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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2016, 08:34 PM
    There is no stopping the Viper ACR. It is a track animal bent on destroying whatever dares come across its path. The M4 GTS? The Shelby GT350R? The Porsche 911 Carrera S? The new Acura NSX? The McLaren 570S? All simply lambs led to the slaughter. Emphasis on slaughter. Just look at what the Viper ACR did around Laguna Seca in the hands on Randy Pobst: 1. Dodge Viper ACR - 1:31.58 2. Audi R8 V10 Plus - 1:34.23 3. McLaren 570S - 1:34.58 4. Mercedes-AMG GT S - 1:35.30 5. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R - 1:36.11 6. Acura NSX - 1:36.36 7. Porsche 911 Carrera S - 1:36.44 8. Nissan GT-R - 1:37.08 9. BMW M4 GTS - 1:37.66 10. Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE - 1:37.78 11. Jaguar F-Type SVR - 1:38.75 12. Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - 1:41.77 It is almost a full three seconds faster than the next car up which is the Audi R8 V10 Plus. That is a beatdown. The Viper ACR is just on another level and it's amazing this car does not get more respect. Now, it is interesting to contrast MotorTrend's results at Laguna Seca to Car and Driver's results at VIR (Virginia International Raceway). The R8 V10 showed very weakly in Car and Driver's hands yet it is the second quickest car here with Randy Pobst at the wheel. When we say Car and Driver's hands we mean their staff who simply is not on Randy's level when it comes to driving prowess. Car and Driver's Lightning Lap is a good comparison but it is not as scientific as MotorTrend's (which also isn't perfect) due to taking place on multiple days with multiple drivers. MotorTrend uses Pobst at Laguna Seca with the cars running on the same day. That is a big difference. As is the fact VIR rewards power in the lap time more than the shorter and tighter Laguna Seca. What do we learn? That the M4 GTS get its ass handed to it by the Mustang GT350R yet again. It loses at VIR, it loses at Laguna Seca, and it is simply safe to say the GT350R is the superior track performer anywhere. Yes, at a fraction of the price. When you bring the M4 GTS asking price into the argument the car looks like a joke. Is its laptime respectable? Sure, if beating a Camaro SS that comes in at less than 1/3 of the money by a tenth of a second is respectable. The AMG GT S is cheaper, the 911 Carrera S is cheaper, the Nissan GT-R is cheaper, the Mustang GT350R is cheaper, and the Viper ACR is cheaper. What do they all have in common? They are all better performance cars than the M4 GTS. The Mercedes-AMG GT S deserves honorable mention beating the stout GT350R as well as the incredible new Porsche 911 Carrera S. Considering the GT S is not even anywhere near as hardcore as the GT model line gets, that is impressive. Enjoy the videos of the laps below with impressions from Pobst. The winner of the competition will be announced shortly. If we were to guess, the Carrera S is the favorite.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-24-2016, 04:48 PM
    We all know the Tesla Model S P100D is quick off the line. GPS test numbers showed 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and 0-100 in 6.5. The 1/4 mile trap speed on the VBOX used for the GPS numbers showed 124.5 GPS trap speed timing often inflates trap speeds versus real world drag strip numbers. That is the case here. The Tesla is still fast but on an actual strip runs 10.825 @ 122.93. The Huracan manages 10.843 @ 127.23. The two cars and very close and it really comes down to reaction time for the win. The Tesla is hard to beat right off the line but you can see just how much harder the Huracan is pulling past the 1/8 mile. From a roll, the Tesla has no chance. Certainly impressive performance from the P100D but it is a bit of a one trick pony.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-20-2016, 02:36 AM
