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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    09-09-2015, 11:05 AM
    We have a stage 2+ customer who has been having issues, he has gone through a set of turbos, and its been an absolute mystery as to why. We got them back today, and got them apart. Both turbine side piston rings became so hot, the gap fused together, and they lost all tension, meaning they fully collapsed. This will allow oil, and exhaust to freely pass into, and out of the bearing housing, and makes quick work of the turbo. Thankfully the customer stopped quickly, and we were able to glean useful information from the autopsy. I contacted the customer, and asked what kind of AFR's he was running, as this kind of failure is 99% of the time tied to excessive EGT's (think 1800, and above). He sent me his latest log, and what I saw blew me away. In his log we see a tune running 27 psi to redline on 93 / E50 with an AFR of 13.6:1 almost 14:1 on gas and a small amount of E85!!!! For comparison. Our 700WHP run was made on 100% E85 at 11.9:1. You can run E85 much leaner than 93/E50. During testing phase a while back we were having a problem going lean, and our EGT sensors were showing 1700+ degrees nearing redline, and we were no where near 14:1, and this was on 100% E85. This tells us on a mixture of gasoline, and E50 at those AFR's EGT's will be consistently above 1800 degrees. This will quickly start bringing about failed parts on the exhaust side of the turbo, and honestly your motor is not long for this earth running that kind of AFR, even on 100% E85 I would never run something that lean. Not even close. The OP had no idea anything was out of the ordinary, he was trusting in his tuner to look at the logs, and spot things that may be amiss. He sent me the map, but Wedge goes out of his way to lock maps these days, so we could not see exactly what he was targeting. This post is simply a warning to anyone running a Wedge tune. DO NOT BLINDLY trust him to look out for your motor, or turbos safety. He is doing things that are extremely dangerous, and extremely detrimental to your cars longevity! You have been warned
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-10-2015, 07:21 PM
    Great run here from an automatic E92 335i with full bolt ons and inlets against a supercharged 6-speed manual E90 M3 utilizing the ESS-Tuning VT2-625 setup. The 335i is running a BMS JB4 tune with backend flash using the BimmerBoost flashing app and is on 94 octane fuel with meth injection. The meth makes a big difference for the 335i and for N54's in general that may not have access to methanol. Now, he 335i is the camera car and has a passenger which is a factor. The M3 is a manual and not a dual clutch car which is a factor as well. It is a very good run between the two and it is somewhat surprising the M3 can not pull on the top end and the 335i is able to even edge slightly up top. Maybe those inlets are helping it breathe in the upper rev range? E90 M3: ESS VT2-625 Supercharger Catless Exhaust Tune 6MT 94 Oct No Passenger E92 335i: JB4 G5 ISO BMS Race Flash via BimmerBoost App FBO 100% Meth VTT Inlets 94 Oct 6AT (No Alpina Flash) 200lb passenger
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-19-2015, 11:23 AM
    Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani is a member of the ruling family of Qatar. This means he has plenty of Qatar's oil and gas money controlled by his family to spend on toys like a LaFerrari along with a 991 GT3 among others. He also apparently thinks this money means he can do whatever he wants. The LaFerrari and GT3 were captured speeding through the streets of Beverly Hills. Having fast cars is fine. Recklessly speeding through residential neighborhoods at triple digits is something else entirely. You can take a look at the video below to get an idea of what was going on. Neighbors filed complaints with the Police and Hamad Al Thani is stated to have told a reporter that he has diplomatic immunity. This is false, he does not. He also told that same reporter he could kill him if he wanted to and get away with it following that statement up with, 'Fuck America.' As the Police presence and investigation ratcheted it up the LaFerrari as well as Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani himself disappeared apparently leaving the country. He likely learned he is not immune to American laws so he ran away to escape any potential punishment. It is also interesting to note the LaFerrari appears to overheat with smoke billowing out after the joy ride through the neighborhood. Not a good sign for the LaFerrari if some rich asshole (that is their demographic after all) can break the car with just a high speed residential joyride. Source
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  • triggz's Avatar
    09-07-2015, 06:00 PM
    E90 M3: ESS VT2-625 Supercharger Catless Exhaust Tune 6MT 94 Oct No Passenger E92 335i: JB4 G5 ISO BMS Race Flash via BimmerBoost App FBO 100% Meth VTT Inlets 94 Oct 6AT (No Alpina Flash) 200lb passenger
    115 replies | 1452 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-19-2015, 11:18 AM
    Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani is a member of the ruling family of Qatar. This means he has plenty of Qatar's oil and gas money controlled by his family to spend on toys like a LaFerrari along with a 991 GT3 among others. He also apparently thinks this money means he can do whatever he wants. The LaFerrari and GT3 were captured speeding through the streets of Beverly Hills. Having fast cars is fine. Recklessly speeding through residential neighborhoods at triple digits is something else entirely. You can take a look at the video below to get an idea of what was going on. Neighbors filed complaints with the Police and Hamad Al Thani is stated to have told a reporter that he has diplomatic immunity. This is false, he does not. He also told that same reporter he could kill him if he wanted to and get away with it following that statement up with, 'Fuck America.' As the Police presence and investigation ratcheted it up the LaFerrari as well as Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani himself disappeared apparently leaving the country. He likely learned he is not immune to American laws so he ran away to escape any potential punishment. It is also interesting to note the LaFerrari appears to overheat with smoke billowing out after the joy ride through the neighborhood. Not a good sign for the LaFerrari if some rich asshole (that is their demographic after all) can break the car with just a high speed residential joyride. Source
    119 replies | 994 view(s)
  • Torn08's Avatar
    09-06-2015, 07:48 PM
    Torn08 started a thread Going ST. Motiv vs VM in N54
    What is a better kit and why? I searched, just looking for opinions.
    84 replies | 2855 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-04-2015, 07:09 PM
    The amount of hype generated over the performance of the Tesla Model S is somewhat ridiculous. Do not get us wrong, it is a highly impressive piece of engineering and fantastic for what it is. It just is not a world class performance car or anything capable of running with internal combustion motors in the high performance scene. Tesla can market 'Ludicrous Speed' as much as they want to. The P85D and P90D feel faster than they actually are due to the electric torque delivery. A whole big 800+ lb-ft wave of torque as a matter of fact. As the M4 shows though, it is horsepower than wins races especially those of the roll on nature. The Tesla only has a chance from a stop and even then it is only a matter of time until it loses. The P85D is quick down low for a few seconds but once you start reaching higher speeds its acceleration drops like a rock. This is why we constantly see it have a short lead only to easily be passed. A 458 Italia illustrated this, a Lamborghini Aventador illustrated this, and now a BMW M4 illustrates it.
