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  • bigdnno98's Avatar
    01-20-2017, 09:58 AM
    So, President Trump tweeted recently that “If you go down Fifth Avenue everyone has a Mercedes Benz in front of his house, isn’t that the case?” Trump said to the German paper. “How many Chevrolet’s do you see in Germany? Not very many, maybe none at all,” he continued. “It’s a one-way street.” He also said, "If you want to build cars in the world, then I wish you all the best. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax,". Needless to say, the Germans weren't very happy. The German Vice Chancellor, responded with "build better cars". The official German response was Germany’s Deputy Chancellor and Minister for the Economy Sigmar Gabriel warned that a tax on German imports would lead to a “bad awakening.” “The US car industry would have a bad awakening if all the supply parts that aren’t being built in the US were to suddenly come with a 35% tariff. I believe it would make the US car industry weaker, worse and above all more expensive,” Gabriel said in a video interview with BILD. I’m a little perplexed by this. Does Trump not know that both BMW and Mercedes build cars in the U.S., and employ tens of thousands of Americans? Does he not know that GM sells Vauxhall and Opel cars in Europe? While I may have taken some economics classes in college, I’m certainly no expert. The tariff topic has been debated for decades. Does anyone on this forum think that cars imported from Mexico (put aside the fact that it would be a violation of NAFTA for the sake of the discussion), and China? Does anyone think that would push Americans to buy more American cars? Why is it that people of affluence buy Mercedes and BMW cars? Are they status symbols? Are they that much better than Cadillacs? Really Cadillac is all the Americans have to compete with the Germans for luxury. Does Trump know that Honda and Nissan both build cars here? I really laughed when I read the Germans response to Trump’s tweet, I think the topic is a serious one though. Do tariffs really help or is free trade better? Hmmmm
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-20-2017, 03:41 PM
    To be fair, BMW has a large plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This plant churns out BMW SUV's which are eaten up by the US market. The SUV segment is the only one which did not take a huge nosedive for BMW in 2016 in the United States. Trump's tariff rhetoric on cars built outside the country already had an effect on US manufacturers including Ford. As stated, BMW builds plenty of cars in the USA and employs close to 70,000 Americans but BMW also plans to open a new factory in Mexico in 2019. BMW's head of sales and marketing Ian Robertson stated the following: BMW makes more cars in Spartanburg than at any other BMW plant. It is true, their commitment to the US is strong. However, BMW intends to increase their volume significantly with cheap Mini variants. That is where the Mexican plant comes into the picture. Trump's response to BMW? BMW does not plan to make any changes at this time to its Mexican plant and other German manufacturers are continuing on with business as usual. It is important to note that the US is the largest car market for the Germans. BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, and others will not achieve their stated sales goals without it. We will have to see who gives in first.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2017, 01:07 AM
    Some nice changes here for the 'new' 2018 Ford Mustang. Really, this amounts to a facelift but it's a good one. The naturally aspirated V6 is gone and nobody is going to miss it. The Ecoboost I4 is a better choice and it gets a torque bump for 2018. What else is new? A magnetic ride suspension system. Oh, and how about a 10-speed automatic? This was already reported by BoostAddict as coming in November, last year. GM and Ford developed this automatic transmission together and the Ford Raptor gets a variant as well as new GM models such as the Camaro ZL1. It only makes sense for the Mustang to get a version. Somewhat of a surprise is direct fuel injection for the 5.0 Coyote. It is a dual-injection system with both port and direct fuel injection. This allows a bump in compression to 12.0:1 from 11.0:1. This leads one to believe there will be power and torque gains but Ford has yet to provide the official figures. The interior and exterior also get minor revisions. The car looks great overall but what we really want to see is if the 10-speed auto carries over for the GT350. That would really elevate the performance of the car. Excellent work by Ford updating the Mustang. NEW FORD MUSTANG OFFERS SLEEKER DESIGN, MORE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY AND IMPROVED PERFORMANCE Sleeker design: New Mustang features a more athletic look, with new front and rear-end design that deliver a leaner and meaner look and refined aerodynamics More advanced technology: New Mustang technologies include a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster that you can customize your way, MyMode with memory function that remembers your driving preferences for the next time you drive, and new driver-assist features such as Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection for increased confidence behind the wheel Improved Performance: Powerful engine upgrades, plus an all-new available 10-speed automatic