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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-25-2015, 05:31 PM
    There was a time when 400 wheel horsepower seemed like a lot out of the stock frame N54 turbos. Then the 500 wheel horsepower mark was crossed. Then the 600 wheel horsepower mark. Now, we are on the verge of cracking 700 wheel horsepower with modified stock frame N54 turbochargers. Who ever thought this would be possible? It truly is impressive and truly a milestone in N54 tuning. Really, it's stunning considering how many times in the past people would complain about the 'tiny' snails on the N54. Well, those tiny snails are making some big power with the right modifications. BimmerBoost would like to congratulate member @The Ghost for his achievement. His data and details are below. Continuing from my previous thread, I decided to go back to the dyno to do a few tweaks. My setup is as follows: N54, FBO, 6MT JB4 G5, Custom back-end flash VTT 2+ turbos (20T, clipped) VTT turbo inlets, w/BMS DCI BMS Port Injection kit Split Second injector controller (AIC1-G4H) Fuel-it Stage 3 dual LPFPs e85 Stock exhaust (catted) The only change since last time is I ditched my customer rear inlet, replacing it with the VTT silicone hose. This fits much better and is actually shorter than the one I build by a good bit. I didn't have long on the dyno, so I upped the boost slights (holding 27.x) and added some mid range timing (10 degrees max now). I was very pleased with the results. Here are a few notes: I still have a tip-in rich condition, which I will fix in the PI map Boost is not hitting target (28psi) - I may change the JB4 rpm-based duty bias to see if it will hold 28psi (there seems to be more pwm headway, albeit small) The car kept making power with timing - I think I could run 2 more degrees as VTT did, perhaps cracking 700whp - I decided not to risk popping the motor today :) I'm still waiting to remove the catted exhaust in favor of a 3.5" single Attached are some dyno comparisons: Comparison between my previous personal best and my runs today My maxed FBO meth/e85 car vs. my final tune today FBO map 0 baseline vs. today's final tune Here is the datalog of the last run: http://datazap.me/u/ghost/dyno-log-3-105?log=0&data=1-3-4-11-18-24-25-26-27-28-29&zoom=30-81 Special thanks to Terry@BMS for the extensive support and parts, Fuel-it, and VTT for badass products and killer support.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-06-2015, 04:20 PM
    Lot's of runs here from BoostAddict member @Newguy123. His car is the camera car of course and a 2012 DCT BMW E82 135i with the Pure Turbos Stage 2 N55 turbocharger upgrade. His car produces 520 horsepower and 517 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Strong, but he runs many cars with more power and does very well. Part of that is due to the DCT transmission and part of it is due to repeated jumping before the cones. It is what it is and unfortunately with how this event was set up (and most events are the same way) they do not have a way to take early starts into account. Let's break down the runs one by one. 1st run - 335IS DCT MOTIV 750/900 with port injection and 22 psi of boost. (335is low boost (20 psi) to be safe with a disabled AIC which controls the PI)Slightly early start for the camera car. He opens up a lead and maintains it until they shut down. The 335is should be making more power with the Motiv kit and is not handicapped by its transmission. 2nd run - FBO + meth AT stock turbos n54 on 21-22 psi completely gutted, 1 race seat, light wheels, 6lb battery, carbon fiber hood and trunk Another early start. Pattern starting to emerge. A close start between the two nonetheless. It's close but then the N55 pulls a bit up top. 3rd run - F10 dct M6 coupe 590 on the window unsure of mods if any. Much better start although the camera car gets a minimal edge. Pretty much door to door with the N55 managing to open up a small lead. 4th run - FBO meth n54 335i on 20psi no seats. 450/470 whp/wtq Both look to get on the gas early. The N54 is quickly and easily pulled. 5th run - SC'd mustang 4.6 460whp on window Good start and then the Mustang loses it on the shift. It's all over after that. Not a contest. 6th run -R8 V10 supercharged. he said 750 CHP 650 whp. Would love to know which supercharger kit this guy is running. We assume based on the location it's VF but there are other kits. It would also be nice to know what the owner was thinking getting a supercharger instead of turbos on the V10 platform. The N55 gets on the gas early. The R8 manages to quickly run it down and pass. It continues to pull. The R8 actually looks like it is performing at its claimed 650 wheel horsepower. 7th run - n54 FBO 335i TB injection RB turbos map 7 2nd gear start A nice honest start. The N55 pulls despite a misfire. The RB N54 does look to creep back but then it's over. 8th run - rematch against the RB upgraded N54 from 3rd gear Just a much better pull down low from the N55 and it's a different race in 3rd gear. This one is quickly over. 9th run - 335i fbo payams car running VM top mount kit i believe. 700+ whp i hit limp The VM single turbo 335i takes a little while to get going here and in the lower gears is not able to pull. Once they reach higher speeds the single turbo N54 335i begins to pull hard. The N55 hits limp mode once the 335i N54 is pulling. 10th run- "650 whp supra" Early start from the N55. It doesn't matter. Once the Supra spools it just walks away. That is not a 650 whp Supra. Owner says he had boost issues and is normally in the 800's. In other words he sandbagged to beat up on the smaller guys. 11th run - Jaguar F type R, stock Both get on it early. Why even have cones? The Jaguar gets pulled. Based on this result and the others despite the limp mode issues the N55 looks to be offering performance of roughly a 124 mile per hour trap speed car. A very nice collection of runs and a strong N55 135i. Thank you to @Newguy123 for the video and hopefully he gets those limp mode issues straightened out.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    05-19-2015, 04:04 PM
    One of our valued customers in the land down under has posted a review on our facebook page showing off his RHD 135i picking up an astounding 30WHP with ONLY the installation of our VTT silicone inlets, no tuning changes. Add a little conservative tuning to the mix, and that power jumps up almost 60 WHP! This is what he had to say about his experience "VTT silicone inlets made Massive power gains for me taking my N54 135i to 397rwKw with RB's. It's a beast since I installed the inlets. 353 to 375 was inlets only, 397 was new backend and some tuning and a little more boost. The sound is just intoxicating." Awesome work Greg! Glad you are enjoying your new inlets! For us WHP guys that is 474WHP, up to 503WHP with inlets only, up to 532 with some tuning! $499 for 30WHP, requiring absolutely nothing to be touched in your engine, 100% plug and play! Works with EVERY brand of intake box, or DCI on the market. No need to buy what you already have again! No other inlet offers this versatility, plain and simple. This explains why we have sold 55 sets in such a short time...:) If anyone is wondering when we will have more. We ordered 30 more sets, they will arrive in the next 7 days or so. We have 5 pre-ordered leaving 25 sets ready for purchase! Feel free to email us with any questions! Find the review here: https://www.facebook.com/VargasTurbo?sk=reviews
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-11-2015, 09:32 PM
