exhaust system for the platform. It is priced at a very reasonable $2195 and provides substantial performance gains as you can see in the graph. Keep in mind this a Dyno Dynamics dynamometer and as it is set here it is reading more conservatively than a Dynojet. Let's just forget peak figures for the moment and focus on the gains. At 2500 rpm there is a 45 lb-ft of wheel torque gain. This torque gain varies toward redline but there are gains throughout the entire curve. Horsepower increases by 20 wheel and the max torque figure increases by 35 lb-ft at the wheels. Pictures and dynograph below.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 09:28 AM
    Very interesting video here showing a pair of 991 Turbo S Porsches against a Lamborghini Aventador on the highway. The Aventador is a very fast car in stock form but has been a target for tuned German cars and obviously a vehicle like the Lamborghini makes for quite the measuring stick. Tuned M157 63 AMG's AMG's have been able to pull the Aventador on the highway. Now we have seen the Aventador run the new Porsche 991 Turbo S but it was not a highway matchup rather a standing kilometer drag race. The Turbo S by virtue of its launch wins the drag race but the Aventador has the slightly higher trap speeds at the 1/4 mile and kilometer marks. On paper, that means in a highway showdown the Aventador should beat the 991 Turbo S from a roll. In the video below you will see that is how it plays out. The white Porsche 991 Turbo S has a full Cargraphic exhaust system and the red Turbo S has a Cargraphic X-pipe. The Aventador also has an aftermarket exhaust system. The Aventador pulls up top as it should although the turbo torque of the 991 Turbo S gives it a slight edge down low also as it should. This race plays out as expected on paper and the Aventador gets a chance to show its top end strength.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 09:08 AM
    More and more 63 AMG's are producing over 600 wheel horsepower with just a tune on the M157 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 AMG platform. Now of course we have already seen this level of power and more from AMS on the platform as they showed over 600 wheel horsepower with the new 4Matic 63 AMG models. It is always nice however to see independent results verify tuner claims. This particular owner has a rear wheel drive 2012 E63 AMG and on 93 octane pump gas with just the AMS Alpha Performance ECU Tune managed 611 horsepower a 752 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. These are gains of 127 and 257 respectively. The torque gain in particular is hugely impressive. We all know the new turbo era motors get big gains with just a tune but these are truly monster tune only gains. Owner impressions: “I sent my ECU off to AMS on my 2012 E63 this week, quick turnaround time. Got it back today and all I can say is WOW! Already put 400 miles on the car today and I am thoroughly impressed. Baseline numbers on National Speed’s Dynojet were 484whp and 495 wtq After tune, 611WHP and 752WTQ (700HP and 864 TQ). This ECU tune has made this car into an absolute monster, I cannot keep my foot out of it. Still getting 24 MPG on the highway, but she’s got so much torque in all the gears. Car is so fun to drive, more fun than my stock ’09 GT-R was. I cannot wait until you guys get these cars to take E85, it will be insane. Thank you guys for all you do, you’ll have my continued business. I’m an AMS customer for life.”
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-27-2014, 07:29 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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  • alpinedevil335's Avatar
    11-02-2014, 11:45 PM
    Local buyers preferred but willing to ship at buyers expense. Located in Downey, Ca. Stett Charge Pipe W/ Forge DV's and meth bung $400 (will update with pic) BMS N54 Downpipes $300 BMS DCI $70 Stock turbos(approx 10k miles) $700
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:15 AM
    So its been 4 weeks+ now with the same issues with posting, you cant edit pics, you are locked out of your own posts, once you make a post its set in stone, the list goes on, SteveAZ voices his frustrations last night as well, I just went to adjust out black Friday post and its of course impossible. You keep saying you are working on it, but its literally been more than a month with the same issues. When are these things going to be fixed?
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    11-17-2014, 02:18 PM
    My old friend Ken Block is at it again, this time ripping up the streets of LA. Def worth a watch.
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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 09:47 PM
    I didn't search very hard so forgive me if this has been covered already. I was wondering if the new network expansion is going to bring any swag to the table. Wouldn't mind some Motor sport themed shirts with the BoostAddict branding. Decals etc for network sites. Just a thought with the price of made to order gear nowadays may be worth it Sticky.
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  • alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
    11-06-2014, 01:06 PM
    We have two client's cars here for sale. a PRIMO 1989 BMW E30 M3 with a complete extra drivetrain and a 2000 M coupe we've goofed off with for a few years now Both are SUPER clean examples of used cars, shipping, pre purchase inspection and questions can be taken care of :)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:31 PM
    We have seen various test numbers for both of these cars. We know they are stupid fast in a straight line. The P1 for example does 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and blasts through the 1/4 mile in 9.8 @ 148.9 as tested by MotorTrend. The same source got 0-60 in 2.4 seconds for the 918 Spyder and a 10.0 @ 145.2 1/4 mile time. Those two tests were done on different days and what the numbers establish is that both accelerate at a rapid pace. These supercars are not dragsters. They are built to be the absolute quickest around a roadcourse and McLaren claims its rear wheel drive P1 (which is considerably lighter than the all wheel drive 918) goes around a roadcourse faster than anyone. Well, EVO put this to the test. The test course is pretty tight and fairly short with laptimes just over a minute. Regardless, no complaints here about seeing these two heavyweights tested in the same place at the same time. So what happens? Well the heavier all wheel drive Porsche offering more torque beats the lighter McLaren P1 by 2/10's of a second. Now, why is that? The cars are close in performance obviously but the P1 on paper has the advantage. The issue boils down to traction and the 918 offered more of it. McLaren decided to send EVO a new set of tires so they could do the test with the P1 again. This time, the Pzero Corsa tires were replaced with Pzero Trofeo R tires. With the new tires grip and traction were improved and the P1 in similar, but different, conditions improved by over a second over its previous time as well as the 918 Spyder: The McLaren P1 wins but after a tire change showing just how big of a difference a simple set of tires can make. Porsche did not bother sending different tires or a crew to help they simply let their car do what it does. Ferrari apparently just watched both from the sideline. The P1 is the quicker car around the roadcourse although it clearly needs to be prepped to do so. The 918 Spyder by virtue of its all wheel drive seems like it is more forgiving on more courses and conditions. They're both spectacular machines regardless of which gains a tenth here or there. Porsche 918 Spyder specification Engine V8, 4593cc, plus 95kW and 115kW electric motors Max Power 875bhp @ 8600rpm Max Torque 940lb ft @ 6600rpm 0-60 2.8sec (claimed 0-62) Top Speed 211mph-plus (claimed) McLaren P1 specification Engine V8, 3799cc, twin-turbo, plus 131kW electric motor Max Power 903bhp (combined) @ 7500rpm Max Torque 664lb ft (combined) @ 4000rpm 0-60 2.8sec (claimed) Top Speed 217mph (limited)
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-12-2014, 11:09 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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