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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-04-2016, 05:22 PM
    BimmerBoost often criticizes BMW engine swaps but those swaps criticized do not utilize BMW powerplants. This one on the other hand does and the result is absolutely awesome. Who needs to stick yet another LS V8 under the hood of a BMW when the S63 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 exists? It seems this Russian owner agrees as he built one of the most amazing swaps BimmerBoost has ever written about. An S63 V8 under the hood of this 1-Series alone would be incredible but on top of that this E82 1M gets an all wheel drive system. Will that add considerable weight? Sure, but it will also help put down the immense torque the S63 V8 is known for especially in tuned form. Now the exact details are somewhat difficult to come by as Google Translate is not a professional translator. It seems this project originally started as an E82 1-Series which received a S65 V8 swap from an E92 M3. Since then the bodywork was converted to a 1M and painted yellow. Then the S63 V8 (the motor and transmission was taken from an E70 X5M) was swapped in. Enjoy the build photos below and hopefully we get more information on this car. <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" 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% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); 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="" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A video posted by Sheff140 (@sheff140)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2016-08-28T19:20:31+00:00">Aug 28, 2016 at 12:20pm PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//"></script> <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" 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:28.125% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); 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="" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A video posted by Sheff140 (@sheff140)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2016-08-19T12:32:07+00:00">Aug 19, 2016 at 5:32am PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//"></script>
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    09-08-2016, 12:51 PM
    $134,200 for a performance car with an emphasis on track performance better result in impressive track performance. The M4 GTS makes a big statement with its MSRP but does not back it up where it matters. As a matter of fact, the Ford Mustang GT350R and the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE both top it around Laguna Seca. This measured result is from MotorTrend's own testing. The M4 GTS laps Laguna Seca in 1:37.66. The Shelby Mustang GT350R is 1.6 seconds quicker. That is an eternity. It's long enough to do the math as to how much money someone buying a Shelby GT350R at $62,070 saved over an M4 GTS. What makes this truly spectacular is not only is the Mustang half the price it has a naturally aspirated high revving engine. Ford is beating BMW at their own game with a hand tied behind their back. Honestly, as a BMW M fan forced to sit back and watch the as M division chokes from spending so much time sniffing their own farts this is highly satisfying. Is it a wake up call to BMW? It should be considering that not only did the M4 GTS get obliterated by the Shelby GT350R the $44k Camaro SS 1LE edged the M4 GTS as well. What is the 1LE? Just an option package for the Camaro: Camaro SS 1LE Highlights 6.2L LT1 V8 rated at 455 horsepower, and 6-speed manual transmission (automatic transmission not available) Magnetic Ride Control Segment-exclusive electronic limited-slip differential with 3.73 ratio Unique forged-aluminum wheels with 285/30ZR20 front tires and 305/30ZR20 rear tires Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires with a compound and construction developed exclusively for Camaro Brembo brakes with new 6-piston monobloc front red calipers and 2-piece rotors Track cooling package with engine oil, differential and transmission coolers Suede steering wheel with shorter-throw shifter Dual-mode exhaust system RECARO front seats with aggressive bolsters optimized for shifting and steering comfort Satin black hood, front mirrors and unique 3-piece rear spoiler Available Performance Data Recorder What is the point of a $135k+ M car built for the track that can not top anyone in its price range let alone cars at a fraction of the cost? The M4 GTS does not need to be a world beater (like the cheaper Viper ACR) but it needs to be better than this to be taken seriously. Does anyone even take the M division seriously anymore? We will have the full results when MotorTrend posts their 2016 Best Driver's Car videos but it's clear that not only does the M4 GTS not live up to the hype, it's an abject failure.
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    09-01-2016, 09:32 PM
    The problem with dyno records is that different dynos read differently. For this reason the Dynojet has become a sort of standard for power records. Now, is this technically an N54 stock turbo power record? Yes. Was it achieved on a Dynojet? No. Will the numbers change on a Dynojet? Yes. They could go up or down but based on previous Dynocom results seen it is more likely to see them go down. Regardless, stock turbo records do not mean much in an N54 tuning era where people are trying to hit 1000 what the wheels. It still is of course impressive to see this kind of power from the stock N54 turbochargers and how far stock turbo tuning evolved. Congrats to BimmerBoost member @hydra on the numbers but a Dynojet for context would be great to truly be able to claim a record. Impressive output nonetheless. Mods: AFe Momentum GT N54 intake MMP stock location inlets Wagner Evo2 Competition FMIC Custom-made Chargepipe incorporating a single Evo X metal BOV Generic catless DPs Magnaflow full exhaust system with catless midpipes Stock LPFP fuel pump Stock TMAP sensor Stock outlets and no meth kit Car has just under 38k miles on it and is running 100% stock, never touched, never removed turbos... Running 80-something % WGDC at 6500rpm... Running 116+ octane gas and plenty of timing
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    09-14-2016, 06:56 PM
    This is a great comparison to really see how cars perform. This is not mixing and matching Nurburgring laptimes from different days with different drivers and cars set up differently from their production counterparts. What we have here is as close as we can get to an honest track comparison from the major publications. What do we learn? That the BMW F82 M4 GTS again is beaten soundly by the Mustang GT350R. Honestly, enough about the overrated M4 GTS. The Mustang GT350R is a better driver's car even for the same money. At less than half the price it is not even a discussion. What else do we learn? That the Viper ACR is the baddest car on the planet. Seriously, Ferrari can pack their crap up and go home. That the brand spanking new twin turbo 488 GTB is trounced by the Viper that Ferrari actively holds back is poetic justice. The Viper ACR delivers a giant American middle finger pointed directly in the direction of Fiorano. Suck it Ferrari. Anything else? Well, the Camaro SS 1LE is soundly beaten by the BMW GTS showing the GTS on a big track like VIR (Virginia International Raceway) can simply use its power to make up for its other deficiencies. The main disappointments though are the Lexus GS-F and Audi R8 V10 Plus. 3771 pounds for the R8? Ouch. It gains quite a bit of weight over its Huracan sibling. It also is beaten by the cheaper Camaro SS and Porsche Cayman GT4. The Lexus GS-F brings up the rear (but ahead of the Audi TTS) because that is exactly where it should be and where it deserves to be. The standout other than the Viper ACR is really the Corvette Grand Sport. To be a tenth of a second off the Porsche 991 GT3 RS is incredible. Honestly, it is highly commendable. GM deserves a ton of credit for packing so much performance per dollar into the Corvette. Porsche even with all their fancy technology and a car at more than double the price can not pull ahead. Time for a GT2? Here is the full list of laptimes and the historical comparison although many of the previous laps are before a repaving of VIR so this is not exactly apples to apples. Videos of the laps and a list of vehicle weights from lightest to heaviest are below. Lap Times: 2:44.2 2016 Dodge Viper ACR 2:45.1 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB 2:47.0 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2:47.1 2017 Corvette Grand Sport 2:47.4 2016 McLaren 570S 2:50.2 2017 Acura NSX 2:51.8 2016 Mustang GT350R 2:52.9 2017 BMW //M4 GTS 2:54.0 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 2:54.8 2017 Chevrolet Camaro V8 1LE 2:56.1 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus 3:01.9 2016 BMW //M2 3:03.5 2016 Dodge Charger Hellcat 3:03.9 2016 Focus RS 3:04.0 2017 Chevrolet Camaro V6 1LE 3:05.9 2016 Lexus GS-F 3:07.7 2016 Audi TTS Curb Weights (pounds): Porsche Cayman GT4 - 3058 Porsche 911 GT3 RS - 3155 McLaren 570S - 3189 Audi TTS - 3223 Viper ACR - 3400 Ferrari 488 GTB - 3428 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport - 3445 Ford Focus RS - 3451 BMW F87 M2 - 3455 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE - 3516 BMW F82 M4 GTS - 3538 Ford Mustang GT350R - 3718 Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE - 3743 Jaguar Project 7 - 3766 Audi R8 V10 Plus - 3771 Acura NSX - 3854 Lexus GS-F - 4132 Dodge Charger Hellcat - 4564 Tesla Model S P85D - 5010 Historical Data: Videos:
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    09-18-2016, 08:53 PM
    Well, the F80 M3 is in the 10's on the factory turbochargers. This car has bolt on modifications and Toyo R888 rubber. Thanks to a solid 1.656 60 foot the car broke into the 10's in the 1/4 mile running 10.900 @ 125.34 miles per hour. Another pass on a slightly worse 1.670 60 foot resulted in a 10.982 @ 128.25. What is the mod list? FBO (full bolt on) + Methanol AWE heat exchanger E30 fuel BMS JB4 Toyo R888 Evolution of Speed intercooler Nothing crazy there just typical bolt ons for the BMW turbo world. It was obvious the F80 M3 and F82 M4 could run 10's it was just a matter of someone launching well enough to get there. Congrats to Mike_f80nyc and well done.