transmission give Mustang even more performance, while available MagneRide™ suspension offers optimum handling; optional active valve exhaust affords complete auditory control – let the engine roar, or not LOS ANGELES, Calif., Jan. 17, 2017 – Today, Ford partnered with its ambassador of Service, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, to introduce the new Mustang – the world’s best-selling sports coupe and the company’s most advanced Mustang ever. A host of improvements including new technology and design changes give owners ways to customize Mustang to their preferences, even better performance from more powerful engines and new MagneRide™ suspension technology. Customers have more ways than ever to personalize Mustang to make it their own, with three new paint colors, 12 distinct wheel choices and a customizable digital instrument cluster. “The new Mustang is our best ever, based on more than 50 years as one of the iconic sports car in America and now, the world,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas. “Tapping Mustang’s enormous fan base, we’re bringing the new Mustang straight to the people – and introducing the new car across multiple social media channels, reaching millions.” Ford tapped Johnson to reveal the new Mustang to the world by giving one of the first models available to a deserving member of the military. A video of the debut was launched on Johnson’s social channels, including Youtube, Instagram and Facebook, where Mustang holds the title for the most-popular car with more than 8.4 million ‘likes.’ Technology for greater personalization Mustang makes available Ford’s first 12-inch all-digital LCD screen in the dashboard. This all-new customizable instrument cluster can be easily personalized, offering three separate views. Customers can personalize the displays for normal, sport and track mode. All-new Mustang MyMode with memory function allows customers to save their favorite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences. The new Mustang is so customizable that even its engine note can be adjusted. Delivering an audible experience like never before, an all-new active valve exhaust system is optional on Mustang GT, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range. For the first time, Mustang benefits from a vast array of Ford driver-assist technology. Customers can feel more confident than ever behind the wheel with new features like Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and Driver Alert System. Ford SYNC® Connect with FordPass™ is available on Mustang for the first time. When using the FordPass® app for smartphones, drivers can start, lock, unlock and locate their car for ultimate convenience. Ultimate performance Performance is at the core of Mustang DNA, offering drivers a unique thrill of acceleration and cornering for the ultimate fun-to-drive experience. On all models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabilizer bars bring sharper response and handling. MagneRide damper technology is a new option with the Mustang Performance Package to optimize ride and handling in all situations. The proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine continues to offer outstanding performance advantages versus the outgoing 3.7-liter V6. Using Ford’s transient overboost technology uniquely calibrated for Mustang, torque is increased for wide-open throttle acceleration. Ford’s legendary 5.0-liter V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked. It is more powerful and revs higher than any Mustang GT before. This power increase was achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency. The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation. A new 10-speed automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered. With a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, this all-new gearbox helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance. Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses. The all-new electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling to ensure the right gear at the right time. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers maximum manual control. Energy in the design Overall, the car’s exterior design is now more athletic, with a lower, remodeled hood and grille that deliver a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for hood vents. For the first time the entire Mustang line will feature all-LED front lights including signature lighting, low-beams, turn signals, efficient projector high-beams and available fog lamps. The rear of the car gets revised LED taillamps for a more technical look, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler. Dual-tip exhaust is standard for EcoBoost® Mustang, while V8-powered Mustang GT gets a standard quad-tip exhaust. With a dozen available alloy wheel designs and fresh exterior color choices – including all-new signature Orange Fury – enthusiasts can order a Mustang with the look they’re after. Improved touch points and visual cues with a more premium look and feel characterize the new cockpit. The center console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminum. Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns and color choices, the instrument panel sports an updated Mustang badge and there’s a new key fob design. A heated steering wheel is optional. Ford’s most advanced Mustang ever goes on sale in North America this fall.
