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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-05-2015, 03:00 AM
    This list from Autobild features stock and modified cars making it not exactly uniform but certainly interesting. You get a little of bit of everything in here. For those of us who do not use kilometers per hour 200 kph is 124 miles per hour and 300 kph is 186 miles per hour. Not every car that was tested to 200 kph was tested to 300 kph (or could make it there) which is why the 300 list is smaller. Also, do not be surprised a German car is on the top of both lists. The Germans like to feel superior but we all know there are much faster cars than what Autobild tested. 0-200 kph: 1. 6.52 s - 9ff G-Tronic 1200 (997) 2. 7.82 s - Heffner TT Ford GT 3. 8.21 s - McLaren 650S 4. 8,49 s - MTB GT-R Mission 1000 5. 8,62 s - Brömmler GT-R Alpha 9 6. 8.82 s - McLaren 12C Coupé 6. 8.82 s - 9ff GTurbo 1000 (997.2 GT3 RS) 8. 8.83 s - Lingenfelter C6 Corvette Z06 TT 9. 8.85 s - Bugatti Veyron 16.4 10. 8.86 s - Hennessey Viper 1000 TT 11. 8.91 s - HGP Golf VI R DSG 3.6 Bi-Turbo 11. 8.91 s - Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 13. 8.92 s - GAD C63 AMG Black Series 4matic 14. 9.03 s - TechArt 911 Turbo S (991) 15. 9.30 s - Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 16. 9.31 s - Ferrari 458 Speciale 16. 9.31 s - Manthey 996 Turbo GT-MR 18. 9.33 s - MTM MP4-12C 19. 9.36 s - Wimmer 997 GT2 RS 19. 9.36 s - GAD CLS63 AMG 4matic 21. 9.39 s - Porsche 911 GT2 RS 21. 9.39 s - TechArt 911 Turbo PDK (997) 23. 9.40 s - Sportec 997 GT2 SP 750 24. 9.42 s - McLaren 12C Spider 25. 9.44 s - Ruf 911 Turbo PDK (997) 26. 9.53 s - Heffner TT Gallardo 27. 9.60 s - Porsche 911 Turbo S (991) 28. 9.65 s - Novitec Rosso 430 Scuderia 29. 9.70 s - 9ff GT2 BT2-800 (997) 30. 9.71 s - Edo 911 Turbo S (991) 31. 9.79 s - SKN Audi R8 V10 X-Treme2 32. 9.80 s - Ruf Rt12 (997) 33. 9.82 s - Hohenester A4 HS 650 RR 34. 9.90 s - Ruf CTR3 Clubsport 34. 9.90 s - Brabus E850 T (E63 AMG S) 34. 9.90 s - HGP Golf V R36 Bi-Turbo 37. 9.92 s - Brabus SL850 (SL65 AMG '14) 37. 9.92 s - Saleen S7 Twin Turbo 39. 10.00 s - TechArt GTstreet RS (997) 40. 10.03 s - Porsche 911 Turbo S (997) 41. 10.07 s - Ruf Rt35 Roadster (991 PDK) 42. 10.09 s - Brabus Bullit by GAD Motorsport 43. 10.14 s - Wimmer 911 GT2 (997) 44. 10.23 s - Geiger Corvette ZR1 45. 10.23 s - MTM Audi R8 LMS 46. 10.24 s - Importracing GT-R 47. 10.25 s - 9ff 911 Turbo TR-63 (997) 48. 10.28 s - Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera 49. 10.28 s - Sportec 911 Turbo SP580 (997) 0-300 kph: 1. 14.2 s - 9ff G-Tronic 1200 (997) 2. 15.9 s - Heffner TT Ford GT 3. 16.3 s - Lingenfelter C6 Corvette Z06 TT 4. 17.9 s - Hennessey Viper 1000 TT 5. 18.6 s - Wimmer 997 GT2 RS 6. 19.8 s - Bugatti Veyron 16.4 7. 21.1 s - 9ff GT2 BT2-800 (997) 8. 21.2 s - Sportec 997 GT2 SP 750 9. 21.3 s - Heffner TT Gallardo 10. 21.7 s - Brömmler GT-R Alpha 9 11. 22.0 s - HGP Golf VI R36 DSG 3.6 Bi-Turbo 12. 22.5 s - MTB GT-R Mission 1000 13. 23.1 s - Ruf CTR3 Clubsport 14. 23.5 s - Brabus Bullit by GAD Motorsport 15. 23.7 s - GAD CLS63 AMG 4matic 16. 23.7 s - McLaren 650S 17. 23.8 s - Brabus SL850 (SL65 AMG '14) 17. 23.8 s - Novitec Rosso 430 Scuderia 17. 23.8 s - GAD C63 AMG Black Series 4matic 20. 23.9 s - Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 21. 24.9 s - Ruf Rt12 (997) 22. 25.1 s - Brabus E850 T (E63 AMG S) 23. 25.4 s - SKN Audi R8 V10 X-Treme2 23. 25.4 s - TechArt 911 Turbo PDK (997) 25. 25.5 s - TechArt 911 Turbo S (991) 26. 25.6 s - Saleen S7 Twin Turbo 27. 26.5 s - Wimmer 911 GT2 (997) 28. 26.7 s - Geiger Corvette ZR1 29. 26.7 s - Porsche 911 GT2 RS 30. 26.9 s - TechArt GTstreet RS (997) 31. 28.3 s - HGP Golf V R36 Bi-Turbo 31. 28.3 s - Edo 911 Turbo S (991) 33. 28.8 s - Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Superleggera 33. 28.8 s - Ruf 911 Turbo PDK (997) 35. 29.6 s - Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4 36. 29.7 s - Porsche 911 Turbo S (991) 37. 30.0 s - Importracing GT-R 38. 32.9 s - Ferrari 458 Speciale Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-17-2015, 12:48 AM
