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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    01-29-2016, 07:18 PM
    There is a lot of interest in fueling on the N54 platform. This is necessitated of course by limitations of the direct fuel injection system. Many guys are now running supplemental port fuel injection in addition to upgrades to the direct fuel injection system. VTT (Vargas Turbocharger Technologies) is upgrading their project car's fuel system. They are not selling these upgrades but it certainly is fueling (haha, get it?) a big discussion on the BimmerBoost forums regarding the topic. The car is running the VTT 'Shotgun' direct injection upgrade along with a port fuel injection system. Further details on how VTT is upgrading the fuel system from Tony@VargasTurboTech are below. Decided to get the car ready for big power once we get the built motor back, and throw the stage 3 back on it. Bought the Radium triple surge tank, 3 Walbro 450's, and was able to tuck it into the trunk cubby for a completely stealth system that can easily support 1000-1200WHP on 100% E85. I have each pump wired to a relay, one pump is triggered by the factory signal, second pump comes in at 10 psi, 3rd at 20 psi. Took quite a bit of work, but to me this is the cleanest way, everything in the tank stays nice and stock except one return fitting, and the rest is hidden from view, and extremely quiet. Couldn't be happier with the set up, and honestly it cost me around $1200 to do it not counting my labor, that's not bad considering what other kits cost. If anyone has any specific questions on how its set up, I would be happy to answer them. Basically this is the break down. Stock pump feeds stock filter, which feeds surge tank, 3 pumps into a 3 to 1 Y fitting. Three -6 in one -8 out. -8 all the way to the FPR, then -8 out of the FPR -8 to dual -6 Y fitting, one -6 up to shotgun, one -6 to PI. -6 return from FPR to surge tank, -6 from surge tank to driver bucket. Anyone trying to make real power on these motors is going to need a fuel system like this, until a real double or triple drop in option is available
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-11-2016, 10:11 PM
    Ouch. An impressive pull here by BimmerBoost member @///Monst3r's manual E92 335i. His car is upgraded with a JP Works single turbo N54 kit and uses a Precision 6466 turbocharger. Dyno numbers and pictures are one thing but seeing the kit in action is another. You see it in action here against an ESS-Tuning supercharged E92 M3. We do not know if this is a VT2-625 setup or what pulley is being used. What we do know is that ESS is cited often on forums as a strong performance option for the E92 M3 yet at BimmerBoost we see race after race of their cars getting cleaned up. What makes this run impressive is you visibly see the E92 335i lose traction from the M3 camera car's perspective. The M3 gets a lead yet the 335i regains traction and quickly closes the gap and pulls. That is a massive power disparity right there. Excuse the poor video quality at night time but you can still easily see what happens.
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    01-15-2016, 11:13 AM
    F80 M3 and F82 M4 owners are already pushing their motors hard despite tuning on the platform being at a fairly early stage. More and more 700+ wheel horsepower examples thanks to turbo upgrades are hitting the roads and some guys have already hit some internal hardware limits. You can read the various forums and see that rods have given way and some guys have blown motors but is that due to the internals not being able to take it or the tuning? The answer is likely somewhere in the middle. Much like in the N54 world tuning will evolve and engines tuned early on let go at far less power than people are making on the stock motor these days. The S55 will evolve and make considerable power on the stock internals but for those who want peace of mind (and a bit of tuning leeway) upgraded internals are a must. TPG Tuning is putting together a built S55 with upgraded rods and pistons. There is another East Coast tuner that apparently ordered some of these same internals so people are pushing these cars hard already. We look forward to seeing the finished built S55 product,
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    01-22-2016, 09:31 PM
    BimmerBoost member @cryptocar has a 2013 F30 335xi. These models are equipped with the N55 turbo motor. A fairly well known problem is the BMW oem charge pipe fails. It happens with stock boost and on stock cars and not just on modified examples. @cryptocar's car was modded with the Dinan Stage I tune. A weak tune, as we already demonstrated in an N55 tuning dyno comparison. Due to the Dinan tune on the car and their claim the charge pipe doesn't break unless messed with the dealer refused to warranty the charge pipe which is a $450 part and dealers charge up to $500 to replace it. @cryptocar could not get the dealer to warranty the part and Dinan was not any help. Here's a quick overview: Frustrating right? Dealer won't warranty the part as they can say the car is modded and Dinan refuses to help as they say this is a common failure on the N55. Let's get some more details: So he is out the money on the charge pipe and labor which he should not be. The illusion of the Dinan warranty safety net with BMW is exactly that, an illusion. It is a strong marketing ploy and that is primarily how they use it. The first thing BMW, Dinan, and basically any of these companies these days will do is try to get out of honoring a warranty. They have people and departments dedicated to this task. Ask yourself this question. What is the point of paying more for a Dinan product that is supposedly safer if Dinan will hang you out to dry blaming BMW and BMW will hang you out to dry for running the Dinan product? Even if it is a BMW dealer that sells Dinan parts? You would be in the same position with any other part from anyone else, wouldn't you? Ultimately, what wins out is not honoring if the warranty if they can get away with it. They got away with it.
