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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 11:32 PM
    This will be something we will see more and more of over the coming years and one of the more interesting battles in the BMW performance scene in the opinion of BimmerBoost. We have BMW's newest turbocharged M car going against the M car it replaced. As you well know the E90 M3 comes with a naturally aspirated S65 4.0 liter V8 that revs to 8400 rpm from the factory. It makes much less power (roughly 70 wheel horsepower) than the turbocharged 3.0 liter S55 direct injected inline-6 engine in the new F80 M3. It becomes a complete mismatch when the S55 gets a tune such as the JB4 on this particular car. The thing is, what happens when you boost the older M car? This E90 M3 gets boost for its S65 V8 courtesy of an ESS VT2-625 supercharger kit. The high revving naturally aspirated V8 responds quite well generating in the area of 600 wheel horsepower depending on the supporting modifications, fuel, and tune. It is making this horsepower with far less torque than the S55 inline-6 however. This is a race won by top end power and with a centrifugal blower top end power is exactly what the E90 M3 offers. The F80 M3 comparatively offers much more low end torque and has a curve shifted far more to the left than to the right. It is two different M engine philosophies at work here and both are effective. The supercharged E90 M3 wins this round but as tunes and supporting mods evolve for the F80 M3 it will compete with stock internal supercharged E90 M3's on its stock turbochargers. It will also be interesting how it does against the E90 M3 with turbos instead of a centrifugal supercharger. The E90 M3 only has in the 370 lb-ft of peak wheel torque range compared to the 550+ wheel torque this JB4 tuned F80 M3 is capable of generating. Yet it is where that torque is generated that determines the outcome here. Top end horsepower rules this race. No doubt enthusiasts will debate the approaches here. Both are viable. However, more displacement and higher revs with a torque curve that continues to increase toward redline is hard to beat in a race like this. The older M cars are hardly obsolete. They're incredible. E90 M3 - ESS VT2-625 SC, Akra GT4, 100/91 oct blend F80 M3 - Catless downpipes, full Akra Exhaust, JB4 Map 7, 100/91 oct blend P.S. Iphone videos of races like this make us cry.
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  • 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
    11-24-2014, 08:54 AM
    Another round in the war of new gen M3 versus previous gen M3. Last month a race was posted showing a supercharged E90 M3 pulling a tuned F80 M3. This of course got fanboys in a tizzy with the latest and supposedly greatest M getting pulled by the car it replaced. Now the F80 M3 in that previous run was not the BMS F80 M3 test car. The car in this video is Burger Tuning's own car and Terry Burger certainly can be more aggressive with his own car than a customer's car as he tests out various tunes. This much is a given. The E92 M3 is running an ESS-Tuning kit which although a solid offering is not the most aggressive supercharged setup available or forced induction setup available. Especially considering this car was in daily driver mode and not kill mode meaning the VT2-650 was more like the majority of ESS supercharged cars and putting out power in the mid 500 range on pump fuel. The F80 M3 wins this round and the conclusion is the same as before: It is two different M engine philosophies at work here and both are effective. The supercharged E90 M3 wins this round but as tunes and supporting mods evolve for the F80 M3 it will compete with stock internal supercharged E90 M3's on its stock turbochargers. We will see more aggressively tuned F80 M3's out there and there are more aggressively tuned E9X M3's out there. Back and forth we will go on the stock internals but ultimately the victor has already decided. Which platform that is BimmerBoost leaves up to you to figure out.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-30-2014, 03:12 AM
    10's are just around the corner for the S55 powerlpant people and that is not surprising. This is the quickest F82 M4 and S55 powered car in the world currently thanks to its 11.18 @ 123.56 pass. TPG Tuning is claiming this is the fastest M4 in the world although an F80 M3 has gone 126 in the 1/4 mile. So, technically, it is the fastest F82 M4 for now but not the fastest S55 powered car as that belongs to an F80 M3. Additionally, TPG Tuning is taking a lot of credit for this while forgetting an F80 M3 has gone faster and I think we all know it is really the JB4 tune from BMS doing the majority of the work here. What readers really should take away is that 10's are coming for the F82 M4 and F80 M3 with the right combination of modifications, traction, conditions, and someone brave enough to use launch control to get out of the hole. The 1.6596 60 foot certainly is impressive as it is without launch control. Modifications are: BMS JB4 with a custom map Race Fuel Hoosier Drag radials
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-25-2014, 10:32 AM
    Now this is a pretty big deal. Everyone is obviously aware of Underground Racing twin turbo V10 builds and the absurd amount of horsepower they put out. What makes the magic happen is not just their hardware but sophisticated tuning. Their tuning by John Reed using a Motec standalone in conjunction with the factory DME had no real rival... until now. Syvecs released a standalone ECU that is completely plug in play with Audi R8 and Lamborghini V10 motors. It also supports the V8. Now what is the big deal? Well the big deal is it replaces the factory computer while supporting all factory functions. That means no compromises or loss of creature comforts. Additionally, the Syvecs standalone is capable of controlling the direct injection system. That in of itself is impressive. However, the standalone is capable of controlling 20 injectors in total. That means you can have a direct injection system combined with a port injection system to provide fuel for a big horsepower turbo build. Now you see the big deal? In theory now anyone can put together a turbo kit themselves as tuning options have opened up along with fueling options. Maybe we will finally see what the R8 V8 can do as well now that it can finally have the fuel that has held back built motor turbo setups. Now what about the other features? Here is a quick rundown: - 12 on the fly adjustable maps vis OEM controls - Flex fuel control - Cruise control - Rolling anti-lag - Launch control system which builds boost at the line - Onboard datalogging - Adjustable traction control system vis OEM controls Now that all sounds pretty awesome. What sounds even more awesome is that the Audi/Lamborghini R8 and Gallardo tuning world has opened up and we should see prices tumble. Not to take away anything from Underground Racing as they are the premier option on the platform but competition is a good thing. Well done Syvecs, much respect from the performance tuning community.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-31-2014, 07:01 PM
