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    • And the BMW N54 horsepower record officially stands at 725 wheel horsepower - E92 335i with Vargas VTX-R 63 Stage 3 turbo upgrade, Cobb Flash, and PTF Pro Tune

      Well, it seems the back and forth of N54 tuning horsepower records is over... for now. Earlier this month Vargas Turbo Tech and Pro Tuning Freaks (with a Cobb flash) set the N54 hosrepower record at 693 wheel horsepower. That basically obliterated what anyone else had hit on this platform. A competing tuner with a single turbo (the Vargas VTX63 upgrade consists of twin turbos) N54 upgrade kit out of nowhere pulled out suspect numbers that eeked out a few more wheel horsepower.

      This became an ego pissing match of sorts but Vargas and Pro Tuning Freaks went back to the dyno to make some adjustments and managed to surprisingly quickly and easily take the horsepower record right back (and where it rightfully belongs due to the breakthrough being thanks to the Vargas work with the High Pressure Fuel Pump) with a 725 wheel horsepower pull.

      A video is included below along with two graphs. The E92 335i is equipped with a Pro Tuning Freaks pro tuning using the Cobb flash system, 109 octane race gas, meth injection, and of course the Vargas Turbo Technologies VTX-R 63 (GTX2863R) twin turbo upgrade and HPFP upgrade.

      Congratulations to Vargas, PTF, and Cobb for pushing the platform into new territory.





      This article was originally published in forum thread: Final VTT VTX63R Testing 725 WHP / 609WTQ PTF Pro Tune / COBB Flash started by VargasTurboTech View original post
      Comments 407 Comments
      1. Q4P's Avatar
        Q4P -
        same old forum banter... let's see mid 10's at deep into the 130s... shiv, terry, tony or whoever... this is the next milestone
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        Tony I cant rep you enough...stop posting great things will you? Lol
      1. E90Company's Avatar
        E90Company -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
        Tony I cant rep you enough...stop posting great things will you? Lol
        Ha exactly.
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by VargasTurboTech Click here to enlarge
        The 725 was made on 28 flat. D can get into specifics if he chooses, but with some vanos tricks we were able to get more power with less boost.
        Were any of your results 30+?
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        Car erection.
      1. psmith95's Avatar
        psmith95 -
        Wow did you guys know E90post blocked LostMarine's video of the ST vs RB turbos? I just tried to post it in one of the threads on there and they block out the numbers to embed and even if you try to make it a url.
      1. zeel's Avatar
        zeel -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by psmith95 Click here to enlarge
        Wow did you guys know E90post blocked LostMarine's video of the ST vs RB turbos? I just tried to post it in one of the threads on there and they block out the numbers to embed and even if you try to make it a url.
        LOL...someone re-upload under a new url and see if it blocks it.
      1. psmith95's Avatar
        psmith95 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by zeel Click here to enlarge
        LOL...someone re-upload under a new url and see if it blocks it.
        Haha I don't think it will block it. If someone re-uploads it i'll post it in one of the threads. I think Shiv just talked Jason into blocking the letters at the end of the URL so it can't be posted... Maybe I could tinyurl it?
      1. E90Company's Avatar
        E90Company -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by psmith95 Click here to enlarge
        Haha I don't think it will block it. If someone re-uploads it i'll post it in one of the threads. I think Shiv just talked Jason into blocking the letters at the end of the URL so it can't be posted... Maybe I could tinyurl it?
        Just re-upload it and post it up. I don't think tinyurl would work.
      1. dan avoN7's Avatar
        dan avoN7 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by psmith95 Click here to enlarge
        Wow did you guys know E90post blocked LostMarine's video of the ST vs RB turbos? I just tried to post it in one of the threads on there and they block out the numbers to embed and even if you try to make it a url.
        What's the point of posting that video? You do realize the ST car is being driven by one of the magazines editors with no experience in that specific car AND in a parking lot "drag strip". If that video wasn't meant to be at all biased (which is obviously was) it would have included the following runs which were done on an actual drag strip.. where the car ran a 10.82 @ 131.99