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    01-30-2016, 05:51 PM
    Many of you are wondering why someone would ditch the S62 5.0 liter V8 under the hood of the E39 M5 for a smaller BMW inline-6 motor. Well, these results make a strong argument for such a swap. This E39 M5 belongs to BimmerBoost member @Omni. You can read all about his decision to do the swap in a past article. Even at lower power levels than the car runs currently it was a beast. @Omni beat up on a tuned Cadillac CTS-V Wagon as well as a tuned F13 M6 Gran Coupe. With the car now making over 800 to the wheels it is safe to say he can take on even more stout competition. He is running a Precision 6266 turbocharger at 35 psi of boost. 100% methanol is injected in a direct port setup. A water and methanol blend is utilized as well before the compressor. Tuning is by @NickG of Technique Tuning and done on the stock DME no less. The result? 813 horsepower and 819 lb-ft of torque at the wheels which works out to comfortably over 900 at the crank. However you feel 800+ horsepower at the wheels is serious power and this may be the world's most powerful E39 at this point. Simply incredible results and props to @Omni for continuing to push the boundaries.
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    01-27-2016, 11:12 PM
    Russian BenzBoost member @Vasily1 has a variety of nice boosted toys. One of them is this W212 Mercedes-AMG E63 built by GAD Motors. They call it 'Stage VIP' which is essentially 'Stage Fat Wallet' as it is pretty much a custom build tailored to what @Vasily1 wants. On an intermediate tune (in other words there is more in it) the car puts down 1115 horsepower and 1018 lb-ft of torque at the crank. This makes it difficult to compare to Dynojet outputs at the wheels or other dynos. There is no doubt the car is absurdly fast. We have not seen anything on this setup yet due to the Russian winter which is certainly understandable. When things get warmer he will go to events and try it out against some stout competition. He trapped 142.5 in the 1/4 mile although this was not measured on an NHRA sanctioned dragstrip. You can get an idea as to the performance capability in the video below where the E63 runs a Huracan. Despite the Huracan getting a huge lead the GAD E63 runs it down and pulls past. The 1/4 mile trap speed in the video is 139 miles per hour. The E63 also runs a PP-Performance tuned F12 M6. It makes easy work of it running a 10.58 @ 138.76. The M6 only manages a 12.19 @ 126.8 in comparison. It will be interesting to see what the car does at the next round of Moscow Unlimited events and @Vasily1 has talked about getting it out to a drag strip. GAD Motors certainly is building some potent M157's.
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    01-08-2016, 11:40 PM
    PDU stands for Performance Design Unlimited. They are a new vendor on BimmerBoost located in California and are showing off their N55 products. A great way to show them off is in real world comparisons against some fast cars and that is exactly what they do in the video below. The F22 M235i is upgraded with the Pure Turbos Stage 2 N55 turbocharger. Obviously this turbo can make quite a bit of power which is where the PDU Port Fuel Injection system comes in. The car is also running a JB4, ACF tune, and 100% E85. The N54 gets the lion's share of attention but it is nice to see the N55 taking down some stiff competition and getting tuning attention. Take a look at the runs. The F10 M5 is tuned with the a BMS Stage 1 piggyback. The M235i easily pulls away and puts some distance on the F10 M5 which is no slouch. A very impressive pull. Next up is a Nissan GTR with full bolt ons and a Cobb Stage 3 tune. The M235i puts up a really good fight but the GTR once it gets into the higher gears shows its muscle. As well all know a full bolt on GTR is an impressive performer. Next up are a pair of E92 M3's one of which is ESS supercharged. Both are trounced easily as is the ESS car which happens often when one races anywhere other than on a keyboard. The Huracan run is next and the M235i jumps early. The Huracan stays in for a bit and let's off. Based on the previous results the M235i should win but a Huracan run should be closer with a better start. A stock F82 M4 is up next and the car visibly spins and can not get traction. An ugly beatdown. The second run is even worse. The final run is a drag race against an ESS supercharged E92 M3. Yet another ESS loss. What we gather from this is @PDU's fuel system is the real deal and the N55 can be made quite formidable with some upgrades. This M235i performs very well.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-13-2016, 05:31 AM
    Performance driving tends to be a man's domain. From Formula 1, to rally racing, to drifting, to you name it. There are exceptions of course and professional Malaysian drift driver Leona Chin is one of them. She poses as a clueless Mitsubishi sales girl selling the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton. The truck is not exactly a powerhouse with 178 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque from the 2.5 liter turbo diesel but it is enough power to scare the crap out of the potential male buyers when she takes the wheel and drifts the truck. There are a lot of lulz to be had in this video as you see and hear some of the men try and flirt with her as well as tell her that the vehicle is a man's car. The guy who tells her it is a man's car ends up asking her to stop driving which we assume she wanted to push him to the limit in particular. Enjoy the vid which is good for some laughs and never underestimate a driver based on their looks.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-09-2016, 04:52 PM
    MotorTrend starts the year off right with a Head 2 Head episode pitting the new Gen V Dodge Viper ACR against the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. We do not have to tell you how impressive the Dodge Viper ACR is. It is the baddest track on the planet for the money. MotorTrend's Jonny Lieberman starts off by saying Dodge's documented claim of thirteen lap records for the ACR is similar to your mom telling you that you are good looking. Not a good analogy at all and quite disrespectful to the achievement. A subjective point on looks from a family member is not at all the same as objective results with data to back up them up. Dodge backed them up thirteen times and it is not like they are stopping anyone from trying to top them. Just a dumb point right off the bat that places MotorTrend's self-serving tests as the supposed standard. Remember that MotorTrend had issues with the C7 Z06. The car was not able to complete their best driver's challenge last year. Chevrolet states they fixed the problems and so MotorTrend gets another crack at track testing with the car. The straightline and braking battle goes to the ACR although we do not know if MotorTrend's numbers are from testing on the same day. If so, the ACR manages to have the higher trap speed despite the drag from the extra downforce. Impressive. Randy Pobst takes the cars out to Laguna Seca but before they test the Americans a German is thrown in for context. That German being yet another one of the best track cars and dedicated driver's cars in the world known as the 911 GT3 RS. It sets the bar at 1:33.29 despite Pobst struggling somewhat with oversteer. That is quick and a new record but both the Z06 and Viper ACR quickly top it. Lap Times: GT3 RS: 1:33.29 Z06: 1:33.05 ACR: 1:30.46 That ACR beats the GT3 RS and Z06 soundly. The Z06 is able to edge the Porsche by just over 2/10's but the ACR is just over 2.5 seconds quicker. A significant amount as you can see in the video when the two laps are juxtaposed. The Viper ACR is just flat out spectacular and one of the best track cars in the world at any price point. There is nothing else to say.