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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2016, 08:41 PM
    There is no stopping the Viper ACR. It is a track animal bent on destroying whatever dares come across its path. The M4 GTS? The Shelby GT350R? The Porsche 911 Carrera S? The new Acura NSX? The McLaren 570S? All simply lambs led to the slaughter. Emphasis on slaughter. Just look at what the Viper ACR did around Laguna Seca in the hands on Randy Pobst: 1. Dodge Viper ACR - 1:31.58 2. Audi R8 V10 Plus - 1:34.23 3. McLaren 570S - 1:34.58 4. Mercedes-AMG GT S - 1:35.30 5. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R - 1:36.11 6. Acura NSX - 1:36.36 7. Porsche 911 Carrera S - 1:36.44 8. Nissan GT-R - 1:37.08 9. BMW M4 GTS - 1:37.66 10. Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE - 1:37.78 11. Jaguar F-Type SVR - 1:38.75 12. Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - 1:41.77 It is almost a full three seconds faster than the next car up which is the Audi R8 V10 Plus. That is a beatdown. The Viper ACR is just on another level and it's amazing this car does not get more respect. Now, it is interesting to contrast MotorTrend's results at Laguna Seca to Car and Driver's results at VIR (Virginia International Raceway). The R8 V10 showed very weakly in Car and Driver's hands yet it is the second quickest car here with Randy Pobst at the wheel. When we say Car and Driver's hands we mean their staff who simply is not on Randy's level when it comes to driving prowess. Car and Driver's Lightning Lap is a good comparison but it is not as scientific as MotorTrend's (which also isn't perfect) due to taking place on multiple days with multiple drivers. MotorTrend uses Pobst at Laguna Seca with the cars running on the same day. That is a big difference. As is the fact VIR rewards power in the lap time more than the shorter and tighter Laguna Seca. What do we learn? That the M4 GTS get its ass handed to it by the Mustang GT350R yet again. It loses at VIR, it loses at Laguna Seca, and it is simply safe to say the GT350R is the superior track performer anywhere. Yes, at a fraction of the price. When you bring the M4 GTS asking price into the argument the car looks like a joke. Is its laptime respectable? Sure, if beating a Camaro SS that comes in at less than 1/3 of the money by a tenth of a second is respectable. The AMG GT S is cheaper, the 911 Carrera S is cheaper, the Nissan GT-R is cheaper, the Mustang GT350R is cheaper, and the Viper ACR is cheaper. What do they all have in common? They are all better performance cars than the M4 GTS. The Mercedes-AMG GT S deserves honorable mention beating the stout GT350R as well as the incredible new Porsche 911 Carrera S. Considering the GT S is not even anywhere near as hardcore as the GT model line gets, that is impressive. Enjoy the videos of the laps below with impressions from Pobst. The winner of the competition will be announced shortly. If we were to guess, the Carrera S is the favorite.
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    09-25-2016, 01:32 AM
    How does almost 800 wheel horsepower sound from a 6 speed manual N54 with VTT GC turbos? Pretty nice, right? VTT hit 765 whp at 29.3 psi of boost but of course you can run less boost pressure. 28.5 psi resulted in 740, 25.4 psi in 693, and 22.8 in 655 to the wheels. Complete details below form @Chris@VargasTurboTech Hey guys, We got the white car (6MT) back up and running strong and thought we'd revisit some GC numbers for your viewing pleasure. Car specs: Built Short block Stock head with bad valve guide seals GC turbos BMS DP's Custom Exhaust dual 3" into 4" Shotgun Single Barrel VTT Rear Silicone intake Custom VTT front intake VTT DCI Custom VTT Catch can set up EOS Intake manifold with built in PI Custom LPFP set up 100% E85 for fuel MHD tune by V8bait FLASH ONLY ADE Intercooler AEM AQ1 data logging set up with Dual EGT, Dual BP, Manifold Pressure, FMIC In / out temps 6MT (4th gear logs) Numbers: Now, on to the numbers. Note that we're referencing boost from the AEM logs (screen shots attached) in lieu of MHD reading it in the charge pipe, which isn't accurate. The AEM map sensor is calibrated and tested to be accurate. Datazap of course references the MHD values for those who care. 765 was made on 29.3 psi at redline 740 was made on 28.5 psi at redline 693 was made on 25.4 psi at redline 655 was made on 22.8 psi at redline Dyno Charts 765 whp dyno: 740 whp dyno: All four runs: AEM Screenshots: 765 whp: 740 whp: 693 whp: 655 whp: These numbers speak for themselves, but any comments from competitors or their pawns about these reaching a bottle neck around 650 whp should be recognized as the marketing gibberish that it is. These turbos are veryefficient. 600 wtq at 3500 rpm and no wheel spin on the dyno! Datazap links: 765WHP - 740WHP - 693WHP - 655WHP - MHD Logs: 2016-09-23 09_22_23_VTTGC_IJE0S_N20_RUNFILE_4_765WHP.bin.csv 2016-09-23 08_49_49_VTTGC_IJE0S_N20_RUNFILE_2_740WHP.bin.csv 2016-09-23 09_54_15_VTTGC_IJE0S_N20_RUNFILE_6_693WHP.bin.csv 2016-09-23 09_43_22_VTTGC_IJE0S_N20_RUNFILE_5_655WHP.bin.csv Video:
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    09-21-2016, 10:44 PM
