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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2014, 02:31 PM
    That's more like it! Powerhaus Performance raised the E9X 1/4 mile bar with a spectacular 10.46 @ 135.13 1/4 mile pass in their DCT E92 M3. The car features a customized ESS-Tuning VT2-625 supercharger kit on the stock transmission, stock motor, and stock rod bearings. Now, they are claiming they did this on 93 octane. That is VERY had to believe if there is no methanol injection in here. To trap 135 the car is going to need to be making more boost than the standard VT2-625 kit and one will not accomplish that on pump gas. There are definitely question marks here and hopefuly we get answers but the quickest and fastest 1/4 mile mark for the E9X and S65 V8 stands at 10.466 @ 135.13.
    119 replies | 1486 view(s)
  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:33 AM
    Pure Turbo dropped off their M4 for a little JB4 dyno tuning. The car has a JB4, full exhaust, factory intake system, racing fuel, meth kit running dual CM7 nozzles (overkill with the race gas... but better safe than sorry first time out), and of course the hybrid turbos. It is a manual transmission. There were a few little bugs to work through but the end result exceeded my expectations. I'm pretty impressed with these turbos. Spool is delayed maybe 300-500rpm, similar to RB N54s vs. stock N54s. But damn does it hold more power to redline. There is probably another 30-40 whp in them but since it's not our car I didn't want to push it "too" hard.
    41 replies | 579 view(s)
  • TTFS's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 03:34 PM
    We were pleased to have a returning customer come back and try our TTFS level 1 Race Pack software as we continue to work on our level 2 edition that will allow for custom tuning by late January. Check out the results! He had previously purchased a JB4 through us that was installed in house and came back for more tuning options after installing down pipes and a full exhaust system. The dyno results compares Stock vs. JB4 Map 2 vs. TTFS Race Pack (not custom tuned to keep it comparable). The car remained strapped the entire time and all the runs were performed on 93 octane. All runs were done in All wheel drive mode for a proper on road simulation. All runs include the following bolt on modifications. Eisenmann Exhaust Eisenmann Mid Pipe Aftermarket Downpipe The yellow is Race Pack. The Blue is Stock and the Black Is Jb4. P.S. I am sorry for the bad video quality. Here a few shots of the TTFS Race Pack Box. It will perform like factory at high autobahn speeds. It does not require any splicing and it is much easier to install. It is also water proof avoiding any random hassle of the car not starting near the water. The box may be uninstalled in a few minutes with a jumper loop for quick removal if necessary. TTFS Race Pack Level 1 ( may hold up to 9 Maps) Jb4 that was removed.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 04:37 PM
    Got a 2015 Mustang GT and are looking for some torque? Well, consider the a twin screw blower. The stock 2015 Mustang Coyote V8 is no slouch with 360 rear wheel horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque. The stock torque is also quite nice and fairly flat holding well until redline. Now imagine moving that whole curve up a bit. That is what the Whipple 2.9 liter twin screw supercharger does adding 185 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. It is also interesting to note that the Whipple holds the torque increase until redline making for a horsepower curve that just continues to climb. This is the advantage of a twin screw with its efficiency up top compared to a roots blower. With a built motor this car would be capable of much more but 647 wheel horsepower on 91 octane pump gas and 11 psi through the stock exhaust system and stock motor is incredible.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 03:55 AM
