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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-25-2015, 11:15 PM
    The 'professionals' at MotorTrend often amuse this network with their work. For a big name that has been doing this for decades it is mind boggling how the magazine simply can not understand that crank ratings do not mean much of anything. Seriously, does anyone think the S55 engine the F80 M3 and F82 M4 is actually putting out 425 horsepower? It takes just a basic google search to get a dyno of the new M car and see its output at the wheels exceeds the crank HP rating on a Dynojet. We are seeing many high performance cars underrated and BMW has routinely been doing this with their turbo motors. So why does this fly over the heads of the geniuses at MotorTrend? "At 464 hp, the ATS-V has 39 hp and 38 lb-ft on the BMW M3 and M4, which make 425 hp and 406 lb-ft from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6." There is no doubt the ATS-V is putting out 464 horsepower and 444 lb-ft of torque. The thing is, the F80 M3 is also matching that output and then some. Shouldn't a publication like MotorTrend understand their statement based on paper figures is misleading and uninformed? It's hard for enthusiasts to take the big publications seriously when they make basic mistakes and comparisons like this that do not delve even slightly beyond the superficial. I suppose that says something about the writer and the target audience. P.S. This was the power rating Cadillac claimed at the LA Auto Show for the ATS-V: Source
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    03-25-2015, 06:47 PM
    This is not the first time we have seen something like this. Anyone remember the marketing material for the E82 BMW 1M showing it driving around with the E30 M3? This got people saying the 1M was a return to the BMW driver's car producing fun and cheap lightweight models. This despite the fact the E30 M3 has absolutely nothing in common with the E82 1M and it will also have nothing in common with the F87 M2. This is what BMW head of design Adrian van Hooydonk stated, "The E30 M3 has a really big fan base, and we are going to be taking cues from it for a future product." Not really saying much there, now is he? Perhaps he will incorporate something from a styling standpoint that serves as some kind of homage or link to the original E30 M3. From an actual M car standpoint the M2 and 1M are nothing like the E30 M3. The cars are not built for DTM homologation purposes. They do not have naturally aspirated motors. They do not have four-cylinder high revving naturally aspirated M motors designed for racing. In the case of the 1M that particular car does not even have an M motor under hood. Once you factor in the weight difference between the E82 1M at 3339 pounds and E30 M3 at 2857 pounds and that the original was actually built for DTM competition you realize this is nothing more than marketing speak. The 2016 F87 M2 is expected to come with a tweaked N55 engine offering 370 horsepower and likely will have a DCT option. Considering the F22 M235i weighs 3494 pounds do not expect some new E30 M3. It won't even be a new E46 M3. Expect an M235i with some minor tweaks. Just like how the 1M was a 135i with some minor tweaks (and no M motor). Bringing up the E30 M3 is just marketing speak. Nothing more, nothing less. Source
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    03-27-2015, 06:07 PM
    That is the rumor going around. We have no official source on this but apparently there was some Audi employee meeting in the USA and the RS3 was confirmed for the USA at that meeting. It is really no surprise as we always expected to get the sedan. The hatchback we knew was out of the question based on precedent. Audi already sells an RS3 Sportback in Europe based on the 8V platform. So, expect that same drivetrain to make its way into the 8V A3 sedan. That means a 367 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque 2.5 liter turbocharged and direct injected inline-5 sending its power to all four wheels courtesy of a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Now the 2.5 TFSI motor can put out a heck of a lot more power than that. Remember the 525 horsepower A3 Clubsport concept car from last year? That is what the RS3 should be but it would eat everything else in the Audi lineup alive. That's ok, that is what tuning is for. The most obvious competition for this car would be from the Mercedes CLA45 AMG. The RS3 should be able to out-muscle it though. Whatever happened to Audi's high output EA888 that was supposed to go in the RS3 anyway? Hopefully we can get more concrete details and not just some rumor someone supposedly overheard somewhere. The chances of an RS3 in the US are the best they have ever been though. The sedan seems like a certainty.
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    03-27-2015, 10:40 PM
    The S54 remains the BMW inline-6 power king going into 2015. Well, the S38 may have something to say about that but that is a discussion for another day. Sound Performance built the E46 M3 S54 motor and Saad Racing provided a turbo kit utilizing a Precision 6766 turbocharger. The result? 859 wheel horsepower pushing 29 psi of boost on a Mustang Dyno. Here are the numbers at the various boost levels tested: 678whp @ 18psi 740whp 624wtq @ 23psi 859whp 710wtq @ 29psi On a Dynojet this should be breaking 900 whp. They of course also have 1000+ whp M3's but this shows what is possible with a Precision 6766, a ProEFI 128 ECU, and a built motor. Specs: SP Built 10:1 CR Engine Saad Racing Turbo Kit w/ SP 3" Boost Activated Exhaust Cutout Saad Racing E85 Fuel System Saad Racing Intake Manifold w/ LS3 DBW Throttle Body SP Direct-Port Nitrous Kit ProEFI Pro128 Flex Fuel Standalone EMS OS Giken Twin Disc Clutch They plan to test the Precision 6870 CEA GEN2 turbocharger next. 9XX whp on the Mustang? We will have to wait and see.