    The BoostAddict Automotive Performance Network sees a lot of tuning from a variety of sources. Yes, some tuners are better than others. Yes, some tuners live primarily off their image and name, not their ability. Our goal is to inform the people of the choices they have and hopefully they spend their hard earned money wisely. The choices below BoostAddict believes are some of the industries most overrated tuners and that there are better options out there in the aftermarket especially for the money. That said, these 'tuners' somehow remain very popular (although a few eventually reached their inevitable demise). You may agree or disagree and that is the beauty of discussion and opinion. 10. Dinan This one hurts a bit to say as Dinan has done great things in the BMW world. However, this company has quickly gone in the BMW turbo era from one of the most sought after BMW tuners to the most overrated. BMW's have changed. Dinan has not been able to keep up with this change effectively. Just look at their 'Dinantronics' tune for the S55 turbo motor in the F80 M3 and F82 M4. Gains of 20 wheel horsepower for $2499. Are there better options out there? Yes. For less money? Yes. From multiple sources? Yes. That are not piggyback tuned? Yes. This piggyback point really highlights how Dinan has fallen behind. Piggyback tuning indeed dominates the BMW turbo market but Dinan is priced higher than basically every other tuning box option out there. Not to mention Dinan came off as hypocrites when they talked down on piggyback tuning only to do it themselves. The reasons given are nonsense as the actuality of why they went to piggyback tuning is they did not have access to the F-Series BMW ECU's to develop a proper flash tune. With the ECU's now cracked Dinan might as well take their box off the market. Too little and way too late. That might be why Dinan himself saw the writing on the wall and cashed out leaving his own company. 9. Gemballa What is Gemballa good for other than adding 'Lambo' doors to your 911? Not much. Well, they are good at living off the Gemballa name and providing overpriced body kits and wheels. The company originally was founded by Uwe Gemballa who was murdered in 2010 and this murder remains unsolved. Something bad went down in South Africa. The company went into a freefall after this and the rights to the name were purchased by those who wanted to continue to exploit the Gemballa name. Gemballa back in 2001 actually did some hardcore tuning and challenged for Nurburgring records with their cars. Since then they have become a status symbol for people with more money than brains. If you want a body kit and wheels, go ahead and check them out. If you want serious Porsche tuning go elsewhere. 8. Techart This is yet another German tuner offering more style than substance. Does Techart have some nice upgrades? Kind of, they offer overpriced bolt on packages consisting of exhaust systems and ECU tunes. The majority of the stuff they offer is said to come from various other German sources. Their primary source of revenue is bodykits and wheels. They offer suspension modules, exhaust tips, spoilers, things of that sort. Yes, these parts generally look good. If you consider serious tuning of Porsches body kits, lowering kits, and wheels, then Techart may just be for you. There is also the infamous story of how in 2007 Techart supposedly somehow ended up with some Porsche development motors for upcoming models that were stolen from a Porsche facility. Porsche brought a lawsuit against them and some people ended up in jail. How good does Techart look now? 7. ECU Tuning Group This is by far the least recognizable name on this list thus far and it should stay that way. This is the tuner that advertises by claiming to be the world's number 1 tuner. If you have to tell people you are number 1 you probably aren't number 1. This 'Group' has undergone several name changes. It originally was known as Singh Autosport and owned by a man named Jags Gill. Feel free to decide for yourself if this sounds like something the 'Number 1 ECU tuner' in the world would be up to: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/local-news/feds-seek-forfeiture-of-package "A FedEx package passing through Memphis from England two years ago raised the curiosity of security agents who noticed the sender had spent more than $400 to ship stereo speakers he valued at $281. Now federal prosecutors in Memphis, suspecting a money-smuggling operation, have filed a forfeiture petition seeking to seize the $274,912 in dollars and British pounds they found hidden inside the two Sony speakers. The money and speakers sent from a "Mr. J. Gill" of Middlesex, England, was headed for Singh Autosport, a company in Fremont, Calif., that does not exist, according to state business records there. Also, although the contents were marked as "Sony accoustic speakers Ebay buyer," U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and eBay investigators determined that no one had purchased the speakers through the online shopping Web site. A man identifying himself as "Jags Gill" began calling for the package, but could not provide serial numbers for the speakers. He later provided model numbers and dimensions for the speaker. Meanwhile, a month later in November 2006, authorities in Louisville, Ky., seized $231,891 in British pounds hidden in a table top at the UPS International Air Hub. The money was connected to a "Jaspal Gill" in London and is the object of a separate forfeiture action." Perhaps they mean number one in money laundering? Either way, there are better options out there than somebody that is just reselling tunes from European sources anyway. 6. Horsepower Freaks This one is technically dead. For those that know the story though this tuner went from being one of the biggest tuning names on the BMW forums to a story of a has-been that was completely mismanaged. At one point HPF dominated the BMW forum scene and was involved with BimmerBoost as far back as 2010. Having a giant like HPF on BimmerBoost elevated us and Chris Bergemann the owner always treated me personally with respect. HPF had all the E46 M3 horsepower records and was the king of the S54 platform. Then things quickly started to change. HPF started getting behind on paying its advertising tab to BimmerBoost and one would assume others. HPF still owes BimmerBoost $300 but it just goes to show you how bad things were if HPF could not pay that tiny tab. Chris Bergemann at HPF began to focus on young girls instead of building cars and running his business. He became about image and cheap promotion. There were reports of blown motors circulating as well as people leaving the company. There was a rumor of an employee stealing tons of money in parts and who knows what else. The company shut down with pretty much a whimper as Chris emptied out what he could from the HPF facility. He eventually sold the rights to the name to VividRacing who of course had no problem picking what they could off the bones. HPF is a tale of a spectacular failure and how forum image and fanboys can make you think you're a rockstar and the best in the business. Perception and reality are often very different things and that is true here. 5. RDSport / Racing Dynamics Back in the early BMW E46 days these guys had a following. That has since evaporated because they have done nothing of any merit. Their own website does not even feature the new BMW turbo 3-Series cars including the M3 and instead talks about yachting more than it does tuning. The company was founded in California by Federico Pavoncelli. Sometime in 2003 following a trademark issue Racing Dynamics became RDSport creating confusion as to what parts were the real deal and which parts were knock offs. The last thing they did of any merit was an S65 V8 stroker motor for the E92 M3 years ago but this gained little traction and RDsport was never able to tune it properly. BimmerBoost knows of an early RDSport stroker that received custom tuning and made substantially more power than on the default RDSport tune. Due to the owner being a complete asshat the tuner gave him back the stock RDSport tune and that owner does not even know this to this day. Regardless, RDSport's BMW tuning influence has evaporated and the company might as well not even exist. 4. Mansory This may be the ultimate example of style over substance. Mansory is all about the name and really not much else. How they manage to stay in business in frankly baffling. This network certainly can not explain it. Do they have nice body kits? Sure. For $38k+? Who is buying this stuff? Well, people in the Middle East mostly who think the Mansory name means something. It doesn't. The recipe is rather simple. Do some carbon fiber body kit, call it limited edition, and then get people to line up and pay for it. They claim to have high performance options for everything out there but you never see anything from them. For example, claims of 800+ horsepower twin turbo Huracans yet not a single dyno or 1/4 mile run is available. It is just one of those companies that will tell you they can twin turbocharge your Lamborghini and before you know it you're banging your head against the wall and wondering why you did not go to Underground Racing or Heffner for serious performance that actually exists. 