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  • ///MPOSTER's Avatar
    01-17-2017, 10:45 PM
    Not sure if this is a member here.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-20-2017, 10:42 PM
    Many of you know of Enzo Performance which was a vendor on this automotive network. The shop is now Enzo Racing: http://tunedbyenzo.com. Enzo Iadevaia who is the founder and owner contacted BoostAddict to clear the air on questions regarding the shop and direction. First, let's start with where they are located. Address:1139 Station Rd. Unit 1, Medford NY 11763 Phone: 631.920.6699 Now what services do they offer? Well, it's basically a one stop shop. - Maintenance - Tuning - Installs - Custom fabrication - Suspension work - Track setups - Custom builds - Certified technicians, fabricators and specialists. - Latest diagnostic tools and software. - In house milling and turning capability. - Dedicated lounge area with WiFi, coffee and entertainment. - Mainline 1800AWD Dyno, room exhaust and controlled environment. - Full race prep and fabrication —tune, chassis, motor and electronics. - Ample and bright 7,500ft2 facility with clean floors, tools and lifts. - Smoke free shop and white-glove care - All vehicles are protected during work and always stored overnight. Here are a few examples of Enzo Racing's work from mild to wild: Custom exhausts: F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 ECU tune: Porsche 997 1200R: Gallardo 1800R: Custom EnzoTuned™ ECU Calibration Twin GT35 Garrett turbochargers (Tial wastegates and blow-off valves) Enzo Racing X-Pipe Exhaust system (Lightweight aircraft-quality metals, custom stainless steel Enzo Racing tips) Enzo Racing intercooler system (Custom carbon air duct) EnzoTuned™ Engine Management (Syvecs S12 Control Unit on 1200R+) Enzo Racing fuel system Enzo Racing Forged Engine Billet Intake Manifold Race Cylinder Heads PPG Billet 1-6 Gearset and Drop Gears Heavy Duty Axle Upgrade Exclusive, high-quality Twin Turbo R+ exterior badging Individualized and serialized temper-proof authenticity label Optional Toyo Proxes R888 tires Various options for component finishes available Individualized and serialized temper-proof authenticity label with actual dyno results 1 year/12,000 mile Limited Warranty and Support McLaren 750R: As you can see, you can go from an ECU tune to a full motor build with turbos if you like. It's really up to you, your goals, and your checkbook. Now as far as the name change, let's cover what took place and what one can expect going forward. That should answer everyone's questions and provide plenty of details. Those in the area looking for a performance shop should definitely take a look at Enzo Racing: http://tunedbyenzo.com/
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-21-2017, 11:12 PM
    Almost 700 lb-ft of torque at the wheels from the factory S55 turbochargers? That is what DME Tuning is claiming based on their Dynojet run although they did not post the whole run with the correction factor. One of the limitations with relying on Instagram to provide the whole picture. We do not have the whole picture here but we do know is the a JB4 + DME Tuning S55 ECU back end flash stack. This is a popular recipe in the N54 tuning world but we are seeing more and more of it in F80 M3 and F82 M4 tuning. It's hard to argue with the peak figures here but no log is provided along with no boost readout or correction factor. When making claims like these it is best to provide too much data, not too little. What else do we know? The car has downpipes, an MSR intake, MSR charge pipes, and a stock exhaust system past the downpipes. They claim 100 octane race fuel with no methanol injection. Hopefully more details and data emerge.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2017, 01:42 AM
    The wait is over as to who will take Nico Rosberg's seat. After Rosberg announced his surprise retirement, the search was on. Speculation ran rampant and Lewis Hamilton stated he did not want a big name to replace Rosberg which came off as insecure. Well, perhaps Hamilton will be fine with Valtteri Bottas. The 27 year old Finn formerly drove for Williams. Interestingly, Felipe Massa will come out of retirement to take Valterri's place at Williams. There are no details on the compensation or length of the contract but it seems to be a one year deal with team options. Bottas likely won't be paid anything like Hamilton meaning whether Mercedes-AMG admits it or not they have a driver hierarchy established. Bottas has yet to win a race. That likely will change in 2017.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2017, 01:31 AM
