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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-11-2016, 10:02 PM
    There happens to be a BMW involved in this video although it could happen to anyone and with any make of car. Maybe there is something though to the study that says BMW drivers are assholes? Regardless, this situation gets out of hand quickly. What happens? Well, a group of guys on motorcycles are speeding and enjoying their ride when a classic BMW cuts one of them off and essentially takes issue with their style of riding. At one point in the video the BMW catches up when the riders are stopped. The BMW driver gets out and tells the guy on the motorcycle not to move as he blocks his path. Well, the rider takes issue as do his friends and the guy gets what is coming to him which is an ass beating. The three bikers probably feel tough until the passenger jumps out with a gun. The bikers back off and the passenger should be happy none of the bikers were armed or this situation would have escalated well beyond reason. The camera guy gets the hell out of there but screaming continues in the background. It's simply best to leave patrolling the highways and enforcing the speed limit to law enforcement.
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    04-09-2016, 01:11 AM
    A 9 second F80 M3 or F82 M4 is not too far off at this point. Maximum PSI took their upgraded F80 M3 to the track and set a new overall record for the S55 platform. After a few 132-133 miles per hour passes they hit a 1.681 60 foot which resulted in a 10.347 @ 133.82 in the 1/4 mile. The trap speed record remains 135.5 but that was set on a poor 2.190 60 foot and with a time over a second slower. This result also blows away the previous quickest which was TPG Tuning with their 10.79 @ 132 pass. Here is the mod list: Pure Turbos Dodson clutches/baskets Flash/jb4/port injection Straight ms109 fuel Maximum PSI intakes, downpipes, charge pipes, 3.5"exhaust Evolution of Speed prototype intake manifold and intercooler Stock axles Now where do they go from here? Who will hit the 9's first? It is going to be fun to watch.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-18-2016, 09:46 PM
    This is BoostAddict member @gzim335 whose W204 C63 AMG features a Stage III 3.0 liter whipple based supercharger system from Weistec. The car is an absolute beast and has beaten up on turbo upgraded M4's as well as a variety of other cars. Here, it runs two F10 M5's from a stop although the quality of the tarmac is very poor. You can visibly see just how much dust the tires are throwing up as the vehicles try to accelerate. They should have gone from a roll in this first race as this is an ugly beatdown. An 800 whp M5 should not be losing like this. Run 1 vs. F10 M5 6spd, Pure Turbos upgrade, meth, fbo, full ms109, flash and bcm jb4 (car made 800whp at 30psi): The second run is from a 45 mph roll but the cars still spin their tires. Run 2 vs. DCT F10 M5 stock turbo, downpipes, flash stacked with bcm jb4 running 27psi (made 730whp): This final race is for some context. It features the previous DCT F10 M5 against a W212 E63 AMG M157. The E63 has Weistec turbos, ms109, AMS intake and cooling system, Weistec downpipes, and a Weistec exhaust.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-12-2016, 04:41 AM
    BimmerBoost was confused by BMW's choice to name the engine in the BMW F87 M2 the N55B30T0. Historically, BMW denotes an engine is a motor built by the M division with the 'S' prefix in its engine code. Just take a look at BimmerBoost's ranking of all the storied M engines such as the S54, S85, S38, S65, etc. The BMW M engine is (was) a point of pride for BMW. Enthusiasts themselves take pride in the M division motors and pay extra to have an engine built by the storied M division for their street car. With the F87 M2 many people incorrectly assume the car does not have an M motor. It certainly does as BMW confirmed this themselves in response to BimmerBoost's question on the matter. Not to mention BMW's own technical documents and press releases tell you the F87 M2 N55B30T0 motor uses a closed deck block unlike the N55 and that it shares the S55 engine internals from the F80 M3 and F82 M4. So what is the reasoning for an 'N' designation and not an 'S' designation for the motor? BMW happened to send this response a couple hours after our article questioning the N55B30T0 designation for the F87 M2 went up. Probably just a coincidence we don't hear anything for almost a week and then suddenly get a response, right? BMW is moving away from using 'S' codes to denote M motors: This is a sad day. We reported back in 2013 that the M motor was unofficially 'dead' but we did not know it would go to this degree. BMW's cost cutting is getting insane. We knew M motors would be based on production motors meaning no more bespoke ground up M engine designs but now the engines will not even be officially differentiated in their engine codes: This is simply a result of cost cutting. It's also officially the end of the 'S' Motorsport engine era. Let's just hope BMW does not take this so far as an M car getting a motor simply with different software. Then again, that's exactly what they did with the E82 1M. Oh well. It was a nice ride.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-06-2016, 04:40 PM
