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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 04:32 AM
    Those F-Series tunes sure spread out quickly didn't they? Everyone is trying to grab their piece of the pie and that is how this business works. Evotech of course is throwing their hat in the ring as well with some pretty impressive tune only numbers of 745 horsepower and 930 lb-ft of torque. Yes, those figures are at the crank. Fortunately they provided a dynograph or this network would not be bothering with this article as it often does not for tuners that throw out big numbers without any actual support. Uncorrected on a Dynojet the figures are 623 wheel horsepower and 777 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. That torque number is... well, it's crazy. It's much higher than anyone else and we certainly can not explain it. Other tuners are in the low 600 lb-ft of wheel torque range on a Dynojet. What is Evotech doing differently? What other supporting mods does this car have? We do not know. We only know that they state they are using 95 octane fuel and their Stage 2 flash. Their crank ratings may be a bit high as using 15% loss numbers (which is flawed anyway as it inflates output) puts the torque figure at 914 lb-ft and the horsepower at 732. Regardless, we are seeing some very big numbers out of the S63TU and it is just getting warmed up.
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    Today, 04:11 AM
    Here are the first pictures of the upcoming 991 generation 911 GT3 RS model. Nothing too crazy here as it matches the spyphotos but it is important to note that for the first time a street version of the GT3 has exposed air intakes in the rear fenders similar to the Turbo models. The specification sheet for the 911 GT3 RS was leaked last month so with these images and the specs we basically have the whole picture. 500 horsepower, 4.0 liter motor, PDK, wider bodywork in front and and in back, and a bit less weight. Now we wait for the official reveal but the internet sure knows how to spoil the party for manufacturers.
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    Today, 03:58 AM
    Bentley has been toying around with the idea of a two-seater for a little while now. Last year, they stated they might produce a sports car based on the Audi R8 platform. This is not that car but it certainly is much more of a Bentley than just a re-skinned R8. While the GT is a 2+2 this concept is not. You do get a fairly nice sized trunk under the hatch though. The design is Bentley's own from the ground up and it certainly shows. Bentley is teasing some of their future design language inside and our with this car as they state the design elements could spread throughout the lineup. Although they also state this car and its design could go in its own direction to compliment the GT so it seems Bentley does not really know where they are headed with this themselves. Their press release is mostly focused on the exterior styling as well as the interior. They do not mention much about what is under the hood which tells you this is just a show car for a big show like Geneva. Interesting? Certainly. EXP 10 SPEED 6 - A VISION OF BENTLEY DESIGN AND PERFORMANCE MAR 2, 2015 Concept for sector-defining two-seater sportscar Futuristic Bentley design, a statement in modern British luxury Potential future model line (Crewe / Geneva, 2nd March 2015) Bentley Motors is showing the future direction of luxury and performance with the EXP 10 Speed 6 at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. The concept is a British interpretation of a high performance two seater sportscar using modern automotive design, highly skilled handcrafting, the finest materials and advanced performance technology. From the racing success of the company's early years to the international motorsport success of today, 'speed' is part of Bentley's DNA. This inspiration is expressed throughout the EXP 10 Speed 6, where iconic Bentley design cues are fused with progressive craftsmanship techniques and modern technologies. Copper elements are used as accents to both exterior and interior features to highlight the performance hybrid potential of the concept's advanced new powertrain. Performance goals including top speed are set to challenge competitors and define a new segment benchmark. Wolfgang Dürheimer, chairman and chief executive of Bentley Motors, comments: "EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for Bentley's future – a powerful, exquisite and individual concept. The showcar has the potential to be the new pinnacle luxury two-seat sports car. It offers thrilling, driver-oriented performance, complete with trademark modern Bentley luxury and effortlessness. It could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT and redefining the pinnacle of another market sector, and the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could influence the expansion of the Bentley family. This is not just a new sports car concept – but the potential Bentley sports car – a bold vision for a brand with a bold future." Contemporary Design, Yet Unmistakably Bentley The exterior design of EXP 10 Speed 6 is an expression of muscular, athletic surfaces inspired by the aerodynamic shapes of aircraft fuselages and wings. The ethos of the design was to develop contemporary interpretations of Bentley styling cues, which have been brought together with beauty and precision. The result is a coupe of clean, modern surfaces whilst remaining unmistakably Bentley. Creating exciting contemporary ideas from classic starting points is evident across the car, from the new interpretation of the iconic Bentley matrix grille and four-round headlamps to the paint colour – a deeper, richer