3. Evosport Another tale of failure. This network has considerable experience with Evosport and was at one point threatened with legal action by them. Why? Because BenzBoost brought it to the attention of the Mercedes-AMG tuning world that Evosport was in debt and not delivering parts. As Evosport essentially started MBWorld this information was hidden from their user base with people being banned and posts on the topic were deleted. They could not do the same on BenzBoost. Evosport tried to solicit customers for money and BenzBoost happened to acquire proof. Suffice it to say there was no lawsuit and BenzBoost is still standing while Evosport has shut its doors. If a tuner starts asking you for more and more money and is not delivering, that is a red flag. Trying to punish websites for promoting awareness so nobody is taken advantage of is a pretty bad way to conduct business. That is why they are no longer in business. 2. ASR Engineering ASR Engineering is yet another tuner that doesn't deserve the free press it's getting here but people need to be aware of what they have done. The owner, Abid, may actually have no heart or soul. There are BimmerBoost members he still owes thousands of dollars to that he has failed to pay back for not delivering parts. That's known as stealing. We are just scratching the surface. ASR was allowed to take advantage of people on a certain BMW M5 board by the administrator (Gustav). Unlike that board, BimmerBoost threw ASR the hell out of here right away. So what happened? ASR would go on the mentioned M5 forum and claim big numbers by simply putting a nitrous kit on an E60 M5. The membership was blown away by this 'amazing' tuning for some reason. ASR then announced they wanted to build a twin turbo V10 and suddenly everyone started commenting on how awesome that would be and how ASR would dominate the BMW world with their M5's. Well, tuning a nitrous kit and a custom twin turbo S85 V10 are two very different things requiring two very different skill levels. You should not trust ASR to tune your radio let alone a car. Take a look at the state of one of the M5's sent in to ASR engineering was in when its owner finally was able to get it back. This happened to not one but two E60 M5's. Fortunately the owners could take the loss and move on but ASR and Abid did not even have the decency to put the cars back to stock. That is because many parts were missing (probably sold). Abid is trying once again to weasel his way into the BMW scene and find some people to take advantage of. Do not let him take advantage of you. 1. Hennessey Performance The tale of Hennessey's history is so long and such an epic clusterfuck that we do not know where to begin. It can only be said that Hennessey deserves his own article to detail just what a freaking mess he created and then tried to sweep up. If you want overpriced tuning and to satiate Hennessey's ego then maybe Hennessey is for you. Want a $300k Cadillac CTS-V with 1000 wheel horsepower? Despite the fact there are CTS-V's putting out more power for a fraction of this from other Domestic tuners building superior LSA's and LS9's? Want a stretched Lotus Elise with a turbo V8 for a million dollars? Call up Hennessey. We will delve into the history of selling parts off customer cars, lawsuits, and Hennessey threatening to fight people on forums (seriously) later this week.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-23-2015, 06:53 PM
    The network has become increasingly skeptical of 1/4 mile times coming out of the Middle East and specifically the Yas Marina drag strip located in Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Recently, a very fast run from a C63 showing an impossible 60 foot time raised eyebrows and Middle Eastern members conceded the timing equipment at Yas Marina was off when this was questioned. This leads to the logical follow up questions of how long has the timing equipment been off for? How many runs are suspect? How is a hot desert environment providing times so much quicker and faster than the rest of the world? BoostAddict contacted Yas Marina and the NHRA regarding this issue. Middle Eastern members state this was just a glitch and the circuit is NHRA accredited. That is not true. Yas Marina has not renewed its NHRA license since 2012. This is the response to BoostAddict's inquiry on the matter from Mark Hughes, the NHRA World Wide Consultant: This response means any run from 2013 on is suspect. We already have evidence the timing equipment is off and the only conclusion one can draw is that without an NHRA license, inspection, and accreditation the playing field is not level and that cheating has been going on. Frankly, it appears the cheating is rampant. As we do not know who cheated, when they cheated, etc., the only course of action is to invalidate all Yas Marina records from 2013 on from when they lost their NHRA license. Until this matter is resolved and Yas Marina again has an NHRA license and has been inspected this network will not recognize any runs or records from the drag strip as valid. When the trapspeeds.com database goes live on this network, all Yas Marina runs from 2013 on will receive an asterisk next to them indicating them as suspect and invalid. BoostAddict only received a response from the NHRA. Yas Marina has yet to comment on the matter despite being asked the same questions as the NHRA. However, if 'accidental miscalibration' is going on at a strip like Yas Marina with its reputation and resources and it failed to renew its NHRA license we wonder how many other suspect drag strips there are in the Middle East. It is stunning that the Yas Marina Circuit would not value its integrity and reputation higher than this. This issue now calls into question the validity of all Middle Eastern strips and times. It is unfortunate for honest enthusiasts who just want to enjoy their cars to be caught in the middle of this issue. It is simply a result of administrative failure and those who do not have the integrity to compete honestly on the 1/4 mile dragstrip with enthusiasts worldwide.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-03-2015, 08:11 PM
    Rebellion Automotive is based out of the UK and The Turbo Engineers home is in Germany. It makes sense for these two to link up to provide a big turbo upgrade for the M133 motor. Rebellion Automotive already offers their Stage II turbo upgrade which utilizes a modified OEM housing. What does this upgrade entail? We don't really know as only this teaser photo stating TTE460-R is provided. We do know that Rebellion is now moving to flash tuning. Their previous turbo upgrade used their piggyback box but now with greater ECU control it looks like some more serious turbo upgrades are possible. The Turbo Engineers does some great work so we know the hardware side will be solid. Just take a look at their Audi 2.5 TFSI turbo upgrade work. If the 460 in the TTE upgrade is anything to go by it looks like 460 wheel horsepower should be the target here considering the Stage II Rebellion upgrade that we assume TTE did offers 401 wheel horsepower. Either way bigger turbos are coming to the M133 platform from multiple sources. The more competition, the better for AMG enthusiasts.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-03-2015, 03:54 PM
    Does this really need to be explained to people? Well, it clearly needs to be explained to some people that parking on the beach is a bad idea. You know, because of things like rising tides and what happens to wet sand under thousands of pounds of pressure. This Scion FR-S owner didn't get it through their head so BoostAddict is doing yet another public service announcement. This Mercedes GL owner apparently thought they were invincible with all wheel drive saving them from any problems on the beach. You can't really use the Mercedes 4Matic if the car is buried in the sand though. You can't make this stuff up:
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    05-21-2015, 02:38 PM
    Our awesome test car in Boston running our N55 Stage 2 JB turbo took his car to the track for the first time since it opened last night. He only got two passes before a spill shut the track down. His results? How about 12.18ET at 121.44, with a not great 2.08 60ft. Then on his very next pass he made a few adjustments, and managed an 11.73ET at 122.7, with a better 60 ft of 1.85. This incredibly was done on PUMP gas 93 octane, a single meth nozzle, and 18-20PSI! Shant is really showing off his driving skill here, with near perfect shifts, and NLS shifting on the runs. Video of the run: Keep in mind, our Stage 2 DBB currently holds the N55 1/4 record with a pass of 11.42 at 123.1 with an AT, E50, more timing, and nearly an identical 60ft. The AT alone will make up the 3/10ths of a second difference in the passes, let alone the higher timing. Here is log showing the car running 6-4 degrees of timing and a timing FLATLINE all the way through 4th. What this means is, as soon as he gets some more octane in the car, and can hold timing through 4th gear, this is an easy low 11 second car with at least 3-4MPH trap in it. Lets not even talk about turning up the boost a little bit...:naughty: http://www.datazap.me/u/vargasturbotech/shant-jb-n55-tester-logs-9-drag-strip?log=0&data=1-3-4-5-11&zoom=110-202 Bottom line the car has a TON left in it, and its already so close to taking the 1/4 record, well from us, but from an AT! If you want a dyno queen, you have other options, if you want N55 turbos that hold real drag racing records, your only option is VTT! Great work Shant! We appreciate all your hardwork, and nice driving!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-30-2015, 01:26 PM
