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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    04-24-2016, 02:51 PM
    BMS got a customer's 2016 F87 M2 DCT on a Dynojet for some testing. The results are about what you would expect. The M2 N55B30T0 makes 330 rear wheel horsepower stock and 388 lb-ft of torque at the wheels stock. In other words, it is roughly 100 wheel horsepower short of an F80 M3 / F82 M4 S55 motor. The engine is putting up numbers would one expect from an N55 albeit with more torque. It is tuned for low end torque more than top end horsepower. You will notice the torque peak is at 2500 rpm and it tapers down toward redline where it drops particularly hard. Isn't this supposed to be a track car? The horsepower figure is similar to the new B58 motor. The torque on the N55B30T0 is higher but the B58 curve is much flatter. It's torque curve does not start dropping as early or as hard especially toward redline. When tuned, the numbers on the N55B30T0 are similar to a tuned N55 although the torque peak is slightly higher. It sure seems to perform like an N55 except with S55 engine internals and the closed deck block. Hey guys, A local customer was generous enough to come out for a few hours so we could poke around under the hood, take some logs, and do a little dyno testing with his new M2. He has around 1000 miles on the clock I believe. Per usual I'll try to keep it brief and to the point: The good: 1) Car looks super awesome in person and really attracts a lot of attention on the road. DCT drives and shifts great. 2) The tuning scheme is the same as the M235 EWG. Meaning our existing F Series N55 EWG JB4 is fully compatible from a hardware perspective. Some minor M2 specific software changes will be added, of course. 3) All of the cool in dash controls we've added to the F Series JB4 are compatible. CANflap works, in dash boost gauge works, map switching works, boost by gear works, 6cyl timing logging works, and it even logs the DCT trans oil temperature. 4) The platform appears to be E85 friendly. More on that later. The bad: 1) This is simply based on my initial few hours with the car. But from a performance perspective, it appears to be basically an N55 with a tune from the factory. It's not in the same universe as the S55 M3/M4 motor and even appears to be a step down from the B58 found in the new 340i. 2) On normal pump 91 octane fuel running its factory 15-16psi boost profile it had fairly significant timing pull and only put down 330whp. Subsequent pulls did even worse as it heated up. 3) We added an E30 mix on the dyno and the factory power jumped up nicely to the 350whp range and it was also more consistent. Even at this power level though the car had a strange behavior where it would momentarily drop boost for no apparent reason, resulting in a noticeable "hiccup" in the dyno chart. Maybe something that will be fixed via a future software update or perhaps related to the E30 itself without tuning in place for it. 4) I raised boost around 3psi just to evaluate it on the E30 mix and the result was pretty respectable power. Around 390whp. Which, is what the normal 335 F30 EWG cars make on E30 at roughly the same boost level. Potential Tuning Gains: E85 Mix: I expect we'll be able to get power up to around 425whp. 91 Octane: There is no power to be picked up via tuning on 91. Just the extra features via the JB4. 93 Octane: I'm hopeful with good 93 octane we can pickup at least 15-20whp and similar torque. Bottom Line: It's a cool little platform. But basically appears to be a more aggressively tuned M235.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-27-2016, 10:23 PM
    It is good to see more tuned N55's hitting the strip especially M235i models to compare their results to the F87 M2. Both of these M235i's are xDrive all wheel drive models. This pays dividends in the 60 foot but of course the all wheel drive system adds weight. Here is the breakdown of mods between the two cars: 2015 Black Sapphire F22 M235 xDrive AT FBO #11759 - HRE FF15s w/ Continental DWS06 - Pure Turbo Stage 2 Hi-Flo - EnzoPerformance ECU Tune - JB4 OBD2 stacked Custom Boost Map6 - Enzo's Catless Downpipes - GFB DV - ATM FMIC - ER Chargepipes - Tuningwerk Exhaust - Exxon 110 oct 2015 EBB M235 xDrive AT #12126 - 19' Summer Tires - Enzo Performance ECU Tune - ER Catless Downpipes - Fabspeed Exhaust w/ Muffler Delete - Dinan Lowering Springs w/ Supp Handling kit on pump gas 93 The timeslip: The Pure Turbos Stage 2 is providing about another 6 miles per hour of trap speed. It's a very large difference when you take into account where the black M235i xDrive was before the turbo upgrade and bolt ons. Here it is tune only with just a flash and catted downpipe: And now with full bolt ons: This is how the car progressed. 12.736 @ 109.32 - Enzo Tune and catted downpipe 12.492 @ 110.10 - Enzo Tune and full bolt ons 11.759 @ 117.70 - Enzo Tune and Pure Turbos Stage 2 Great performance data for N55 owners.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-26-2016, 08:11 AM
    Have you heard of Boba Motoring? They are a German tuner that just kind of goes crazy stuffing a ton of turbo power into older German cars. For example, a MKII VW Golf with a 4Motion all wheel drive system retrofitted to help put down 1150+ horsepower from a turbo 2.0 liter pushing 58 psi of boost. Yep, crazy stuff. They do not just do VW's but decided to go all out on an E30 BMW. They swapped in the S38 motor (the best BMW M motor of all time) and gave it a top mount Precision PT8285 turbo. With E85 fuel the result is 1225 horsepower at 33 psi of boost. And yes, unlike other German tuners they provided the graphs to back up the claims. If the graph isn't enough there is also the car going 9.19 @ 159.53 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile. It helps that it only weighs 2912 pounds but also keep in mind you have to row your own gears. While guys on the forums debate the N54 vs. the N55 or the S55 motor the older M inline-6 engines are blowing them so far away it isn't even a contest at this point. N54 what?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:51 PM
    The S55 platform in the BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4 officially has a new quickest and fastest record holder. Maximum PSI took their DCT F80 M3 to the strip that features the Pure Turbos upgrade for the S55 3.0 liter inline-6 turbochargers and raised he bar. The previous 10.347 @ 133.82 pass was surpassed with a 10.316 @ 137.22. That means the quickest and fastest records for the S55 platform belong to this F80 M3 as it tops the record holding 135.5 pass. This elapsed time and trap speed come on a worse 60 foot at 1.743. What that means is if they get consistent 1.6X's out of the car (maybe 1.5's with some tweaks) the F80 M3 and F82 M4 platforms are on the doorstep of breaking into the 9's. Mods are the same as before until @Pure Turbos tells us otherwise: Pure Turbos Dodson clutches/baskets Flash/jb4/port injection Straight ms109 fuel Maximum PSI intakes, downpipes, charge pipes, 3.5"exhaust Evolution of Speed prototype intake manifold and intercooler Stock axles Exciting times in the S55 world.