and heavily metallic version of British Racing Green. The principles of established Bentley luxury have been applied in new and invigorating ways that use the latest technologies and techniques. The shapes and lines of EXP 10 Speed 6 represent a dynamic sculpture, creating harmony between sharp lines and flowing surfaces and using twisted surfaces to imply speed. Combined with muscular proportions and an athletic stance through the use of a short front overhang, long bonnet, low grille and wide rear shape with a long C-post, the exterior styling hints at high speed potential of the car. Every exterior material and each individual detail is designed to modern Bentley style. Cutting-edge 3D metal printing technology has allowed the grille mesh, exhausts, door handles and side vents to be delivered with micro-scale design detail precision. The iconic Bentley mesh grille, for example, is no longer a flat plane of latticework but includes varying depth with a complex 3D geometry only visible when viewed at an angle. Bentley's renowned quilted leather has inspired three dimensional texture to the precision glass of the headlamps. These exterior elements come together to present a Bentley for the next generation – lean, toned and exquisitely precise, designed around new evolutions of the design elements that unite all Bentleys – past, present and future. Bentley's Most Performance-Orientated Luxury Cabin The inspiration for the interior comes from the continuous line that runs around the cabin, driving through the console and into two symmetrical wings before flowing into the door and looping back into the console armrest. Two elegant quilted sports seats are positioned either side of the narrow centre console which houses exquisite driver controls and a highly intuitive 12" touch screen. These features combine futuristic technology seamlessly with progressive Bentley craftsmanship. Each detail has taken core Bentley interior DNA principles and moved them forwards. For example, the classic and purposeful Bentley knurled surface is a feature throughout the controls of the car, but now created using steel and copper together to create a two-metal 3D texture. Continuing the fusion of traditional materials and contemporary design statements, the doors of EXP 10 Speed 6 feature 3D quilting, milled directly in to solid straight-grain cherry wood. Each resulting diamond is finished with a copper centre. The centre console integrates digital information with tactile controls via a curved touch screen housed in an aluminium frame. The fascia instruments deploy from a flat position into the drivers view as the car is started using the floating "B" button integrated in to a non-symmetrical gear lever finished in aluminium, copper and cherry wood. A mechanical rev counter and digital display combine to provide the perfect balance of modern driver information and analogue beauty. The rear interior space is divided into two compartments designed to house a specifically designed four-piece luggage set. Like the rest of the interior, the rear has been trimmed by the master craftsmen at Bentley in the highest quality Poltrona Frau leather.
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    Today, 03:32 AM
    We knew it was coming as the spyphotos circled the web and here it officially is, the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce. As expected, the limited edition Aventador Superveloce combines a bit more power with a bit less weight (and much more money). The Superveloce shaves 110 pounds off the standard Aventador which means it will weigh somewhere in the 39XX pound range depending on options. Power is up to 750 horsepower by optimizing the Variable Valve Timing and the Variable Intake System. The exhaust system was also revised for lower back pressure. In addition to the weight savings and power gains the aerodynamics and suspension are optimized. This results in 170% more downforce than the standard Aventador. US pricing and US availability has yet to be announced. Expect roughly a $100k premium and delivery at the end of the year. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce The purest essence of a Lamborghini super sports car • More power: enhanced V12 naturally aspirated engine with 750 hp at 8.400 rpm • Less weight: 50 kg reduction through lightweight engineering solutions, with substantial use of carbon fiber • A new dimension in performance and driving dynamics: • Improved drivability through further optimized aerodynamic balance • Perfect control through pushrod suspension with magneto- rheological dampers and Lamborghini dynamic steering • Acceleration 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, top speed of more than 350 km/h • Result: the fastest and most emotional series production Lamborghini Sant'Agata Bolognese / Geneva, 02.03.2015 – Automobili Lamborghini presents the Lamborghini LP 750-4 Superveloce at the Salon de l'Automobile in Geneva. With increased power, lower weight, improved aerodynamics and innovative technologies the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce is the most pure incarnation of a Lamborghini to date: unmistakable Lamborghini super sports car DNA, dynamic superiority and exceptional driving precision. A focus on weight reduction while incorporating innovative technologies has resulted in the most sports-oriented, fastest and most emotional series production Lamborghini ever. The weight has been further reduced by 50 kg through enhanced lightweight engineering including significant use of carbon fiber. The naturally aspirated V12 engine's power is increased to 552 kW/750 hp. This results in a power-to-weight-ratio of 2,03 kg/hp. The Superveloce accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds and powers on to reach a top speed of more than 350 km/h (more than 217 mph). "The new Aventador Superveloce continues the Lamborghini tradition of SV models, pushing the boundaries in terms of performance and pure driving emotion," says Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. "The original Aventador was presented four years ago, and the Superveloce pays homage to its passionate owners, as well as the fan community, whose enthusiasm has resulted in the biggest commercial success ever of a Lamborghini V12 super sports car. In the Superveloce Lamborghini's expertise in lightweight engineering is clearly evident. With technological features which, combined with design, quality standards and craftsmanship, the Superveloce results in the most exclusive, pure and emotional production model in the history of our brand." Power-to-weight Every single detail of the Aventador Superveloce has been optimized to achieve the lowest possible weight, whilst including new technologies to enhance dynamics and the driving experience. The Aventador's carbon fiber monocoque with lightweight aluminum frames is being serially produced for the Superveloce. Together with other carbon fiber components such as new door panels and new rockers and fenders in SMC superlight, it provides low weight with maximum rigidity. Also in carbon fiber are the new rear wing, and the fixed air intakes. The interior has also been completely revised with a clear focus on weight reduction. The new sports bucket seats and the door panels are made of carbon and the interior's lightweight design excludes an infotainment system (available as no cost option), carpets and certain noise insulation parts. In this way the weight of the Superveloce has been reduced by 50 kg (110 lbs) to 1,525 kilograms (3.362 lbs). Combined with the increased power, the power-to- weight ratio has been improved by ten per cent, to 2,03 kg/hp, contributing to not only the phenomenal acceleration figure but enhancing both lateral dynamics and braking. The Superveloce is amazingly powerful, but equally light-footed and precise. Driving Dynamics Introduced on the Aventador, Lamborghini's pushrod suspension system incorporates adaptive Magneto Rheological Suspension (MRS) on the Superveloce, responding immediately to road conditions and driving style: wheel damping is adjusted individually during cornering, largely suppressing body roll and making the steering and handling even more responsive. The adaptive damping also counteracts brake diving. Also new is the electromechanical Lamborghini Dynamic Steering (LDS), which variably adapts the steering ratio to road speed and to the dynamic mode selected. Specially tuned for the Superveloce, it ensures even greater stability at high speed, while making it significantly easier to maneuver at low speed. The Superveloce's lightweight forged rims in matt black measure 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear and are optionally equipped with central locking mounts, as in motorsport. The standard-fit Pirelli P Zero Corsa sports tires ensure maximum grip, with Carbon Ceramic Brakes as standard. Pure performance The 6.5 liter, naturally aspirated V12 engine in the Lamborghini Aventador has been redesigned for the Superveloce and equipped with a completely new lightweight exhaust system. Improving the engine responsiveness of the original Aventador, maximum power output now reaches 552 kW / 750 hp at 8,400 rpm. In order to achieve an enriched torque curve especially at high revs, both Variable Valve Timing and Variable Intake System have been optimized. The maximum torque is 690 Nm at 5,500 rpm, with an increased maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm. The newly engineered exhaust system not only lowers back pressure, it also delivers all the music of the mighty twelve-cylinder engine – from a moderate rumble when rolling through the city at low revs to the screaming crescendo of gears spinning at top speed. The highly innovative Lamborghini ISR transmission is the perfect match for this engine. It is the fastest automated manual gearbox in the world and delivers an incomparably emotional gear shift. The permanent all-wheel drive of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce – denoted by the '4' in its name – uses a Haldex Generation IV electronically controlled coupling system to distribute torque between front and rear. This coupling matches the torque distribution perfectly to the dynamic situation in a matter of milliseconds. A self-locking differential at the rear axle and an electronic differential lock at the front is controlled by the ESP, lifting the dynamic performance even further. Vehicle characteristics (engine, transmission, differential, dampers, steering) can all be adapted to individual driver preferences using the three settings of the Drive Select system – Strada (road), Sport and Corsa (race track). Form follows function The design of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce embodies aggressive power alongside technical superiority. In creating the Superveloce, from the very beginning the aerodynamic engineers worked closely with the designers of Lamborghini Centro Stile with the objective of ensuring an optimum aerodynamic balance. The goal was to improve both vertical downforce and aerodynamic efficiency without having evident impact on the drag coefficient. Overall aerodynamics have been optimized by 150% in term of efficiency and gained a considerably higher downforce of 170% over the standard Aventador. Thus every single line of the Superveloce has a clear function: to further improve the performance of this super sports car. The most obvious new element is a large racing-style rear wing which improves aerodynamic efficiency