      1. psmith95's Avatar
        psmith95 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dan avoN7 Click here to enlarge
        What's the point of posting that video? You do realize the ST car is being driven by one of the magazines editors with no experience in that specific car AND in a parking lot "drag strip". If that video wasn't meant to be at all biased (which is obviously was) it would have included the following runs which were done on an actual drag strip.. where the car ran a 10.82 @ 131.99

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCZCoAUqAX4
        My point in posting it would be to quiet down the Vishnu fanboys a bit but of course it's biased. It was basically made to show how over rated the kit which is true. It should be running much more than 10.82@131.99 imo considering the amount of power and the gutted interior. The RB turbo JB4 cars are not very far behind it's record on dragtimes and they have a lot less power.
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dan avoN7 Click here to enlarge
        it would have included the following runs which were done on an actual drag strip.. where the car ran a 10.82 @ 131.99
        Speaking of bias, Shiv is the only ST owner to take their car sub-11s.... On Hoosier DRs, a Race Driver's Seat & No Passenger Seat.


        Meanwhile, LM's 11.1 run @ 127.2 was run with a stock frame turbo (RBs), basic bolt-ons, a Wavetrac diff some MT Street Radials. It's much more likely someone replicates this performance with the same setup then Shiv's.
      1. Terry@BMS's Avatar
        Terry@BMS -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by psmith95 Click here to enlarge
        My point in posting it would be to quiet down the Vishnu fanboys a bit but of course it's biased. It was basically made to show how over rated the kit which is true. It should be running much more than 10.82@131.99 imo considering the amount of power and the gutted interior. The RB turbo JB4 cars are not very far behind it's record on dragtimes and they have a lot less power.
        There are lots of RB cars running low 11s. I managed 11.1@129 at Famoso (not a fast track) with minimal effort and a bad 60'. If the trans allowed it no doubt it would be in the 10.80 range. Click here to enlarge
      1. psmith95's Avatar
        psmith95 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Terry@BMS Click here to enlarge
        There are lots of RB cars running low 11s. I managed 11.1@129 at Famoso (not a fast track) with minimal effort and a bad 60'. If the trans allowed it no doubt it would be in the 10.80 range. Click here to enlarge
        Exactly why I can't wait for you to get the VT3 kit. I say install it on the E92 6mt instead of waiting for the AT build though. I'm sure you will be able to easily beat the ST times with the kit
      1. Terry@BMS's Avatar
        Terry@BMS -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by psmith95 Click here to enlarge
        Exactly why I can't wait for you to get the VT3 kit. I say install it on the E92 6mt instead of waiting for the AT build though. I'm sure you will be able to easily beat the ST times with the kit
        Yeah... We'll see. It's tempting. But, someone has to pioneer the automatic performance. The vast majority of our customer base is automatic. Maybe the best thing is to throw a set on both cars. Click here to enlarge
      1. psmith95's Avatar
        psmith95 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Terry@BMS Click here to enlarge
        Yeah... We'll see. It's tempting. But, someone has to pioneer the automatic performance. The vast majority of our customer base is automatic. Maybe the best thing is to throw a set on both cars. Click here to enlarge
        Hahaha I see nothing wrong with that idea either Click here to enlarge
      1. Brey335i's Avatar
        Brey335i -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BuraQ Click here to enlarge
        Previous and First Believers:
        *quotes galore*
        So all those people who thought I was talking out my a$$ about the N54 making it to 800hp...well....you can now kiss my Click here to enlarge
        I hope you realize I was talking about BMW testing the N54 to 800 hp and then rolling it back as you seemed to imply. I don't like being taken out of context. That's some Shivpost BS...
      1. dan avoN7's Avatar
        dan avoN7 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by psmith95 Click here to enlarge
        My point in posting it would be to quiet down the Vishnu fanboys a bit but of course it's biased. It was basically made to show how over rated the kit which is true. It should be running much more than 10.82@131.99 imo considering the amount of power and the gutted interior. The RB turbo JB4 cars are not very far behind it's record on dragtimes and they have a lot less power.
        Gutted? Click here to enlarge Removing a passenger seat (which was likely done to fit the extra set of wheels w/ DR's) saves ~45-60 lbs, not really a big deal and wouldn't suddenly put him in the 11's.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzy89 Click here to enlarge
        Speaking of bias, Shiv is the only ST owner to take their car sub-11s.... On Hoosier DRs, a Race Driver's Seat & No Passenger Seat.