    Fortunately nobody was hurt here and it was just an old Mustang anyway (kidding). This foxbody Mustang was torn apart due to a nitrous bottle exploding in the heat. This is not supposed to happen as bottles have pressure release valves but this valve failed. The result of that was an explosion that sent parts of the car into neighbor's yards. Just a reminder to take nitrous seriously. He's lucky that hundred shot of NOS didn't blow the welds on the intake.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-12-2015, 03:45 AM
    More and more numbers are coming out every day for the new 2015 Mercedes-AMG C63. Eurocharged took delivery of their C63 AMG S test car and quickly put it on the Dynojet to measure output. Mercedes rates the C63 S model with its M177 twin turbo V8 at 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The Dynojet numbers show 467 horsepower at the wheels and 489 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The power is definitely underrated by roughly 40-50 crank horsepower and the torque is massively underrated as it is at 575+ lb-ft of torque at the crank stock. That is a good thing as that torque will be necessary to move this porky beast. Take a look at this overlay between the W205 C63 M177 stock and a Eurocharged tuned W204 C63 AMG M156 V8: The peak horsepower between the two only ranges by 27 wheel horsepower. The torque between the two differs by just under 90 lb-ft at the wheels. Keep in mind that is a tuned naturally aspirated 6.2 liter M156 in the W204 C63 AMG. The M177 in the C63 AMG S is stock and with a tune you would need a blower on the M156 to keep this close. It will never match it in naturally aspirated form and certainly never provide the same torque down low. This is what the turbo era brings us. A much fatter torque curve lower in the rev range (as well as easier tune only gains). The M177 isn't revving like the M156 or multiplying the torque for horsepower up top but it really doesn't need to. Now Audi of course also has a 4.0 liter twin turbo direct injected V8. Many AMG enthusiasts were concerned that 4.0 liters for a V8 is too small (with boost, it simply isn't) and the RS7 proves that point. Look at the stock overlay between the RS7 and the W205 C63 AMG S: The RS7 is obviously more powerful (as it should be) stock but one should also pay attention to the tuned output from the RS7. The V8's are not identical and have different hardware, internals, tuning, etc., but if the RS7 can hit 636 horsepower at the wheels with its 4.0 liter direct injected twin turbo V8 with top mount turbos and do so tune only it sure bodes well for M177/M178 tuning.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    05-19-2015, 08:32 PM
    Why there is such a large disparity between US Porsche 991 Turbo performance and Middle Eastern times we have no clue. ESmotor claims this is their ES650 bolt on package on a Porsche 991 Turbo S. What are the details of this package? What they claim does not add up. Why you ask? Because to go 143 in the 1/4 mile on the 991 Turbo and Turbo S platform will require fuel system upgrades. What fuel system upgrades are they running? This is clearly necessary beyond the bolt on level which the factory fuel system does support. Also, a trap speed of 143 miles per hour is much more than 650 horsepower. Even at the wheels. Where is a dyno for this car? This network yet again can not explain Middle Eastern 1/4 mile anomalies or modifications. They say bolt on but do you really think this is the stock DME? Ekanooracing and ESMotor can claim to throw as much money as they want at a Porsche 911 Turbo S but you are not getting a 143 miles per hour pass out of it with bolt ons. Something just is not adding up unless you believe this: Emre@ESMotor: "Hello guys, Just to clarify the claims in the thread. The car has stock engine, never touched, and believe or not, it has completely stock fueling system. Its running our exhaust, headers, water/meth injection kit and our ecu module. It also has our "specific" alignment settings for better traction on the launch. Upgraded VTG's and upgraded intercoolers; i'm testing them on my personal car, i will release more information about them soon. " There is a video below but who knows if it is actually a 991 Turbo S that is running as you can not tell from the video. We have no explanation. <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="4" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAAGFBMVEUiIiI9PT0eHh4gIB4hIBkcHBwcHBwcHBydr+JQAAAACHRSTlMABA4YHyQsM5jtaMwAAADfSURBVDjL7ZVBEgMhCAQBAf//42xcNbpAqakcM0ftUmFAAIBE81IqBJdS3lS6zs3bIpB9WED3YYXFPmHRfT8sgyrCP1x8uEUxLMzNWElFOYCV6mHWWwMzdPEKHlhLw7NWJqkHc4uIZphavDzA2JPzUDsBZziNae2S6owH8xPmX8G7zzgKEOPUoYHvGz1TBCxMkd3kwNVbU0gKHkx+iZILf77IofhrY1nYFnB/lQPb79drWOyJVa/DAvg9B/rLB4cC+Nqgdz/TvBbBnr6GBReqn/nRmDgaQEej7WhonozjF+Y2I/fZou/qAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://instagram.com/p/2jUzYyQAXX/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_top">A video posted by ESMOTOR (@esmotor)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2015-05-11T18:37:30+00:00">May 11, 2015 at 11:37am PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>
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    05-12-2015, 07:01 PM
    Evolve Automotive is about to officially launch their Stage I tune for the BMW S63TU V8 engine. We were sent a dynograph the other day which shows very large gains. Dyno gains are one thing and real world performance is another. Actual racing always beats dyno racing for displaying performance. So here is the Evolve Stage I tuned F10 M5 going up against some stiff competition. The first run is against a Ferrari 458 Speciale. The Speciale receives tweaks compared to the standard Italia including weight loss as well as more power. The engine gets a bump to 14.0:1 compression along with revised heads, tuning, and intakes. It results in 605 horsepower from the 9000 rpm 4.5 liter V8. Beating one in the manner the Evolve tuned F10 M5 does is incredible: This next race against the Audi R8 GT V10 Spyder is more difficult. Not because the R8 GT is more powerful as it isn't. It's heavier than the 458 Speciale due to its all wheel drive and has 560 horsepower sent through a single clutch sequential gearbox unlike the 458 dual clutch transmission. That said, thanks to the all wheel drive plus a fairly large jump (he starts rolling and gets on it early) the R8 gets a massive lead. To catch up and pass it takes a very powerful car. Catch up and pass is exactly what this Evolve tuned F10 M5 is able to do and it looks like a freight train going by. Jumping didn't spare the R8 the inevitable. Very nice runs here showing the Evolve S63TU tune performing well in the real world.
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    05-03-2015, 12:21 PM
    Big numbers here from a Sound Performance built E46 M3. This is hardly the first 1000+ WHP E46 M3 we have seen from them as last year an E46 M3 they built running a Precision 7675 put down 1071 horsepower to the rear wheels on the same Mustang dyno. Well they are doing 1000+ with a Precision 6870 on Ethanol using a ProEFI 128 for engine management. Pushing 34 psi of boost results in 1046 rear wheel horsepower and 865 lb-ft of torque at the rear wheels: Impressive? No doubt about it. The car has a nitrous kit as well but the nitrous was not used on these runs. Here is the power and torque at the various boost levels: 614whp 506wtq @ 13psi 784whp 625wtq @ 21psi 967whp 738wtq @ 31psi 1046whp 865wtq @ 34psi Here are the build specs: SP Built 10:1 CR Engine Saad Racing Turbo Kit w/ SP 3" Boost Activated Exhaust Cutout Saad Racing E85 Fuel System Saad Racing Intake Manifold w/ LS3 DBW Throttle Body SP Direct-Port Nitrous Kit ProEFI Pro128 Flex Fuel Standalone EMS OS Giken Twin Disc Clutch Yet another 1000+ wheel horsepower S54 from Sound Performance and Saad Racing.
