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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-03-2016, 10:03 PM
    As some of you know BimmerBoost attempted to do a giveaway previously with Rob Beck of RB Turbo which did not work out due to prematurely giving away turbos that were not in stock or ready to ship. Things unfortunately did not go as planned and timelines did not align. This left me feeling bad that Rob Beck needlessly took flack when he didn't do anything wrong and only tried to help. If anything, BimmerBoost.com was responsible for pushing to give away turbos too early and Rob should not be forced to adhere to a schedule that is not his own. I contacted Rob and asked him if we could try this again to make things right and celebrate the holidays in a positive fashion with our members. What better gift could there be than free upgraded N54 turbos? This time around the turbos are in stock and ready to go so when the holiday contest is over they will be ready to ship. 2016 has been a tough year for many of us and I simply want to thank the members here, BMW enthusiasts, our lurkers, and our vendors for sticking together through tough times. What we are giving away is $3000 toward any turbos or products in the 2017 RB Turbo catalog. Spend it however you like! I wish you all the best going into an uncertain 2017. I hope it is a prosperous year for you and your families. There is much more to life than the forums and cars but this place is a fun break from reality from time to time. You all make a real difference in my life and I wish to repay the favor. We're celebrating six years of BimmerBoost, who truly thought we'd get this far? Happy Holidays to you and your families! Contest Details: How to enter: Post in this thread that you wish to enter and I will record how many rep points you have at the time. Requirements: Minimum 10 rep points to enter. How to gain raffle entries: Every rep point you gain from your time of entry qualifies as one raffle entry. You gain rep points by posting and creating threads. Example: You have 10 rep points at the time of entry. You have 20 rep points after the contest is over. 20 - 10 = 10 so you have 10 entries in the raffle. The more you post and contribute the better your odds of winning. There is no limit on how many entries you can gain. Contest dates: 12/3/2016 - 1/16/2016 The winner can choose from anything in the RB catalog below including Super RB EVO's with either option A, B, or C. Any other options will have to be paid by the winner along with shipping. First place: $3000 RB Turbo credit Second place: $400 BMS store credit Third place: Autographed picture of my dog: *BimmerBoost reserves the right to disqualify any contestant for any reason including cheating or multiple screen names.
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    12-02-2016, 09:39 PM
    2.0 liter turbo I4 vs. 3.0 liter twin turbo I6 and the four-cylinder comes out on top? Yep. To be fair, the MKVII Golf R has a turbo upgrade courtesy of APR and their Stage III+ kit while the BMW S55 3.0 liter I6 is on the factory turbos but the Golf also has an engine 2/3 the size. The F80 M3 is tuned with a BMW JB4 piggyback but what supporting mods it has or what map it is running is unknown. This is the Golf R mod list: APR Stage 3+ Kit APR ECU + TCU Tune APR Intake APR Intercooler Milltek Valved Catback System USP Cool Flow Filter Housing USP Cool Flow DSG Filter Housing USP High Flow Turbo Inlet Hose Spulen Catch Can KW V3 Coilovers Vossen VFS1 P3 VIDI Gauge The all wheel drive dual clutch Golf R getting the better elapsed time here is no surprise. However, it also traps higher than the M3 as well. Certainly impressive performance by the Golf. Video courtesy of USP Motorsports: https://www.youtube.com/uspmotorsports
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    12-01-2016, 04:58 PM
    Whoa. This turbo E30 belongs to BimmerBoost member @Nisse Järnet and a hell of an E30 it is. Let's start with it being an all wheel drive 325ix. Yes, ix, not xi. That means it can put down the power from the turbocharged and built M50B28 inline-6. How much power? Good question. What we know is it is not at full boost. It doesn't need it. The GT3 RS gets a jump but the 325 flies by at higher speeds as if the GT3 RS is standing still. The 991 GT3 RS is obviously built for the track but it is no slouch in a straight line. Once this Bavarian hot rod spools though, game over. Modifications on the BMW are: M50B28 fully built, PT6765 turbo, Autronic SM4 ECU, active 4WD.