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-21-2016, 01:05 PM
    Stock internal 2015 Mustang GT? Check. Whipple 2.9 liter twin screw supercharger? Check. Drag tires? Check. MS109 race gas? Check. Stock manual transmission? Check. Put all that together and you get a 2015 Mustang GT that runs 9's in the 1/4 mile at over 150 miles per hour of trap speed. We knew the Whipple 2.9 liter supercharger made quite an impact on the new Mustang GT S550 models. On 91 octane pump gas it adds 317 horsepower to the rear wheels for numbers in the mid 600 to the wheels range. What is it doing on MS109 race gas with custom tuning from Lund Racing? That's a good question but we would venture to guess quite a bit more. The 1/4 mile result certainly is impressive to say the least. As is the 1.47 60 foot time.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    01-27-2016, 04:11 PM
    A Lamborghini catching fire is nothing new. It can even happen to a car that is stock. With high horsepower built twin turbo examples there certainly is a lot more heat generated and accidents can happen with such builds such as what you see in the video here. That is why it is puzzling that rather than addressing the issue Underground Racing is attempting to sweep it under the rug. We all know they have some of the strongest Audi/Lamborghini V10 builds in the world. As a matter of fact, this car set a record before burning down and UGR is touting the record but ignoring what happened to the car. Why are they being so insecure here? UGR apparently forced MotorTrend who was at the event and caught this Gallardo catching fire on video to pull their footage. They apparently have forced others to delete their videos as well. That even includes deleting comments about the incident: That seems a bit paranoid, doesn't it? Deleting comments? Pulling videos? Blocking users from commenting on social media? This network does not believe in such censorship by tuners. We want to know what happened and for customers as well as potential customers to be made aware of any issues as their safety is the primary concern here. Underground Racing is handling this issue poorly and enthusiasts do not appreciated being bullied by tuners. Rest assured this article is not going anywhere.
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    01-13-2016, 04:42 AM
    How does $51,700 for the upcoming 2016 F87 M2 sound? What do you get for that money? A 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-6 with output of 365 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque which no doubt is underrated. That money also buys the lightest M car in the lineup short of the M4 GTS which is more than twice the price but we want to see independent weight tests for both. You also get a car for the money capable of lapping the Nurburgring in under 8 minutes. With some aftermarket suspension tweaks and maybe the addition of a water injection system one can expect the M2 to be a potent track car. The engine itself is a closed deck block based on the N55. BMW did not make the same mistake with the M2 as they did with the 1M where they just used an engine they had laying around only changing the software. The M2 gets a real M motor despite not it not having an M designation as odd as that is. The 2016 X4 M40i will share the same engine and hit the streets next month which is before the M2's expected April debut. Say hello to the best performance value in the M lineup. THE 2016 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW IN DETROIT: - BMW to announce pricing of the all-new 2016 BMW M2. - BMW to announce pricing of the all-new 2016 BMW X4 M40i. Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: January 11, 2016 10:30 am EST /7:30 am PDT ... Today, the all-new BMW M2 and all-new BMW X4 M40i made their world debut at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The 2016 BMW M2. Making its highly anticipated world debut, the first ever BMW M2 features the renowned BMW M performance complimented by a sleek interior and exterior design. The new entry model of the BMW M GmbH is perfectly aligned with M tradition ensuring unbeatable driving dynamics on the roads and the track, embodying the true DNA of BMW M vehicles. A newly developed M TwinPower Turbo technology 3-liter, 6-cylinder engine produces 365 bHP and 343 lb-ft of torque between 1,400 and 5,560 with an overboost function raising this figure to 369 lb-ft between 1,450 and 4,750 catapulting the high performance vehicle from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds ( M DCT) with a top speed of 155 mph. Inspired by its motorsport roots, the BMW M2 sets the pace in its segment when it comes to agility, driving feeling, directional stability, steering precision and controllability at the limit, without any compromise in everyday use. The 2016 BMW M2 will be available at authorized BMW centers starting at $51,700 plus Destination and Handling starting in April 2016. The 2016 BMW X4 M40i. The cutting-edge drive technology in the new BMW X4 M40i guarantees the free-revving thrill typical of a BMW M developed motor and its outstanding power delivery. With 355 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque, the newly developed M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology inline 6-cylinder engine will also be making its world debut. Reaching an electronically limited top speed of 150 mph, the BMW X4 M40i delivers best-in-class acceleration, traveling from 0-60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. Design and technology are also at their peak in the BMW X4 M40i and include a powerful yet efficient exterior chassis tuned to M Performance specifications, BMW ConnectedDrive, intelligent xDrive and TwinScroll turbo technology. The 2016 BMW X4 M40i will be available at certified BMW dealers in February 2016 starting at $57,800 plus Destination and Handling.