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    03-26-2015, 07:21 PM
    Not much can play with a BMW S1000RR in stock form. The bike is flat out absurdly fast. When tuned? Well, it takes something pretty damn special to run it. An 1100+ horsepower Boost Logic Nissan GTR may just qualify as something up to the task. The thing is though these two S1000RR's in the video are tuned. The camera bike has a Brentuning ECU tune in addition to a full Akrapovic exhaust system. The other S1000RR just features a full exhaust and a PCV (Power Commander V). The Brentuning ECU tune makes a large difference as the camera bike destroys the other S1000RR and the GTR. They do three runs and in all three it pulls pretty hard. Thank you to BimmerBoost member @Czero for the video.
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    03-25-2015, 10:48 PM
    The Audi RS7 is capable of mid 10 second performance at over 130 miles per hour of trap speed with just basic bolt on modifications. This is something we already knew and the record (in the USA... and officially) is 10.388 @ 133.54 in the 1/4 mile. The car that went 10.3 had a full exhaust and race gas. This RS7 is just tune only. Whose tune is it running? And what fuel is it running on? Good questions. That information for whatever reason is not provided. It is best to assume race gas though. Regardless, mid to low 10 second performance from an RS7 with bolt ons is well within reason. Now how about some turbo upgrades?
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    03-27-2015, 08:17 PM
    Last month we saw an 8L90 automatic C7 Z06 go 10's in the 1/4 mile completely stock. Well, here is yet another one reinforcing the point. The Z06 with the 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission is a high 10 second car. The thing is, the previous generation Z06 also broke into the 10's at MIR with far less power. It truly makes one wonder a bit why the C7 Z06 is not much faster in a straight line considering its massive power and torque from the supercharged LT4 motor. Especially when this run is put into the context of having run at one of the fastest strips in the United States and in -800 density altitude. Still, 10.770 @ 129.080 on street tires is not bad at all and the automatic is a few tenths quicker and a couple miles per hour faster than the manual from the data we have seen. Oddly though, the previous generation C6 ZR1 despite having less power and torque (although it is lighter) still is the faster Corvette.
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    03-28-2015, 07:21 PM
    AudiBoost raised the question last week as to where the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 turbo upgrades are. We found a picture of Loba Motorsport's 4.0 TFSI upgrade but that was shown in 2013 and we have not seen much since. AMS also announced their intention of rolling out a 4.0 TFSI V8 turbo upgrade recently. Well here is another entry from The Turbo Engineers located in Germany. This network is not familiar with this German tuner but they are working on a 4.0 TFSI C7 RS6 turbo upgrade. What are the spes? Unknown. Who is doing the tuning? Unknown. All we know is it appears turbo upgrades on the 4.0 TFSI are progressing on a variety of fronts.
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    Yesterday, 01:51 AM
    You are going to see these cars compared frequently. They are not exactly the same thing but they represent tremendous performance cars from their respective countries. You are smart enough to know what those countries are so we do not need to go over the basics here and can get right down to the meat and potatoes. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the newest of the trio. The GTR at this point is riding the most dated platform but it can not be overstated just how admirable of a job Nissan has done in continually updating the GTR. The Porsche 991 Turbo S of course is the highest performance turbocharged 911 available these days. All of these cars have forced induction powerplants but the GTR and 911 Turbo S have all wheel drive and dual clutch transmissions. Major factors admittedly versus the 7-speed manual rear wheel drive Corvette Z06. Now, on paper, the Z06 should demolish these cars. Z06 performance has been very perplexing though as MotorTrend learned when they compared the Z06 to the Nismo GTR. Well, now it is Car and Driver's turn. The Z06 is the lightest car here at 3530 pounds. It