    BMW's decisions do not always make sense. Sometimes, they make you scratch your head and wonder what they were thinking. Explaining BMW's motives falls to their employees such as those who work in the BMW PressClub. BimmerBoost reached out to BMW and asked the question everyone is wondering. Why does the F87 M2 engine not have an 'S' designation? This is BMW's response: We would like to thank Rebecca at BMW for getting back to BimmerBoost except she did not answer the question. A follow up again asking the same exact question was ignored. Way to do your job Rebecca. Why is BMW not answering the damn question? For those wondering, this is how BMW engine designations and codes are supposed to work: BMW's own rules are very clear. Which makes you wonder why they aren't playing by their own rules. Rebecca says the F87 M2 motor is a genuine M engine. Well, BMW's own engine codes mean it should start with an 'S' in that instance and not an 'N' otherwise it is not officially an M production motor. BMW saying one thing and doing another is frustrating especially for those who actually pay attention to the engine codes such as BimmerBoost readers. It is even more frustrating when you take into account that BMW did not repeat the mistake they made with the E82 1M which was putting a non-M engine into an M car. They learned their lesson yet they still managed to screw something this basic up. The N55B30T0 is presented as a development of the N55 motor we all know yet it has S55 engine internals from the F80 M3 and F82 M4 as well as a closed deck block which the N55 does not have. It is more of an S55/N55 hybrid as the turbo setup from the N55 is retained to prevent the M2 from encroaching on the S55. Maybe BMW was worried having two engines starting with the S55 designation would confuse people or that it would make people think the M3/M4 and the M2 had the same motor. Yet, BMW has no problem using the N55 designation multiple times. They have in the past used 'S' engine designations multiple times without incident. BMW did indeed give the M2 an M motor yet they do not designate it an M motor officially. WTF BMW? Our solution is to place the N55B30T0 in the N55 forum on BimmerBoost because BMW forced us to. What else can you do?
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    04-24-2016, 02:51 PM
    BMS got a customer's 2016 F87 M2 DCT on a Dynojet for some testing. The results are about what you would expect. The M2 N55B30T0 makes 330 rear wheel horsepower stock and 388 lb-ft of torque at the wheels stock. In other words, it is roughly 100 wheel horsepower short of an F80 M3 / F82 M4 S55 motor. The engine is putting up numbers would one expect from an N55 albeit with more torque. It is tuned for low end torque more than top end horsepower. You will notice the torque peak is at 2500 rpm and it tapers down toward redline where it drops particularly hard. Isn't this supposed to be a track car? The horsepower figure is similar to the new B58 motor. The torque on the N55B30T0 is higher but the B58 curve is much flatter. It's torque curve does not start dropping as early or as hard especially toward redline. When tuned, the numbers on the N55B30T0 are similar to a tuned N55 although the torque peak is slightly higher. It sure seems to perform like an N55 except with S55 engine internals and the closed deck block. Hey guys, A local customer was generous enough to come out for a few hours so we could poke around under the hood, take some logs, and do a little dyno testing with his new M2. He has around 1000 miles on the clock I believe. Per usual I'll try to keep it brief and to the point: The good: 1) Car looks super awesome in person and really attracts a lot of attention on the road. DCT drives and shifts great. 2) The tuning scheme is the same as the M235 EWG. Meaning our existing F Series N55 EWG JB4 is fully compatible from a hardware perspective. Some minor M2 specific software changes will be added, of course. 3) All of the cool in dash controls we've added to the F Series JB4 are compatible. CANflap works, in dash boost gauge works, map switching works, boost by gear works, 6cyl timing logging works, and it even logs the DCT trans oil temperature. 4) The platform appears to be E85 friendly. More on that later. The bad: 1) This is simply based on my initial few hours with the car. But from a performance perspective, it appears to be basically an N55 with a tune from the factory. It's not in the same universe as the S55 M3/M4 motor and even appears to be a step down from the B58 found in the new 340i. 2) On normal pump 91 octane fuel running its factory 15-16psi boost profile it had fairly significant timing pull and only put down 330whp. Subsequent pulls did even worse as it heated up. 3) We added an E30 mix on the dyno and the factory power jumped up nicely to the 350whp range and it was also more consistent. Even at this power level though the car had a strange behavior where it would momentarily drop boost for no apparent reason, resulting in a noticeable "hiccup" in the dyno chart. Maybe something that will be fixed via a future software update or perhaps related to the E30 itself without tuning in place for it. 4) I raised boost around 3psi just to evaluate it on the E30 mix and the result was pretty respectable power. Around 390whp. Which, is what the normal 335 F30 EWG cars make on E30 at roughly the same boost level. Potential Tuning Gains: E85 Mix: I expect we'll be able to get power up to around 425whp. 91 Octane: There is no power to be picked up via tuning on 91. Just the extra features via the JB4. 93 Octane: I'm hopeful with good 93 octane we can pickup at least 15-20whp and similar torque. Bottom Line: It's a cool little platform. But basically appears to be a more aggressively tuned M235.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-09-2016, 09:00 PM