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    09-25-2016, 01:32 AM
    How does almost 800 wheel horsepower sound from a 6 speed manual N54 with VTT GC turbos? Pretty nice, right? VTT hit 765 whp at 29.3 psi of boost but of course you can run less boost pressure. 28.5 psi resulted in 740, 25.4 psi in 693, and 22.8 in 655 to the wheels. Complete details below form @Chris@VargasTurboTech Hey guys, We got the white car (6MT) back up and running strong and thought we'd revisit some GC numbers for your viewing pleasure. Car specs: Built Short block Stock head with bad valve guide seals GC turbos BMS DP's Custom Exhaust dual 3" into 4" Shotgun Single Barrel VTT Rear Silicone intake Custom VTT front intake VTT DCI Custom VTT Catch can set up EOS Intake manifold with built in PI Custom LPFP set up 100% E85 for fuel MHD tune by V8bait FLASH ONLY ADE Intercooler AEM AQ1 data logging set up with Dual EGT, Dual BP, Manifold Pressure, FMIC In / out temps 6MT (4th gear logs) Numbers: Now, on to the numbers. Note that we're referencing boost from the AEM logs (screen shots attached) in lieu of MHD reading it in the charge pipe, which isn't accurate. The AEM map sensor is calibrated and tested to be accurate. Datazap of course references the MHD values for those who care. 765 was made on 29.3 psi at redline 740 was made on 28.5 psi at redline 693 was made on 25.4 psi at redline 655 was made on 22.8 psi at redline Dyno Charts 765 whp dyno: 740 whp dyno: All four runs: AEM Screenshots: 765 whp: 740 whp: 693 whp: 655 whp: These numbers speak for themselves, but any comments from competitors or their pawns about these reaching a bottle neck around 650 whp should be recognized as the marketing gibberish that it is. These turbos are veryefficient. 600 wtq at 3500 rpm and no wheel spin on the dyno! Datazap links: 765WHP - 740WHP - 693WHP - 655WHP - MHD Logs: 2016-09-23 09_22_23_VTTGC_IJE0S_N20_RUNFILE_4_765WHP.bin.csv 2016-09-23 08_49_49_VTTGC_IJE0S_N20_RUNFILE_2_740WHP.bin.csv 2016-09-23 09_54_15_VTTGC_IJE0S_N20_RUNFILE_6_693WHP.bin.csv 2016-09-23 09_43_22_VTTGC_IJE0S_N20_RUNFILE_5_655WHP.bin.csv Video:
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    09-06-2016, 04:31 PM
    So far there is only this teaser photo to go on but it's a hell of a teaser. This is a top mount single turbo E92 M3 S65 V8. The fabrication work was done by JC Fabworks. This is the first and only top mount single turbo S65 V8 that exists and Gintani told BimmerBoost a top mount single turbo setup could not be done. Gintani is the only other tuner bringing an S65 V8 turbo kit to market but their setup is a more traditional bottom mount twin turbo design. It has also been in development forever and still is not on the market. BimmerBoost sampled the Gintani twin turbo setup way back in 2014 and it is supposed to go on the project M3. It is great to see competition and another option on the market. There are many question marks however such as pricing, power, tuning, etc. How much boost? What turbo? What fuel? Who is tuning it? What is the cost? When will it be available? A teaser photo does not answer these questions. Formula Autohaus states this kit will be available for sale through their Las Vegas location. We await further details but congratulate them on doing what many said was impossible.
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    09-21-2016, 08:41 PM
    There is no stopping the Viper ACR. It is a track animal bent on destroying whatever dares come across its path. The M4 GTS? The Shelby GT350R? The Porsche 911 Carrera S? The new Acura NSX? The McLaren 570S? All simply lambs led to the slaughter. Emphasis on slaughter. Just look at what the Viper ACR did around Laguna Seca in the hands on Randy Pobst: 1. Dodge Viper ACR - 1:31.58 2. Audi R8 V10 Plus - 1:34.23 3. McLaren 570S - 1:34.58 4. Mercedes-AMG GT S - 1:35.30 5. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R - 1:36.11 6. Acura NSX - 1:36.36 7. Porsche 911 Carrera S - 1:36.44 8. Nissan GT-R - 1:37.08 9. BMW M4 GTS - 1:37.66 10. Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE - 1:37.78 11. Jaguar F-Type SVR - 1:38.75 12. Aston Martin V12 Vantage S - 1:41.77 It is almost a full three seconds faster than the next car up which is the Audi R8 V10 Plus. That is a beatdown. The Viper ACR is just on another level and it's amazing this car does not get more respect. Now, it is interesting to contrast MotorTrend's results at Laguna Seca to Car and Driver's results at VIR (Virginia International Raceway). The R8 V10 showed very weakly in Car and Driver's hands yet it is the second quickest car here with Randy Pobst at the wheel. When we say Car and Driver's hands we mean their staff who simply is not on Randy's level when it comes to driving prowess. Car and Driver's Lightning Lap is a good comparison but it is not as scientific as MotorTrend's (which also isn't perfect) due to taking place on multiple days with multiple drivers. MotorTrend uses Pobst at Laguna Seca with the cars running on the same day. That is a big difference. As is the fact VIR rewards power in the lap time more than the shorter and tighter Laguna Seca. What do we learn? That the M4 GTS get its ass handed to it by the Mustang GT350R yet again. It loses at VIR, it loses at Laguna Seca, and it is simply safe to say the GT350R is the superior track performer anywhere. Yes, at a fraction of the price. When you bring the M4 GTS asking price into the argument the car looks like a joke. Is its laptime respectable? Sure, if beating a Camaro SS that comes in at less than 1/3 of the money by a tenth of a second is respectable. The AMG GT S is cheaper, the 911 Carrera S is cheaper, the Nissan GT-R is cheaper, the Mustang GT350R is cheaper, and the Viper ACR is cheaper. What do they all have in common? They are all better performance cars than the M4 GTS. The Mercedes-AMG GT S deserves honorable mention beating the stout GT350R as well as the incredible new Porsche 911 Carrera S. Considering the GT S is not even anywhere near as hardcore as the GT model line gets, that is impressive. Enjoy the videos of the laps below with impressions from Pobst. The winner of the competition will be announced shortly. If we were to guess, the Carrera S is the favorite.
