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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-23-2019, 11:13 AM
    If you are not aware BMW is heavily sandbagging output with turbo M motors then you simply have not been paying attention for the past decade. Here is yet another example in the new 2020 BMW F98 X4M Competition and its S58 motor which is rated at 503 horsepower. Well, here it is making 520 horsepower to all four wheels in Arizona 119 degree heat on 91 octane pump gas: BMW's horsepower ratings are just a joke at this point. They say 503 at the crank and it has more than that at all four wheels. This is easily a 600+ horsepower car. Even if you go with conservative 15% drivetrain losses which are traditionally reserved on a Dynojet for a RWD manual vehicle that would mean output is 611 crank horsepower. If you go with 20% losses, we are talking 650 horsepower. The G80 M3 gets this same S58 motor and basic drivetrain in a lighter package. 600+ horsepower only makes sense. Why? BMW since the E46 M3 increases horsepower by approximately 75 whp each generation. They simply started sandbagging with the F80 M3 massively. E46 M3 - 275 whp E92 M3 - 350 whp F80 M3 - 425 whp G80 M3 - ~500 awhp The E92 M3 to F80 M3 horsepower rating went from 414 to 425 at the crank. Yet, wheel output increased by 75+ horses. Explain that. With the G80 prepare for a dragster that will be well into the 10's tune only.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-07-2019, 10:02 PM
    It is somewhat goofy to have the Turbo name associated with turbocharging an internal combustion engine utilized on the all-electric Taycan. Porsche likely figures the word is easiest for consumers to understand the Porsche model hierarchy but that essentially admits consumers are not able to grasp a simple concept. Porsche focus groups likely made that case. Regardless, here are the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S models. The design is sleek. The new sedan looks much better than the Panamera and definitely has a futuristic vibe to it. Porsche did a good job capturing the concept design for the production car. There is a two-speed transmission that shifts at 62 mph. It is not a coincidence it shifts right after 60 as the goal is to have an incredible 0-60 time. The Turbo S is said to hit 60 in 2.6 seconds on the way to a 162 mile per hour top speed. Both the Turbo and Turbo S make 616 horsepower. Overboost (again, odd naming choice reminiscent of internal combustion models) pushes the Turbo to 670 horsepower and the Turbo S to 750 horsepower. Porsche states the Turbo can do the 1/4 mile in 11.1 seconds and the Turbo S in 10.8 seconds. That means the Model S P100D will likely only be challenged by a Turbo S in overboost mode. Range is 280 miles with an 800-volt charging system. That means a charge time from an almost drained battery to 80% should take around 22-23 minutes. So the styling is nice, it has a sportier size and profile than a Panamera, and offers plenty of power with quick charging. What are the downsides? The 5120 pound curb weight. It is very heavy. The Taycan is also expensive. $153,000 for the Turbo and $187,610 for the Turbo S. The Tesla Model S definitely has the value advantage but that was to be expected. Does Porsche have a Tesla killer on its hands? We will find out soon.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-07-2019, 09:53 PM
    It is somewhat goofy to have the Turbo name associated with turbocharging an internal combustion engine utilized on the all-electric Taycan. Porsche likely figures the word is easiest for consumers to understand the Porsche model hierarchy but that essentially admits consumers are not able to grasp a simple concept. Porsche focus groups likely made that case. Regardless, here are the 2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo and Taycan Turbo S models. The design is sleek. The new sedan looks much better than the Panamera and definitely has a futuristic vibe to it. Porsche did a good job capturing the concept design for the production car. There is a two-speed transmission that shifts at 62 mph. It is not a coincidence it shifts right after 60 as the goal is to have an incredible 0-60 time. The Turbo S is said to hit 60 in 2.6 seconds on the way to a 162 mile per hour top speed. Both the Turbo and Turbo S make 616 horsepower. Overboost (again, odd naming choice reminiscent of internal combustion models) pushes the Turbo to 670 horsepower and the Turbo S to 750 horsepower. Porsche states the Turbo can do the 1/4 mile in 11.1 seconds and the Turbo S in 10.8 seconds. That means the Model S P100D will likely only be challenged by a Turbo S in overboost mode. Range is 280 miles with an 800-volt charging system. That means a charge time from an almost drained battery to 80% should take around 22-23 minutes. So the styling is nice, it has a sportier size and profile than a Panamera, and offers plenty of power with quick charging. What are the downsides? The 5120 pound curb weight. It is very heavy. The Taycan is also expensive. $153,000 for the Turbo and $187,610 for the Turbo S. The Tesla Model S definitely has the value advantage but that was to be expected. Does Porsche have a Tesla killer on its hands? We will find out soon.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-29-2019, 12:24 AM
