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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-01-2014, 10:56 PM
    The time has come to officially introduce the new BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network. What originally almost five years ago was a single site and forum dedicated to BMW Performance has now evolved into a 41 website strong Automotive Performance Network which welcomes enthusiasts from all makes, models, and areas of the globe. Many of you have noticed changes over the past few months as live beta testing took place. Now that the majority of bugs have been ironed out the network can officially be rolled out. Here is a graphical illustration that should make understanding the network quite simple: As you can see, all sites on the network are linked together. This means your username/password works on any BoostAddict network site. If you have been browsing BenzBoost but would like to a look at LamboBoost, not a problem. No need to register a new name. Additionally, there are universal forums shared among the sites. Tires/Wheels for example is viewable on any site as is the Race Videos forum. In this manner users from BimmerBoost can interact with ChevyBoost members and vice versa. If one simply is interested in a single make they can go to the domain for that particular make and have their forum list and front page strictly be about that make. If one wants Chevrolet info for example they would head to ChevyBoost.com. If one wants Cadillac info they would head to CaddyBoost.com. If wants General Motors info to cover both one would head to GMBoost.com. If one wants all domestic car info in one place one would head to DomesticBoost.com. This should be very simple to figure out but to make it even easier I have included a network navigation menu in the upper left hand corner which expands on mouseover: That should make navigation quick and easy. For the boost hungry, BoostAddict.com features all the forums and front pages together in one spot. No matter what you are interested in the network scope adjusts to suit your preference. This design became necessary once the realization was made that relationships were cultivated yet due to the fractured nature of forums users often become splintered as they move to new cars. Not to mention, this is the golden age of horsepower and more motors are boosted from the factory than ever before increasing the potential tuning market to a level never before seen. Should someone move from a BMW to a Cadillac for example this often necessitates use of a new forum for Cadillac information. Well, no longer. BoostAddict is the world's first automotive forum network able to cater to every modern make and model of car. Yes, that's kind of a big deal. To help cultivate better and faster interaction among members we have adopted social media aspects that utilize the strength of information offered by forum threads combined with the quick and easy navigation offered through social media sites many of you are already familiar with. In this way we adjust to the changing nature of automotive media bringing you modern communication technology while retaining traditional forum strengths. Essentially, the best of both worlds. What does this mean exactly? You can browse a thread and be instantly notified through the menu if someone has responded to you, quoted you, or mentioned you anywhere on the network. Simply click the notification bar to be informed: The dropdown menu informs you who posted a reply, quoted, or mentioned you and in what thread. Clicking the notification instantly takes you to that location. Should you wish to remove the notification, simply click the X in the upper right hand corner of the notification. Should you wish to not receive notifications from a particular thread, simply uncheck the box on the bottom right hand side of your posts by clicking the green checkmark in any thread you have participated in: Simple, right? Any other settings can be tweaked by clicking on 'Settings' in the upper right hand corner of the notification dropdown. Additionally, one can tweak their signature, avatar, search their posts, edit their password, logout, etc., all by clicking on their username name in the upper right hand corner: The convenience does not end there as Private Messages can be read and responded to all without needing to leave the page you are on. Simply click reply, fill out your message, press submit, and continue reading the article or thread you were reading: Slick? Fast? Easy? Modern? Yes to all of these. Let's answer some questions now. FAQ: Q: How long did this take? A: Years. I expected to be done earlier this year but expectations and reality are two different things. Q: Will there be bugs? A: Considering there is no template as this has never been done, undoubtedly. I just ask for any bugs to be brought to my attention so that I may fix them. Q: Who developed and paid for this? A: Microsoft. In all seriousness, just me. Q: Are you accepting investors at this time? A: Investors are a luxury but not a necessity. If anyone wants to invest I'm easy to reach: admin@boostaddict.com Q: What's next? A: A vacation? What is next is a performance database including a sortable 60-130 database, dyno graph database, trap speed database, and a couple surprises I will not reveal just yet as no doubt people (and competitors) will be watching closer than ever before. A mobile app will be the icing on the cake. Q: What is the end goal? A: Realizing potential. I would like to thank all of our users, advertisers, and vendors for making all of this possible. I would like to thank those that told me I would not succeed for providing the fuel to feed off to get to this point. I still have a long way to go so please do not stop motivating me now. I would hate to get complacent. Thank you all for an excellent past 5 years. I also want to point out the network will be getting more commercial in nature and posting behavior will be monitored more strictly. It is simply a reality of the professional world that when you want to be taken seriously you have to be serious about it.
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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.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    12-19-2014, 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.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-26-2014, 12:44 PM
    Yet another battle in the ongoing war between the new M3/M4 S55 inline-6 and the previous generation E9X M3 S65 V8. As BimmerBoost stated runs between these cars on stock internals will go back and forth depending on the modifications. This particular run certainly illustrates that point. The first round featured an E90 M3 DCT with an ESS-Tuning supercharger kit pulling a BMS tuned F80 M3. The second round posted earlier this week had the BMS F80 M3 test car pull an ESS-Tuning VT2-650 supercharged E92 M3 DCT. As is customary when an ESS-Tuning car loses, the owner provided excuses but what happened, happened. So what is the result when an Active Autowerke Level III supercharger kit gets into the mix against a BMS JB4 tuned F82 M4? What you see below. The Active Autowerke Level III kit puts up a much better showing than the ESS-Tuning supercharger kit. The Rotrex blower certainly appears in practice to offer the greater area under the curve it shows on paper. Frankly, it is difficult to see just how hard the Active Autowerke Level III equipped M3 pulls up top as it moves out of the camera angle on the M4 rather quickly. The point ultimately though is that different tunes, forced induction setups, supporting modifications, transmission, etc., are all huge factors in determining the outcome between the S65 and S55. It is not as simple as saying tuned S55 versus supercharged S65 and so and so will happen. The comparison is far more complex and as the Active Autowerke Level III car illustrates a different supercharger head unit on the stock internal S65 produces a completely different result. Back and forth we go.