and generates additional downforce. It can be manually adjusted to three different positions to suit a driving style. The wing can be regulated to allow for a change of 15% in the aerodynamic balance of the car. In this way the best set-up is guaranteed in every driving condition, both on the road and on the track in order to reach maximum downforce or speed. The front end of the car has been redesigned completely: a more 'open' view, with the forward-stretched line of the front skirt and two front wings - one in black carbon fiber and one in the car's colour - generating significant downforce in the front of the car. This improves handling and stability, gives even more precise turn-in at high speeds and, in conjunction with the ABS, ensures a sensitive and accurate feedback from the steering. Larger front air intakes reflect the SV's additional 50 hp and optimize brake cooling. The rear of the car is redesigned with an open, exposed feel. Carbon fiber parts, many in visible black colour, contribute to weight reduction. The Superveloce's extreme, lightweight character is immediately evident, with the complexity of the design clearly visible from both behind and above the car. A large rear diffuser on the underside and vertical fins improve the air flow from the optimized underbody. A large mesh structure at the rear ensures heat dissipation from the 6.5-liter V12 engine. The muffler design is in a special lightweight material, with a naked four- pipe exhaust. The cooling air ducts above the rear wheels, which are movable on the standard Aventador, are fixed on the Superveloce. The interior – purist and authentic The exclusive position of the Superveloce is emphasized by its considerably sharpened design and the unique interior. This is the first production car to feature Lamborghini's innovative Carbon Skin® material. A significant example of Automobili Lamborghini's leading position in the research, development and production of CFRP materials, this material is the lightest available and it is flexible and robust. Incorporating a highly specialized resin, the woven carbon fiber fabric is extremely soft to the touch, yet very hard-wearing. The Superveloce's inner roof and parts of the cockpit are clad in this highly exclusive material. The carbon fiber monocoque of the Aventador is rarely seen, but reflecting the dominance of this lightweight material in the Superveloce, also features in the car's interior. The carbon fiber monocoque is now visible in several places, including the center tunnel and the sills, giving the entire interior a very purist look. The shells of the newly-developed sports seats are also made from carbon fiber with an upholstery in alcantara and y-shaped leather inserts. The instrument cluster is entirely new. The new TFT screen is dominated by the color yellow, with an RPM shifting indicator in light blue, and a G-force indicator in the lower part of the cluster similar to racing cars. The launch color of the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 is the specially developed Rosso Bia, with black Alcantara in the interior. Five further colors are available with owners able to specify their cars to their own individual tastes,with virtually unlimited options under Lamborghini's Ad Personam personalization program. The price of the Aventador Superveloce in Europe is 327,190.00 Euro w/o VAT, and the car will have its market introduction in late spring 2015.
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    Today, 02:16 AM
    Congratulations are in order to Burger Tuning! 136 miles per hour is where the BMW N54 trap speed record stands. This was achieved at the Famoso drag strip in Southern California by the BMS 135i test car running a JB4 and Motiv single turbo kit on a stock internal N54. There are still issues to work out and as the 60 foot indicates the launch needs some work for an impressive ET. Once @Terry@BMS sorts the issues out a good launch on high boost should finally propel the N54 into the 140+ trap speed range (and maybe the 9's?). For now though 136.43 miles per hour is officially the fastest N54 trap in the all the land. More details in the words of @Terry@BMS below. Terry@BMS: I was able to attend a track day at Famoso raceway today. The scheduled start time was 9am but that got pushed back due to a rain delay. It was around noon before we got to do any runs. I decided to race our 135i with the new MOTIV 750 kit today and just go for traps. To that end I ran on the normal 245/45/17 555Rs and just launched the car in 2nd gear with boost capped at 12-15psi. Logs on the dyno looked great fueling wise but as soon as I started doing runs at 26psi at the track, a problem became apparent. The low pressure pump was not keeping up. So I wasn't able to do any high boost runs as I had originally planned. As the day went on fuel pressure got worse and worse. Still, managed a respectable 136.4mph trap speed. I've attached the log of the run so you can see how bad the fuel situation was. It actually did a map4 switched right at the cones so I may have gone a bit faster had the pressure hung on a bit longer. After this run, I decided to pack it up and head home. Only to my surprise, after parking the car, it wouldn't start. An hour of diagnostics later I figured out both my inline 255 & my fuel pump controller shorted out. Luckily I was able to hotwire the primary pump with some spare wire to get the car home under its own power. I've got a Fuel-It Stage3 bucket in the garage that will go in and I'll have to probably order another controller. Anyway next time, whenever that is, I should be able to run enough boost to hit 140mph. I figure it will take 32psi. Then I'll strap on the Hoosier slicks and start working on the launches.
