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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 10:22 AM
    In the N54 world there are three transmissions mated to the motor as sold by BMW. There is a manual 6-speed, dual clutch transmission, and an automatic from ZF (ZF Friedrichshafen AG) which has six speeds and has the model name 6HP21. High power N54's have thus far been relegated to the manual transmission as the clutch can easily be upgraded. The dual clutch transmission is in far less N54 powered cars and although upgrades are available the amount of DCT guys pushing big power with a huge single turbo for example is relatively small at least as it pertains to N54 motors. The odd man out has been the automatic yet it is numerically the option with the most cars on the road. Why? Why has the automatic been so tough to upgrade? Well, there are a few reasons. For one, nobody has (until now) cracked the TCU or transmission control unit. Additionally, even if you have software control of the transmission there really are not any serious material upgrades that can hold big torque from say a big turbo kit. Oh, sure, people will point to Level 10 transmission upgrades but the reality is Level 10 is only an option to replace factory parts and get a broken transmission working again. They have never demonstrated an ability to hold the kind of power the manuals hold. That is where Propulsive Dynamics comes in. Their proprietary G3 material works in concert with Kolene Steels, a proprietary patent-pend bi-metallic bushing alloy and increased surface area in the holding clutches, to result in an increase in holding capacity of 30.4%. This friction increase is not some number pulled out of thin air but a result of SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) testing. Pretty awesome stuff, right? There is much more information to come but for now rest assured automatic N54 fans that a serious upgrade that can handle whatever you throw at it is on the horizon. That means we will finally see N54's take that next step forward especially when it comes to times on the drag strip. Is 2016 the year of the N54 automatic? It sure is shaping up that way.
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  • Chris@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 04:41 AM
    Hey Everyone, its about time for some exciting announcements from VTT. This has been a long time coming! As most of you know, I've taken over online representation for Vargas -but that's not the only thing I do for fun. The overarching announcement is that VTT is now one piece of a bigger group; Vargas Performance Group, or VPG. There are 3 major parts of VPG: 1: VTT (Vargas Turbocharger Technologies): Turbocharger Manufacture/Repair/Upgrades/Sales 2: VPP (Vargas Performance Products): Performance Parts Manufacture/Sales 3: VHP (Vargas Hi Performance): Turbocharger & Performance Parts Installation/Service Ill quickly go over some announcements as they pertain to each category: VTT NEWS GC's: This is the one many of you have been waiting for. You know the ones -the stock location twin turbo setup that made 736 whp. Just look at the power under the curve! Street spool will be even better! The VTT GCs have started arriving and the first sets have shipped. We expect a second shipment shortly and the remainder of them by the first week in June. The plan is to quickly get caught up on all existing orders and soon after be in a position such that they are available for same day shipping. Note for those who got the ceramic coating; as of this week, its adding around a week to the ship date. Bundles: GCs can now be bundled with installation ($1000 for inst. labor at VHP, more on that later) and/or a PTF tune ($249 for a MHD tune, $499 for a MHD tune with PI) 93 Octane Testing: I know there are some unfortunate souls out there who don't have access to E85 and for whatever reason don't want to use methanol. For them, we WILL be doing some pump gas testing. Expect this late 2nd quarter/very early 3rd quarter (read that: around July).I don't even want to speculate on dyno numbers -we'll find out while testing and post those results. VPP NEWS Vargas Performance Products. These are all teasers -think of this post as a quick look into the VPP crystal ball looking forward. Here are a few things in the works for VPP and one thing we're just too excited about not to share: Line Lock Kit: Here are a couple development pics -not final config by any means. This will fit all E9X and E8X, not sure about 535's or Z4's -we'll be looking for testers there down the road. Port Injection Plate with Top Mount Injectors: Anyone say they wanted an N54 port injection kit with top mount injectors? We heard you, and we agree -if you can fit them, top mounts are worth doing. We can and we are. ~3rd quarter 2016. S55 Love: We're not just playing with N54's here... the S55 gets some love too -how about some port injection (bottom mount -no room up top)? Oh, and GC's for the S55 are already in process -very late 2016/early 2017 release on those. Transmission Fun: By now everyone and their grandmother has heard the awesome news about Nizpro and the magic they're doing with transmissions. We're working directly with them and will have one the first fully built and flashed transmissions from them. While this (obviously) isn't a VPP product, we're very excited about this and have some high hopes for this really being a huge jump forward for the platform. VHP NEWS Wouldn't you rather have your turbos installed by the same guys who made them? A shop that understands turbos and has 100+ installs under their belts? If you're within driving distance of Hayward, CA, you can buy turbos, schedule an install, and have VHP install them for $1000 labor. Of course you still need to buy your gaskets (we have an installation kit for $230) and do an oil change while you're there, but it makes for a pretty good deal -especially after the GC's are in stock and available same-day. OTHER STUFF Expect more updates with more products, more accurate ship-by dates and more options for everyone. And I'm just getting started... Chris
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 08:20 AM
    These are some very quick numbers as recorded by EVO magazine. Magazine times and actual drag strip timeslips are quite different but these numbers are not shocking considering what the F80 M3 and F82 M4 are capable of in stock form on the dragstrip. The M4 GTS takes the standard M4 recipe and improves on it by stripping out a couple hundred pounds thanks to extended use of CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic). The S55 engine also gets a water injection system and a power bump to 500 horsepower. Considering the standard M4 S55 motor is already making in the 500 horsepower range with dyno results showing 427 to the wheels the M4 GTS is likely at 450+ to the wheels. Despite the additional aerodynamic drag caused by the wing which increases downforce the M4 GTS accelerates very well. Under 8 seconds to 100 miles per hour was supercar territory not too long ago. Do these test numbers make the car worth $134,200? No way. Throw a tune on your M4 and be done with it if acceleration is what you are after. Actually, maybe hold off accelerating in an S55 equipped car entirely considering the engine issues.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 06:42 AM
    Great numbers here and he Doc Race single turbo kit for the BMW N54 motor continues to impress. This particular E92 335i is running a Comp 6267 turbocharger and boost is 23-24 psi on a 93 octane and methanol map and it goes up to 26 psi on an E30 tuned map. Here are the specs: 132k miles on the clock -93 and meth map is 23-24psi -the E30 map is 23psi ramping up to 26psi at redline. -100% Meth on both maps Mods: -Doc Race Twin Scroll manifold -JB Comp 6267 -JB4 -BMS Meth Kit -Boost Addictions Custom Calibration Very solid numbers here and obviously the methanol is a big part of it. With the meth it is possible to have an easy 600+ wheel horsepower 335i daily driver. The Doc Race kits continue to impress and reports thus far are of quality fitment and parts. Definitely a solid option in the crowded N54 market.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:11 PM
    The Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix is always interesting and the 2016 iteration certainly delivered. The race did not start in exciting fashion as rain was coming down and the safety car stayed out for the first seven laps of the race in the interest of driver safety. Finally the cars were allowed to go at it as the rain subsided and immediately Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo who had the pole position started to build an impressive lead. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes-AMG was in second place but consistently lost ground to Ricciardo while holding up teammate Lewis Hamilton. For whatever reason, Hamilton looked much faster and Rosberg looked slow. Rosberg was so slow that the commentators speculated something was wrong with his car. As Monaco is a tight course Hamilton struggled to get around Rosberg who finally was told to let Hamilton by. Immediately Hamilton started to make up ground while Rosberg fell further and further back. Because Rosberg held up Hamilton Ricciardo built himself a nice 10+ second lead. It would all evaporate (heh, get the pun?) after a Red Bull pitstop that went horribly wrong. Tire management was huge in this race as with the track conditions drying up and the sun coming out drivers began to switch to softer compounds. The only problem is that when Ricciardo came in to switch his tires his tires were not there. He literally sat there waiting for roughly ten seconds until the tires were brought out. Well, this gave Hamilton the lead. Ricciardo did not quit and kept at it but Hamilton fended him off. There was a questionable situation where Hamilton cut a corner and blocked Ricciardo which could have been the difference with the difficulty