    A record is a record is a record. Context however is vital in understanding the record. What were the specs? Where was it achieved? What were the conditions? What was the launch? What fuel? What boost? This can go on and on but there are obviously many variables when trying to set a 1/4 mile record. Due to these variables we often see differing elapsed time and trap speed records as the two numbers although related are influenced in different ways. You are about to see how a trap speed figure or fastest measurement differs from the elapsed time and quickest measurement. The previous record stood at 126.51 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile with a JB4 tuned F80 M3. That trap speed was achieved on a 11.807 elapsed time with a 2.143 60 foot or short time. Notice how this compares to the F80/F82 M3 and M4 1/4 mile elapsed time record which stands at 11.18 @ 123.56 miles per hour. That elapsed time achieved with a 1.659 60 foot time. So the quickest S55 powered car in the 1/4 mile runs 11.18 yet its trap speed is lower than the 11.807 @ 126.51 run recorded by an F80 M3 with a 2.143 short time. Now the fastest S55 mile per hour is 127.53 miles per hour but it was recorded on a 12.40 pass with a 2.456 60 foot. Is this a record set by having the most powerful F82 M3 or due to wheel spin? Well, it's wheel spin and cold weather in all honesty although PBIR in Florida is not famous for negative density altitude in the winter. These cars are all running the same JB4 tuning box from BMS. They are all capable of the exact same thing. They are all basically as fast as one another with the differences depending on the supporting modifications, map run, fuel, etc. It is no accident the fastest S55 1/4 mile time comes with the most wheelspin and that the quickest S55 1/4 mile time comes with the best 60 foot time. Is this a record? Yes. Is it due to good drag racing? No. Is it due to a superior setup? No. It is just how things sometimes go on the drag strip and with simple analysis to put it in context it all makes sense. The race for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 trap speed record should not be who gets the most wheelspin. It should come with an impressive elapsed time in conjunction. JB4 F82 M4 on map 7 with E30, no other mods:
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  • HRE_Wheels's Avatar
    12-17-2014, 02:24 PM
    The new Series R1 line debuts with a single style with design cues from the most intricate HRE street wheels, engineered for optimal performance on any track machine, such as the BMW M4. The R1 is available in diameters ranging from 17 to 19 inches, widths range from 7 to 14 inches and weights ranging from 17 to 20 pounds along with configurations for center lock vehicles. All HRE wheels are engineered to minimize unsprung mass and rotational inertia for optimal acceleration, handling and braking performance. Each wheel is built-to-order and there are nearly infinite fitment, color and finish options available for the ultimate custom-tailored wheel buying experience. Please PM us or email TitoR@hrewheels.com with any questions.
    11 replies | 609 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-17-2014, 04:33 PM
    Very interesting runs here featuring a tuned F82 M4 going up against two stock Corvettes. The first race has the M4 run a stock C7 Corvette Stingray which features the new 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission that GM claims shifts faster than the Porsche PDK dual clutch gearbox. Based on the result there is no reason to doubt the claim as the Corvette is able to pull. It does so up top so this race is not won by shift speed as much as the top end of the LT1 and the sleeker C7 shape. The M4's torque offsets the C7 down low but the S55 just did not the have enough top end in this one. The 8-speed Stingray is a quick car even stock. The second race features a C6 Z06 that is also stated to be stock. The C6 Z06 only comes in manual so no transmission advantage here. It did not need a transmission advantage as the 7.0 liter 7000 rpm LS7 just pulls away. It also puts the C7 Stingray in context as the definitely is faster. So the Dinan tuned M4 gets beaten by both Corvettes. Considering the dyno results posted for the Dinan tune showing a gain of 20 wheel horsepower (but a nice torque jump) the results make sense. The M4 owner loses but can brag about his Dinan warranty. A DCT M4 no doubt would have done better likely opening up a lead in the lower gears but it is what it is.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-14-2014, 04:02 PM