    Race Chip is based overseas and this is beneficial to them in one major respect. That is not having BMS (Burger Tuning) on their home turf. When it comes to piggyback tuning, the JB4 from BMS rules the market and for good reason. It works, is a great value, and has amazing support. Not to mention the established track record of years of successful results. You can not say the same about Race Chip. The gentleman in the video bought a Race Chip GTS Black for his Audi S3 and said the car felt slower with it. Now, if you want to make that claim as the butt dyno can lie use a GPS meter and check the before and after numbers. Maybe put it on a dyno so you actually know what is going on. Do not rely on 'feel' as the sole metric. He did call support and Race Chip said they would update the software through their app. Apparently, this did not help. To be fair, we do have data posted showing their product working on various platforms. These are first hand promotional accounts though: Race Chip GTS Black piggyback tuning results on a Porsche 991.1 Turbo S - +40 horsepower RaceChip piggyback shows gains of 105 horsepower on a McLaren 570S M838T Tuned Lamborghini Urus results by Race Chip, Mild piggyback tune gains - Before/after 100-200 kph results RaceChip claims to get over 700 horsepower out of the new W213 Mercedes-AMG E63 S M177 V8 with their RaceChip GTS Black The review does not prove the product does not work as they did not support their own claim with any evidence. Race Chip has provided results of their product working on various platforms. We know piggybacks work on the EA888 VW/Audi platforms. In the video the guy says he went to Integrated Engineering afterwards and it makes you wonder if this is not a propaganda piece slamming Race Chip for Integrated Engineering's gain or for a free product from Integrated Engineering. BoostAddict recommends the JB4 for a reason. We have first hand experience with the product as well as the quality of support from BMS. It is the best tuning value in the business. Plus, they have a support infrastructure built into the forum. It will work as advertised. Our own interactions with Race Chip have not been very productive and they do not seem to understand the American mentality of proving results on independent dynos and with independent 1/4 mile results. After a video like this one, they may want to rethink how they go about their American marketing presence.
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  • nbrigdan's Avatar
    09-04-2019, 04:24 PM
    I'm thinking about getting a new daily, just tried the new 8V S3 and B9 S4 and liked both. The S3 had more direct turn in than the S4 but felt a little slower and will probably have less tuning potential. Testing the C43 and GLC43 next. What do you guys daily drive and what do you suggest? I want to try as much as possible before making a decision. Looking at both new and used. Price target of 30-50k. Cheers,
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-29-2019, 10:31 PM
    It is very odd to see tuners claiming records and not disclosing modifications when tuning the new Supra. It is also odd to see this happening only with those using the PTF tuning system or working with HC Performance. Again, Pro Tuning Freaks is posting a 'record' but implying it is their software only getting these results. This is dishonest and unprofessional marketing. Last time this happened nitrous was not disclosed for a 'record' pass which PTF and HC Performance were fully aware of yet perfectly fine letting people believe it was software only. This time around an upgraded turbo is not being disclosed. That makes it a pattern. Halim of HC Performance ( @lfelunden ) is eroding his credibility and Titan Motorsports is deliberately playing along in this silly game. HC Performance intentionally omitting the upgraded turbo: Titan Motorsports intentionally omitting the upgraded turbo: PTF intentionally omitting the upgraded turbo: All of this is done on purpose to make you think their software option is superior to all others for marketing. People are quoting numbers with nitrous or with an upgraded turbo as if they are software only. Exactly what they want. Dishonest, unprofessional, and pathetic. P.S Post the full slip Titan Motorsports.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-30-2019, 09:28 PM
    You will likely remember this McLaren 720S. It is indeed the world's fastest McLaren 720S and it is tuned by Dyno Spectrum. A couple months back it was the first McLaren 720S to top 160 miles per hour of trap speed in the 1/4 mile. Yes, it is on nitrous as well but Denver is at elevation so no doubt the idea is to compensate for that elevation. In the first run the McLaren takes on a 1200+ awhp Nissan GT-R. The McLaren makes surprisingly easy work of the GT-R. A whipple supercharged and built motor V3 CTS-V around 1200 horsepower is next. It's a strong CTS-V that gets the lead but the McLaren quickly takes over. Hell of a CTS-V though! The supercharged C6 Z06 that tries the McLaren is just in over its head. How about a blown Coyote? Now this is a run! It opens up a gap and maintains it until shutting down. This is a serious Mustang. To be fair, the McLaren was running low on nitrous but that is why you don't rely on nitrous. The CTS-V tries a twin turbo S550 Coyote. A nasty Mustang indeed. Now the supercharged C6 Z06 gets back in the mix against the CTS-V and the Z06 impresses. Maybe something was off during the McLaren run? There are a ton more runs between some very impressive cars. Simply enjoy.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-31-2019, 03:07 PM