    You may be noticing several S63TU flash tunes hitting the market this month. What will separate them is the quality of the tune, features, and of course the pricing. Eurocharged in addition to the horsepower and torque gains offers CEL (check engine light) deletion, a 300 rpm raised limited, and speed limiter removal. The horsepower and torque gains though are really where it is at and they are massive. On 93 octane pump gas the F10 M5 gains 120 wheel horsepower and 137 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with the Eurocharged tune and downpipes. That makes for a total of 650 wheel horsepower and 608 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on the Eurocharged Dyno Dynamics and that is a night and day difference over stock. A Stage II tune is on the way but the turbos are about reaching the end here. Race gas will allow timing advances but keep in mind the S63TU already pushes 22 psi of boost on higher compression than the S63 on which it is based. The tune retails for $1999 (tell them BimmerBoost sent you, I hear they love that) and the ECU must be sent in if you are not close to a Eurocharged location. Eventually OBD-II flash tuning will come but let's be happy we have flash tuning solutions for the F10 M5 and F13 M6. Further details on the Eurocharged downpipes will come later, contact @Jake@Eurocharged.com for any additional inquiries.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-17-2015, 07:33 AM
    What is the worst car you ever had? Well, chances are it probably was not as bad as the rides some of these people have had. We spend a ton of time talking about what the best car is, what the most powerful car is, and what the fastest car is. Rarely do we talk about the pieces of crap we have driven along the way. So take a look, take a laugh, and remind yourself how fortunate you are to be modifying whatever it is you are modifying for more power while some people are sticking their head out their sunroof to get a cheeseburger.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-04-2015, 10:08 PM
    You do not need a ton of torque to lose control of your car. We all like to think of ourselves as badass drivers who can never have too much power but you do not need to have 1000 wheel horsepower or be going hundreds of miles per hour to lose control. This F82 M4 driver illustrates the point perfectly. While leaving Car and Coffee which is a popular Southern California Sunday morning car show where you can see everything from a BMW to a Bugatti this M4 driver quickly manages to lose control when trying to get on it apparently to impress some people who want to see exactly this sort of thing happen. There is a reason they have people hold up signs while you leave saying no burnouts to make sure that testosterone does not overwhelm common sense and lead to events such as this. We do not know what settings the driver had enabled on his M4 but speaking from experience when MDM is enabled it does a hell of a job helping keep the car straight. You can definitely see why manufacturers include traction control these days and why you will not see cars without some form of it despite the idea that people should supposedly be smart of to not need to be protected from themselves. So this guy gets on it, quickly loses control, and instead of staying in it and using the throttle to correct hits the brakes meaning physics being physics the car continues to carry toward the median which he promptly hits and crosses flying into the air. Fortunately he avoided the trees and any oncoming traffic which would have made this much messier. An onlooker exclaims, 'Got that on camera!' rather than 'Is he ok?' as is the social protocol today. Worry more about whether you captured the event than any potential harm to those who participated in it. Likes and views from strangers on the internet matter more, right?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-08-2015, 01:03 AM
