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  • Kommodore's Avatar
    03-08-2015, 04:03 PM
    So, this car is really beast. If your friend has a MOTIV kit, and he offers to give you a ride, just say no. Because, then you will put yourself on a ramen diet for the next 3 years to be able to get your own. And, by the time it's installed, you would had died of cardiac arrest because you've been eating ramen for the past 3 years. :D There was some absurd EVOMS Porsche that trapped 227, and unfortunately I left right as one of the local Supercharged M3's showed up, but hopefully pobudz got that on his GoPro. I'm sure he'll share the rest of the details, but I got word that he did trap 160 so far. This run was 153 or 154, due mainly in part to my fat ass weighing the car down most likely.
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  • Ingeniator's Avatar
    03-02-2015, 12:14 PM
    Ok so with the ability to flash BMW's coming to android what Android phone would you buy. I still prefer iOS over android for the refinments but I'm sure I could customize android to what I want so I need the right hardware should I go Nexus6(or whatever the newest one is) Samsung S6/S6edge or the HTC M9. I prefer the smaller form factors but that doesn't seem to exist anymore. But I pretty much need it to be waterproof or have a case that is that I can buy ie lifeproof etc.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-13-2015, 02:48 AM
    For whatever reason very fast passes along with record breaking passes keep coming from the Yas Marina drag strip in Abu Dhabi this year. Here is a very impressive run by a built motor M156 W204 C63 AMG with the full gamut of Weistec Engineering Upgrades. The car has a 3.0 liter twin screw blower courtesy of the Weistec Engineering Stage III supercharger package. The car also features the 'bulletproof' Weistec transmission upgrade. Last but not least do not forget the M156 6.2 liter AMG engine is built using Weistec components. There are questions regarding the fuel used as well as the wheel/tire setup but 9 second performance from built motor Weistec supercharged M156 motors is nothing new. It's the benchmark. P.S. Can we get a slip instead of grainy video please?
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  • Legionofboom's Avatar
    03-10-2015, 01:34 PM
    Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC "following a fracas" with a producer.The corporation said the 54-year-old presenter had been suspended "pending an investigation". "No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday," it said. Clarkson was given what he called his "final warning" last May after claims he used a racist word while filming the popular BBC motoring show. At the time, he said the BBC had told him he would be sacked if he made "one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time". The BBC gave no further details on the current incident involving Clarkson, and said it would not be making any further comment at this time. More -
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  • ezec63's Avatar
    03-18-2015, 03:32 PM
    Got an email today that Weistec has released its Flash tune for the M133/45 motors and the results are impressive to say the least. Car made just over 400whp and 425wtq with the tune and downpipe/midpipe combo this was also on 91 octane so you can expect a decent improvement with 93 octane the rest of the country gets on a high strung turbo motor has to be worth atleast 10/15 whp. The torque gain is huge but more impressively the car makes power all the way to redline looks like a nice useable powerband. Sticky
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-08-2015, 02:23 PM
    It is nice to finally have some performance numbers for the GAD W204 C63 AMG Black Series with an M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 swap and 4Matic all wheel drive. We have seen the car demolish a Porsche 991 Turbo S from a roll and the 142.39 miles per hour trap speed explains why that happened as it is over 13 miles per hour higher than what the 991 Turbo S is capable of stock. GAD did not just stop at swapping in the AMG M157 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 in lieu of the naturally aspirated 6.2 liter M156 but they also added a Mercedes 4Matic all wheel drive drivetrain. That allows the C63 to hook up well off the line with all that turbo torque as evidenced by the 1.65 60 foot time. As far as modifications to the M157 it features GAD upgraded turbochargers: We do not have exact horsepower or torque figures but something around 750+ horses and 800+ lb-ft of torque is likely the range. Performance like this certainly should make AMG fans wish that Mercedes stuck the M157 in lighter chassis' than the factory offers like this W204 C63 for example. A 9 second all wheel drive twin turbo 5.5 liter V8 C-Class is just awesome.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-17-2015, 04:29 PM
    Funny how Red Bull was not threatening to quit Formula 1 when they were on top and dominating, eh? Actually, Red Bull's threat to quit comes off as kind of pathetic. Maybe they have spent too much time around Ferrari as we expect that kind of behavior from the Italians when they do not get their way. Red Bull Racing though? Come on, grow up and compete. Yes, Mercedes-AMG dominated the 2014 Formula 1 Season. Yes, they started this year with a 1-2 victory this past weekend. So instead of improving and beating Mercedes-AMG Red Bull has threatened to quit unless rule changes are made. Boo hoo too bad Red Bull, quit whining. It should not take rule changes to curb the supremacy of the AMG motor. It should take better engineering from the other engine suppliers. Either beat the Mercedes PU106A hybrid powerplant or use Mercedes-AMG as an engine supplier if you need to. If Mercedes-AMG is on top it is because they earned it. There was a time where Red Bull Racing dominated Mercedes-AMG. It seems Red Bull does not know how to handle being on the receiving end. Just a tad childish. Just a tad. Keep in mind Red Bull is under contract until 2020 with Formula 1. So this is just one of those things to put pressure on Formula 1 to change the rules. Red Bull Racing advisor Helmut Marko: "We will evaluate the situation again as every year and look into costs and revenues. If we are totally dissatisfied we could contemplate an F1 exit."