offers the most power and torque with its 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque supercharged LT4 V8. So why is it the slowest in a straight line? It isn't surprising the Z06 can not win 0-60 sprints against all wheel drive competition but trailing 0-150? And in 1/4 mile trap speed? The 991 Turbo S beats both but that also raises questions as the Car and Driver previously got a 10.8 @ 126 out of the Turbo S in a 1/4 mile. Is this car a ringer? Or did Car and Driver suddenly master the ever so complicated PDK? Something already stinks here. Regardless, the 991 Turbo S with its 10.6 @ 130 is the quickest and fastest car. The Nismo brings up the middle with an 11.0 @ 128. The Z06 trails with an 11.5 @ 125. Maybe Car and Driver needs the automatic Z06? Is it the drag of the Z07 package that is an issue again? Acceleration isn't everything, right? The Z06 brakes better than the other two. It is better balanced being the closest to 50/50. Its skidpad number is an insane 1.15g. It has the best slalom speed. It has everything going for it. So what wins on the roadcourse? We don't know. Car and Driver is 'saving' themselves for their Lightning Lap comparison. What is this, a freshman cheerleader on prom night? Give us the goods. MotorTrend put out, why can't you? Instead we get a bunch of talk from Car and Driver regarding which car they liked the best. It turns out the Z06 is the car they liked the best. Its handling is described as next level and indeed it is. The Z06 is amazing when you do things other than accelerate which is why this network is pissed off we have no laptimes. The GTR finishes in last and is said to feel dated. It is dated. That does not mean it still is not a hell of a performance car but when a Corvette Z06 feels more refined there are problems. The 911 Turbo S finishes in the middle of the pack and perhaps it is time too for Porsche to re-evaluate this whole the 911 has to be the top of the food chain mentality. It did finish last in the slalom and perhaps having all that weight over the rear end is not the best for handling transitions. What would happen if they gave the Cayman the 911 Turbo S engine? Yeah, we all know what would happen. Porsche does too. So, an interesting comparison despite Car and Driver not giving us the real goods. These days though, we don't like to be teased. We want to come away satisfied. This comparison does not provide that satisfaction. COMPARISON TESTS VEHICLE 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S BASE PRICE $78,995 $151,585 $183,695 PRICE AS TESTED $102,120 $151,880 $195,175 DIMENSIONS LENGTH 177.9 inches 184.3 inches 177.4 inches WIDTH 77.4 inches 74.6 inches 74.0 inches HEIGHT 48.6 inches 54.2 inches 51.0 inches WHEELBASE 106.7 inches 109.4 inches 96.5 inches FRONT TRACK 63.5 inches 63.0 inches 60.6 inches REAR TRACK 62.5 inches 63.0 inches 62.6 inches INTERIOR VOLUME F: 52 cubic feet F: 53 cubic feet R: 26 cubic feet F: 50 cubic feet R: 17 cubic feet CARGO 15 cubic feet 9 cubic feet 13 cubic feet POWERTRAIN ENGINE supercharged pushrod 16-valve V-8 376 cu in (6162 cc) twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6 232 cu in (3799 cc) twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve flat-6 232 cu in (3800 cc) POWER HP @ RPM 650 @ 6400 600 @ 6800 560 @ 6750 TORQUE LB-FT @ RPM 650 @ 3600 481 @ 3200 516 @ 2100 REDLINE / FUEL CUTOFF 6500/6700 rpm 7000/7000 rpm 7000/7200 rpm LB PER HP 5.4 6.5 6.4 DRIVELINE TRANSMISSION 7-speed manual 6-speed dual-clutch automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic DRIVEN WHEELS rear all all GEAR RATIO:1/ MPH PER 1000 RPM/ MAX MPH 1. 2.29/9.8/66 2. 1.61/13.9/93 3. 1.21/18.5/124 4. 1.00/22.4/150 5. 0.82/27.3/183 6. 0.68/32.9/185 7. 0.45/49.8/175 1. 4.06/5.3/37 2. 2.30/9.4/66 3. 1.60/13.6/95 4. 1.25/17.3/121 5. 1.00/21.6/151 6. 0.80/27.2/191 1. 3.91/5.9/42 2. 2.29/10.0/72 3. 1.58/14.6/105 4. 1.18/19.4/140 5. 0.94/24.4/176 6. 0.79/29.2/198 7. 