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    09-20-2016, 04:40 PM
    This is the same BMW F80 M3 that recently broke into the 10's on the factory S55 turbochargers. In case you were wondering what kind of power it took to get there here is the answer. 585 horsepower at the wheels along with over 600 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. It looks like two different maps were tested as on the lower power figure runs the peak torque is substantially higher. Unfortunately, the full graphs are not posted so we can not get a look at the entire curve. Perhaps @Mike_f80nyc can post them. Still, impressive numbers. Especially the torque figures topping over 600 lb-ft at the wheels with a JB4 and methanol on the stock turbos. To BimmerBoost's knowledge, these are the highest power and torque figures from the factory turbos with bolt on modifications. FBO (full bolt on) + Methanol AWE heat exchanger E30 fuel BMS JB4 Toyo R888 Evolution of Speed intercooler
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    09-27-2016, 09:00 AM
    Now this is a hell of an achievement. To put it into perspective this is power equal to a built motor ESS VT3 supercharger setup except achieved on a stock internal S65 V8 and with far more torque. Quite simply, turbos are far better for the S65 V8 platform than centrifugal blowers. Why? Greater efficiency and less stress. Rather than manually spinning an impeller and increasing stress on the front of the motor the exhaust gasses are doing the work but you already knew turbos were more efficient. In the S65 V8 application you get the benefit of being able to push harder in the power and torque department on the stock internals. 708 wheel horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque at the wheels are stock internal S65 V8 records: No doubt 100% E85 fuel helps here as well. The fuel system is upgraded for this of course. What turbos and how much boost? A pair of GT3076's at 11 psi of boost. These turbos obviously can be pushed much harder but the question would be how much further before the engine let's go? Who wants to find out? Just look at the curve. It's a thing of beauty. Yes, it is purposely tuned to not have a huge torque hit down low (they considered other turbochargers for this application) and offer nice and flat torque delivery once spooled until redline. Just imagine what a built motor curve with double the boost pressure will look like. This is also tuned on the stock DME as well which is truly remarkable and shows considerable skill and experience with the factory ECU. The S65 V8 turbo era is officially here.
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    09-21-2016, 10:44 PM
    It's been quite a while since the E92 M3 was discussed. Where we last left off the vehicle was making more power and torque than any E9X M3 in the world and setting records. As a quick refresher, the car featured a built 10.0:1 compression motor with a sleeved S65 V8 block and a Vortech YSI blower. Yes, this build has taken years. Through the missteps, mocking, long nights, fabrication, tuning, and records set the S65 engine platform was pushed very far forward despite how uncooperative it is. Let's not forget this car made more torque than anyone else has up to today: And it also set the E9X 1/2 mile record with a 173.07 pass. This angered a lot of people in the community and let's just be honest ESS-Tuning in particular. ESS with their 'record setting' VT3 car at the same event as the M3 could not even get close to its trap speed. At a subsequent event where the M3 did not run ESS and the VT3 owner cheated by backing up as far as possible to get a running start to inflate the trap speed. It took them several manipulated tries like this but finally they eked out a trap speed a mile per hour higher. Yes, they cheated, because that's what it is and that is how these people are. They actually take pride in posting contrived records. This is all being mentioned to show you just how hard the car was pushed and what took place. The stock trans slipped as you can see in the dyno with the Vortech YSI at 18.5 psi of boost. If it held, just do the math. Even with 'only' 554 lb-ft of torque at the wheels well before the torque peak this is still the torque record today on the S65 platform. Do the math for the redline: 8400 rpm x 554 lb-ft / 5252 = 886 wheel horsepower. A conservative 886 mind you as the torque is still rising as the YSI really hit its sweet spot toward redline. It's a real shame we never saw a clean Dynojet run but the fact is nobody else was within 150+ whp of this car. Unfortunately, Dodson at the time did not have the DCT transmission upgrades available it does now and Kris Gagnon at SSP (South Side Performance) screwed this project over delaying it by over a year with his inability to deliver a working product and misleading me while utilizing my transmission as a model to get discs made overseas he could sell and now does sell. Showing this person's true colors will come in another article at a later date. So what happened? We pushed too hard on a platform BMW cut costs on. The fact of the matter is the S65 V8 is a weak design for boost unless tremendously reinforced. BMW loves to tout how light the motor is and how it is lighter than the iron block S54 it replaces despite offering more displacement and being a V8 but the S54 block is not only stronger it is built better. The S65 aluminum-silicon makeup while being light is very weak. Combine this with tight bore spacing, little to no material to work with, and a poor oiling system resulting from cost cutting going from the S85 V10 oiling system to the S65 V8 and you get a cheap, mass produced motor. The goal is quite simply to build it as cheaply as possible while still making it past the warranty period. Ask E9X M3 guys who did not get their bearings replaced and now are paying the price how they feel about BMW engine quality. It's amazing BMW gets away with this. While many things in this motor were upgraded and it handled more than anyone had ever thrown at the S65 we simply went too far because the goal was not to manipulate circumstances to set some bogus records that idiots on forums slurp up but to raise the performance envelope to unforeseen levels. No, it was not a tuning issue. Look at the pictures of motor below. The pistons look practically brand new. The problem was that the main bearings spun: Why? Tons of stress. A Vortech YSI is a monster blower that requires a ton of power to spin. This was not a build with a new crank as the displacement was kept the same. Increasing the boost only exacerbates problems. Things could have been done slightly differently to get it to work but you're always going to be putting more stress on the motor with something like a YSI at high boost than a V3si with low boost. Just the pulley setup alone is completely different and further off the front of the motor which doesn't help reduce various stresses. The other issue is the block flexing. My engine was built quite strong but in order to install sleeves you have to remove material. The idea is the sleeves add material and while the cylinders may be stronger the block as a whole becomes compromised due to how fragile it is to begin with. The block will not be sleeved this time around. Instead, Gintani advocates using a bedplate/brace. AMS does something similar with their GTR builds: AMS uses a billet aluminum piece but Gintani will be using a chromoly piece to brace the block: This should mitigate flex but additionally by switching to turbos stress on the motor is reduced as a whole. It will be possible to make more power at less boost without needing to manually turn a blower. A huge difference in efficiency alone with increased reliability. Furthermore, the factory crank will not be utilized. A new custom forged stroker crank will also take much more abuse than the factory piece: You will notice the stroke is 76.5mm which is a minimal increase over the factory 75.2mm stroke. This is not about displacement gains but simply increased strength and rod to stroke ratio. Technically, yes, it is a stroker build but you will notice those who went big on a stroke increase in the past and tried to add boost ended up with blown motors. That happened for a reason. What else does this build entail? - Mahle pistons - Ferrea intake and exhaust valves - Forged rods - WPC main bearings - BE rod bearings - Two turbos (specs will be provided later) - Welded and machined heads - Dodson build DCT trans - Water/meth - Upgraded fuel system - Carbon driveshaft - Upgraded oiling system - E85 tuning - Gaskets, fluids, etc. When we get to the tuning portion further details will be posted at that time. For now, stock DME tuning is looking likely but the Syvecs S65 standalone may be incorporated. To those who have supported this project and understand the work involved to push a BMW to these levels and that everything does not always go as planned, thank you. To those who have not I'd like to point out not only is bigger than ever before but things will only continue to get better from here on out.
