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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:42 PM
    Oh great, now the politically correct virus that infects America is coming for car advertisements. You know what a car ad is supposed to do? Get your attention. That is exactly what Mercedes-AMG accomplishes showing the new W213 generation E63 S model line up for a drag race. They are not endorsing street racing by doing this. As it turns out, advertisements do not create laws. Amazingly, somehow we still have speed limits and rules on public roads despite car ads. How many people drag race Top Fuel cars on the street anyway? What about Formula 1 cars? That number is exactly zero. It's a fantasy. It's a commercial. It isn't real. Watch the ad below and then let us know if you suddenly have the desire to race a jet powered Bonneville land speed record car at your local stoplight. Doug Stokes of Irwindale Speedway in California (of course it has to be California) takes issue with the commercial. Maybe he is drinking a bit too much soy as he seems to be suffering from low testosterone? What exactly should a commercial about a 600+ horsepower all wheel drive twin turbo V8 super sedan be about? Its gas mileage? A leisurely drive to the recycling center? It is no coincidence Irwindale Speedway operates an 1/8 mile drag strip. The argument made is self-serving as Doug wants to funnel people to the Irwindale strip because there really is nowhere else to race in California as 1/4 mile strips continue to shut down. Sacremento Raceway is the latest victim as the county is forcing them to close due to residential development. Doug, grow a pair. It's an ad. Stop trying to use it to funnel people to Irwindale. Furthermore, 1/8 mile racing sucks. Open up a real 1/4 mile strip where 600+ horsepower cars like the E63 can stretch their legs or shut the fuck up. An open letter to the industry: 09/10/17 Who the hell do I have to complain to? It (was) just a quiet Sunday afternoon, my wife and I were watching the U.S. Open finals on TV. There were, of course, number of adverts from top-tier companies … and then there was one, near the end of the match, that made the two of us whoop louder than the sellout crowd at Flushing Meadows. The ad that stunned us was a Mercedes-Benz commercial which shows a number of growling drag racing vehicles racing against a new model Mercedes. The machines (including a funny car, a dragster, and a full-out drag bike and the Mercedes) line up curb to curb on what looks like a city street, a traffic light goes green … and the machines leap forward in a five-wide drag race … the Mercedes gets to the end of the block first. Apparently it wins what looks everything like a patently illegal street race and the voice over indicates what Mercedes model it was and indicates that it would be a good idea for the people watching to buy this car … I guess based on its “track” … er, street racing record.* I frankly don’t think that it was the very best example of “The Best or Nothing” slogan that tags the advert. Likewise, a recent (at least here in Los Angeles) TV commercial shows two late model BMW’s seemingly racing each other through a (it seems) deserted industrial site with a quick close-up of another (was it one of the two street racers?) BMW cornering very hard, so hard that the driver needs to crank in a huge amount of opposite to keep control as the car slides right up to a painted double line that’s NOT on a race course, but apparently on a normal street somewhere. There you go, “The Ultimate Driving Machine” going way, way too fast apparently on city streets. And then we have Fiat-Chrysler running a whole flight of TV ads that show a wide range of way too fast activities with two (or more) cars quite apparently racing each other. Of course building a car (the Dodge Demon) that’s banned from competing in “as delivered” form by the NHRA, and then bragging about it in print in enthusiast magazines says: (at least to my ear) “Race this one the street, because it is so powerful that NHRA wants you to install a big old honking roll cage if you ever want run it at the drag strip.” A quick word about myself if I may, I’m the VP of communications at Irwindale Event Center located about 20 miles East of Los Angeles. We operate a half-mile NASCAR-sanctioned paved oval and an eighth-mile NHRA-sanctioned drag strip. We opened the drag strip in 2000, and it’s the only one in southern California that operates on a weekly basis all year long. Thousands upon thousands of drivers (young, old and in between) have used our facility to have some safe, controlled, high-speed fun with their performance cars. It’s almost impossible to prove a negative, however, I think that our drag strip has helped to dampen illegal street racing in the area. And, from that perspective I feel that I can say the following: … Yeah, sure, yup, correct, you’re right; I know those commercial are a fantasy, innocent, innocuous metaphors, simply flights of advertising license. On the other hand, all of the above automobile commercials most blatantly portray and appear to glorify illegal street racing. (And supering-in some sort of tiny “closed course, do not attempt” screen when the hottest model Dodge cars are purposely seen racing with each other (or in earlier TV adverts, joyfully driving right through the middle of an idyllic outdoor wedding party knocking over tables and scattering people like a terrorists.) Finally and directly to all three of the above manufacturers, as well as any others that I’ve missed: All of you know that you can show the fun of cool, high performance driving without using (and thereby glamorizing) often deadly and illegal street racing (no how much you see it as harmless marketing hyperbole ). You are all better than that, I’m sure. Doug Stokes PS: I’d like to invite anyone in the industry (who wants to see what I’m talking about) out for one of our “Thursday Night Thunder” events at Irwindale Dragstrip. Heck ... I’ll even buy you a hot dog, soda, and a bag of chips.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:20 PM