    The wait is over as to who will take Nico Rosberg's seat. After Rosberg announced his surprise retirement, the search was on. Speculation ran rampant and Lewis Hamilton stated he did not want a big name to replace Rosberg which came off as insecure. Well, perhaps Hamilton will be fine with Valtteri Bottas. The 27 year old Finn formerly drove for Williams. Interestingly, Felipe Massa will come out of retirement to take Valterri's place at Williams. There are no details on the compensation or length of the contract but it seems to be a one year deal with team options. Bottas likely won't be paid anything like Hamilton meaning whether Mercedes-AMG admits it or not they have a driver hierarchy established. Bottas has yet to win a race. That likely will change in 2017.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2017, 12:33 AM
    Automatic TCU flash tuning for E9X BMW's including diesel N57's and gasoline N54/N55's is almost here. xHP is working diligently and as this demo shows their product is working. This software is not complete but you can already see the shifts are firmed up a bit. They state the following: This is an Android based TCU flashing tool. You go into the app store can flash OTS (off the shelf) maps provided by xHP. The launch for the N57/M57 diesel models is expected next month with the N54 and then N55 motors following in March.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-20-2017, 10:33 PM
    Many of you know of Enzo Performance which was a vendor on this automotive network. The shop is now Enzo Racing: http://tunedbyenzo.com. Enzo Iadevaia who is the founder and owner contacted BoostAddict to clear the air on questions regarding the shop and direction. First, let's start with where they are located. Address:1139 Station Rd. Unit 1, Medford NY 11763 Phone: 631.920.6699 Now what services do they offer? Well, it's basically a one stop shop. - Maintenance - Tuning - Installs - Custom fabrication - Suspension work - Track setups - Custom builds - Certified technicians, fabricators and specialists. - Latest diagnostic tools and software. - In house milling and turning capability. - Dedicated lounge area with WiFi, coffee and entertainment. - Mainline 1800AWD Dyno, room exhaust and controlled environment. - Full race prep and fabrication —tune, chassis, motor and electronics. - Ample and bright 7,500ft2 facility with clean floors, tools and lifts. - Smoke free shop and white-glove care - All vehicles are protected during work and always stored overnight. Here are a few examples of Enzo Racing's work from mild to wild: Custom exhausts: F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 ECU tune: Porsche 997 1200R: Gallardo 1800R: Custom EnzoTuned™ ECU Calibration Twin GT35 Garrett turbochargers (Tial wastegates and blow-off valves) Enzo Racing X-Pipe Exhaust system (Lightweight aircraft-quality metals, custom stainless steel Enzo Racing tips) Enzo Racing intercooler system (Custom carbon air duct) EnzoTuned™ Engine Management (Syvecs S12 Control Unit on 1200R+) Enzo Racing fuel system Enzo Racing Forged Engine Billet Intake Manifold Race Cylinder Heads PPG Billet 1-6 Gearset and Drop Gears Heavy Duty Axle Upgrade Exclusive, high-quality Twin Turbo R+ exterior badging Individualized and serialized temper-proof authenticity label Optional Toyo Proxes R888 tires Various options for component finishes available Individualized and serialized temper-proof authenticity label with actual dyno results 1 year/12,000 mile Limited Warranty and Support McLaren 750R: As you can see, you can go from an ECU tune to a full motor build with turbos if you like. It's really up to you, your goals, and your checkbook. Now as far as the name change, let's cover what took place and what one can expect going forward. That should answer everyone's questions and provide plenty of details. Those in the area looking for a performance shop should definitely take a look at Enzo Racing: http://tunedbyenzo.com/
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-18-2017, 06:52 PM
    You might be saying to yourself, only 110 awhp from a ETS (Extreme Turbo Systems) 5.2 liter LP560 Gallardo twin turbo kit? Keep in mind this is on a Mustang dynamometer which is conservative and that the boost is hardly even turned up at only 4.5 psi. A stock internal Gallardo V10 can make 900+ horsepower to the wheels with turbos. On a Dynojet, one put down 950 to the wheels at 10 psi of boost. At 4 psi, it made 651. Keep in mind that is with a rear wheel drive dyno on a Dynojet in SAE correction which is quite friendly for numbers. We need to see the boost on this car cranked up.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-19-2017, 05:06 PM