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    Yesterday, 01:15 AM
    There is something to be said for the M157's 5.5 liters of displacement. While the motor will be phased out over the next few years for the smaller 4.0 liter M177/M178 V8 the large M157 V8 still has the task of moving some of the heavier Mercedes-AMG vehicles in the lineup and the torque certainly helps in that respect. It definitely has a whole lot of torque down low. The baseline figure is 536 lb-ft at the wheels. Tuned? 725 lb-ft at the wheels for a gain of 189 lb-ft at the wheels. Huge but expected out of tuned M157's. What is odd is the baseline horsepower curve. The 421 peak horsepower figure is about 100 wheel horsepower off of what the car should be at based on previous M157 results. It's very low while the torque peak is about what it should be. Maybe AMG's software dials power back on the dyno (AMG has previously had dyno mode issues) or maybe there was some other issue. Regardless, the tuned numbers are right where the should be and very strong for a tune only car. 624 wheel horsepower and and 725 lb-ft of wheel torque will make for quite the ride.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-25-2016, 10:12 PM
    That did not take long at all. The 718 Boxster is joined by its coupe sibling the 718 Cayman. The Cayman of course comes in two flayers like the Boxster in standard and S trim models. The main difference is the engine between the two and those differences are detailed in a previous article. The 718 Cayman has a 2.0 liter turbo boxer four and the 718 Cayman S has a 2.5 liter turbo boxer four. This results in 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque for the Cayman and 350 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque in the Cayman S. The coupe is actually cheaper than the droptop with the Cayman starting at $54,950 and the Cayman S coming in at $67,350. In typical Porsche fashion the price goes way up with options. Expect these car to hit the dealer around November. It is going to be a lot of fun to watch what the aftermarket does with them. Poised for precision: The new 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman Mid-engine sports coupe with new turbocharged flat-four cylinder engines and enhanced suspension Atlanta, Georgia. Today Porsche announces the new 718 Cayman models. Following the debut of the new 718 Boxster, the new 718 Cayman complements the roadster in the mid-engine model line-up. This third generation of the mid-engine sports coupe has a more striking and athletic appearance, and for the first time, the coupe is priced below the roadster. The new turbocharged flat-four cylinder engines from the 718 Boxster power the 718 Cayman, making the power output identical for both models. The 2.5 liter powerplant in the S model produces 350 horsepower, while the 2.0 liter engine in the 718 Cayman delivers 300 horsepower. Both models make 25 more horsepower than their respective predecessors. The abundant torque produced by the new engines yields driving pleasure and agility even at low revs. The 2.0 liter engine of the 718 Cayman delivers up to 280 lb.-ft., which is available between 1,950 rpm and 4,500 rpm. This represents a 67 lb.-ft. increase over the previous Cayman. The 2.5 liter engine in the 718 Cayman S features a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG), technology previously utilized in the 911 Turbo. That engine delivers up to 309 lb.-ft. of torque (37 lb.-ft. more than the previous Cayman S) to the crankshaft between 1,900 and 4,500 rpm. Both engines used in the 718 Cayman models are equipped with an integrated wastegate to optimize boost pressure across driving scenarios. The result: confidence inspiring passing power and superior drivability in any situation. The 718 Cayman with PDK and optional Sport Chrono Package reaches 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds. The 718 Cayman S is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 in just 4.0 seconds. The top track speed of the 718 Cayman is 170 miles per hour, and the 718 Cayman S can reach a top track speed of 177 miles per hour. New chassis tuning for greater cornering precision and more lateral grip With their superb driving dynamics, the new 718 Cayman models follow in the footsteps of the legendary 718 race cars. Thanks to their outstanding agility, the historic mid-engine sports cars won numerous races including Le Mans and the Targa Florio in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Firmer springs and sway bars as well as retuned shock absorbers improve lateral grip and tracking stability. The steering rack with a 10 percent quicker on-center ratio compared to the previous model has been adapted from the 911 Turbo and enhances agility as well as driving pleasure. The rear wheels, which are one-half inch wider, and a new generation of tires increase lateral grip to allow for even better cornering. Performance enhancing options such as the Sport Chrono Package and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) sharpen the sporty character of the 718 Cayman even further. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with a 10 millimeter reduction in ride height is also optionally available. Furthermore, the S model can be ordered with the PASM Sport suspension for the first time, which lowers the car by 20 millimeters. As in other Porsche sports cars, the Sport Chrono Package can now be adjusted using the Mode Switch on the steering wheel. Supplementing the previous settings of "Normal," "Sport," and "Sport Plus" is the "Individual" program, which can store and call up the driver's preferred settings. Due to the car's increased performance, uprated brake systems with 330 mm brake rotors at the front and 299 mm rear rotors are now standard. The 718 Cayman uses the brakes from the previous Cayman S, while the 718 Cayman S is equipped with the four-piston calipers of the 911 Carrera combined with six millimeter thicker front brake rotors. Distinctive design for a more muscular appearance The new 718 Cayman has been enhanced as comprehensively in its design as it has in its technology. The taut proportions, prominent air intakes on the sides and at the front, as well as the low side profile underscore the uprated dynamics. The front fascia has a sharper profile, which gives the front of the car a wider and more muscular appearance. The ultra-slim front lights above the air intakes, which house the positioning lights and indicators, reinforce this impression. Significantly larger cooling air intakes and Bi-Xenon™ headlights with integrated LED daytime running lights also characterize the new 718 Cayman. LED headlights with four-point daytime running lights are available as a new option. The redesigned rear fascia appears wider than before due to the high-gloss black accent strip with integrated Porsche logotype. The taillights have been completely redesigned and are distinguished by the three-dimensional look and four-point brake lights that appear to float freely. Redesigned interior with standard PCM Inside, revisions are visible for both the 718 Cayman and the 718 Boxster. The upper part of the dashboard and the air vents are new. The new 918 Spyder design sport steering wheel and extensive connectivity options have now been added to the 718 cockpit. Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and the eight speaker Sound Package Plus audio system are standard. The capabilities of the PCM can be extended with options such as the Connect module. It includes special extensions for smartphones, such as the USB port, Apple CarPlay and Porsche Car Connect. Another available option is the navigation module with voice control, which makes it easy to enter driving destinations. The Connect Plus module offers real-time traffic information, Apple CarPlay, Google Earth, Google Street View, and WiFi connectivity. Drivers can also make use of additional comprehensive services via their smartphone, which include the Porsche Connect App and Porsche Car Connect. The 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S are on sale now and will reach U.S. dealers in late November, 2016. The 718 Cayman has a starting MSRP of $53,900, and the 718 Cayman S starts at $66,300, excluding the $1,050 delivery, processing and handling fee.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-29-2016, 11:41 PM
    BimmerBoost member @sA x sKy is going for 1000+ horsepower in his BMW F82 M4. He was going to go another route but decided to have TPG Tuning build the motor and do the cylinder head work. The flow results are very similar to TPG Tuning's earlier flowbench data. It's important to note it is not the exact same data but similar data as it should be similar with the same S55 cylinder head. They did not just plug in the previous numbers so they have successfully ported multiple S55 heads which instills confidence and they even improved on the intake side: Very nice results over stock. TPG Tuning also built the bottom end with upgraded forged pieces and shipped it to @sA x sKy after they were done in just three weeks. A built S55 in just three weeks? I know a tuner or two who could learn something from this type of work, quick shipping, and excellent packaging. It is going to be fun to see where this ends up once it is done but it is progressing nicely:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 05:51 AM
    Do thieves need your BMW keys to steal your ride? Nope, as this video of an F10 520i being stolen in Dublin, Ireland attests to. It is surprising just how easy it is. The thieves break the window, open the doors, and use some sort of transmitter to start the car with the keyless feature. It seems convenience options like keyless go just make it easier for thieves to find another way gain access to the car. The car can be replaced of course and no doubt it is insured but it just goes to show how an alarm does not do much of anything against experienced thieves. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-25-2016, 09:32 PM
