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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 08:07 PM
    Speedriven continues to push the Mercedes M275 twin turbo V12 into territory nobody else has even approached. Last month they announced their standalone engine managment system for the platform. Well, now we have a video of it in action and some dyno results. Let's start with the dyno. The reason you are seeing gains here is not due to raised boost. Actually, they are running .9 BAR for just a baseline tune which is less than stock: More power even at less boost? More control? Impressive. Those are exactly the kind of advantages a standalone ECU provides and it shows: As you can see in the video it is plug and play. No wiring issues, all the gauges work, ABC works, no warning lights, no CEL, it just works like stock with more capability. They can alter the transmission parameters as well such as the shift points. The car drives just like stock as well without issue. Keep in mind this is just the beginning. As detailed in a previous article, the big guns that will really tax this new engine management system are coming. Much respect to Speedriven for continuing to push the M275 engine platform forward.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    Hopefully this does not start any riots but talk about a badass 1-Series! The N54 engine from the 135i/335i is well known but this particular E82 1-Series decided on a turbo S54 motor with 800+ horsepower as the goal was going sideways. Hence the bodywork, stripped interior, vents, wheels, tires, and sequential transmission. If the goal is drifting the job is well done. Just watch the video for tire smokin proof.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:08 AM
    Just in time for July 4th, right? If American automotive culture can be represented by any one thing it is definitely V8 horsepower. The Americans simply make the most. Disagree? Well, you can talk to Steve Morris Engines about some of their builds like this absolutely absurd twin turbo big block. Absurd in a good way of course with 4000 horsepower on race gas and how about 3000 on pump? That 3000 figure comes at only 20 psi by the way. Who knows what it really does cranked up. Here are the specs: Cast BRODIX 5" bore-space block with in-house custom machining Premium SME piston package for big boost Billet crankshaft and aluminum connecting rods Custom cam profile Jesel belt-drive and MOROSO dry-sump oiling system INNOVATORS WEST balancer with integrated crank trigger Cast BRODIX cylinder heads with SME port program and modifications JESEL custom shaft-mouted rocker system Custom billet valve covers Fabricated (optional billet) intake manifold Competition machining and assembly Yes, this is street legal and goes into a street legal car. You might balk at the $63,999 price but the horsepower per dollar is unbeatable if you consider that 2000+ horsepower Underground Racing builds are six figures and that they will only make half the power. This is street legal performance on a whole different level. The video below covers the details directly from Steve Morris. Well worth a watch for any enthusiast. 'Merica!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:52 PM
    It is no surprise to anyone that the Porsche 911 Turbo is a greater performance value than a Lamborghini Aventador. That is kind of the appeal of the Aventador. It is an exclusive and exotic car. There also are not six hundred thousand variants of it as there are with the 911. Top Gear Poland decided to drag race the two cars and beyond both having all wheel drive they have nothing in common. The 911 Turbo S facelift has 580 horsepower from the 3.8 liter twin turbocharged engine. The Aventador makes due with breathing on its own and a 6.5 liter 691 horsepower V12. The Aventador is louder, heavier (by 300+ pounds ignore the weight in the graphic), and more expensive. No dual clutch transmission for it either but an ISR (Independent Shift Rod) transmission. The Turbo's torque pays dividends off the line although the Aventador starts to close the gap up top but it can not pass in time. Why the 911 is drag racing with its top down is anyone's guess.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 04:32 AM
    Under 8 minutes on the Nurburgring used to be the measuring stick for a fast sports car. These days even 4000+ pound luxury sport sedans routinely break into the 7 minute range. Porsche officially holds the record for going the deepest into that 7 minute range with a 7:38 lap from the 2017 Panamera Turbo. Now, before you go on stating how incredible this time is (it is impressive) you have to keep in mind that this is not the same Nurburgring as in the past. Nurburgring testing was suspended for a while and sections were repaved along with the installation of new safety barriers and precautions. Comparing this 2017 Panamera Turbo time to times before the track facelift so to speak is not apples to apples. Is the Panamera Turbo really as quick of a track car as a Lexus LFA, Ferrari 458 Italia, 997 Turbo, or Chevrolet C6 ZR1? Of course not. A record is a record though and Porsche test drivers topped the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio's 7:39 time. A new sport sedan overall Nurburgring record sure is a great way to introduce the capability of the new Panamera Turbo. Considering this is not even the Turbo S model that is impressive. The Panamera sure looks like the performance sedan to beat once again.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 05:52 AM
    Our Australian friends at Nizpro were nice enough to answer some questions for the BimmerBoost N54 community which is hungry for automatic transmission upgrade options. Nizpro recently demonstrated their upgraded ZF 6HP21 capability with hard launches on the drag strip. That is obviously just the beginning and development continues. BimmerBoost wanted to know when they were planning to release their transmission upgrade, what the upgrades entails, if the TCU software can be purchased separately, etc. These questions and answers below should provided some much needed details. BB: What is the expected cost? Nizpro: A fully internal Nizpro transmission upgrade will be approximately $ 7900 Australian dollars. BB: How close is it to release? Nizpro: We would like to be able offer full upgrades by Christmas . BB: Who is doing the TCU software tuning? Nizpro: Software calibrations are being done in house at Nizpro. BB: Does the $7900 AUD include software? Nizpro: Yes the calibration will be included as a complete package, however various calibration will be needed for various power levels. BB: Is it possible to purchase the software separately from the hardware? Nizpro: Absolutely, our plan is to offer calibrations