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    02-03-2016, 03:43 PM
    This is getting ridiculous. We were already blown away by the Gen V Viper making quadruple digit horsepower on the stock motor this early on in its tuning. A tuner by the name of Unleashed Tuning managed to hit 1002 horsepower to the wheels on 93 octane. Calvo Motorsports has taken things quite a bit further on 93 octane pump gas with 1187 rear wheel horsepower and 1175 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. What allows this kind of pump gas power? It is tuned on a Motec M1 standalone ECU. Calvo's tuner believes they could easily get it over 1200 whp on pump as well but they think they are pushing the motor far enough as is. No knock, no detonation, and no issues with almost 1200 whp on 93 octane pump fuel. The scary thing is it can go further but nobody wants to be the first one to find the limit of the Gen V Viper internals. What can you say? The new Viper is badass.
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    01-27-2016, 02:30 PM
    The E60 M5 camera car in the video belongs to BimmerBoost member @tjav8b. His car is no slouch in stock form thanks to the S85 5.0 liter V10 under the hood but his is not stock. It is boosted courtesy of a Vortech based supercharger kit meaning it is quite potent especially on the top end. He decided to take his car to a 1/2 mile race event in Florida where there was a variety of competition. Competition that included this CTS-V that suddenly just pulls away like the M5 is standing still. We do not know the modifications on the CTS-V. All we know is it is impressive to say the least. The CTS-V trapped over 170 on this run and the M5 managed 159 miles per hour. Thank you @tjav8b for sharing the video and not caring about a win or loss.
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    01-30-2016, 06:41 PM
    Congrats to AudiBoost member @spool twice who improved his 11.881 @ 115.93 1/4 mile run in his B8.5 Audi S5 to 11.652 @ 117.81. This is the quickest B8.5 Audi S5 time to date. What makes it impressive is this is still on the stock blower with no weight reduction as well as with Dunlop street tires. Mod list: - GIAC stage II v2 Race - GIAC TCU 4,000 rpm launch control - AFE filter - 034 Throttle Body Boot - Drilled hole in airbox - x-pipe mod - E85/93 octane mix - AWE-Tuning pulley Track density altitude at the time of the run was 567 feet. That means there is probably a more in it. Maybe a mid 11 at roughly 119 miles per hour? Definitely quick but there is not much more left to get out of the OEM blower. It will be interesting to see if he takes it further.
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    01-26-2016, 06:35 PM
    Well, this is a new horsepower for turbocharged Porsche flat-6 motors. The record previously stood at 1560 horsepower from a 996 Turbo tuned by Undercover Performance on a ProEFI ECU. That was also achieved with nitrous though and what makes the new record remarkable is it is boost only. Thanks to a Protomotive Built 4.2 liter flat-6 motor and boost from a pair of Forced Performance 3794 turbochargers this 997 GT2 achieves 1564 horsepower and 1189 lb-ft of torque to the wheels. That is on E85 fuel and 33.3 psi of boost. What would the numbers be on a Dynojet? We are not sure but probably a bit less. It is also conceivable that the car has more in it. We do not have any more details and the owner is not sharing any photos. It seems he wants to let the car do the talking at 1/2 mile roll on events. It's not going to have any trouble getting its competition talking, that is for sure.
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    01-08-2016, 02:33 AM
    This is one we have been dying to see. Two American supercharged V8 brutes with four doors and a ton of power. The CTS-V of course features the LT4 supercharged and direct injected 6.2 liter V8 from the Corvette Z06 although it is 'detuned' to 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. That is less power and torque than the 707 horsepower from the twin screw supercharged Hemi Hellcat 6.2 liter V8. Less torque as well as the Charger Hellcat is rated at 650 lb-ft of torque. The ratings do not tell the story as both of these engines are underrated. The Hellcat dynos in the ~660 wheel horsepower range with ~600 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The LT4 does not give up any torque and actually shows slightly more torque on some dyno runs but it is down by roughly ~70 rear wheel horsepower. The Hellcat's bigger 2.4 liter twin screw blower appears to have a distinct advantage. The Hellcat needs that power to move its heavy 4560 pound behind. The CTS-V is no lightweight but it is a significant ~400 pounds lighter. Both cars have 8-speed automatic transmissions. How does it play out? The first dig race has the Hellcat come out on top. The owner decides to give the CTS-V the hit on the second run and the CTS-V pulls away as the Charger spins its tires. It is interesting to note that the Hellcat does start to reel the Caddy in up top and would have passed it if the CTS-V did not shut down. They move to roll races after this but there is some miscommunication in the first run as the Hellcat gets on the gas then gets off to get back on again. The second run offers a cleaner start and the Hellcat decisively pulls. Great runs here between the two supercharged beasts but the bigger beast is the Hellcat. The amount of power Dodge is giving consumers for the money is simply incredible.