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    12-02-2016, 09:01 PM
    Who saw this coming? The most interesting part of the 2016 Formula 1 season was watching Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton duke it out for the driver's championship. Rosberg ended up winning but it was a battle until the very end. Perhaps that battle drained Rosberg's energy? His statement is as follows: Rosberg is still under contract and signed a two year extension recently. He is leaving a lot of money on the table but he already has too much money to care. The rivalry with Lewis Hamilton seems to have taken its toll: He retires on top. Not a bad way to go out. The question now is who will challenge Hamilton?
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    11-30-2016, 11:51 PM
    You're here because you love horsepower. Going fast is what we're about. There is going fast and being reckless however. 300+ kph (over 186 miles per hour) on public streets and in a turn while dodging traffic easily qualifies as reckless. Cars of course offer more protection but also can inflict more damage on innocent bystanders. However you might feel a couple of these guys paid the ultimate price for taking it too far on public streets. It never hurts to offer up a reminder that there are consequences to insane speed.
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    12-01-2016, 09:41 PM
    The BMW F87 M2 obviously is getting a lot of aftermarket attention and rightfully so as it is supposed to be the lightest track car in the BMW M lineup. It is not exactly light but for track junkies who want more downforce RevoZport may have them covered with their upcoming Raze M2 aero kit. Now, it's becoming kind of a nuisance when companies continue to release renderings instead of actual pictures of their products. Does this look good? Yes, it sure does. It also isn't real. Where are the pictures of the real thing? RevoZport states they will offer an adjustable front lip, adjustable wing, and optional canards: Ok, very cool. How much downforce do these pieces add? How are they being tested? Do they have a windtunnel? Is it all just simulation? Is this for looks or actual track performance? The press release leaves a lot to be desired as far as answering these questions. In 2012, RevoZport introduced the first ever complete aero and performance kit for the BMW 1M at SEMA. The program was a great success and highly regarded as one of the best designed aftermarket upgrade for the BMW 1M. The design shaved 60kg of weight through by replacing some panels with carbon fibre ones and changing the exhaust into titanium. The performance was staggering on track. Today, the BMW M2 (F87) is faster, has wider track-width and more power, so naturally it needs a mean looking aerokit to live up to its performance. This time RevoZport took most of the elements from its predecessor and added even more. At the front, we have a 3 way adjustable front splitter (Street, Sport and Track setup) with cooling vents routing cold air directly to the brake discs. The canards around the front bumper vents area ram more air to the oil cooler and keeps the engine cool at all times while the vented hood is proven to extract hot air directly from the radiator. All of which are designed for the purpose of keeping the motor at its optimum temperature during hard driving. On the side, the door sills extends the front part of the rear wheel arch to give that muscular fender-flare look that reminiscence a Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6. Towards the back, you will see the GT spoiler designed with a swan neck mount which from the CFD (Computer fluid dynamics) shows that the support mounted from the top of the spoiler blade actually produce better downforce than from the bottom. Finally, the vented diffuser is designed not only to provide better ground effect but also can help vent the heat from the exhaust muffler.
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    11-30-2016, 06:20 PM
    Road and Track is wrong here. Not that the NSX is not a good car but is it really the best performance car of 2017? Absolutely not. As we saw last month the NSX struggles to top the aging (and cheaper) Nissan GTR. The NSX just is not what the original was. At 3868 pounds the NSX is heavier than every car in this comparison except for the Mercedes-AMG C63 S and the Nissan GT-R Nismo: It's as tested price is the highest of the entire group. For the most money you expect more than it delivers. It isn't the quickest. It isn't the most powerful. It isn't the lightest. It isn't the most involving. It just is not the best performance car out of this group for the money. You know what car is? The Corvette Grand Sport. It has the lowest starting price out of every car on the list and where does it end up when they test them around the track? In second place, ahead of the NSX. I don't care what fancy technology the NSX has the fact the Grand Sport has less power and outperforms it around the track with a rear wheel drive layout at a fraction of the cost puts it above everyone else. The car isn't' a hybrid. It doesn't have a dual clutch transmission. It doesn't even use turbos. What Chevrolet did with the Grand Sport is jaw dropping from a performance perspective which is what this comparison is supposed to be about. There are of course other cars included. The M4 GTS is just an abject failure. What is the point of continuing to talk about it? The only way the M4 GTS is beating other performance cars in your garage is if you don't have any other modern performance cars in your garage. The Mercedes-AMG C63 S is uncomfortably close to it despite being much heavier (and much cheaper). The R8 V10 Plus is grouped in with the top 5 and after that point there is distinct separation. The Evora is praised for its handling and feedback but you can't have a performance car of the year that performs worse than the entire field. It just can't keep up. Look at these results: The NSX and the GT-R are basically neck and neck. Yet, both are behind the Corvette. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is out front and frankly deserves the win more than the NSX does. It's quicker, faster, lighter, and it handles better. It even manages a better 0-60 without a hybrid drivetrain. Sometime simpler is just better in a performance environment as the Corvette and the 911 Turbo show. The NSX does not deserve this win. When you read Road and Track's reasoning it feels more like they are picking the NSX to defend the next generation of sports cars which will increasingly incorporate hybrid technology. We aren't there yet. This is about right now. Right now, there are better performance cars on the market than the NSX. Period.
