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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 05:50 AM
    Moving this to Regional.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 05:41 AM
    Whether we like it or not the turbocharged modern era of Ferrari is here. It began with the California T getting a shared direct injection 3.8 liter twin turbo V8 design with Maserati. That same motor will be tweaked and find its way under the hood of the Ferrari 458. The turbo engines will not stop there as apparently a new 2.9 liter turbo V6 is in the pipeline. This information comes from Automobile who has absolutely no backing for their story. No quoted source, no official specifications, nothing. They seem to be guessing as they often do. Let's assume they are right for the moment and a new 'entry level' Ferrari is on the way. Ferrari does not want to dilute their brand image so a cheap car is out of the question. By cheap that means under $200k. Secondly, Ferrari's CEO is opposed to an entry level car. Where Automobile is pulling this information from is anyone's guess. This new car is supposed to be based on a compacted 458 architecture. The 2.9 liter twin turbocharged V6 would have output somewhere over 500 horsepower. This is all just a bunch of guessing though and Automobile admits as much: We do not have official confirmation yet, but intelligence indicates that the new twin-turbo V-6 is a 2.9-liter unit. Staying under three liters has serious tax advantages in China. Although the power output will be determined later in the R&D process, 500 hp and 440 lb-ft should be achievable. Do not get too excited as a lot can change and there is no official confirmation for any of this. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 05:19 AM
    All data thus far shows large benefits on the N54 and N55 heads. They are hardly BMW's best cylinder head work.
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    Today, 05:13 AM
    We've got the Vargas Stage2 N55 turbo running on our 2011 135i DCT car and was finally able to hit up the dyno for a little tuning today. The vehicle is FBO but equipped with a CPE replacement catted DP. We've recently modified both the E series N55 ISO JB4 firmware for large turbo support and developed an entirely new back end flash. To enable the JB4 large turbo maps you just enable the 3.5 bar TMAP sensor using version 5.5 or later. This changes map 1 to 16psi, map 2 to 19psi, and methanol mapping as high as your turbo will take you. All with reduced taper to redline to let the larger turbo shine. Dyno testing was done on simulated 93 octane (91 + 1 can of NOS octane booster), and the methanol testing was done with a single CM10 nozzle. Overall very pleased with the results especially for an odor free vehicle. The pump map is a touch aggressive but really showcases what the turbo can do. On pump gas I think the car would come very close if not take our F80 M3 if the M3 is running the stock tuning. And on meth would come very close to the M3 on the E30 map.
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  • fastgti69's Avatar
    Today, 04:43 AM
    You should swap them between each other and see what it reads.
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  • AdminTeam's Avatar
    Today, 04:08 AM
    Welcome to a real enthusiast forum TammieR15.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 04:05 AM
    Audi and Porsche do not really like each other. They have to play nice as Volkswagen owns both of them now but Porsche and Audi each want to call the shots in the luxury segment. As Porsche expands its model lineup it continues to step on Audi's toes. Audi does not like this but Porsche also does not like that Audi made the R8 which definitely targets potential 911 buyers. Each company is taking offense with the other. This in-house battle is increasing as Porsche and Audi both are dumping money into competing platforms. Rather than cooperating each wants to push their own platform. Porsche wants Audi to use its platform for the next generation Panamera for example. Audi wants Porsche to use its platform developed for the next generation Q7 to underpin the Cayenne but Porsche is saying the platform has to many deficiencies including limitations with engine choices. Volkswagen wants everyone in the VW Group to use Audi's design to save costs. Lamborghini apparently is not too happy with Porsche as VW apparently is having Porsche design all the future sports cars in the VW Group. Lamborghini does not like what Porsche has planned for the Huracan successor. Audi who uses the Lamborghini platform for the R8 is also not happy with Porsche's approach so Lamborghini and Audi appear aligned against Porsche. Bentley on the other hand is happy with Porsche and their MSB luxury platform they intend to make use of. Lamborghini wants its own chassis and one designed to accept V10 engines. Porsche is building a chassis around their flat-6 motors which obviously benefits them. Audi uses the Lamborghini V10 so they are with Lamborghini on this one. See the mess? This is what a senior Volkswagen source stated on the matter, "If we donít call the shots here at HQ, Audi and Porsche will never get their acts together. What these guys fail to understand is that they have to cooperate, not fight each other. We need to prevent individual sports car architectures and excessive proliferation, and to make Porscheís MSB mandatory for both brands. Standardize the stuff that is really expensive: drivetrains, electronics, alternative propulsion systems, batteries, materials, methods, and processes. Audi and Porsche must stop fighting over architectures and concentrate on diversification by content. Itís as simple as that. And as difficult.Ē This is a bit of a mess but when so many brands are added into the mix and have overlap it is simply a matter of time before people butt heads. If VW wants to prevent this getting messy they need their executives to step in and dictate who will use what platform. That or they can let the brands compete against each other. Who really wants the same SUV rebadged seven times? It is going to be interesting to see what happens and how this is resolved. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 04:04 AM
    Of course you can. This is an E30 M3 DTM car. It's nothing like a modern DTM car. It uses the factory E30 M3 engine, factory chassis (not a custom tube chassis), and you can basically turn any E30 M3 into a 'DTM' race car. It's still a naturally aspirated four-cylinder and chassis designed 30+ years ago. No reason you can't compare it. A Camaro Z28 will put the M4 to shame too.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 03:58 AM