    There are no surprises here as the new Audi TTRS is exactly what we expected it to be. Which is, in one word, fantastic. The turbocharged 2.5 TFSI I5 motor is tweaked to 400 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. The engine is spectacular winning six straight International Engine of the Year awards. Audi bumped output about 60 horses over the outgoing TTRS model which is honestly not even as much as they could have. There is plenty of room to tune this engine. Audi themselves has shown the engine in 525 horsepower trim. The aftermarket routinely gets over 600 horsepower at the wheels out of it so it will be a lot of fun to tune. Especially considering the motor is mated to an all wheel drive platform with a DSG dual clutch transmission. Putting the power down and executing quick shifts will not be a problem. The styling is excellent and sheds some of that friendly look the TT always had. It looks meaner, more aggressive. Frankly, it's more masculine. The fenders, grill, diffuser, etc., are all perfectly executed. No word on US pricing yet but it should launch at the end of the year and will be available as a coupe or a roadster. It looks spectacular either way. Well done Audi! Dynamic duo: Audi TT RS Coupé and Audi TT RS Roadster Audi is sending the most powerful TT ever into the competitive field. Its newly developed five-cylinder engine delivers 400 hp – accompanied by unmistakable engine sound. The Coupé and Roadster are celebrating their world premieres at the Beijing Motor Show. Muscular front end, large air inlets, low-positioned spoiler, fixed rear wing – at first glance, the Audi TT RS* clearly hints at just how much power there is under its streamlined skin. Its new five-cylinder aluminum engine delivers 400 hp, which is 60 hp more than the power of the previous model. A full 480 Newton-meters (354.0 lb-ft) of torque is applied to the front and rear wheels, and a traction control system manages its distribution for maximum acceleration with minimal slip. As a result, the Coupé takes 3.7 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph), and the Roadster takes 3.9 seconds. No other TT has sprinted this fast. The brilliant torque is accompanied by typical five-cylinder sound – which is music to the ears of horsepower purists. This sound passes through the RS exhaust system and is projected to the surroundings via two large oval tailpipes. Other eye-catching features at the rear are the new OLED lights in 3D design, which are being implemented for the first time in a production Audi. This much power requires a stiff chassis setup. At a height of just 1.34 meters (4.4 ft), the Audi TT RS is low to the asphalt, and it is both light-footed and under control as it conquers curves. The direct steering ratio gives the driver the feeling of being one with the road. No matter how intensively the driver turns the grippy sport steering wheel, the low-mounted sport seat with the strong contours of its side bolsters holds the driver in position. In the Roadster, a switch initiates open-air driving fun. It opens the car's soft top – even while driving at speeds up to around 50 km/h (31.1 mph). Inside, the TT RS has an extremely sporty appearance – with aluminum or carbon trim elements and RS logos. As in the Audi R8, the driver starts the engine directly from the steering wheel – a feature inspired by car racing. The vehicle handling system can also be operated from an extra set of satellite controls. If drivers wish, they can modify the character of the TT RS over four modes – from comfort-oriented to emphatically dynamic. The instruments are focused entirely on the driver. The fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with its 12.3-inch screen bundles all key information – from driving speed to engine rpm and navigation. And that is not all. A special RS screen displays information on tire pressure, torque and g-forces. When the engine rev limit is reached, a shift light requests that the driver upshift via the steering wheel paddle or selector lever. A precondition is that the manual mode must be active for the dual-clutch transmission, which has sporty short gear ratios in the lower gears. To always stay up-to-date, the driver can call upon the extensive infotainment content. Audi connect is bringing a wide variety of services on-board, which can deliver the right information – whether you are looking for parking, travel or traffic information, or inquiring about fuel prices, the weather or online news. Passengers can also tweet on the road, and upon request the system can read the messages aloud. They can connect their smartphone or tablet via the Wi-Fi hotspot and surf the world wide web. Select smartphone apps can be mirrored directly into the Audi virtual cockpit. The smartphone battery is charged inductively in the center console. Then the smartphone is also coupled to the vehicle's antenna for optimal reception, and it connects the driver with the desired contact person when prompted. A practical feature is that the microphones of the hands-free system are integrated into the seat belts in the Roadster, which guarantees high speech quality. Want to know more? The TT RS Coupé and TT RS Roadster launch in fall 2016. Prices for the Coupé start at 66,400 euros, and the Roadster is listed at 69,200 euros.
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    04-27-2016, 09:46 AM
    The McLaren 570S is getting a lot of attention as for one it is new and secondly because it is putting up incredible numbers. Because it is has shown the capability to run low 10's in the 1/4 mile everyone is interested in just how much power it is putting out. Well, thanks to Fabspeed we know the car is making 532 wheel horsepower and 432 lb-ft of torque stock. Not exactly absurd power or underrated by all that much compared to an MP4-12C. A comparison between the two will come later. With an ECU tune output rises to 581 wheel horsepower and 506 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The peak figures don't tell the whole story as the torque curve narrows past 6000 rpm. A turbo upgrade will do wonders. The 570S certainly is a hell of a car.