    The numbers tuned GTR's are putting out these days almost seem like they are from a video game. If you are not making over 1000 wheel horsepower you are hardly even considered relevant any longer. Check out the graph below from Boost Logic on their BL1500 package. With six injectors fueling the motor with E85 the car put down 1439 wheel horsepower and 1087 lb-ft of wheel torque. This motor is tuned with a Cobb Accessport. As far as what the BL1500 comes with, here is the breakdown: Cobb Accessport HKS Spark Plugs *NEW* Boost Logic Triple Pump Fuel System Boost Logic Oil Cooler Kit Boost Logic Race Intercooler Kit w/ Piping Boost Logic Crank Damper Boost Logic 4″ Exhaust System or 4″ Exhaust System w/ Electronic Dumps T1 Differential Brace Boost Logic Transmission Pan Boost Logic Coolant Tank Boost Logic Race Breather Kit Boost Logic Intake Manifold BL Stage 4 Transmission PPG 1st – 6th Gear Set Dodson Promax clutch QUIET PROMAX Dodson FWD retainer Dodson Mechanical lock #1 Dodson Mechanical lock #2 O-ring and seal upgrade kit Oil pump shaft upgrade with blueprint 6 neodymium magnets High temp rear differential oil seal Stainless re-usable internal filter Boost Logic Stage 3 Head Package Ported Head Ferrea Valvetrain Components Boost Logic Custom Spec Camshafts Boost Logic Built 4.1 Stroker Shortblock Boost Logic Custom Rods Boost Logic Upgraded Wrist Pins (promods Optional) Boost Logic Spec Custom Piston Set w/ Upgraded Rings Custom Main Studs Custom Piston Top and Skirt Coating (Optional) Install time is roughly 8 weeks and pricing is not listed but suffice it to say, all the above does not come cheap. It also comes with 1500+ horsepower.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-15-2014, 01:36 AM
    Awesome to see two exotic big boys go at it in a drag race. On paper the Aventador has the power advantage over the McLaren 650S with its 700 horsepower. The Aventador has a naturally aspirated 6.5 liter V12 powerplant compared to the McLaren's turbocharged 3.8 liter V8 unit. The McLaren 650S has 500 lb-ft of torque to the Aventador 508 lb-ft (on paper of course). The thing is the 650S hits its peak torque figures much sooner and has a fatter torque curve thanks to the turbos. This is one of those times where a peak measurement can be misleading. The 650S also is lighter than the Aventador by roughly 850 pounds. That is a huge difference and also keep in mind the McLaren is rear wheel drive to the Aventador all wheel drive. So what happens? The 650S gets a jump but it doesn't matter. It pulls away and covers the runway in 23.01 seconds compared to the Aventador 23.84. That is a significant difference and the 650S Spider was the quickest out of all the cars AutoWeek tested with the Aventador coming up behind it. The 650S power to weight and efficiency are just too much for even the Aventador to overcome.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-18-2014, 04:33 PM
    Take a deep breath and relax anyone. You do not want to get worked up like this fellow over C7 Z06 performance. Somebody finally took a new C7 Z06 to the dragstrip to set some independent numbers and the results are not exactly what you would call encouraging. Now, the driver did not do a good job that much is clear. A 2.19 60 foot is even remotely a good launch and he appears to bog a big off the line. Definitely needed some more revs. The shifting also left a bit to be desired as he turns a 120 mile per hour trap speed. This is lower than all the magazines and obviously not a great result. What this goes to show is just how much times can vary based on the driver and conditions. Someone else will take a C7 Z06 to the strip and run 10's at close to 130. Just because this car ran 120 does not mean they all do. Everyone calm down, especially Z06 fanboys. It is going to be ok, really.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:13 PM
    It feels like the US RS7 1/4 mile record only stood for a few minutes before being broken yet again. A few days ago AudiBoost posted an article on the quickest and fastest US RS7 at the time which ran 10.558 @ 132.56 in the 1/4 mile. The time and trap speed to beat now is 10.388 @ 133.54. The difference between this run and the previous run is that in addition to the APR Race gas software the RS7 in the video below also has a full exhaust system. Keep in mind this is still the APR Stage I software and a more aggressive software tune is on the way from APR (and others). At this rate we will see 9's out of the RS7 with bolt ons very soon.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-17-2014, 02:33 PM