    It's been quite a while since the E92 M3 was discussed. Where we last left off the vehicle was making more power and torque than any E9X M3 in the world and setting records. As a quick refresher, the car featured a built 10.0:1 compression motor with a sleeved S65 V8 block and a Vortech YSI blower. Yes, this build has taken years. Through the missteps, mocking, long nights, fabrication, tuning, and records set the S65 engine platform was pushed very far forward despite how uncooperative it is. Let's not forget this car made more torque than anyone else has up to today: And it also set the E9X 1/2 mile record with a 173.07 pass. This angered a lot of people in the community and let's just be honest ESS-Tuning in particular. ESS with their 'record setting' VT3 car at the same event as the M3 could not even get close to its trap speed. At a subsequent event where the M3 did not run ESS and the VT3 owner cheated by backing up as far as possible to get a running start to inflate the trap speed. It took them several manipulated tries like this but finally they eked out a trap speed a mile per hour higher. Yes, they cheated, because that's what it is and that is how these people are. They actually take pride in posting contrived records. This is all being mentioned to show you just how hard the car was pushed and what took place. The stock trans slipped as you can see in the dyno with the Vortech YSI at 18.5 psi of boost. If it held, just do the math. Even with 'only' 554 lb-ft of torque at the wheels well before the torque peak this is still the torque record today on the S65 platform. Do the math for the redline: 8400 rpm x 554 lb-ft / 5252 = 886 wheel horsepower. A conservative 886 mind you as the torque is still rising as the YSI really hit its sweet spot toward redline. It's a real shame we never saw a clean Dynojet run but the fact is nobody else was within 150+ whp of this car. Unfortunately, Dodson at the time did not have the DCT transmission upgrades available it does now and Kris Gagnon at SSP (South Side Performance) screwed this project over delaying it by over a year with his inability to deliver a working product and misleading me while utilizing my transmission as a model to get discs made overseas he could sell and now does sell. Showing this person's true colors will come in another article at a later date. So what happened? We pushed too hard on a platform BMW cut costs on. The fact of the matter is the S65 V8 is a weak design for boost unless tremendously reinforced. BMW loves to tout how light the motor is and how it is lighter than the iron block S54 it replaces despite offering more displacement and being a V8 but the S54 block is not only stronger it is built better. The S65 aluminum-silicon makeup while being light is very weak. Combine this with tight bore spacing, little to no material to work with, and a poor oiling system resulting from cost cutting going from the S85 V10 oiling system to the S65 V8 and you get a cheap, mass produced motor. The goal is quite simply to build it as cheaply as possible while still making it past the warranty period. Ask E9X M3 guys who did not get their bearings replaced and now are paying the price how they feel about BMW engine quality. It's amazing BMW gets away with this. While many things in this motor were upgraded and it handled more than anyone had ever thrown at the S65 we simply went too far because the goal was not to manipulate circumstances to set some bogus records that idiots on forums slurp up but to raise the performance envelope to unforeseen levels. No, it was not a tuning issue. Look at the pictures of motor below. The pistons look practically brand new. The problem was that the main bearings spun: Why? Tons of stress. A Vortech YSI is a monster blower that requires a ton of power to spin. This was not a build with a new crank as the displacement was kept the same. Increasing the boost only exacerbates problems. Things could have been done slightly differently to get it to work but you're always going to be putting more stress on the motor with something like a YSI at high boost than a V3si with low boost. Just the pulley setup alone is completely different and further off the front of the motor which doesn't help reduce various stresses. The other issue is the block flexing. My engine was built quite strong but in order to install sleeves you have to remove material. The idea is the sleeves add material and while the cylinders may be stronger the block as a whole becomes compromised due to how fragile it is to begin with. The block will not be sleeved this time around. Instead, Gintani advocates using a bedplate/brace. AMS does something similar with their GTR builds: AMS uses a billet aluminum piece but Gintani will be using a chromoly piece to brace the block: This should mitigate flex but additionally by switching to turbos stress on the motor is reduced as a whole. It will be possible to make more power at less boost without needing to manually turn a blower. A huge difference in efficiency alone with increased reliability. Furthermore, the factory crank will not be utilized. A new custom forged stroker crank will also take much more abuse than the factory piece: You will notice the stroke is 76.5mm which is a minimal increase over the factory 75.2mm stroke. This is not about displacement gains but simply increased strength and rod to stroke ratio. Technically, yes, it is a stroker build but you will notice those who went big on a stroke increase in the past and tried to add boost ended up with blown motors. That happened for a reason. What else does this build entail? - Mahle pistons - Ferrea intake and exhaust valves - Forged rods - WPC main bearings - BE rod bearings - Two turbos (specs will be provided later) - Welded and machined heads - Dodson build DCT trans - Water/meth - Upgraded fuel system - Carbon driveshaft - Upgraded oiling system - E85 tuning - Gaskets, fluids, etc. When we get to the tuning portion further details will be posted at that time. For now, stock DME tuning is looking likely but the Syvecs S65 standalone may be incorporated. To those who have supported this project and understand the work involved to push a BMW to these levels and that everything does not always go as planned, thank you. To those who have not I'd like to point out not only is bigger than ever before but things will only continue to get better from here on out.