    Audi and Porsche do not really like each other. They have to play nice as Volkswagen owns both of them now but Porsche and Audi each want to call the shots in the luxury segment. As Porsche expands its model lineup it continues to step on Audi's toes. Audi does not like this but Porsche also does not like that Audi made the R8 which definitely targets potential 911 buyers. Each company is taking offense with the other. This in-house battle is increasing as Porsche and Audi both are dumping money into competing platforms. Rather than cooperating each wants to push their own platform. Porsche wants Audi to use its platform for the next generation Panamera for example. Audi wants Porsche to use its platform developed for the next generation Q7 to underpin the Cayenne but Porsche is saying the platform has to many deficiencies including limitations with engine choices. Volkswagen wants everyone in the VW Group to use Audi's design to save costs. Lamborghini apparently is not too happy with Porsche as VW apparently is having Porsche design all the future sports cars in the VW Group. Lamborghini does not like what Porsche has planned for the Huracan successor. Audi who uses the Lamborghini platform for the R8 is also not happy with Porsche's approach so Lamborghini and Audi appear aligned against Porsche. Bentley on the other hand is happy with Porsche and their MSB luxury platform they intend to make use of. Lamborghini wants its own chassis and one designed to accept V10 engines. Porsche is building a chassis around their flat-6 motors which obviously benefits them. Audi uses the Lamborghini V10 so they are with Lamborghini on this one. See the mess? This is what a senior Volkswagen source stated on the matter, "If we donít call the shots here at HQ, Audi and Porsche will never get their acts together. What these guys fail to understand is that they have to cooperate, not fight each other. We need to prevent individual sports car architectures and excessive proliferation, and to make Porscheís MSB mandatory for both brands. Standardize the stuff that is really expensive: drivetrains, electronics, alternative propulsion systems, batteries, materials, methods, and processes. Audi and Porsche must stop fighting over architectures and concentrate on diversification by content. Itís as simple as that. And as difficult.Ē This is a bit of a mess but when so many brands are added into the mix and have overlap it is simply a matter of time before people butt heads. If VW wants to prevent this getting messy they need their executives to step in and dictate who will use what platform. That or they can let the brands compete against each other. Who really wants the same SUV rebadged seven times? It is going to be interesting to see what happens and how this is resolved. Source
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  • ezec63's Avatar
    Today, 03:41 AM
    Ofcourse it beat it around the track and looks much sharper its a former DTM race car cmon lets be real here can't compare a street car to any race car. A new age camaro race car will put the street m4 to shame but doesn't prove anything or take away from the camera being a heavy street car
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 03:25 AM
    The M3 traditionally has the most hardcore BMW clientele who like to modify. The majority of attention is always focused on it from tuners. How many forced induction kits does the M3 have vs. the 328 despite the 328 selling far more models?
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  • Flinchy's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 AM
    hopefully it's true! very interesting to watch how quickly the S55 is getting modified.. i wonder how much of it is because it's an M3, and how much of it is tuners have had their eyes (and gained bulk experience) on the various turbo BMW motors for years already?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 03:24 AM
    Jaguar is very serious about the upcoming entry level XE designed to take on the BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The XE will sport a lightweight and advanced aluminum architecture. Aluminum is nothing new for Jaguar who has been using the lightweight metal for some time now in their sedans and started doing so before most of their competition. What is interesting to note about the XE is that it will get an advanced suspension architecture inspired by the F-Type. This is great news as Jaguar's previous X-Type model that was intended to fill this same niche in the marketplace and also go up against the 3-Series was a letdown partially due to its Ford Mondeo inspired platform. Jaguar is not borrowing a cheap Ford platform this time. What they are doing is using their premium F-Type suspension components meaning the XE is shaping up to handle quite well. Along with the aluminum frame and state of the art suspension components a new lightweight four-cylinder 'Ingenium' engine family will be offered. Expect a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine although the horsepower and torque figures are not known at this point. Jaguar in a previous leak stated their supercharged 3.0 liter V6 would also find its way under the hood. The XE makes its official debut later this year on September 8th. The car is shaping up very well. Source
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  • rooringhusky's Avatar
    Today, 03:17 AM
    Any OBD To USB K+DCAN cable will work. EBay has a lot of cheap ones but if you don't want to do trial and error the "One stop electronics" one is popular for the E9x community. http://www.one-stop-electronics.com/shop/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=16
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  • Flinchy's Avatar
    Today, 03:06 AM
    Flinchy replied to a thread Twin Disk Clutch in N54
    did anyone ever find out if spec offers a twin plate for N54?
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  • ezec63's Avatar
    Today, 03:02 AM
    An m6 with those modifications should be trapping in the high 120's if not 130. FBO GTR's are around 135mph and you seemed to be walking away from him on the top end so ricer math says you should be trapping at least 135 if not more ! crazy
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  • ezec63's Avatar
    Today, 02:58 AM
    WOW ! Very strong car you were pulling away from the m6 pretty good there. Amazing being just as fast if not a little faster then a FBO GTR in a full luxury car that will massage and cool your buttcheeks while your running away great work by renntech. Ive driven my bro in laws fbo gtr many times and its an animal so I can imagine your car must feel insane
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  • musc's Avatar
    Today, 02:51 AM
    musc replied to a thread Spark Plug Installation How-To in N54
    +1 As others have mentioned NO anti-seize is required on these plugs. The anti-seize reduces the friction between the threads so you don't have to overcome that when torquing which is why over torquing is a concern even using an accurate torque wrench. If you do not know the specifics torque spec is generally reduced 20-30% if using anti-seize in an application where it is not called for. It's best not to use it all in this case. Will it cause an issue in this application? I don't know but I'd rather not chance it. Remember our plugs and generally any plugs that have 'shiny' threads have a metal shell plating like nickel which acts as the lubricant/anti-seize. Black or dark threads generally do not have this coating and therefore usually require anti-seize.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 02:43 AM
    Sticky replied to a thread July Specials from FFTEC in N54
    You can use pm's now.
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