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  • Tony@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    09-28-2015, 11:13 AM
    Hey guys! Hope everyone had a good weekend. We are super excited to announce our new VTT customer appreciation / Bounty / Sponsorship program! :dance: It has become a common theme for people to buy expensive performance parts, and seemingly disappear. This is frustrating for not only the community, but the vendor as well. It seems the only people who speak up, are the unhappy ones. Well we decided to do something about it. Starting today we now offer cold hard cash in bounties to all VTT customers for showing your love for VTT products! The bounty system will work as follows. VTT Customer Appreciation / Bounty program break down Product unboxing: 1. Pictures of VTT product unboxing on social media with hashtags #VTT #VTTO #VTTbounty, and tagging of @vargasturbo. Pictures have to be posted on IG, and facebook. Email us directly with the links, invoice number, and paypal address. We will paypal you the bounty within 24 hours. Product value / Bounty received: $500 or less / $5 bounty $500-$1000 / $10 bounty $1000-2000 / $15 bounty $2000-$3000 / $20 bounty $3000+ / $25 bounty 2. Thread with Pictures of VTT product unboxing on forums with #VTT #VTTO #VTTbounty, tagging of sales@vargasturbotech. Thread has to be posted on BB, N54Tech, and E90. Email us directly with the links, invoice number, and paypal address. We will paypal you the bounty within 24 hours. Same bounty schedule for forums, meaning you can double up if you do social media, and forums! Product value / Bounty received: $500 or less / $5 bounty $500-$1000 / $10 bounty $1000-2000 / $15 bounty $2000-$3000 / $20 bounty $3000+ / $25 bounty Product review: Post a review of your VTT products, and customer service to the forums. Using the same hashtags as above, as well as link to review posted to Social media with hashtags. The review needs to be of installed product, working on the vehicle, including miles driven, initial impressions, etc Product value / Bounty received $500 or less / $10 bounty $500-$1000 / $20 bounty $1000-2000 / $30 bounty $2000-$3000 / $40 bounty $3000+ / $50 bounty Performance Bounty: This program is our way of rewarding customers who are out there with VTT products, racing, and making big power. We are looking for dyno numbers, ¼ time slips, roll racing traps, LEGAL and SAFE racing videos, etc. Program works the same, post the above to social media, AND the forums with the supplied hashtags, as well as tagging us to qualify. All dyno numbers, will have to accompanied with the original DRF, and video of the run, showing the actual run, and numbers on a DYNOJET dyno only. ¼ mile slips will need to have video of actual run with time shown on the same video, as well as the slip. Roll racing, video of race, and trap speed. Again email us with links, invoice #, and paypal. VTT stickers need to be visible on every vehicle either in the video, or pictures posted with the video to qualify. Bounties are as follows Dyno numbers: N54: OEM-Stage 1 450+WHP $25 Stage 2 /2+ 600+WHP $50 Stage 3 700-800 WHP $75 Stage 3 800-900 WHP $100 Stage 3 900-1000WHP $150 Stage 3 1000+WHP $250 New platform record $250 N55: Stage 1 400+ WHP $50 Stage 2 500+WHP $100 (Other platforms to be added) Racing: ¼ slips: 12.0-11.5 slip $25 11.5-11.00 slip $50 10 second time slip $250 New platform record $250 Roll racing: Kill video $25 Kill video while running direct VTT competitor $100 Trophy class win $200 Platform ½ trap record $250 *Please see performance bounty notes below Sponsorship program: You have a car you feel deserves sponsorship, we will offer sponsorship in this fashion. Email us with a description of the car, your plans for it, how active you are in racing etc. If we think you fit our goals for sponsorship. We will grant you a discount code for products purchased. You can also earn the same bounties as everyone else to even further your discount level. Note we do not sponsor show cars, we are a performance company, we sponsor performance cars. There are minimum exposure requirements for sponsorship, which will be discussed on an individual basis. These programs are in place, and active as of today 09-27-15, please let us know if you have any questions! *We reserve the right to evaluate every entry for validity, and deny bounty claims if we feel they are not legit. Performance bounties are for vehicles with VTT turbochargers, and or VTT accessories. Not VTT accessories only. Any race video we feel shows unsafe racing will not qualify, multiple race video entries are awarded a bounty at our discretion. For the strip the first pass at each ET level will be rewarded, then we will not award a bounty until you reach the next tier. We do not condone or support illegal street racing, all performance bounties are to be performed under safe, and sanctioned racing events to even be considered
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-09-2015, 05:14 PM
    The 2015 Car and Driver Lightning Lap is the best yet as the newest batch of performance cars shaves laptimes around VIR (Virginia International Raceway) to previously unheard of levels. The C7 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 shines in particular with a stunning time second to only one other car. Considering that other car is the Porsche 918 Spyder and it costs over ten times the price the Z06 can be forgiven for not beating everything. The 918 Spyder was tested in last year's Lightning Lap and remains the car to beat. The laptime for the F82 BMW M4 was also set last year but the new 2015 Cadillac ATS-V and the 2015 W205 Mercedes-AMG C63 S both beat it. The 2014 W212 E63 AMG S also tops the F82 M4 showing that on a long track like VIR power certainly helps laptimes. Regardless, the M4 is losing to its main rivals in its class around the track which is disconcerting. The story here though is really the Z06. It beats the McLaren 650S Spider (we would love to see what a coupe could do), the AMG GTS S, and the Porsche 991 GT3. The 991 GT3 RS no doubt will improve on the 2:50.4 laptime of the standard GT3 but likely not enough to catch the Z06 at its absurdly impressive 2:44.6. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mclaren, Dodge, AMG, you name it, nobody touches the Z06 around VIR and it is a manual transmission example making things even more impressive. The McLaren 675LT will likely top the Z06 and the Ferrari 488 GTB will pose a strong challenge but for now the Z06 is king of the mortals and when performance per dollar is factored in it simply is in a class of its own.