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    Yesterday, 09:00 AM
    Now this is a hell of an achievement. To put it into perspective this is power equal to a built motor ESS VT3 supercharger setup except achieved on a stock internal S65 V8 and with far more torque. Quite simply, turbos are far better for the S65 V8 platform than centrifugal blowers. Why? Greater efficiency and less stress. Rather than manually spinning an impeller and increasing stress on the front of the motor the exhaust gasses are doing the work but you already knew turbos were more efficient. In the S65 V8 application you get the benefit of being able to push harder in the power and torque department on the stock internals. 708 wheel horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque at the wheels are stock internal S65 V8 records: No doubt 100% E85 fuel helps here as well. The fuel system is upgraded for this of course. What turbos and how much boost? A pair of GT3076's at 11 psi of boost. These turbos obviously can be pushed much harder but the question would be how much further before the engine let's go? Who wants to find out? Just look at the curve. It's a thing of beauty. Yes, it is purposely tuned to not have a huge torque hit down low (they considered other turbochargers for this application) and offer nice and flat torque delivery once spooled until redline. Just imagine what a built motor curve with double the boost pressure will look like. This is also tuned on the stock DME as well which is truly remarkable and shows considerable skill and experience with the factory ECU. The S65 V8 turbo era is officially here.
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    09-24-2016, 01:42 AM
    With MotorTrend wrapping up their Best Driver's Car 2016 competition having all the cars together provides for a great opportunity to do a big drag race. They have been doing this every year for the past six years following the competition and who can blame them for the extra content? Obviously, some of these cars are more at home on the roadcourse (*cough* Viper ACR *cough*) than the dragstrip and that should be the focus but this drag race is undeniably fun. While they call this the world's greatest drag race (such creative self-promotion guys) it does not take place on an actual prepped drag strip. They use the tarmac at the defunct El Toro airbase in Irvine, California. This surface does not lend itself well to the rear wheel drive cars and MotorTrend doesn't seem capable of putting on the world's best roll on race to get both perspectives. Ok, ok, enough nitpicking but it is important to highlight the conditions in a drag race. They throw in a Charger Hellcat and cut the Aston Martin (lame) for good measure and we're off. No surprise that on the dusty old runway the all wheel drive vehicles lead of the line. Now, as this is not done a dragstrip do not take these 1/4 mile times as representative of what you can hit on the strip. They are timing the cars electronically and the times are inflated due to this. We have yet to see a stock Huracan or R8 V10 Plus top 130 in the 1/4 mile on the dragstrip. Now, due to the traction issues let's list the cars in order of trap speed to truly get an idea of who is the fastest in a straight line: McLaren 570S - 132.0 Audi R8 V10+ - 130.3 AMG GT-S - 126.7 Viper ACR - 124.7 Acura NSX - 123.6 Nissan GT-R - 123.4 Jag F-type SVR - 122.7 Porsche 911S - 120.5 Shelby GT350R - 118.9 BMW M4 GTS - 118.8 Camaro 1LE - 114.2 The 570S is the real straight line champ and if you actually properly launch it you will watch it destroy an R8 V10 Plus in a drag race.
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    09-24-2016, 04:55 PM
    We all know the Tesla Model S P100D is quick off the line. GPS test numbers showed 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and 0-100 in 6.5. The 1/4 mile trap speed on the VBOX used for the GPS numbers showed 124.5 GPS trap speed timing often inflates trap speeds versus real world drag strip numbers. That is the case here. The Tesla is still fast but on an actual strip runs 10.825 @ 122.93. The Huracan manages 10.843 @ 127.23. The two cars and very close and it really comes down to reaction time for the win. The Tesla is hard to beat right off the line but you can see just how much harder the Huracan is pulling past the 1/8 mile. From a roll, the Tesla has no chance. Certainly impressive performance from the P100D but it is a bit of a one trick pony.
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    Yesterday, 07:11 AM
    Another day, another 10 second S55 powered F8X BMW. This one is an F82 M4 with the Xona Rotor S55 turbo upgrade. The S55 engine tuning is a hybrid piggyback and ECU flash setup with a BMS JB4 in conjunction with flash dyno tuning from Precision Tuning. The result is 4 consecutive 10.9 second passes at the ATCO drag strip in New Jersey. Let's go over the modifications: Xona Turbos JB4 Precision Tuning Custom Tune & Flash by @kbaldi29 AEM Meth Kit Dodson Sportsman Clutch Packs DSS 1200 hp axles ER Downpipes ER Chargepipes Maximum PSI Intake Mickey Thompson ET Street S/S 305 35 18s. These modifications result in 648 rwhp and 653 rwtq: Congrats to @NJ-M4 on the consistent 10 second performance but he no doubt is concerned about the S55 crank hub issue. Thus far, he has avoided any problems.