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  • fieldysnuts8's Avatar
    03-02-2015, 05:03 PM This might be a little desperate, but still pretty funny.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-13-2015, 05:43 PM
    Earlier this week BenzBoost posted an article where it requested dynographs based on SpeeDriven's claims of having a 1000+ horsepower M275 motor. BenzBoost did not get a graph for the exact R230 SL65 in question however we have two 800+ wheel horsepower graphs here. The first graph here is from a CL65 AMG with similar upgrades to the aforementioned SL65 AMG: The numbers? 831 wheel horsepower and 906 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Very solid power and torque figures. If you use a 20% correction factor (you shouldn't as this is a flawed premise although tuners do it for crank hp bragging rights) you get 1038 crank horsepower. So you could say if you subscribe to 20% loss figures as a constant (drivetrain losses are not static) SpeeDriven has a 1000+ horsepower M275. Note we did not get the 851 wheel horsepower graph but hopefully SpeeDriven posts it at some point. We are very happy that SpeeDriven has provided us with graphs and of course to be noted it is the duty of BenzBoost as well the duty of the entire BoostAddict Performance Automotive Network to question and investigate tuner claims. Here is another graph from an M275 although this one just features billet wheels in what we assume is the OEM K24 housing so smaller turbos than the car in the graph above: Very nice power and torque figures. The M275 V12 still has a ton of room in it with some truly big turbos but it appears 831 wheel horsepower is the horsepower record for now until someone proves otherwise.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-10-2015, 01:11 AM
    We are finally seeing more independent tests of the newest crop of hybrid supercars. Yes, notably absent is the Ferrari LaFerrari as it often will be as Ferrari plays the game like a spoiled child. If you do not play by their rules you do not get a car to test but they are not in this so let's just move on to the companies that do not have their heads up their you know what while telling the world they smell rose petals. These are million plus dollar hybrid supercars, that much everyone knows. However, beyond having absurd price tags in common they are actually quite different. The 918 Spyder uses an all wheel drive drivetrain and is roughly 350 pounds heavier than the P1. The 918 Spyder has less horsepower than the P1 at 887 but significantly more torque at 944 lb-ft. It is slightly slower in a straight line. The P1 is rear wheel drive and lighter at 3411 pounds. That weight is higher than expected but it is nice to have some independent weight figures. The P1 is rated at 904 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque. While its turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 makes more torque than the 918 Spyder naturally aspirated 4.6 liter V8 its electric motor produces far less torque at 192 lb-ft. The 918 has two electric motors at both axles instead of one electric motor in the back like the P1. This is interesting as it leads to the 918 Spyder again winning a track comparison against the P1 this time at Laguna Seca. Why does it win? We believe its all wheel drive combined with its greater electric torque allows the 918 Spyder to use the instant electric torque and traction advantage to pull harder out of corners. It can get on the power sooner plus its tires are wider. You may remember that EVO compared the 918 Spyder and the P1 around the track and the 918 won the first round. McLaren then sent different tires and the P1 set a faster laptime on a different day. McLaren changed the conditions of the test to win. Look, however you want to slice it these are two incredible machines and anyone would be fortunate to own either. McLaren's engineers were there for this test and they adjusted tire pressures and requested multiple laps. The P1 could not best the 918 Spyder at Laguna Seca. Make of that what you will. The data is below. Along with the reason the LaFerrari did not appear: "Competition requires showing up. We sought a LaFerrari to join the P1 and the 918. McLaren sent tech support, Porsche a 918, but Ferrari refused to grant permission for hot laps and data acquisition to the LaFerrari owner we had lined up." 2015 McLaren P1 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Mid-engine, RWD