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  • HRE_Wheels's Avatar
    12-01-2014, 01:47 PM
    We've introduced an all-new design for the FlowForm lineup named the FF15. The FlowForm FF15 and FF01 are created using a high-tech cast flow-forming process providing a level of precision, strength and attention to detail expected of an HRE. The multi-spoke FF15 comes in ready-to-mount sizes for specific makes and models. The wheels are all engineered and tested to the same standards of HRE’s forged products and carry TUV certification for sale in Europe and JWL/VIA certification for sale in Japan. The FF15 starts at 19lbs. The FF15 is available in 19" for most European, Asian and Domestic platforms such as Porsche, Lexus, BMW, Ford, Kia, BMW, VW and Mercedes-Benz, and is available in gloss silver and satin black, with custom finishes (shown below) available upon request. For more info on the FF15, click HERE.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-11-2014, 05:33 PM
    A few months ago BimmerBoost brought you a story about the tuner flash tuning claims on modern BMW turbo platforms not being what they were cracked up to be. You may have noticed how tuners making these claims have not been able to display much of anything in terms of proof. Well, the F-Series cars which share the Infineon TriCore ECU's have been cracked and can be flash tuned now. Real flash tuning, not just flashing some of BMW's own files that have been leaked. There is more than one source on this and Bimmerboost can not share all the details but the one we can mention is Flashtec from Switzerland. They are taking pre-orders on their flashing device. You have to be one of their dealers to get the details but fortunately we have members who have access to the customer page. Their device is set to ship next month: CMDFlash BMW Fxx PWD READER for Tricore Bootmode ( Special Probe and Plugin, you must have Tricore bootmode ) Shipment from January 5th 2015 Now this is an ECU out method. It means the ECU needs to be physically removed and sent in to a tuner. We hear an OBD-II method is on the way from someone but they want to keep this quiet and for themselves for obvious reasons. The first one to get it gets the gold, right? What they seem to be doing is generating their own RSA key pair to bypass BMW's verification method. If it sounds like BMW makes tuning a bitch that is because they do. They just are not any fun any more these days. Another source claiming to have ability is Russia's Avtotools. Whether they do or not we do not know but their release is scheduled for this month: ECU-Explorer tool exclusively designed to read Infineon Tricore MCU’s over CAN-bus. Supports Read/Write EEPROM function for secured and non-secured SAC-TC1766, SAC-TC1767, SAC-TC1797 microcontrollers. ECU-Explorer comes with Mileage, DPF, ECU system time and ISN built-in calculators. Purpose of use: Change power level (320-328) (System time reset only, you must use ESYS for coding and ISTA to make final programming) Switch OFF oxygen sensors (System time reset only, you must use ESYS for coding and ISTA to make final programming) Switch OFF check engine lamp(System time reset only, you must use ESYS for coding and ISTA to make final programming) Reset mileage Reset system time Change ISN (for engines N13,N20,N55 etc.) Supported ECU types: F-Series DDE701A DDE701P DDE721B DDE721P DDE73A DDE731A DDE741A DDE751A MEVD1725 ( N13 ) F20 ,F21 Серия MEVD1724 ( N20 ) F10 , F11 , F12 , F13 , F18 , F25, F30 , F31 , F35 Серия MEVD1726 (N55) F01 F10 F25 F25 F30 MEVD1728 (N63 S63) F01 F10 MEVD1729 (N20) F10 F20 F25 F30 F32 MEVD172 ( N55 ) F01 , F02 , F07 , F10 , F11 , F18 , F25 MEVD172P (N20) F10 F20 F25 F30 F32 MEVD172S (N55) F10 F20 F25 F30 F32 MEVD172G (N55) F10 F20 F25 F30 F32 So what does this mean for tuning? It means real tuning options will open up not just those relegated to piggybacks feeding the ECU info to increase boost. If people wanted to go beyond just increasing boost on the stock turbos this is the key for that to happen. Now we will finally see things like turbocharger upgrades for the N63, S63, S63TU, S55, etc. with the tuning to make use of the hardware. An M5 with upgraded turbos may finally be a reality next year. The BMW guys will not have to allow the 63 AMG's to have all the fun any longer. The other issue now will be watching tuners all fight for superiority and we will see who rips off whom as this spreads. It also makes tuners claims from years ago about doing turbo upgrades on M5's seem funny now when you consider they had no way to tune the cars and it has taken a good 5+ years to crack these ECU's. We are barely in the infancy of it all right now.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-01-2014, 09:27 PM
    A bunch of BMW on BMW action here featuring an Active Autowerke Level III supercharged E92 M3 as the camera car. The Active Autowerke Level III kit continues to impress after we witnessed it on a DCT E92 M3 pull a JB4 tuned F82 M4 recently. Here are some more runs against other BMW's showing off the strength of the kit. This car appears to be a 6-speed manual version making the results all the more impressive. The only issue is the forward facing camera angle that hardly takes in the majority of the action. Why anyone would choose this as a single angle when it does not do a good job showing the position of the car it is racing is anyone's guess. Side angles or multiple angles are preferred but we can still tell what happens. Run 1: F13 M6 Gran Coupe with unknown mods The mods on this M6 are unknown and the Gran coupe is not a lightweight coming in at roughly 750 pounds above the E92 M3. The M3 looks like it is rolling at a higher speed when it hits the cones (a problem with trying to create a fair race at these events) and it just dusts the M6 easily. As we do not have a rear camera angle it is hard to see how badly it pulled the M6 but suffice it to say the race was one-sided. Run 2: VF-Engineering supercharged built motor E92 M3 The camera car has a passenger which should be noted. The VF-Engineering E92 M3 it is racing has a built motor but apparently is not tuned yet. Why? Who knows. VF-Engineering tuning has always been a big question mark on their kits and they prefer the canned tune approach. Clearly the tuning is the weakness here for the built motor VF car as a built motor supercharged M3 should DESTROY a stock internal car. The VF-Engineering car does not though and gets pulled despite a missed shift into 5th gear. The owner should look into contacting a quality tuner to tune his VF-Engineering kit. Run 3: MT F82 M4 with JB4 and 91/E85 mix The M4 hangs in there through a couple gears but up top simply gets pulled. Once again another camera angle would add a lot of context here but the AA supercharged M3 wins again. Run 4: M4 JB4 rematch with MS109 The result is no different, the M4 gets pulled again. Run 5: E92 DCT M3 with ESS-Tuning VT2-650 It looks like the DCT gives the ESS car the advantage here in the lower gears as it should but up top the Active Autowerke kit pulls the ESS car. Another Active Autowerke vs. ESS-Tuning supercharged stock internals S65 race and another Active Autowerke victory. Anyone else seeing a pattern? Run 6: JB4 F82 M4 DCT Not much of a race as the M3 looks to be a higher speed at the cones. It just pulls away without ever seeing the F82 M4 again. Run 7: F10 M5 unknown mods The F10 M5 never even enters the camera angle making this the worst race of the bunch and showing why this single forward angle is majorly flawed. Summary: The camera angle is obviously an issue but in the runs where we can see the other car the Active E92 M3 just pulls away. The AA Level III kit just continues to impress and takes on all these BMW challengers beating every single one. The results here say plenty about the AA Level III S65 supercharger kit potency.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-04-2014, 08:56 PM