    Of course BMS (Burger Tuning) was not going to stay out of the Supra B58 tuning scene. They got their JB4 on and headed to the dyno to get some before and after numbers from a Dynojet on 91 octane pump fuel. Keep in mind the car also has a downpipe and intake: The JB4 sure has evolved and that curve looks great. Torque is picked up through the rev range with an especially nice chunk in the mid-range. Peak torque goes up by 91 lb-ft at the wheels. The Supra is benefitting from a bevy of tuning options with the JB4 offering its traditional value and features.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-28-2019, 01:25 AM
    A nice highway pull here with a Mercedes-AMG GT S that has its M178 turbochargers upgraded to Pure900 units from Pure Turbos going up against a Nissan GT-R with unspecified turbochargers said to be making ~800 all wheel horsepower. Who knows what the GT-R is really making as the AMG GT S makes surprisingly easy work of it. The GT S just pulls and the GT-R disappears. It helps the AMG is slightly lighter (150 pounds) and is more efficient with power going to the rear wheels.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-18-2019, 08:21 AM
    Great to see more 9XX rwhp N54's which still are fairly rare. This is a single turbo Motiv 900 setup with a built N54 tuned through MHD. This is a 6-speed manual car which the higher horsepower street N54's tend to be. The full specs are not posted but the car is using a Spool Helix combined with port injection for fueling. E85 and direct port methanol are apparently the recipe. The clutch of course is upgraded to handle the power and torque. Peak power comes at 6700 rpm and the torque curve holds well until redline: Hopefully more details will be shared but this is definitely one of the more powerful N54's out there with only a handful cracking that 9XX mark.
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  • Chris@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    08-29-2019, 08:12 PM
    Fab Factory Manifold is BACK! As most all of you with a few years on this platform remember, Fab Factory made what was the most popular N54 intake manifold to date. Extremely beautiful, well designed, and backed up by results from our shop car (and others!). The problem was FF ended up closing its doors. We kept in touch with Shawn over the years and bounced around the idea of bringing the manifold back to life, but nothing ever came of it. Finally, about 6 months ago Tony ran the idea of simply buying the rights from Shawn directly and taking over production of the manifold as a VTT product. Shawn liked the idea, we agreed on a price, and all the drawings/remaining parts were transferred to VTT. We worked very hard with our CNC manufacturer, sent them the full set of drawings as well as the extra manifold we have so they could begin doing a 100% faithful recreation of what FF had developed a few years back. To say it came out perfect is an understatement. We put it side by side with our original FF manifold, and it's every bit as beautiful (and functional!). Some product details: Full billet production using aircraft 6061-T6, then tig welded, and anodized for good looks/resistance to corrosion Two -10ORB ports on the bottom, which allow you to run any of our -10ORB fittings from modular setups for PCV, vacuum needs Three 1/8Ē-27NPT ports to the top on production manifolds for easy access to manifold vacuum and boost reference Our goal was not only to recreate this fan-favorite but also to make it more accessible by offering it at a lower price. The manifold will come in 3 colors: standard clear anodize, black anodize, and red anodize. Custom anodize available for $350 +30-45-day lead time. Since these are made at the same manufacture as our Billet Valve covers (not the cast) the anodizing will match, so as an added bonus if you buy an intake manifold, we can offer the Billet VC for $950 bundle price. Pricing will be as Follows: Manifold with Fuel rail, gaskets, and all hardware - $1199 Billet CNC throttle body adapter with single-piece silicone charge pipe with Map sensor adapter, and BOV flange $250 US made DW 550cc injectors $300, 950cc injectors $750 Plug and Play extension harnesses for the throttle body, and map sensor $100 for both Injector Blanks for people wanting to run DI only $75 for a set of 6 Complete Manifold/PI kit bundle $1700 (controller required, not included) Complete Manifold/DI only kit bundle $1500 Complete Manifold/PI kit bundle with Billet VC $2650 Complete Manifold/DI only kit bunch with Billet VC $2450 By contrast, other manifolds on the market have: Rough casting, no internal velocity stacks Limited vacuum options, have to drill/tap for large fittings Fuel rail under manifold for poor injection angle, difficult to work on $1500 no injectors, no additional parts at all +$300 over VTT/FF $2000 with injectors +$500 over VTT/FF $2350 with injectors, and charge pipe (no harnesses) +$650 over VTT/FF The manifolds are currently live on the site as PRE-ORDER ONLY! Link: https://vargasturbo.com/product/vtt-ff-manifold/ We are waiting on the charge pipe, harnesses, etc. to be finished before can release them. Looking at a 60 day lead or so for complete packages to ship.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-18-2019, 07:22 AM