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    01-23-2016, 04:52 PM
    A discussion on the BimmerBoost BMW Performance forums regarding a weak F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 flash tune touched off a debate on the state of BMW F-Series flash tuning and the current capabilities. You may remember that the BMW F-Series Tricore ECU's were cracked at the end of 2014 allowing limited flash tuning. Limited is correct as nobody is doing any OBD-II flashing of BMW F-Series models. At least not without a bench flash first which means physical access to the ECU is necessary. Some people think we will not have OBD-II flash tuning for the F-Series any time soon if ever at all. So what is the solution? Why is flash tuning important? Well, piggyback tunes can only influence parameters in the ECU that are already there. They can not change the programming. Flash tunes can change the programming. You see new flash tunes popping up all the time for the new turbo BMW models. What many don't realize is most of these flashes are the exact same thing from the exact some source. One source is BR Performance in Belgium. Basically, a tuner buys the tools or codes to 'flash' the F-Series ECU from a certain source. This is essentially a crack that allows certain modifications to the software. Tuners then claim to be able to flash but really they are modifying a small set of parameters without complete definition of all the software tables and files. Everyone sells this flash software and charges money for that flash. This is how tuners make money on software. Some tuners have more access than others and some use different sources. The thing is, for the vast majority, they are just reselling the same damn thing which has limited capability due to this early stage of tuning without all the parameters being defined. Some blind tuning takes place and much of it is trial and error. Playing it safe by modifying only certain aspects that everyone modifies is the easiest course of action and what most tuners are doing. The tuner at ACM (Autocouture Motoring) went on the BimmerBoost forums and posted these results for an F10 M5 they tuned: Over 800 wheel horsepower is impressive, right? Especially with a flash tune. That flash tune is only part of the picture as this setup relies on a BMW JB4 piggyback and a boost control module as well: F10 M5 mods: -ACM S3 flash tune -Pure S1 turbos -BMS JB4 + BCM -AMS downpipes -Meth -Dodson clutches -Full Akrapovic -MSR intake -93 octane In order to get the most out of a turbo upgrade or even basic tuning on the F-Series almost necessitates using a piggyback to influence the factory ECU parameters. If tuners had complete control of the ECU they could do this all with a flash by itself. They don't. We do have limited tuning capability of the F-Series ECU today but we are going to see these sort of hybrid tune setups for a while. We already saw similar things take place in the N54 world. Things will progress but as BMW is the most unfriendly company in existence to enthusiasts who want to modify their own cars reverse engineering BMW's work is practically impossible without inside factory sources helping things along. Brute force cracking attempts take forever with the encryption employed these days and is sort of like trying to win the Lotto. Even Dinan had to quit that approach and go the piggyback route. Keep all of this in mind when tuners discuss flash tuning capabilities on the F-Series. Most overstate what they can do in order to get sales. Nobody has real control of the ECU software except BMW.
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    01-15-2016, 09:34 AM
    Last week we posted a video of a GT350 equipped with Kooks long tube Voodoo headers for the GT350. The exhaust certainly sounds good but what we wanted to see were the power numbers. Well, now we have them and the car makes 491 to the tire on the stock tune. That is quite the improvement over the stock 466 wheel baseline. This is not with the Kooks headers alone but also with the full Kooks exhaust including a catted X-pipe. Here is the breakdown: Stock 466.72 WHP and 390.19 lb-ft wtq Kooks Headers, Catted X-Pipe and OEM Mufflers 481.86 whp and 406.66 lb-ft wtq Full Kooks Exhaust 491.02 whp and 410.01 lb-ft wtq Essentially this means that with a tune the car is over 500 whp with just basic bolt ons. It should hit over 100 wheel horsepower per liter in no time which is impressive naturally aspirated power.
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    01-23-2016, 09:22 PM
    Insane numbers, just insane. Hellion decided to take things to the next level with their 2015 on Mustang GT twin turbo kit. Previously they ran 55mm Precision turbochargers. Those were good for quadruple digit power as well putting down roughly 1100 to the wheels. Even on the stock internals they made 949 to the wheels. The car receiving the 64mm units has a built shortblock from MMR. The heads, cams, and intake are still stock. They do not prevent Hellion from achieving 1416 rwhp and 1152 lb-ft of torque at the wheels at 29 psi of boost. With the 55mm turbos they broke into the 8's with a 155 mph trap speed. The question is, what will it do now with more power on the 64mm turbos?
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    01-19-2016, 12:02 PM
    As BimmerBoost wrote earlier this month we believe Dinan's BMW turbo era tuning is weak. We are not the only ones who think this and the more data that comes out the more support there is for the premise. Enzo Performance compared their N55 flash tune on the F32 435i to Dinan's Dinantronics piggyback tune. The results are as you can imagine show the Dinan tune provided the least horsepower and torque despite the higher cost. The stock F32 435i measures at 276 wheel horsepower and 220 lb-ft of wheel torque. The Dinantronics box bumps this to 299 wheel horsepower and 246 lb-ft of torque for modest gains of 23 horsepower and 26 lb-ft of torque respectively. The Enzo Performance N55 ecu flash tune raises output to 323 wheel horsepower and 267 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Gains of 47 wheel horsepower and 47 lb-ft of torque. Almost double what Dinan provides. Now factor in the cost: Enzo ECU Calibration $1395 Dinan DINANTRONICS $2249 It does not look very good for Dinan, does it? Considerably higher cost and less power and torque. Not to mention you can find 435i flash tunes for less money than what Enzo is charging here. It also shows why Dinan never supported their products with dyno runs. Dinan's classic stance is that a dyno can not accurately represent their products yet BimmerBoost thinks it is because if more people saw these results the more people would not buy Dinan's products. In this turbo era and with a more educated consumer base people demand dyno comparisons such as this. Vendors such as BMS (Burger Tuning) long ago learned to show product results on the dyno and the dragstrip. Dinan is still living in the past where their name is enough. It isn't.
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    01-09-2016, 12:03 AM
    Mercedes-Benz sure seems to be blending its styles together. The new W205 C-Class has a lot of W222 S-Class in it. As does the W213 generation E-Class which itself looks like either a bigger C-Class or a smaller S-Class. Maybe a mix of both is what Mercedes wants? The models are blending too much together in the opinion of BenzBoost. The E-class took a step back from differentiating itself from the other models when the trademark separated headlights were ditched. It now looks more than ever like the other Mercedes sedans. Do you want your Mercedes sedan small, medium, or large? The design is somewhat boring in that respect. Sure, the interior upgrades are great and it is packed with technology but Mercedes styling is becoming bland. We will have more details when the car officially debuts later this month at the Detroit Auto Show but expect the new E63 AMG to have 4Matic all wheel drive and an M177 twin turbo V8 derivative other the hood.