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    04-26-2016, 03:31 AM
    The Germans at Sport Auto got this trio of all wheel drive sports cars out on the Hockenheim course for some timed laps. The Hockenheim is not exactly a huge track that favors big power but it is fairly tight and technical favoring well balanced and lightweight cars with plenty of grip. The Huracan goes first and sets the quickest time. The R8 V10 Plus follows and it is far less composed. The R8 V10 Plus is a bit heavier but it is 1.5 seconds off the Huracan time which is huge. They are even in a straight line so the difference is not due to power. While the R8 is basically a reskinned Huracan the Porsche 991.2 Turbo is very different. While it has all wheel drive and a dual clutch transmission the similarities end there. Unlike the naturally aspirated 600 horsepower mid-engine V10 of the R8 and Huracan the Porsche's rear engine 3.8 liter flat-6 features twin turbochargers good for 580 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. Much more torque than the 413 lb-t the naturally aspirated V10 can muster. The Porsche finishes in between the Huracan the R8 Plus: 1. Lamborghini Huracan - 1:07.5 2. Porsche 991.2 Turbo S - 1:08.5 3. Audi R8 V10 Plus - 1:09.0
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    Yesterday, 07:34 AM
    Well, we asked where TTE 4.0 TFSI V8 turbocharger upgrade results are and here is an answer. An APR tuned RS7 running the TTE900 turbo upgrade managed to set a new quickest and fastest RS7 and overall 4.0 TFSI V8 platform 1/4 mile time with a 10.34 @ 135.56 pass. Certainly impressive but this is only a 2-3 miles per hour ahead of RS7 owners have been able to do on the stock turbochargers. AudiBoost member @kouzman managed to go 10.558 @ 132.56 on the stock turbochargers. Another RS7 improved on this time with a 10.388 @ 133.54. The turbo upgrade should provide much more than a couple miles per hour which tells us there is still tuning to be done but also that the conditions were not the most favorable. Density altitude was over 3000 feet which is very poor for record setting times yet records were set nevertheless. The car has some weight saving measures with Technocraft carbon seats and a lightweight battery. That is good for roughly 150-200 pounds off the stock car. It's good to see some results from the TTE turbo upgrade though and it seems APR will be incorporating these turbos into a Stage 2.5 package for the RS7. We want to see dynographs but claims are 765AWHP and 775AWTQ on race gas with 680AWHP / 725AWTQ on pump gas. How much further can they take it? In negative density altitude a 9 second pass is within reason.
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    04-26-2016, 04:31 AM
    A spy photographer in Germany caught this X3 prototype testing and it sure looks to be a next generation X3 M model based on the upcoming G01 BMW X3 architecture. Rumors have floated since early this year about such a model with several German publications saying it was on the way. What exactly will BMW do to the G01 X3 platform to make it an F97 X3 M? Revised suspension, aerodynamics, new tires, wheels, etc. The big question is what they will put under the hood. A N55B30T0 can be ruled out with the N55 platform replaced by the B58. Also, the X3 M needs to pack some serious power if the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 gets the M177 V8 which all indications are that it will. We are talking 500 horsepower at least to play in this segment. Does that mean a new B58 engine revision for M duty? Considering BMW M 'S' engines are dead, that is the most likely choice. It is also likely an X4 M will share this same drivetrain. BMW will put the M badge on anything especially if it costs them very little to do so in order to create a new model and bolster sales.
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    Yesterday, 11:12 AM
    You think life is easy with a Ferrari? How about with multiple Ferraris? Well, think again. Imagine having a 458 Italia, an F12, and a LaFerrari. That sounds like a pretty sweet garage on paper but what happens when it comes time to grab the key to the Ferrari you want to drive? Yep, what do you do then? Use a Sharpie. Yes, a Sharpie pen in the answer to labeling your Ferrari keys. It's this kind of innovative thinking that no doubt produces the resources necessary to buy the cars.
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    04-27-2016, 12:40 AM
    Some nice runs here from a tune only Gen V Dodge Viper TA 2.0. The videos are high quality HD and recorded by the passenger. Quality runs like this are fun to feature. So how strong is the tune only Gen V Viper? Pretty strong, and just under 600 to the wheels depending on the tune. It's enough to handle this bolt on Cobb tuned Nissan GTR: But not enough to handle the twin turbo Gen V Viper from Calvo Motorsports. No surprise as the Calvo car has over 1200 rear wheel horsepower on the stock internals and traps over 150 in the 1/4 mile: Interestingly an RSI supercharged Gen 3 or 4 (performs like a Gen 3) is about even with the Gen V showing just how much stronger the newest Viper is vs. the past cars: Great runs.
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    04-26-2016, 03:05 AM
    Earlier this month we saw what a Magnuson TVS2300 supercharger increases output to on a stock 2016 Chevrolet Camaro LT1. The C7 Corvette shares the same LT1 motor so the results are very similar on either the Camaro or Corvette platform with the same pulley, boost, fuel, and supporting mods of course. The main difference here is the Kooks headers. With aftermarket headers, output goes to 580 rear wheel horsepower. With the factory headers, the Magnuson system made 550 rear wheel horsepower on the Camaro LT1. The baseline is very low for an LT1 Corvette at 389 wheel horsepower. This Dynojet may be reading a bit conservatively as an LT1 should be in the ~420 wheel range stock. The main thing to focus on is the difference in power over stock. With the Kooks headers and the Corvette C7 Stingray Magnuson Heartbeat TVS2300 Supercharger system output increases by 191 horsepower and 213 lb-ft of torque at the wheels: A huge difference. The torque down low is increased tremendously and the curve mimics the factory lines well except with more torque everywhere. Past 5700 rpm it looks like the tune could be cleaned up a bit and there is no doubt this system can easily crack 600 to the wheels on pump gas and much more if someone changes the cam. Not bad for $7995 plus the headers.