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    05-18-2015, 11:11 PM
    The battle we have been waiting for is officially underway. Owners are getting their hands on the new C63 and fortunately one such owner was willing to go up against an F80 M3 on the highway to settle which car is quicker in stock form. It is not as simple as looking at the stock output to determine this race. On paper, the C63 AMG S M177 V8 has the advantage with its 503 horsepower rating. That said, the car is heavy coming in at roughly 400 pounds more than the F80 M3. It also does not have the F80 M3 and F82 M4 dual clutch transmission but the Mercedes MCT is a top of the line automatic gearbox offering quick gearshifts. The M3 is lighter, has a DCT, and also is severely underrated in its output showing 427 horsepower at the wheels and 429 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The C63 AMG S on the other hand shows 467 horsepower stock and 489 lb-ft of torque stock to the wheels. The C63 AMG S takes this race easily. It does have the inside track which plays a factor. The M3 does have a JB4 tune and downpipes but was run in Map 0 making this essentially a stock on stock race. The standard C63 AMG and the M3/M4 should be almost even. The S gives AMG the edge much like the P31 package did for the previous generation W204 C63 AMG. The first round goes to Mercedes.
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    05-19-2015, 05:51 PM
    This is the second round of the matchup between these two cars. You may remember yesterday the video posted shows the stock C63 AMG S beating up on this M3. The M3 has a JB4 S55 tune from BMS (Burger Tuning) but was run on Map 0 to try to get as close to a stock to stock comparison as possible. The F80 M3 in this video is running Map 2 and also has downpipes. Running an actual tune makes a huge difference as the M3 opens up a lead. The C63 AMG S starts to come on strong though. Oddly, it stops pulling and the M3 pulls ahead as if the C63 let off. One thing is certain here. If F80 M3 or F82 M4 owners want to play with a C63 AMG S on the highway they better be tuned with bolt ons. The C63 AMG S sure looks strong in stock form.
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    05-23-2015, 12:38 AM
    It is puzzling that BMW is so aware of its history yet at the same time chooses to ignore its production aspects. The 1972 BMW 3.0CSL was a homologation special. It stands for Coupe Sport Lightweight (and now you know why the E46 M3 CSL badge was important). It was meant to go racing and go racing it did. Yet BMW sold it to the public. The car won the European Touring Car Championship in 1973. It would take second place in 1973 at the Nurburgring Touring Car race. From 1975 until 1979 it was undefeated winning the European Touring Car Championship each season. The 'Batmobile' as it is widely known dominated racing and built a legendary reputation. That is why BMW is honoring it much like they did the M1 with the M1 Hommage concept. Unfortunately, while BMW remembers its racing history it does not produce anything like an M1 or E9 CSL today. If you even mention the i8 or M6 as spiritual successors you do not understand the Motorsport emphasis of the originals. They made their name and were built for the race track. Do not get too excited about this modern take on the 3.0 CSL as it will never see production. The car makes extensive use of CFRP and carbon fiber to keep weight low. There are no details on the drivetrain as it is primarily a design and lightweight technology showpiece. As the name implies, a 3.0 liter inline-6 has to be under the hood. What that inline-6 could be is anything but an S55 motor would not be a bad choice for a modern interpretation. It's too bad BMW does not actually produce anything like this. Go ahead and look at the pictures and dream about them putting the car into production. BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. Racing flair with a touch of class. Munich/Cernobbio. Amid the audacious design studies and automotive beauties from a bygone era gathered at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, the BMW Group presents its new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage – and in the process makes a pretty formidable statement of its own. This model is the BMW Design Team's tribute to the 3.0 CSL, a timeless classic and iconic BMW Coupé from the 1970s. "Our Hommage cars not only demonstrate how proud we are of our heritage, but also how important the past can be in determining our future," says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. "The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage represents a nod to the engineering achievement exemplified by the BMW 3.0 CSL in its lightweight design and performance. With intelligent lightweight construction and modern materials, the 3.0 CSL Hommage brings the character of that earlier model into the 21st century, showing it in a new and exciting guise," he says, summarising the approach the design team took with the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage. Lightweight design past and present. "CSL" stands for "Coupé Sport Leichtbau" (coupé, sport, lightweight). With its aluminium bonnet, boot and wings, Plexiglas windows and equipment rigorously pared down to the bare essentials, the old BMW 3.0 CSL tipped the scales around 200 kg lighter than its sibling model, the BMW 3.0 CS. Unsurprisingly, then, it was predestined for a career on the race track. Whereas the material of choice in the 1970s was aluminium, today carbon fibre – or carbon-fibre- reinforced plastic (CFRP) – offers the optimum weight-to-strength ratio. These high-strength fibres are even lighter and stronger than aluminium. And the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage makes generous use of the high-tech composite, reinterpreting the concept of lightweight design for the modern age. Wherever CFRP is used, it is also visible – rendering the lightweight design principle tangible both inside and out. The BMW Group is a world leader in the production and application of CFRP in automotive design and can already boast many years of experience in series production of CFRP structural parts for the BMW M and, in particular, the BMW i. The exterior: power and elegance. Karim Habib, Head of BMW Design, explains the thinking behind the design of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage: "For BMW designers like us, the BMW 3.0 CSL is a style icon. Its combination of racing genes and elegance generates an engaging aesthetic that continues to win hearts even today. The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage celebrates many of those characteristic features, but without copying them. Indeed, some of the parallels are not immediately obvious. We wanted people to sense the family resemblance rather than see it straight off." The BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is a vision of pure athleticism: the elongated body is set off by distinctive air deflectors, powerful wheel arches and prominent spoilers to the roof and tail. Despite its size, the aerodynamic elements are key in enabling air to flow optimally along the sides of the vehicle. The front air deflector serves to vent the engine compartment, while wings over the rear wheels ensure optimum airflow around the vehicle. Small rear-view cameras serve to further reduce aerodynamic drag. The large rear spoiler increases downforce on the driven rear axle and in so doing improves power transmission. The Air Curtain and Air Breather systems guarantee optimum ventilation of the wheel housings. And the sheer self-confidence and sporting prowess of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage are perfectly summed up in the original colour of its spiritual predecessor – Golf Yellow. The front end – muscular athleticism. Boasting one of the broadest and lowest front ends of any vehicle in the BMW Group, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage's front exudes pure power and athleticism. At the centre, the characteristic BMW kidney grille stands tall in citation of the more upright styling of the kidney grille of yesteryear. The size and spatial depth of the kidney grille symbolise the output of the powerful six-cylinder in-line engine with eBoost. At the same time, the finely wrought geometry of frame and kidney struts lends the front end an air of quality and exclusivity. The characteristic four-eyed face gives a contemporary, hexagonal interpretation of front-end sportiness. Laser light and LED technology facilitate slender, state-of- the-art lighting graphics, and the flat contours of the headlamps generate that characteristically focused BMW look. A stylised "X" inside the lights divides the lighting functions and conjures up memories of the X-shaped headlamp stickers once used in long-distance racing. Horizontal LED strips create a visual bond between headlamps and kidney grille while at the same time emphasising the broad, flat impact of the front end. A large carbon-fibre front splitter reduces the gap between road