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  • Fishayyy's Avatar
    09-22-2015, 09:40 PM
    Fishayyy started a thread M3 Rear End Conversion in N54
    So I've decided that I want to get an M3 3.15 LSD on my car and I need a little help making sure I get all the parts I need so any information people can spare would be great. What I have bought so far is a subframe and differential off a 2010 DCT M3. I couldn't find a complete rear end to buy so I've decided to just use aftermarket everything so if anyone has any ideas on which brands are best I'd appreciate the input. So far here is what I think I need: Custom Driveshaft Sway Bar (Anti-Roll Bar) Axles Brake rotors Wheel Carrier (Upright) Camber Arm (Semi-)Trailing Arm Steering Arm (Toe Control Arm) Wishbone (Upper Arm) Guide Rods
    66 replies | 1652 view(s)
  • fastgti69's Avatar
    09-19-2015, 11:39 AM
    Will 800+ wheel horsepower become the new norm in the N54 world? There are still other issues to resolve before the 800 wheel club becomes something regular (the automatic transmission guys can attest to this) but things are looking very good for guys going the large single turbo conversion route. Ventura Motorsports reached 809 horsepower to the wheels with a Pte Gen 2 6870 turbocharger and the necessary supporting mods. The full details are below straight from the horse's mouth. Simply well done. 861 rwhp remains the overall N54 power record but the race to 900+ is on. Sup guys! Had a chance to meet up with @Terry@BMS today for some testing. Got some great results on both ends! I finally managed to break 800whp in my car LOL! Not a WR, but a personal/BMS record is still good enough for me. This 6870 is one crazy turbo on the top end side. With a few more revs in the rpm range, this turbo is very lethal. I got some baselines for now though, so I will have to open up the exhaust and see what @jyamona Vanos changes will do for this. It's about 500rpm slower spool than the 6466. Mods: VM N54 Top Mount Kit with PTE Gen 2 6870 .84AR BMS/CPE Port Injection Fuel it Stage 3 Dual 450 LPFP with FPR and Return VM Custom Charge Pipe + Tial BOV Spec Stage 3+ Clutch W/ Steel SMFW VRSF 7" Intercooler Anyways, Here is the dyno graph with and without the use of anti lag. You can see it is very promising with over 1k rpm in faster spool.
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  • fastgti69's Avatar
    09-18-2015, 07:14 PM
    Sup guys! Had a chance to meet up with @Terry@BMS today for some testing. Got some great results on both ends! I finally managed to break 800whp in my car LOL! Not a WR, but a personal/BMS record is still good enough for me. This 6870 is one crazy turbo on the top end side. With a few more revs in the rpm range, this turbo is very lethal. I got some baselines for now though, so I will have to open up the exhaust and see what @jyamona Vanos changes will do for this. It's about 500rpm slower spool than the 6466. Mods: VM N54 Top Mount Kit with PTE Gen 2 6870 .84AR BMS/CPE Port Injection Fuel it Stage 3 Dual 450 LPFP with FPR and Return VM Custom Charge Pipe + Tial BOV Spec Stage 3+ Clutch W/ Steel SMFW VRSF 7" Intercooler Anyways, Here is the dyno graph with and without the use of anti lag. You can see it is very promising with over 1k rpm in faster spool.
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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    09-06-2015, 12:04 AM
    Car and Driver Lightning Lap 2015 Corvette Z06 runs 2:44.6 at VIR. Second only to the Porsche 918. Porsche 918 - 2:43.1 C7 Z06 - 2:44.6 Mclaren 650S - 2:45.8 Huracan LP610-4 - 2:47.5 GT-R Nismo - 2:49.4
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2015, 06:11 PM
    The EPA and CARB (Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resource Board respectively) released findings showing that Volkswagen used software to get around emissions standards. Volkswagen is not trying to deny anything and basically admits they got caught. Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn released the following statement: It is typical executive speak where he apologizes for breaking the trust of the consumer and that resolving this issue is a priority. What he really means is he is sorry they got caught and knows a fine is coming. If this was a priority for Volkswagen it would have never happened in the first place. They would have addressed the emissions issues and made the cars compliant instead of trying to find a software loophole. We are guessing that it was simply a business decision in the sense of using software to manipulate things being a cheaper solution to meet the emissions standards than any actual hardware changes. This decision will end up costing them much more in the long run. This issue will cost Volkwagen a bit of money and impact their American diesel business. Their stock price has already tumbled to the tune of losing $16.9 billion in value or 18.1% when the news broke. Ouch. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-23-2015, 06:41 PM
    Congratulations are in order to TPG Tuning who became the first to get the S55 3.0 liter twin turbocharged and direct injected inline-6 from the F80 M3 and F82 M4 into the 10's. This is a car with upgraded turbos from Xona Rotor. The turbo package is called the XGreenBMW and is available for the S55 engine. The best trap speed was 134.2 miles per hour so the fastest record still belongs to Pure Turbos and BMS with a 135.5 miles per hour pass. The quickest record obviously go to TPG Tuning and Xona Rotor with the 10.79 pass. Here is the full spec rundown of the car: So upgraded DCT clutches from ShepTrans along with upgraded axles which means they reinforced the driveline to take the abuse. They state the launch control system from the factory limited them to 1.8X 60 foots but we do not understand why this would be the case. Obviously they are on drag radials. Regardless, they should easily be able to get into the 1.6X range meaning mid 10's are around the corner for the platform. We also would like to see a dyno as far as the power output from the Xona Rotor XGreenBMW turbo upgrade package. Admittedly, we do not know much about Xona Rotor but that they offer a turbo upgrade only for the S55 motor at this time in the BMW world. Clearly it's an upgrade that is working well. Timeslips and video below (both very low resolution for some reason): <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="/121627684602505/videos/vb.121627684602505/813374575427809/?type=3"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite=""><a href=""></a><p>We took our shop M4 to the track this week, and not only did we become the first F80/F82 in the 10s, but we did it 9 times!Best ET 10.79BEST MPH 134.2TPG Race ExhaustTPG Crank Hub KitTPG 1200hp AxlesBurger JB4Burger IntakesXona Rotor Green TurbosShepTrans Upgraded DCT ClutchFactory launch control limited us to 1.8 60s all day, but that will be fixed shortly!Want the same results from your M3 or M4? Give us a call!</p>Posted by <a href="">TPG Tuning</a> on Sunday, September 20, 2015</blockquote></div></div>
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  • MFactory's Avatar
    09-03-2015, 11:24 PM
    MFactory started a thread Electronic Exhaust Bypass in N54
    Hey guys, just putting up an interest/feeler thread to see if this is something that you guys would be interested in. TBH, I've not done enough research into this area to be certain or not whether this would be a popular modification on the BMW, but from what I've seen so far, it seems that a lot of you do actual physical modifications (i.e cut/weld) to achieve the exhaust bypass? being VERY popular in the Ferrari world (which is where my experience with it comes from after installing on my 458), it is basically an electronic controller that piggybacks onto the stock solenoid valve, allowing you to remotely activate/deactivate the exhaust valve either via a wireless controller (included in the kit), or by hardwiring a switch. the system is 100% plug and play and requires no physical modifications, therefore is 100% reversible in case of stealership warranty/servicing. In the case of the BMW's, takes less than 1hr to DIY. the kit is very well tried & tested (as I mentioned, we have been using them on Ferraris for years now) and retails for under $400 shipped. again, this is just an interest/feeler thread. If you guys are interested, I can provide more details. If not, no harm done :) Thanks!