0.62/36.9/180 AXLE RATIO:1 3.42 3.70 3.44 CHASSIS SUSPENSION F: control arms, leaf spring, anti-roll bar R: control arms, leaf spring, anti-roll bar F: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar F: struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar BRAKES F: 15.5-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc R: 15.3-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc F: 15.4-inch vented, cross-drilled disc R: 15.0-inch vented, cross-drilled disc F: 16.1-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc R: 15.4-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc STABILITY CONTROL fully defeatable, traction off, competition mode, launch control fully defeatable, competition mode, launch control fully defeatable, launch control TIRES Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 ZP F: P285/30ZR-19 (94Y) R: P335/25ZR-20 (99Y) Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT F: 255/40ZRF-20 (97Y) R: 285/35ZRF-20 (100Y) Pirelli P Zero F: 245/35ZR-20 (91Y) R: 305/30ZR-20 (103Y) C/D TEST RESULTS ACCELERATION 0–30 MPH 1.6 sec 1.2 sec 1.0 sec 0–60 MPH 3.3 sec 2.9 sec 2.5 sec 0–100 MPH 7.5 sec 6.6 sec 6.2 sec 0–150 MPH 17.9 sec 15.8 sec 14.9 sec Ό-MILE @ MPH 11.5 sec @ 125 11.0 sec @ 128 10.6 sec @ 130 ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH 4.0 sec 3.8 sec 3.4 sec TOP GEAR, 30–50 MPH 13.9 sec 3.8 sec 2.1 sec TOP GEAR, 50–70 MPH 10.8 sec 3.0 sec 2.3 sec TOP SPEED 185 mph (drag ltd)* 191 mph (redline ltd) 198 mph (drag ltd, mfr's claim) CHASSIS BRAKING 70–0 MPH 135 feet 152 feet 145 feet BRAKING 100–0 MPH 261 feet 275 feet 291 feet ROADHOLDING, 300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD 1.15 g 1.02 g 1.07 g 610-FT SLALOM 50.1 mph 48.2 mph 48.1 mph WEIGHT CURB 3530 pounds 3894 pounds 3590 pounds %FRONT/%REAR 50.3/49.7 54.3/45.7 38.8/61.2 FUEL TANK 18.5 gallons 19.5 gallons 18.0 gallons RATING 91 octane 93 octane 93 octane EPA CITY/HWY 15/22 mpg 16/23 mpg 17/24 mpg C/D 450-MILE TRIP 13 mpg 12 mpg 14 mpg SOUND LEVEL IDLE 60 dBA 54 dBA 55 dBA FULL THROTTLE 93 dBA 90 dBA 83 dBA 70-MPH CRUISE 77 dBA 75 dBA 73 dBA *C/D estimated. tested in California City, California, by K.C. COLWELL and TONY QUIROGA Final Results VEHICLE RANK Max Pts. Available 1 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO DRIVER COMFORT 10 8 10 7 ERGONOMICS 10 9 9 8 REAR-SEAT COMFORT 5 0 1 1 CARGO SPACE* 5 5 4 2 FEATURES/AMENITIES* 10 9 10 7 FIT AND FINISH 10 8 10 8 INTERIOR STYLING 10 8 9 7 EXTERIOR STYLING 10 9 9 8 REBATES/EXTRAS* 5 0 0 0 AS-TESTED PRICE* 20 20 2 8 SUBTOTAL 95 76 64 56 POWERTRAIN 1/4-MILE ACCELERATION* 20 16 20 18 FLEXIBILITY* 5 3 3 3 FUEL ECONOMY* 10 9 10 8 ENGINE NVH 10 8 10 7 TRANSMISSION 10 9 10 7 SUBTOTAL 55 45 53 43 CHASSIS PERFORMANCE* 20 20 17 15 STEERING FEEL 10 10 9 9 BRAKE FEEL 10 10 9 8 HANDLING 10 10 9 8 RIDE 10 8 10 6 SUBTOTAL 60 58 54 46 EXPERIENCE FUN TO DRIVE 25 24 24 20 342352234 203 195 165
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    Yesterday, 03:25 AM
    Nobody loves the BMW N52 motor. If someone has a 328i or 128i model equipped with the N52 and asks about more power they are told to trade it in for an N54 or N55 based car. Even the aftermarket basically abandoned it and there are no production forced induction kits for the engine. It's rough being an N52 when the N54/N55 exist. Even BMW themselves replaced it with the N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder which is a far more tuner friendly motor. If you love your N52 relax, Active Autowerke has you covered with some performance parts. On a BMW E82 128i 6-speed manual Active Autowerke picked up just under 40 whp on a Dynojet with the following modifications: 1) Active Autowerke N52 exhaust headers installed 2) Stage 3 intake manifold with charcoal air filter removed 3) K+N drop used 4) stock exhaust system from the header back. Meaning that the secondary cats were still in place along with stock rear muffler BLUE line- stock 128 6 speed 208.48 whp - 207.63 wtq GREEN line- AA Header, 3 stage manif, K&N drop-in with No charcoal filter, stock exhaust 248.02 whp - 225.15 wtq Not bad, right? Now let's look at Mustang numbers from an automatic E9X 328i with the Active Headers and tune but without the intake manifold: 1) stock intake manifold with charcoal air filter removed but stock factory paper filter ( we did not have a K+N drop in at the time to use) 2) stock exhaust system from the header back. Meaning that the secondary cats were still in place along with stock rear muffler Bottom line- stock 328 auto 175 whp - 161 wtq Middle line- AA Header, charcoal filter delete 198 whp - 179 wtq Top line- AA header, AA software and charcoal filter 207whp - 192 wtq So with the full gamut of Active Autowerke N52 products one can expect roughly 40 wheel horsepower gains and roughly 30 lb-ft of torque gains at the wheels. That is about the best anyone is going to do on this motor without forced induction. Which at that point it makes sense to go to an N54/N55 or even N20, doesn't it?