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    09-14-2016, 02:21 PM
    Just a quick pull by a single turbo BMW 335i against two very fast cars. The BMW is running a Precision 6766 turbocharger at 34 psi on C16 leaded race fuel. This is a 6-speed manual transmission car and the owner states it is probably making close to 800 at the wheels. The Mustang GT has a On3 Performance twin turbo kit and is somewhere in the 750 wheel horsepower range. The MKIV Toyota Supra is a single turbo conversion with 700+ horsepower at the wheels. The 335i gets an early lead but the Supra and Mustang claw back hard. They both pull past but the Mustang is ahead. The cars are fairly close to one another but considering the 335i on paper has the power advantage it is somewhat odd it gets pulled up top. A nice pull regardless with some fast cars. 335i specs: 6766 1.15 ar 34 psi c16 6mt
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    09-05-2016, 04:58 PM
    516 rear wheel horsepower is an incredible number when you factor in this is naturally aspirated horsepower from a 5.0 liter S85 V10 motor. In other words, over 100 wheel horsepower per liter. Evolve's tuning is displaying incredible efficiency out of the vaunted V10 BMW M powerplant. What are the modifications? Evolve Alpha-N tune Evolve long tube headers Supersprint full exhaust Eventuri intake Underdrive pulley 93 octane pump fuel 516 rwhp Dynojet standard correction Kind of makes you wish BMW stuck with the motor. With a pair of turbos the sky's the limit.
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    09-01-2016, 03:23 PM
    It seems there are companies who are very serious about setting some impressive N54 times. AD Engineering is one of those groups and they had DSS (Drive Shaft Shop) make a custom set of 8.8 inch axles with the goal being 1000+ lb-ft of torque handling capability. That shouldn't be a problem: AD Engineering's @andy_divers looks ready to break some records: This drag racing season should prove interesting.
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    09-28-2016, 06:13 AM
    The N55 motor is coming into its own. After years of hiding in the N54's shadow the BMW N55 3.0 liter I6 turbo motor is earning respect. Just look at what Enzo Performance with their single turbo kit using a Garrett GT3586 turbocharger is getting out of the motor. 632 horsepower and 525 lb-ft of torque at the wheels: Yes, that is with port fuel injection. Keep in mind this is hardly the end of the line as they are achieving these numbers on 25 psi of boost. Further details below. Sorry for the delay. Just gathering all the bits and pieces of the kit we need to get these rolling out. For starters we have been getting a lot calls regarding how our kit compares to other "bolt-on" stock replacement turbochargers. The very simple response is it doesn't, in anyway. 1. For starters our package removes/disables the electronic waste-gate(EWG), factory Diverter Valve and MAF sensor. Our unique ECU Calibration allows for a CEL Free operation, no drive-train malfunctions, no faults with added use of a TiAL wastegate and an optional TiAL BOV. The ECU calibration allows for a MAFless operation that now uses speed density (MAP Sensor). 2. Our Tubular Manifold utilizes a V-Band flange. Making switching turbine housings possible along with changing complete turbo assemblies, GT30,GT35,GT40 etc. Did we mention our manifold is completely designed and fabricated in house. 3. The Garrett 3586 included in our kit comes alive at 25 psi (it can operate upwards up to 40 psi) 4. All oil and coolant lines are custom assembled in house using only the best AN hoses and fittings. We decided to go with AN due to the reliability and flexibility of changing line configuration depending of vehicle model. 5. At low boost (16-18psi) we experienced 560whp, 26psi psi, 632whp. With proper fuel, ignition, clutch, engine upgrades power levels closer to 750-800hp are completely possible. Our kit will include the following. -3586 Ball Bearing Turbocharger -Enzo Performance Tubular Manifold -Custom Coolant and Oil Lines/AN Fittings -Custom downpipe/Wastegate dump and hardware -Enzo Performance Custom ECU Calibration. -TiAL Wastegate and optional BOV -Custom Charge and intake Piping with High Flow Air-filter. -Hallman-Pro Boost Controller with Vacuum fittings and Lines We are limiting our Group Buy purchase price to the first 20 participants. We already have a few names on the list so please email if you are seriously considering our package. Current group buy pricing will begin at $7685. Expect that number to approach closer to $9650 when the group buy is over. For any questions please give us a call 631-920-6699 or email us today. We look forward to pushing the N55 platform, please join us Oct 2nd Sunday BBQ for a more in depth look into our turbo kit. Recommended supporting modifications. -Port injection -Enzo Performance TiAL BOV kit -Upgraded In-tank E85 Fuel Pump -JB4 For logging and Map switching @info@enzoperformance
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    09-05-2016, 10:34 PM
    The Liberty Walk widebody kits seem to go on cars where owners do not care about performance. They seem to care more about drawing attention however they can get it. This car definitely screams for attention and it probably gets it from people who don't know anything about cars anyway. Is this car riced out a bit so to speak? The giant wing, the yellow headlights, and the idiotically angled exhaust tips just make the car look like it's trying too hard. Throw the Liberty Walk widebody on top and you have a car that is best left parked rather than driven. It is supercharged which is probably a good thing to try to overcome all that aerodynamic drag the owner added. The best looking area is the wheels. It's just unfortunate the beautiful Strasse Forged SM7 rims are forced to be a part of this build. Enough of this Liberty Walk garbage already. Forged Wheel Specs: SM7 Deep Concave FS -Matte Black Centers -Gloss Black Lips -Gloss Black Barrels -Hidden Hardware -Weight Reduction Pocketing 19×10.5 | 19×12 Tire Specs: Toyo Proxes R888 Front: 265/35/19 Rear: 305/30/19
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    09-03-2016, 02:51 PM
    This is just a teaser preview but it gives you an idea of the capability of the M156 with turbochargers. Eurocharged released information on development of this twin turbo M156 setup a couple months ago and BenzBoost was able to obtain a dynograph. The specs are as previously stated: The engine is a built M156 (6.2L). - Custom CP Pistons (lower compression than stock) - Carrillo Rods - Custom ARP Head Studs - SLS Black Series Valve Buckets - CNC Ported Race Heads - 650cc Injectors The turbos are Precision GEN2 PT6062 CEA - Dual Ceramic Ball Bearing - 60mm Compressor Wheel - 66mm Wastegate Outlet - T3 V-BAND Flange - 3" Turbine Inlet Housing This was supposed to be a one-off design but due to the interest Eurocharged will produce a twin turbo kit for purchase. What can it do? Well, at only 5.2 psi of boost on pump gas how does 681 horsepower and 613 lb-ft of torque at the wheels sound? Now imagine the race gas figures on high boost. BenzBoost will be bringing you those soon of course. For now, Eurocharged continues to work on the kit and the tuning.
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    09-14-2016, 05:42 PM
    Fast Intentions has an exhaust system for the 2016 on Infiniti Q50 Red Sport powered by the 3.0 liter twin turbo VR30DDTT V6. The vehicle is rated at 400 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque stock and as the baseline dyno shows it is considerably underrated. Completely stock on pump gas it puts down 379 wheel horsepower and 356 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. With the Fast Intentions Exhaust that goes up to 386 wheel horsepower and 373 lb-ft of torque. Add in the downpipes and that rises to 393 wheel horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. Those are very healthy gains for just exhaust changes without a tune. Oh, and it sounds great too. Listen to the video below.
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    09-17-2016, 10:31 PM
    This is the quickest F22 2-Series and likely the quickest BMW N55 powered F-Series. This of course is an all wheel drive F22 M235xi which certainly helps explain the great elapsed time. 11.282 @ 126.58 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile on a 1.771 60 foot is an awesome result. It's quick and it is fast. Here is the mod list: 2015 M235xi Enzo Flash JB4 PDU PI Fuel It LPFP Pure Stage 2 Hi-Flo GFB DV N20 TMAP ATM FMIC Enzo DP ER CPs Tuningwerk Exhaust The port injection obviously is helping with the fuel delivery as the Pure Stage 2 N55 upgrade is going to require quite a bit of increased flow to see its capability. The question now is, can this car break into the 10's?