    This is a great comparison from The Tuning School who tried out various fuels and provided great data. They compared 93 octane pump fuel, MS103, C9, E85, VP C85, MS109, leaded C16, 93 octane plus water, 93 plus boost juice, and 93 with methanol. The results are very interesting as VP's C85 ethanol race fuel provides the best results. However, 93 octane with methanol injection is right on its heels. This of course shows what a value methanol injection is: 93 octane pump gas with methanol even tops MS109 race gas and C16 race gas. C16 is leaded and really outdated as a race fuel with modern direct injected motors and ethanol blends. Overall ethanol is the champ here. It is just a matter of availability for most people but if E85 is not available methanol injection is a nice alternative. Just keep in mind that supplemental methanol injection comes with its own pluses and minuses not to mention that methanol is highly corrosive and flammable. It also does not create the same taxing issues on a direct injected fuel system that straight E85 does.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 04:41 AM
    Dodson has a new Sportsman Plus 10-plate BMW DCT transmission upgrade. You have seen this upgrade in action already on the 725 wheel horsepower Maximum PSI F80 M3 which recently ran 10.1 @ 139 in the 1/4 mile. Clearly the upgrade works and is powering the quickest and fastest BMW's in the world. In addition to the F80 M3 and F82 M4 models the new Dodson design will work on the F10 M5, F13 M6, and F87 M2 which share the same basic Getrag DCT box. Here is everything included in the Sportsman Plus kit: Details - 10 plate build - Quality machined billet high grade hardened baskets - High grade billet steel lid and splines - Quality Exedy® frictions Kit Includes: 10 x Large Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 10 x Small Exedy® heavy duty, patented frictions 10 x Large Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 10 x Small Exedy® heavy duty heat treated & ground flat steels 1 x Large End Plate 1 x Small End Plate 1 x Large Basket 1 x Small Basket 4 x Large Circlips 4 x Small Circlips 1 x Service Tool Fits: E82: E82 135i Coupé, USA E82 135i Coupé, Europe E88: E88 135i Convertible, USA E88 135i Convertible, Europe E89: E89 Z4 35i Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35is Roadster, USA E89 Z4 35i Roadster, Europe E89 Z4 35is Roadster, Europe E90: E90 M3 Saloon, USA E90 M3 Saloon, Europe E90N: E90N M3 Saloon, USA E90N M3 Saloon, Europe E92: E92 M3 Coupé, USA E92 335i Coupé, Europe E92 M3 Coupé, Europe E92N: E92N 335is Coupé, USA E92N M3 Coupé, USA E92N 335i Coupé, Europe E92N M3 Coupé, Europe E93: E93 M3 Convertible, USA E93 335i Convertible, Europe E93 M3 Convertible, Europe E93N: E93N 335is Convertible, USA E93N M3 Convertible, USA E93N 335i Convertible, Europe E93N M3 Convertible, Europe F06: F06 M6 Gran Coupé, USA F06 M6 Gran Coupé, Europe F10: F10 M5 Saloon, USA F10 M5 Saloon, Europe F12: F12 M6 Convertible, USA F12 M6 Convertible, Europe F13: F13 M6 Coupé, USA F13 M6 Coupé, Europe
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  • quattr0's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:16 PM
    They have the Lexus LC 500 with comment like "why you need 10 gears and never got one gear right" and it's 8th place. No BMW was included. Glad to see they really enjoy Cayman S. http://www.motortrend.com/news/choosing-2017-best-drivers-car/
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    Yesterday, 03:03 PM
    Hey projectshift: :text-welcomewave:
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    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    Hey PremierMW: :text-welcomewave:
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    Today, 12:42 AM
    Welcome Pmari, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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    Yesterday, 10:13 PM
    Welcome to a real enthusiast forum AbCxYz.
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    Yesterday, 11:30 PM
    Welcome to a real enthusiast forum Nick1224.
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    Today, 07:33 AM
    Shpe449a, we appreciate you taking the time to join.
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    Today, 11:51 AM
    Hey AVeryFastHedgehog: :text-welcomewave:
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    Today, 01:30 PM
    Hey DuarteCigre: :text-welcomewave:
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    Today, 01:49 PM
    Welcome SirCrush32, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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  • Rock's Avatar
    Today, 01:35 PM
    I just wanted to add that Phil is a handsome man. Also, the thread was not deleted. It was closed briefly until this first time poster's claims could be verified. No one is protecting vendors on MBworld.
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  • Sw4y1313's Avatar
    Today, 12:29 PM
    They say methanol is harder to find but up here in the Pac North West it's Ethanol. We have 3 places I'm the Tacoma area you can get meth anywhere from $5 to $7 a gallon. And your car only drinks it when you want it to. I just hope my next duty station has it as available as the PNW.
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  • TwistedTuning's Avatar
    Today, 11:25 AM
    this video highlights part of the reason, sometimes i recommend meth to my customers over E85.
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  • AWSAWS's Avatar
    Today, 10:43 AM
    Ethanol isn't corrosive and flammable? :D Methanol is the best fuel hands down. If you can pump enough of it :dance:
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  • Proflyer's Avatar
    Today, 10:27 AM
    Yeah they're using something similar now as well, not salt in the rock salt sense but some mag cloride/sodium solution. It's nasty stuff. I've used the Wolfgang sealant 3.0 and it looks great, but needs done every 6 months or so.
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  • Bob Loblaw's Avatar
    Today, 10:07 AM
    That's a polymer sealant. Here they just spread mass amounts of salt whenever it snows. I don't think this will last through a whole winter.
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