    Mercedes flat out dominated the 2014 Formula 1 season. They wrapped up the manufacturer championship by securing the Constructor's title with three races to spare. It was a dominant showing and Mercedes-AMG is flexing a little muscle by saying they welcome competition from other German manufacturers. Daimler's CEO Dieter Zetsche stated in an interview with German Publication Sport Bild on competition in Formula that, "Other German manufacturers very welcome." Now that is direct a translation from German but what he is saying is that BMW, Audi, VW, and Porsche are welcome to try to compete. Will anyone respond to this? Audi is already positioning itself for a Formula 1 effort. Porsche will be doing the Le Mans racing so they are not going to go head to head with a VW sibling. VW itself will focus on WRC and other areas of racing. That leaves BMW. Bernie Ecclestone prodded BMW last year for a return saying it was likely. BMW's board of directors was set to evaluate BMW's return to Formula 1 earlier this year but that story died quickly without resolution. BMW is likely still evaluating this. What will likely happen is that BMW will first supply motors before a full fledged effort if they even do. BMW is all about keeping costs low and maximizing profit so they do not do much involving competition at the highest level or take pride in competition these days. That is why Mercedes can easily get away with inviting them to compete. It is essentially a call out but with accountants running BMW they would sooner meet you at the bank than at the racetrack. Hopefully Audi gives Mercedes a challenge. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-09-2014, 05:21 AM
    This is really no surprise. We could have told you which car won before they were even compared. That said, it is nice to have support for that assertion and it is provided by MotorTrend. The Lexus RC-F feels like it is fighting last generation's battle and simply is not the performance car the F82 M4 is. If it sounds like we are being harsh keep in mind the RC-F has the same old 5.0 liter V8 (with some tweaks of course) that we have seen since the days of the IS-F and back then it was not exactly impressive. The redline is raised to 7300 rpm from 6800 rpm and the motor gets a compression ration bump to 12.3:1 from 11.8:1. This results in 467 horsepower and 389 lb-ft of torque at the crank. This motor is asked to move 4045 pounds Lexus coupe. Why is it so heavy? Who knows but the M4 suddenly looks like a lightweight with its 3604 lb curb weight. The weight loss of the M models has been overstated but considering the bloated Lexus we will not be so hard on the BMW that manages to continue being the lightest car in its class. The weight distribution figures are not pretty for either car. The M4 amanges 52/48 front to back while the RC-F is an even worse 54/46. BMW is shying away from 50/50 and should not be let off the hook for it but they still do not go as nose heavy even with the turbo motors as many of their competitors. Although the RC-F is more powerful on paper we seriously doubt it in practice with how the M4 S55 3.0 liter turbo inline-6 is underrated. Put both of these cars on a dyno and the M4 smoking the RC-F will become more apparent than just by looking at the crank paper figures along with the curb weight. The DCT transmission of course is a factor and helps compared to the Lexus 8-speed automatic. The M4 runs a 12.2 @ 117.8 1/4 mile to the RC-F 12.7 @ 112.2. The longer the race goes the worse it gets for the Lexus. As stated, the RC-F feels like it is a generation too late as it would struggle with the previous generation E92 M3 let alone the much more powerful F82 M4. Ok what about track performance? Well, the RC-F loses there too with the M4 beating its laptime. It is fairly close with the M4 1:23.73 laptime to the RC-F 1:24.05. The Streets of Willow is not exactly a big power track as it is fairly tight and technical which will make the cars appear closer than they really are. Put the M4 on a track where it can stretch its legs a bit and the gap will widen. Really, this isn't a contest. MotorTrend prefers basically everything about the M4 and they should. It's more fun to drive, it's faster, brakes better, handles better, offers greater efficiency, is more modable, better balanced, and it is at the top of its game while the RC-F is playing catch up. I guess we can give Lexus a pat on the back and tell them good effort. Maybe they will have a worthy competitor next decade. 2015 BMW M4 2015 Lexus RC F POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD Front-engine, RWD ENGINE TYPE Twin-turbo I-6, alum block/head 90-deg V-8, alum block/heads VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DOHC, 4 valves/cyl DISPLACEMENT 181.8 cu in/2,979 cc 303.2 cu in/4,969 cc COMPRESSION RATIO 10.2:1 12.3:1 POWER (SAE NET) 425 hp @ 5,500 rpm 467 hp @ 7,100 rpm TORQUE (SAE NET) 406 lb-ft @ 1,850 rpm 389 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm REDLINE 7,500 rpm 7,300 rpm WEIGHT TO POWER 8.5 lb/hp 8.7 lb/hp TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-clutch auto. 8-speed automatic AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 3.46:1/2.32:1 2.94:1/2.01:1 SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, anti-roll bar Control arms, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multi-link, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar STEERING RATIO 15.0:1 14.0:1 TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.3 2.8 BRAKES, F;R 15.8-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc; 15.0-in vented, drilled, carbon-ceramic disc, ABS 15.0-in vented, slotted disc; 13.6-in vented, slotted disc, ABS WHEELS, F;R 9.0 x 19-in; 10.0 x 19-in forged aluminum 9.0 x 19-in; 10.0 x 19-in forged aluminum TIRES, F;R 255/35ZR19 92Y; 275/35ZR19 100Y Michelin Pilot Super Sport 255/35R19 93Y; 275/35R19 96Y Bridgestone Potenza DIMENSIONS WHEELBASE 110.7 in 107.5 in TRACK, F/R 62.2/63.1 in 61.2/61.4 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 184.5 x 73.6 x 54.4 in 185.2 x 72.6 x 54.7 in TURNING CIRCLE 40.0 ft 35.4 ft CURB WEIGHT 3,604 lb 4,045 lb WEIGHT DIST., F/R 52/48% 54/46% SEATING CAPACITY 4 4 HEADROOM, F/R 39.8/36.1 in 37.8/35.0 in LEGROOM, F/R 42.2/33.7 in 45.4/27.3 in SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 55.3/51.7 in 50.7/46.1 in CARGO VOLUME 11.0 cu ft 10.1 cu ft TEST DATA ACCELERATION TO MPH 0-30 1.7 sec 1.7 sec 0-40 2.5 2.4 0-50 3.2 3.3 0-60 4.0 4.3 0-70 5.0 5.5 0-80 6.1 6.9 0-90 7.4 8.4 0-100 8.9 10.2 PASSING, 45-65 MPH 1.7 2.0 QUARTER MILE 12.2 sec @ 117.8 mph 12.7 sec @ 112.2 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 98 ft 107 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.98 g (avg) 0.92 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.2 sec @ 0.84 g (avg) 24.9 sec @ 0.80 g (avg) 1.6-MI ROAD COURSE LAP 83.73 sec 84.05 sec TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,750 rpm 1,550 rpm CONSUMER INFO BASE PRICE $65,150 $63,325 PRICE AS TESTED $85,225 $73,225 STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/yes Yes/yes AIRBAGS Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 4 yrs/50,000 miles POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles 6 yrs/70,000 miles ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/unlimited 4 yrs/unlimited FUEL CAPACITY 15.8 gal 17.4 gal EPA CITY/HWY/COMB.ECON 17/24/19 mpg 16/25/19 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 198/140 kW-hrs/100 miles 211/135 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS, CoMB. 0.99 lb/mile 1.02 lb/mile RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium Unleaded premium