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    09-24-2016, 01:42 AM
    With MotorTrend wrapping up their Best Driver's Car 2016 competition having all the cars together provides for a great opportunity to do a big drag race. They have been doing this every year for the past six years following the competition and who can blame them for the extra content? Obviously, some of these cars are more at home on the roadcourse (*cough* Viper ACR *cough*) than the dragstrip and that should be the focus but this drag race is undeniably fun. While they call this the world's greatest drag race (such creative self-promotion guys) it does not take place on an actual prepped drag strip. They use the tarmac at the defunct El Toro airbase in Irvine, California. This surface does not lend itself well to the rear wheel drive cars and MotorTrend doesn't seem capable of putting on the world's best roll on race to get both perspectives. Ok, ok, enough nitpicking but it is important to highlight the conditions in a drag race. They throw in a Charger Hellcat and cut the Aston Martin (lame) for good measure and we're off. No surprise that on the dusty old runway the all wheel drive vehicles lead of the line. Now, as this is not done a dragstrip do not take these 1/4 mile times as representative of what you can hit on the strip. They are timing the cars electronically and the times are inflated due to this. We have yet to see a stock Huracan or R8 V10 Plus top 130 in the 1/4 mile on the dragstrip. Now, due to the traction issues let's list the cars in order of trap speed to truly get an idea of who is the fastest in a straight line: McLaren 570S - 132.0 Audi R8 V10+ - 130.3 AMG GT-S - 126.7 Viper ACR - 124.7 Acura NSX - 123.6 Nissan GT-R - 123.4 Jag F-type SVR - 122.7 Porsche 911S - 120.5 Shelby GT350R - 118.9 BMW M4 GTS - 118.8 Camaro 1LE - 114.2 The 570S is the real straight line champ and if you actually properly launch it you will watch it destroy an R8 V10 Plus in a drag race.
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    09-27-2016, 07:11 AM
    Another day, another 10 second S55 powered F8X BMW. This one is an F82 M4 with the Xona Rotor S55 turbo upgrade. The S55 engine tuning is a hybrid piggyback and ECU flash setup with a BMS JB4 in conjunction with flash dyno tuning from Precision Tuning. The result is 4 consecutive 10.9 second passes at the ATCO drag strip in New Jersey. Let's go over the modifications: Xona Turbos JB4 Precision Tuning Custom Tune & Flash by @kbaldi29 AEM Meth Kit Dodson Sportsman Clutch Packs DSS 1200 hp axles ER Downpipes ER Chargepipes Maximum PSI Intake Mickey Thompson ET Street S/S 305 35 18s. These modifications result in 648 rwhp and 653 rwtq: Congrats to @NJ-M4 on the consistent 10 second performance but he no doubt is concerned about the S55 crank hub issue. Thus far, he has avoided any problems.
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    09-23-2016, 06:42 AM
    There are turbo upgrade options out there in the AMG 5.5 liter V8 world. Most of you know about them and they are solid options but there is no true value option. Well, Pure Turbos decided to enter the M157 market with an upgrade for the OEM turbo housings. What is the pricing? How much power? These details are not available yet but will be soon: The main thing to take away here is that more competition is a good thing and Pure Turbos will likely offer the best turbo upgrade value in the segment.
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    09-13-2016, 05:23 PM
    The main standalone option for N54 enthusiasts is the box Syvecs is developing. BimmerBoost reported the Syvecs developments last year but Syvecs has not launched their N54 standalone. While they have completed the S65 work the direct fuel injection system utilized on the N54 complicates things. There may be competition from Syvecs in this area from Motec. Apparently Motec has solutions employed on the N54 that can drive Piezo injectors: Bimmerboost member @Flinchy contacted Motec and they stated they might have something on the market in roughly six months but that was back in 2014. Apparently, they are still working on it. In the N54 world a six month timetable can quickly turn into a year or more so we will have to wait and see what, if anything, develops. Still, having Motec involved certainly is promising.
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    09-13-2016, 04:01 PM
    The idea of a German Viper has always intrigued BimmerBoost. The S85 V10 from the E60 M5 would make the Z4 exactly that. Well, someone in Germany took the idea a bit more literally and swapped in a third generation Dodge Viper 8.3 liter V10 motor into a Z4 Coupe. How freaking cool is this? It's also for sale for roughly 49,000 Euros so any German readers might want to jump on it. The transmission is a T-56 manual and the claimed weight distribution with the V10 is 51% front to 49% back. Curb weight is stated to be 3082 meaning the V10 isn't much of a compromise. If anything, this Z4 now has the big balls that BMW never would have given it. It would be great to get a video of the beast in action but much respect to the work involved and this engine swap. Motor: Dodge Viper SRT-10 Hubraum: 8,3 Liter Leistung: ca. 550 PS Drehmoment: ca. 750 Nm (90% davon ab 1.500 U/Min.) Getriebe: Tremec T-56 6-Gang Leergewicht (trocken): 1398 kg Gewichtsverteilung: 51% vorne 49% hinten (mit Beifahrer fast genau 50%) Bremsen: Brembo 6 Kolben vom Audi R8
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    09-24-2016, 04:55 PM
    We all know the Tesla Model S P100D is quick off the line. GPS test numbers showed 0-60 in 2.5 seconds and 0-100 in 6.5. The 1/4 mile trap speed on the VBOX used for the GPS numbers showed 124.5 GPS trap speed timing often inflates trap speeds versus real world drag strip numbers. That is the case here. The Tesla is still fast but on an actual strip runs 10.825 @ 122.93. The Huracan manages 10.843 @ 127.23. The two cars and very close and it really comes down to reaction time for the win. The Tesla is hard to beat right off the line but you can see just how much harder the Huracan is pulling past the 1/8 mile. From a roll, the Tesla has no chance. Certainly impressive performance from the P100D but it is a bit of a one trick pony.
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    09-08-2016, 04:11 PM
    The BMW M4 GTS is a colossal disappointment so maybe a BMW M2 CSL to try to right the ship is not such a bad idea. The F87 M2 is not exactly light or very fast to begin with. If BMW were to pay attention what the L in CSL stands for they might be able to finally produce a lightweight modern track car. Do not get your hopes up. This is BMW we are talking about and you should prepare for disappointment. Unless BMW were to actually produce an M2 CSL that shaves 300 pounds off the curb weight, achieves perfect 50/50 balance, improves the engine, upgrades the brakes, and makes communicative steering and driver interaction a priority above all else. Is this an M2 CSL in the video? Maybe. Is it just a test mule for a Performance Package? Maybe. Is it nothing? Maybe. Nobody knows. If BMW tried to top the lofty bar set by the E46 M3 CSL they could be on to something here. They could also overprice this car and underliver just like the M4 GTS. No doubt internet speculation will run rampant until an official BMW sources confirms a CSL model is being developed or not.