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    09-23-2016, 05:11 AM
    That is according to MotorTrend of course. After the testing of the lap times at Laguna Seca and the subjective impressions were factored in McLaren's 570S came out on top. The BMW F82 M4 GTS on the other hand finished second to last and we can officially call the car a failure at this point. If you want to check out the laptimes and videos click here. The subjective impressions rank the cars as follows: 1st - McLaren 570S 2nd - Shelby GT350R 3rd - Porsche 911S 4th - Camaro 1LE 5th - Viper ACR 6th - AMG GT-S 7th - Audi R8 V10+ 8th - Acura NSX 9th - Jag F-type SVR 10th - Nissan GT-R 11th - BMW M4 GTS 12th - AM V12 Vantage S The Nissan GT-R in 10th place is about right considering it is a soulless robot that best excels at going from a dig with power upgrades. That's really where it has made its name and please do not act like it is a great driver's car or track weapon. It's a heavy soulless robot with little driver involvement. The McLaren 570S on the other hand is a lithe and technologically advanced driver's tool. It's also light at 3188 pounds and incredibly fast in a straight line. It's hard to beat but it also costs over $200k as tested. Yikes. 2016 McLaren 570S BASE PRICE $187,400 PRICE AS TESTED $219,770 VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 3.8L/562-hp/443-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 32-valve V-8 TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto. CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,188 lb (42/58%) WHEELBASE 105.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 178.3 x 75.4 x 47.3 in 0-60 MPH 2.8 sec QUARTER MILE 10.7 sec @ 132.0 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 97 ft 0-100-0 MPH 10.1 sec LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.04 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 23.0 sec @ 0.93 g (avg) 2.2-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 94.58 sec EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 16/23/19 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 211/147 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.05 lb/mile POWER @ RPM 562 hp @ 7,500 rpm TORQUE @ RPM 443 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm SUSPENSION F;R Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; control arms, multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar BRAKES, F;R 15.5-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc; 15.0-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc, ABS Ferrari and Lamborghini wouldn't even play which makes us respect McLaren all that much more. Ferrari is simply a bitch when it comes to these comparisons. Unless they can control all the variables they won't participate. They are not run by enthusiasts and frankly do not deserve the business of enthusiasts. Posers on the other hand should continue to line up and bend over just to get f@#ked by dealers offering them the illusion that the artificially over inflated price they paid for their prancing horse is worth it. The overrated Italians are scared of the Viper ACR. They should be, it owned everyone. Ferrari even tries to hold it back. What a bunch of insecure Italian douchebags. Does the ACR really deserve to be 5th? Allow me to translate that for you: The Viper is loud and scary. It's the best driver's tool but we're a bunch of old men that have gone soft. We readily admit it's the best at doing what this competition is about, driving, but it's just too much car and too involving. Seriously, grow a pair MotorTrend. Reward Dodge for making a car that scared Ferrari and Lamborghini into staying home under the bed peeking out from time to time to make sure there isn't an ACR driving by. What about the F82 M4 GTS? Everyone should be sick and tired of hearing about this $134k failure from BMW. Just shut up about it already. It's hot garbage. The M in M4 GTS stands for Mistake not Motorsport. If that's the best BMW M can do for $134k when producing a dedicated high performance track car you might as well just shut the whole thing down and send everyone to work at 'i' instead. 'i' don't care anymore and neither should you. Let's to get real performance cars now and the one that should have won. The Shelby GT350R. Is it a higher performance driver's car than the McLaren 570S? No. Is it a better driver's car? Arguably, yes. When you factor in the amazing (and unique) powerplant along with the sticker price you scratch your head wondering how Ford pulled this car off. It's manual only. No dual clutch and no nonsense. Only real driver's should apply. Shouldn't that bump it up in a driver's car competition? How about that it beats up on more expensive cars? How about that it is the first production car with carbon fiber wheels? How about that the Americans are delivering engines that even Ferrari states are no longer economically feasible? Sure, it's not perfect but when you factor in the entire package the Shelby GT350R truly deserves the victory over something like the McLaren 570S that is purchased by spoiled brats. The fact it is American and the Americans are producing the best performance cars for the money today is just icing on the cake. The GT350R may not be MotorTrend's winner, but it's ours. 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R BASE PRICE $63,495 PRICE AS TESTED $66,990 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe ENGINE 5.2L/526-hp/429-lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-8 TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,711 lb (54/46%) WHEELBASE 107.1 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 189.7 x 75.9 x 53.6 in 0-60 MPH 4.0 sec QUARTER MILE 12.2 sec @ 118.9 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 101 ft 0-100-0 MPH 12.5 sec LATERAL ACCELERATION 1.08 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 23.3 sec @ 0.87 g (avg) 2.2-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 96.11 sec EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 14/21/16 mpg ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 241/160 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 1.18 lb/mile POWER @ RPM 526 hp @ 7,500 rpm TORQUE @ RPM 429 lb-ft @ 4,750 rpm SUSPENSION F;R Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar BRAKES, F;R 15.5-in vented, drilled disc; 15.0-in vented, drilled disc, ABS
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    Yesterday, 03:41 AM
    There are a handful of Australian BenzBoost members with very powerful W204 C63 AMG's. Part of this is due to Weistec's strong Australian presence as the 3.0 liter twin screw Weistec superchargers are powering the fastest C63's in the world some of which are Australian. Well, you can add yet another Australian C63 to the list of most powerful C63's as BenzBoost member @RNS-11Z is gunning for over 1000 horsepower. How does he intend to get there? With all of this: Weistec Stage 3 Weistec Gearbox Modified valve body New standard convertor Weistec ice trunk Forged Pistons and Rods CnC ported heads Wave track LSD Autowerks Tune Upgrade fuel system 20psi pulley and tune He wants a low 9 second car: BenzBoost will be following his progress and as soon as the build is completed we will post results. Good luck @RNS-11Z, we're all pulling for you!