    The BMW S1000RR is a great measuring stick for a fast street car. If you can beat one of these bikes, congratulations, you have a fast automobile. Beating a modified S1000RR? Well now you are getting into that upper echelon territory and this 1200+ wheel horsepower Nissan GTR certainly fits the bill. The GTR is said to trap in the 160 mile per hour range. A stock S1000RR will trap just under 150. We have seen tuning results for full bolt ons get them around ~200 whp (depending on fuel, exhaust, etc.) so they certainly are capable of that 160 range as well when modified. This GTR owner may be sandbagging just a bit based on AAM's own performance ranges: The races start at the ~75 mile per hour mark. The first run they get an even start and the GTR walks the S1000RR. In the second run the S1000RR gets a nice jump as you can see even with a very fast car running one down is no small feat. It takes a ton of power to close that gap and a bit of time as the speedo on the GTR shows 186 once he passes and lets off. Per the GTR owner: "Both race were starting at about 70-75mph.. One was a even start which i walked him pretty bad so second race i gave him the hit.. He took off when i wasn't so ready and wasn't in my prime spot but i said $#@! it chase is a a race right?"
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-02-2015, 12:14 AM
    It certainly is hard to keep a secret in this day and age isn't it? Somehow someone got a hold of this 2016 BMW G11 7-Series test mule and uncovered it showing it to the world completely undisguised. We have no idea who the man is or how he did it but we thank him for doing so. The styling is evolutionary rather than revolutionary. The current BMW styling language is featured everywhere and it is immediately recognizable as a BMW. The interior is what we have come to expect. The front features the new BMW Laserlight system. The big changes are really under the skin. All wheel drive 'xDrive' is expected as standard. BMW is also trying to shave a good amount of weight off the car although we will have to see just how successful they are in this attempt. The initial reports of a 500 pound weight loss target sure seem optimistic especially if xDrive is standard. Whatever the weight loss may be the new 7 is expected to be much more nimble. The return of a driver friendly 7-Series? Perhaps. We will know more when the car makes its official debut late this year likely at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September although due to this leak it could be bumped up significantly.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-03-2015, 04:23 AM
    Underground Racing has a bit of an ace up its sleeve. Most people are aware of an 'X' package above the 2R but little is known about its power output or components. BoostAddict was tipped off from a source that will remain anonymous as to the power capability of the 'X' cars. A minor debate raged on the forums as to who has more power Heffner or UGR and the peak number on the dyno pull below show it is not even close. It takes well over 2000 wheel horsepower to play with the big boys these days. We just recently saw the GTR crack 2,000 wheel horsepower although it maxed out the dyno so its actual peak horsepower number is higher. How much higher? Well, likely not this high. It is safe to say UGR is the power king and getting ready to lay waste to the opposition. 2015 is going to be a lot of fun in the high performance realm.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-23-2015, 11:01 AM
    BMW did not produce a Z4 M car with the newest E89 generation vehicle. They raced one, but they did not actually build a street legal M car based on the E89 Z4. That's life and nothing can be done about it. These pictures below though sure make everyone wish they did build a Z4 M. This E89 Z4 is lowered on HRE S101 wheels. They are finished in a gunmetal paint which compliments the grey Z4 well. The car also features an aftermarket diffuser, trunk spoiler, front lip, and sideskirts. Oh BMW, what a marvelous car an E89 Z4M would have been. As that car does not exist this owner added on a Motiv turbo kit, Dodson upgraded DCT clutch packs, and JRZ RS coilovers creating what is the next best thing to a factory E89 M effort. Modification List: – Grigio Telesto – Motiv 750 Single Turbo – Gruppe M Intake – HPF Intercooler – Dodson Upgraded Clutch Packs – HRE S101 – AP Racing – Radical BBK – JRZ RS Pro Coilovers – Umbrella Cup Kit – Hotchikis Sway Bars – Meisterschaft Valvetronic Exhaust – Tommy Kaira Rowen Rear Bumper – 3D Design Front Lip – 3D Design Trunk Spoiler – Bride Japan Vorga Seats – Custom Focal & Audison Sound SYstem