    Unfortunately politics often have a major effect on car enthusiasts and those in California living under CARB's (California Air Resources Board) iron fist are all too familiar with this. California in particular seems determined to infringe on the rights of car enthusiasts. Even if you do not live in California that does not mean CARB does not influence you. Back in 2017 an article about how other states would recognize CARB standards showed you that California policies could be applied in your own state. This was a big problem: We say it was a problem because the Trump administration is going to rescind the California waiver that allows California to set its own standard. The USA will have one standard under the EPA. This makes much more sense for the automotive industry and does not allow California to dictate policy that goes well beyond the state's purview. Politicians in California are of course already shrieking: California is not its own country that is allowed to dictate policy for other states and the White House is correct in choosing one federal standard versus multiple standards which is not friendly for the automotive industry. California simply will not win this battle with the federal government. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-16-2019, 11:33 AM
    We all know the McLaren 720S is the benchmark right now. The car is absurdly fast out of the box. Do not take the cheaper 570S/600LT platform less seriously just because it is not as fast off the showroom floor. There is a lot to be said for the value the entry level McLarens offer. Not that the 600LT is cheap but even in Spider form it is very, very light. It is 220 pounds lighter than the 570S Spider that comes in at 3314 pounds. It is no surprise then that the stock 720S is blown away by this 865 whp 600LT Spider (this is the same 600LT that ran of injector at 767 whp so presumably the fuel system was upgraded to hit 865 whp):
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-28-2019, 12:43 AM
    BigBoost setting B58 output records is nothing new. The records just feel new due to the influx of Toyota Supra B58 tuning. Do not forget BigBoost held and continues to hold the B58 output record and was the first to crack the ~700 wheel horsepower mark. Well, they are in the 800's now: Apologies for the low resolution graph but that is all we have to work with. Hopefully @Juan@BigBoost-Billet posts a higher resolution graph for us. It seems to say 822 rear wheel horsepower with the BigBoost Stage 3 turbo kit and a built motor. The curve actually looks quite nice with a smooth torque curve that progressively drops toward redline. We all would like more details such as the fuel system, boost, transmission, etc. Hopefully @Juan@BigBoost-Billet chimes in soon.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-28-2019, 01:06 AM
    A nice highway pull here with a Mercedes-AMG GT S that has its M178 turbochargers upgraded to Pure900 units from Pure Turbos going up against a Nissan GT-R with unspecified turbochargers said to be making ~800 all wheel horsepower. Who knows what the GT-R is really making as the AMG GT S makes surprisingly easy work of it. The GT S just pulls and the GT-R disappears. It helps the AMG is slightly lighter (150 pounds) and is more efficient with power going to the rear wheels.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-23-2019, 10:02 AM
    900+ horsepower on pump gas at $41,995.95 installed? That is what AMS is promising with their Lamborghini Huracan and Audi R8 5.2 V10 Alpha 9 Twin Turbo package. This is obviously a stock internal setup that they say is directly bolt on. Bolt on may be a bit of a stretch for something this involved but this is something you can drive daily and you do not to do anything to the motor or transmission. It is a turnkey pump gas package. Complete twin turbo kit with ECU & TCU tuning 900 horsepower on 93 octane pump gas Unmatched reliability 9 second quarter mile runs on street tires Direct bolt-on, no modification to chassis Hundreds of engineering hours Better than factory fit and finish Drives like stock until you mash the pedal A complete turnkey package Their 826 whp 93 octane dyno certainly shows they are will within that 900 horsepower range: As this is a factory ECU and TCU tuned package the main competition will be from Gintani as they offer a similar setup with their G1000 kit. The Huracan and R8 have multiple stock internal and factory ECU twin turbo packages now offering 900+ horsepower on pump fuels. Talk about a great platform for tuning and big power. Kit Includes Turbos Intercoolers Piping Manifolds ECU and TCU Tuning Everything you need to make 900 horsepower reliably