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    01-18-2016, 01:01 PM
    This all sounds too good to be true and is not verified by Ford. The internet is eating it up though and from our research a Google Plus account not associated with Ford is responsible for this hype. Is it coming from someone just trying to get attention? That would be our guess as the numbers are too outlandish to believe. How is the Ford GT running a 170 trap speed with 720 horsepower? Even if it does weigh the unbelievable 2550 pounds claimed? A 150 trap speed is a best case scenario with those specs and 1000+ horsepower would be necessary for 170. Plus, a 170 trap speed is good for easily going deep into the 8's so someone seems to just be making this up. Basic math alone tells you that. The $600k price may even be accurate but considering the rest of the numbers seem to be made up we would not put any stock in that either. This is just someone guessing and trolling for attention. This happened earlier with video game specs posted as supposedly accurate as well and those numbers were not nearly as ambitious as these. The Ford GT is going to be spectacular but do not expect any of the numbers you see here. Right now, only Ford knows the real details and they have yet to release them. Don't believe everything you read, especially on car sites.
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    01-18-2016, 03:21 PM
    How does 516 rear wheel horsepower for an E60 M5 game grab you? Well, if it was naturally aspirated output it would be impressive. As it is from a supercharged car equipped with the ESS-Tuning VT1-625 kit the numbers simply are incredibly weak. Especially for the roughly $9k the kit costs. You would expect that kind of output from a naturally aspirated S85 V10. Frankly, you can get those kind of numbers naturally aspirated with bolt ons and then some. You don't even have to sacrifice your throttle response to do so. Why are the numbers so low for a supercharged S85 V10? A few reasons. First of all, this is a non-intercooled kit. It means it is cheap for ESS to produce and they make good money on what is a basic supercharger kit using the same Vortech head unit, the V3si, they already use in their M3 kits. That lowers the cost for ESS-Tuning and increases their profit margins (why a non-intercooled supercharger using a Vortech V3si is $9k is a good question) considerably. The result is not worth the money when this same output can be hit naturally aspirated for far less money with greater driveability. Look at the baseline from their own dealer EAS (European Auto Source) who is known to have a rather optimistic Dynojet. The car makes 437 to the wheels to begin with. They do not even gain 100 rear wheel horsepower on the baseline. They gain 79 wheel horsepower. Why is anyone bothering with a non-intercooled low boost 5.5 psi kit? Also, why bother with the V3si blower on the 5.0 liter S85 V10? ESS pushes the V3si because that is what they already order from Vortech for the M3 supercharger kits and the self-contained oiling system makes the system easier to install and cheaper to maintain. It certainly isn't doing the motor's output any favors though. Look at what a Vortech T-Trim does against a V3si with the same pulley: It simply flows more air up top. Where you want it on this engine to make big power when revving out. Doesn't 774 wheel horsepower sound a lot more like what a supercharged E60 M5 S85 5.0 liter V10 should be making than 516 to the wheels?
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    01-21-2016, 03:55 PM
    The Audi R8 is basically a reskinned Huracan. It has the same dual clutch transmission and same 5.2 liter direct injected naturally aspirated motor. So then why does the Audi R8 only have 540 horsepower while the Huracan gets 610 horsepower from its motor? Due to the ECU tuning. If you want the full 610 horsepower you have to up to the R8 Plus V10 model which starts at $189,900. Is that really worth it when the standard R8 V10 starts at $162,900 and the only difference in output is due to software? Not in the opinion of AudiBoost. A Huracan will run you $237,250 which means either R8 V10 is a value in comparison. AudiBoost thinks pocketing $74k by opting for the standard R8 V10 and getting an ECU tune to eliminate (and exceed) the power disparity makes a whole lot of sense. Then again, do people spending over $200k on a car even care? Audi of America announces pricing for the all-new 2017 R8, the fastest and most powerful Audi production model ever January 20, 2016 | HERNDON, Virginia More powerful and more dynamic than its predecessor, the R8 V10 plus generates 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque reaching a top track speed of 205 mph The all-new Audi R8 and R8 LMS racecar were co-developed and share approximately 50 percent of the same parts, including the V10 engine Track-tested around the world, the R8 LMS will make its US racing debut at the ROLEX 24 at Daytona on January 30, 2016 Faster, more efficient, and more capable both on and off the racetrack, the all-new 2017 R8 is the most powerful Audi production model ever. The R8, with its breathtaking performance, high-revving naturally aspirated motor, precise handling and driver-focused interior, embodies the automotive distinction that has become synonymous with the four rings. 2017 Audi R8 Featuring the same naturally-aspirated V10 engine found in the R8 LMS racecar, a completely new application of quattro® all-wheel drive, and a more functional yet technologically advanced cabin, the R8 is the pinnacle of performance for Audi, with no other model bearing a closer tie to racing. Featuring an updated seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch transmission, which can shift gears in 120 ms, the V10 model, with 540 hp and 398 lb-ft of torque reaches 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and top track speed of 199 mph. The new top model, the R8 V10 plus with 610 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, catapults from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and can achieve a top track speed of 205 mph. Weighing approximately 77 pounds less than the R8 V10, the V10 plus features standard Audi carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fiber rear diffuser, front lip spoiler, exterior mirror housings and fixed rear wing spoiler, and for the first time ever in the US, racing shell seats. Racing Heritage and DNA Embodied in the R8 DNA is know-how acquired on the racetrack and from the legacy of Audi endurance racing. For the first time ever, Audi co-developed the all-new R8 with the all-new GT3 race car, the Audi R8 LMS. Both the new Audi R8 and the R8 LMS made significant performance gains, thanks to the close cooperation between race car engineers, motorsports specialists and developers. The result was just under 50 percent common parts shared between the two models including the V10 engine and a new ASF® aluminum construction with innovative light-weight multi-material construction. Design cues throughout the R8 also harken back to its racing roots, such as the prominent wheel arches and vertical lighting design, which are suggestive of the R18 LMP1 racecar. Powertrain and Performance The Audi R8 has always embodied the essence of a true high-performance sports car. Each R8 model leverages a mid-engine drivetrain layout – directly inherited from the original R8 prototype that secured five victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The new R8 offers two updated