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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 AM
    700+ wheel horsepower BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4 models are going to be more and more common. The main key ingredient in recipe to get there is a turbo upgrade and the turbo upgrade that most are running is the Pure Turbos Stage 2 S55 turbo upgrade. You are going to need fuel and octane to go with it though. You are also going to need a quality tuner and that is where Eurocharged comes in. Big numbers, no doubt: That curve does not look bad either. They are also doing it without any port fuel injection although obviously meth is playing a large role. The F80 M3 and F82 M4 almost make hitting 7XX whp easy. - PureTurbos Stage 2 - Meth Kit - Race gas - Flash Tune - FBO
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:33 PM
    Gintani has by far the strongest stock internal E9X M3 S65 V8 supercharger builds out there. They are basically right on the doorstep of the 7XX rwhp mark with their Stage X S65 supercharger system. What is the key? Ethanol. The fuel system is upgraded to flow plenty of E85 and the boost on the Vortech blower is cranked up with tuning to match: The reason this works well with the S65 V8 is the torque comes in up top. Just look at that curve as measured on the Dynocom. That means the rods are not stressed in the same manner as a turbo or positive displacement setup. If you want the maximum amount of horsepower on the E9X M3 without opening the motor, this is quite simply the best option. For those wondering, the E92 M3 is getting a similar setup and looking for that 7XX number.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 03:00 AM
    Go catless or run sport cats? That is a question we hear all the time on the forums, isn't it? Well, was able to do some independent testing on the 991.2 Project car and obtained some valuable and interesting data. Full disclosure, Soul Performance is a vendor here and I contacted them telling them what I planned to do with my 2017 911 Carrera. I asked about their exhaust options and spoke with Mike Spock. Mike was honest and upfront saying he believed there was not much gain to be had with the sport cats or bypass pipes alone. Well, as luck would have it I was getting a tune. After some debate I decided since I had the PSE (Porsche Sport Exhaust) it made sense to go with the bypass pipes for the sound quality alone. Check out the sound: Unfortunately, a mixup resulted in the bypass pipes being shipped to my home rather than my tuner. If you are wondering why this article took so long to be posted, now you know. Anyway, with the Soul Performance 991.2 Cat Bypass pipes I picked up 13 horsepower at the wheels: There is indeed a tradeoff of torque down low for horsepower up top. You do not start to see a gain with the bypass pipes until 4200 rpm. Oddly enough while there is a peak torque loss there is a slight spool improvement. Overall, the gains up top where the 991.2 Carrera badly needs them are well worth losing a bit of torque from 3500-4200 rpm especially considering a tune brings torque in that range up so high to begin with. Now compare these bypass pipes results to an independent test by VF-Engineering of the Fabspeed 991.2 sport catalytic converters. These sport cats retail for $2650: Fabspeed claims the sport cats lose a little torque but provide huge gains up top similar to what my bypass pipe testing shows: Well, right now is where you are going to learn the difference between a marketing graph and real independent testing graph. Here is a 991.2 Carrera with the Fabspeed Sport cats overlaid with my stock baseline pull on this same dyno at VF-Engineering: My stock car is the red line making 344 whp 326 wtq. The car with the Fabspeed sport cats is making less power and less torque. Basically, the sport cats aren't helping at all. Would a tune help see gains? Definitely but the truth is the factory cats flow pretty darn well. If you are buying sport cats for power gains alone you are wasting your money. Ultimately, the Soul Performance bypass pipes helped us hit 455 whp and 448 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with an aggressive race gas tune. That is the most anyone has shown on the platform so far: The more gas you flow the more of a gain you will see. Thank you to Soul Performance, Gintani, and VF-Engineering.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:45 PM