Mid-engine, AWD ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads, plus AC electric motor 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads, plus 2 AC electric motors VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 231.8 cu in/3,799 cc 280.3 cu in/4,593 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 8.1:1 13.5:1 BATTERY TYPE Lithium-ion Lithium-ion POWER (SAE NET) 727 hp (gas)/177 hp (elec)/904 hp (comb) 608 hp (gas)/285 hp (elec)/ 887 hp (comb) TORQUE (SAE NET) 531 lb-ft (gas)/192 lb-ft (elec)/664 lb-ft (comb) 398 lb-ft (gas)/431 lb-ft (elec)/ 944 lb-ft (comb) REDLINE 8,300 rpm 9,150 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 3.8 lb/hp 4.2 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto. 7-speed twin-clutch auto. AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.31:1/2.27:1 3.09:1/2.07:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, hydraulic roll and downforce resistance; control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, hydraulic roll and downforce resistance Control arms, coil springs, air lift, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 12.2:1 (est) 12.3-16.6:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.2 2.3 BRAKES, F;R 15.4-in vented carbon-ceramic disc; 15.0-in vented carbon-ceramic disc, ABS 16.1-in vented, drilled carbon-ceramic disc; 15.4-in vented, drilled-carbon ceramic disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 9.0 x 19-in; 11.5 x 20-in, forged aluminum 9.5 x 20-in; 12.5 x 21-in, forged magnesium TIRES, F;R 245/35R19 93Y; 305/30R20 103Y Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R 265/35R20 95Y; 325/30R21 104Y Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 105.1 in 107.5 in TRACK, F/R 65.3/63.1 in 65.5/63.5 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 180.6 x 76.6 x 44.8-46.8 in 182.9 x 76.4 x 46.0 in TURNING CIRCLE 39.0 ft 41.7 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,411 lb 3,758 lb WEIGHT DIST., F/R 40/60% 43/57% SEATING CAPACITY 2 2 HEADROOM 37.6 in 38.4 in LEGROOM 44.2 in 35.0 in SHOULDER ROOM 53.1 in 54.7 in CARGO VOLUME 4.2 cu ft 3.7 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH* 0-30 1.2 sec 1.2 sec 0-40 1.7 1.6 0-50 2.1 2.0 0-60 2.6 2.4 0-70 3.0 3.0 0-80 3.5 3.6 0-90 4.1 4.3 0-100 4.7 5.1 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 0.9 0.9 QUARTER MILE 9.8 sec @ 148.9 mph 10.0 sec @ 145.2 mph 2.21-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 90.71 sec 89.89 sec CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $1,150,000 $847,975 PRICE AS TESTED $1,207,262 $1,028,875 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes Yes/Yes AIRBAGS Dual front, front side/head, front knee Dual front, front side BASIC WARRANTY 3 yrs/Unlimited miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 3 yrs/Unlimited miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 3 yrs/Unlimited miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles FUEL CAPACITY 16.9 gal 18.5 gal EPA COMBINED ECON 17 mpg/18 mpg-e (gas/gas+elec) 22 mpg/67 mpg-e (gas/elec) ENERGY CONS., COMB 198/187 kW-hrs/100 miles (gas/gas+elec) 153/50 kW-hrs/100 mi (gas/elec) CO2 EMISSIONS, GAS/EV 1.11/0.93 lb/mile (gas/gas+elec) 0.88/0 lb/mile (gas/elec, at vehicle) RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium * Acceleration figures from pre-production vehicles
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  • subaru335i's Avatar
    03-13-2015, 01:44 PM
    I didn't see another thread about F1 discussion for this season. Anyone else watch or follow F1? Australian GP is this weekend, any predictions? It looks like McLaren has been having some troubles so far with the new Honda engines. Hamilton or Rosberg?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-18-2015, 05:25 PM
    We have 20-25 years left of enjoying motoring. Tops. Not only will electric drivetrains dominate the landscape you will not even be driving them. You will be a passenger. Your car will become a connected appliance rather than a tool can serve multiple purposes including one of the major aspects a car can provide: FREEDOM. Freedom to move about how you want when you want where you want to. Sure, there are rules but a car at one time represented suddenly having a much larger world available to you. Plus, come on now, does anyone really need to be reminded of the first time they put the pedal down all the way and gingerly exceeded the speed limit? Kind of fun, wasn't it? You will not