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    09-25-2016, 07:11 AM
    You have to respect how Underground Racing does not give up an inch to anyone. If a record falls, they quickly take it back. Heffner has been learning this the hard way for years and recently ETS got a taste of UGR's relentless record pursuit topping their standing 1/2 mile world record set earlier by their GTR this month. The record previously was 244.83 miles per hour and now is 247.25 miles per hour. The next milestone will be topping 250 in the 1/2 mile it looks like but these cars are getting so absurdly fast how much further can things go?
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    09-23-2016, 06:42 AM
    There are turbo upgrade options out there in the AMG 5.5 liter V8 world. Most of you know about them and they are solid options but there is no true value option. Well, Pure Turbos decided to enter the M157 market with an upgrade for the OEM turbo housings. What is the pricing? How much power? These details are not available yet but will be soon: The main thing to take away here is that more competition is a good thing and Pure Turbos will likely offer the best turbo upgrade value in the segment.
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    09-21-2016, 03:11 PM
    622 naturally aspirated horsepower out of the LS7 V8? That is just absolutely insane power without any boost. It's also making 546 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. This motor is a 429 cubic inch V8 built by Katech with 13.0:1 compression pistons. That explains why it has to run E85 fuel. It also has a Katech K501 cam, MSD intake, and full exhaust. Oh, and it goes into a car weighing ~2800 pounds. Awesome? Awesome. Halltech ULZ700 3.95lbs/hp 2828bs/715 FWHP E85 fuel (Pump) Everyday driver Katech K501 Kavorka Cam (perfect street manners) Katech Pistons with DLC wrist pins (4.130" 429 cid) Katech hot honed case Katech Carbon Fiber valve covers, C6R Coil relocation kit ARP Chrome Moly head studs and case studs, Titanium bolts and nuts throughout engine Katech Rod (stock titanium) bronze bushed the small end, H11 rod bolts Katech High Performance Scavenge Oil Pump Katech Billet Aluminum Tensioner w/ titanium bolts. C5R Heavy Duty cam chain Katech Oil Squirters to the piston bottoms for cooling MSD Intake Manifold (no porting) Katech Paint matched WP 102 Billet Throttle Body /Halltech HNW102 Silicone Conn hose Halltech Carbon Super Bee™ CF112/w Halltech Carbon Super Beehive™ Beehive PSI springs and Katech Titanium Retainers HP lifters (ceramic check from Cadillac Racing) Katech lightweight pistons=13:1 static CR ZR1 Carbon Ceramic Brakes/w StealthTitanium caliper mounting bolts & bleed screws GM OE CARBON 19" front wheels/20" rears with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s Front- 285 Rear-335 Carbon Fiber driveshaft Coil Over Suspension/Race Anti-sway bars Engine and Transmission Mounts ATI underdrive crank balancer w/ ARP bolt pinned Katech LS9X dual clutch/aluminum flywheel Caravaggio Race Seats/D Steering Wheel Aluminum honeycomb Tunnel Plate with titanium screws Titanium lug nuts/hood hardware/Titanium seat mounting bolts, alternator bolts, headers bolts, steering rack bolts and nuts, belt tensioner bolts, rear deck bolts and nuts; titanium caliper mount bolts. Kooks Headers mated to Akrapovic Titanium Xpipe and mufflers Halltech ULZ Carbon exhaust tips designed for the AK EVO exhaust EmailTune® tuned by Katech, tweaked by Halltech 65lb/hr FAST injectors Stock radiator w/160 thermostat (177F water temps city) Iridium Plugs with Katech Plug Wires Katech C6.R coil relocation kit Katech Aero kit, Carbon Fiber front rotor cooling ducting, Halltech titanium plate and bolts Front Fascia Lift kit Halltech Carbon Fiber Hive Port™ with full ram air modification ZR1 Rear Spoiler Paint matched APR Carbon Fiber Wing (Coming Off) ZR1 Carbon Fiber Roof and B-pillar Katech Carbon Fiber Deck Lid w/ Lexan rear window Halltech GT2 Carbon Fiber Direct Radiator Exit Ducting (DRED) Hood Halltech Carbon Fender Ducts, Rear Carbon Brake Ducts, Carbon Gurney Flaps, Halltech Carbon rear quarter panels (panels done but not installed) -10.5lbs Mobil 1 Synthetic 5W30 Braille 340R Lithium Ion Battery Same battery used by the Corvette Race Team 9lbs.