    The weight of the 6th generation Camaro has dropped compared to the 5th generation. It is not exactly a light car and in ZL1 trim hits 3926 pounds (with 54/46 front to back weight distribution) but the manual transmission Camaro SS comes in at 3589 pounds. This is an independent weight test and it shows almost 50/50 weight distribution. Not having a blower or all the additional cooling necessary sure makes a large difference in overall weight and the weight on the nose of the car. Now compare this to the 2015 Mustang GT 6-Speed: 3718 pounds. An advantage for the Camaro at least as far as SS vs. GT is concerned. It will be interesting to see how the upcoming GT500 stacks up against the ZL1.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-19-2017, 05:12 PM
    The weight of the 6th generation Camaro has dropped compared to the 5th generation. It is not exactly a light car and in ZL1 trim hits 3926 pounds (with 54/46 front to back weight distribution) but the manual transmission Camaro SS comes in at 3589 pounds. This is an independent weight test and it shows almost 50/50 weight distribution. Not having a blower or all the additional cooling necessary sure makes a large difference in overall weight and the weight on the nose of the car. Now compare this to the 2015 Mustang GT 6-Speed: 3718 pounds. An advantage for the Camaro at least as far as SS vs. GT is concerned. It will be interesting to see how the upcoming GT500 stacks up against the ZL1.
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    01-19-2017, 05:41 PM
    The Dodge Challenger Demon Hellcat has everyone speculating. Dodge emphasizes the car is about elapsed time and 1/4 mile performance. BoostAddict hoped this meant all wheel drive from the upcoming Hellcat Jeep but it looks like the emphasis is weight reduction instead. That is exactly what the teaser video below shows with the Demon getting on the scales. What we gather from this is that Dodge will offer more rubber and less weight along with a factory cage. Is it cool? Sure. Not as cool as an all wheel drive option though.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-19-2017, 12:45 AM
    The replacement for the 650S/675LT is on the way and shaping up very well. The car will be unveiled at the Geneva auto show in March. Expect a revised twin turbo V8 along with a very low curb weight. The word on the street is the car will come in around 2800 pounds dry. That is in part thanks to this new carbon monocoque. In addition to being roughly 20 kilograms lighter than the previous design it will offer a lower center of gravity. Apparently, the P14 will have technological aspects to it that even exceed the P1. Geneva is going to be exciting.
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    01-19-2017, 07:57 PM
    BenzBoost wrote an article about the strongest M133 last week regarding a 442 wheel horsepower GLA45 AMG with the Pure Turbos M133 turbo upgrade. That is the stock internal M133 record. An EPD Motorsports Stage 4 A45 AMG with a built motor holds the overall record. This A45 AMG with the EPDMS Stage 4 turbo upgrade produced 536 horsepower and 499 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels: Impressive, certainly. However, we would like to see the raw Dynojet graph and the correction factor used. What other mods are employed? PPM M133 pistons and rods as well as methanol injection. An AMS heat exchanger is also utilized. Tuning is by CSPT. EPD Motorsports showed impressive M133 results previously but this is a whole new level. However, they have not shown anyone in the US running this product and their communication based on BenzBoost's personal experience could use work. Not to mention that they do not have a working website. Hopefully we will see more independent results but the M133 continues to impress. World Record M133 45AMG Stock : 329whp / 311wtq Stage4 : 536whp / 499wtq
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    01-20-2017, 06:00 PM
    Ford released official picture of the convertible Mustang GT shortly after the coupe debuted. Somehow the convertible looks even better but the real focus here is not as much the styling but the technological changes. The dual fuel injection system on the Coyote V8 and the bump in compression to 12.0:1 is a big deal. As is the optional 10-speed automatic transmission. These are great upgrades to a car already offering great value. You also get a digital gauge cluster, suspension upgrades, styling upgrades, etc. The 2018 Ford Mustang is a winner.
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