totally separately. There will be a number of different calibration we will make available, for customers seeking different requirements. All will be based on standard transmissions, or of course our own upgraded transmission, if you have an upgraded transmission from another workshop you can certain use an off the shelf calibration but how it will behave I have no control over. BB: What is the expected torque capacity? Nizpro: Actual maximum torque numbers are a little hard to say, simply because there are many parameter that come into it. There is also a direct relationship with maximum torque numbers vs durability. In other words we could claim the transmission is capable of 1000 ft lbs of torque and in the fine print disclose it will last for half a mile at the torque figure. Customers need to be aware that the standard HP21 is rated at 450 nm, however this has a durability of 60,000 miles. It is clear that the stock transmission will cope with double its factory rating although its life expectancy is more like 20,000 miles those torque numbers. BB: How soon will Nizpro be testing the software as thus far the 335i with Nizpro upgrades did not utilize the software in its 1/4 mile runs? Nizpro: We actually have. We have track tested the car twice. Once using our upgraded transmission with Alpina for a base test data. 4 runs were recorded. We are not concerned with overall quarter mile times simply gear shift times for comparison, between calibrations. The second lot of testing using software changes were done the following weekend at a different track. The track had little grip on the day so the results were not really useful in terms of quarter times. This is all good news. Nizpro is on schedule to release their product this year and they will not force you to bundle their hardware and software together. Here are some additional details which should help get a better idea of what is involved. Things are looking up for the N54 automatic scene.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 01:50 AM
    The MP4-12C was phased out in favor of an updated version of the platform you all know as the 650S. That is not to say a stock MP4-12C is not potent as it definitely is. It's a tall order for any mid-size luxury sedan to take down on the highway even a modded one. This second generation Cadillac CTS-V is supercharged from the factory with the 6.2 liter LSA engine. It responds well to modification which it will need to move its portly butt to keep up with the 31XX pound MP4-12C. This LSA receives a higher boost boost pulley, a cam upgrade, drag radials, and most importantly E85 fuel. Nothing too crazy about the mod list there. They run twice and the CTS-V gets the better of the MP4-12C in the first run partially thanks to a better start. For whatever reason the second run is not shown from the CTS-V's view but instead we get a chase view. The first perspective is out of focus and in the second view it looks close with the MP4-12C edging. Either way this is a potent Cadillac considering the mods and all the MP4-12C needs is a tune to decisively put things in its favor.
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  • jcsbanks's Avatar
    Today, 05:14 AM
    If relocating the HPFP to front belt drive, would this potentially allow selection of another pump that is relatively proven to reliably flow well enough as a single pump? Would raising the LPFP pressure to 10 bar help anything with a setup capable of the flow? It might give 41% increase (from 5 bar) which would be valuable. Does it apply to a positive displacement pump working on an incompressible liquid in the same way it would to compound turbocharging applied to compressed air? Is the HPFP control solenoid on the HPFP inlet wide open when the pressure is well below target?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 04:47 AM
    Yes, it does. There are a couple companies who can build stuff like this although 4000+ is top end stuff for a street car. Might want to check these guys out too: http://www.boostaddict.com/content.php?6784-Some-high-quality-engine-porn-courtesy-of-Nelson-Racing-Engines
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  • Nugs's Avatar
    Today, 04:44 AM
    Does the price include the turbo set up? Either way $64k sounds like a bargain for 4000hp.
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  • Nugs's Avatar
    Today, 04:40 AM
    Are there any N55s with a stage 2 turbo and a single barrel shotgun pump? That should be around 500-550whp and good fun in a DCT 135i.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 04:38 AM
    I completely missed this post, but here you go oddis, trying to give you some credit: http://www.bimmerboost.com/content.php?7381-This-E82-135i-ditched-its-N54-engine-for-an-800-hp-turbo-S54-1-Series-dirft-car Feel free to post specs in that thread!
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  • Chris@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    Today, 01:14 AM
    Single barrel lets you go to about 550 whp, maxed out. The system that we tested and started this thread about is no where near maxed out at 650 whp. Keep in mind not only was it not maxed, but it wasn't near maxed on E98. The capacity will only be higher on E85. We dropped the pressure target down just to show that we have control over target pressure, but it'd hold 3500 psi just as easily. Where is the prototype system maxed out at? Unknown as of now. It looks like it's going to be north of 700 whp, but what it looks like and what the testing shows may not be the same thing. In time. Not everyone has "shoot for the moon" goals. Many owners would just like 500-550 whp and call it done there. Single barrel is perfect for that. You could do a stage 2 lpfp upgrade, fbo, stock turbos, running 100% e85 and max the car out. These cars are a lot of fun around the 5-550 whp area. Taking things a step further could open up options for those who want 650+ whp on E85... or even higher. As for beating the hell out of the hpfp, well, we're overspinning it, so yes, it gets some more mileage on it compared to a stock pump, obviously. We haven't seen any adverse effect yet -we'll do more testing in time. Running 2 pumps reduces the load on each of them significantly. It's all steps in the right direction guys. Chris
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  • bradsm87's Avatar
    Today, 01:04 AM
    The thing is, there is NO need to overspeed a HPFP when you have TWO of them, already big overkill in effectively doubling the capacity.
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  • blackshan's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:24 PM
    That was beautiful! He needs to put that top up. Two great cars.
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