    This should be a fairly even drag race. A tuned Mercedes-Benz R230 generation SL600 is capable of 11 flat in the 1/4 mile in the mid 125 mile per hour range. Going from a dig is good for the SL considering the massive torque from the twin turbo M275 V12 especially with an ECU tune. The GT3 RS is obviously much lighter. Roughly 1300 pounds lighter. That is a huge difference but the GT3 RS 4.0 liter flat-6 is naturally aspirated. It's a high revver and definitely not a torque monster. The PDK dual clutch transmission certainly helps. A standard 991 GT3 runs 11.3 @ 122.9 in the 1/4 mile. The GT3 RS is slightly quicker and faster but it also generates much more downforce increasing drag. On paper, this should be close. In practice the result is a bit odd as the SL gets a jump but instead of holding the lead the GT3 RS quickly mitigates it and pulls. The SL600 starts to reel in the GT3 RS at higher speeds which makes sense considering the drag of the GT3 RS aero pieces but the GT3 wins decisively. Maybe the SL600 simply has a weak tune?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-24-2016, 01:40 AM
    With MotorTrend wrapping up their Best Driver's Car 2016 competition having all the cars together provides for a great opportunity to do a big drag race. They have been doing this every year for the past six years following the competition and who can blame them for the extra content? Obviously, some of these cars are more at home on the roadcourse (*cough* Viper ACR *cough*) than the dragstrip and that should be the focus but this drag race is undeniably fun. While they call this the world's greatest drag race (such creative self-promotion guys) it does not take place on an actual prepped drag strip. They use the tarmac at the defunct El Toro airbase in Irvine, California. This surface does not lend itself well to the rear wheel drive cars and MotorTrend doesn't seem capable of putting on the world's best roll on race to get both perspectives. Ok, ok, enough nitpicking but it is important to highlight the conditions in a drag race. They throw in a Charger Hellcat and cut the Aston Martin (lame) for good measure and we're off. No surprise that on the dusty old runway the all wheel drive vehicles lead of the line. Now, as this is not done a dragstrip do not take these 1/4 mile times as representative of what you can hit on the strip. They are timing the cars electronically and the times are inflated due to this. We have yet to see a stock Huracan or R8 V10 Plus top 130 in the 1/4 mile on the dragstrip. Now, due to the traction issues let's list the cars in order of trap speed to truly get an idea of who is the fastest in a straight line: McLaren 570S - 132.0 Audi R8 V10+ - 130.3 AMG GT-S - 126.7 Viper ACR - 124.7 Acura NSX - 123.6 Nissan GT-R - 123.4 Jag F-type SVR - 122.7 Porsche 911S - 120.5 Shelby GT350R - 118.9 BMW M4 GTS - 118.8 Camaro 1LE - 114.2 The 570S is the real straight line champ and if you actually properly launch it you will watch it destroy an R8 V10 Plus in a drag race.
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  • RENNtech's Avatar
    09-19-2016, 10:13 AM
    With the newest update of their Software Upgrade for the M278 – 4.7L V8 BiTurbo, RENNtech boosts the 550-Series to AMG Power Levels. The RENNtech upgraded M278 now produces 540 HP and 705 LB-FT at crank. Compared to power numbers by Mercedes-Benz, the 550 gains up to 138 HP and 262 LB-FT. This Software update delivers up to 10 HP and 99 LB-FT more than the previous version. The vast amount of increased torque across the entire RPM range gives the 550 an extra edge to compete with AMG powered vehicles. All this without sacrificing around town comfort and daily driver reliability. The M278 – 550 engine is currently offered for the W222 – S Class, C217 – S Coupé/Cabriolet, C207 – E Coupé/Cabriolet, C218 – CLS Class, X166 – GLS SUV and R231 – SL Class. The updated RENNtech software will also be shipped for the discontinued models, the W221 – S Class, W212 – E Class, C216 – CL Class, W166 – ML Class and X166 – GL Class. In addition to the updated ECU Upgrade, RENNtech is releasing the all new ‘RENNtech 550 Sport Package’. Included in this all-around transformation package are ECU-Upgrade, Carbon-Fiber Decklid Spoiler and Stainless Steel Sport Mufflers. Optional are your choice of RENNtech Deep Monolite Wheels in Brushed Aluminum or Gunmetal. Currently available for select models. 550 – M278 | 4.7L V8 BiTurbo Stock Performance: *W212-E, C207-E, C218-CLS Rated by Mercedes-Benz: 402 HP @ 5,000-5,750 RPM | 443 LB-FT @ 1,600-4,750 RPM Rated by RENNtech: 435 HP @ 4,900 RPM | 508 LB-FT @ 2,350-3,650 RPM *W222-S, C217-S, R231-SL, C216-CL Rated by Mercedes-Benz: 449 HP @ 5,250-5,550 RPM | 516 LB-FT @ 1,800-3,500 RPM Rated by RENNtech: 469 HP @ 4,900 RPM | 563 LB-FT @ 2,350-3,650 RPM 550 – M278 | 4.7L V8 BiTurbo RENNtech Upgraded Performance: *Applies to all Models, crank power calculation based on 17% Drivetrain loss on 4-MATIC models and 14% Drivetrain loss on RWD models Rated by RENNtech: 540 HP @ 4,500 RPM | 705 LB-FT @ 2,850-3,450 RPM Check our website for more information. Click here.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-23-2016, 05:10 AM