    The all wheel drive guys get left out of a lot of the turbo upgrade fun. Why? Well, the drivetrain complicates things as well as fitment. That is why not every turbo upgrade works for the xi models such as the E90 335xi for example. What is making this possible? This: Awesome? You bet your ass it's awesome.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-18-2016, 06:21 PM
    A Mustang engine under the hood of a BMW 3-Series? That is enough to make a BMW purist pull their hair out. We have seen all kinds of BMW engine swaps from other makes before. That includes a Toyota 2JZ-GTE swap into an E39 5-Series and of course GM LS swaps have been done to death. In a strange way the Coyote actually makes the most sense if you are going to do a swap. However, if doing it, do it right and go for the Voodoo V8. This network holds the Voodoo in high esteem and believes it to not just be better than any of the factory E9X motors but one of the best naturally aspirated motors ever built. Swapping out the F80 M3 or F82 M4 S55 for the Ford Voodoo V8 ironically makes those cars more of what an M car is supposed to be, not less. Regarding this particular Coyote swap we do not have any details on it, who it belongs to, or if it is even real. It certainly gets one thinking though.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-15-2016, 08:02 PM
    These are smoking fast results if you consider the following. This is an E82 1M which means a 6-speed manual transmission. The turbo upgrade is a set of first gen RB turbos. These turbos have been surpassed considerably by RB and other turbo manufacturers as well. The tuning is from @trebila. Fuel is roughly E87-E90 ethanol. The result is a 11.411 @ 127.02 pass on a 1.791 60 foot. Spinning a bit inflated the trap speed to 130.10 but still this is a 6-speed N54 cracking 130 in the 1/4 mile with fairly basic modifications in this day and age of N54 tuning. Impressive.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-16-2016, 04:37 PM
    BMW's engine notes in the turbo era have not exactly thrilled. Much of the exhaust noise is muffled by the turbos and BMW instead of working on developing an aurally pleasing note decided instead to pipe in artificial sound over the speaker system. It would be funny if it was not true and BMW M should be embarrassed. Well, the hardcore (and expensive) F82 M4 GTS model should address any and all concerns with the standard F82 M4 including the terrible exhaust sound. The GTS model gets a new titanium exhaust system which in addition to being lighter should change the exhaust tone. It does change it and open things up a bit but it still is just not very good: Better than the standard M4? Yes. As good as a titanium exhaust system on a E92 M3? No: Ok, what about a direct comparison to another BMW inline-6 such as the one under the E46 M3 hood? Here is a titanium system on the S54 motor: The S54 may have a reputation for being 'raspy' but it certainly doesn't sound like a blender or need fake sounds piped in. Plus that high pitched note has just a hint of something exotic about it. There is nothing exotic about the S55 engine note. Maybe BMW can set the stereo to play engine sounds from previous generation M motors?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-27-2016, 10:23 PM
    It is good to see more tuned N55's hitting the strip especially M235i models to compare their results to the F87 M2. Both of these M235i's are xDrive all wheel drive models. This pays dividends in the 60 foot but of course the all wheel drive system adds weight. Here is the breakdown of mods between the two cars: 2015 Black Sapphire F22 M235 xDrive AT FBO #11759 - HRE FF15s w/ Continental DWS06 - Pure Turbo Stage 2 Hi-Flo - EnzoPerformance ECU Tune - JB4 OBD2 stacked Custom Boost Map6 - Enzo's Catless Downpipes - GFB DV - ATM FMIC - ER Chargepipes - Tuningwerk Exhaust - Exxon 110 oct 2015 EBB M235 xDrive AT #12126 - 19' Summer Tires - Enzo Performance ECU Tune - ER Catless Downpipes - Fabspeed Exhaust w/ Muffler Delete - Dinan Lowering Springs w/ Supp Handling kit on pump gas 93 The timeslip: The Pure Turbos Stage 2 is providing about another 6 miles per hour of trap speed. It's a very large difference when you take into account where the black M235i xDrive was before the turbo upgrade and bolt ons. Here it is tune only with just a flash and catted downpipe: And now with full bolt ons: This is how the car progressed. 12.736 @ 109.32 - Enzo Tune and catted downpipe 12.492 @ 110.10 - Enzo Tune and full bolt ons 11.759 @ 117.70 - Enzo Tune and Pure Turbos Stage 2 Great performance data for N55 owners.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-17-2016, 12:22 AM