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    04-28-2016, 04:51 AM
    Great numbers here from AMR Performance who tuned a 2016 Range Rover Sport Autobiography edition. The Autobiography model adds things such as 16-way power front seats, a heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, center console cooler, tri-zone climate control, surround view camera, 19-speaker Meridian sound system, and 21 inch wheels. That all sounds nice and dandy but what we are focusing on is the engine and performance. The Range Rover Sport Autobiography has the same 510 horsepower and 461 lb-ft of torque 5.0 liter AJ133 V8 as the Range Rover Sport Supercharged edition. AMR Performance recorded a baseline on their Dyno Dynamics of 508 horsepower. This means they are correcting output a bit to read closer to crank as the Dyno Dynamics is a heartbreaker. Regardless, what is important here is the delta. After the AMR ECU flash dyno tune output rises to 571 horsepower for an increase of 63 horsepower. A huge tune only gain on a supercharged engine. Now, imagine if you paired the AMR ECU tune with the Fabspeed exhaust package. A 600+ horsepower Range Rover? Yep.
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    04-25-2016, 11:01 PM
    More and more dyno runs for the N55B30T0 engine under the hood of the BMW F87 M2 are being posted. Active Autowerke shared their results from a Mustang dynamometer and it is interesting to compare their numbers to what BMS posted from a Dynojet the other day. The torque curves are similar as they should be with the big torque peak down low that falls on its face toward redline. It's an ugly torque curve for an M motor and a track motor. It is interesting to note however that the peak horsepower on the Mustang practically matches the Dynojet at 330. The torque does not. BMS hit ~380 lb-ft of torque at the wheels but Active Autowerke got a maximum of 344 lb-ft. The peak torque figure is higher than the peak horsepower on both dynos but the difference between the peak torque figure and the peak horsepower figures is greater on the Dynojet than the Mustang. The Mustang should read lower and it does with the torque figures but not the horsepower figures. The Mustang and Dynojet should not be showing the same peak horsepower. Yet another of example of how it is difficult to compare results on different dynos in different places with different cars. Florida's 93 octane pump fuel is also a factor here as is the manual transmission. Now for the tuned figures. Peak horsepower does not jump by much as you can see the peak horsepower coming up top where torque is falling off a cliff. The majority of the gains are from 2500 rpm to 5000 rpm. The turbo doesn't have much in it up top. Also, this is preliminary testing. Active is still working on the tune: So, while BMS hit over 400 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with some ethanol Active nearly does it on the Mustang with 93 pump. Getting more low end out of the N55B30T0 isn't what it needs but more top end. There really is not much tuners can do by upping boost to fix power up top unless they start to mess with the turbo, cams, or head. The M2 is desperately in need of more power up top and a turbo upgrade will be necessary for those who want more top end power. What exactly is a bunch of torque at 2500 rpm going to do for someone winding the motor out on the track and shifting into a higher portion of the powerband anyway? It's good to have more data and we will see how tuning progresses on the platform.
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    04-28-2016, 11:21 PM
    Over a quarter of a million dollars for a 993 Turbo? Not even a Turbo S? Porsche 993 values just keep going up and one has to wonder when this trend will stop or if there is a bubble. Being the last air-cooled 911 produced certainly means the 993 occupies a special area in the Porsche 911 enthusiast's heart. There no doubt are people out there that wish they held onto their 993. Even the base models are selling for incredible numbers. Is this a pristine example? Yep. Is it low mileage? Yep. Is it one of the most beautiful 911's ever produced? Yep. Is it worth $285k? Well, that's up to the buyer.
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    04-26-2016, 09:51 PM
    Imagine getting blown away by... this. What is it? A Volvo station wagon. Except it has an LS V8 under the hood with a top mount single turbocharger. We wish we had the exact specs but it puts down 651 horsepower and 580 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with a PT88 turbocharger. Yep, that makes for a hell of a sleeper in about the most unsuspecting body once can stuff an LS V8 into. Badass.
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    04-26-2016, 11:34 PM
    The Porsche 997.2 Turbo switched to a direct injected fuel system and this has caused issues when seeking big power and enough fuel to go with it. SRM (Silly Rabbit Motorsport) claims they have 997.2 Turbo fuel system upgrades from Stage I 750+ whp to Stage III 1500+ whp capability. We are very far at the moment from seeing a 1500+ wheel horsepower 997.2 Turbo but ByDesign is already testing what we assume is the Stage I fuel system upgrade. They recently hit 776 all wheel horsepower in a 997.2 with the SRM fuel system upgrades. Here is a breakdown of what is involved at each stage: This certainly sounds very promising but we want to see dynos to support it. Thus far, we are only around the 800 whp mark with the 997.2 and Stage I setup. This does bode well for the future of 997.2 Turbo tuning and additionally 991 Turbo direct injected platforms.