    That is according to MotorTrend of course. After the testing of the lap times at Laguna Seca and the subjective impressions were factored in McLaren's 570S came out on top. The BMW F82 M4 GTS on the other hand finished second to last and we can officially call the car a failure at this point. If you want to check out the laptimes and videos click here. The subjective impressions rank the cars as follows: 1st - McLaren 570S 2nd - Shelby GT350R 3rd - Porsche 911S 4th - Camaro 1LE 5th - Viper ACR 6th - AMG GT-S 7th - Audi R8 V10+ 8th - Acura NSX 9th - Jag F-type SVR 10th - Nissan GT-R 11th - BMW M4 GTS 12th - AM V12 Vantage S The Nissan GT-R in 10th place is about right considering it is a soulless robot that best excels at going from a dig with power upgrades. That's really where it has made its name and please do not act like it is a great driver's car or track weapon. It's a heavy soulless robot with little driver involvement. The McLaren 570S on the other hand is a lithe and technologically advanced driver's tool. It's also light at 3188 pounds and incredibly fast in a straight line. It's hard to beat but it also costs over $200k as tested. Yikes. 2016 McLaren 570S BASE PRICE $187,400 PRICE AS TESTED $219,770 VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 3.8L/562-hp/443-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8 TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto. CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,188 lb (42/58%) WHEELBASE 105.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 178.3 x 75.4 x 47.3 in 0-60 MPH 2.8 sec QUARTER MILE 10.7 sec @ 132.0 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 97 ft 0-100-0 MPH 10.1 sec LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.04 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 23.0 sec @ 0.93 g (avg) 2.2-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 94.58 sec EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 16/23/19 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/147 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.05 lb/mile POWER @ RPM 562 hp @ 7,500 rpm TORQUE @ RPM 443 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm SUSPENSION F;R Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; control arms, multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar BRAKES, F;R 15.5-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc; 15.0-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc, ABS Ferrari and Lamborghini wouldn't even play which makes us respect McLaren all that much more. Ferrari is simply a bitch when it comes to these comparisons. Unless they can control all the variables they won't participate. They are not run by enthusiasts and frankly do not deserve the business of enthusiasts. Posers on the other hand should continue to line up and bend over just to get f@#ked by dealers offering them the illusion that the artificially over inflated price they paid for their prancing horse is worth it. The overrated Italians are scared of the Viper ACR. They should be, it owned everyone. Ferrari even tries to hold it back. What a bunch of insecure Italian douchebags. Does the ACR really deserve to be 5th? Allow me to translate that for you: The Viper is loud and scary. It's the best driver's tool but we're a bunch of old men that have gone soft. We readily admit it's the best at doing what this competition is about, driving, but it's just too much car and too involving. Seriously, grow a pair MotorTrend. Reward Dodge for making a car that scared Ferrari and Lamborghini into staying home under the bed peeking out from time to time to make sure there isn't an ACR driving by. What about the F82 M4 GTS? Everyone should be sick and tired of hearing about this $134k failure from BMW. Just shut up about it already. It's hot garbage. The M in M4 GTS stands for Mistake not Motorsport. If that's the best BMW M can do for $134k when producing a dedicated high performance track car you might as well just shut the whole thing down and send everyone to work at 'i' instead. 