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-07-2014, 11:15 PM
    The E36 M3 in the USA came with the S50B30US and S52B32US motors. The US S50/S52 was not exactly as special as its European S50 counterpart as it lacked the individual throttle bodies. The US version was really more of a tweaked M50TU engine sharing its cylinder heads but with different cam profiles and tuning resulting in 240 horsepower in 3.2 liter trim. Now the S50B32 engine in Europe produced 321 horsepower which certainly is impressive considering its 1995 debut and its 3.2 liter displacement. The S54 in the 2001 E46 M3 in its European trim (catless headers) produced 343 horsepower. This goes to show just how advanced the S50 was for its time. Despite the S52 not having individual throttle bodies for NA (naturally aspirated) performance and response it shows quite well when boosted such as in this example. An Active Autowerke S52 supercharger kit was customized by substituting in the larger Rotrex C38-92 blower from the E9X M3 Level III kits. The result? 527 wheel horsepower. Certainly impressive and not too far off the Active Autowerke Level III kits for the E9X Me S65 4.0 liter V8 that hit ~600 wheel horsepower depending on options (meth, pulley, etc.). A little boost goes a long way on the S52 3.2 liter inline-6.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-04-2014, 07:45 PM
    BMW will introduce a new B-Series of modular engines for the 2015 model year. The idea is for BMW to keep costs as low as possible by having each B-Series variant displace 500cc's per cylinder. Since you are good at math you know this means a 4-cylinder will have 2.0 liters of displacement and a six-cylinder 3.0 liters. It also means BMW can use the same pistons and rods for every variant. A 1.5 liter three cylinder, 2.0 liter four-cylinder, and 3.0 liter six-cylinder will all have the same internal parts to keep costs down. They all will also obviously share the same 82mm bore and 94.6mm stroke. The N20 being replaced has a bore of 84mm and a stroke of 90.1mm. BMW is going to an even more undersquare design. Considering these motors will all be turbocharged BMW is not looking for revs. They are looking to keep revs low and torque down low high for fuel efficiency. The engine design is all about keeping costs low along with emissions. The B48 will offer VANOS and Valvetronic just as the N20 currently does. The motor is already in use in 2014 Mini products and the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer will see the engine for the 2015 model year. All BMW 28 models are expected to be upgraded to the 30 designation so for example a 228 would change to 230 for 2015 denoting the new motor. In Mini Cooper JCW trim the B48 puts out 234 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The N20 in the 28 models is rated at 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque although we know this is underrated. The B48 on paper at least will exceed this output with 255-265 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Not a huge horsepower gain but a fairly decent torque jump. It certainly looks like BMW is all about low end torque these days and keeping revs low. We will have to see a dyno plot to know for sure but it is unlikely for BMW to take a step back in power and torque from the N20. It remains to be seen if the B48 is tuner friendly although the N20 has hardly received as much attention from tuners as one would expect. With it being replaced so quickly and the B-Series expected to stick around for quite a while the B48 will likely see more attention from the aftermarket in time. The N20 has won two International Engine of the Year Awards although the M133 from Mercedes-AMG took its crown as expected. The B48 would need to be something special to be able to compete in the 2.0 liter category and from what we see so far VW, Audi, and Mercedes all have much stronger 2.0 liter motors at this time. The B58 will be the six-cylinder variant set to replace the N55 inline-6 and we will take a look at that motor in comparison to the N55 once more information is available. One can basically take a B48 and add two cylinders to get an idea of what the B58 will offer.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-09-2014, 11:28 PM
    The Koenigsegg Agera R is obviously a very powerful car. It features a 5.0 liter V8 based on the Ford modular V8 platform that is tweaked considerably by the Koenigsegg factory. They give it different internals, injectors, heads, etc., and upgrade the fuel system for E85 compatibility. The Koenigsegg features a 7-speed dual clutch transmission which gets 1140 horsepower and 885 lb-ft of torque sent to it. It is also a fairly lightweight ~3200 pounds. Yes, impressive stats but it is hardly the technological achievement the 918 Spyder is. The Porsche 918 Spyder is not designed to have the all out best power to weight in the world and be fast in a straight line. It is designed a technological showpiece of Porsche high performance hybrid technology developed through their racing programs. These are two cars with different goals and with two very different levels of engineering involved. Even Hennessey can throw enough boost at a domestic V8 to get a mid-engine kit car to accelerate quickly. They can't build a 918 Spyder rival that even remotely approaches the Porsche level of technological prowess and engineering and neither can Koenigsegg. With that out of the way let's look at how the cars do. The Porsche is heaver with its all wheel drive by roughly 500 pounds and it has less horsepower and torque. On paper a straightline contest is all Koenigsegg. Run 1 has Gustav screw things up completely in the 918 and the Agera R runs away. He looked to be completely unprepared and in the wrong gear. It's confirmed by 'wrong gear' being shouted. Ok, fine, people make mistakes. In run 2 which takes forever to set up the 918 gets the jump. The Agera R runs it down and passes relatively easily. It clearly is the faster car, no doubt about it despite the included botched run to exaggerate the difference. We only get 2 runs in the 12 minute video with one of them not even worth counting. Why is it 12 minutes? Because someone sucks at video editing. The redundancy is a bit annoying. Anyway, there you have it. The Swedish 'supercar' beats the Porsche 918 in a straightline as shown to you by the Swede who filmed and edited it. Now let's see them on a roadcourse.