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    04-26-2016, 10:50 PM
    With the massive amount of money #dieselgate is causing Volkswagen something had to give. It is unfortunate the enthusiasts are the ones who suffer from this ordeal. The most exciting performance model from VW and the baddest Golf of all time will not be built. The Golf R is no more. Volkswagen also will not be able to top Mercedes-AMG for the title of world's most powerful production four-cylinder which they promised they would. AMG is probably pretty pleased VW could not back up their talk. The Golf R 400 was approved for production early last year before the shit hit the fan. It was supposed to be an wheel drive high performance Golf sending power from the world's most powerful four-cylinder engine to a dual clutch transmission and to all four wheels. Who knows what else is going to get cut but this is the first real victim of the scandal. Source
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    04-26-2016, 07:32 AM
    How cool is this? We reported on this LEGO Technic set back in January of this year when it was wearing camouflage. Yes, camouflage for a model. The real thing does not have any camo which is kind of a bummer as the pieces looked very cool mimicking a Porsche test car. The real thing is orange and it looks spectacular. It also looks like it will take some skill to put together. There are 2704 pieces and those pieces cost $300. Not cheap, but cheaper than a real 911 GT3 RS so there's that. Check out the awesome features: Order it June 1st on the LEGO website when it goes on sale. Definitely an awesome toy for any LEGO and Porsche fan. Videos below. The LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS: the art of engineering and design in 2,704 elements One of the latest models in the legendary 911 family, the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, is appearing as a detailed LEGO Technic model. The exclusive LEGO set of the exceptional sports car, which has been developed in close conjunction with Porsche AG, will initially be available at shop.LEGO.com from June 1st, 2016, as well as in the 13 LEGO stores throughout Germany and Austria. It will be available in other stores from August 1st, 2016. Munich, April 25, 2016. Like every sports car with the Porsche emblem on the hood, the LEGO version of the Porsche 911 GT3 RS also combines design, performance, and functionality. Still concealed in black-and-white foil as a mystery model at the Nuremberg toy fair late January, the color of the characteristic bodywork has now been revealed and shines in bright orange. Thus, it corresponds to the special coating of the original sports car in lava orange authentically. The model, which has 2,704 elements, also delights the beholder with sleek, aerodynamic lines and an adjustable rear spoiler. Besides many authentic features, the packaging and accessories that come with this complex LEGO Technic model also contribute to a building experience rich in variety: among other things, the box contains a comprehensive collector’s book with exclusive background information on the development of the model. Furthermore, the elements of the individual assembly groups are packed in separate boxes for the first time and, together with the detailed instructions, provide an insight into the assembly process of the actual vehicle. The LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS combines design and functionality According to Ferry Porsche, driving enjoyment is not created by comfort –quite the opposite is the case. Consequently, the LEGO model also features a few rough edges that give it identity and character, just like the powerful original on which it is based: the authentically recreated bodywork is convincingly realistic with its characteristically low and sloping design, the large cooling air intakes at the front, the surface contouring of its roof and compartment lid, the unique front wheel arch air outlets of the lightweight carbon fenders and the striking rear wings. Both the performance and the sportiness of the original have been realistically reproduced in various technical features on the LEGO model. One particular highlight is the fully functional Porsche double-clutch transmission with four gears and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel. But all technically minded LEGO fans will especially love building and playing with the six-cylinder boxer engine with moving pistons underneath the rear lid. In addition to the technical features, the interior of the model is also authentic and close to the original. A detailed dashboard, a steering wheel with gearshift paddles, racing seats, and a glove compartment concealing a unique serial number can all be found in the easily accessible cockpit. Using this serial number, additional exclusive content can also be released from June 1st 2016 by following www.lego.com/technic. Discover the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 RS! Experience the iconic Porsche 911 GT3 RS with this authentic LEGO® Technic replica. Inside the box you’ll discover a special collector’s book chronicling the history of LEGO Technic and Porsche GT cars, together with 4 original-design rims bearing the RS emblem. The sets of elements are boxed, and the building sequence gives an insight into the real-life vehicle’s assembly process. The model features detailed, orange bodywork, red suspension springs, detailed headlights, taillights, brake calipers and rims with low-profile tires. The accessible cockpit features a detailed dashboard, working gearbox, steering wheel with gearshift paddles, racing seats and a glove compartment containing a unique serial number. Functions include opening doors and hood with storage compartment and suitcase, and an opening rear lid that houses a detailed flat 6 engine with moving pistons. This 1:8 scale model has been designed to provide an immersive and rewarding building experience.• Features authentically designed aerodynamic bodywork, adjustable rear spoiler, headlights and taillights, red suspension springs, original-design rims with RS emblem, detailed brake calipers, low-profile tires, working gearbox, working steering wheel with gearshift paddles, detailed seating, glove compartment with unique model serial number, opening doors, opening hood containing a suitcase, and an opening rear lid with detailed flat 6 engine. • Includes a collection of authentic stickers. • Check out the orange color scheme. • Open the doors to access the detailed cockpit. • Lift the rear lid to access the detailed flat 6 engine with moving pistons. • Open the glove compartment to reveal the unique serial number. • Delivered in luxurious box packaging. • Includes a special full-color collector’s book including the history of LEGO® Technic and Porsche GT cars, plus comprehensive building instructions. • This LEGO® Technic model is designed to provide an immersive and rewarding building experience. • This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+. • A trunk with case • Rims in the original design with RS emblem The LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS is a 1:10 scale model and is 17 cm high, 57 cm long, and 25 cm wide.
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    04-27-2016, 12:21 AM
    The Mercedes-AMG C205 generation C63 AMG S Convertible debuted last month. The car is beautiful and powerful with an M177 4.0 liter twin turbocharged V8 under the hood offering 503 horsepower. So how does it look and sound in motion? Check out the promo video below. A beautiful canyon road free of traffic with the sun shining is exactly where this car should be enjoyed.