'i' don't care anymore and neither should you. Let's to get real performance cars now and the one that should have won. The Shelby GT350R. Is it a higher performance driver's car than the McLaren 570S? No. Is it a better driver's car? Arguably, yes. When you factor in the amazing (and unique) powerplant along with the sticker price you scratch your head wondering how Ford pulled this car off. It's manual only. No dual clutch and no nonsense. Only real driver's should apply. Shouldn't that bump it up in a driver's car competition? How about that it beats up on more expensive cars? How about that it is the first production car with carbon fiber wheels? How about that the Americans are delivering engines that even Ferrari states are no longer economically feasible? Sure, it's not perfect but when you factor in the entire package the Shelby GT350R truly deserves the victory over something like the McLaren 570S that is purchased by spoiled brats. The fact it is American and the Americans are producing the best performance cars for the money today is just icing on the cake. The GT350R may not be MotorTrend's winner, but it's ours. 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R BASE PRICE $63,495 PRICE AS TESTED $66,990 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 5.2L/526-hp/429-lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-8 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,711 lb (54/46%) WHEELBASE 107.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 189.7 x 75.9 x 53.6 in 0-60 MPH 4.0 sec QUARTER MILE 12.2 sec @ 118.9 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 101 ft 0-100-0 MPH 12.5 sec LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.08 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 23.3 sec @ 0.87 g (avg) 2.2-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 96.11 sec EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 14/21/16 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 241/160 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.18 lb/mile POWER @ RPM 526 hp @ 7,500 rpm TORQUE @ RPM 429 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm SUSPENSION F;R Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar BRAKES, F;R 15.5-in vented, drilled disc; 15.0-in vented, drilled disc, ABS
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-20-2016, 05:18 PM
    The Camaro SS arguably should be going up against the C63 and not the C43. It is impossible for it to go up against a B9 RS5 as there is no B9 RS5 on the market yet so the brand new B9 S5 is the logical Audi representation. The new S5 has a potent and impressive 355 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque twin scroll single turbo 3.0 V6. It should be an Audi tuner's dream. Speaking of which, it is going to need a tune to beat these cars. It is not surprising the Camaro SS is the quickest of the bunch. What is surprising is that the Mercedes C43 beats the S5. The Mercedes does not even have a true AMG powerplant but a 367 horsepower slightly tweaked M276 DELA30 twin turbo V6. Unfortunately, as this is Autobild and they do not understand that trap speeds would be very telling in a drag race comparison including rear wheel drive V8 but we only get elapsed times because they suck at this: Camaro: 12.60 C43: 12.84 S5: 12.94 The Audi brings up the rear which is surprising. Maybe it's a bit heavier than Audi let on?
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  • Alpine 318is's Avatar
    09-19-2016, 03:51 PM
    Hello, I bought this exhaust from Graphite9 for my turbo build. After buying a supercharged car and selling my turbo kit this is left over. From his for sale thread: "3" full mandrel bent exhaust, with hi flo cat and magnaflow res/muffler" "3" mandrel bent exhaust, with trm ccv, and vibrant ccv pipes, capped, one new o2, magnaflow cat, magnaflow resonator, and magnaflow muffler. Stupid thick 3/8" flanges, and gaskets, never leaked, rattled or anything like that. It was $1350 to build" The only thing that is different about the exhaust now is that there is no O2 sensor included. I'm asking $800 for the exhaust plus shipping from 98033. Located in Kirkland, WA and would prefer a localish sale. Can travel a bit to make a deal work. Paypal or Venmo. Thanks!