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  • 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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    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.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-08-2014, 07:40 PM
    This race is a perfect illustration of why M cars are headed toward xDrive all wheel drive. It used to be that the M and AMG cars were compared on the roadcourse but these days the emphasis is on turbo V8 torque and power. What the turbo German ear has brought us is straightline torque monsters. On one hand you have the rear wheel drive DCT (dual clutch transmission) F13 M6 with its 560 horsepower 4.4 liter S63TU V8. The car is underrated as the S63TU output is 527 horsepower at all four wheels. The W212 E63 AMG S 4Matic features a 5.5 liter M157 twin turbo V8. The E63 S puts out 541 horsepower to all four wheels stock. Also 579 lb-ft of torque at the wheels which is just over 100 lb-ft of torque at the wheels more than the S63TU at 476 lb-ft. The E63 4Matic is carrying an extra 400+ pounds but we all know drag racing is about the first 60 feet. That is where the all wheel drive pays dividends as the E63 AMG S cuts a 1.81 to the M6 2.36. This leads to the M6 being beaten by over a second. The E63 AMG S runs 11.35 @ 126.4 to the M6 12.42 @ 120.7. This goes to show just how much easier the AMG is to drag race. The M6 did not launch well and got smoked, period. The owner clearly is inexperienced on the strip. This highlights the divide though. On an all wheel drive automatic car you do not have to know what you are doing. You do not have to run different rubber. You just pull up, push the brake and gas, and let go when the light turns green. The rear wheel drive car takes more experience and practice. This market is gravitating toward the AMG line of thinking with the lines blurring.
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    12-09-2014, 09:42 PM
    Klemann is a well known name in Mercedes tuning but they have fallen off a bit over the years. In the USA in particular we have not seen many results if any at all for their new products for modern AMG vehicles. Fortunately BenzBoost has European members that are using the Kleemann products and we have some results to share. BenzBoost member @SVP03 has an M157 based E63 AMG S 4Matic wagon along with the Kleemann K4 kit. The dynograph you see is not from his car although he shares the same modifications. The vehicle is a 4Matic S63 AMG. The Kleemann K4 consists of: - ECU software. - Modified turbo’s. - Turbo pipe, front pipe with cats. - Intercooler upgrade. - LSD diff lock rear. - LSD diff lock front. Claimed output is 820 horsepower and over 1200 newton-meters of torque. The dynograph below exceeds the claims although these figures are at the crank and on a Swedish dyno we are not familiar with. Hopefully Klemann USA does a better job displaying the products and advertising but the results here reinforce that European tuners do offer M157 upgrades. Comparing these upgrades to their US counterparts is a bit difficult as you can see.
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    12-19-2014, 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.
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    11-29-2014, 02:54 PM
    This is some very serious horsepower out of a naturally aspirated E46 M3 S54 inline-6. To put the 361.7 peak rear wheel horsepower number into context BimmerBoost would like to point out that a stock E46 M3 3.2 liter S54 inline-6 puts out in the 27X range on the Dynocom used by TTFS. This car belongs to BimmerBoost member @Imolam3louis and the modifications consist of Euro headers (catless), custom rasp pipe, El Diablo muffler, Turner pulleys, Geoff Steel racing csl airbox, and Schrick 288/280 cams. Frank Smitch of Tuning Tech FS provided the custom tuning for these mods and the result is 361.7 rear wheel horsepower. That is more power than a stock S65 V8 out of the E9X M3 and the highest rear wheel horsepower Frank Smith @TTFS has seen on the stock S54 head. We also have not seen a higher stock head figure and another Schrick 288/280 S54 cam build resulted in 353 rear wheel horsepower although on a Dynojet. The point ultimately is that horsepower above the 350 wheel range on the S54 in naturally aspirated form is not only possible, it is reality. Quality tuning and parts of course are what make it happen. Funny how the S54 is gaining almost 100 naturally aspirated horsepower these days and at one time people said the motor was maxed out from the factory.
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    12-09-2014, 03:55 AM
    APR is the giant of the VAG (Volkswagen Auto Group) aftermarket tuning industry. They are flat out huge and being huge means you have quite a bit of power. It may be cliche but with great power does come great responsibility and it certainly appears that APR has abused their standing in the community in the name of profit. What is going on exactly? Well, there have been some big changes at APR. Monetary issues cropped up (hey, racing teams are expensive) at APR and it looks like they tried to squeeze profit wherever they could. Their measures perhaps were not enough as APR was sold to Mangrove Equity. We probably do not have to tell you that an equity firm probably does not care quite as much about automotive enthusiasm as they do profits. Regardless, they had the money and APR did not. Here is a quick synopsis that you can come to your own conclusion on: 'Stephen Hooks has indeed surrendered his majority shareholding to Mangrove Equity 5 months ago. Reason, sadly, is pretty simple. No other financing avenues left to APR other than to sell out ownership in order to raise cash to keep the company going. Most of what's been already said here is true. Motorsport team was completely disbanded last year after loosing a great deal of money (7 figures..) in the year the R8 was run. The workshop is entirely closed down recently, all the techs have been laid off/left. Court case with Audi of America over the unpaid R8 race-car bills. They've just lost the court case against VWR for unpaid bills last week. But overall the financial story is just really bad financial management over a long period of time, visible to all of us on the inside. Think we'd all agree that the engineering and brand marketing has always been APRs strength, but the financial control, business sense and maybe arrogance of the company's exec team has led to this. It's been a long story over 24 months of simultaneously keeping up a public image of more and more expensive cars, motorsport, company jet, building expansion, lavish show presence, extravagant projects and just vanity tbh - yet leaving a trail of unpaid debts with suppliers, laying off staff, cuts to product investment, struggling for cash on a daily basis. All the company's assets are financed and refinanced, credit cards are maxed, loans taken from every source and 2 years of searching for investment have led APR to have no remaining options to secure the cash to finance the day to day operations. Sadly Hooks had to let the majority of his shares go in exchange for this cash injection. The Mangrove Equity team have clearly seen an opportunity to 'grab' a good brand and good engineering team - but CEO Hooks, plus COO (Hook's best friend Johnny Petrina) have been relieved of duties, and had all management and budgetary control removed from them effective immediately. It's the classic corporate raid. Of course Hooks retains his minority shareholding and will remain in some figurehead capacity. Speculation in the building is now that we will cut back on the non-profitable hardware lines, concentrate on the profitable remaps. And kill dead the extravagant lifestyle that the company has been providing its exec team at the expense of staff and suppliers. Don't doubt that APR will probably have a bright future under Mangrove. Just very different and with a sensible business approach.' That is quite a bit to soak in but this story hardly ends there. As APR seemed to be pressed for cash they also seemingly decided to increase their exhaust prices while dropping the quality. They used cheaper materials and apparently engaged in false advertising. A guy by the name of crew219 did a hell of an investigative job regarding the APR exhausts. Here is what he uncovered: 'APR has long prided themselves on using T304L stainless, often claiming it as the best out of the T304 options. “L” designates lower carbon content vs “H” which stands for higher carbon content. Why is it that APR would suddenly remove the 304L designation from their website and simply call it “low carbon stainless steel”? That answer is simple: APR has been swapping in 409 stainless to lower costs. You can see a clear example of it here: on a Stage 3 MK6 GTI. The short flex section is 304L, the midpipe with the cat is 409 stainless. You can clearly see the differences in surface corrosion between the two pieces (never mind the admissions I have from both current and former APR employees)' 'Well why is this an issue? When originally released, the RSC was advertised as a 304L Stainless system. You can see it in their release on their website as well as on forum pages. ' So according to the photo evidence the material advertised is not being used and in addition to that the price was marked up, not dropped. If the allegation is true, that is a major breach of trust and quite simply false advertising. We wish it ended there but it does not as the advertised RSC systems were cut open. The idea behind an RSC (Reflective Sound Cancellation) system is to eliminate drone. Ok, seems simple. APR had Corsa (who no longer is involved with APR and you are welcome to guess why) build their systems and of course bragged on the various forums about incorporating the technology: So what is the problem? Well, somebody cut open one of the exhaust systems that APR claimed to have the RSC technology. This picture speaks for itself: If it looks bad that is because it is bad. The exhaust is just stuffed with cheap fiberglass. This is not a one time thing, other exhausts were cut open. B8 A4 2.0 exhaust system: 'This is the center muffler on the B8 A4 “RSC” exhaust. The front resonator is a standard perforated core resonator (No RSC). The center muffler also does not contain RSC. What you see instead is a Helmholtz style resonator (hole in pipe venting to an empty muffler chamber) as well as a small quarter wave resonator. Again, there is no RSC, but it is labeled as such by APR as having the RSC design. The rear section is also said to not contain RSC, but that will have to be verified by photos.' 