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    12-01-2016, 04:20 PM
    This may be the best carbon fiber rim on the market if you take into account weight, pricing, and strength. A couple months back BoostAddict posted about the lightest carbon fiber wheels on the market from a company named ESE Carbon. We have yet to see anyone run their wheels or any independent testing. Also, there are concerns about strength with a full carbon fiber rim. Forgeline and Emergent are taking a bit of a different approach. The barrel is carbon fiber from Emergent but Forgeline provides their forged wheel expertise as the center is metal, not carbon fiber. Plus, with a name like Forgeline Motorsports involved you know these wheels are the real deal and can withstand the rigors of motorsport let alone street driving. The rims will be available in two styles in 20 and 21 inch fitments. The question is, how much money? Also, what do they weigh? These are rather important details that are omitted. Either way, more carbon wheel options are coming onto the market and that is a good thing for all enthusiasts. FORGELINE ANNOUNCES NEW CARBON+FORGED WHEELS WITH EMERGENT CARBON RIMS New Carbon+Forged Series wheels offer unparalleled style and performance. DAYTON, Ohio - Racing wheel expert Forgeline Motorsports has entered an exciting new partnership with EMERGENT(tm) Carbon Wheels and launched its Carbon+Forged Series, a new line of two-piece carbon fiber and forged aluminum ultra-high performance wheels. The company that is known for its unyielding commitment to technology and performance innovation is taking another leap forward with the new wheel line that combines weight-optimized CNC machined forged aluminum centers with Emergent's revolutionary proprietary carbon fiber barrels. The innovative made-to-order wheel series delivers the ultimate in technological advancement, exclusive styling and unprecedented lightweight performance. Forgeline's Carbon+Forged wheels are engineered to an entirely new set of appearance and performance standards, featuring super lightweight carbon fiber barrels that utilize a high-density carbon fiber bundle, a high-clarity resin system and an unusually large carbon weave pattern. These high-tech characteristics create rims that are visually distinctive and 42% lighter than equivalent aluminum wheels. The weight reduction is achieved in the wheel's most critical outer perimeter where the greatest reduction in unwanted inertia is achieved for real-world improvements in acceleration, braking, cornering, ride quality, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), driver/passenger comfort and fuel economy. The superior quality carbon fiber barrels of Forgeline's Carbon+Forged wheels are engineered and tested to deliver industry-leading levels of fatigue strength, impact and damage resistance and deflection stiffness. Tested by an independent automotive industry laboratory, they have proven to be incredibly strong and robust, exceeding all existing SAE and TUV test specifications and surpassing the AK-LH 08 Radial Impact Test standard. The first wheels to be released from Forgeline's new Carbon+Forged Series are the lightweight racing-inspired CF201 (featuring a five V-spoke design and aggressive I-beam machining details) and the style-conscious CF202 (featuring a unique directional split-5 spoke design). Available in 20- and 21-inch fitments, both wheels are uniquely engineered for exclusive modern sports cars, including the Corvette Z06, Ferrari 458/488, Audi R8, Acura NSX, Lamborghini Huracan/Aventedor, Porsche 918/GT3/GT3RS, as well as Aston Martin, McLaren, Mercedes, and BMW models. The new Carbon+Forged wheels and other Forgeline wheels are available through a nationwide network of Forgeline partners. For more information, visit forgeline.com or call 1-800-886-0093. About Forgeline Motorsports Forgeline Motorsports is a privately-owned manufacturing company with a global base of customers that include renowned specialty vehicle builders, professional racing teams, and enthusiast owners of exclusive sports cars and muscle cars. For over 20 years, the company has applied its racing experience and passion for motorsports to designing and building wheels that can withstand the extreme demands of sports car racing. With an unwavering commitment to strength and safety, Forgeline has earned a spot on some of the world's fastest racecars, including those in IMSA, Pirelli World Challenge, Trans Am, and virtually every amateur racing series in America. Learn more at forgeline.com or 1-800-886-0093. About EMERGENT Carbon Wheels Emergent Carbon Wheels engineers and manufactures advanced carbon fiber automotive wheels for original equipment and aftermarket customers. The company develops proprietary and patent-pending designs and manufacturing methods to overcome limitations previously associated with carbon fiber reinforced polymer wheels. Learn more at emergentcarbon.com.