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-08-2015, 07:41 AM
    In stock form the F82 M4 is a pretty quick car by virtue of its 427 wheel horsepower and 429 lb-ft of wheel torque. That is good enough to get the M4 into the 11's in stock form and trap 119 miles per hour. So how much faster does the car get with a BMS JB4 tune? Well, much quicker and faster. Just a base stage I JB4 tune increases horsepower to 479 at the wheels and torque to 484 lb-ft at the wheels. With just bolt on modifications to the S55 motor the M4 can run 11.1 @ 123 in the 1/4 mile. The video below is not a 1/4 mile race but a roll on race showing a real world difference between a JB4 tuned F82 M4 and a stock M4. The stock car is the camera car and has the inside lane yet it gets pulled easily. Yep, a tune only S55 motor is a completely different beast.
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  • fieldysnuts8's Avatar
    01-28-2015, 04:04 PM
    So I'm in the pretty early stages but I am considering buying a new (used) car. I bought my current car (2011 Camaro 2SS/RS/manual) when I graduated law school and I was 25 at the time. I'm now 30 and I have a 2 year old. So I think its time for something a little more mature, classy, and practical but I don't want to give up having a relatively fast, relatively sporty car. My price range is around $36k. I do my own basic maintenance (oil, tranny/diff fluid, brake pads, spark plugs) and basic bolt on type work (air intake, headers) but on cars that are pretty easy to work on (Trucks, F-body's, my current car). Below are my requirements outside of price and some general thoughts on how I will use the car: 4 doors and a decent backseat (for car seat) and trunk (golf bags, stroller). It can't be slower than my current car (0-60 in around 4.6, low 13's 1/4). I will not modify the car so it must be at least that fast stock. It must be fun to drive. For example: A Charger Hellcat would not be appropriate because although it is fast, its not fun to drive. I want a car that feels a little special. USE: primarily a daily driver but I may occasionally take it to a track. That said, I'm not one of these guys who is obsessed with shaving 100ths of a second off my lap time. I just want to have fun and have a car that I can push without killing it or myself. If tracked, I would probably not take it past 7.5/10ths of its potential. It must be somewhat classy but not super flashy. I want a car that is nice to be in and I would be proud to walk up to and get in on a daily basis. Ideally it would be a car that a normal person wouldn't think twice about but someone like us (abnormal people) would look at and be like "nice." The car is for me to enjoy driving, not to attract attention. It must be reliable and reasonable to fix or have fixed when something does break. It must also be reasonable to maintain. I understand that most "nice" cars will be more expensive to maintain than my Camaro but it has to be within reason. RWD is preferred but I'd be willing to do AWD if the AWD is fun and tossable. Manual is preferred but I would do flappy paddle if it is a great box, a good deal, and not unreliable. Right now my two front runners are a 09-14 CTS-V and an E90 M3. My concern with the Caddy is that although its fast, I worry that its heavy and not that fun to drive. My concern with the M3 is reliability and maintenance. Any feedback or tips on my front runners is welcome as is advice on other options (supported with reasoning).