    Well, that did not take long. Shortly after posting dyno figures for the Magnuson Heartbeat TVS2300 based 2016 Camaro SS LT1 supercharger we now have 1/4 mile times. Keep in mind this is a bolt on kit at only 6 psi with a pump gas tune and everything else is stock (except the tires). At Famoso in California today (date on the slip is off) a 6th gen Camaro SS powered by the Eaton TVS2300 blower went 10.877 @ 128.53 on a 1.558 60 foot. The car hooked very well. We do not know the transmission but we assume an automatic. Hopefully Magnuson will clarify. Additionally, this was not a cool day in California. The density altitude at Famoso for the run was 1328 feet. Regardless, this is daily repeatable performance with just a blower on low boost. Now to crank it up on race gas!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-22-2016, 08:31 PM
    Blown motors happen. There are many variables affecting why a motor might let go from the fuel quality, a poor tune, a manufacturer defect, over revs, a spun bearing, detonation, etc. People like to think the N54 motor is indestructible but we have seen many motors go down. This one belongs to BimmerBoost member @Evan Patak who was building (and still is) a badass N54 powered wagon. He did not hide the engine failure or try to pretend nothing was wrong. He informed the community and posted photos showing the result. How else are we supposed to learn? Engine failures happen and if people try to sweep them under the rug history is only going to repeat itself. BimmerBoost would like to think @Evan Patak for being up front and disclosing the details. You can read about the engine failure here: http://www.boostaddict.com/showthread.php?74057-So-This-Happened-This-Morning-Catastrophic-Engine-Failure-In-Dramatic-Fashion
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-09-2016, 08:01 PM
    This. This is why a wheelie bar is necessary. Most of you won't have to worry about this especially with your cars but there can come a point where there is too much traction for the power and when it hooks the nose goes up. Way, way, waaaaay up in this case.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-21-2016, 03:03 AM
    What do you even say to this? McLaren's entry level 570S is running low 10's out of the gate and this is supposed to be the 'cheap' car. This is not some magazine ringer and this is not a magazine time. The 1/4 mile was achieved the old fashioned way on the dragstrip as it should be. Yes, this was achieved at ATCO in New Jersey which is one of the fastest drag strips in the nation. The time and date is not listed on the strip but looking at the weather on 4/20 when the run was said to take place the conditions were quite favorable and basically sea level. The 570S of course has a detuned M838T 3.8 liter twin turbo V8. An acceleration comparison video to the big brother 650S showed the cars as almost even. Weighing roughly 300 pounds less than the 650S clearly pays dividends despite the claimed 79 horsepower difference. To really know the output we all have to wait until one gets on the dyno but if you thought McLaren would neuter the 570S compared to the 650S you were wrong. Note, the video below shows a 10.511 @ 135.25 pass on a 1.852 60 foot and not the run in the slip below. Also note this was done on street tires with some race gas mixed in. That means with a just tune or possibly even just race gas and drag radials the 570S is a 9 second car.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-11-2016, 08:15 PM
    Well, here we have yet another MotorTrend comparison involving the M4. This time though they decide to do a bit of sibling rivalry with the F82 M4 taking on the F87 M2. BimmerBoost pointed out several flaws in the MotorTrend comparison against the Camaro SS so does MotorTrend get it right this time? Absolutely not. They try to make it look like the cars are identical in their grip and acceleration in the beginning of the video. Using a 0-60 metric as evidence of this is flawed and outdated. They say they both cars hit 60 in 4.2 seconds however the cars are traction limited which they fail to mention. The M4 with its far greater power and torque should easily beat the M2 to 60 let alone any higher speed. Especially if equipped with a dual clutch transmission. MotorTrend gets a 12.8 @ 107.6 1/4 mile sprint out of the M2 and a 12.5 @ 116.5 out of the M4. The exact same figures for the M4 from the Camaro comparison are being recycled here. That is very lame because the numbers will change day to day in different conditions. MotorTrend for example could have tried to improve their launch or at least showed numbers from the day they had the two cars together at the same time and the same place. This is sloppy and lazy work recycling numbers. It's cheap and easy though. For all we know they did not even bother to test them at the same time and instead shot some stock footage plugging in the old test results. They do this number recycling for the M2 as well by the way. The M2 test figures are from February of this year. They fail to mention this is a European Spec M2 as well which means it is lighter than its American counterpart which has side impact crash regulations playing a factor. Why isn't this mentioned? Would it kill them to be diligent? That also brings us to the point where MotorTrend states acceleration beyond 60 miles per hour does not matter. Are you kidding me? I just about lost my shit when I heard that. Do these people not go on the highway? Have they never tried seeing which car accelerates faster from a roll? What kind of person who tests cars professionally does not understand the impact of 1/4 mile trap speeds or rolling acceleration? They proceed to