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    03-27-2015, 03:11 PM
    These are two performance sport utility vehicles that do have similarities. They are German, turbocharged, all wheel drive, and both feature dual clutch transmissions. Beyond that though we are talking very different vehicles as the GLA45 AMG is essentially based on a front wheel drive sedan platform. That of course being the CLA-Class. The GLA45 AMG can be thought of as a CLA45 AMG on stilts. The test numbers show the GLA45 AMG matches its sibling pretty much across the board. That includes in curb weight as the GLA45 weighs only 3589 pounds. The GLA45 AMG also features the M133 2.0 liter four-cylinder AMG engine. With 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque it is no slouch and capable of high 12's in the 1/4 mile in stock form. The Macan Turbo though has a 3.6 liter twin turbo V6. The engine is less stressed and puts out more horsepower and torque in stock form. 400 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. It's bigger, heavier (roughly 4500 pounds), more powerful, and more expensive. Would the 340 horsepower 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 Macan S that starts at $49,900 make more sense for this comparison? If you are trying to level the playing field a bit, yes. But even so the Macan S and Turbo are larger vehicles. The GLK is closer to size of the Macan. Regardless, this comparison pits these two together and is what it is. The straightline testing has the Macan Turbo come up with the quicker 0-60 at 4.2 seconds to the GLA45 AMG 4.3. The 1/4 mile result though favors the GLA45 AMG as the Macan Turbo manages 12.9 @ 106.2 whereas the GLA45 AMG does the 1/4 mile sprint in 12.8 @ 107.9. There is something to be said for power to weight but it is highly impressive the GLA45 AMG is quicker and faster in a straight line. Especially when one considers it has two less cylinders and has a 1.6 liter displacement penalty. To test the handling prowess they closed off a section of a canyon road. It is not super scientific but the GLA45 AMG comes out just ahead by less than a tenth of a second. The GLA45 AMG is lighter, more tossable, and offers a bit more steering feedback but the Macan Turbo does very well. It's practically a wash. MotorTrend picks the GLA45 AMG. If you want the vehicle that is more fun to drive that is the choice. If you want more utility the Macan Turbo is the choice. Considering the GLA45 AMG bang for the buck it is hard to argue against it here.
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    03-25-2015, 07:49 PM
    It is no secret the 6.2 liter supercharged LSA V8 is very tunable. The motor is of course based on the LS9 6.2 liter supercharged V8 used in the C6 Corvette ZR-1 and if you want to see how they differ click this link. Despite the LSA not having quite as strong of internals it puts up impressive numbers with basic bolt ons. How does 555 rear wheel horsepower sound along with 555 lb-ft of torque at the wheels? Just from a pulley swap and tune. Sounds pretty damn good to us. Now the new CTS-V coming up also has a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 although with a smaller motor but with a higher compression direct injected engine. It is essentially the LT4 engine borrowed from the Z06. We have seen the Z06 bolt on tune numbers and they are impressive. It certainly is going to be fun to compare the new car versus the previous generation CTS-V as a tune and pulley put the LSA CTS-V just under what the LT4 puts out stock.
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    03-25-2015, 07:14 PM
    As expected the newest entry to the McLaren lineup will debut next month in April at the New York Auto Show. This model will be called the 570S and it will headline the McLaren Sports Series range. This will mean McLaren now has a three-pronged approach with the 570S, 650S, and range topping P1. What do we know about the 570S? It will feature a detuned version of the M838T McLaren twin turbo motor. The name instantly tells you power will be in the 570 PS or 562 HP range. Not far off the 592 horsepower the MP4-12C debuted with. We will have to see what changes are made to the motor. We will know more next week after the official debut. McLAREN LAUNCHES ITS SPORTS SERIES RANGE IN NEW YORK WITH THE 570S COUPE NEW YORK (March 25, 2015) – McLaren Automotive announces today that the first model in its Sports Series family will be named the 570S Coupe. This V8 powered, carbon fiber-structured two seater will show its beautiful, aerodynamically optimized form for the first time when it debuts at the 115th New York International Auto Show. With the launch of the 570S Coupe, McLaren will display its entire three-tier model line-up for the first time globally. Every Sports Series model will share its DNA with the Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it in the McLaren hierarchy. A pure McLaren, offering class-leading levels of performance coupled with optimized handling characteristics and driving dynamics, the 570S Coupe marks the first time McLaren has offered its original and race-derived technologies in the sports car segment. In line with the naming convention that began with the 650S, the number 570 gives away the power output of this first McLaren Sports Series model: 570PS (562HP). Further details and images of the McLaren 570S Coupe will be announced next week ahead of the car's global unveiling which will take place at the McLaren Automotive press conference in New York on Wednesday, April 1 at 2:55PM EST, Stand 704, Level 3.
