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    • DCT E90 M3 + supercharger = Easy 10 second car - ESS-Tuning VT2-650 M3 S65 V8 supercharger kit runs 10.89@127.8

      Some people still seem to doubt how potent the E9X M3 is with a little forced air. What you see here is an ESS-Tuning VT2-650 supercharged E90 M3 breaking into the 10 second 1/4 mile range with no drama. This is a four door car that can be daily driven but provide exceptional performance when necessary. This is not even the strongest supercharger option out there for the E9X M3's but what the run shows is that 10 second performance from an M3 with a supercharger is easily within reason.

      Expect to see more E9X M3's breaking into the 10's which is hardly considered a rare or difficult feat for the platform any longer.




      This article was originally published in forum thread: Ess 625 runs high 10 sec 1/4 started by bobS View original post
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      1. SLV335I's Avatar
        SLV335I -
        Anyone know what tire this car was running? Great run.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SLV335I Click here to enlarge
        Anyone know what tire this car was running? Great run.
        The rims are the stock rims I just don't know if it's a street tire.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SLV335I Click here to enlarge
        Anyone know what tire this car was running? Great run.
        Not sure what brand, either MT ot NT, but a drag radial.. its needed for these cars. I may have to mount mine for the rematch - looks like I have my work cut out for me Click here to enlarge
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        Is the DCT upgraded at all or is this on stock DCT and software?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bigdnno98 Click here to enlarge
        Is the DCT upgraded at all or is this on stock DCT and software?
        Stock trans but modified software I would think.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bigdnno98 Click here to enlarge
        Is the DCT upgraded at all or is this on stock DCT and software?
        Stock DCT, possibly/probably GTS S/W. Ill ask
      1. bigdnno98's Avatar
        bigdnno98 -
        Very impressive no matter what, but i'd be curious how many of these 10 second passes that tranny could take.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bigdnno98 Click here to enlarge
        Very impressive no matter what, but i'd be curious how many of these 10 second passes that tranny could take.
        Without launch control, plenty. The trans can handle that power level just fine but launches obviously use up discs.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bigdnno98 Click here to enlarge
        Very impressive no matter what, but i'd be curious how many of these 10 second passes that tranny could take.
        The jury is still out on that one. some people say LC is better- conventional trans operating theory would disagree; others say its the immediate pedal/mash/dump that does them in. In theory one that doesnt slip it is better for longevity since it heats it less.. then again, repeated dumping may cause hot spots..
      1. spool twice's Avatar
        spool twice -
        Sounds like LC was used to me? Amazing if it was, I would have expected that amount of power + DR + 5,500rpm LC (doesn't sound like it was adjusting) would have produced crazy wheelspin.

        I spin with pullies, test pipes, k&N, evolve stg2 using PS2's and toggling the LC down to 5,000rpm. I'm wondering of the LC default was programmed to a more casual 3,500-4,000rpm
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Launch control modulates the clutch.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by spool twice Click here to enlarge
        Sounds like LC was used to me? Amazing if it was, I would have expected that amount of power + DR + 5,500rpm LC (doesn't sound like it was adjusting) would have produced crazy wheelspin.

        I spin with pullies, test pipes, k&N, evolve stg2 using PS2's and toggling the LC down to 5,000rpm. I'm wondering of the LC default was programmed to a more casual 3,500-4,000rpm

        LC was definitely used. I was referring to what is better/worse for longevity.

        I heard that the new DCT s/w allows you to modulate the launch RPM though.

        Even stock M3s need sticky tires to get a good run, The prep was probably pretty good too.
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Not sure if you knew this LM, but you can change the RPM of the launch on our cars using the cruise control stalk - I think it's in increments of 100 RPM, but don't quote me on that. I do know it's adjustable, that I am sure of.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        It is adjustable up or down and it is with the cruise control stalk.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        Not sure if you knew this LM, but you can change the RPM of the launch on our cars using the cruise control stalk - I think it's in increments of 100 RPM, but don't quote me on that. I do know it's adjustable, that I am sure of.
        Pretty sure its only between 4500 and 5500 i thought, an even then its one or the other.. I heard rumors of 100rpm increments, but ive never tried to play with it- thought that was after s/w updates
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        Pretty sure its only between 4500 and 5500 i thought, an even then its one or the other.. I heard rumors of 100rpm increments, but ive never tried to play with it- thought that was after s/w updates
        Yep - you are right:
        Do not use Launch Control too often, as the higher loads on the vehicle lead to premature component wear.

        Launch Control is available when the engine is at operating temperature, i.e. after driving con- tinuously for approx. 6 miles/10 km.

        1. Press the brake while the engine is running. 2. Deactivate Dynamic Stability Control DSC,
        refer to page 39.
        3. Select sequential mode with Drivelogic
        drive program 6.
        4. With the vehicle stationary, press the selec- tor lever forward and hold. A flag symbol appears in the instrument cluster.
        5. Press the accelerator down all the way. The engine speed when driving off is controlled.
        6. If you wish, you can adjust the drive-off engine speed by up to approx. 500 rpm: Increase the drive-off engine speed by approx. 100 rpm: press the lever beyond the resistance point, arrow 1. Decrease the drive-off engine speed by approx. 100 rpm: pull the lever beyond the resistance point, arrow 2. Reset the drive-off engine speed: press the lever upward or downward, arrows 3.

        So - sounds like you can adjust for a total of 500 RPM (not much when all things considered) at 100 RPM increments...
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by inlineS54B32 Click here to enlarge
        Yep - you are right:
        Do not use Launch Control too often, as the higher loads on the vehicle lead to premature component wear.

        Launch Control is available when the engine is at operating temperature, i.e. after driving con- tinuously for approx. 6 miles/10 km.

        1. Press the brake while the engine is running. 2. Deactivate Dynamic Stability Control DSC,
        refer to page 39.
        3. Select sequential mode with Drivelogic
        drive program 6.
        4. With the vehicle stationary, press the selec- tor lever forward and hold. A flag symbol appears in the instrument cluster.
        5. Press the accelerator down all the way. The engine speed when driving off is controlled.
        6. If you wish, you can adjust the drive-off engine speed by up to approx. 500 rpm: Increase the drive-off engine speed by approx. 100 rpm: press the lever beyond the resistance point, arrow 1. Decrease the drive-off engine speed by approx. 100 rpm: pull the lever beyond the resistance point, arrow 2. Reset the drive-off engine speed: press the lever upward or downward, arrows 3.

        So - sounds like you can adjust for a total of 500 RPM (not much when all things considered) at 100 RPM increments...
        ok, so its a total of 500 rpm, from 5000-5500, and in 100 rpm increments. I knew it was only available to go lower after updates.. but thats cause I actually have and drive my car, so im more familiar with them than someone that doesnt/hasnt Click here to enlarge

        Once your on sticky tire and prepped track, i dont see any issue with 5500rpm, hell i did 11.3 with the old kit.. and that was 80hp less than Evolved Click here to enlarge
      1. spool twice's Avatar
        spool twice -
        It's slow to adjust, LC is only activated for approx 5 seconds of revving before it calls it quits. I don't understand the "reset drive-off speed" portion of the stalk, I can't see where that would ever be useful, it reverts back to the OEM default after each LC use.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Haven't ever had it call quits after 5 seconds on me and the stalk is incredibly useful on the strip.
      1. ekks's Avatar
        ekks -
        What kind of RWHP does it take to run that 10.89 @ 127.88?