the racetrack after this nonsense. Somewhat amusingly Randy Pobst answers the phone call from the M2 stating, 'This is Randy's Racing and Wrecking Service.' There should be emphasis on the wrecking part. We get a bunch of pretty powerslides and all that. Finally we get a timed lap comparison. Low and behold, the M4 magically runs the exact same laptime it did against the Camaro SS. How? Well, because they did not actually test the cars at the same time and once again just recycled their old content. The effect is that it looks like they are testing the cars against each other at the same time. It also is disappointing for those who want meaningful data. The M2 runs 1:22.73 which is two tenths quicker than the M4. Is that impressive? Sure. It's also quicker than the Camaro SS by the way. MotorTrend concludes the M2 is faster. They do not mention the Competition Package for the M4. They do not mention this M2 is the lighter Euro Spec version which has a huge impact on the results. They do not mention they did not actually test the cars at the same time but instead plugged in a previous set of results. They also do not mention a DCT car will be quicker. Why? Why can't they inform the audience if they are interested in providing a serious and comprehensive comparison test ? Let's get to the actual driving experience. The F87 M2 is said to have better steering and is easier to rotate using the throttle. Good. These are areas where M has fallen off with all their electronic nannies and overly assisted garbage isolating the driver from the actual driving experience. They love how much fun it is and compliment the motor and the engine sound. The only problem is MotorTrend's Jason Cammisa states it does not have an M engine and it is the same recipe as the E82 1M. BimmerBoost is sorry but this is such a large mistake the guy should lose his job. It is taking amazing restraint to not write a long string of curse words directed at Cammisa in the next paragraph. First of all, the E82 1M recipe is as he states it is in that essentially the 1M is a parts bin car with a non-M motor (the N54). BMW did not repeat this mistake with the F87 M2. It does get an 'M' motor. As a matter of fact, BimmerBoost got a response from BMW directly stating this as if MotorTrend can not do the basic research necessary and actually take a look at the engine specs or just ask BMW themselves. If Jason Cammisa did the basic research necessary that his job requires he would know the M2 motor has a closed deck block which the N54/N55 motors do not. He would know it has the S55 engine internals which by definition means internal M engine pieces. He would know the motor is basically an S55 with the N55 turbo setup. BimmerBoost simply can not take him seriously as he does not know what he is talking about. Now there are valid criticisms of the M2 missing M tidbits such as an engine temp display and the 'M' button to calibrate the car to your liking. BMW should be taken to task for being cheap here. The M2 is supposed to be a fun, lightweight, and entry level M car and it almost delivers. It's still too heavy (less than 100 pounds lighter than the M4) and the cost cutting takes a toll on features but it arguably is the best driver's car BMW produces right now. That does not change the fact MotorTrend still sucks at this.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-05-2016, 06:41 PM
    If you are the one person in the USA who wants a manual F10 M5 or F13 M6 so you can have fun rowing the S63TU twin turbo V8 gears yourself you better order one quickly. No more F10 M5's or F13 M6's will be built with a manual transmission beyond fall of this year. It's over. According to BMW M head Frankl Van Meel demand is 'zero' for the manual transmission. Keep in mind it is only the US market that kept the manual alive for the F10 M5. The previous generation E60 M5 did not have a manual option in Europe and only received one in the United States. The one time BMW listens to US enthusiasts and US enthusiasts don't buy the damn thing. We only have ourselves to blame. BMW will not provide something that does not sell. All hail our DCT overlords. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-10-2016, 06:40 PM
    Many, many BMW engine swaps have been done to death. The S54 and S50 motors in particular have frequently found a home in various BMW chassis'. The big daddy of all BMW motor swaps is the S85 V10 swap. Putting arguably the best naturally aspirated M motor ever produced (reference the BimmerBoost M engine ranking) in a lighter chassis is a recipe for fun. Especially when you throw twin superchargers on top. The supercharger kit is from G-Power and it does not come cheap ($30k+ depending on options) but this is clearly a build that spared no expense. Everything looks like it fits as if it was from the factory. Even the E60 M5 SMG transmission was swapped over. What makes this particularly impressive is it is an E87 1-Series but it could just as easily be done to an E82 1-Series. Even an E82 1M and then it would finally have a real M motor under the hood. Yes, a shot at BMW's engine choice for that model. Hopefully we will see this car in action and maybe some dyno figures although G-Power's S85 blowers trail other options until you go the built motor route for $50k+. Regardless, this car was already very quick in naturally aspirated form so let's see what it does now.