and front end and, in combination with the kidney grille, offers a modern interpretation of the earlier car's highly distinctive shark nose. Two circular openings and a series of elongated slots pay tribute to other elements featured in the earlier car, but offer a new interpretation for the 21st century. The sides – contrapuntal elegance. The vehicle sides are in elegant counterpoint to the marked athleticism of front and rear. The long wheelbase and elongated bonnet appear to stretch the Hommage's silhouette. A continuous, horizontal line encircles the vehicle by way of paying tribute to a distinctive stylistic feature of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL: its all-round chrome trim. In combination with the black highlight beneath, the continuous line intensifies the flat, elongated appearance of the sides. A particular detail of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage is the roofline. Consciously subdivided into three, the line recalls the distinctive upper section of the BMW 3.0 CS – one of the first coupés to feature a roof that did not flow into the tail. Compared with the ubiquitous fastback coupés of the day, this was both an innovation and a design statement, a feature that exuded athleticism and elegance in equal measure. In keeping with the BMW 3.0 CSL, the Hommage features a BMW logo on each of the C-pillars. The all-round shoulderline is also the starting point for the subtle, finely sculpted surfaces of the sides. It follows the development of the shadowy areas behind the front wheel all the way to the lit surfaces above the rear wheels. This interplay between light and shade lends movement and dynamic intensity to the generous surfaces of the vehicle's sides. Dark CFRP areas narrow the gap between the sides and the road, again paying tribute to the consistent lightweight design of the BMW 3.0 CSL. In combination with the black graphic accents, the dark lightweight elements reduce the perceived height of the vehicle and further emphasise its flat silhouette. The black 21" alloy wheels in matt and high-gloss bi-colour versions offer an additional unique highlight. Air control blades in the interstices of the wheel rims, meanwhile, serve to further optimise aerodynamics. The rear end – a muscular presence. As with the front end, the vehicle's tail is broad and muscular in design. Generous surfaces generate presence, horizontal elements emphasise width. A particular highlight is the styling of the rear lights: an LED strip above the spoiler links the two lights, thus giving the rear end a formal framework. The powerfully sculpted rear apron with CFRP diffusor creates a visual impression of the BMW 3.0 CSL's raw power. Even viewed from above, the BMW 3.0 CSL is extremely dynamic. From kidney grille to headlamps, the bonnet traces a broad "V" – a nostalgic throwback to a distinctive and dynamic element of earlier BMW coupés. The interior – purist elegance. Pared down to a minimum, the interior of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage puts its lightweight design on show and renders its racing character elegantly tangible. All interior elements are there out of absolute necessity, every part has a high- quality design, structural or drive-related function. In the all-CFRP interior, the only wood-like presence is the "instrument panel" – a cross-member and purely structural element. This is a clear reference to the interior of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL, which featured an all-round wood trim throughout the interior. In the new version, only the small central eBoost charging display interrupts the wooden instrument panel. Infotainment is equally minimalist in concept: a central display on the steering column informs the driver of the current gear, speed, revs and shift point.  Racing genes and lightweight design with finesse. Other racing features include bucket seats with high-quality stitching, a six-point belt and red anodised safety features such as the outlet nozzles for the extinguishing foam, the fire extinguisher itself, and the two switches on the centre console for the emergency shut-off and fire extinguishing mechanism. The only elements in the rear of the vehicle are two helmets integrated into the transmission tunnel. These are held in place by a belt when not in use. In the place of a rear seat bench, there are only covers for the eBoost energy accumulators. Special reflector technology in combination with LED strips create an impressive 3D effect on the covers. In its use of cutting-edge materials and detailed solutions, the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage displays technical sophistication and subtlety of form. Meticulously crafted aluminium sleeves add high-quality accents at the junctions between individual structural elements. The door design is as minimalist as it is expressive: precise, clean surfaces trace an arc rearwards, lending the door element a flowing, dynamic quality. The door openers combine a DTM-style pull strap with the elegant handle-integrated opener of the earlier BMW 3.0 CSL, resulting in the hybrid solution of a nylon pull strap located directly behind the grab handle in the door. As with the interior as a whole, this detail lends expression to the unique character of the BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage: a winning combination of lightweight design, athleticism and elegance.
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    05-20-2015, 03:04 PM
    G-Power has quality hardware and solid tuning (from a BMW source that supplies many other tuners as well) but their kits are overpriced especially for the performance. How else would you characterize a $32,500 SKII S85 V10 twin supercharger kit that produces 660 horsepower? There are cheaper options on the market at a fraction of the G-Power cost that offer more power. G-Power seems to be getting more serious about performance though announcing their 1001 horsepower kit. It's nice to see them for once provide a graph although it is a crank horsepower readout. It looks like they are using a MAHA dyno and the raw readout is in the upper right hand corner which shows the wheel output and losses but it's too small to read and not shared. So while they are getting better about providing output graphs so people who do not care about the G-Power name brand can actually take them seriously as a real high performance option they still are not providing all the data they can (and should). As this is an SKIII system it does involve a built S85 V10 motor. That means this is not a cheap solution but it is a complete solution. They do not list the price but an SKIII system with a single supercharger and built motor on the S65 V8 E9X M3 platform runs $57k. You can use that as a barometer as for how much they charge for this. Let's just say $65k+ and that they want you to contact them to discuss pricing. Does spending more money on a supercharger kit than one can buy an actual E60 M5 or E63 M6 vehicle for make sense? Not really. One of the cheaper single supercharger Vortech based solutions for under $15k plus a custom built motor makes more sense if one really want to push the S85 V10. This same thing can be done for less than half the price. You won't have twin ASA superchargers though and you won't have the G-Power logo scrawled across the orange manifold. Then again, if you're seriously considering this setup you probably don't care about the money anyway. Hopefully G-Power provides some actual performance testing and numbers but you can pretty much forget about ever seeing a 1/4 mile run.
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    05-08-2015, 04:20 PM
    Flash tuning is really changing the BMW F-Series game. Take a look at what Eurocharged was able to do for this F30 335i equipped with the single turbo 3.0 liter N55 direct injected inline-6. The torque gains down low are massive and BMW is clearly barely even pushing the N55 engine. The boost increase is pretty large here by about 10 psi. Stock the reading is 7.76 psi of boost. This is not much for an OEM turbo motor these days. Eurocharged increases boost pressure to 17.75 psi along with timing and other changes which results in an additional 180 lb-ft of wheel torque at 3000 rpm. The torque peak comes early on this motor. The stock peak torque figure is 306 lb-ft of torque at the wheels (yes it is underrated a bit by BMW) but it increases to 465 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with the tune. The horsepower is underrated as well and it goes from 298 stock wheel horsepower to 345 horsepower with the Eurocharged tune. Simply solid gains and massive torque gains down low. The N55 is really coming into its own.
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    05-05-2015, 05:31 PM
    We predominantly focus on performance and tuning discussion here so it is nice to break the cycle from time to time. This plate happened to catch BimmerBoost's eye. Considering this website requires some basic web development knowledge the FFFFFF plate got a chuckle. If you don't get it you don't get it.