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    01-25-2015, 11:47 AM
    Put the car on the dyno tonight, for a few runs with the new intakes on. The results were pretty much as expected, we can most likely get more power out of the car, but 640WHP on stage 2's (or RB's), very very doubtful. These results were had with no tuner on hand, Dzenno is Skiing, and made me 2 maps one with low timing and one with the high timing (the same timing we ran last time on the dyno), well due to a miscommunication on my part they were left for IJEOS(shop car), instead of I8AOS for the car these are on. So they were unusable meaning we had one back end flash, with timing set to 10-13.5 up top, which is 2 degrees less then we ran on the previous dyno session records. We also were having a very hard time getting boost smooth in the JB, Terry, and I worked at it for about 20-40 logs, and got it to this level of smoothness, for some reason the PID had to be dropped way down as very small PWM changes were making big swings in boost, even with PID this low boost would still do weird things. It would spool then quickly drop boost, then build it again, which is that little depression in TQ you see from 3500-4250 or so, after that boost would smooth out, and track pretty well to redline. On the previous dyno the Stage 2 record was achieved on 29psi peak to 17.5 psi at redline as that is all we could make. These numbers were achieved with 27 psi peak to 22 psi at redline. We couldn't go any higher as we were getting a LOT of corrections, and LPFP was going nuts, but we can easily hold 25+ psi to redline if we can get the other issues figured out, but BP and shaft speed with those little compressors is going to be up there, and not healthy. If we matched the previous boost in the midrange, and fixed the boost drop off then rebuild issue, the curves down low would basically be identical. As far as LPFP something is really going on there, I will investigate tomorrow, as its pretty scary. With this against us, we still managed to make 576WHP/615WTQ with all these issues, once Dzenno gets back, and we can have a tuner on hand as we dyno, as well as get the LPFP, and boost figured out, the graph will smooth way out, and we have no doubt should achieve 600WHP with a few more psi, and less timing corrections. Either way, the intakes do exactly advertised, offer you much more flow to redline, and a much more flat power curve where it counts in the high end of the rev band. I threw a graph in there against 2+ as well, there really is no comparison, 2+ leaves the 15T's in the dust on about the same boost midrange and 2 psi more up top. All, and all we are happy, and these delivered as expected, once we get tuning sorted, we should have nice clean graph, and right around 600/600. Not bad for a set of Stage 2's...:naughty: Break down: VTT Stage 2's Billet 15T's VTT Silicone intakes VTT Silicone Charge pipe VTT Double Barrel HPFP upgrade Fuel-it Stage 2 LPFP with 450 inline Cobb AP with PTF custom back end flash JB4 100% E85 All runs done in 4th gear Stage 2 Silicone Vs Stage 2 Stock intake Stage 2 Silicone Vs Stage 2+ Data Zap Log http://www.datazap.me/u/vargasturbotech/stage-2-silicone-intake-dyno-run-476?log=0&data=1-3-4-8-10-11-17-25-26-27-28-29 Jb Log
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  • BostonBeemah's Avatar
    01-06-2015, 05:13 PM
    Has anyone heard of this new fuel FTW Purple that people are using as an alternative to race fuel or e85? The power people are making is pretty ridiculous over their counterparts.. https://ftwfuels.wordpress.com/ I am also not associated with this site in any way but was just wondering if anyone has run this in their car and what their impressions of it were. Here's the fastest 5.0 NA which was tuned on this fuel. Just sounds too crazy to believe. http://www.svtperformance.com/forums/showthread.php?1051730-Went-10-47-133-today-NA Btw Sticky don't know if I'm not supposed to link to these sites so feel free to remove if necessary.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-15-2015, 06:22 PM
    The S63TU flash tuning era is in full swing. As BimmerBoost first reported last year 'real' F10 M5 / F13 M6 ECU tuning was on the way and here is further proof. AMS Performance tuned the F10 M5 of an IND-Distribution customer equipped with an Eisenmann exhaust system, GruppeM airbox, and AMS downpipes. The result? 