    These Porsche 991 Turbo results come from our Middle Eastern friends over at PP-Performance. They flash tuned a 991 Turbo with their Stage I software and took it to the Yas Marina drag strip located in Abu Dhabi. The result is a very impressive low 10 second run. We wish we had the 60 foot figure but it appears there is something wrong with the lights or computer regarding the 60 foot time as it was not recorded. The 1/4 mile time was though and the car went 10.325 @ 135.229 miles per hour. Keep in mind this is the standard 991 Turbo and not the S. From the looks of it we will see 991 Turbo and Turbo S vehicles in the 9's shortly with bolt ons and race gas. Not all too different from what the PDK 997.2 cars are capable of.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 10:28 PM
    Great race video showing a bolt on Gen IV Viper with a tune and full exhaust putting out 583 rear wheel horsepower running everything in sight. This is a well done and crystal clear video showing the mods for each opponent and their approximate power level. Take notes people. Run 1 Heads/Cam A6 C7 Stingray 540 whp This one is over before it starts. The C7 likely was in the wrong gear or at least we hope he was in the wrong gear as the Vette gets destroyed. Run 2 stock GSXR-600: This race starts off well and then the Viper appears to let off. Missed shift maybe? Run 3 Paxton Supercharged Gen III Viper 798 whp: This one is rather hard to explain as it is neck and neck. The Gen III starts to pull but the bolt on Viper keeps pace. The Gen III sure does not look like it is pacing 798 wheel horsepower although with a blower it easily should be. Run 4 Shelby GT500 with Kenne Bell 2.8 liter 718 whp: Botched run although the Viper jumps out ahead. Run 5 stock C7 Z06 7-speed: That poor Z06. Run 6 C7 Z06 rematch: Same result. The Z06 gets creamed. Run 7 and 8 threeway Viper, Z06, and GT500 The Viper again starts to pull away and the Z06 is left in the dust by everyone. The GT500 misses a gear and the Viper wins another one. They line up for another run with the Viper again pulling away. It's starting to look like only the Viper owner can drive. Run 9 Shelby GT500 rematch: Much closer this time although there is noticeable wheelspin. The Viper still manages to edge up top. That is one impressive Gen IV and the guy who owns sure can drive it. He ran everyone and basically beat everyone. A well done video as well, great stuff.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2014, 01:13 PM
    Expect to see more flash tune results for the F80/F82 M3 and M4 in the coming months. BrenTuning bench flashed this F82 M4 S55 and showed some impressive flash tune gains. The flash tune only numbers show a gain of 38 horsepower at the wheels and 22 lb-ft of torque at the wheels over the baseline. Keep in mind the baseline figures are 385 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque at the wheels on a Mustang dyno. This dyno is much more conservative than its Dynojet peer. BrenTuning ran into some TMAP issues and this will be a limiting area for flash tuned S55's at least initially. To realize numbers on par with the piggyback tuning options while retaining the benefits of a flash tune BrenTuning added a piggyback tune into the mix. The result? A gain of 65 horsepower and 63 lb-ft of torque at the wheels for a total of 450 horsepower and 411 lb-ft of torque. Very solid gains with an early 'Stage 0' tune and piggyback working together. As we have seen with other turbo BMW motors things evolve considerably in the tuning department over time. It will be no different here but we likely will see flash tuning and piggyback tuning working in conjunction to offer the best of both worlds.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:13 PM
    Developments in the BMW F-Series flash tuning scene are proceeding faster than expected. Earlier this month BimmerBoost brought you the story that BMW F-Series Infineon tri-core ECU's had been cracked and the various cracks have spread like wildfire to tuners throughout the globe. Jailbreak Tuning posted flash tune results on 91 octane for the F10 M5 S63TU V8 and the numbers are very encouraging even at this early stage. Peak power went up from the 539 wheel horsepower baseline (with aftermarket downpipes) to 617 wheel horsepower for a gain of 78 horsepower at the wheels. The tune deletes the CEL (check engine light) caused by the downpipes. The torque figure rises from 507 lb-ft at the wheels to 567 lb-ft at the wheels. Torque gains are seen throughout the entire curve once the turbos spool. F10 M5 tuning and S63TU V8 tuning is ready to take the next step forward. 2015 is going to be very interesting for BMW aftermarket performance.