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-16-2019, 11:28 AM
    We all know the McLaren 720S is the benchmark right now. The car is absurdly fast out of the box. Do not take the cheaper 570S/600LT platform less seriously just because it is not as fast off the showroom floor. There is a lot to be said for the value the entry level McLarens offer. Not that the 600LT is cheap but even in Spider form it is very, very light. It is 220 pounds lighter than the 570S Spider that comes in at 3314 pounds. It is no surprise then that the stock 720S is blown away by this 865 whp 600LT Spider (this is the same 600LT that ran of injector at 767 whp so presumably the fuel system was upgraded to hit 865 whp):
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-29-2019, 01:10 AM
    Not yet convinced the BMW M S58 motor is a beast? The tuning for the platform is in its infancy as the S58 motor literally is just hitting the streets. Despite that, the platform is knocking on that 10-second door with just a JB4 and some ethanol. At 6000+ DA (density altitude) no less. These will eventually run 10's with a tune and race gas. Keep in mind this is a 4500+ pound SUV: This thing is a rocket! A JB4 + E85 and the G80 M3 will be in the 10's. Go ahead, save this post to reference as it is going to happen.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-13-2019, 06:32 PM
    It is interesting to note we are going to see B58 direct injection fuel system upgrades relatively quickly in the B58 lifespan. Not too long ago Mission Performance showed their HPFP upgrade in action topping 500+ whp on ethanol only. Well, the biggest name in the direct injection fuel system aftermarket is getting into the mix with their B58 development already under way. The OEM B58 pump is said to lose pressure at 14-15 psi which is relatively early especially when messing with ethanol. So, those B58's you see pushing the factory pump to hit some peak dyno numbers likely will not have the factory pump last too long. XDI (Xtreme-DI) has their upgraded pump running on their B58 test car and you can expect fairly quick development considering their success on the N55, N55B30T0, and S55 motors with upgraded HPFP's. More details to come.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-10-2019, 07:53 PM
    Why is BMW messing with a design aspect they have had down for their entire history? This all began with BMW going to giant kidney grills but the new 4-Series Concept takes this further by not only going big but reshaping the kidney grill into some giant flared nostril looking design. It looks weird. It does not look very BMW. It just does not feel right. There will be those who defend the style and no doubt will state it is necessary for increased airflow to cool the monster turbocharged motors that will eventually inhabit the engine bay but it sure has a face that is hard to fall in love with at first sight. This design choice will no doubt be debated ad nauseum and it should be. Will it grow on BMW fans? Has BMW lost the plot? Is this the new 'Bangle Butt' debate? Ugh:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-18-2019, 08:42 AM
    Wiesmann utilizing a BMW powerplant for one of their sports cars is nothing new. Before the company folded in 2013 (only to be resurrected) they purchased many BMW M engines. Well, they are back with a new sports car design called Project Gecko. What do we know about it? They will mate a BMW S63TU V8 to an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox. This will likely the lightest chassis ever paired to the beastly BMW TT V8. Wiesmann's MF5 with a BMW S85 V10 weighed in around 3100 pounds. 50:50 weight distribution is expected as well: ▪ Modern take on the cult MF5 model ▪ A pure driverís car with front mid-engine and rear-wheel-drive layout ▪ Powered by BMW Mís TwinPower Turbo 8-cylinder petrol engine ▪ Production starts 2020 An updated MF5 is expected so styling somewhere along these lines: Think of this as the BMW twin turbo V8 powered sports car BMW refuses to build themselves. Except with greater exclusivity and better styling. The specs all sound nice but there is really only one thing BoostAddict is interested in here. Will they sell it in the USA? Let's hope this time around the answer is yes.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-24-2019, 04:22 PM
    Want a completely built off the shelf N54 motor you can swap right in? That is what the Ghassan Automotive G800 N54 engine offers. It is rated to reliably hold ~800 wheel horsepower and Ghassan Automotive proved this capability in their own record setting N54 drag car. What does the G800 include? There is a $1000 core exchange which is refunded once they get your core. Just contact Ghassan and arrange shipping. There are additional upgrades if you want them: CNC ported head $2395 Upgraded Valve Train $1695 Upgraded Cam Shafts $1495 Closed Deck Engine Block $1195 Cylinder Sleeves $1895 Fire Rings $495 ARP Main Studs $495 Truth be told there are few proven reliable N54 aftermarket engine builds and Ghassan Automotive is one of those that is proven. The G800 is the same recipe used in their E82 drag car. Product page: https://www.ghassanautomotive.com/products/bmw-n54-g800-engine
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