    Now this is a serious turbo upgrade for the M133 engine platform. Not a hybrid but a full turbo replacement with a new manifold. That means there is no core charge but also much more capability from the Garrett GTX 3071R or 3076R turbo options. Just how much more power? Well, we will have to wait and see a dyno but expect 500+ horsepower and more depending on turbo choice, fuel, and options. For example, you can add water/methanol injection to the turbo kit. Either way, there is far more capability than the factory manifold and turbo: Weistec is not forcing you to use their software either. If you want a custom tune by your tuner of choice, by all means do so. This is also a completely bolt on install affair and the turbo upgrade will mate to the factory downpipe. Key Features: Twin Ball Bearing Turbocharger ~60 to ~70 Lbs/min compressor flow depending on turbo choice Weistec M133 Compressor Cover Weistec Cast Stainless Steel M133 Twin Scroll Manifold Weistec W.4 Turbo Heat Shield Custom Turbo Coolant Lines and Fittings Custom Turbo Oil Lines and Fittings Bolt on installation All hardware and gaskets are included 500+HP Capable with supporting upgrades* Designed to use Weistec M133 Downpipe, Weistec M133 Intake System, and Weistec M133 Anti Surge Valve for maximum performance Compatible with Factory Downpipe Reuses Stock Wastegate Actuator No Core Charge It is going to be fun to see what CLA45's, GLA45's, and A45's do with this turbo upgrade. It starts at $6,699.99:
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    Today, 01:44 AM
    What APR is doing with the Golf R is amazing. This is a 10-second Golf on pump gas! Yes, pump gas and street tires. Essentially performance you can repeat every single day and they did not even have to open the motor. The APR Stage 3+ turbo upgrade kit is what makes this possible and the BorgWarner EFR7163 turbocharger of course. The pump gas aspect needs to be highlighted though. We all have seen the kit top 500 whp on race gas but running 10's on whatever you fill up with locally with a 2.0 liter motor is just awesome. For perspective, a GTI on 93 octane will dyno 474 whp but a Golf R sending power to all four wheels will have higher losses. Either way it gives you an idea of the level of power it takes to achieve this result on the strip. Consistent, reliable, and fast. Exactly what you expect from APR:
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    Yesterday, 09:04 PM considers the Lexus LC500 a joke of a car in performance terms. It's fat. It's slow. It is simply behind the times. What could give it a boost you ask? How about a brand new 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with over 600 horsepower for the LC-F? Now that is something to take seriously. Lexus stated they would produce an LC F and a Japanese site states a brand new 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 is being designed for it. A V8 with over 630 horsepower. If one were to guess Lexus will no doubt employ a design similar to the Audi 4.0 TFSI and Mercedes M177. Expect another 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with twin scroll turbos mounted in the valley. The more boost the better, right? At least we will be able to take the performance of the LC F seriously. Now what are they going to do about its porky 4300+ pound weight? Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:25 PM
    That would be a dream motor! A lot is being read into a random photo circulating on Instagram which you can see pictured below. It was captioned as '2019 GT500' and so of course the automotive internet is now running wild with speculation. The engine is rumored to have the codename 'Predator' which means Ford has a monopoly on awesome codenames. Everyone knows what a blown Voodoo V8 is capable of. A little bit of boost goes a long way on that exceptional NA base. However, the current rumor is that while the block and displacement all stay the same a cross-plane crank will be utilized. Why? Likely because it will be sturdier under boost but considering Voodoo's are making 800+ whp the reason is more than likely to keep the GT350 special. That is the same reasoning as to why the Ford Racing 5.2 liter Aluminator XS crate motor has a cross-plane crank instead of a flat-plane crank which Ford directly admits to. If that is the case, expect a lower redline and a motor that is not all about the top end pull past 8000 rpm. It also means the twin turbo V8 rumor is dead. Honestly, boosting a GT350 sounds more interesting (and more fun).
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  • JRCART's Avatar
    Today, 10:30 AM
    Hmmm....when I compare the Renntech slip and trap speeds to the Weistec slip and trap speeds I see a lot of red flags. I can almost guarantee the Renntech pass was done on nitrous. I have blown enough nitrous through vehicles to be able to spot the indicators on a time slip instantly. But nice try Renntech.
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