    7 replies | 286 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-17-2014, 09:34 PM
    ESS-Tuning has been talking about their AMG M156 V8 supercharger kit for years now with nothing to show for it. Well, they at least have a picture now to show off their supercharger mounted on an M156 and state that it should be 'coming soon' which translates to still in development. What are the specs? We do not know. What is the expected output? We do not know. What is the price? We do not know. All we know is that they are still working on it. The M156 supercharger market pretty much belongs to Weistec. ESS-Tuning wants to take some of that money they made from using the forums to push M3 S65 kits and expand into other areas. This is likely way too little way too late. It also likely is not a 3.0 liter twin screw setup which means for those that want maximum performance better and proven options are already on the market.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-15-2014, 09:54 PM
    The Weistec 3.0 liter twin screw is a big blower that pushes some big horsepower and torque on the AMG M156 6.2 liter V8. All that instant torque down low turns a W204 C63 AMG into a monster on the street (providing the car can hook up and put the power down of course). The video below shows a Weistec Stage III supercharged C63 AMG in action. The first run in the video is from a stop against a Subaru WRX STI with a Precision 6466 turbocharger. Power is in the 700 horsepower range. The C63 gets the jump on the STI in the first run and just pulls away from it. The AMG just looks far stronger than the STI. The second run between the two has the STI get a much better launch putting its all wheel drive to work. It gets the lead and holds it through the first two gears as the C63 starts to run it down. Run it down it does as the C63 top end has it pull by strongly and keep on pulling. The next run is against a C6 Corvette with upgraded heads and what certainly sounds like a big cam. It is not specified whether it is on an LS2 or LS3 but horsepower is stated to right at about 500 wheel horsepower. The C6 is of course much lighter than the C63 by roughly 700 pounds depending on the options in either car. The Vette puts up a good fight but the torque of the C63 just gives it the advantage down low opening up a lead that is held. The second run between the two is at a higher speed roll and it makes for a very interesting and close race. The C6 edges a bit up top although it is basically neck and neck. A very strong C63 on the stock M156 motor with a built transmission. Owner states it is 692 wheel horsepower at 10 psi although based on the results and Weistec's own Stage III numbers at that boost it should be closer to the low 600's than 700. Great runs either way.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-17-2014, 03:30 AM
    It looks like the new Gen V Vipers are finally starting to get some serious tuning options out there. This particular car is putting out some incredible numbers but not on the stock ECU which tuners are still having trouble with. It is using a ProEFI standalone to control the motor taking a lot of air into its ten cylinders. The Gen V motors feature forged internals from the factory and the Dodge engineers took aftermarket forced induction into account when building the motor. Good thing they did as the result on mild boost from twin turbos on the stock motor with E85 fuel is 950.1 wheel horsepower and 959.2 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Yes, almost 1000 wheel horsepower on the stock motor which would likely be hit if they were not trying to keep it safe with only 12 lbs of boost. The turbo system here was not built by D3 Engineering but by another shop they did not name. They said they will be redoing the turbo setup to their own standards at which point we would expect well over 1000 whp. Awesome stock motor numbers regardless with more in it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:41 AM
    Here is an absolutely incredible run and launch from a 991 Turbo (standard Turbo, not the S) on the 1/4 mile dragstrip. This 991 Turbo is modified by Simon Motorsport and is using their powerbox piggyback tune, BMC filters, a full catless exhaust system, and the IPD intake plenum. The result is a record setting 10.31 second pass at 130.73 miles per hour with a 1.35 60 foot time. That is a hell of a launch and as you can see in the video it just hooks up without drama and goes. This time exceeds the recent 10.325 @ 135.22 that PP-Performance set with a flash tuned 991 Turbo at the same Yas Marina drag strip just edging it out in elapsed time but with a slower trap speed. There will no doubt be some back and forth as these two vie for the record. Congratulations to Simon Motorsport on the achievement.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 05:21 PM
    The BMW i8 is a sexy and futuristic design there is no denying it. In stock form the car looks great but Wheels Boutique decided to add a little flare by lowering a black i8 and adding HRE wheels into the mix. 22 inch HRE Frozen Blue HRE P101 wheels on Pirelli tires to be exact. The Frozen Blue finish is designed to match the blue trim on this black i8 and it certainly works tying the whole car together. The result is a modern and somewhat exotic looking BMW. Ok BMW, you have the looks down. Now let's give the i8 the muscle to match.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-13-2014, 01:34 PM