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    03-27-2015, 01:11 PM
    Graphic artists often attempt to predict what an automotive design will look like before its debut. Sometimes they are spot on and sometimes they miss the mark wildly. This particular artist is usually pretty darn good at it and he has done some work for this network. So is this what the rear of the upcoming McLaren 570S set to be revealed next week will look like? Maybe. If so it takes a lot of inspiration from the P1 which is no surprise as McLaren is using styling cues from their supercar in all their models. The 650S for example was updated to incorporate P1 style headlights. It makes sense for the 570S to use the P1 rear light style. We will just have to wait and see.
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    Yesterday, 12:22 AM
    Turbocharged Jeep Cherokee SRT8's are no joke. Having all wheel drive traction helps the boosted Hemi's put their power down. 10.79 @ 124.52 is quick and fast but we have seen SRT8's go as fast as 9.56 @ 145. We even have a member that converted his to RWD and just went full drag prep on the vehicle going 8's. In that context 10.79 @ 124 may not be that impressive but this is an SRT8 with some forged pistons able to run 10's all day. He is running a 76mm single turbo and that makes for an easy 10 second Jeep. Pretty impressive. Especially when you consider it goes head to head with a turbocharged Mustang 5.0.
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    03-28-2015, 09:16 PM
    This is the same manual C7 Z06 we previously saw go 9.872 @ 138.42. The weather was warmer this time out but the car is clearly pulling harder up top as evidenced by the three miles per hour gained. It looks like they worked out the fueling and tuning issues that were costing the car some trap speed. There is more in this of course but this is a very nice result based on the mod list: - Fasterproms custom tune by Jeremy Formato - Fasterproms custom 2.31 pulley - Fasterproms Ported Supercharger - Modified air box, and air duct with modified AFE CAI - Fasterproms Thermal reduction plates That reduce blower heat soak - Fasterproms Flex fuel kit- 50% E85 blend - Fasterproms 1.5Gal Expansion tank - ARH 1.875 headers - Hoosier 315/30/18 dr's In cooler weather (600 density altitude) this car should have another couple miles per hour in it. We're starting to get an idea for what bolt on mods can do for the Z06 LT4 though and the benefits flex fuel with ethanol brings.
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    03-25-2015, 09:40 PM
    Come on Porsche, be cool! We all know the 911 GT3 is absolutely badass. The reason it is badass is because Porsche essentially tries to make a 911 GT3 race car into a street car with the model. It essentially denotes a GT3 race caliber vehicle and that is where the name originates. Porsche believes GT3 belongs to them though and is doing what they believe is in their best interest by attempting to limit its use to their own models. Is anyone really going to confuse the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with the 991 GT3? This network recognizes GT3 models as race spec models designed with GT3 class racing in mind. The street cars muddy this somewhat but that is what the GT3 name denotes. GT3 class racing. Not the 911 GT3 in particular. Porsche has succeeded in getting Aston Martin to change the name but it's a bit of a childish move. Aston Martin did not seem to want to fight this and just named the car Vantage GT12 instead. This begs the question, why isn't anyone at Porsche bitching at Bentley for the Continental GT3 R model? Well, the obvious answer is because Bentley is part of the VW Group which means they escape Porsche's wrath. But if Porsche can let the Continental GT3 go why can't they let the Vantage GT3 go? The Germans are a lot of fun, aren't they? Source
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    03-26-2015, 05:31 PM
    EVOMS is tackling the 991 Turbo and Turbo S as expected and has released their EVT640 tuning package for the platform. The name of course implies 640 crank horsepower which according to their dyno results at all four wheels on a Mustang AWD 500-SE Chassis Dyno is within reason. So what does the EVT640 tuning system that retails for $6495 consist of? The 'heart' as they cal it is the EVOMS Intelligent Engine Control Module. They abbreviate it ICM. All it happens to be is a piggyback and we wonder who the source for the box is. In addition to the piggyback box they give you an exhaust that attaches to the rear cats. No headers, no catless pipes, just what you see here: The exhaust is street legal and features the following: Improves overall sound and performance. Increases HP and TQ – On average ~24 HP and 18 ft./lbs. TQ (Exhaust Only) Saves 13.30 pounds verses the stock exhaust system Retains the use of the OEM Exhaust Tips Attaches to the OEM catalytic Converters 50 state / SMOG emissions legal 100% Bolt on – no modifications. Easy installation Works with OEM headers or EVOMS ClubSport headers, Stock Catalysts or EVOMS high flow Catalysts 16 gauge T-304 stainless steel – mandrel bent and purge welded You also get billet boost recirculation valves. $6500 for a piggyback and exhaust (not a full exhaust)? Heh. 991 Turbo S dyno results below. Gains of 52 horsepower at all four wheels which certainly is respectable.