'APR also makes a stink about this B8 A4 exhaust having smooth bends and transitions. As you can clearly see from the muffler cutaway, the bends and transitions are anything but smooth.' Well, things do not exactly look good do they? If all is true as quoted this is flat out theft. The sad part is that this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are tales of unpaid patent fees. There are tales of debts owed (apparently a bit of money to Corsa as well who is just trying to cover their own behind at this point and not agitate APR so they get the money they are allegedly owed). Links to this information began disappearing from VWVortex and Audizine as APR flexed its sponsor mu$cle: Notice the asterisks? This network is very familiar with those. The big forums who are now all about the money prevent links to the little forum that is all about telling the whole story. We sympathize with AudiRevolution as we have been in those same shoes more times than we would like to count. The BoostAddict network and its VAG sites AudiBoost.com and VWBoost.com have no dog in this fight. All we want is for our members to get what they pay for from tuners. That really should not be too much to ask. We do not expect members to have to start cutting open exhaust systems or hiring personal investigators just to figure out if they are not getting the product they paid for. Members should not have to start petitions either to get refunds if they were not sent the product advertised. Seriously, not even joking: https://www.change.org/p/apr-refund-or-replace-rsc-marketed-exhaust-systems-that-do-not-contain-rsc-tech?recruiter=9733825&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition This all is far from over but we want our members to know we will stand up for what is right. This will not be deleted. We hope everyone gets what they paid for or at the very least a refund. APR may be the biggest VAG tuner and they may have bought off the biggest Audi/VW forums around. However, even they are not big enough to buy off everyone.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    12-11-2014, 07:32 PM
    With 2014 coming to a close it is time again ford Wardsauto to announce its 10 best engines. Wards does things a bit differently from the International Engine of the Year Awards as they cap their list at a price point of $60,000. That means if an engine is in a car above that price point it is not considered. In the opinion of the BoostAddict network this makes for a flawed comparison as some of the best engine engineering in the world is in cars above this price point. Wards does not exactly award the best if they are cutting the best out. A value category would make much more sense. As we all know, to build the best of the best it takes money and as enthusiasts we want to see what the best is regardless of cost. This is why various engine categories make sense instead of a one size fits all monetary cut off especially considering different brands have different market positions and pricing. We will never see a Ferrari on the Wards list for this reason. Despite what we believe is a flawed approach here are the winners: 127-kW Electric Motor (BMW i3 electric vehicle) 6.2L OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray) 6.2L Supercharged OHV V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat) 1.0L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Ford Fiesta) 100-kW Fuel Cell (Hyundai Tucson FCV) 1.5L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Mini Cooper) 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel) 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4 (Subaru WRX) 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volkswagen Jetta) 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo S60) The Corvette Stingray LT1 manages to sneak in as the Dodge Hellcat supercharged V8. BMW's i3 electric motor makes an appearance which now makes the competition a bit muddied when we start including electric powerplants versus internal combustion. Perhaps a separate electric category would make sense? Two V8s, a diesel V-6, three 4-cyl. turbos, two 2-cyl. turbos, an electric vehicle and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell make up the 2015 winners. Ward's 10 Best Engines of 2015 Announced by Penton's WardsAuto Honorees span most diverse and technically advanced engines in 21 years of recognized powertrain excellence SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Dec. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Penton's Wards 10 Best Engines of 2015 have been announced. A 707-hp fire-breathing V-8 and a hydrogen-powered fuel cell emitting nothing but water vapor were among all-new or improved powertrains evaluated by the editors of WardsAuto to produce its annual Ward's 10 Best Engines list. To be eligible for the Ward's 10 Best Engines competition, an engine or propulsion system must be all-new or significantly re-engineered and available in the U.S. market with a base price not exceeding $60,000. This year's pool of 37 nominees includes last year's 10 winners and 27 new entries. Eight WardsAuto editors drove the vehicles in October and November in their routine daily commutes around metro Detroit. Editors scored each engine based on power, torque, technology, observed fuel economy, relative competitiveness and noise, vibration and harshness characteristics. The 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines are: 127-kW Electric Motor (BMW i3 electric vehicle) 6.2L OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray) 6.2L Supercharged OHV V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat) 1.0L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Ford Fiesta) 100-kW Fuel Cell (Hyundai Tucson FCV) 1.5L Turbocharged DOHC 3-cyl. (Mini Cooper) 3.0L Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel) 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC H-4 (Subaru WRX) 1.8L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volkswagen Jetta) 2.0L Turbocharged DOHC 4-cyl. (Volvo S60) "We spend a lot of time reading the powertrain tea leaves throughout the auto industry, and we're proud that this year's list is a microcosm of all the latest innovation coming from automakers," says WardsAuto World Editor-in-Chief Drew Winter. "It's not just a list for enthusiasts or for environmentalists," he says. "There's something for every vehicle shopper and every budget. All the powertrains on this list deliver a first-rate driving experience." The awards will be presented to top powertrain executives from the winning automakers at a January 14 ceremony in Detroit during the North American International Auto Show. In the coming weeks, WardsAuto.com and the January issue of WardsAuto World magazine will provide commentary, profiles of the winning engines, videos and more information about the 2015 Ward's 10 Best Engines. About WardsAuto WardsAuto is a world-leading provider of automotive insights and analysis, having served the industry's information needs for more than 90 years. A Southfield, MI-based division of Penton, WardsAuto provides a forward-looking perspective on all aspects of the automotive business, from the tech center to the plant floor to the showroom. Its services include the premium WardsAuto.com resource and suite of customizable data reporting tools, the WardsAuto Interiors and WardsAuto Outlook Conferences, and digital newsletters and magazines. Subscribe to WardsAuto and attend its events by visiting http://www.wardsauto.com. About Penton Penton drives performance for more than sixteen million professionals each and every day. They rely on us to deliver: Insights, information & workflow tools to inform critical business decisions; networking & community to engage them with industry peers & partners; and data & marketing services to advance their business performance & deliver ROI. Penton is a growth company with a track-record of strong performance and success and is backed by its co-owners: MidOcean Partners and U.S. Equity Partners II, an investment fund sponsored by Wasserstein & Co., LP. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com.