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    05-07-2015, 04:43 PM
    The E92 M3 is inching closer to breaking into the 9's. We already saw a 10.46 @ 135 1/4 mile run (which is the record) for the E92 M3 from Powerhaus last year but it was done in negative density altitude conditions on the East Coast. Now we have some positive density altitude results from the same car at the ATCO dragstrip. As far as the changes from the previous run there are not many details specified. What we know is that this car has weight stripped out. It has American Racing headers and their exhaust. It's running higher boost than standard on its ESS-Tuning VT2-625 kit and has custom tuning. Assume race gas, don't believe otherwise. Hoosier 17 inch drag rubber is used and it helps get a 1.731 60 foot out of the car. There is a 1.6X in it with a full 6200 RPM launch control launch which should help push the car into the low 10's. It depends how brave they want to get as that is how things start to break. To hit a 10.4 in hot weather is impressive. Powerhaus Performance claims 91 degree weather but based on the time and date on the slip the run was done in 82 degree weather. That still results in density altitude of 1316 feet above sea level which is not exactly a great track condition for breaking records. Where does the E92 M3 go from here? Well, a built motor with higher boost should easily be capable of 9's and trap speeds in the 140's. For stock internal performance this is a very respectable result and shows that the E92 M3 is quite capable on the dragstrip.
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    05-21-2015, 04:41 PM
    The next gen battle between these popular M and AMG vehicles will soon be in full swing. Now we know the S55 engine in the BMW M3/M4 is underrated despite its claimed output of 425 horsepower. Thanks to Eurocharged Dynojet baseline testing of the new W205 C63 AMG S we know that car is also underrated despite its claimed 503 horse output. Eurocharged was kind enough to do a comparison between the two on their Dynojet dyno for us. You will notice the readout is not RPM but time and the reason for this is explained by Jerry@Eurocharged: "I did it in time view so you can see how long each car takes to accelerate under load. Ironically, both cars accelerate to redline in 13 seconds under load. Blue is C63S Red is M3 Both are my cars and 100% stock." The C63 AMG S obviously makes more power and torque. Considering its bigger 4.0 liter V8, this is no surprise. Its 467 wheel horsepower and 489 lb-ft of torque at the wheels comfortably exceed the M3 S55's ~425 wheel horsepower and ~430 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. This particular graph shows a bit of a spike in the M3's torque as the turbo comes on showing a value above 450 but this seems to be an anomaly from the norm. The reason the peak values are not listed on the graph is due to an accidental shift at redline while on the dyno causing a spike for the M3. Whoops, these things happen and so the comparison is not perfect. Considering how hard graphs like this are to come by we appreciate the effort from Eurocharged. What we can clearly see is the that C63 M177 has a big torque advantage namely down low. This is to be expected from the bigger V8. The BMW S55 motor has to rev more and has more lag. Interestingly the horsepower difference between the two toward redline is negligible. The M177 hits its power peak before the S55. The S55 uses its revs to keep power fairly level as its torque curve also drops toward redline. It is not a classic naturally aspirated M motor curve or a high rpm engine by any means but BMW still has to use revs to mitigate displacement differences to a degree. AMG also is tuning the M177 for more torque down low than the M178 in the AMG GT S which is tuned for more top end punch. The next overlay we will bring you is tuned versus tuned.
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    05-12-2015, 04:35 PM
    This is a very sad story but due to Michael Schumacher's massive influence on the automotive world (Mercedes, Formula 1, Motorsports, you name it) we must solemnly inform and update you on his condition and what is taking place. His wife has begun liquidation of assets associated with the tragic accident that left him in a partially vegetative state. Their holiday chalet in France (scene of the accident) is up for sale and Schumacher's private jet has already been sold. The reasoning is that they will never be of any use to him again. There is no change in 47 year old Michael Schumacher's condition. He can not speak. He is immobile. He is unconcious. His wife is removing things associated with the past that likely remind her of what happened. She is facing a reality that her husband likely will never wake up and even if he does he will likely never be the same man. It's certainly depressing but the man did live a life that the vast majority can only dream about. Corina Schumacher is taken care of to the rest of her life and manages Schumacher's financial empire which generates millions. The only thing she is missing is her husband. Source
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    05-21-2015, 08:44 PM
    This is a pretty ugly beatdown but what it does is show just how fast the AMS Alpha 9 Porsche 997 Turbo package is in a street setting on pump gas. The video claims the Alpha 9 is running 600 horsepower with a custom Undercover Performance tune but considering AMS shows 800+ horsepower on 93 octane for the package there is some serious sandbagging going on here. The Stingray looks and performs as if it is stock. It ends up looking as if it is standing still. What we really learn here is that the Alpha 9 package on pump gas is tough to beat on the street. From a stoplight a rear wheel drive does not have much of a chance even if it has big power simply due to how effectively the 911 Turbo puts the power down. Ok, so it easily beats up on a Stingray and looks very fast. Now how about this car picks on somebody its own size? The AMS Alpha 9 Porsche 997.1 Turbo package starts at $19,995.95 and includes: TiAL Bolt on, Ball bearing turbochargers with advanced geometry billet aluminum compressor wheels Plex PBC Boost Controller COBB AccessPort W/Custom Tune 5.5” thick high flow intercoolers with smooth cast endtanks 4 ply reinforced silicone turbo discharge pipes Steel wire reinforced silicone turbo inlet pipes Cast Y pipe with smooth merge Carbon fiber upper intercooler ducts Line hardware and fittings Heavy Duty Injectors
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    05-21-2015, 02:20 PM
    Many of the readers here have very nice cars with a lot of money invested in them. Whether it be wheels, engine upgrades, whatever, potential theft of parts or the car itself is a very real danger. It's certainly worse for our members who live in areas where violent car theft is an everyday threat and occurrence such as South Africa or Ukraine. It really can and does happen anywhere with this particular instance taking place in Brazil. The thieves targeted this car and waited until it went into the garage with the door coming down before tripping the sensor to get in. The problem is they targeted an armed off-duty police officer. As soon as the first thief approaches the door he is ready and opens fire point blank. The other two scatter as he chases them down. One of the thieves was killed and the other two were apprehended. This certainly shows the value in protecting oneself.