643 horsepower at the wheels and 606 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. This is over 100 wheel horsepower over the green graph which represents the F10 M5 baseline. With just the bolt on modifications the car made 550 wheel horsepower and 505 lb-ft of torque on the stock tune. Clearly to get the most out of exhaust and intake modifications a tune is necessary as AMS added 97 wheel horsepower and 101 lb-ft of torque on top of the bolt on numbers. Additional noteworthy details This is a true ECU reflash and not a piggyback tuner The speed limiter is removed. We can remove CEL’s. We should see things move forward rapidly now with the ECU's cracked. What is interesting is that AMS said two years ago they were going to use ESS for tuning on the F10 M5 platform as they worked on a turbo upgrade yet now AMS is doing their own tuning. Come to whatever conclusion from that which you want to but BimmerBoost believes ESS claimed to be able to tune the F10 M5 simply for publicity as nothing ever came of the claim and furthermore nothing could have as that ability was not yet available until last year. Now we should see things progress beyond the bolt on level. 700+ wheel horsepower here we come.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-10-2015, 12:52 AM
    Very nice turbo S54 numbers here from a Saad Racing built car. There are a few things to take away from this graph the first of which the tuning is done on a ProEfi 128 standalone engine management system (ECU). The car is tuned on ethanol but the ethanol percentage is not specified. The S54 engine is obviously built but we do not know the compression ratio. Probably something around 10.0:1 or 9.5:1. The turbocharger is a Precision 6766 CEA DBB unit and at 29 psi of boost shows 859 wheel horsepower and 710 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Hopefully we will get more details on this car as it is making some serious power and torque on a Mustang dyno. This should be a 900+ whp car on a Dynojet and with a larger 6870 turbocharger from Precision 1000+ is within reason.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-07-2015, 06:35 PM
    There you have it, the first 9 second Porsche 991 Turbo and what is currently the quickest and fastest 991 Turbo / S in the world. A back and forth in 991 Turbo tuning started with Simon Motorsport going 10.31 in the 1/4 mile only for PP-Performance to respond with a 10.003 run. The car was on the verge of 9's and now it is officially there with the latest 9.896 @ 137.783 mile per hour run. The modifications are as follows: Modifications: PP-Performance Software IPD Plenum X-Pipe | Downpipes | Headers 3in1 BMC Racing Filter Toyo R888 (Rear Tires) No word on the fuel used but one can assume race gas. No word on if any weight was stripped out either. The Toyo R888's in back help achieve a 1.412 60 foot. The 991 Turbo joins the 997.2 Turbo as far as get getting into the 9's with bolt ons. The 991 Turbo and Turbo S have the same size turbochargers but tuners tell us they are smaller than the 997.2 Turbo S units. Is there more in the 991 Turbo without upgraded the turbochargers? We will have to see.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-09-2015, 12:12 AM
    Dinan's piggyback tuning box for modern turbo BMW motors is now officially CARB (California Air Resource Board) legal. This also retroactively means it is effectively 50 state legal and any N55, S55, N63TU, and S63TU engines running this tune are emissions compliant. What is interesting to note is that for S63 and N63 powered vehicles Dinan still sells flash ECU tunes and not all of them are CARB compliant. As Dinan can not flash tune the F-Series N55, S55, N63TU, and S63TU that is why we see the DinanTronics approach on these models. Dinan responded to some of the questions BimmerBoost raised regarding the Dinan flash versus piggyback tuning debate but that is old news. Where we are today is that Dinan is offering a 50 state emissions legal tuning package for the modern turbo motors supplemented by Dinan's own drivetrain warranty. For those who are apprehensive to tune or who really care about their warranty (perhaps their BMW is a lease) Dinan certainly has appeal in this area. CARB certification is a major plus and will come in handy during emissions testing. That said, for anyone with a piggyback worried about emissions testing they can simply disconnect their piggyback. Not that the BoostAddict Performance Automotive Forum Network would ever advise any activities on the road that bend or break the law. Many of you may remember that BMS (who really would be the main piggyback tuning rival on the modern BMW turbo platforms for Dinan) ran into some CARB trouble. Dinan not having these same issues shows his reach and of course ability to get through the somewhat convoluted CARB certification process. This news will likely make more BMW turbo owners open to tuning as it will alleviate some fears. Those with BMW tuning fears are likely not reading this website. It really comes down to do you want emissions compliance for $2000+ (depending on model) or more power for less money from other sources which come with potential risks (that are easily mitigated)? Well the answer to that is up to you.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-02-2015, 04:20 AM