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    09-18-2015, 04:42 PM
    Terry@BMS started a thread JB4 anti-lag on the dyno in N54
    Hey guys, Was able to get together with Payam today for some shake down runs on his new larger turbo. I think it's a PTE 6870 G2. Anyway while it was strapped down it seemed like a great opportunity to play around with the new anti-lag logic. The results were phenomenal especially considering this was done without any extra dyno load applied. We decided to leave power around 800whp given it's a vintage OEM longblock but I can tell by the dutycycle there is a lot more in this thing when he's ready for it! I think he also got a video or two of the runs. Can't wait to see them.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-14-2015, 07:21 PM
    A very nice supercharged E92 M3 S65 V8 versus tuned F80 M3 S55 twin turbo inline-6 highway showdown here. Both vehicles are DCT (dual clutch transmission) models so no gear shifting excuses here. Just a couple nice highway pulls between two closely matched cars. This race can go either way but since the early days S55 tunes for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 have evolved quite a bit. A JB4 tuned F80 M3 last year lost to an ESS supercharged E90 M3. A subsequent race had a JB4 tuned F80 M3 winning against an ESS supercharged E92 M3 DCT. The deciding factor is how aggressive the S55 tune is and what fuel it is running. Piggyback tunes and flash tunes alike are pushing the boundaries further on race gas and ethanol now. The ESS-VT2 650 S65 E9X M3 supercharger kits are usually pushing the high end of boost but so much pulley and file swapping goes on nobody really knows what is truly going on. You can assume that if the cars are meeting to race they both are aiming to be at their best. What one should take away from this is a bolt on F80 M3 is capable of running with a supercharged E9X M3 which is a pretty big deal considering it is far easier to throw a tune on a car than a supercharger kit. Things can go further for the S55 motor in the F82 M4 and F80 M3 with a mild turbo upgrade. For the E9X M3, what it needs is a built motor to go beyond this level but at that point the cost becomes prohibitive. On the stock internal motor if power is the goal the S55 3.0 liter inline-6 will simply make more torque and horsepower with upgrades. A great run with the first pull having the F80 M3 come out on top and the second run basically dead even between the two. A nice follow up to the E9X N54 vs. ESS supercharged E9X M3 video posted the other day. E92 M3: ESS 650 Kit Catless Exhaust GTS Tune 3rd setting 94 Oct F80 M3: Eurocharged tune Catless downpipes Race gas
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  • jyamona@motiv's Avatar
    09-21-2015, 11:00 AM
    jyamona@motiv started a thread MOTIV Kit Incoming in N54
    So I ordered a few items, and wanted to share =) Motiv 750 Kit, ceramic coated Motiv PI Kit, w/ return line and FPR Stage 3 LPFP I will be testing a slightly different turbo than the usual in the 750 kit. It is the Xona Rotor 7865 (rough equivalent to a 6265 in other companies numbering schemes). I think it should be the fastest spooling setup capable of 700-750whp. The XR8267 has made over 800whp. Tuning will be using some new tricks, on stock DME + maxboost, with 3-port solenoid control, load by gear, the Bosch ADV lambda sensors, no shift bog, etc. Stay tuned :dance:
    30 replies | 1448 view(s)
  • Nugs's Avatar
    09-21-2015, 08:49 PM
    Nugs started a thread S55 in the 10s in S55
    From TPG tuning's facebook edit: not sure how to embed facebook video.
    37 replies | 566 view(s)
  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-23-2015, 11:10 PM
    The mounting pressure became too much to bear and somebody had to take the fall. Volkswagen's CEO Martin Winterkorn has officially stepped down. This is a quick turn on his recent apology and reports that he would not resign but needed to get all the facts before proceeding. Well, the fact is, Volkwagen is in major trouble and the trouble is so large it is affecting the other German brands. Winterkorn states he is stunned and wonders how this type of misconduct could take place at Volkswagen. Well, it usually starts at the top when it is on this large of a scale and if Winterkorn was isolated from this and not to blame he would not have stepped down this fast. Especially considering he seemed a bit defiant to the idea to begin with. Don't cry for him, he will get a golden parachute among the millions and millions he already has. In case you are wondering what is going on and why this is such a big deal Volkswagen got caught using software capable of detecting when the EPA and CARB would test their diesels and the vehicles would adjust emissions output to meet federal guidelines. On the road they would pollute up to 40 times more than the legal amount. That is a pretty big gap. Volkswagen's stock already took a major tumble and continues its slide. The loss is so large and the potential fine so big that it has even affected BMW and Mercedes stock as the two brands also took a hit. BMW is down about 5.5% and Mercedes around 6.5% but as this is a fluid situation these numbers will change daily. Porsche and Audi of course are affected as their parent company is losing billions upon billions with no end in sight. In the US roughly 500,000 cars are affected from 2009-2015. In theory this could result in a fine of up to $18 billion if it were done a per car basis as the EPA states it could do. These types of fines are often negotiated down so it is unlikely we will see a fine anywhere near that amount. The fact is VW has already lost that much money and more in its stock tumble alone not to count the legal fees they are about to incur. On top of that Volkswagen will compensate US dealers who have been ordered to stop selling diesels. Who knows what the final tab will be. Now this is where things get interesting as the EPA no doubt will check BMW and Mercedes to make sure they are compliant. These brands have taken a hit simply because a big hit may be coming. Is VW alone in emissions cheating? Let's assume for a moment BMW and Mercedes are found to have also been cheating diesel emissions standards. Billions upon billions will be wiped out from the German automotive industry and future US diesel sales from the Germans will be in jeopardy. They may leave the US diesel market entirely. This is of course a worst case scenario but you can sort of start to understand why the US does not get the high performance European diesel models as just making the economy models compliant is tough enough. Apparently tough enough that some makes decided to cheat the standards. Volkswagen is setting aside $7.3 billion to contain this mess. We wonder if there should also be some blame on the EPA for not catching this loophole years ago. Whoever devised a test that could be beaten with software should of course take some responsibility. Technically, VW did pass the tests. Volkswagen is hiring the legal firm that defended BP. Yes, British Petroleum, during its oil spill crisis. We do not consider this on the level of a disaster decimating millions of fish, birds, other wildlife, shipping, fishing, water supply, etc., that will take decades to recover from if the area ever does fully recover but VW is clearly gearing up for a giant fight of unprecedented scale. Other countries are beginning to investigate Volkswagen as well so even if the US fallout is contained there may be many other countries levying fines should Volkswagen be found in violation of their emissions standards. Is this bad? Yes, it's a nightmare for the Germans. Is it as bad as other major automotive scandals? We do not think so. GM is still in business after the ignition switch recall and that cost dozens and dozens of lives. Fining the world's largest automaker to the point they will no longer be able to conduct business is likely not a good idea for the future of the automotive world or for the future of automotive business in Germany. We will see what happens but this has the potential to get very ugly for a very large amount of people worldwide. The CEO will not be the only person losing their job over this. #dieselgate Statement from the Executive Committee of Volkswagen AG's Supervisory Board In a meeting on Wednesday, September 23, the Executive Committee of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG discussed in detail the manipulation of emissions data of Volkswagen Group diesel engines and came to the following conclusions: 1. The Executive Committee takes this matter extremely seriously. The Executive Committee recognizes not only the economic damage caused, but also the loss of trust among many customers worldwide. 