    2000.00 to all four wheels. The numbers necessary to be at the top of the Nissan GTR game are absolutely insane. 1000 wheel horsepower is now child's play these days when there are people making double that. The scary thing is they are not even close to done as the even 2000.00 numbers is due to the dyno being maxed out. This GTR is tuned by English Racing and built by Extreme Turbo Systems. As far as the mod list and specifications: 55psi of boost, e98 fuel, 6 ID2000cc injectors, Aeromotive mechanical fuel pump, PTE Turbos, COBB AP, Sheptrans 12/12 stage 5 trans, ETS T4 Top Mount Turbo Kit, and ER Tune. The result is 2000+ wheel horsepower and 1424 lb-ft of torque. What do you even say to that? Who knows, but you have to respect it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-16-2014, 09:31 PM
    Looks like we have a new most powerful 996/997 Turbo as an EVOMS tuned 997.1 Turbo put down 1449 wheel horsepower on a Mustang dyno and also set the Porsche half mile record. For those keeping score this tops the 1361 wheel horsepower power figure held by TIM941NYC and his 996 Turbo. TIM941NYC retains the 996 Turbo record but the overall watercooled turbo 996/997 record now belongs to EVOMS. Now regarding who is the fastest is this car has not run the mile and that record stands at 235.1 miles per hour by TIM941NYC. The half mile record now though belongs to this EVOMS 997.1 Turbo with a 212 mile per hour pass which we are still waiting for verification of. It looks like we have a new most powerful and fastest 911 Turbo. Hopefully somebody shares the full build specs at some point.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-17-2014, 05:25 AM
    What we know for certain regarding the upcoming Shelby GT350 is that it will have a 5.2 liter flat-plane crank V8 with over 500 horsepower. Ford has not provided the exact specs but a shot of the tach and some leaks are filling in the blanks and answering some questions. The redline appears to be 8200 rpm. As for horsepower, Ford is aiming for over 100 hp per liter so 525 horsepower is the current rumor. It could end up being less, it could end up being more. The motor features port fuel injection with a 12.0:1 compression ratio. The bore is 94mm and the stroke is 92.7mm for a slightly oversquare design. Expect this to yield somewhere over 400 lb-ft of torque. That is all we really have to go on for now and what we really want to see is if they can keep the weight under 3800 pounds for the GT350.
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    12-17-2014, 03:22 PM
    In less than a month we will have all the details on the production version of the 2016 Acura NSX. This car has been in the works for a while now but Acura is finally ready to launch their new flagship. The debut will take place in Detroit next month at the 2015 North American International Auto Show. So what do we know about the car? It will feature a twin turbocharged V6 powerplant. It will have three electric motors with one driving the rear wheels and each front wheel featuring a separate electric motor driving them designed around the all wheel drive torque vectoring system. The transmission is expected to be a 7-speed dual clutch unit which will handle the roughly 500 horsepower and close to 500 lb-ft of torque. If the curb weight is low this is going to be a very quick and efficient sports car. That leaves the question of the price. It will be six figure but how far into six figure territory? If the car undercuts the BMW i8 Acura will have a hit on their hands as the NSX will offer much higher performance with similar efficiency at a lower price point. Enjoy the teaser video, photos, and press release from Acura below. Dec 17, 2014 - TORRANCE, Calif. The production version of the highly anticipated Acura NSX supercar, successor to the legendary original NSX, will make its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12, 2015. The model will reflect the production design and specifications of the mid-engine Acura supercar that is slated to launch in 2015. To celebrate the impending debut of NSX, Acura released a 30-second teaser video that gives an early glimpse of the production car and the sound of its three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit. View the video on Acura’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/Acura. "The next-generation NSX will deliver a 'new sports experience' true to its heritage and to the supercar concept that originally gave rise to the name NSX," said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. "The NSX will serve as the ultimate expression of Acura performance that is fueling a reenergized brand." An Acura NSX concept model made its debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, where Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President & CEO Takanobu Ito announced that development of a next-generation NSX would launch