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    Yesterday, 02:12 AM
    The acceleration of the all wheel drive Tesla Model S models is hyped to holy hell. Namely the P90D and the new P100D. Don't get us wrong the Tesla Model S P90D and P100D models are very quick but the cars are not unbeatable and still have a long way to go. Why? Well, several reasons. To extract maximum performance you basically need a full charge and a primed battery. If you have been driving around all day and are heading home to charge the car it will not perform in the same manner as if you just finished charging it and are ready for some Ludicrous mode runs. Also, the P90D is a thousand pounds heavier than the Nissan GTR which itself is not a lightweight. It is a torque monster off the line but performance drops off hard past 100 miles per hour. A stock Nissan GTR is enough to beat a Model S P90D. Top Gear proves that in their video which they are not letting anyone embed so go here to see it:
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    09-21-2016, 06:55 PM
    This is awesome to see. You may be asking, why track a luxury car weighing over 4500 pounds? Well, why climb Everest? Because it's there. Tracking the F01 7-Series actually can be quite a lot of fun especially when you hang with lighter cars wondering how that is happening. @tidalk went to a Thunderhill track day with his 750i equipped with H&R springs on the M-suspension but not on race tires. His car has a cat back exhaust as well. What's cool to see is that the boat did well. At 2:37 you can see him pass an S2000 with the S2000 owner probably wondering what is going on (along with where his torque is). At one time tracking a BMW 7-Series was not crazy as the 7-Series was the best driver's car and the lightest in the segment. BMW got away from their traditional recipe for success but it is still cool to see an owner using a 7-Series for something other than comfortably sitting in traffic. He plans to add race pads to avoid fade along with race tires next time out which will certainly lead to surprising more people. Awesome.
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    09-23-2016, 05:57 AM
    12.0 in the 1/4 mile? Yep, from a Cobb tuned Porsche Macan Turbo. It sure looks like the massive torque gains Cobb displayed are the real deal. Not that there was ever any doubt but it is great to see track times supporting gains on a dyno graph. The results in the slip are on a Cobb 100 octane OTS race gas file. The race gas tune certainly makes a difference over 93 octane and especially 91 octane pump fuel. There are three passes here and you can see the consistency. Three 12.0X passes and three 111.XX trap speeds. The SUV is launching very well with 1.64X short times. With additional bolt on modifications or just cooler weather this is an easy 11 second SUV. Car: 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo, 6,6xx miles, Cobb tune 100 octane file, BMC filters with lids on, full weight including spare and tools with about 1/4 tank of Sunoco GT260 100 pump gas. Options that may matter: Chrono, PTV, SE AS, 20 inch spyder wheels with a/s tires. 39R 36F. Traction control off Conditions: 70F, 30.21BP, 63%RH, track sits at 1,230 feet so overall DA was 2,105
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    09-25-2016, 01:03 AM
    Almost $200k for a Nissan GTR? No thanks. If you are someone who just has to have the Nismo version it will cost you $25k more than it did last year. Why is a platform a year older priced $25k higher than where it was previously which already was exorbitant? Because Nissan says so. You get some minor changes including a new grille, an improved interior, and a larger touchscreen. Power and torque remain the same at 600 and 481 lb-ft respectively. Nissan apparently is bridging the pricing gap between the GTR Nismo and the Porsche 911 Turbo S but the GTR was respected for value and the GTR does not lend itself to price hikes at the end of its lifespan. If you are considering this car do yourself a favor and buy a used GTR or just a standard 2017 GTR, tune it, and laugh at anyone dumb enough to waste an extra $100k+ on Nissan's aging robot.
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    09-21-2016, 07:24 PM
    What a freaking beast! It looks mean, it sounds mean, and the dyno shows it is mean. A 4.7 liter twin screw blower from Kenne Bell is certainly huge but Boost Works gets it to fit under the hood of this 2015 Mustang GT Coyote. It's a good thing they do as the result is phenomenal. How about 1318 horsepower to the wheels along with 1028 lb-ft of torque at the wheels? Just look at that torque curve. We're talking over 800 lb-ft of torque instantly here. No waiting for an impeller to spin and no need for anything to spool. Just straight raw American muscle! Obviously this motor is built to handle the 31 psi from the blower. Here is the mod list: Kenne Bell 4.7L Liquid Cooled supercharger Bigun inlet with Dual 106mm TB MPR Engines built Coyote JW TH400 Automatic with 9.5" converter G-Force 9" IRS rear end with Strange diff G-force half shafts 20 gallon ice cell with separate hot water return holding tank Rule pump with -16an lines (6gpm flow) JPC Racing AEM Just a hell of a build and a hell of a car.
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    09-21-2016, 02:02 PM
    Syvecs continues their impressive rollout of ECU's across platforms. Where they have a significant edge on competitors (such as this one) is that their hardware supports direct fuel injection as well as dual clutch transmissions as we have seen in Huracan/R8 applications. You can see the Syvecs kit working on a 991.1 Turbo S in the video below. It is going into two Porsche 991 Turbos in the Middle East so we can expect to see it in action on the drag strip in a couple months. Syvecs mentions PDK transmission control such as clutch pressure. Pairing this ECU with the Dodson PDK upgrade sounds like a good recipe for success when launching hard with big power. The Syvecs setup also supports six additional port fuel injectors which is a good way for guys to get around direct injection fuel system limits. Pricing has yet to be announced this 991 Turbo plug and play ECU should be available for purchase relatively soon.