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    12-01-2016, 04:04 PM
    Chevrolet is bringing out the big guns with the C7 generation ZR1 Corvette. This is going to be the highest performance C7 and highest performance Corvette of all time. With the way the Grand Sport is performing the ZR1 is likely shooting for nothing less than being the best performance car on the market at any price point. The fact it will punch well above its weight is just a huge bonus. Those aerodynamics you see including the huge rear wing are there for performance on the track. Chevy listened to complaints about Z06 traction. They also likely listened to complaints about the motor. They won't admit it but their small blower choice was a mistake. They have to spin it way too hard generating too much heat and while it provides great torque and response down low it does not have much a top end punch. Plus, the torque down low only complicates traction issues. Will get it the rumored LT5 twin turbo V8? Time will tell. Expect this to be the baddest Corvette ever made.
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    12-03-2016, 11:40 PM
    You likely know about the legal action Weistec is bringing against Dime R&D. While the legal wheels churn plenty of shady nonsense is going on behind the scenes. Recently, Dime was caught using a Weistec dynograph for promotion of their products. Well, here we go again. The W205 C63 AMG S you see in the picture with number 812 is running the Weistec W.3 M177 turbo system. Dime decided to promote the car as their own saying it has a full Dime upgrade system. It doesn't. As you can see in the screencap BS was quickly called and Dime deleted the upload. Well, not before it was saved. Why would anyone do something so stupid when the owner clearly would see it? Desperation? Desire for attention? Doing something so blatantly misleading without any regard for the truth sure makes you wonder. Here is what the car actually ran with the Weistec parts: Integrity still matters to some people.
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    12-02-2016, 07:03 PM
    The fallout from the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal continues as countries launch their own probes into various manufacturers. Volkswagen settled in the US but the Porsche parent company is running into trouble in South Korea now along with BMW and Nissan. So what is happening in South Korea? This: South Korea will likely get some money in fines and the companies will stop selling the affected models that the government found not to be compliant. Porsche already stopped sales and BMW and Nissan will clarify their positions which means trying to get out of paying any fines and try to keep selling the cars. The foreign car market in Korea is relatively small so if they push too hard companies may just pull out. VW probably has had enough of paying fines. Source
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    12-01-2016, 07:00 PM
    Can you honestly say you can't relate to this? After a weekend of partying FIAT heir Lapo Elkann (grandson of FIAT founder Gianni Agnelli) was arrested in New York due to faking his own kidnapping and attempting to extort a ransom. As it turns out, you can rack up a rather large tab during a drug filled binge with hookers. How large? $10,000 which should be chump change for him. The problem is his family cut him off. Why? Because of too much partying with hookers. I mean, if you can't spend your weekends snorting lines off a hookers ass what is the point of being an heir? Apparently Lapo did not understand the way for spoiled brats to make money in this country is to release a sex tape and then become independently wealthy. Have we learned nothing from the respectable success stories that are the Hiltons and Kardashians? Running up a bill you can't pay partying with a transgender escort is simply not the way to go. This is not the first time this has happened as back in 2005 Elkann barely survived a heroin and cocaine overdose when again he was partying with tranny prostitutes. You can't make this stuff up: Life must be pretty hard for this guy. Having a cushy executive job at FIAT due to nepotism and waiting to inherit a family fortune is just too tough of a life for some people. Source
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    12-02-2016, 08:12 PM
    The last time AudiBoost wrote about the USP Motorsports B5 S4 it just became the first 8 second Audi in the United States. This was just over two years ago as their shop S4 managed an incredible 8.973 @ 162.27 miles per hour. The record now is 8.893 @ 164.56. Just look at the record pass in the video below. This car is handful to hustle down the strip and that is putting mildly. As a reminder this car features a turbo VR6 engine swap. It makes over 900 horsepower to all four wheels. AudiBoost does not know if they changed anything on the setup or if conditions helped but this is a new record and a hell of a B5 S4.