of passing in Monaco but the stewards dismissed the incident and did not penalize Hamilton. He would go on to win the race. The conditions claimed many victims. Max Verstappen (the much praised Red Bull driver who became the youngest to win an F1 race in the previous Grand Prix) crashed out. Kimi Raikkonen, Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr, Daniil Kvyat, Kevin Magnussen, and Marcus Ericsson did not finish the race. Lewis Hamilton would end up celebrating while Daniel Ricciardo said he got screwed. He was quite upset. Sergio Perez who finished in third and held Sebastian Vettel from the podium was quite pleased with himself. It was an interesting race to be sure and it drew out all kinds of celebrities including Justin Bieber who for some reason was celebrating with Hamilton which looked awkward to say the least. Next up is the Canadian Grand Prix on June 12th.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-24-2016, 11:16 PM
    BimmerBoost member @RobNyc took his stock BMW F27 X4 M40i to the ATCO dragstrip and Raceway Park (E-Town) drag strips for some runs. As a reminder, the X4 M40i has an N55B30T0 3.0 liter turbo I6 motor which is the same motor under the hood of the F82 M2 but in the X4 M40i it is rated at 355 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque. The X4 also of course has xDrive all wheel drive and it weighs quite a bit more coming in at 4235 pounds according to BMW. The performance is pretty good with @RobNyc consistently running low 13's. The best pass was a 13.157 @ 103.19 completely stock on 93 octane pump gas. With a tune and race gas we're talking easy mid 12's here. The ATS-V for context managed a 12.6 @ 111. Videos of his runs are below.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 03:01 AM
    Whoa there McLaren! Not so fast. This talk coming from McLaren boss Ron Dennis sounds pretty good. He said, "I honestly believe that the next world champions after Mercedes will be McLaren. We'll get to that goal before other people." Will they though? McLaren has not won a race since the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2012. Mercedes-AMG won the Formula 1 championship in 2014 and 2015. Is this year really shaping up any differently? The only thing that stopped Mercedes-AMG from winning the last race was their own drivers crashing into each other. The upcoming Monaco Grand Prix this Sunday is only the sixth race of the calendar so it is more than mathematically possible for someone to catch and pass Mercedes-AMG in the standings: It just does not look like it will be McLaren that does it. Only Ferrari and Red Bull seem to be putting up any kind of fight and Mercedes is still dominating. Realistically, McLaren doesn't have a shot until next year and Ron Dennis knows it. Plus, Honda really needs to improve their motor. Good luck with that. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:23 PM
    Solid numbers here from Nissan and their new VR30 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 engine (VR30DDTT). This engine comes in two flavors with 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque and a higher output 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque version. The Infiniti Q50 Red Sport features the higher output version but it is underrated. 374 horsepower to the wheels translates to a conservative 441 horsepower at the crank with 15% losses. Pretty good, right? That is more than BMW's B58 engine which itself is highly underrated. It takes a tune on that motor to match this engine. Speaking of tunes, does this motor have anything left in it with a tune? Nissan is pushing the turbochargers very hard. The 300 horsepower version has the same turbochargers so it is conceivable the cheaper motor will match the 400 horsepower version with a tune. We'll have to see what, if anything, tuners get out of it. The baseline is very promising.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 09:51 PM
    We all know the Bugatti Veyron is fast. It basically is nothing more than a straightline missile with its 8 liter W16 quad-turbo engine making 1000 horsepower and up to 1200 depending on the model variant. It doesn't matter if this Veyron has 1000 or 1200 as it gets embarrassed. The Agera S has similar power 1030 horses from a 5.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 but it is just so much lighter than the Veyron. No all wheel drive and and what they call a 'dual clutch' with 1 input shaft are not a detriment for the Agera which is roughly 1400 pounds lighter. This is just old fashioned power to weight doing the work. Keep in mind as this is a Swedish video and the Agera is a Swedish supercar the person recording likes to promote Koenigsegg with a Swedish bias. To put it frankly, watching these Swedish videos of a Koeniggsegg always winning is getting kind of boring. Maybe it's time to run some real competition? Regardless, the Veyron is simply overmatched by the Koenigsegg here which we already knew (and have seen).