    It is amazing how many people are throwing piggyback tuning boxes out there these days. A new week seems to bring a new 'tuner' out. For many it is easy to offer a new 'tune' as they simply rebrand a box somebody else developed calling it their own simply taking their cut after the hardware cost. Is that happening here? Well, BimmerBoost members can figure that out on their own. Why does this thing cost $800? What does a BMS JB4 F30 N55 tune cost again? Doesn't BMS build their own box? Is that why theirs is cheaper? Hmmm... Regardless, this is a new N55 tuning option for the F30 people and without a bevy of flash options (they're coming) piggybacks dominate the F30 tuning scene. So let's take a look at Vivid Racing's approach. They claim 61 horse gains. Ok cool their Mustang graph does not list max values but that number is well within what has been established with the N55. The only slight problem here is that Vivid Racing clearly inflates their Mustang dyno numbers to exaggerate the gains. If you are using a Mustang that is fine but do not try to make it look like a Dynojet or artificially make your gains look larger than they are. We would prefer independent test figures for this tune before ever recommending it based on the history of Vivid Racing's graphs. It is also why we tend to ignore their tuning in general as of course their numbers will be impressive if they are playing with the Mustang settings. The users here tend to be more informed and those users are already using other tuning options for their N55's that cost less money and offer greater gains. Those that are not as well informed will likely consider this box.
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  • DavidV's Avatar
    01-08-2015, 03:15 AM
    Presented at 2015 CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas, BMW showed their LED light and OLED rear light concept for the F82 M4. The front lights are similar to the i8 LED lights with a reach of 600 meters and a 'Selective Beam' function. The rear lights are OLEDs in a 3D configuration. BMW considers itself a leader in lighting technology and plans to implement the Laserlight system already used in the i8 in future BMW M cars. The F82 M4 certainly appears to be a candidate and no doubt the lighting system is striking. It looks very modern and, well, just plain cool. The lights of course have safety aspects as they are designed to help peek around corners to eliminate blind spots traditional lights do not reach. An infrared camera also helps the lights pick out and spot animals or people so they can be avoided. Munich/Las Vegas. At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES ) 2015 in Las Vegas, BMW is providing further evidence that it is a world leader in the development of Laserlight. Having already supplied its first models with Laserlight to customers, it is now presenting further laser functions for vehicles of the future. Laserlight is now able to offer its impressively long beam range of up to 600 metres in combination with the BMW Selective Beam function (anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant). At CES, BMW is unveiling ways in which Laserlight, extensively integrated with assistance systems and vehicle sensors, can be used to implement new intelligent lighting functions for enhanced safety and comfort. For example, it can work with the navigation system to illuminate corners well in advance, while a laser-based Dynamic Light Spot can provide early warning of people or animals at night from a distance of up to 100 metres. New lighting technology opens up design scope. The BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model, with exterior paintwork in Cool White metallic, features a new interpretation of the typical BMW twin round headlights. On the move, the laser technology can be identified by the fine blue strips inside the lights. Meanwhile, the rear light clusters of the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model are based on OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes), which produce light from wafer-thin semiconducting layers of organic material. For the first time, both the tail lights and rear direction indicators feature OLED technology. The illuminated surfaces are positioned to produce a three-dimensional effect. OLEDs also take up less room on account of their thin size. Shining example of innovative technology: anti-dazzle Laserlight and laser projection. BMW Laserlight sets new standards in terms of beam range and brightness. Inside the laser headlights, the “coherent” monochromatic blue laser light is converted into harmless white light. A special optical system directs the rays from the high-performance diodes onto a phosphor plate inside the light, which converts the beam into a very bright white light that is similar to natural daylight and pleasant to the eye. Despite consuming 30 percent less energy, the parallel light beam is ten times more intense than that produced by halogen, xenon or LED light sources. BMW Laserlight also has a beam range of up to 600 metres, more than twice