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    12-01-2016, 06:41 PM
    This is rather strange. What is the point? The interior just looks awkward. Somebody decided they wanted to sit in the middle of their 997 cabrio so they pushed the dash, steering column, shifter, seat, etc., to the right. Why? Maybe they were trying to emulate a McLaren F1 style center cockpit with two rear seats on either side to make a three-seater? What other explanation is there really? If you want this, it's for sale. The seller is asking for $53,491 and you have to wonder who will pony that up: https://www.carfax.com/vehicles/WP0CB2A99AS754083-used-2010-porsche-911-carrera-s--roswell
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    Yesterday, 11:51 PM
    Auto Bild in Germany decided to do a drag race (poorly) the BMW F22 M240i and the Porsche 718 Cayman. This is the standard Cayman with a 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque 2.0 liter flat-four. It is giving up a liter and two cylinders to the F22 M240i B58 I6. Yet the lighter Cayman still wins. The PDK transmission no doubt helps. We do not get an in car view for whatever reason and you would think Auto Bild could do a bit better. There also isn't a video of the launch as they pan when the cars are already moving, strange. They also just provide the elapsed times and no trap speeds. Why do they suck so badly at this? Still, if you have an M240i and want to beat a Cayman or Cayman S, get a tune (and a downpipe).
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    11-30-2016, 06:53 PM
    $20,595 to drop 55 pounds off the curb weight of the 570S? That results in a very impressive 31XX pound curb weight but one has to wonder if it doesn't make more sense for owners to go on a diet rather than opt for the Track Pack option. The Track Pack option of course includes revised aerodynamics, new lightweight wheels, new carbon seats, and a telemetry system for roadcourse junkies that records laptimes. If you have the money, why not? What's another $20k? We say it makes more sense to buy the car used and spend that $20k on performance modifications that will blow this Track Pack out of the water.
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    Yesterday, 10:12 PM
    Twin turbo built motor Gallardo V10's and R8's make huge power, we all know that. They have for the most part been doing this on the factory block with reinforcements. A ground up billet V10 block design will be much stronger and be able to take a bigger beating and that is exactly what UGR and Dallas Performance are offering. Dallas Performance announced theirs first but UGR quickly fired back: Which design is better? Good question. Both are likely extremely capable and it probably comes down to preference and cost.
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    12-01-2016, 01:44 AM
    RW Carbon has aftermarket carbon fiber body pieces for a variety of cars. They are covering Mercedes-AMG models these days including the new W205 generation C63 AMG. Their pieces are high quality and priced well. It's a good way to add some aggression to the C63. The front spoiler is a Brabus style piece. It looks great and aggressive: They also have a DTM style carbon trunk spoiler: If that is too aggressive, this is a more mild trunk spoiler which fits all W205 models: Finally, the carbon fiber mirror covers: Just affordable and quality carbon body pieces for your W205 Mercedes C-Class.
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    12-01-2016, 12:22 AM
    This is simply a beautiful exhaust system. This full titanium (downpipe, mid-pipe, rear section) exhaust for the BMW F82 M4 from Innotech Performance Exhaust looks and sounds great. It also increases power and torque considerably. Plenty of exhausts look and sound pretty but do not have the performance credential to back up the superficial aspects. These are some very nice exhaust only gains: Gains throughout the whole curve plus a peak horsepower gain of 22 horsepower at the wheels on a conservative Mustang dyno. That is just with the exhaust only. With a tune, expect greater gains. Oh, and it saves almost 45 pounds over the factory exhaust too. If we're honest with ourselves we can admit the factory M4 exhaust leaves a lot to be desired. An aftermarket exhaust is practically necessary. This one ticks all the right boxes. Well, except the price. What does it cost? Probably way too much. It sure is nice setup though.