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    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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    12-12-2014, 04:38 AM
    The turbo upgrades most of you have seen on the 63 AMG models equipped with the M157 bi-turbo V8 have used the OEM manifolds and OEM turbo housings. The next step up from this is to create new manifolds for new aftermarket turbochargers but packaging is obviously the constraint. Weistec's M157 upgrade package is a 100% bolt on affair and even the dealer would have trouble telling if anything was modified. It is designed specifically this way to look and function like the OEM setup but with far more grunt. This next step up you see here definitely looks different from the factory system but is impressively packaged to fit as spacing is a constraint when going to larger turbo housings. This will fit two wheel drive and four wheel drive M157 equipped models. If someone already has the Weistec downpipes this turbo upgrade will bolt right up as it is designed to do so. That is all the information Weistec wants to share for now. Just know Weistec has an M157 turbo upgrade offering more than the 730 wheel horsepower they already do up their sleeves.
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    12-01-2014, 03:20 PM
    Big news here on the M133 AMG 2.0 liter four-cylinder tuning front. The vast majority of tuning upgrades for the platform are piggyback units which many tuners are buying from a single source and just rebranding as their own. Well, Renntech has access the Bosch MED 17.7.2 ECU and is able to flash tune the A45 AMG. This is a big deal as nobody else has demonstrated this ability on the platform although there have been unsubstantiated claims from some tuners. It appears at this time that Renntech is the first tuner to have flash tuning ability and also the first to flash tune a turbo upgrade on the M133 platform. Renntech's Stage 2 package consists of a turbo upgrade which is mild and modifying the OEM housing. Power output is claimed at 455 horsepower and torque is electronically limited to protect the dual clutch driveline at 409 lb-ft. Here is the breakdown of the Renntech Stages: - 98 RON / 93 AKI fuel - ECE / EWG corrected engine results on SuperFlow dyno, same car, same dyno, same fuel - WHP is the measured / not corrected value STOCK: 328 AWHP / 374 hp at crank / 442 Nm engine torque STAGE 1: 361 AWHP / 414 hp at crank / 514 Nm engine torque STAGE 2: 393 AWHP / 460 hp at crank / 540 Nm engine torque Dynographs: Renntech is hitting about 460 at the crank or just under 400 at all four wheels on pump gas with their Stage 2 package. Very impressive work so far especially considering they are not doing this with a piggyback. This is also through the stock intake and exhaust system meaning going over 400 wheel horsepower is just a couple supporting mods away. Expecting pricing and more details later this month with the Stage 2 package available for sale in January.
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    11-29-2014, 01:50 PM
    Congratulations to Rage-Tek and BenzBoost member RedBullJnky for raising the bar on the E55 platform. As W211 E55 AMG owners pushed the stock M113K blower to the limit tuners began exploring other options for forced induction and some decided to ditch the supercharger entirely for a pair of turbochargers. That is the approach taken here and obviously the turbo setups are evolving over time just as the supercharged setups have. Previously, this vehicle managed a 10.8 @ 129 on low boost in summer heat. With temps dropping along with further testing and tuning of the turbo setup @RedBullJnky managed a new quickest and fastest W211 E55 and M113 V8 platform pass with a 10.254 @ 138.09. This is hardly the end as the car managed to achieved this result on 18 psi which bumps output to 665 rear wheel horsepower and 704.19 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. A new world record with more in it bodes well for the turbocharged E55 era. Congratulations again to Rage-Tek and @RedBullJnky
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    12-11-2014, 04:22 PM
    Looks like the competition in the turbo upgrade market for the M157 continues to heat up. Gintani is developing a turbocharger upgrade that will use their own custom manifolds. On paper this means they will be able to support a variety of the popular Garrett turbochargers. They already are running a pair of upgraded Garrett turbos (we can not share which ones at this time) on their W212 E63 AMG and the torque figures so far are very impressive to say the least and higher than what we have seen up to this point on the M157. This upgrade will of course apply to all the M157 based vehicles. The turbo upgrade will likely be held to around the 900 horsepower range on the stock internals and fuel system. If anyone intends to go beyond that built motor stages and fuel system upgrades will be required to push limits along with someone willing to part with their car for some time. Expect more details next year once it is wrapped up.
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    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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    12-03-2014, 07:10 PM
    Russian BoostAddict member Ghost. has a few very fast modified toys and one of them happens to be this GTR. His cars are doing some impressive things and it looks he just raised the bar regarding GTR performance at a recent Moscow Unlimited hosted event in Greece. The GTR went 7.810 @ 178.737 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile putting it in some very elite company. The elapsed time is not far off the GTR overall record of 7.70 belonging to AMS however it is important to point out this was not set on an NHRA sanctioned drag strip or using NHRA 1/4 mile timing equipment. Regardless, the car is clearly stupid fast as the video shows. It looks to about the third fastest GTR in the world at the moment although obviously a direct comparison is tricky based on distance and timing equipment. It also looks like he let off past the 1/4 mile which would explain the dropping trap speeds so we will see what happens as the setup is tweaked. Mods: 42 turbos, 4 liter stroker, modified gearbox, modified suspension, MT tires, tuned by Russia's Gosha Turbo Tech AWHP: 1449 on low boost
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    12-03-2014, 05:22 PM
    Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to launch their answer to the BMW X6M. The spyphotos below show the GLE63 AMG 'coupe' SUV doing winter testing. The vehicle will essentially mirror the ML63 AMG while offering slightly different looks and sloping rear hatch proportions. Due to that we already know what will be under the hood. A Mercedes-AMG M157 5.5 liter bi-turbo V8 mated to an automatic transmission offering all wheel drive. Expect the same 518 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque as its sibling along with the same 7200 pound tow capacity. The optional AMG Performance Package which boosts output will be available for those interested in more power with a warranty but BenzBoost of course advises putting the $6550 for the package instead toward aftermarket modifications which will result in more power for less money anyway. Basically what you get is the ML63 in 'coupe' form with the same specifications and likely the same 5170 pound curb weight but at a slight price premium. From a business perspective it is not hard to see why Mercedes wants to get in on this segment. Expect to see it next year as a 2016 model.