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    Yesterday, 05:02 AM
    If you wanted a 2016 B9 Audi A4 with a manual transmission you were out of luck. However, for some reason Audi is giving manual transmission enthusiasts a ray of hope. For 2017 you can get the Audi A4 Quattro with a manual transmission. This is a new 6-speed box according to Audi with a smaller clutch and magnesium pieces. This results in a lighter transmission. You can get a sport package as well which is available exclusively with the manual A4 Quattro. It provides 18 inch wheels, S-Line leather/Alcantara, a flat bottom steering wheel, brushed aluminum pieces, sport suspension, and Audi dynamic steering. This is nice to see from Audi but it would also be nice to see manual S and RS models again. At this point we should probably all just be happy there is any manual available at all. 2017 Audi A4 will be the only six-speed manual transmission with standard all-wheel drive in the luxury sedan segment September 21, 2016 | HERNDON, Virginia The A4’s redesigned six-speed manual transmission features an extensive use of magnesium and a smaller clutch, giving the A4 an improved power-to-weight ratio The Sport plus package includes S line interior, dynamic steering, sport adaptive suspension, and 18” wheels with summer tires for maximum performance from an A4 The 2017 A4 with manual transmission sprints from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds, a 0.7 second improvement over the previous generation The 2017 Audi A4 with available six-speed manual transmission and quattro® with ultra® technology, and exclusive Sport plus package offers the design and performance of an S model in an entry level variant. No other luxury manufacturer in the A4’s competitive segment offers a manual transmission sedan with all-wheel drive capability. The greater performance enabled by the newly-redesigned, six-speed manual transmission is due primarily to its spur-gear stage which replaces the shaft to the front-axle differential used on the previous models. The 2017 A4 with six-speed manual sprints from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds, an improvement of 0.7 seconds over the previous generation. Extensive use of magnesium, combined with open gearwheels, hollow shafts and a smaller clutch, reduce the weight of the transmission by 35.3 pounds compared to its predecessor, and further serve to enhance performance by giving the A4 an improved power-to-weight ratio. Exclusively available on the A4 quattro manual is a Sport plus package featuring flow formed cast aluminum 18” 5-double-spoke-star design wheels, available Daytona Gray exterior paint, S line leather/Alcantara® interior with sport seats, stainless steel pedal caps, flat-bottom steering wheel and brushed aluminum decorative inlays. Also included is Audi dynamic steering and sport adaptive suspension (-23mm ride height), both of which were previously reserved only for S4 models. The new six-speed manual transmission complements the performance produced by the A4’s 2.0 TFSI® engine which generates 252 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. A significant weight savings was achieved across the A4 model-line through the lightweight construction. The front five-link suspension continues to allow for greater steering precision and excellent handling through optimized steering-rack placement direct at wheel centers. The A4 with manual transmission also features a new quattro all-wheel drive system with ultra technology that is optimized for fully-variable torque distribution and efficiency. The new drivetrain utilizes an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch at the rear end of the transmission along with an integrated decoupler in the rear axle differential and weighs 8.8 pounds less than the previous quattro system. This quattro system with ultra technology allows for intelligent, proactive control of the all-wheel drive system to predictively modify the torque application as the driving situation or road conditions require. For customers who do not prefer the traditional manual-shifting driving experience, the 2017 A4 is also available with a seven-speed S tronic® dual-clutch automatic transmission with front-wheel drive or available quattro® all-wheel drive. Pricing Detail: Model year 2017 A4 Manual starting manufacturer suggested retail prices; on sale fall 2016. MODEL PREMIUM PREMIUM PLUS PRESTIGE A4 quattro manual $39,400 $43,200 48,000 Prices above exclude destination charge ($950), taxes, title, options, and dealer charges. Dealer sets actual price. For more information, please visit Always pay careful attention to the road, and do not drive while distracted. 2017 EPA estimates not available at time of publication. See for updated information. Your mileage will vary and depends on several factors including your driving habits and vehicle condition. Audi of America, Inc. defines the competitive segment as all-wheel drive, 4-cylinder vehicles including 2017 Audi A4, BMW 320i, Acura TLX, BMW 330i, Mercedes-Benz C300, Jaguar XE 25t Volvo S60 T5; 2016 Lexus IS200t models.
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    09-25-2016, 05:02 AM
    This is a nice little chart that shows the capability of forged rods versus the factory pieces in the Volkswagen MKVI GTI 2.0 TSI engine. It's always nice to see upgraded forged pieces compared to their factory counterparts and the rods are a known weak point for the 2.0 TSI. Just look at how much beefier the IE rod is. What does it get you? Capability to rev higher as well as support more torque and horsepower: While the factory rods are a ticking time bomb over 400 lb-ft of torque the IE rods will handle 800+ lb-ft. You can also rev higher of course and the associated hardware is upgraded as well. It would have been nice if they listed the weights but you will often times find aftermarket forged pieces to weight the same or even be lighter than factory internals despite offering far more capability.