2. The Executive Committee agrees that these incidents need to be clarified with great conviction and that mistakes are corrected. At the same time, the Executive Committee is adamant that it will take the necessary decisive steps to ensure a credible new beginning. 3. The Executive Committee has great respect for Chairman Professor Dr. Winterkorn's offer to resign his position and to ask that his employment agreement be terminated. The Executive Committee notes that Professor Dr. Winterkorn had no knowledge of the manipulation of emissions data. The Executive Committee has tremendous respect for his willingness to nevertheless assume responsibility and, in so doing, to send a strong signal both internally and externally. Dr. Winterkorn has made invaluable contributions to Volkswagen. The company's rise to global company is inextricably linked to his name. The Executive Committee thanks Dr. Winterkorn for towering contributions in the past decades and for his willingness to take responsibility in this critical phase for the company. This attitude is illustrious. 4. Recommendations for new personnel will be presented at the upcoming meeting of the Supervisory Board this Friday. 5. The Executive Committee is expecting further personnel consequences in the next days. The internal Group investigations are continuing at a high tempo. All participants in these proceedings that has resulted in unmeasurable harm for Volkswagen, will be subject to the full consequences. 6. The Executive Committee have decided that the company will voluntarily submit a complaint to the State Prosecutors' office in Brunswick. In the view of the Executive Committee criminal proceedings may be relevant due to the irregularities. The investigations of the State Prosecutor will be supported in all form from the side of Volkswagen. 7. The Executive Committee proposes that the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG create a special committee, under whose leadership further clarifying steps will follow, including the preparation of the necessary consequences. In this regard, the Special Committee would make use of external advice. Further details about this will be decided at the Supervisory Board meeting on Friday. 8. The Executive Committee is aware that coming to terms with the crisis of trust will be a long term task that requires a high degree of consistency and thoroughness. 9. The Executive Committee will work on these tasks together with the employees and the Management Board. Volkswagen is a magnificent company that depends on the efforts of hundreds of thousands of people. We consider it our task that this company regains the trust of our customers in every respect. In a statement, Winterkorn said: "I am shocked by the events of the past few days. Above all, I am stunned that misconduct on such a scale was possible in the Volkswagen Group. As CEO I accept responsibility for the irregularities that have been found in diesel engines and have therefore requested the Supervisory Board to agree on terminating my function as CEO of the Volkswagen Group. I am doing this in the interests of the company even though I am not aware of any wrongdoing on my part. Volkswagen needs a fresh start - also in terms of personnel. I am clearing the way for this fresh start with my resignation. I have always been driven by my desire to serve this company, especially our customers and employees. Volkswagen has been, is and will always be my life. The process of clarification and transparency must continue. This is the only way to win back trust. I am convinced that the Volkswagen Group and its team will overcome this grave crisis."
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-21-2015, 05:51 PM
    Taking a break from our usual seriousness let's start the week off with some cringeworthy automotive humor. It is difficult to even know what to say to this one other than it makes you want to place your head in your palm. On the bright side she looks very good in that dress and no man is interested in her oil changing skills. Maybe in how well she handles a dipstick. You come up with a better pun. <div id="fb-root"></div><script>(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s); if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));</script><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="/niesamowitefilmiki/videos/vb.530456393661052/1043530882353598/?type=1"><div class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"><blockquote cite=""><a href="">Kochanie, dolejesz oleju?</a><p>Kochanie, dolejesz oleju?</p>Posted by <a href="">Niesamowite i zwariowane filmiki</a> on Friday, September 11, 2015</blockquote></div></div>
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  • Evan Patak's Avatar
    09-12-2015, 02:23 PM
    So they don't get lost in the post, here are some videos: Front: Engine Bay/Inlet: Exhaust: After installing my Hexons and working through a few minor setbacks it came time to see how they perform. Thanks to Terry and Steve for their knowledge and support. I am happy to report that my wagon is running strong and I am not plagued with misfires that are so common when the power is cranked up, all systems seem to be strong although my fuel system (Stg 2 LPFP + TBI) is at capacity and the main limiting factor at this time. As a complete package I am very pleased with the performance and driveability, the Hexons are a great match for my 4,600lb AWD daily weapon. Power was never the focus but my "would be nice" goal of 500awhp has already been surpassed but I am most excited with how accessible the power is and how smooth it is delivered. Yesterday I got time on 2 dynos, once was a Mainline and the other a Dynojet. The mainline was a pretty cool setup as it had it's own dyno specific chamber and controlled environment. The owner/operator who is a professional tuner by trade said that this is a top dollar unit costing roughly x3 more than dynojets. Interestingly this dyno has 2 rollers per tire and the rear roller gets fixed at a resistance rate, essentially creating a pivot point for the tire, power is measured by reading how hard the tire is pushing down onto the front roller during the pull. Unfortunately I was unable to be inside the dyno pod while the pulls were made so my videos are terrible and not worth sharing. Mainline setup Mounted Results: Google tells me that Mainline dynos are heart breakers which made my number of 543awhp a pleasant surprise. We took 4 pulls and all were +/- 10hp/tq. My wagon read 88 degrees outside but the dyno sheet shows it was 80 degrees inside during the pulls. Mike at Autowave was tuning this bad-ass project car for one of his customers. A custom twin turbo 2002 with a slew of modern upgrades and carbon fiber, tastefully done with awesome details everywhere, I should have taken more photos, real car-porn material. Front Back (carbon fiber hood) Very tasteful fender flares I loved the BMW Motorsport inspired decals Brembos The owner's brother works for a company that makes carbon fiber knee braces so he helped him build the custom carbon fiber manifold Turbo Hoses silicone, great minds think alike! ;) I was admiring the front turbo and thinking about how accessible it was compared to my E61 and then the shop owner made a comment about how tight things were in the 2002's engine bay. lol Clean! Later in the day I stopped by DSport to get on their AWD Dynojet. Temps had climbed into the low 90s and I think this hurt the dyno numbers as the inside of the warehouse must have been in the mid 90s and the fans were blowing this hot air during the pulls. We took 6 pulls, most were in Map 6 targeting 22psi but I did target 23 psi for one run, unfortunately I forgot to raise the fail-safe from 24 and the JB4 reverted to Map 4 and cut power at 5,600rpm, from what I can tell in the logs things looked good on that pull so it might be something I experiment with in the future. We also did a 22psi pull with the hood open to note any differences. Oddly that run yielded lower power with a very rough delivery, I thought hood open would equal more airflow and more power but I guess the rough air from the fan was detrimental, interesting. I have the .drf files on my computer and downloaded the Dynojet software but am having a hard time loading and viewing the graphs, anyone have experience with this? Luckily I snapped a pic on my phone that can hold you guys over until I get the files to load. Hot warehouse Prep Fitment on point with the tie-down squat! This is all I got for now, not the rough hood-open run, and the 23 target, 24 failsafe run. Numbers Interestingly DSport has a full fledged machine shop with the ability to build motors, they do a lot of R35 blocks. Their tech department is ran by an engineer who came onboard after 20+ years at Cosworth, cool! This is one of their builds, a 1,300hp 8 second R33.... Most everything was built in house.