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    09-04-2016, 05:56 PM
    That driver's championship chase is as tight as it can possibly be. Only two points separate Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. With a 1-2 finish and Rosberg taking first place picking up 25 points to Hamilton's 18 for second place things are getting uncomfortably close for the Mercedes teammates. Naturally, it's a fun battle for the fans to watch. Rosberg started second on the grid and thanks to a great start moved up to first but Hamilton started poorly and fell several spots. He was not able to work his way back to the front although he did work his way back to second place. The team summary and results are below. McLaren Button lost six places and dropped to the back of the field at the start, but used his tyres effectively to battle back up the order. He even caught and passed his team mate on lap 44, as Alonso struggled with tyre wear. The Spaniard opted to make a late stop for fresh rubber, sacrificing track position but helping to secure the fastest lap of the race. Fernando Alonso, 14th “We didn’t do a perfect race today – we made some mistakes here and there, including having a problem in the first pit stop, when the green light didn’t work. We lost a little bit of time there which probably compromised the stint. “We didn’t really have the pace to be in the points today, so finishing 11th or 14th didn’t really make much of a difference. But at least we finished the race on a positive note, by setting the fastest lap. “We fitted new tyres for the last two laps and I just went out and maximised the grip. It doesn’t make for much difference – it’s only good for the stats – as we were basically never in the running for points today. “This was a circuit where we always knew we wouldn’t be competitive, but I think good times are coming our way from now on, as most of the remaining tracks on the calendar should better suit our car.” Force India Perez and Hulkenberg both opted to stop twice and had reasonably quiet races in the midfield. Perez on older tyres was unable to keep a charging Verstappen behind in the closing stages, but both came home in the points for the third race in a row. Sergio Perez, 8th “I didn’t really enjoy myself out there today: it was a fairly lonely race for most of it, but at least it gave me a chance to look after my tyres. I think we got the maximum result we could hope for because we didn’t have the pace to achieve more. We tried an aggressive strategy, with a very early second stop, to try and cover Verstappen, but it turned out to be too early and in the end we had a lot of pressure from Massa. It was very important to keep in front of him and bring home as many points as we possibly could. We always knew it would be a challenging race and it’s shown that we need to keep working hard. I think we can fight back strongly in Singapore because it’s a very different kind of circuit compared to Monza and we’ve performed well on street circuits so far this year.” Nico Hülkenberg, 10th “My initial start off the line was okay, but Max in front of me really bogged down so I had to react and turn around him. That really hurt my traction and I lost all the drive going forward, which is why I lost a few positions. Later in the lap, I was side-by-side through turn four with Felipe and was on the outside line for turn five. Felipe jumped over the kerb, gave me a little hit, and pushed me wide on the exit, allowing Fernando to get ahead. So it was not a great first lap. Then, in the first stint, it wasn’t easy to overtake and I was stuck behind Fernando until the first pit stop. The second half of the race was actually quite lonely for me, but the damage was done by losing so much ground on lap one. So I’m slightly disappointed with the outcome because I believed we would be more competitive here. We need to learn the lessons, understand where we can improve and come out much stronger in Singapore.” Haas A poor start by Gutierrez dropped him back to 18th place, and although he did well to battle up the field, points were never likely from that moment. Grosjean was the only driver to manage a one-stop strategy using just the supersoft and soft tyre, and despite significant tyre wear defended well in the final laps to keep hold of 11th place. Romain Grosjean, 11th “To be fair, I think we were just lacking a little bit of speed in the race to make the points. We tried a very aggressive one-stop strategy. I had a bit of graining on the softs in the first stint through those last few laps. That cost us a few seconds, but I don’t think I could have gotten the 12 seconds needed to get to P10 in the end. That was about the maximum today. We just need to learn what we can do better for the next race. I’m now looking ahead to Singapore. It’s one of the best races of the season.” Esteban Gutierrez, 13th “It was a very disappointing start to the race losing a lot of positions. It was very tough to recover, but I did my best. I struggled in the first stint with the overall pace, starting with the scrubbed tires from qualifying and fighting with people which were on new tires. It wasn’t very easy, but we kept ourselves together and pushed really hard to recover everything we could, but what we lost in the beginning was too much to get back to where we started. Now we’ll look ahead to Singapore and we’ll be focusing on that to come back stronger.” Red Bull Verstappen had a poor start and was down to 11th on the first lap. He did well to battle back up the field into the points, keeping his nose clean in the process. Ricciardo had a good day at the office - the Mercedes and Ferraris were out of sight but a good turn of pace on the supersofts meant he was able to catch and pass Bottas in what was the overtake of the day. Daniel Ricciardo, 5th “You hope for a podium every race but realistically, coming here, we thought Ferrari would have an edge on us. We also thought Williams and Force India would be strong and we targeted fifth place. I just missed out yesterday in Qualifying but managed to make it happen today and for us to finish in fifth and seventh represents Championship damage limitation here at Monza. I was pretty close to (Valtteri) Bottas in the middle of the race and knew I could race hard from that position. It was a really enjoyable overtake (on Bottas). I have a three hour drive home tonight and didn’t want to spend the whole journey regretting not trying it. He is a fair racer and had seen me in the mirrors so I knew he wouldn’t turn in, so I had a go. It was great fun and felt nice to come from so far back and make it stick. We altered the strategy a bit which meant I had the supersofts on at that stage, so great work by the team to give me the chance to make the move. Our performance so far this season and the result we have achieved here makes me really excited heading into Singapore where I think we can challenge for the top spots.” Max Verstappen, 7th “I went into anti-stall at the start. I don’t know what happened there so I have to analyse that. After that it was just very difficult, because you have to push harder on the tyres to get past people and that compromises your strategy, but in the end our last stint was very positive. I think we did the best we could with the tyres we had so we can be very happy about that. The car behaved very well today even though this track is not our favourite. We’re definitely looking forward to Singapore and hopefully we can put in a strong performance there.” Christian Horner, Team Principal “We knew coming to Monza that this would be the most challenging circuit on the calendar for us. This weekend was all about trying to limit the damage and I think we’ve optimised our performance today with two very strong drives from our drivers. After a difficult start for Max, who got an anti-stall, he recovered extremely well to finish seventh, and Daniel finished well in P5 after an outstanding passing move on Valtteri Bottas. To be leaving Europe 11 points ahead of Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship heading to circuits that hopefully suit our strengths more than here, means this has been a positive weekend.” Renault Palmer collided with Nasr on the second lap, losing his front wing in the process. The Brazilian was deemed culpable, but that made little difference to the Briton - he made it back to the pits but had sustained too much damage to continue. Magnussen at least saw the chequered flag, having spent most of the race keeping Ocon company at the back of field. Kevin Magnussen, 17th “My start was okay but there were incidents everywhere… I had a better start than the Saubers ahead of me, which meant going around them, then another car on the grid. After that, I was able to build-up the momentum into turn two but had to avoid a spinning car by going on the grass. From then on, it was a quiet race with just a bit of early action with one of the Manors. It’s a shame that we didn’t get a good result today but we still learn more about the car every weekend and this race was no exception.” Jolyon Palmer, DNF “I had a really good start and made a lot of positions. I was alongside Nasr through turn one with no problem then he decided to run me off the road in turn two. I can’t explain why he did that or imagine what he was thinking. I went as far off the track as I could without risking a spin from the gravel and he still made contact with me. There was no racing room and both our races ended way too early. For me I feel I’m driving better than ever and I’m hopeful that will show in Singapore.” Fred Vasseur, Team Principal “After the promise of Spa, Monza proved to be our toughest challenge of the year. Jolyon made a fantastic start but was robbed of the potential to improve further by the actions of Felipe Nasr, who was punished for the incident. Kevin did what he could in a car which was clearly not suited to Monza. We knew this season would be tough and this weekend was particularly so. The positives are not easily seen on track but rather lie in all the hard work going on behind the