versions of the infamous high-revving, naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 FSI® engine and a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, which integrates with the Audi drive select system. Available on the R8 for the first time, Audi drive select offers four modes: comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual, and on R8 V10 plus models, an additional "performance mode" with dry, wet, and snow programming which allows for enhanced performance based on the selected road condition. A new fuel injection system combines the benefits of indirect and direct injection and uses an intelligent engine management control unit to help optimize fuel injection and distribution based on engine load. Seven speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission The new transmission not only focuses on high levels of performance and acceleration but also emphasizes efficiency. On V10 models, the gear ratio configuration is referred to as 6+overdrive, with the top track speed being reached in the 6th gear. V10 plus models feature a gear set uniquely suited for high-performance oriented driving with no overdrive gears. In this set up, gears 3 through 7 feature shorter ratios that provide a closer shift pattern, allowing the V10 FSI® engine to remain at a higher RPM to allow for increased performance. In this configuration, the top track speed is reached in 7th gear. As another benefit to the S tronic dual-clutch transmission, both R8 models offer a launch control program that allows a heightened level of acceleration through precise engine speed and an automated clutch release. KEY SPECIFICATIONS MODEL ENGINE TRANSMISSION HORSEPOWER TORQUE R8 V10 5.2-liter V10 FSI® seven-speed S tronic® with quattro® AWD 540 hp @ 7,800 – 8,700 rpm 398 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm R8 V10 plus 5.2-liter V10 FSI® seven-speed S tronic® with quattro® AWD 610 hp @ 8,250 – 8,700 rpm 413 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm Designed for performance As in racing, the aerodynamics of the Audi R8 have been optimized to help balance drag and downforce. The underbody features drag reduction panels to ensure a smooth surface and NACA ports, which allow additional air to be channeled through the engine bay or to other critical drivetrain components. The drag coefficient is 0.34 with adaptive rear spoiler retracted or 0.35 with it extended, and 0.36 with the fixed rear wing spoiler. Chassis and Suspension The chassis for the high-performance sports cars also employs technologies from racing. The R8 uses a double-wishbone design for both the front and rear suspension systems. The suspension weight is kept low through the use of forged aluminum control arms, while local dynamic rigidity has been enhanced by connecting the control arms directly to the ASF® chassis. The all-new R8 also features a completely unique application of the quattro® system. By default, the majority of torque is transmitted to the rear wheels, however, given certain driving conditions, the R8 has the ability to send up to 100 percent of all available torque to the front axle. This is made possible by new technologies such as the electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch on the front axle, torque vectoring, and quattro integration within the Audi drive select system. Design and Body The mid-engine concept provides the basis for the striking design of the new Audi R8. With the cockpit positioned forward and a long flowing roofline that extends to the rear of the vehicle, the new R8 has an unmistakable silhouette that instantly conveys its racing DNA. The strong shoulder line is now uninterrupted by the new two-piece design of the Audi sideblade and the hidden door handles. Dimensions are similar to the previous generation but further emphasize the flat, wide and muscular characteristics of the R8 – decreasing half an inch in height and length but increasing half an inch in width. The new R8 utilizes Audi expertise in lightweight design through an all-new application of the iconic ASF® lightweight chassis, through the use of 13 percent carbon fiber materials. The new multi-material construction has not only helped lessen the vehicle's static and dynamic weight, with the V10 plus weighing 88 pounds less compared to the previous generation and the V10 weighing 143 pounds less, but also allows for improved chassis performance with 40 percent greater rigidity. Finally, new R8 models also feature an exhaust system with integrated twin-trapezoidal exhaust outlets and variable exhaust flaps that, once opened, provide an electrifying exhaust note. The V10 plus models come standard with black exhaust outlets mated to a sport exhaust system for increased aural excitement. Design and body highlights include: Singleframe® grille with three dimensional honeycomb design and Anthracite Gray finish Full LED headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights with dynamic turn signals Standard on V10 models are 19" 5-V-spoke design cast aluminum wheels in silver finish and standard on V10 plus are 19" 5-double-spoke design forged aluminum wheels in matte titanium finish Adaptive rear spoiler (V10) or carbon fiber fixed rear wing spoiler (V10 plus) Two-piece sideblade design Interior features Like the first generation R8, the interior is defined by the monoposto, the large arc that pays homage to the shape of a racecar cockpit, with driver-oriented, easy-to-operate controls and functions. Behind the wheel is the Audi Virtual cockpit, which replaces the classic instrument panel and instead features a large, high-resolution 12.3-inch display, delivering vibrant color at 60 frames per second. Available for the first time on an R8 is Audi connect®, offering infotainment features such as 4G LTE connectivity, destination entry via myAudi, travel information, Internet radio and a Wi-Fi® hotspot for passenger use. Also, with available Audi connect, Google Earth™ satellite maps appear across the entire virtual cockpit allowing the driver to better navigate each turn in the road or the track ahead. Additional interior features include: Standard 18-way power seats with Fine Nappa leather for V10 models; standard on V10 plus models is a racing shell seat offering more lateral support and contoured seat styling. Three-spoke multifunction flat-bottom sport steering wheel with shift paddles and two steering wheel-mounted satellite buttons (engine Start/Stop and Audi drive select). The R8 V10 plus steering wheel adds two additional satellite buttons for the Performance mode selector and Sport exhaust. Bang & Olufsen® Sound System featuring 13 speakers capable of producing 550 watts of pure, crisp sound (standard V10, optional V10 plus). With uncompromised performance and unmistakable design, the R8 model line has represented the pinnacle of Audi performance since its introduction in 2008, and this all-new 2017 R8 is no exception. Competing as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, the all-new R8 LMS will make its US racing debut at the ROLEX 24 at Daytona on January 30, 2016. Watch as the first generation R8 passes the baton to its worthy successor the all-new 2017 R8: Pricing Detail Model year 2017 R8 starting manufacturer suggested retail prices: MODEL Starting MSRP R8 V10 $ 162,900 R8 V10 plus $ 189,900 Prices above exclude destination charge ($1,250), taxes, title, options, and dealer charges. For more information on the 2017 Audi R8, please visit www.audiusa.com. Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted.