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  • NniftyFour's Avatar
    09-04-2015, 11:28 AM
    Just a the title says, it seems like XDF development has slowed down a bit. I'm not complaining but rather wondering if there's anything we can do to help Jake and the team. Like perhaps taking the time to try and track down some of the easier (large and relatively unchanged) tables in IJEOS so martial can run his script, or just starting an extended testing team to move through and confirm items quicker. I would also love to poke my head around a more complete damos. I'm not sure what the team had to do to get the newer DAMOS's or if they're willing to share them publically, but I think there may be some lurkers that would know what to do with them and may come out to help if its out there. There's just so many items that could be modified in the damos. Like for instance Canflap operation, O2 sensor emissions monitoring, etc. Items that are good to have but lower priority to the really savy guys that are now analyzing and modifying logic something I don't think I could do personally. But tracking down tables.. I think I could help there, leaving the team to do bigger better things.
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  • triggz's Avatar
    09-14-2015, 01:19 PM
    E92 M3: ESS 650 Kit Catless Exhaust GTS Tune 3rd setting 94 Oct F80 M3: Eurocharged tune Catless downpipes Race gas
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-07-2015, 12:12 AM
    Finally the new turbocharged 991.2 models have been revealed. The Carrera and Carrera S are now officially boosted. The cars both share a 3.0 liter motor as speculated. The only difference between the Carrera and Carrera S motors now is the exhaust, compressor wheels, and engine tuning. Porsche is quite specific about this: So the incentive to go for the Carrera S over the Carrera is the fact the S turbochargers are capable of more power. PorscheBoost stated two months ago this would likely be the case: To further toot our own horn for a second, we were quite close on predicting the power figures: The actual numbers are 370 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque for the Carrera and 420 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque for the Carrera S. Hey, nobody is perfect. We were off by 5 horsepower on the Carrera and Carrera S. The new motors are obviously the focal point here but the Carrera S is 10 seconds quicker around the Nurburgring hitting a ridiculously impressive 7 minutes and 30 seconds. To put this time in context the 997.2 GT3 RS 4.0 laps the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 27 seconds and the Carrera GT did a 7:28 in the hands of Walter Rohrl. The time is so fast for a Carrera S it is almost unbelievable. The styling gets minor changes and thankfully the rear exhaust setup seen on test cars was ditched in production. The Carrera and Carrera S both look fantastic. Well, that is the end of the line for the naturally aspirated Carrera. It was a hell of a run. The new car is a worthy successor and fortunately we have still have the naturally aspirated GT3 in the lineup. The sports car legend enhanced: the new Porsche 911 Carrera New turbocharged engines, an advanced chassis, and new Porsche Communication Management Atlanta, Georgia. Celebrating its debut at the Frankfurt International Auto Show, the new 911 Carrera is taking performance and everyday usability to new heights. Innovative flat-six engines derived from four decades of turbocharging used in racing and on road cars not only make this the fastest 911 Carrera ever, but also provide abundant torque for superior passing power. An advanced chassis offering an even more sophisticated combination of ride comfort and performance characterizes the handling of the new 911. For the first time, rear-axle steering is available as an option for the Carrera S, significantly enhancing its already superb agility. These improvements reduce the lap time on the North Loop of the Nürburgring to just 7 minutes and 30 seconds, making it 10 seconds faster than the previous Carrera S. Many exterior features of the 911 Carrera have been visually refined from new headlights with four-point daytime running lights to integrated door handle recesses, a redesigned rear deck lid with vertical louvers, and new rear lights – including the characteristic four-point brake lights. The new standard Porsche Communication Management system with a multi-touch display offers an expanded range of functions and simplified usability. New turbocharged engines: 20 horsepower increase, reduced fuel consumption The completely new engine generation featuring twin-turbo technology enhances the driving pleasure of the 911 Carrera and provides a 20 hp increase compared to the previous models. The 3.0 liter engine in the standard Carrera now develops 370 hp. Using turbochargers with modified compressor wheels, a model-specific exhaust system, and a different tune for the engine management system, the 911 Carrera S delivers 420 hp from the same displacement. The new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S engines are characterized by significantly increased torque. Offering up to 331 lb.-ft. and 368 lb.