in three years, led by an American R&D team and produced at a state-of-the-art new plant in Ohio. "After three years of intensive development work we are excited to reveal this next-generation supercar—the Acura NSX—to the world," said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global project leader over NSX development. "We've developed a human-centered supercar that responds to the will of the driver and that builds upon the NSX heritage." The next milestone in the launch of the NSX will be the reveal of the production version at the Acura press conference at the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12 at 11:50 a.m. ET. Watch the press conference live at youtube.com/Acura. The NSX is being developed by a global team of engineers led by the company's North American R&D operations in Raymond, Ohio, with design led by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, CA. The Acura NSX will be produced exclusively at the new Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, using domestic and globally sourced parts.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-17-2014, 01:01 AM
    APR may be having a bit of a public relations nightmare at the moment which is affecting their reputation quite a bit but they also do still have a bevy of quality products in their offering. Their 4.0 TFSI V8 tune for the Audi RS6 and RS7 in particular clearly seems to be very well calibrated. The proof is in the result which is a 10.558 @ 132.56 in the 1/4 mile from na RS7 running race gas and the APR race map. Running mid 10's with a luxury sedan is definitely impressive especially considering it does not take much more than a tune to get there. Based on the results thus far this looks like it is the quickest and fastest US RS7.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-17-2014, 02:31 AM
    If you have an M156 V8 with the 722.9 AMG 7G-Tronic and want a throttle 'blip' on downshifts Weistec Engineering has you covered. The Rev-Match upgrade adds electronically controlled synchronized throttle blips when downshifts are executed. This is useful for track junkies such as those with the W208 CLK63 AMG Black Series where the throttle blip will keep the engine at higher revs on downshifts. This eliminates the bucking or deceleration with a downshift causing the car to slow down. The Weistec software eliminates the power loss on downshifts and also firms up the upshifts. The behavior of the transmission is simply improved. In order to get the upgrade the ECU and TCU/Valvebody must be sent in. Both of these parts are paired to each vehicle and therefore are necessary. Weistec states the turnaround time to get the modification is roughly 24 hours. Pricing is $2499.99: http://weistec.com/all/clk/clk-63/2008-w209-m156/7229-transmission-62/722-9-rev-matching-upgrade.html KEY FEATURES: Adds Rev Matching to converter based 722.9 transmissions Seamless downshifting Improved track times Improved driving experience Recommended with Weistec 722.9 TCU/Valvebody Upgrade Recommended with Weistec ECU Tuning
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    12-13-2014, 03:24 PM
    This is certainly an interested development as GM explains some of the performance concerns owners are having about the C7 Z06 and its LT4 V8. The magazine performance test figures as well as a recent race between a C7 Z06 and a Viper TA basically have the fanboys in an uproar. We know the Z06 LT4 6.2 liter supercharged V8 puts out more power than advertised. So what is the problem? A conservative factory tune and a protective ECU. GM has to meet certain reliability and more importantly emissions concerns and that takes some careful OEM tuning these days. Getting a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 with 650 horses on the market while meeting modern restrictions isn't easy. Here is GM's statement regarding owner concerns on power loss and heat soak as well as performance from the C7 Z06: "We are confident that the vast majority of customers are going to be more than satisfied with the performance the Z06 offers in stock form. For those that want more power, they can visit an aftermarket tuner—who are not held to the same standards as an OEM.” GM is essentially saying the OEM tune is conservative and obviously pulling timing. These concerns are confirmed by a Corvette tuner: "With the OE calibration we did experience the same thing… The timing tables are EXTREMELY conservative and the ECU will pull timing for almost any situation. I am waiting for owners to complain about “tip in” as the ECU pulls a massive amount of timing when slightly touching the gas pedal” Interesting but not all that surprising. GM is more or less stating that if you want to get around the limitations imposed by them to visit a tuner. They also acknowledge this will void your warranty but they are being surprisingly cool and open about it. Instead of denying or deflecting they directly state what is going on and what owners can do as well as the consequences. Want more consistent performance from your C7 Z06 along with more power and torque? Get an aftermarket tune. Just know that GM will not be honoring their warranty if you do so. Fair is fair.