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    12-11-2014, 12:43 AM
    We have seen all kinds of engine swaps over the years at BimmerBoost and they produce mixed feelings. Some feel a BMW without its motor loses its heart and others appreciate the creativity and fabrication involved. Wherever you may stand there is no denying some great work went into this swap. The R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R RB26DETT is a well known motor. It may not be as far fetched of a swap for BMW purists if they consider it is a inline-6 motor and a high revving one at that especially for a turbo variant. This particular engine has seen a series of upgrades and it ditched the factory twin setup for a single top mounted twin to fit in the E30 engine bay. It almost looks right at home. The engine is good for 500 wheel on a Mustang dyno but the owner keeps it in the 4XX range which he feels is plenty. The mod list tells the whole story and the paint job may not be everyone's taste but this certainly is an interesting build that clearly had some time and effort put into it. It is also for sale for roughly $20k which is in the opinion of BimmerBoost is a steal. • 1987 BMW 325IS (manual) •Seam Welded •Vito Antonicelli 10 Point Cage •Every suspension member powdercoated Body: •Ireland Engineering Fender flares •OEM Mtech1 Valences and Sideskirts, shaved lines •Euro Bumpers, Dechromed •EurostopUSA CF Hood •EurostopUSA MTech1 CF wing •Shaved Side Moldings •Shaved Fuel Door •Shaved Sunroof •Custom baby puke paint •Newman Engine Mount •Newman Transmission Mount •Custom Tunnel/closeoff •CF firewall closeoff •Custom 5052AL Front Splitter •Smoked Euro Smileys •Euro Grills Engine: •R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R RB26DETT •87mm bore/3 angle valve job •Wiseco 87mm Pistons •Eagle Rods •HPE Crank collar •ARP head studs •ARP Flywheel Bolts •ARP Exhaust manifold studs •EPP valve guides •Ferrea Dual valve springs •Ferrea Valve spring locators •Ferrea Retainers •Ferrea Locks •ACL Calico coated main and rod race bearings •Garrett GT35R .82 A/R •Spitfire Coilpacks •New OEM Water Pump •New OEM Oil Pump •Trust Timing Belt •Powdercoated valve covers •OEM gasket kit •Cometic MLS Head gasket •Polished alternator •ATI 1000HP Race Damper •Custom valve shims •GTC Racing CF spark plug cover •Lokar black throttle cable •Steph's Baffled Oil catch can •Trust metal intake gaskets Transmission: •Modified RB26DETT Transmission •Nismo Flywheel •EXEDY 3 puck clutch •Drive Shaft Shop Driveshaft •E30 M3 LSD 4.11 Fuel: •Bosch -044 800HP fuel pump •Seimens 870cc injectors, flow calibrated to w/in .5% of each other •Summit 8 Gallon Fuel Cell •Custom Fuel Cell hold down straps •Custom Fuel Rail •Braided -8AN Fuel inlet line •Braided -8AN Fuel feed line •Braided -8AN Fuel return line •Aeromotive Rising rate regulator •Summit Inline fuel Filter •Custom filter and pump mounting brackets •Summit fuel level sending unit Exhaust: •Newman 304SS heavy wall manifold •Newman 304SS exhaust, dual vband, dual flex section •Tial 38mm wastegate •Custom Manifold Bracing •Moroso exhaust check valve •Vibrant E-Vac crankcase scavenging setup Induction: •Newman 2.5" 304SS IC Plumbing •PWR 24X11X3 IC core semi-custom endtanks •Tial 50MM BOV Cooling: •MOXIES/Newman Radiator •Newman catch can •Newman Surge tank •Flex-a-lite 12" Electric fan Electrical/Management •Vipec Speed Density Engine Management •AEM UEGO controller •Racetech Dash2 •HKS Turbo Timer •New Engine Harness •Kwikwire Chassis harness •(4) Greddy warning gauges (Boost, EGT, Oil, Fuel) •JVC Head unit •Blaupunkt T-Line 5.25" Rear Speakers •Powerbass 6.5" Front speakers in costom enclosures •XTC Speaker baffles •DTM 35W 6000K HIDS hi & lo •LED Parking lights/License plate lights Suspension: •Ireland Engineering road race springs •Ireland Engineering poly trailing arm bushings •Ireland Engineering Poly Subframe mounts •Ireland Engineering 22/25mm swaybars •Ireland Engineering Camber/rear toe kit •Bilstein HD Dampers •New OEM wheel bearings •New OEM F&R strut mounts Wheels: •Work VS-XX wheels (17X10, 17X8.5) Custom Offset •Falken Azenis RT-615 275/40/17, 235/40/17 •Vorshlag 90mm wheel studs Interior: •Status Ring Seats •Takata Harnesses •Sparco 300mm steering wheel •NRG Quick release hub •Rhinoliner interior and trunk •Performance-Trim CF door panels •Performance-Trim CF rear panels •Custom instrument mounting panels •Custom window winder cranks •Custom Hello Kitty shift knob •Yashio Factory shift knob •Cruise Shift knob •NFG Shift knob •Jewknob Shift knob •Custom GTR shift knob •HK Horn button •Custom CF dash closeoff •Custom striped carpet •E30GTR and XXX custom pedals •Massive dead pedal Brakes: •Wilwood billet forged superlite narrow body, differential bore 6 piston calipers (front) •Wilwood superlite 4 piston caliper (rear) •Wilwood 13X1.1 GT48 rotor (front) •Wilwood 11.75X1.25 HD rotor (rear) •Cutsom machined rotor hats and brackets •Massive rear hat, ebrake ring and bracket •Wilwood Q pads •New OEM ebrake setup (backing plate, springs, adjusters, cables, pads, actuator, pin) •Wilwood Prop valve (installed next to driver’s seat) •Custom Fit Integra GSR 10" Brake Booster •Polished Integra GSR 1" Master cylinder •-4AN stainless brake hardlines •-4AN stainless braided brake hoses
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  • 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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