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    04-05-2016, 07:44 PM
    GIAC is getting into the BMW F82 M4 and F80 M3 ECU flash tuning game. It is good to see more tuners flashing the difficult factory DME as BMW does not make it easy. So, what is GIAC able to get out of the car? According to them, 461 horsepower at the crank. Why they use crank ratings when the car is underrated at the wheels and already has an output greater than 461 crank horsepower from the factory BimmerBoost has no clue. Fortunately, they include a wheel horsepower graph (take note Dinan). The baseline is a very strong 396 wheel horsepower on the Mustang dynamometer. This goes to 430 wheel horsepower after the Giac Stage I 91 octane ECU tune. A gain of 34 horsepower on the worst pump gas in the nation. The torque figure is certainly an eye opener. 67 lb-ft of torque gained at the wheels. That is a nice big chunk of area under the curve from 3000 to 5400 rpm. This all comes with all the stock intercooler and exhaust pieces in place. It will be interesting to see what they get out of their next stages as well especially when (if) they release a race gas or E85 tune.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-21-2016, 07:12 PM
    Active Autowerke got their project BMW F87 M2 on the digital scales and with a ~150 pound driver the weight comes out to 3596 pounds. Now, curb weight will vary based on the fluids of course but without a driver and with a manual transmission the car weighs about 3436 pounds. That means a DCT car will be ~3500 pounds. The M2 is barely any lighter than an F80 M3. The difference is just under 100 pounds depending on the transmission choice. The weight difference between the cars should be 300+ pounds to really differentiate them but it is what it is.
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    04-16-2016, 07:48 PM
    Kids borrowing cars that belong to their parents is a pretty normal thing. As is kids speeding in said car or having fun with something that is not theirs. This dad came up with a simple yet elegant solution to keep speeds in check. Not stupid if it works, right? What is somewhat amusing here is that with all the electronic tachs now being employed this would not really be possible on several newer cars.
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    04-30-2016, 02:51 PM
    The S55 platform in the BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4 officially has a new quickest and fastest record holder. Maximum PSI took their DCT F80 M3 to the strip that features the Pure Turbos upgrade for the S55 3.0 liter inline-6 turbochargers and raised he bar. The previous 10.347 @ 133.82 pass was surpassed with a 10.316 @ 137.22. That means the quickest and fastest records for the S55 platform belong to this F80 M3 as it tops the record holding 135.5 pass. This elapsed time and trap speed come on a worse 60 foot at 1.743. What that means is if they get consistent 1.6X's out of the car (maybe 1.5's with some tweaks) the F80 M3 and F82 M4 platforms are on the doorstep of breaking into the 9's. Mods are the same as before until @Pure Turbos tells us otherwise: Pure Turbos Dodson clutches/baskets Flash/jb4/port injection Straight ms109 fuel Maximum PSI intakes, downpipes, charge pipes, 3.5"exhaust Evolution of Speed prototype intake manifold and intercooler Stock axles Exciting times in the S55 world. EDIT: They kept chipping away and ended up with a 10.2 @ 137 which is the record:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-19-2016, 05:11 PM
    If you want to record high quality racing videos (and keep your hands on the steering wheel where they belong) you basically need a GoPro or any other action style camera. The best videos we see have multiple GoPros mounted on a car for multiple camera angles. That definitely means you need several cameras and several mounts. A single camera mounted becomes a problem when trying to capture a car on the other side or if say a vehicle is faster than expected and the camera is facing backwards. With the 360 degree setup that the Omni and its accompanying software offers it really doesn't matter how it is mounted as you see everything around the car. Youtube already supports the 360 degree videos as well. You simply choose where you want to look. What is the downside? You need six GoPro Hero4 Black models. Then you need the Omni harness and the software. We are talking $5000 total. However, no more missed angles and the viewer can choose their own angle. Not to mention 4k quality video. You can also imagine that eventually such video will be viewable with a VR headset meaning you will feel like you are actually there during a recorded event. Take a look at the demo videos below. Incredible stuff and well worth the money for high quality 360 degree videos.