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    04-26-2016, 04:05 AM
    This is how it is done. Instead of going for crazy colors or trying too hard with a 'look at me' finish a classic look works much better on a high end German car like this one. This CLS is lowered and the windows are tinted. The satin black finish plays very well against the window tint. We do not have the wheel and tires size specifications but the P104's look to be about 22 inches. The car is about flawless if it wasn't for the orange calipers sticking out and the odd exhaust tips going from smaller to larger diameters for a confused look in back. Well, nobody is perfect.
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    Yesterday, 06:24 AM
    PorscheBoost member @918 spyder is not satisfied with his 991 Turbo which is the fastest 991 generation 911 Turbo in the United States. He previously ran a 9.71 @ 143 on a 150 shot and the stock turbochargers. Without the juice, the car managed 10.1 @ 137.02 miles per hour. So where does @918 spyder go from here? Well, here is what he has in mind: 1. Exhaust from By Design/Kline Inconel with titanium hardware 2. Custom headers by BBI 3. Special turbo's from By Design/BBI/Tial (non VTG) 4. Some suspension tweaks 5. Cobb Custom tune and Dyno by Robtuned 6. 200 shot nitrous by Vengeance Basically, bigger turbochargers from By Design and Tial without the VTG (Variable Turbine Geometry) element of the factory turbochargers. Turbo response will be sacrificed for much more power. BBi will provide custom headers and the exhaust as mentioned will be from By Design. Vengeance Racing will again provide their expertise with the nitrous which will be upped to a 200 shot. RobTuned will again provide the tuning through a Cobb Accessport to make the hardware all work as it should. The result should be impressive but we wonder how the PDK will cope with the extra torque from the turbo upgrade let alone when combined with a 200 shot of nitrous. How the fuel system will be upgraded to provide for the extra power is another question mark. Hopefully this all comes together as planned as if it does improving on the 9.7 @ 143 will not be much of a problem.
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    Yesterday, 03:11 AM
    TTE (The Turbo Engineers Germany) offered a turbo upgrade for the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 over a year ago. The question is, why are more people not running the TTE900 4.0 TFSI V8 turbocharger upgrade? Tuning is one factor and perhaps not grenading the transmission is another. Fuel is always a concern with upgraded direct injection motor as well. The high res picture shows just how much goes into the upgrade and it's a beautiful overview of what they do for the 4.0 TFSI V8. Hopefully we see some results with this turbo upgrade soon.
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    Yesterday, 12:01 AM
    The 991.2 facelift brings with it minor styling changes. The average person likely would not be able to tell the the difference between the 991.2 and 991 GT3 models. What is important to focus on rather than the cosmetics are the mechanical changes. The major change expected is the addition of a manual transmission option for the GT3. This means buyers will not have to opt for the expensive and exclusive 911 R in order to get the high revving naturally aspirated flat-6 engine paired to a manual. Porsche will likely offer a slight power bump as they always do but the 3.8 and 4.0 liter engines are expected to carry over with some minor tweaks to the 991.2 GT3 and GT3 RS models. There is a rumor we might see a 4.2 liter GT3 RS. We will know more as the vehicle gets closer to its release date.
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    04-25-2016, 09:12 PM
    This race has an interesting outcome considering that the MP4-12C pulls easily and it shouldn't. Recent 1/4 mile results for the stock 570S show it is capable of 10.2 @ 135 in the 1/4 mile. One of our members took their stock MP4-12C to the strip where it ran a 10.6 @ 135. If anything, this race should be very even but considering that the 570S accelerates like a 650S and the MP4-12C is slower than a 650S the 570 should be favored. It looks like maybe the 570S driver was in the wrong gear or not ready despite knowing they would be racing as the passenger has a camera recording. All we learn here is that the MP4-12C is the best McLaren you can buy for the money right now considering examples are selling for much less than a new 570S or 650S.
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    Yesterday, 03:32 AM
    The Brits at Autocar did a drag race between three very desireable and high performance cars. Of course, as it is Autocar they do not provide any meaningful drag race data but I suppose we should all just be grateful they did not do this drag race in the rain on a damp track like they normally do. The cars are very different from each other. The 458 Speciale has one of the best naturally aspirated V8's ever made. It is naturally aspirated though which means it is more difficult to squeeze power out of it than its boosted competition and also that it has less torque. Even without turbos it is an incredibly powerful motor (with 14.0:1 compression!): The Ferrari and the McLaren 650S do share similarities as both are rear wheel drive with dual clutch transmissions and mid-engine layouts. The McLaren has more power and torque than the Ferrari however. Despite Ferrari's claims the 650S is actually the lighter car by roughly 150 pounds depending on options. The Nissan GTR less power than either of the mid-engine exotics but it has more torque than the Ferrari thanks to its boosted V6 and it benefits from all wheel drive. This all wheel drive is what gets it the victory in the first run. They race twice and on the second race the McLaren takes the victory with a better launch plus the driver does not hit the limiter on the second try. It is not surprising the McLaren is the quickest and fastest of the trio. Especially considering the 650S has no trouble with the newer and faster turbocharged Ferrari 488GTB. It would be nice to have real data from all three cars but again as this is Autocar's video we should be happy with what we get.
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