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-25-2016, 01:31 AM
    With the 5.5 liter M157 V8 on the market for a while now (and being slowly phased out) a lot of cars will be coming out of their warranty period and owners will be seeking more power. Fortunately, Weistec has them covered with upgraded forged pistons and rods. These pistons and rods are a direct replacement for the factory pieces meaning the bore and stroke stay the same. Additionally, the factory crankshaft can still be utilized. Take a look at the AMG factory M157 piston and rod vs. the Weistec design: The factory rod isn't a toothpick but the Weistec pieces are much beefier and able to support much more power and torque. Additionally, the Weistec wrist pin design is stronger than the OEM pin. You also have ceramic coated tops for the pistons which helps with heat resistance/dissipation and the skirts reduce friction thanks to a teflon coating. Yes, these do not come cheap at $7999.99 but you certainly get what you pay for. KEY FEATURES: Maintains Factory Compression Ratio Ceramic Coated Piston Tops Teflon Coated Pistons Skirts Billet Connecting Rods Improved Wrist Pin Design Performance Ring Set Included High Strength/Quality Design and Construction Increased Power Capacity and Heat Dissipation Product Page:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-28-2016, 09:28 PM
    Finally! The 2017 AMG GT R will debut next month at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which goes from June 23 to June 26. Michelin accidentally leaked these details in a release that has since been taken down so we can not repost it. It likely means AMG got upset Michelin accidentally leaked the details. It also likely means Mercedes-AMG plans their own reveal prior to the event online and then the actual car will show up to the Festival of Speed. Either way, we will finally have the official details next month. So what is the exciting news that Michelin leaked? For one, when and where the AMG GT R will be shown in person and also that Mercedes-AMG bumped the output of the M178 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 to 570 horsepower from 503. Power in the 550+ range was expected and the GT R is expected to come with some weight loss as well. We can't wait to see the official details on what will be the highest performance Mercedes-AMG on the market.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-28-2016, 10:31 PM
    On paper this is a huge mismatch. The 997 GT2 RS model makes 612 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque from its twin turbocharged 3.6 liter flat-6 motor. Not to mention it weighs 150 pounds less than a standard GT2 coming in at 3085 pounds. The 991 generation 911 models do not have a GT2 variant. They do have the GT3 RS though which has 500 horsepower from its naturally aspirated and direct injected 4.0 liter flat-6 along with 338 lb-ft of torque. It's 22 pounds lighter than a 991 GT3 coming in at roughly 3150 pounds. The GT2 RS has a ton more power and torque and it weighs less. The only wildcard here is that the GT2 RS has a manual transmission and the GT3 RS has a PDK dual clutch transmission. They run a few times and the GT3 RS seems to get the jump each time. The GT2 RS owner looks like he can use some help shifting. The GT3 RS gets a nice lead only for the GT2 RS to come back and pull like crazy up top. With an even start this isn't even a race. The PDK certainly helps things down low. Regardless, the GT3 RS is not made for straight line racing. It's still fun to see the difference between the two.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 07:33 AM
    This is just absurd in a BoostAddict kind of way. We're familiar with Stage 6 Motorsports as they build the baddest Jeep SRT8's on the planet. They can deliver anything from a single turbo Cherokee SRT8 making 733 horsepower to all four wheels on the stock Hemi motor to this 1300+ horsepower 94mm turbo built motor beast. This isn't one of their rear wheel drive conversions either. It still retains the all wheel drive system and that makes for a hell of a launch. On the strip, it's good for a 1.32 60 foot. Talk about ripping out of the hole! The launch and power gets it through the 1/4 mile traps in 8.303 seconds at 167.41 miles per hour. In other words, holy shit! Simply an epic Jeep. Check it out in action below.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 03:42 AM
    These two are siblings in a sense as they are both part of the Volkswagen Auto Group but they are aimed at different audiences. The Panamera Turbo is slightly smaller and more of an M5 mid-size competitor whereas the S8 is a larger luxury sedan that goes up against the 7-Series and S-Class. While the S8 is larger the weight between the two is actually close with the Audi coming in roughly 40 pounds heavier. Both are all wheel drive but the Panamera feature a dual clutch transmission. The issue for the Panamera Turbo is its V8 design is long in the tooth especially when compared to the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8. It's why Porsche developed a new 4.0 twin turbo V8 similar in design to the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 motor which will replace the Panamera 4.8 liter mill. The S8 Plus gets a boost to 605 horsepower as well so it has the Panamera Turbo easily outgunned here. The Panamera Turbo hangs in surprisingly well but the S8 Plus takes it. It's definitely time for the Panamera to get a new engine and new chassis.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:35 PM