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    12-01-2016, 01:13 AM
    APR's 1.8/2.0 TSI/TFSI EA888 Gen 3 MQB Carbonio intake system was already available for the appropriate Volkswagen Golf and Audi A3 models. Well, you can now add the Audi TT and TTS to the list as APR developed an adapter to fit the intake. Here's a quick overview from APR on the system: Ok, so it's high quality, well engineered, and uses carbon fiber. What are the power gains? That graph is from a GTI which is front wheel drive but expect a similar curve on the TT. Gains will change based on supporting modifications as well but ultimately the intake is increasing the efficiency of the system and removing a bottleneck. The adapter is only $8.99 on top of the $449 price: http://www.goapr.com/products/intake_ea888_gen3_mqb.html Well worth the price of entry. Application Guide Make Models Engines * Requires the TT/TTS Adapter Audi A3 / S3 - (MK3 / Typ 8V) 1.8 TFSI & 2.0 TFSI Audi TT / TTS - (MK3 / Typ 8S)* 1.8 TFSI & 2.0 TFSI Seat Leon / Cupra - (MKIII / Typ 5F) 1.8 TSI & 2.0 TSI Skoda Octavia / vRS - (MKIII / Typ 5E) 1.8 TSI & 2.0 TSI Volkswagen Golf / GTI / Clubsport / ED40 / R / Alltrak - (MK7 / A7 / Typ 5G) 1.8 TSI & 2.0 TSI
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    11-30-2016, 07:22 PM
    BoostAddict posted several 675LT race videos as of late. Just over a week ago we saw this same McLaren 675LT go up against a Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 which it easily crushed. Now it takes a crack at a tuned Porsche 991.1 Turbo S. The 911 Turbo S has a GIAC ecu flash tune and Tubi cat-back exhaust system. The McLaren is stock. The Porsche just blows the McLaren away off the line. That's the beauty of its all wheel drive but the driver also has a much better reaction time which compounds the advantage. The 911 manages a 10.262 @ 131.8 so it wins the race but the 675LT is pulling much harder at 135.66 miles per hour despite its slower 10.575 elapsed time. With a better launch the McLaren should be able to win this race.
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    Today, 01:41 AM
    We all know the 918 Spyder is quick and fast. A PorscheBoost member has run 10 flat in his at 144+ miles per hour. We all also know Nissan GTR's can be upgraded to put out absurd horsepower. That hardly makes the car the 918's equal though. You can make anything fast in a straight line. Still, it certainly is impressive how quickly this GTR moves. Well, once it catches up. In the first run the 918 Spyder jumps and it takes the GTR a while to catch and pass it. The second run has a better start or the GTR and it pulls much more quickly. Now how about running them on a roadcourse and seeing what happens? Frankly, who cares. Is there really anyone on the planet that would rather have a Nissan GTR than the engineering masterpiece that is the 918 Spyder?