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    05-18-2015, 09:52 PM
    After teaser, after teaser, after teaser, GM officially revealed the new 2016 Camaro. You might be saying to yourself that it looks quite a bit like the car it replaced. You would not be wrong in that assessment but the main changes really come under the skin. The interior for one is a huge improvement. Americans traditionally struggle with interior design for some odd reason but they finally seem to be getting it. All of them, not just GM. The new chassis is said to be 200 pounds lighter. With how many manufacturers are missing their weight loss claims we will wait for independent weights before we proclaim that GM has done a great job leaning out the Camaro. The car should handle better due to its new rear end architecture based on the Cadillac ATS. Less weight and improved handling, good job. These were major areas of concern with the previous generation car. There will be three launch engine choices and four different transmission choices depending on the motor which are detailed below. Is the new Camaro enough of a change? It still looks very familiar and that may be the main downside. Adding LED lights with sharp angles to a design people already have grown accustomed to years ago is somewhat boring. On the other hand, they play it safe and improve the car where it matters. What do you think? Engines 2.0L Turbocharged I-4 VVT DI 3.6L V-6 VVT DI 6.2L V-8 VVT DI Displacement (cu in / cc): 122 / 1998 222 / 3640 376 / 6162 Bore & stroke (in / mm): 3.39 x 3.39 / 86 x 86 3.74 x 3.37 / 95 x 85.6 4.06 x 3.62 / 103.25 x 92 Block material: cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners cast aluminum w/ cast-in-place iron bore liners Cylinder head material: cast aluminum cast aluminum cast aluminum Valvetrain: DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing DOHC, four valves per cylinder, continuously variable valve timing; Active Fuel Management overhead valve; two valves per cylinder; Active Fuel Management Fuel delivery: direct high-pressure fuel injection direct high-pressure fuel injection direct high-pressure fuel injection Compression ratio: 9.5:1 11.5:1 11.5:1 Horsepower (hp / kW @ rpm): 275 / 205 @ 5600* 335 / 250 @ 6800* 455 / 339 @ 6000* Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ rpm): 295 / 400 @ 3000-4500* 284 / 385 @ 5300* 455 / 617 @ 4400* *SAE certified. Transmissions Tremec TR3160 6-speed manual (2.0T and 3.6L) Tremec TR6060 6-speed manual with Active Rev Match (6.2L) Hydra-Matic 8L45 8-speed automatic (2.0L and 3.6L) Hydra-Matic 8L90 8-speed automatic (6.2L) Gear ratios (:1): First: 4.40 2.66 4.62 4.56 Second: 2.59 1.78 3.04 2.97 Third: 1.80 1.30 2.07 2.08 Fourth: 1.34 1.00 1.66 1.69 Fifth: 1.00 0.74 1.26 1.27 Sixth: 0.75 0.50 1.00 1.00 Seventh: -- -- 0.85 0.85 Eighth: -- -- 0.66 0.65 Reverse: 3.99 2.90 3.93 3.82 Final drive ratio: 3.27 3.73 3.27 (2.0L) 2.77 (3.6L) 2.77 Chassis/Suspension/Brakes Front: MacPherson-type strut with dual lower ball joints, twin-tube struts and direct-acting stabilizer bar; Magnetic Ride Control with monotube inverted struts (avail. on SS) Rear: independent five-link with twin-tube shocks and direct-acting stabilizer bar; Magnetic Ride Control with monotube shocks (avail. on SS) Steering type: ZF rack-mounted electric, power-assisted and variable ratio Brakes: four-wheel disc with four-channel ABS/TCS w/ DRP
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    05-08-2015, 06:32 PM
    Interesting race here showing off the strength of the N54 with OEM turbo housing upgrades from Rob Beck. The 335i camera car is running a BMS JB4 tune on map 7 in addition to an ETS FMIC (front mount intercooler), BMS downpipes, Alpina automatic transmission software flash, and a BMS dual cone intake. The E63 AMG S is stock but puts out 522 horsepower at the wheels stock from its 5.5 liter twin turbo M157 V8. It's a very fast car capable of 120-122 1/4 mile trap speeds off the showroom floor. It does weigh roughly 1000 pounds more than the 335i though. The E63 for some reason hangs back until the cones and then gets on it what seems like after the 335i accelerates. Down low it hangs in there and closes the gap even appearing to pull at one point. The 335i then in higher speeds passes the E63 and just keeps on pulling. It opens a up nice lead and wins this one easily. The E63 is said to have a poor driver but no matter who was driving that top end pull of the N54 with upgraded turbos would not be stopped by a stock E63 AMG S. The owner needs a tune to uncork that AMG beast.
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    05-14-2015, 01:12 AM
    Did that catch your attention? Good. It's not true but the cartoon here highlights the reputation of BMW owners for driving like assholes. Are BMW owners actually assholes? Well, if you were to judge them based on their posts here and forums in the general the answer is... Yes.
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    05-08-2015, 07:03 PM
    3924 pounds is not what you call light. Especially for a C-Class. Mercedes missed their weight claims and targets big time here. They originally stated the new W205 C63 AMG would weigh 3615 pounds. Well, they missed that target by over 300 pounds. What happened? BenzBoost stated the given 3615 pound European curb weight for the W205 C63 was simply wishful thinking. Mercedes likely provided a figure without fluids and with different seats. In the USA the new C63 AMG comes in at 3856 pounds and the C63 AMG S comes in at 3924 pounds. BMW missed their weight target for the F80 and F82 M3/M4 but not to this degree. The C63 AMG is 300+ pounds heavier than its BMW rival. Maybe this heavy curb weight is why Mercedes-AMG tuned the M177 with more torque down low in the C63 AMG than the M178 in the AMG GT?
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    05-01-2015, 10:26 PM
    These German vehicles may both have dual clutch transmission and twin turbo powerplants but their execution is quite different. The Porsche 911 Turbo is well known with its all wheel drive and twin turbo direct injected rear engine 3.8 liter flat-6 putting out 520 horsepower for $149,520. The AMG GT S in comparison is a value at $129,900. It does have less horsepower at 510 and slightly less torque from its larger M178 4.0 liter V8 at 479 lb-ft compared to the 911 Turbo 487 lb-ft. Keep in mind though these figures are sent to the rear wheels in the GT and not all four as well as the fact the AMG GT has a front engine layout. The only way to truly know which one is making more power and torque is to get them both on the same dyno at the same time. The paper figures don't mean much these days with automakers sandbagging. Mercedes positions the AMG GT S against the 911 Carrera S anyway based on its price. Keep in mind there is a standard AMG GT coming as well that will be cheaper to combat the Carrera. That means Mercedes is offering close to 911 Turbo performance for close to Carrera S and Carrera pricing. When AMG rolls out their Black Series version of the car then they will truly take the fight to the Turbo and Turbo S. The fact the AMG GT is a complete mismatch to the Carrera and Carrera S and is being matched up to the 911 Turbo speaks volumes. Is it time for people to recognize that the 911 range is overpriced for what it is? EVO takes both cars on the track for a laptime comparison. The 911 Turbo laps quicker but this seems to be predominantly due to all wheel drive traction helping the 911 Turbo put its power down earlier on a tight course. The Mercedes is said to offer greater steering response and chassis dynamics but once again this is not the AMG GT model designed to topple the Turbo. It's designed to topple the Carrera S which it easily does. The 911 Turbo laps the circuit in 1:15.2 which is 1.8 seconds quicker than the AMG GT and this is a lifetime on a short and tight roadcourse. If you expect the AMG GT S to beat the 911 Turbo for less money with less power and torque you are asking too much.
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    05-27-2015, 02:40 PM
    The best automotive performance bargain in the world? That would be the 2016 Mustang GT350. There will of course be those who point to the Dodge Hellcat models with the Challenger starting at $60,900 and offering much more power with the 707 horsepower twin screw supercharged V8. The thing is, the Hellcat might win in raw torque per dollar but the Mustang GT350 comes in roughly $12k less and offers a much more nimble package. The GT350 will run circles around the Hellcat on a track as the portly Dodge sticks to being a one trick pony with that trick being going fast in a straight line (as long as it maintains traction). The GT350 sounds incredible with its unique flat-plane crank high revving naturally aspirated V8. Hell, the GT350 is the next best thing to a Porsche 911 GT3 and for those who want a manual transmission it actually offers something the Porsche can't at a fraction of the cost. The GT350R on paper looks like it will offer GT3 level performance, if not superior performance, for far less money. This is very aggressive pricing from Ford and the GT350R despite going to $63495 is quite a bargain itself. The problem will be actually getting a GT350 or GT350R for the MSRP. That said, well done Ford.
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