be able to replicate that experience again but the sad thing is neither will future generations. The thrill of the automobile? It will become as thrilling as the new Iphone. Maybe as thrilling as installing a new version of navigation software. This network already touched on this topic two years ago when Audi stated they intend to incorporate autonomous driving into cars by 2016. That's next year people. The entire driving experience is changing and it is not necessarily for the better. The manual transmission is on life support. Internal Combustion Engines are being regulated into oblivion. Hybrid drivetrains are on the rise. Manufacturers even are piping in artificial sound because the motors are getting so quiet to try to make the driving experience as visceral as it once was. Even just having a slight rumble when you move your right foot will soon be gone unless you program the audio system to replicate it. It's not far fetched and Elon Musk gets it: "I don't think we have to worry about autonomous cars, because that's sort of like a narrow form of AI. It would be like an elevator. They used to have elevator operators, and then we developed some simple circuitry to have elevators just automatically come to the floor that you're at ... the car is going to be just like that. It's too dangerous. You can't have a person driving a two-ton death machine I think it is important to appreciate the size of the automotive industrial base. There's 2 billion of them. Moving everything to autonomous vehicles would take 20 years." The public will be sold on the safety of it and considering it will be much more convenient to simply get in a car and tell Siri (or Cortana or whomever wins that battle) the destination while sipping on a Starbucks latte. Computers can make more precise calculations, do not suffer from fatigue, and do not get intoxicated. There is simply no way to win this battle. The argument would have to be one based on freedom and I think we all already know the populace will sacrifice their own freedom for safety in today's age. So, enjoy it while you can. Enjoy being in control. Because soon you will not be. It's for the greater good, isn't it? <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>To be clear, Tesla is strongly in favor of people being allowed to drive their cars and always will be. Hopefully, that is obvious.</p>&mdash; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) <a href="">March 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" lang="en"><p>However, when self-driving cars become safer than human-driven cars, the public may outlaw the latter. Hopefully not.</p>&mdash; Elon Musk (@elonmusk) <a href="">March 17, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>
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  • MDORPHN's Avatar
    03-18-2015, 08:53 AM
    Sticky - Figured you'd enjoy this;) Feel free to move to a different spot if appropriate. Neil
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  • drfrink24's Avatar
    03-22-2015, 09:25 AM
    Lets hear some opinions: Been lightly modifying cars since 2001 (GTI, '04 STI and now 08' 335xi) have done some fair amount of wrenching, but nothing major. But nothing will remain stock in my garage. Here are my considerations: 1. Used GTR (goal is under $50k in 1-2 years from now). Will do e85 conversion w/full exhaust. Pros - Dream car, fast, visceral. Cons - Cost of ownership insane, even if you do your own work. One mechanical failure away from a $10,000 repair bill. Automatic transmission as good as it is, I fear will undermine the fun of driving it. 2. Used 996TT (goal under $40k in 1-2 years from now). Will modify, even consider turbo-upgrade. Pros - Lower cost of ownership, fast, manual transmission, (reliable, don't laugh, its supposedly true!) Cons - Don't really care for 911s. Will be a 12+ year old car for $40k+. No trunk. 3. Near new BRZ/FRS w/turbokit Pros - Cheap, fast w/turbo kit, two major tuners are within 50 miles of me (Full Blown and MAP), lowest cost of ownership. Cons - RWD only, seriously deviating from the stock setup 4. Keep my 08' 335xi (65k miles, well maintained, no issues) and upgrade to RB or VTT w/intake. Pros - Paid off, has spec 2+ clutch + full bolt ons w/meth, very familiar with platform. Comfort. Cons - AWD system is sub-par (not performance), have owned for 4 years.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-17-2015, 06:01 PM