    Ok, ok, relax. This isn't going to happen. What if it did though? BMW for fun built an E92 M3 truck as a joke and an actual shop replicated the feat although in higher quality fashion. BMW has roughly a billion X-Series variants so what would a pickup truck hurt? For the American market, where most X-Series models are built and consumed, a truck makes a lot of sense. Especially if based off a chassis that can actually tow and haul to a useful degree. BMW builds stuff like the F07 5-Series GT that people don't want and BimmerBoost would bet money an X4 pickup would sell better. It's certainly fun to think about.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-26-2016, 04:13 AM
    There are not exactly a ton of products for the C300 models equipped with the M274 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine. This motor can use all the help it can get as it trails the competition in its class despite the 241 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque rating. The Weistec downpipe is a simple bolt on affair that fits in the factory location. It will improve the engine note, turbo response, and of course offer more power. We need to get a dynograph but rest assured pairing this downpipe with an ECU tune will really boost the performance of the C300. This part retails for a very reasonable $399.99: KEY FEATURES: 100% mandrel bent and TIG welded Constructed of low carbon 304 Stainless Steel CNC machined 304SS turbine flange Laser cut mounting bracket Fully brushed finish Bolt-on installation 1 hour instal time Improved exhaust note Improved exhaust flow Improved turbo response
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-28-2016, 10:11 PM
    White on green? Yep, it's different. For some no doubt this will be too much. There is no denying the brushed green finish stands out and it certainly is a high quality finish. The 20 inch rims fit perfectly and this M4 looks aggressive and stands out. Forged Wheel Specs: SV10TS Deep Concave Monoblock -Gloss Brushed Striker Green -Weight Reduction Pocketing 2010 | 2011 Tire Specs: Michelin Pilot Super Sport Front: 255/30/20 Rear: 295/30/20 It just needs some tint to complete this work. This is different for sure but it stands out in a good way and shows the variety of finishes Strasse is capable of delivering.
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    05-26-2016, 01:34 AM
    Velos Designwerks continues to expand its flash tune offering and is covering a nice array of models at this point. They recently released their Stage 2 ECU tune flash software for the Porsche 991.1 Turbo and Turbo S models. The results below are from a 991.1 Turbo S. The baseline comes in at 480 wheel horsepower and 536 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on an all wheel drive Dynojet. Solid power on Florida 93 octane. After the Stage 2 EECU flash dyno tune? 500 horsepower and 634 lb-ft of torque at the wheels in STD correction. That is just under 100 lb-ft of torque gained but as you can see on the graph it call comes down low in the rev range: As the torque gains taper to redline so does the horsepower gained. Peak power only goes up by 20 horsepower at the wheels but it's really all about the increase from 3000 to 4500 rpm here which one will really feel. For more top end punch one needs to modify the turbochargers. Peak gains of over 140 tq & 100 hp Custom ECU Tune Higher torque over factory settings throughout RPM range Recalibrated mapping resulting in a smoother and more responsive part throttle transition Calibrations available of 91,93 and 100 octane levels (Personal Tuner can be loaded w/ multiple maps) Increase rev limiter by 300 rpm (optional) Modified Vanos camshaft remapping eliminating rough cold start enable Raised RPM thresholds in specific gears Tech support and assistance Remote & Local Install Available
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    Today, 09:01 AM
    Jah, but in Monaco the straight is not straight enough nor long enough to get past if the car in front is too fast. You have to be brave, and lucky. And very skilled.
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    Today, 08:21 AM
    A buddy of mine was there and sat at Casino corner. Here's the video he sent over to me which must have been from one of the qualifying runs...
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  • DavidV's Avatar
    Today, 08:18 AM
    Yes, but after the pitstop he had the faster tire. He just had to make it last 32 laps... It was calculoated to make a pass you'd need a car that's 5 seconds faster a lap. So unless you can force the car in front of you to make a mistake, there is no passing. But the onboard through the narrow streets is just amaziing.
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    Today, 08:04 AM
    Would this work on the 996tt also? forgive me if im ignorant, but i read they use the same trans in the first post and got excited!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 08:03 AM
    Lewis still had the tire disadvantage for the conditions until the change. True. Monaco seems to be a game of stops and qualifying. Kind of a shame. I'd like to see a bit more action. It almost feels outdated.
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