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    04-20-2016, 10:11 PM
    Bernie Ecclestone has a habit of making controversial as well as misogynistic statements. The Daily Beast in the UK reported that Ecclestone stated, "I don't know whether a woman would physically be able to drive an F1 car quickly, and they wouldn't be taken seriously." There are good female drivers out there so do not get us wrong. There is a difference between being good and being a Formula 1 caliber driver though. Just take a look at Danica Patrick. Is she really taken seriously as a racecar driver or is she more of a marketing exercise? Part of her problem is she does not win and keeps her ride due to being a woman and not due to her skill. She has zero Nascar victories and one Indycar victory in her career. She simply is not as good as the male drivers she competes with. Imagine how much better a driver would have to be than Danica, who is the most successful open wheel professional female race car driver of all time, to make it to Formula 1 where the competition is much stiffer. A female driver would have to be extraordinary to be taken seriously as competition because professional male Formula 1 drivers have never had serious competition from a female. People may view Ecclestone's comments as sexist due to his history but he is quite correct here. When you make comments like these below it will bring out rage from the feminazis. Regarding his daughter's wedding: Referring to Danica Patrick: On Female F1 drivers: Of course women on social media took issue such as this one who is a 'professional race car driver' who has some cute pictures posted or herself in racing suits but zero Nascar, Indycar, or Formula 1 wins: Her bio tells you all you need to know about her: Never underestimate a vegan hippie chick with a racecar. We'll side with Bernie's view on this one. Don't expect a vegan hippie chick to win a Formula 1 race any time soon or be taken seriously as an opponent for the world's top male drivers. Ladies, feel free to prove us all wrong. Source
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    04-18-2016, 11:42 PM
    Hmm... what is going on here? AMS posted on their blog a warning regarding Nissan GTR billet engine blocks. They do not name any names but what they say is that poorly machined billet engine blocks are being sold to the public and AMS is making the public aware of this. Is this a case of poor engine blocks? Is it that someone ripped off an AMS Performance block design? Is AMS trying to scare people into paying a premium for their products? This is what AMS says: Ok, so AMS apparently tried for three years with a certain a machine shop they do not name to produce a proper block but what was delivered did not meet their standards. AMS dropped this shop and went another route. So what is the problem? Apparently the machine shop is going to move these billet blocks anyway. Now, if the blocks are bad you do not want to be taken advantage of. However, if the blocks are good and a good deal cheaper than AMS or other sources there definitely will be interest. The block supposedly is being marketed as an AMS Block but AMS makes it clear this is not the block they use: Below are what AMS says are some of the problems with this block. They make a good case. However, there is also the possibility this issues have been resolved. Who knows what the truth is:
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    04-26-2016, 08:11 AM
    Have you heard of Boba Motoring? They are a German tuner that just kind of goes crazy stuffing a ton of turbo power into older German cars. For example, a MKII VW Golf with a 4Motion all wheel drive system retrofitted to help put down 1150+ horsepower from a turbo 2.0 liter pushing 58 psi of boost. Yep, crazy stuff. They do not just do VW's but decided to go all out on an E30 BMW. They swapped in the S38 motor (the best BMW M motor of all time) and gave it a top mount Precision PT8285 turbo. With E85 fuel the result is 1225 horsepower at 33 psi of boost. And yes, unlike other German tuners they provided the graphs to back up the claims. If the graph isn't enough there is also the car going 9.19 @ 159.53 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile. It helps that it only weighs 2912 pounds but also keep in mind you have to row your own gears. While guys on the forums debate the N54 vs. the N55 or the S55 motor the older M inline-6 engines are blowing them so far away it isn't even a contest at this point. N54 what?