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    03-27-2015, 01:32 PM
    The new GT3RS differs quite a bit from its standard 991 GT3 sibling. Not that the standard GT3 is soft but the GT3RS looks like it just came off the racetrack. Its wider track, air intakes, wing, roll cage, etc., all contribute to a GT3 class race car look for the street. The car of course has more power than the standard 991 GT3 by virtue of its larger 4.0 liter flat-6 motor and also is a bit lighter. The leaked spec sheet basically tells all the details. We have official pictures from Porsche but enjoy these independent photos of the GT3 RS at the airport in Stuttgart:
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    03-25-2015, 09:22 PM
    If you do not know who Walter Rohrl is just watch the video and see that his introduction lists him as 'rally legend' as in the description. That succinctly summarizes who Walter Rohrl is. The man has set Pikes Peak Records, raced in the infamous Group B, won the Monte Carlo rally, and scored 14 WRC victories when rally racing was at its most dangerous in history. Yep, he's done it all and been named Rally Driver of the millenium. He spends his years these days testing the latest Porsche machinery as well as running Porsches on the Nurburgring. He is paid by Porsche but when he likes a car it is worth noting. He has nothing but praise for the Cayman GT4 in this small overview. Take a look at a legend having some fun with the new hardcore Cayman and giving an overview:
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    Yesterday, 12:02 AM
    It's nice to have a sugar daddy, isn't it? That is how Mercedes-Benz characterized its relationship with Aston Martin last year. Rumors have swirled all over the place regarding Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz. Last year for example Mercedes was rumored to go from supplying Aston Martin with engines to a full blown takeover. Well, Mercedes will indeed serve as the sugar daddy for Aston Martin and supply engines and technology. The first engine they will supply is the M177/M178 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 that sees duty in the AMG GT and W205 C63 AMG. The question now is how will Aston Martin differentiate the engine from its AMG use? Will it just use the same AMG GT S M178 and call it a day at 510 horsepower? Reports are that Aston Martin plans to tune the motor for its use so we could see far more than 510 horsepower among other differences. Regardless, expect to see Aston Martins with AMG engines debut by the end of the year. Source
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    03-28-2015, 08:31 PM
    The Porsche 997.1 generation 911 Turbo features a 3.6 liter twin turbo flat-6 engine from the factory. This engine features the GT1 or Mezger racing block and for this reason the 997.1 Turbos are highly sought after as the 997.2 generation brought with it a 3.8 liter direct injected version no longer based on this same GT1 racing block. For someone who wants the best of both worlds the option to bore out the 997.1 Turbo motor exists and that is what BBi Autosport did here. It also looks like they did some valve work and added some GT3 bits. They took some very high resolution photos of the engine build for their 'Project Swan' 997.1 Turbo build. We look forward to seeing the finished build as a lot of high quality components are going to into it from the suspension to the wheels to the motor, you name it. For now enjoy this 3.8 liter 997.1 Turbo flat-6:
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    03-27-2015, 02:15 PM
    Very nice results here from Fabspeed for their new valved Supersport Lamborghini Huracan exhaust system. As stated the exhaust system is valved and supports different sound modes based on the steering wheel mounted mode selector. For example, Strada mode keeps the valves closed on the 70mm bypass pipes. Select Corsa mode and it opens up the exhaust to let the world hear those Italian horses prance. The power and torque gains are very respectable as well. It is nice to finally have some Huracan graphs on a Dynojet. The baseline is 555 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels. With the exhaust output rises to 584 and 420 respectively. Gains are throughout the entire curve. With an ECU tune it certainly looks like the Huracan is capable of 600 horsepower at all four wheels in naturally aspirated form. In other words, wow. That would be in the 130+ horsepower per liter range all motor. The cherry on the top is that the Fabspeed system saves 23 pounds off the OEM system. Nicely done Fabspeed.