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  • coinage's Avatar
    09-19-2016, 06:13 PM
    coinage started a thread For Sale: S54 E46 M3 turbo starter kit in Buy/Sell - Parts
    Here is a good kit to get you started on a big HP e46 m3 turbo setup. Everything is in good working condition and no way you will get close to building a setup remotely close to this price. Main parts included: ProEFI ECU setup Saad Racing Fuel system Doc Race turbo manifold HPF turbo inlet + filter Whats needed to complete: Injectors Turbo Downpipe Intercooler/charge piping Intake manifold PRICE $4500 SHIPPED - ProEFI 128 E46 M3 package- Cost $4,500+ New Package includes: Pro128 Standalone ECU E46 M3 Adapter Harness for Pro128- **SOME MODIFICATIONS MADE TO HARNESS for VANOS/ DBW control** E46 ECU Bracket w/ Inj Resistor Packs, Ignitors, and harness 5 Bar Map sensor Wideband O2 sensor kit- Sensor is brand new Fuel Pressure 150psi sensor iBoost system (works with factory Cruise Control buttons!) CAN display CAN Cable if you would like the option to hook your ProEFI up to a laptop. Traction toggle switch Half Moon trigger wheels if you want the ProEFI to control VANOS and DBW ________________________________________________________ - Saad Racing E46 M3 Stage 2 Fuel System- Just pulled this off my car, not needed anymore since the car is NA again. This fuel system can support over 1000whp and IS E85 compatible. **THIS DOES NOTE INCLUDE ANY INJECTORS** Currently has a Walbro 255 in place of the stock pump and a 2 stage on demand Bosch 044 inline pumps This probably has 5-10,000 miles on it and e85 has been ran through it, That said, in my mind it wouldn’t hurt to put a new fuel filter on and all new pumps. Cost new- $3,595 Includes: Twin Bosch 044 Fuel Pumps Saad mandrel-bent fuel lines Braided SS Teflon hose 10AN fuel filter Wire harness Plug/Play with ProEFI Fuel pump check valves Modified fuel rail Modified fuel pump assembly Adjustable Fuel Pressure Regulator Saad Fuel Pump Brackets Saad FPR Bracket Features: E85 compatible components Hard lines constructed of mandrel-bent stainless steel __________________________________________________________ - Doc Race Tubular bottom mount turbo manifold- BRAND NEW Costs $1800 new The S54 T4 Tubular bottom-mount turbo manifold is a mid-mount design that places the turbocharger strategically in the E46 engine compartment. This is also an upgrade to your current Horsepower Freaks bottom-mount Turbo-kit. Limitations within the cast bottom-mount and plate manifolds, this tubular version will aid in spool and carry your turbochargers abilities throughout the entire RPM range. **This manifold comes Open T4 flange and no wastegate port. Wastegate should be welded onto turbine housing ___________________________________________________________ HPF Carbon Fiber turbo inlet with AFe filter Will work with HPF cast manifold, steed speed manifold or Doc Race bottom mount manifold
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-23-2016, 06:40 AM
    There are turbo upgrade options out there in the AMG 5.5 liter V8 world. Most of you know about them and they are solid options but there is no true value option. Well, Pure Turbos decided to enter the M157 market with an upgrade for the OEM turbo housings. What is the pricing? How much power? These details are not available yet but will be soon: The main thing to take away here is that more competition is a good thing and Pure Turbos will likely offer the best turbo upgrade value in the segment.
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  • BeastMode335i's Avatar
    09-23-2016, 08:20 AM
    I've upgraded to LCI tails so these must go.. No chips or breaks anywhere... Located in Fort Myers, FL Asking $240 picked up or $275 shipped, Thanks!
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