scenes in Enstone and Viry and we know that in 2017 we will be far stronger. Our immediate focus is now on Singapore where we should show better performance than here.” Toro Rosso Kvyat didn't make it to full distance, pulling into the pits and retiring with technical issues. Sainz at least did finish but on a track not expected to suit the STR11, he was a lap down in a distant 15th. Toro Rosso can take heart from the way Sainz battled with Gutierrez and Wehrlein in the opening stages though. Carlos Sainz, 15th “I think we tried everything we could today to make it into the points, but when you just don’t have the pace, it’s impossible. We had decided to go for a one-stop strategy and at one point it looked possible, but in the end I was losing too much time so we had to pit for a second time… Not the ideal race, but all I can say is that we extracted the maximum out of the car today and in the end a P15 was the most we could achieve. Here the car behaved better than last week in Spa, so this is something positive for us – the last three races have been very tricky, racing at very power-dependent circuits, and this has made it very difficult to fight… Hopefully in Singapore this situation changes a bit and we can get back to where we deserve to be.” Daniil Kvyat, DNF “Not the race we wanted. We had an issue with the floor, which got damaged after Turn 1, as I was sandwiched by a few cars, and we therefore lost a lot of downforce… A part from this, the battery was also constantly overheating, so we decided to retire the car. We knew it was going to be difficult here, but it’s a shame to have to end my race early… We just need to be patient and hopefully the next tracks will suit us better.” Franz Tost, Team Principal “As we could expect after yesterday’s qualifying, we had a difficult race… Nothing happened in front of us and, because of the fact that all the cars in front of us finished the race, we didn’t get the chance to score any points today. We called Daniil in as, in addition to a damaged floor, there was also a problem with the battery, which was overheating. There was absolutely no chance to score any points so we decided to retire him to save mileage on the engine. Regarding Carlos, he drove in the best possible way under these conditions and finished in P15. After Spa and Monza, we now look forward to Singapore, where we hope to finish within the points again.” Williams Bottas looked extremely racy in the first ten laps, keeping a much quicker Hamilton at bay with some superb defending. Once Hamilton made it past, he kept hold of fifth position for much of the race until being outdone by Riccardo on the faster tyre. Massa took advantage at the start to work his way into the top ten, thus ensuring a double points haul for Williams - helping the team move back ahead of Force India in the constructors' standings. Valtteri Bottas, 6th "I was personally expecting a bit more from today. I set myself a target of finishing on the podium, but we didn’t quite have the pace which meant that I had to push the tyre a little bit more in every stint just to secure my position on track. This meant that towards the end of the stint I was struggling a bit. The pure pace wasn’t there today, but overall we leave Monza with a positive result for the team, taking back fourth place in the Constructors’ Championship.This gives us a bit of confidence and shows that we can definitely keep hold of fourth if we keep doing the right things." Felipe Massa, 9th "I think it was a good race apart from the fact that we didn’t have the pace we expected to have with the option tyres. My race started after I changed on to the supersoft tyres and my pace was really good. If I could have got a bit more out of my tyres then it could have been better but I’m pleased that we managed to get enough points to take fourth place back in the Constructors’ Championship." Rob Smedley, Head of Performance Engineering "I think that was pretty much the most we could achieve today. We stopped a little bit early with Valtteri but the strategy played out well. Ricciardo got us at the end but he had been quite a lot quicker throughout the race and was right up behind Valtteri, but we did what we could to race him. It would have been nice to have held on to fifth but we just didn’t have the pace over the Red Bull. With Felipe, we went into the race planning a one-stop, but stopped earlier to cover Hulkenberg and then tried to keep Felipe out as long as possible to try and chase Perez at the end. The qualifying tyre we put on for the final stint was better than we expected and with one more lap we may have been able to gain another position with Felipe. Overall, in terms of strategy, pitstops, and how we operated as a team we managed the race well and it is satisfying to reclaim fourth in the championship." Sauber Nasr tangled with Palmer on lap two, an incident that left both drivers limping back to the pits with damage. Despite being handed a time penalty for causing the collision, Nasr never had the opportunity to serve it as his stricken C35 was soon retired. Ericsson had an entertaining four-car battle with Button, Gutierrez and Magnussen but never had the pace to stay in contact and came home 16th. Marcus Ericsson, 16th “It was a decent race. It is surely disappointing that we could not fight for points higher up in the midfield. It feels like we have taken a step forward compared to the race weekends before the summer break, but we are not where we want to be yet. Monza is unique in terms of the track characteristics with it being a high-speed circuit. The track in Singapore requires much more downforce, so it will be interesting to see our potential there in regards to our package.” Felipe Nasr, DNF “It was a disappointing early end of the race for me. Again I had quite a good start, moving up four positions. It is a shame we had to retire the car after the collision with Joylon (Palmer), as the damage was not repairable. I hope we will have a trouble-free weekend in Singapore.” Monisha Kaltenborn, Team Principal “We had a difficult race, which was again unlucky for Felipe as he had to retire due to an accident. This incident was not his fault, so we do not understand why he was penalised. Marcus did his best and put in a good performance. This weekend should encourage us that we are able to finish races higher up if we could get the most out of qualifying.” Manor Yesterday it was Ocon who suffered electrical issues, today it was the turn of Wehrlein to have reliability problems as he was ordered to an urgent stop by his engineers at half distance. Ocon finished, albeit two laps adrift of the leaders. Esteban Ocon, 18th “The objective was to take the chequered flag, but in a much stronger position. It was a long, tough Grand Prix from where I started. We were on the Medium tyre for a very long stint – 32 laps - and none of the opportunities that we hoped might change the face of the race happened. At the end, on the Soft tyre, we were really on the limit. So it’s good to finish, especially after the problem for Pascal’s car. That’s two race distances with a lot of learnings about the tyres and managing races, but now I’m ready to use that experience to fight for something more. I think we were capable of much better here, so it’s a shame. “The last two races have had their difficulties, but they were also my first two races in Formula 1. I achieved my dream in Spa, after a long road to get here, and when things did go our way this weekend, we saw that the car is improving, same for me. I’m disappointed today, but I’m looking forward to better things in the seven remaining races. It will come good for me soon.” Pascal Wehrlein, DNF “Pretty disappointed, of course. When I heard my engineer telling me to “Stop the car. Stop the car”, I couldn’t believe it. I had to check what I was hearing. Of course, it was for good reason, to protect the car, so I knew what I had to do – I just didn’t want to believe it, I guess. “The team is making really positive steps with the car, though the positive signs must make today’s retirement all the more tough to take. Splitting two McLarens in qualifying, the expectation that you can fight for Q2, if not higher, and fending off the competition in qualifying and in the race. “Yes, today’s situation is difficult to take, knowing what is possible from the car and having pushed so hard all weekend again. But I know the team will want to sort the problems out as quickly as possible; it’s disappointing for everyone and we can’t afford for a good result to get away from us again if we are to protect our position in the championship. We’ll come back fighting in Singapore, a race I’m really excited about. I hope we can make it happen for us there.” Dave Ryan, Racing Director “A tough day at the races, and not one we want to repeat any time soon. “We came to Monza with high expectations and as demonstrated by Pascal’s qualifying performance it’s fair to say that this was justified. However, we were let down by reliability on both cars at various times over the event and as a result suffered the consequences. “Both Pascal and Esteban have been brilliant all weekend and are obviously frustrated that we have let an opportunity pass us by, but at the same time they appreciate it is a team sport, collectively we are Manor Racing, and on that basis we move on, lessons learned and looking forward to the next race in Singapore.” Mercedes A poor getaway from Hamilton at the start cost him a chance of victory. Down to sixth, he spent his early laps battling past Bottas and Ricciardo. By the time he was up to second, Rosberg - who enjoyed a clean start - was already ten seconds down the road. The German was never troubled, picking up a serene first win at Monza - and closing his championship deficit to Hamilton to just two points. Nico Rosberg, 1st "It means so much to me to win here at Monza. The crowd were unbelievable over the entire weekend and especially during the podium ceremony. This win is incredibly special for me and standing up there and singing with thousands of people gave me goosebumps. The race went perfectly for me and after a good start I was able manage the gap between myself and the car behind. Our car has been amazing this weekend and I extend a massive thank you to the whole team. I'm looking forward to Singapore, which was our weakest race last year. Hopefully we've learnt lessons from 2015 and we'll come back even stronger!" Lewis Hamilton, 2nd "It's tough to take when you lose a race because of such a poor start. From there it was just about managing the tyres during the first stint and I was delighted to get back up to second after the first stop. I kept pushing as hard as I could and came within 15 seconds of Nico when we crossed the line. I'm happy with my performance this weekend but after such an incredible qualifying day yesterday it was disappointing to be unable to capitalise. I'm sure we'll work on what happened at the start between now and Singapore." Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport "First of all, a pretty perfect afternoon for the team in terms of the end result, with a 1-2 finish in front of an amazing Monza crowd this afternoon. The decisive moment was clearly the start: as Lewis dropped back to P6, Nico was able to take the lead and that set the pattern for their races. Nico did everything he needed to in just the right way: he managed the pace, kept the tyres in great shape and delivered a perfect one-stop race. As for Lewis, it was a balancing act for him as soon as he went into recovery mode: he needed to make the stint lengths in order to stay on the one-stop strategy but also fight his way back through. He judged it to perfection and limited the damage in terms of the points situation. As for the start, we obviously changed the rules this year in order to make the process more manual and more variable, and we are seeing that play out. When you start from the front row, poor starts are more visible and good ones not so obvious, so we need to be careful jumping to conclusions. Lewis said on the radio that it was his fault but he also followed all his procedures in a good way - it's simply not an easy thing to get right and there are a lot of different factors at play. But there is no blame game: we will come together, analyse everything, learn our lessons and keep on improving so we don't find ourselves losing places off the line. But looking at the big picture, we have a perfectly balanced championship battle, with two points between Nico and Lewis after 14 races. The pendulum will keep swinging back and forth to the end of the season, I am sure; it will give us some more grey hairs but I think it will be a great fight for the fans to watch." Paddy Lowe, Executive Director (Technical) "Congratulations to Nico on his first win here at the Italian Grand Prix. It's an incredible experience to win here, at one of the most iconic venues on the Formula 1 calendar, and the crowd always comes out in force. It was a very controlled drive from Nico as it was difficult to manage the one-stop strategy and make the two tyre sets hold out for the necessary number of laps. For Lewis, the start was clearly a bad one as he went from 1st to 6th before the first corner and that made it extremely difficult for him to compete for the win. He completed a perfect recovery drive to get back to 2nd though and, with his fighting spirit, he didn't give up on the win until it was clearly impossible. Clearly we need to analyse what happened to Lewis at the start and do better next time. After such a great qualifying lap yesterday we all share Lewis' disappointment that he lost position. It's fantastic to get the 1-2 here today and it's been a sensational performance all weekend from the drivers, race team and the team back at Brackley and Brixworth." Ferrari Both Ferraris got the jump on Hamilton's slow moving Mercedes at the start, but on a two-stop strategy they couldn't keep him behind after the pit stops. Nonetheless, they weren't challenged by Williams or Red Bull and came home an encouraging third and fourth. Kimi Raikkonen, 4th "I think that today we were closer to our rivals than we expected after qualifying. Obviously we were on different tactics, but we did the correct things, the right choice with tyres and the fastest race we could. We had a pretty good speed but we were not fast enough for gaining a better position. Fourth position is not exactly what we were looking for, but this is not the easiest circuit for us against the Mercedes, and we did our maximum. With Sebastian we were more or less driving behind each other and when you race against your teammate there's not much that you can do, we both know what the other guy is going to do. After the start it was a bit tricky, I got close after the first pit stop, but then he was able to pull away. In the last few weekends it seems that we are going in the right direction, now we have to keep trying and improving doing our maximum. Every race is a different story, a small mistake here and there from somebody might give us a chance, who knows.." Sebastian Vettel, 3rd "Of course I am very happy for all the team. It is a very special race for us, to stand on the podium here in Monza, is just great. But for sure you are always aiming for the top step, so well done to our rivals, they have been in a league on their own in the race. Yet, we tried our optimum, this is the perfect result for us, the whole weekend has been very smooth, no issues with the car. We brought an engine update, so grazie anche to the guys at Maranello, for their support. I feel things are changing: it will still take a little bit, but we are heading the right way. And on a day like this, you realize that life is to enjoy, to get so much support is just unbelievalble. I feel we have the best fans in the world, it is difficult to find the right words. This podium here, it's not the Adriatic sea, it is the sea of tifosi.. We had a rough season, we had high expectations, we have put ourselves on high pressure, we have also done mistakes, but the most important thing is that we stay a team, that we stay together. We have a lot of races ahead, we know we have a good car, unfortunately not yet quick enough for being able to say, here 'we have the best car', but I am sure that one day we will be." Maurizio Arrivabene, Team Principal "Today we did our best, especially at the start which was very good. We chose the fastest possible strategy for the race, trying to achieve the best possible result. It was a good race, but of course we would have liked to do much better, as a way to pay back our fantastic fans who never failed to give us their support and were always close to us, in particular here in our home race at Monza. The team worked well and unitedly, both here and in Maranello, and we've seen some positive signs. Now the focus has already shifted to the next round at Singapore."
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    09-20-2016, 03:33 AM
    Performance SUV's are popular and BMW loves producing as many SUV variants as possible to pad the bottom line. An X7 is on the way for this reason and BMW plans to create a 2018 X3 M model launching next year. Many of you have seen the spyphotos of this model testing. The X3 M will go head to head with the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 AMG. As the AMG M177 twin turbo V8 packs some serious muscle BMW will need the S55 motor out of the F80 M3 and F82 M4. The question is, will they fix the problems with it? They pretty much will have to. It just depends on if BMW intends to announce they made changes which publicly admits they screwed up. BMW is insecure, cheap, and petty so seeing them have to admit to design changes would be satisfying and deserved. Keep in mind the S55 motor making its way under the hood is a rumor floating around but what other motor will the car use to competitive? The S55 is pretty much the choice as BMW does not have the balls to give it a V8 and have the X3 M run circles around the X5 M.
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    09-16-2016, 04:43 AM
    That mid-engine 'Emperor' Corvette everyone is talking about is shaping up to meet the hype. The one thing the Americans do not have that the Europeans do is a proliferation of dual clutch transmission options. That is slowly changing with the upcoming Ford GT and it seems the new mid-engine Corvette will also offer a dual clutch transmission. If it indeed has a 7-speed DCT along with a twin turbo V8 the performance is going to be incredible. Honestly, it should have Ferrari and McLaren worried. Imagine Ferrari 488 GTB and McLaren 650S topping performance at a fraction of the price. The transmission will likely come from Tremec's TR-9007 family of dual clutch transmissions. Tremec documents put the transmission capability at 9000 rpm and 664 lb-ft of torque. None of this is confirmed but it sure seems likely and if so the C8 is going to be a world beater.
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    09-20-2016, 02:42 AM
    This should be a fairly even drag race. A tuned Mercedes-Benz R230 generation SL600 is capable of 11 flat in the 1/4 mile in the mid 125 mile per hour range. Going from a dig is good for the SL considering the massive torque from the twin turbo M275 V12 especially with an ECU tune. The GT3 RS is obviously much lighter. Roughly 1300 pounds lighter. That is a huge difference but the GT3 RS 4.0 liter flat-6 is naturally aspirated. It's a high revver and definitely not a torque monster. The PDK dual clutch transmission certainly helps. A standard 991 GT3 runs 11.3 @ 122.9 in the 1/4 mile. The GT3 RS is slightly quicker and faster but it also generates much more downforce increasing drag. On paper, this should be close. In practice the result is a bit odd as the SL gets a jump but instead of holding the lead the GT3 RS quickly mitigates it and pulls. The SL600 starts to reel in the GT3 RS at higher speeds which makes sense considering the drag of the GT3 RS aero pieces but the GT3 wins decisively. Maybe the SL600 simply has a weak tune?
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