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    03-26-2015, 06:25 PM
    You do not get to see many McLaren on McLaren races. It might have something to do with the pricetag and production numbers of the car. Maybe. What we have here though is a roll on race between two tuned McLaren MP4-12Cs but it is not exactly apples to apples. Tune only versus tune only would tell us a lot. The white MP4-12C is tune only. The camera car though has a full exhaust in addition to its tune and modified turbos. So what does that mean? Well, take a look at these results for a full exhaust on a 650S to get an idea of the gains offered by an exhaust system on this motor. Regarding the modified turbos, we do not know the specs. Now, an MP4-12C featuring only the AMS pump gas tune and drag radials has gone 10.15 @ 138.19 in the 1/4 mile. So for this EVOMS car to pull that it shows you how fast it. 9.X @ 14X? That sounds about right. Although one would expect a car with upgraded turbochargers to pull harder. However you slice it the MP4-12C is a beast.
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    03-27-2015, 06:44 PM
    Here are some 1/4 mile times from some big horsepower GTR setups from Switzer. The Goliath X made some headlines recently beating an Underground Racing 2R Gallardo on the highway and posting 1865 horsepower to all four wheels on a Dynojet (with wheelspin). The E1K-X GTR makes less power at 1400 wheel horsepower but it's no slouch. It's just power numbers have become so absurd in the GTR world that we're almost numb to how ridiculous 1400 at all four wheels truly is. So Switzer had both cars run on the dragstrip and they are definitely fast. The Goliath X in the right lane went 8.575 @ 177.74 on mid/high boost and the E1K-X in the left lane went 9.137 @ 163.29 on medium boost. Both clearly have more in them. To put this in context the top dog is ETS with their 7.492 @ 189.20 pass. Can the Goliath X match that on high boost? It's a tall order but it clearly is a hell of a package.
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    03-26-2015, 12:01 AM
    Do you want to be protected from speeding? Well then Ford's new system that they intend to roll out this summer in the S-Max is just for you. Now this could certainly help in areas drivers are not familiar with as safety cameras (revenue cameras) target speeders. Do you need to be protected from yourself? Well, fortunately the Intelligent Speed Limiter can be switched on or off. Whether it actually keeps anyone safer is a valid question being asked but we could certainly see how it could prevent someone from getting taken advantage of by increasing speeding penalties designed to stuff county coffers. The system will essentially adjust to the local conditions by scanning traffic signs. The driver can set a maximum speed and the speed is automatically adjusted from the traffic sign recognition system. How far are we from cars just doing all the work for us? Maybe two decades. Maybe.
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    03-27-2015, 04:02 PM
    Ferrari obviously made big waves when they turbocharged their V8's. This led to speculation if Ferrari's high revving naturally aspirated F140 V12 engine that sees duty in the FF, 599, F12 Berlinetta, Enzo, and LaFerrari would also get a pair of turbochargers. It appears it will not as Ferrari will focus on hybrid power instead to supplant the torque turbos offer. Electric motors obviously deliver their torque instantly and the linear fashion in which they do so likely suits the power delivery and response Ferrari is going for. A Ferrari source stated, “There will be no turbos on our V12s. Expect instead to see 48-volt systems on the next generation.” Who is that source? Autocar does not specify who it is only that it is supposedly someone 'close' to the factory. That could mean anything and anyone. It could also make this all meaningless as there is no way to verify it. It is likely true but who knows at this stage. We will definitely be seeing more hybrid Ferrari vehicles in the future. Source
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    03-26-2015, 04:42 PM
    This is not really anything new as this vehicle was spotted testing a year ago. Since that time though Jaguar made all wheel drive standard on its V8 F-Type models which likely means this new lighter and even more powerful F-Type will likely also get the all wheel drive system. The car is expected to drop weight by virtue of carbon pieces as well as lightweight wheels and carbon ceramic brakes. The motor is expected to get a boost to 600 horses which the 5.0 liter supercharged V8 is easily capable of. We will have to see the final specs but this is shaping up to be a very potent Jag.
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    Yesterday, 02:21 AM
    Aston Martin is in desperate need of some fresh air. Their models as well as their technology has become somewhat stale. The good news is that they appear to be moving forward with new models and more importantly new motors. AMG will be supplying power for the new car which you can see testing on a DB9 looking mule below. The DB9 successor or DB11 as it may called will feature 4.0 liter V8 AMG power along with the venerable naturally aspirated Aston Martin V12. An interesting decision considering the AMG motor should outperform the V12 and also offer far more tuning capability while sipping less fuel. The typical Aston buyer though likely does not care about tuning, turbos, and fuel efficiency though so the V12 lives on as it is a storied part of Aston Martin history and a status symbol. Carbon fiber is expected to be used extensively for the vehicle. That means less weight of course. Beyond that the entire platform will be new from the ground up. Expect Aston Martin styling and characteristics mixed with AMG technology. Sounds like a win-win. Source
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