    Renntech Europe took delivery of their AMG GT S and immediately began their tuning program for the new AMG sports car. As you likely remember the AMG GT has a twin turbocharged and direct injected 4.0 liter V8 internally designated M178 that offers 510 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. You can see Renntech's crank baseline shows more power than the factory quotes. This is pretty much the norm for German turbocharged powerplants these days. Almost everyone is sandbagging to a degree. The AMG GT S is underrated in power and the torque figure is just under the Mercedes-AMG claim or essentially a wash. Did the factory leave themselves a ton of headroom with 'only' a 472.7 rear wheel horsepower motor for subsequent models? Keep in mind that 472.7 wheel horsepower figure using 15% losses is 556 crank horsepower. Renntech also already has a Stage I tune in development. We could share the numbers with you now but you will just have to wait for the BenzBoost follow up article (it's over 600 horses, shh) as the Stage I is further developed. Regardless, you can always expect BenzBoost to bring you the bleeding edge of Mercedes-AMG performance tuning information.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-20-2015, 11:37 PM
    Remember last month when the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo edition spanked the brand new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 around the Big Willow Springs roadcourse? It was not even close despite the Z06 pulling more on the skidpad, having more power, more torque, weighing less, and offering better braking. It certainly made everyone scratch their heads as the result did not make sense based on the specifications as well as the performance figures recorded by MotorTrend themselves. Every aspect on paper favors the Z06. Yet the GTR has two big aces up its sleeve with all wheel drive and its dual clutch transmission. Not to mention despite the power, torque, and weight not being in the GTR's favor it accelerates faster. So what gives? What happened? The rear suspension was significantly out of alignment. Yep, that's all it took to skew the results. Here, Motortrend explains it: The Z06 suspension allows you to tweak basically everything for track duty including the rear caster. Does it make a difference? How about a 2.1 second difference around Big Willow? From 1:27.10 to 1.25.00. That's huge. That is night and day. It also puts the Z06 ahead of the GTR as its specs already told us it should be. Part of the problem as well is that Big Willow is not as forgiving as other tracks. Chevrolet intends to offer a mode now softens the dampers in a Rough Track Mode. That says a lot about Big Willow. It also says a low about how Chevrolet engineers are not sweeping this under the rug but fixing the car's teething issues. Ferrari they are not. What about another big point? Well, it was suggested that the manual transmission was part of the problem. Automatic Z06's were scarce last month and they still are but MotorTrend did get one to test. It somehow put up a slower lap than the manual car at 1:25.76. This may be due to the gear ratios in the manual favoring a track like Big Willow. There is still a problem with this do-over if you will. The GT-R did not get another shot and Nissan was not allowed to look over its car and send it in again. Additionally, this was not done on the same day in the exact same conditions. So, there are flaws here and we will have to wait for more data. We have a long way to go before the dust settles.
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  • drfrink24's Avatar
    03-19-2015, 08:41 AM During my previous research, I had found that E70 was likely the lowest % of blend I'd be seeing in a northern climate (MN), however, I've since learned that this can be as low as 51%: The properties of ethanol for E85 and other ethanolblends must meet ASTM D4806. The ASTM specificationfor E85 is ASTM D5798 “Specification for EthanolFuel Blends for Flexible-Fuel for Automotive SparkIgnitionEngines” (see Table 3). The ethanol content ofE85 is seasonally adjusted to improve vehicle cold-startand warm-up performance. The ethanol content canrange from 51% to 83% by volume. There is a table provided that shows your states volatility class by month, Minnesota is only a class 1 for ONE month a year (July) :( So I would assume its pretty important to either have an ethanol sensor or to test your pumps E % regularly.
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