that of conventional headlights, for increased safety in the dark. The camera-based BMW Selective Beam system, which is controlled by dynamic actuators, prevents oncoming or preceding vehicles being dazzled and allows the laser high beam to be left on at all times. Enhanced safety through connectivity. Extensive integration of the innovative Laserlight with other vehicle systems allows a variety of intelligent lighting functions to be implemented. Integration with the navigation system, for example, allows the proactive Adaptive Headlight control system to illuminate corners even before the steering wheel is turned. Laserlight also adds a new dimension to the Night Vision system’s Dynamic Light Spot function. In pitch-dark conditions, people and animals can be detected from a distance of up to 100 metres, by infrared camera, and “spotlighted” by the laser-based Dynamic Light Spot. This is a longer range than that of any other system. Also, if the vehicle detects reduced clear road width ahead, the laser headlights can be used to provide “narrow clearance” lighting. A laser projection function indicates the exact width of the vehicle in relation to the road to allow safe passage through the narrow space. BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights also showcases a further “visionary” system: “High Power Laser” diodes. This system projects driver information directly onto the road in front of the vehicle, allowing drivers to concentrate optimally on the traffic even in pitch darkness. OLED rear light cluster with three-dimensional effect. Organic light-emitting diodes – OLEDs – are an innovative, efficient, sustainable light source that form the basis for the BMW Organic Light system. OLEDs have a low power consumption, which helps to further reduce vehicle CO2 emissions. Another sustainable feature of this technology is the fact that no expensive rare earth metals are required in the production process. Unlike ordinary LEDs, which are a point light source, OLEDs produce light uniformly over their entire surface. The OLED elements are very thin, with a thickness of just 1.4 millimetres. Also, the individual modules can be activated separately, generating new possibilities for creating different lighting effects at the rear light clusters. Different lighting effects in different driving modes. In the past, rigorous legal requirements regulating the brightness of vehicle lighting have limited the number of lighting functions that it was possible to implement with OLED technology. On the BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model, BMW Organic Light is used in the tail lights and rear direction indicators. By activating the OLED segments individually, it is possible to create different rear lighting effects in different driving modes. Whereas normally the L-shape is wide and uniformly illuminated, in Sport mode a different-shaped light pattern can be used by activating only some of the OLED segments. The rear light then appears as a narrow, focused and sharply defined “strip” of light. New technologies create new design options. Lighting is an important design element in modern vehicles. From the front, all vehicles of the BMW core brand are instantly identifiable by the combination of their twin round headlights and the hallmark kidney grille. At night, the four glowing corona rings form a distinctive signature. The BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights model presents a new interpretation of the twin circular headlight theme. The headlights feature laser technology which is attractively highlighted by fine blue LED strips when the vehicle is on the move. Thanks to the new laser technology it was also possible to give the headlights a flat and sharply sculpted design. The L-shaped rear light clusters are just as distinctive in terms of styling as the front lights. The “L” shape is a typical design hallmark that accentuates the width of the rear and gives the vehicle a striking and powerful look that always stands out from the crowd, whether at night or during the daytime. On current models, LED-powered light strips and other light elements emphasise the L-shape at night and make the brand identity more easily recognisable in the dark. BMW first presented a rear light cluster with OLED elements on the BMW Vision Future Luxury concept model, which made its world debut in Beijing in April 2014. BMW M4 Concept Iconic Lights displays its own version of this design. Its M-style OLED rear light cluster marks a new evolution of the typical BMW L-shaped lighting design which, with the BMW 7 Series launch, was reinforced with a distinctive “glowing” effect. OLED technology makes it possible to create a new, more three-dimensional and at the same time very sharply defined appearance. BMW M GmbH will be launching a production model featuring OLED technology in the near future. Source
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