-ft., respectively, from 1,700 rpm up to 5,000 rpm, both powertrains supply generous torque over a broad powerband. Reaching up to 7,500 rpm, the new engine generation also maintains relatively high engine speeds for a turbocharged powertrain – accompanied by the familiar Porsche sound. Traditionally, a new 911 offers enhanced performance and efficiency compared to the predecessor. Depending on the model variant, the new engines are almost twelve percent more efficient compared to the previous generation according to the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC). EPA ratings will be available at a later date. The new 911 models also boast impressive performance: the 911 Carrera Coupé with Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono Package sprints from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.0 seconds – making it two tenths of a second faster than its predecessor. The 911 Carrera S with PDK and Sport Chrono Package needs just 3.7 seconds (also 0.2 s faster). Both models reach higher top track speeds: the 911 Carrera is now able to reach 183 miles per hour, while the 911 Carrera S can achieve up to 191 miles per hour. All new Carrera variants are offered with a manual seven-speed transmission as standard. When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the 911 Carrera now comes with a mode switch on the steering wheel, derived from the hybrid map switch in the 918 Spyder. The mode switch consists of a rotary dial with four positions for the driving modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus, and Individual. Depending on the optional equipment installed in the car, the Individual setting allows drivers to configure their own specific vehicle set-up for the chassis, Auto Start/Stop system, PDK shifting strategy, and Sport Exhaust System. On models equipped with the PDK transmission, the mode switch has a "Sport Response" button, which pre-conditions the drivetrain for maximum acceleration. A standard feature: reengineered PASM with chassis lowered by ten millimeters The uniqueness of the 911 Carrera stems from its ability to blend refined everyday comfort with exceptional performance. On the new generation, Porsche has increased the dynamic capability even further than before. The revised PASM chassis (Porsche Active Suspension Management), which lowers the ride height by ten millimeters, is a standard feature. It helps improve driver control during fast cornering. New shock absorbers enhance comfort thanks to an even more precise response characteristic and improved body control during spirited driving. New standard wheels with five twin spokes are equipped with tires that offer reduced rolling resistance and enhanced grip. Furthermore, the width of the rear rims has been increased by 0.5 to 11.5 inches on all variants. The rear tires of the 911 Carrera S now measure 305 instead of 295 millimeters in width. Rear-axle steering is available as an option for the 911 Carrera S, adopted from the current 911 Turbo and 911 GT3. It further enhances the turn-in behavior of the 911. Additionally, it increases driving precision when changing lanes at higher speeds. At the same time, it ensures greater maneuverability in city traffic thanks to a turning radius that is 1.6 feet smaller than without this option. The improved handling is transmitted to the driver via the new steering wheel generation with a design based on the steering wheel from the 918 Spyder. For enhanced everyday practicality, Porsche offers an optional electro-hydraulic lift system with lifting cylinders that are integrated into the front axle struts. At the touch of a button, the ground clearance at the front axle is increased by 40 millimeters within 5 seconds. This is particularly useful when clearing speed bumps or steep driveways. New Porsche Communication Management including online navigation A standard feature of the new 911 Carrera models is the newly developed Porsche Communication Management System (PCM), including an online navigation module. The PCM can be operated by multi-touch gestures on the seven-inch display, similar to a smartphone. Handwritten user inputs are recognized. Mobile phones and smartphones can now also be connected via Wi-Fi. Also new is the option of connecting an iPhone® to the PCM to utilize Apple CarPlay™. Real-time traffic information is available for significantly enhanced navigation. It gives the driver a quick overview of the traffic situation and guarantees dynamic adaptation of the route to this information. Google® Earth and Google® Streetview are also being integrated for the first time to offer better orientation. Porsche Car Connect and the Connect Plus module can be used for remotely controlled vehicle functions, transferring destinations to the PCM for navigation and streaming music using third-party service providers via the PCM. New and extended optional assistance systems The 911 Carrera also offers enhanced active safety through new and improved assistance systems. Post-collision braking is a standard feature, and the cruise control now brakes moderately when the pre-set speed is exceeded, for example when driving downhill. The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) option has been upgraded with a coasting function in conjunction with the PDK transmission. The optional Lane Change Assistant monitors traffic approaching from behind with radar and uses LED lights to the left and right of the mirror triangle to warn the driver of vehicles in the blind spot. Market launch in March 2016 The new Porsche 911 Carrera models will be launched in the United States in March of 2016. Manufacturer's suggested retail prices start as follows: 911 Carrera $89,400 911 Carrera S $103,400 911 Carrera Cabriolet $101,700 911 Carrera S Cabriolet $115,700 40 years' turbo experience in motorsport and series production At Porsche, innovations and developments that have proved themselves under extreme racing conditions benefit production models, too. Testing in motorsport ensures the performance and resilience of the new engines for production sports cars. In the development of turbocharged six-cylinder flat engines Porsche can look back on more than 40 years of experience. For example, turbocharging with a bypass valve was first used in 1972 in the 917/10 racing car before entering series production in 1974 in the first 911 Turbo. In 1974, charge air cooling was also first introduced in the 917/10. In 1977, this technology then celebrated its premiere in the 911 Turbo 3.3. Further milestones in the development of turbo engines include sequential turbocharging with two consecutive chargers (for the first time in the 959), twin-turbo charging with two parallel chargers (for the first time in the 911 Turbo, type 993) and adjustable intake valves (for the first time in the 911 Turbo, type 996).