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    12-13-2014, 08:39 PM
    Revo Technik is readying their Stage I Audi S6 and S7 4.0 TFSI ECU tune flash software for release. Owners will be able to flash this software at home using a handheld unit which certainly is nice for convenience purposes. The horsepower gains are very nice with a 102 all wheel horsepower bump. The torque gain is equally impressive with peak torque rising from 401 lb-ft at the wheels to 558 for a gain of 157 lb-ft of torque. Revo Technik also provided some GPS measured performance figures in a video showing 0-60 in 3.21 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 11.56 @ 122.31 miles per hour. We wish they showed a baseline figure which would put the results in context but regardless the numbers sound about right. Expect the software to be released next year.
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    Yesterday, 08:32 PM
    Cadillac has leaked out that they will debut the next generation CTS-V at the Detroit Auto Show taking place next month or more accurately in just over three weeks. Considering how powerful Cadillac's European competition is they need to pack some serious heat. They intend to as the C7 Z06 LT4 6.2 liter supercharged direct injection V8 is expected under the hood. This raises the question as to whether the CTS-V will get the exact same LT4 or if there will be changes much like the previous generation CTS-V saw to its LSA V8 compared to the LS9 it was based on which saw use in the ZR-1 Corvette. Let's think positively for a moment that the CTS-V will not be detuned. That means 587 rear wheel horsepower for the CTS-V or in other words more than any of its competition. It will likely be mated to the 8L90 automatic transmission which offers incredibly quick gear changes meaning GM is likely to have the fastest luxury performance sedan in the world if they manage to keep the weight from ballooning. We will know more next month but let's hope GM gives the CTS-V the LT4 without any changes and if they do make any changes they only do so to give it more, not less, power and torque.
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    Yesterday, 10:45 PM
    The C6 ZR1 and C7 Z06 have engines have some similarities. They both have the same 6.2 liter displacement and both are supercharged V8 engines. The similarities pretty much end there though as they are two different generations of GM supercharged V8's. The LT4 of course incorporates direct injection which allows higher compression at 10.0:1 compared to the 9.1:1 of the LS9. The LT4 also has a smaller 1.7 liter supercharged compared to the LS9 2.3 liter unit. It is quite a bit smaller but also 20 pounds lighter. They both have the same 6600 rpm redline. Let's break down each motor with GM's own details: LT4 6.2L supercharged engine specifications Displacement (cu in / cc): 376 / 6162 Bore & stroke (in / mm): 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92 Block material: cast aluminum Crankshaft: 1538MV steel Connecting rod (in / mm): 6.125 / 155.5 powder-metal steel Piston: forged aluminum with internal ribs; flat-top crown Cylinder head material: A356-T6 rotocast aluminum Induction system: 1.7L supercharger – 9.4 psi / 0.65 bar max boost Valvetrain: overhead valve, two valves per cylinder Valve type (intake / exhaust): 54mm solid titanium / 40.4mm sodium-filled Camshaft type: hydraulic roller Intake valve lift (in / mm): 0.492 / 12.5 Exhaust valve lift (in / mm): 0.551 / 14 Duration @ 0.050-in. tappet lift (crank angle degrees, intake / exhaust): 189 / 223 Camshaft lobe separation angle (degrees: 120 Fuel delivery: direct injection Fuel injectors: 25cc/second (1.5L/min) Engine-driven fuel pump (psi / MPa): 2900 / 20 Lubrication system: dry sump, incl. oil-spray piston cooling Compression ratio: 10:1 Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 650 / 485 @ 6400 – SAE certified Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 650/ 881 @ 3600 – SAE certified Max. engine speed (rpm): 6600 Recommended fuel: premium required LS9 6.2L supercharged engine specifications The LT4 is rather at 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque despite the smaller blower. The LS9 is rated at 638 horsepower and 604 lb-ft of torque. The difference between the two in practice at the wheels is even greater than the crank ratings on paper: 49 wheel horsepower and 84 lb-ft of torque at the wheels difference in favor of the LT4 over the LS9. These numbers really make one wonder why the C7 Z06 is not putting up better performance numbers.
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