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    Today, 01:41 AM
    The M156 and M159 motors were 'officially' retired last year as the upcoming M177/M178 turbocharged 4.0 liter V8 engines were set to replace the big naturally aspirated AMG V8's. Despite this the M156 and M159 remained in production into 2015 as the W204 C63 AMG coupe uses the M156 and the SLS along with its Black Series variant is powered by the M159. What is interesting is that with Mercedes-AMG introducing the AMG GT GT3 race car they have opted to use the 'outdated' M159 engine. Why? Well, for one it meets the regulations for the classes it will be racing in and secondly it is a damn good roadcourse motor that has proven its worth. Mercedes is just transferring know how over from the SLS GT3 race car into the AMG GT GT3. Whether they will eventually adopt M178 twin turbo power for the AMG GT GT3 we will have to wait and see but for now the M156/M159 architecture lives on where it matters most, the racetrack. World première in Geneva for spectacular AMG racing car All-out attack : the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 Affalterbach. Mercedes-AMG will ring in the 2015 motorsport season at the beginning of March with the sonorous sound of the V8 engine: the new Mercedes-AMG GT3, with which the Mercedes-Benz sports car and high-performance brand is systematically expanding its motorsports presence, will be making its debut appearance at the Geneva Motor Show. Developed to comply with the FIA's GT3 race rules, the racing car will compete in the world's most hotly contested customer race series. Cutting-edge racing technology and spectacular design predestine the new challenger for victories. The new GT3 is based on the Mercedes-AMG GT, which is being launched in just a few days' time. Following an intensive test phase, the new AMG racing car will be shipped to the first customer teams at the end of 2015. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 will blaze new trails in customer sports with its intelligent vehicle concept. The excellent racetrack performance of the standard GT already provides the best possible basis for this. "We are entering a hard-fought and hotly contested competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. The high technological standard and fair race rules are spurring us on to push to take pole position with our new customer racing car. You can only give credible proof of your ambition to lead if you're beating the very best in the game," commented Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The standard Mercedes-AMG GT already provides the ideal prerequisites for the GT3 racing model, with its low centre of gravity, perfect distribution of weight and wide track width. For this layout guarantees precise cornering properties, high lat-eral acceleration, first-class agility, a high level of traction and low inertia when hav-ing to change direction fast. On the different race circuits, all of these attributes give the driver the advantages necessary to achieve top placements. Even at a standstill, the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 is the embodiment of undiluted power. Its matt paintwork in designo selenite grey magno covers the muscular contours like a second skin. The widened vehicle body, the large air intakes, the diffuser and the huge rear aerofoil all signalise a desire to attack. Every modification to the bodywork has been made for the purpose of maximising power output and aerodynamic performance. As in the roadgoing version, the vehicle structure of the GT3 consists of a very lightweight yet extremely rigid aluminium spaceframe, offering outstanding protection for the driver. The driver is further protected by the resilient carbon-fibre seat pan and an integral roll-over cage made from high-tensile steel. In order to reduce the vehicle weight further still, the engine cover, doors, front wing, front and rear aprons, sidewalls, side skirts, diffuser, boot lid and rear aerofoil are all made from particularly lightweight yet high-strength carbon-fibre. Cutting-edge motorsports technology for maximum performance Powerful acceleration is ensured by the seasoned and now further enhanced AMG 6.3-litre V8 engine taken from the SLS AMG GT3. User-friendly technology, excellent reliability, long maintenance intervals and the high-revving naturally aspirated engine with low running costs made it the engine of choice for the new AMG customer sports model. The six-speed sequential racing gearbox for the GT3 is - as is the case in the standard GT - mounted in a transaxle configuration on the rear axle, thereby facilitating optimum weight distribution. They also have double-wishbone suspension - made almost entirely from aluminium - in common. These solutions once again demonstrate how closely linked regular production technology and racing technology are at AMG.
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    Yesterday, 06:18 PM
    hey cloud9blue- go with stage 1 blackforest industries mounts. they are not solid mounts and you wont notice nvh. i went with stage 2 and i have more nvh than expected but still not bad.
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