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  • sdg1871's Avatar
    09-16-2015, 05:12 PM
    The Porsche 991 Turbo and S models have a bit of a heat soak issue that Porsche has yet to comment on. Tuners have noticed this issue rear its ugly head especially when the 991 Turbo is pushing higher boost than stock and being run hard. The solution is the Champion Motorsports intercooler upgrade. PorscheBoost member @sdg1871 has been waiting for some time for this upgrade and the revised GIAC ecu tune that accompanies it after he noticed significant power loss on his car. Well, the results are in and very strong. How about 550 wheel horsepower and 559 lb-ft of wheel torque with the new GIAC tune and the upgraded intercoolers which is a gain of 29 whp and 44 lb-ft of wheel torque over the OEM intercooler setup with a GIAC tune? Further details from @sdg1871 below. This week, Champion Motorsports installed its new upgraded intercoolers and the GIAC Stage 2 plus tune to match it. While I won't post the dyno graphs of my car until Champion formally releases its upgraded intercoolers with the GIAC stage 2+ tune I will share key facts. We also found out that the IPD Y pipe will not fit the Champion IC kit and that the FVD headers I was going to install in the car made it LOSE power according to the testing on Champion's dynojet dyno. My car, which was the Europipe exhaust with 100 cell cats -- as opposed to Catless -- gained, in peak horsepower and torque, 30 wheel horsepower and 44 lbs ft of wheel torque on 93 octane pump gas. Had I used race gas such as MS109, it would have gain approximately an additional 25 wheel horsepower. But that alone does not tell the whole performance story. Specifically, there are points in the rev range where the gap between the horsepower and torque produced by the new ICs and GIAC stage 2 plus tune and the GIAC stage 2 tune is as much as 50 wheel horsepower and 64 wheel torque in my car. That is huge. Also, as I had hoped for, the gap between the power produced by this new GIAC stage 2+ and the stage two is quite large at the higher RPMs. This is clearly, as GIAC promised, the Stage 2 plus tune not aggressively dialing back boost and timing and high rpm's as it does with the stage 2 tune and stock intercoolers to protect the intake air temperatures from getting too high. Champion did not get a chance to test the Tubi catless race exhaust on my car versus my Europipe with high flow cats because they didn't have one in stock. That is a test I definitely want done. As to whether my car's heat soak at events is gone I will take it to events and let you know what happens. On pump gas of 93 octane, the Champion development 991 Turbo S, which has the Tubi hatless race exhaust, produced about 10 more wheel horsepower and 35 lbs-ft more wheel torque than car which is equipped with the Europipe exhaust with 100 cell high flow cats. So it looks like the cats are costing 10 wheel horsepower and 35 lbs-ft of wheel torque but that is only an approximation because Champion did not dyno my car with the Tubi catless race exhaust because none where in stock. While at Champion I rode (as a passenger) in a Tubi catless race exhaust equipped 991 Turbo S with these exact mods during its shakedown ride to ensure that the mods were function correctly. There is no question that the Europipe exhaust is quieter in terms of sound levels but still lets you hear turbo and wastegate noise and popping in sport and sport plus on letting off the gas. The Tubi catless race exhaust is much louder on cold start up and its popping/backfiring in sport and sport plus when you let off a hard throttle is significantly louder than Europipe. The IPD Y pipe does not fit the Champion ICs unfortunately. We tried it in my car and the carbon tubes exiting the Champion ICs do not fit the IPD Y pipe. So my car did not get the IPD Y pipe installed. My car has the IPD plenum and that fits just fine. I also had Champion install a set of FVD headers (I picked up these on my own used: champion did not sell them) and dyno hem. Unfortunately they lost both power and torque relative to stock headers. And they lost massive amounts of horsepower and torque at lower-midrange RPMs. Needless to say I am not using them and went back to stock headers. To me those headers do not work well with a GIAC tuned/Champion intercooled 991 Turbo S. I have no idea if they would work better in a car with different mods. In terms of the number The FVD headers dropped from stock headers in both peak wheel horsepower and peak wheel torque -- drops of 7 wheel hp and 14 wheel torque. But the bigger story is that there are very large drops from stock in the lower part of the rev range. For example, at 3850 RPMs the FVD headers made 32 less wheel horsepower and 44 less wheel torque than the stock headers. I will post the Dyno graph as soon as champion makes its formal release of its intercoolers with GIAC stage 2+. The reason is that the graph with the stock headers is my car is with the stage 2+ and the Champion intercoolers. I am really glad I sent my car down to Champion Motorsports. They are among the best in the business in the Porsche world. If I were out west I would have used GMG Racing or HG Motorsports. If you want the most power it pays to work with a tuner rather than just an installer. Not only did they test the headers as I asked them to but they worked with GIAC to created a custom tuned version of the Stage 2 plus tune for my car which was the product of dyno testing and datalogging my car that produced one more wheel horsepower and 10 more lbs ft of wheel torque than the standard out of the box GIAC Stage 2 plus tune produced in my car. So my conclusion is that the results were excellent but the real proof will come at events. Dyno: Here is the dyno graph of my car with the Champion intercoolers and GIAC Stage 2 plus (the blue line) versus the stock intercoolers and GIAC Stage 2 (the green line). Both dyno pulls were on 93 octane. All other mods on the car were the same: Europipe exhaust, IPD plenum, BMC filter, Champion race diverter valves.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-30-2015, 12:33 AM
    The heads continue to roll at VW with R&D chiefs at Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche joining the recently deposed CEO. Their names respectively are Heinz-Jakob Neusser, Ulrich Hackenberg, and Wolfgang Hatz. They all formerly served at Volkswagen and all are big names who are being forced out over the Volkswagen diesel scandal. More details continue to emerge as to why Volkswagen did what it did by using an ECU 'cheat code' so to speak to beat US emissions tests. The reason is that it would have cost Volkswagen $335 per vehicle to refit the cars with an AdBlue Urea injection system to clean their emissions. Volkswagen chose the software approach to save money instead. That is what brings Bosch into the picture as Bosch supplies the engine management systems that Volkswagen used to skirt the tests. Bosch of course claims they only supplied these systems that could be programmed to beat the EPA for testing purposes. They also claim they warned Volkswagen not to use software that could beat tests. Nobody at Bosch knew what software Volkswagen was using for years? Sounds like Bosch is already in protect their own behinds mode as they supplied the software VW needed to beat the tests. Cost cutting is the cause of this whole mess. $335 times roughly 500,000 affected US cars is $167,000,000. That is not chump change but it sure beats losing billions upon billions. There will be those who point out this software is in 12+ million cars worldwide but again not all countries have the same emissions standards so not all cars would require the AdBlue Urea system. Even if they did we are talking about roughly three billion dollars. Still six times less than what was wiped out from VW's stock in one day. Greed is certainly to blame here. Now what about the other German brands? Audi uses many of the same motors with the same software so they are pretty much screwed too but we all already knew that when Volkswagen itself was caught. Now we see how Mercedes, BMW, and suppliers such as Bosch make it out of this. German magazine Autobild says the BMW X3 xDrive 20d emits more than the legal amount of pollutants in Germany. Autobild's own test is not the same as a test by a government agency and BMW quickly denied Autobild's report. BMW's stock price still took a 10% hit based on the report. There is currently no proof BMW did anything wrong but BMW's stock continues to tumble. You can see how Volkswagen has the entire German automotive industry in turmoil right now. It does not end here. BMW diesels will be scrutinized by government agencies worldwide as will Mercedes. The extent of the role Bosch played has yet to be determined. Volkswagen also needs to make the cars compliant so whether they wanted a hardware solution or not they will now have to shell out for it at a much greater cost. This is nowhere near over.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-17-2015, 02:03 AM
    RW Carbon produces a variety of carbon fiber aero pieces for various BMW models (and other makes as well). This particular photo shoot of their pieces on a BMW F82 M4 for some reason caught our eyes. The parts definitely look good and they are not over done or over the top. They just fit the car well. Kind of like how well that black bra fits the model. Let's be honest, the pieces are great but the blonde in the two piece and heels is what really gets your attention first. Once you're done looking at her check out the parts. These guys are producing reasonably priced pieces that flow very well. Current Carbon Fiber Modifactions: Performance Style Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler Performance Style Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser Performance Style Carbon Fiber Trunk Spoiler Carbon Fiber License Plate Cover Gloss Black Double Slat Grilles Carbon Fiber Mirror Covers M Performance Side Skirt Extensions Customer RWCARBN License Plate
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