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    04-12-2016, 02:12 AM
    This is the same S85 V10 engine swapped 1-Series hatchback we posted a couple days ago. The difference is this is before it got the G-Power twin supercharger kit for the S85 V10 motor. In this video it is running in naturally aspirated form against a tuned W204 C63 AMG coupe. The C63 is said to be at 564 horsepower so the assumption is that it has your basic M156 V8 bolt ons. The S85 V10 is smaller at 5.0 liter than the 6.2 liter M156 but it does rev to 8250 rpm giving it a strong top end punch. The E87 1-Series pulls away easily here. Imagine what it can do now with the boost from the twin blowers.
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    04-06-2016, 10:07 PM
    The Mercedes C-Class turbo four-cylinder motor lagged behind its competition from BMW and Audi. BMW especially as the N20 turbo four-cylinder really upped the game with underrated horsepower. BMW has since replaced the N20 with the B48 which likely offers even more power and torque to the wheels. That means Mercedes needed to step its game up as the old M271 1.8 liter turbo motor was not cutting it as past comparisons show. So do Audi and BMW still stomp the turbo four-cylinder C-Class? Pretty much just not as badly. The W205 is much improved in this respect. Audi and BMW still are both quicker and faster but at least the C300 is not embarrassingly outclassed. 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and a 1/4 mile sprint of 14.9 @ 93.4 is decent. However, that is still behind Audi with 0-60 in 5.6 seconds and BMW which manages the same. Both also trap higher at 95 and 98 miles per hour respectively. So, the Mercedes still underperforms compared to the competition. Most people won't put the emphasis on performance that BenzBoost does in this case. It's just that the C300 does everything worse than its competition: It's slower, it handles worse, it brakes worse, it's heavier (especially in all wheel drive trim), etc. It is comfortable and a nice looking package and that is enough for some. Just not us. 2016 Mercedes-Benz C300 (Sport) BASE PRICE $48,195 PRICE AS TESTED $53,715 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE 2.0L/241-hp/273-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 7-speed automatic CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,547 lb (54/46%) WHEELBASE 111.8 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 184.5 x 71.3 x 56.8 in 0-60 MPH 6.5 sec QUARTER MILE 14.9 sec @ 93.4 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 131 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.86 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.5 sec @ 0.66 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 25/34/28 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 135/99 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.68 lb/mile
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    04-06-2016, 03:43 PM
    The 'Terminator' Cobra from Ford when it debuted in 2003 set off a power war. The amount of performance per dollar Ford offered was incredible. Chevrolet never caught up to the Mustang with the Camaro until the ZL1 launched and Ford pulled away again with the GT500. For a while, Ford had one of the baddest performance cars for the money that responded very well to bolt on modifications and neither Chevy or Dodge could touch it. Keep in mind this is the 4.6 liter supercharged Cobra which offered 390 horsepower and and 390 lb-ft of torque from the factory. Weighing roughly 3700 pounds it was not light but the blower could be turned up quite a bit. What is the rear wheel horsepower of this Mustang? Bolt on cars depending on how aggressively they are tuned have hit around ~500 whp. It is not stated what the output here is but it looks to be in the 500's based on the result. The Z06 wins the first race easily but then it looks to suffer from heat soak. The Z06 is lighter and makes roughly 580 horsepower to the wheels along with over 600 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Still, this is a heavier Mustang that is over a decade old that is hanging close with Chevy's pride and joy with just bolt on tuning and actually pulling it in the later races. It goes to show how far ahead Ford was way back in 2003.
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    04-19-2016, 08:42 PM
    The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is a beast. A heavy 4500 pound beast. In stock form it puts out ~660 horses to the wheels and will run the 1/4 mile in 10.8 second at 126 miles per hour. It definitely has more power and torque than an ESS supercharged E92 M3. Torque is not going to win this race especially since it is from a roll. Efficiency wins this race. The M3 is carrying 1000 less pounds, is geared more tightly, has a quicker shifting transmission, and the centrifugal supercharger style means the blower is constantly moving more air the more it is spun toward redline unlike the twin screw Hellcat. It's a good race with the M3 trapping six miles per hour higher at the end of the run. Of course the Hellcat can get a tune, a pulley, cam upgrade, etc., and change the result in its favor. However, it is interesting to note it will need 700+ whp to run with a centrifugally supercharged E92 M3 from a roll. Brute force American muscle isn't always the best approach.
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