    Introducing the new GTRS4 BMW F82 M4 widebody kit from Vorsteiner. The kit is similar in style to their GTRS3 widebody kit most have seen for the E92 M3. Vorsteiner gives the F82 M4 very aggressive wide rear fenders as they did with the E92 M3 which certainly makes the car look much more aggressive. The photos certainly looks great and the design is solid. BimmerBoost will give impressions on how the kit looks (and the fitment) in person at the SEMA show in Las Vegas next week where the kit will makes its official debut.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-13-2014, 05:57 PM
    The BMW S1000RR is an absurdly fast bike in stock form capable of trapping in the tall 140's. Beating one is a very tall order for any street car in stock form let alone tuned. This S1000RR is tuned though by BrenTuning and also features a full Akrapovic exhaust. That should easily push it well into the 150+ trap speed range in the 1/4 mile. Procharged Vettes are of course capable of hitting those trap speeds but require a built motor and a ton of boost. We do not know the specs on this C6 only that based on the result the blower needs to move quite a bit air if the owner wants to run with this bike.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-08-2014, 10:36 PM
    GM had a great showing at SEMA with plenty of exciting cars. What stood out though was this beautiful monster. The upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Z06 convertible is a work of art. This particular example has the gorgeous Laguna Blue paint as well as the optional Z07 package. Those are carbon ceramic brakes you see as well as carbon fiber aerodynamic pieces designed for increased downforce on the track. This is one convertible that will be right at home on the roadcourse. In person the Z06 definitely looks more aggressive than the standard Stingray and the wider hips also add sexiness. The C7 design is simply beautiful and the Z06 takes it to the next level. You already know all about the 650 horsepower LT4 supercharged V8 as well as the 8L90 8-speed automatic that is available as an option. GM hit it out of the park with this car especially if the performance is as good as the styling (which it will be).
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  • 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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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-24-2014, 10:48 AM
    Finally some independent performance numbers for the new Corvette Z06! MotorTrend got their hands on what is the hottest new performance car of 2015 and came away very impressed. They tested the car and got 0-60 in 3.2 seconds and a 1/4 mile pass of 11.3 @ 126.2. Chevrolet themselves claimed 127 mile per hour trap speeds for the car. They also claimed a 1/4 mile elapsed time of 10.95 for the auto with the manual 3/10's behind this so MotorTrend's numbers are right where they should be based on Chevy's claims. That said, the 8-speed 8L90 automatic will be quicker and faster than this. We expect it to be well into the 10's at over 130 miles per hour especially once owners get them to the strip. MotorTrend is not exactly known for their skill at extracting performance on the drag strip. The car is obviously about more than just acceleration. The figure eight time of 22.5 seconds only trails the million dollar Porsche 918 Spyder. The Z06 sure starts to look like a hell of a performance bargain in that company. MotorTrend states the curb weight is 3533 pounds. This is right at the claimed GM figure of 3524 pounds. Spot on and impressive considering it was expected to gain quite a bit more weight than the Stingray. Weight distribution is 51/49 front to back compared to the Stingray 49/51. MotorTrend concludes with the car being just as fast but more composed and enjoyable than the C6 ZR1. Essentially, it's easier to extract the limits while maintaining confidence. Interestingly, they brought in an automatic Z06 for Randy Pobst to lap around Road Atlanta. Why they did not get this car to test in a straightline only MotorTrend knows. Regardless, Pobst hustles the car around the track quickly. How quickly? A laptime of 1:30.18. MotorTrend did not put the time in context after doing some research that is a very fast time. A Champion Motorsports built 997 Turbo managed a 1:37 to give you an idea. We can not wait to see more test numbers from more sources but suffice it to say the Z06 is the performance car bargain of 2015.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-07-2014, 09:00 PM
    At the SEMA show this year the new F82 M4 was all over the place. Two major widebody kit options made their debut with the LB Performance widebody and the Vorsteiner widebody. The LB Performance styling should be familiar to those who have seen the previous E92 M3 version. The styling is much more over the top and Asian inspired than the refined European touch one would expect on a BMW. It definitely is attention grabbing and the kit offers better fitment than several E92 M3 LB Performance kits BimmerBoost has sampled. This fits and looks better but there still are gaps and fitment issues. As far the styling is concerned it definitely is attention grabbing. The thing is, this widebody kit is all about form over function. It is not made so you can fit wider wheels and tires specifically for racing. Just based on looking at the pieces up close themselves there does not seem to be any aerodynamic testing to inspire the design based on performance. This is all about looks folks and this kit certainly is going to increase drag and maybe not even proportionally. Out of the two M4's fitted with the LB Performance kit at the SEMA show BimmerBoost found the white one to have the better execution. If one wants to hide the gaps and rivets making the kit appear to flow together better a dark color is probably the best choice. Is it attention grabbing? Yes. Is it different? Well, this style is starting to get a bit played out. Does it belong on a BMW? That is up to to you decide.
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  • 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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