        Meanwhile, LM's 11.1 run @ 127.2 was run with a stock frame turbo (RBs), basic bolt-ons, a Wavetrac diff some MT Street Radials. It's much more likely someone replicates this performance with the same setup then Shiv's.
        Your example of "bias" makes absolutely no sense. Shiv running that time in his car (with the modifications listed) has no relevance to other ST owners matching or besting that time.

        The car makes power, there is no denying that (dyno graphs prove this, 60-130 times prove this, etc.). Launching a car like this isn't easy though and does require practice, DR's, and some luck. Comparing the ST car to a RB twins car, it's obvious by just looking at the dyno graphs that the ST car would be much harder to get off the line. Thus the RB results are much easier to repeat. Also because the power comes on so soon on the RB cars, an automatic can easily get in to the powerband just rolling off the line and get a quick time.

        Using a road racing example.. A stock E92 M3 driven by a professional driver (Randy Pobst) at Laguna Seca did a 1:42.96 lap time. The majority of E92 M3 enthusiast drivers at Laguna Seca are running 1:47's and these cars usually have modifications. There is one E92 M3 that just dipped in to the mid 1:42's and that car has upgraded suspension, big brake kit, R-compound tires, etc.. Just because the car has the power and is capable of running certain times.. doesn't mean it's going to always happen.. nor will it be easy to repeat.

        It's going to be really interesting to see the initial runs of the Vargas Stage 3 cars. Looking at the powerband from the initial graphs posted, it's not going to be easy getting it off the line. If you can nail the launch it will definitely be quick as it's making power in the upper range. The results of the ST car shouldn't be knocked though as it's certainly not as easy to do as the RB cars and I'm sure we will see the same with these Stage 3 cars (if initial results at the strip are shared).
      1. PEI330Ci's Avatar
        PEI330Ci -
        This is great progress, but there's a parameter missing from the picture: Heat.

        The more power you make with an engine, the more heat that it absorbs, and must be dissipated by the cooling system. Are there any upgrades planned to address this?
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dan avoN7 Click here to enlarge
        Gutted? Click here to enlarge Removing a passenger seat (which was likely done to fit the extra set of wheels w/ DR's) saves ~45-60 lbs, not really a big deal and wouldn't suddenly put him in the 11's.


        Your example of "bias" makes absolutely no sense. Shiv running that time in his car (with the modifications listed) has no relevance to other ST owners matching or besting that time.

        The car makes power, there is no denying that (dyno graphs prove this, 60-130 times prove this, etc.). Launching a car like this isn't easy though and does require practice, DR's, and some luck. Comparing the ST car to a RB twins car, it's obvious by just looking at the dyno graphs that the ST car would be much harder to get off the line. Thus the RB results are much easier to repeat. Also because the power comes on so soon on the RB cars, an automatic can easily get in to the powerband just rolling off the line and get a quick time.

        Using a road racing example.. A stock E92 M3 driven by a professional driver (Randy Pobst) at Laguna Seca did a 1:42.96 lap time. The majority of E92 M3 enthusiast drivers at Laguna Seca are running 1:47's and these cars usually have modifications. There is one E92 M3 that just dipped in to the mid 1:42's and that car has upgraded suspension, big brake kit, R-compound tires, etc.. Just because the car has the power and is capable of running certain times.. doesn't mean it's going to always happen.. nor will it be easy to repeat.

        It's going to be really interesting to see the initial runs of the Vargas Stage 3 cars. Looking at the powerband from the initial graphs posted, it's not going to be easy getting it off the line. If you can nail the launch it will definitely be quick as it's making power in the upper range. The results of the ST car shouldn't be knocked though as it's certainly not as easy to do as the RB cars and I'm sure we will see the same with these Stage 3 cars (if initial results at the strip are shared).
        What? Seriously do you have any idea what you're saying?

        rb's have a RIDICULOUS amount of midrange power and torque, way way way more than st's, if you think the rb's would be harder to launch with faster spool and more low/mid you're insane.