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    Yesterday, 11:31 PM
    The 2016 Formula 1 season was not exciting for some. Why? Because it was a foregone conclusion that Mercedes would win and their drivers would finish 1-2. The 2017 season is expected to be more competitive. Here is the list of changes taking place. Proposed bodywork changes for 2017 2016 2017 Tyres Front 245mm wide thread 305mm wide thread Rear 325mm wide thread 405mm wide thread Suspension Track 1800mm 2000mm Legs +/- 5 degrees profile incidence +/- 10 degrees profile incidence Front Wing Wing 1650mm span 1800mm span, swept plan view shape Endplates Simplified endplate legality Rear Wing Top wing 750mm wide, 950mm high 950mm wide, 800mm high Endplates Rectangular endplate Swept endplate in side view and tucked in front view Floor Steep plane 1400 max width; 1300mm min width; Edge radii <50mm constant 1600 max width; 1400mm min width; Edge radii <100mm variable Reference plane Starts 330mm behind front axle Starts 430mm behind front axle Plank Homogeneous Plank Pocketed plank for weight saving Diffuser 125mm high, 1000mm wide, starts at rear axle 175mm high, 1050 mm wide, starts 175mm ahead of rear axle Bodywork Width 1400mm max width 1600mm max width Sidepods No constraint Swept leading edge in top view Bardgeboards Big exclusion zone behind front wheels Reduced exclusions zone allowing for larger bargeboards Weight 702kg max weight 722kg max weight + tyres (est 5kg) The cars will be bigger, heavier, and faster. Tire widths are increasing significantly. Initial testing shows roughly 3-4 second quicker laptimes. That is a very significant difference. Will this lead to more overtaking? That is really the problem. If the fastest cars qualify in the top two spots overtaking them is practically impossible especially on tights circuits like Monaco. There are conflicting opinions on this topic: The engine token upgrade system will be scrapped but driver's will be limited to four engines from 2016's five engines. Boost pressure will also be capped. We'll see if these changes bring down costs and make Formula 1 more exciting. Chances are though we will still see those who spend big bucks dominating. Source
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    Today, 12:16 AM
    Back in October Pure Turbos announced a Stage 1 Turbocharger upgrade for the B58 3.0 liter I6 engine. The problem with the B58 engine is that it has a fuel cap limit around the 400 wheel horsepower mark. That is where Fuel-It! comes into the picture. This cap is software based so in the future it will likely be solved. How long that takes is anyone's guess but for now you can get around it in other ways. The results speak for themselves: We might see the B58 crack 500 whp pretty soon: The B58 may be the new N54.
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    Today, 01:52 AM
    It begins. Porsche, Audi, Ford, BMW, and Mercedes announced they will work on creating a standardized charging network along European highways. What does this mean? It means they are trying to become the standard for EV charging and it is a direct shot at Tesla which has been trying to expand into Europe. Imagine for a moment if Porsche, BMW, Audi, Ford, and Mercedes all decide on a charging standard for their cars that is not compatible with Tesla vehicles. Imagine if they have this network in place on European highways. Well, you can probably imagine Europeans would not opt for a car that would not be able to utilize this network. This is still far away but everyone involved here is not just entering into an agreement for fun. They are hedging their bets for the future and want to come up on top once gasoline and diesels are pushed aside (more accurately, outlawed). Porsche is aiming at launching their first all electric vehicle in 2020. If a charging network is in place by then it will be a strong incentive for European sales. Joint Venture to deploy a high-powered DC charging network for battery electric vehicles (BEV) covering long-distance travel routes in Europe Power levels up to 350 kW significantly reduce charging time compared to available systems Build-up of about 400 ultra-fast charging sites planned in Europe Network is based on the Combined Charging System (CCS) standard which uses a connector that is fully compatible with most current and next generations BEVs Unprecedented collaboration of the automakers would form a brand-independent network for charging infrastructure Stuttgart, November 29, 2016 – BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create the highest-powered charging network in Europe. The goal is the quick build-up of a sizable number of stations in order to enable long-range travel for battery electric vehicle drivers. This will be an important step towards facilitating mass-market BEV adoption. The projected ultra-fast high-powered charging network with power levels up to 350 kW will be significantly faster than the most powerful charging system deployed today. The build-up is planned to start in 2017. An initial target of about 400 sites in Europe is planned. By 2020 the customers should have access to thousands of high-powered charging points. The goal is to enable long-distance travel through open-network charging stations along highways and major thoroughfares, which has not been feasible for most BEV drivers to date. The charging experience is expected to evolve to be as convenient as refueling at conventional gas stations. The network will be based on Combined Charging System (CCS) standard technology. The planned charging infrastructure expands the existing technical standard for AC- and DC charging of electric vehicles to the next level of capacity for DC fast charging with up to 350 kW. BEVs that are engineered to accept this full power of the charge stations can recharge brand-independently in a fraction of the time of today’s BEVs. The network is intended to serve all CCS equipped vehicles to facilitate