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    01-20-2016, 11:11 AM
    G-power in 2013 realized they could not compete with the Vortech based single supercharger kits and released a 'mono' supercharger system. As you may know, G-Power previously utilized twin superchargers for their S85 V10 kits and although this made for a fairly nice kit it was ludicrously overpriced. Especially when you factor in that their twin supercharger kits would struggle to outflow a large single supercharger. Ultimately this meant G-Power's twin kits which started at $25,500 for the basic setup and went to $32,500 with slightly higher boost offered poor horsepower per dollar. In comes the new mono kit and here is BimmerBoost's overview from 2013: What you see here is the SKII system which is roughly $20k. Cheaper than the twin supercharger kits but still not cheap. Does it perform well? Yes, just not for the money yet again although it is a better value than it was. You get 590 rear wheel horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque at the wheels for your cash: This means it easily can beat up on a naturally aspirated or stock E63 M6 as you see in the videos below. Keep in mind these videos come from the dealer in Bahrain who wants to portray this supercharger in the best light to sell as many as possible. That is probably why they have it beating up on a naturally aspirated M6 which it certainly does: Is G-Power suddenly relevant in the S85 V10 supercharger market again? No. There are still higher performance options out there for less money. This kit would essentially struggle against a supercharged DCT E92 M3 in a straightline battle which is not what you expect from a supercharged S85 V10. This option will be relegated to overseas cars whose owners for some reason value the G-Power name. This is still well short of the power that Vortech T-Trim cars are making. The kit certainly sounds good and seems to be well sorted. The appeal of the G-Power name and this supercharger is definitely more for a market like Bahrain than the US.
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    01-21-2016, 11:26 PM
    BimmerBoost already covered how the B58 differs from the N55 it replaces along with dyno charts regarding the actual output of the new motor. The detailed info below is not about power output on the dyno and tuning potential but is straight from BMW regarding the technical design specifications. It is a great read if you have the time and also shows what goes into BMW's technical training. Enjoy the details on the mechanical components, oil supply, cooling system, intake, exhaust, vacuum supply, fuel system, and electrical system. Keep in mind this modular design is going to be with us for a while.
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    02-02-2016, 04:12 PM
    A couple nice runs here from a BMS JB4 tuned F10 BMW M5. The car is running a 50/50 blend of meth injection on 93 octane. It also features MSR intakes and R888 tires for traction. The Mustang GT Coyote V8 is blown with a Kenne Bell twin screw at 12 psi on E85. The M5 and Mustang go at it twice. The first run has the Coyote pulling decisively. In the second run the M5 takes the hit and holds off the Mustang GT. They each get a win which is great but it should have been settled with a decisive third race. Maybe we'll see a rematch? The Mustang gets a bonus run with a Paxton supercharged Gen II Dodge Viper at 6 psi of boost. The V10 is also stated to be stroked. The Coyote pulls it impressively so the Viper might want to run more boost next time. A run between the Viper and M5 would be fun to see as well.
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    02-02-2016, 05:45 PM
    We know the turbocharged 488 GTB should be much faster than the naturally aspirated 458 Italia it replaces. Especially in the 1/4 mile considering the Ferrari now has turbo torque to get it off the line quickly. EKanooRacing took what they say is a stock 488 GTB to the Bahrain dragstrip and here is the result. On a 1.706 60 foot time they managed a 10.372 @ 137.35 miles per hour. That is a very impressive run but this sort of performance should put the 488 GTB roughly even with the 650S from McLaren. So why did we see a 488 GTB lose from a roll to a McLaren MP4-12C which is less powerful than the 650S? Was that 488 GTB a dud? Was the MP4-12C tuned? Is EKanooRacing using race gas? Is the Bahrain dragstrip accurate? All valid questions. We will need to some runs on NHRA certified US strips to put this result in context.
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    02-04-2016, 04:11 PM
    Things have changed a bit regarding rally racing spectators. Why? Well, take a look at the gif posted below and you will understand why. Back in the legendary 80's Group B days as well as other rally classes drivers would have to contend not only with the elements but spectators as well. This speaks for itself.
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