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    09-25-2016, 12:52 AM
    Awesome numbers here from a built motor MKVI Volkswagen Golf R. GoodSpeed performance did the engine build which includes CP Pistons and Carillo rods. They threw an APR Stage III turbo kit with the Garrett GTX2867R turbocharger on top. The result is 517 horsepower on a MAHA dyno which is a popular dyno in Europe. Mod list: Built engine by GoodSpeed Performance APR Stage III GTX2867R Milltek catback CP Pistons Carrillo Rods APR intake APR intercooler APR fueling upgrade South Bend Clutch It would be nice to know the fuel this was done on but if you want a 500+ horsepower Golf R the APR Stage III kit will help get you there.
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    09-23-2016, 07:46 AM
    What is this? Basically, an updated Ferrari FF. They ditched the V12 and all wheel drive here creating a rear wheel drive hatchback powered by Ferrari's F154 twin turbo V8. It is not the California T's 3.8 engine but it shares 3.9 liters of displacement with the Ferrari 488 GTB. The FF's engine is a naturally aspirated V12. Ferrari still offers all wheel drive with a naturally aspirated V12 in the GTC4Lusso (with compression bumped to 13.5:1). The GTC4Lusso T has 78 horsepower less at 602 but more torque with 560 lb-ft which is 46 lb-ft more than the V12. Honestly, the turbo V8 makes more sense with all wheel drive thanks to the torque benefit than the naturally aspirated V12 but someone at Ferrari must know better. It is a good looking hatchback and a four-seat Ferrari is undeniably cool but why get rid of the all wheel drive for the V8? Lighter is great but it should be the V12 with the lighter rear wheel drive layout and the V8 turbo with all wheel drive to help put down the torque. Imagine throwing a tune on top. Definitely a cool car and something different from Ferrari.
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    Yesterday, 08:06 AM
    If you're skeptical about Evotech it is understandable as they make some rather grandiose claims. Those claims are often not backed up by independent results. That is not to say their 488 GTB dyno tune results are not accurate but we want to see them backed up. 50 whp is well within reason but it is interesting to note that the gains on this tune do not come with big increases in the midrange of the torque curve. Powerhaus Performance showed a large increase in torque from 4500 rpm until redline with a gain of 74 whp. That was on a Mustang dyno where they got a baseline of 528 horsepower to the wheels. Evotech shows a baseline just over 400 wheel horsepower on the Dyno Dynamics: The far more conservative dyno would explain the far more conservative gains. Fabspeed's 488 GTB baseline on a Dynojet and their ECU tune results are more inline with the Powerhaus Performance numbers. Evotech is no doubt gaining power but they could really do themselves a favor by showing the gains on a Dynojet. Not to mention hitting the trip or having customers independently show results.
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    Yesterday, 06:31 AM
    This is a network of websites dedicated to automotive performance so politics are not why people come here. However, this is an election year and one of the most polarizing elections in history. Everyone seems to be taking sides and Honda decided to side with Hillary Clinton. Why is a Japanese company showing support for a certain American presidential candidate? Well, probably because Trump wants to increase taxes on imports (which would make Japanese cars more expensive) and Honda doesn't like that. Let's take this time to remind everyone that the Japanese support their own and do not buy American cars in any significant numbers. They go out of their way to avoid them. While they no longer have the insane tariffs they once did the process is convoluted to get a foothold in the market. For example, American companies face tough inspections. They make it as difficult as possible for non-Japanese car companies to succeed. Let's take this time to also remind everyone that the EPA and CARB and already pushing performance cars in a certain direction and that it is only a matter of time before performance cars are gone entirely. One candidate intends to expedite this process. Politics definitely come into play in the current state of the automotive world. It doesn't really matter which candidate wins the presidency as performance cars will eventually be phased out no matter what happens but just remember that Japanese companies make a lot of money on Americans. It's a bit hypocritical to see them against tariffs when they do not buy American cars yet expect (need) us to buy their cars.
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    Today, 01:23 AM
    The new 991.2 models are already generating a lot of tuner attention. AMS just threw their hat in the ring announcing an Alpha Performance turbo upgrade for the 2017 on Porsche 991.2 Carrera and Carrera S models. The twin turbo upgrade is expected to be a bolt in affair and use Garret GTX based turbochargers. They also plan to tackle the intake, exhaust, and intercooler pieces: It is certainly good news but Cobb is way ahead of AMS in the 991.2 tuning department at the moment. Perhaps AMS will rely on Cobb for tuning. We'll see what happens as this is all very early but the aftermarket is shaping up very well early on for the 991.2 Carrera and Carrera S. Oh, the B4 four-cylinder in the 718 models should also end up getting attention from AMS along with the Macan S and Turbo.
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    Today, 12:30 AM
    Hi Flinchy, Yes, they're still on the table. RHD GC's will be available but require some modifications to work; right now Nizpro is doing some testing for us. Ultimately we will be performing those modifications in-house and they'll be available ready to go. For now, testing is slow and steady... hope to have more on this to post in the next few weeks. Chris
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