the BEV adoption in Europe. BMW Group“This high-power charging network provides motorists with another strong argument to move towards electric mobility”, says Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG. “The BMW Group has initiated numerous public charging infrastructure projects over the last years. The joint project is another major milestone clearly demonstrating that competitors are combining forces to ramp-up e-mobility.” Daimler AG“The breakthrough of e-mobility requires two things: convincing vehicles and a comprehensive charging infrastructure. With our new brand EQ, we are launching our electric product offensive: by 2025, our portfolio will include more than ten fully electric passenger cars. Together with our partners, we are now installing the highest-powered charging infrastructure in Europe”, says Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. "The availability of high-power stations allows long-distance e-mobility for the first time and will convince more and more customers to opt for an electric vehicle.” Ford Motor Company “A reliable, ultra-fast charging infrastructure is important for mass consumer adoption and has the potential to transform the possibilities for electric driving”, says Mark Fields, president and CEO, Ford Motor Company. “Ford is committed to developing vehicles and technologies that make people’s lives better, and this charging network will make it easier and more practical for customers across Europe to own electrified vehicles.” AUDI AG“We intend to create a network that allows our customers on long-distance trips to use a coffee break for recharging”, says Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG. “Reliable fast charging services are a key factor for drivers to choose an electric vehicle. With this cooperation we want to boost a broader market adoption of e-mobility and speed up the shift towards emission-free driving.” Porsche AG“There are two decisive aspects for us: ultra-fast charging and placing the charging stations at the right positions”, says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “Together, these two factors enable us to travel in an all-electrically powered car as in a conventional combustion engine vehicle. As automobile manufacturer, we actively shape our future, not only by developing all-electrically powered vehicles but by building up the necessary infrastructure as well.” The automobile manufacturers intend to make substantial investments to create the network, underscoring each company’s belief in the future of electric mobility. While the founding partners – BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and Volkswagen Group – will be equal partners in the Joint Venture, other automobile manufacturers will be encouraged to participate in the network to help establish convenient charging solutions for BEV customers. The Joint Venture is also open for cooperations with regional partners. The Joint Venture formation is subject to execution of definitive agreements and merger control approval in various jurisdictions.
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    You likely already know that Mercedes-AMG has an AMG GT3 race car. That vehicle utilizes the naturally aspirated 6.2 liter M156 powerplant. What engine does the GT4 have? Good question. Nobody except Mercedes-AMG seems to know the answer. Considering the start of the season with the 24 Hours of Daytona is not too far away it seems Mercedes-AMG will not be ready to deliver this car until well into 2017. Riley Motorsports will be the team running the car. Basically, this will be a car for customer racers to compete with. That is about all the Mercedes-AMG press release states at this time. It is very cool that AMG continues to expand its motorsports portfolio. Affalterbach (GER). The AMG Customer Sports involvement keeps growing continuously: the latest element is the development of a race car to GT4 regulations. At the occasion of the end-of-season celebration 2016 (Saturday, 3 December), Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH gave customer teams and drivers a first preview of the new Mercedes-AMG GT4. The Mercedes-AMG GT R that was presented this year is the basis for the development of the new race car. The top athlete in the Mercedes-AMG portfolio has excellent characteristics for motorsport purposes. Like with the AMG GT3 race car, particular user-friendliness and an excellent level of safety will be highly important goals during the development process of the new member of the AMG motorsport family. Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Management Board of Mercedes-AMG GmbH: “The development of the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is another important step in the continuing expansion of our Mercedes-AMG motorsport programme. The excellent feedback of our Customer Sports teams concerning the AMG GT3 and the increasing interest for GT4 race cars strengthened us in our decision. We are delighted to address an even larger target group of amateur and professional drivers and teams in the future with it.”& nbsp; Further information about AMG Customer Sports can be found at www.mercedes-amg.com/customersports
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    Today, 04:18 AM
    Nobody knows. But Mercedes are in a dificult spot there. Most drivers have a contract now. And those contracts are protected by the Contract Recognition Board, which is in place to protect both drivers and teams against such an event.. So that would mean big $$$ if they want to break somenone's contract. Other teams would want compensation if such a contract was broken. And the $15M to 20M budget Mercedes had for Nico can vanish real quick that way. The knowns for 2017 so far:
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    Today, 03:43 AM
    Yes,theyswitchedmechanicsonNico'srequest. Lewis didn't think much of it at the time.
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