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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:32 PM
    Exactly like this. Ok, maybe they could have gone slightly bigger on the turbos because it's never enough boost, right? This is a custom project built for someone named Mike Murillo. No idea on the specs but who cares. We salute everyone involved.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 04:30 PM
    Some people may have thought the McLaren 570S going 10.2 @ 135 in the 1/4 mile was a fluke. Well, it wasn't. Yet another McLaren 570S hit the dragstrip this time at a private rental at the ATCO strip in New Jersey. Now, this 570S is a second off the previous time thanks to a poor 2.0X 60 foot but the 133 trap speed shows low 10's are not only well within the realm of possibility but to be expected. Imagine when tuned examples start hitting the strip.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 10:40 AM
    Last year back in August BimmerBoost member @RingMeister01 shared his ESS-Tuning horror story when attempting to get an S55 engine turbo upgrade from ESS. What followed was forum censorship, ESS saying he is not allowed to publicly share development details, and @RingMeister01 saying he will take them to court. That was almost ten months ago. What happened since then? Did this get resolved? Did ESS-Tuning step up to the plate and do the right thing? Hardly. Here it is from the horse's mouth as BimmerBoost asked @RingMeister01 what happened: Basically, the ESS 'dealer' a guy named IMG on the forums ran away with the money. Asbjorn Bohn and Roman at ESS-Tuning did nothing to help. They just did what they could to get this off the forums and ignored any resolution. Roman posted publicly that he could get a refund to quell the forums but it was just all talk and no refund was provided: Quality customer service, eh? Roman is now apparently gone from ESS-Tuning. That is a good thing. Who wants to deal with this? @RingMeister01 unfortunately was a guinea pig without knowing it and ended up paying for ESS development out of his own pocket. That brings up a bigger question though, what is the state of ESS-Tuning upgrades for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 motor? You will notice these turbo upgrades are still not available for sale from ESS and you will be hard pressed to find any positive results with them. Well, BimmerBoost follows the aftermarket BMW scene very closely and we do not see anything significant from ESS on the S55 platform. Thus far, we have major tales of failure such as this one. Oh, sure, they will offer ECU flash tunes as the flash leaks out to everyone who claims to be a tuner. This highlights a bigger issue though with ESS-Tuning. Their sole domain of success is really S65 supercharger kits on the previous generation E9X M3 S65 V8. How does putting together a Vortech based supercharger kit thanks to having European software sources supplying them with a tune to make it work equate to them having ability across all BMW platforms let alone new turbocharged M's? It doesn't. If BimmerBoost were to guess Roman saw the writing on the wall and left. ESS-Tuning is not going to be much of a factor in the turbo era. You have plenty of experienced turbo tuners already dominating the platforms. ESS-Tuning can't compete with them. AMS realized ESS-Tuning's abilities were overrated a while ago. Frankly, they will likely have to source hardware and tuning from others just like they did previously. It's just that this time around they are late to the party and already overmatched. They can't and won't catch up. The supercharger market on the E9X platform is pretty much tapped out and ESS-Tuning did well controlling the largest S65 V8 forum which is available to the highest bidder. Dissenting opinions were squashed/deleted, users who did not support ESS were banned, and the consensus became ESS-Tuning was the best BMW tuner in the world. They made a lot of money this way at the expense of the community and open dialogue. Fortunately, the BMW turbo era is exposing ESS-Tuning for what they actually are which is nobody special.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 10:00 AM
    A Mercedes-AMG C-Class sedan going head to head on the highway with a Ferrari 458 Italia? Believe it. This is what the turbo era brings us. Obviously the Ferrari is the sportier and more exclusive car and the one we would all want to take home but there is something satisfying about beating up on an exotic. Especially when doing it in a C-Class Mercedes that only needs an ECU flash tune to pull the Ferrari. The tuned C63 M177 has roughly 517 horsepower and 565 lb-ft of torque at the wheels compared to the 458's naturally aspirated V8 with output of 448 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. The Ferrari is quite a bit lighter with a quick shifting dual clutch transmission and it is more aerodynamic but that turbo punch up top propels the C63 past it. Great run.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 11:40 AM
    The BMW i8 is an interesting car as it showcases the future but also pushes BMW's styling language to the limit. BMW enthusiasts have waited a long time for a high performance BMW halo car but the i8 simply is not that. It's more of a promotional tool for BMW 'i' and a way for BMW to claim to be energy efficient while producing 5300+ pound twin turbo V8 SUV's. The current BMW i8 performs fairly well with 0-60 in 3.8 seconds and a 1/4 mile sprint of 12.3 @ 114. Basically E92 M3 level performance except for more than twice the price. The i8 will struggle against a Porsche 718 Boxster S. For almost $140k you expect a big more from the i8 in the performance area. Well, an increase to 420 horsepower from the current 357 is modest but will do wonders. BMW is expected to increase output of the 1.5 liter B38 three-cylinder turbo engine as well as the electric motor. BimmerBoost says stick a B48 2.0 liter four-cylinder under the hood and be done with it but when does BMW ever do what the enthusiasts want to see these days? We will have to wait and see what the actual specs are and also if BMW increases the range with higher capacity batteries. For now, this is all speculation from an Autocar UK report. If they are right, the facelifted i8 will debut alongside a Spyder as a 2018 model year car. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 09:31 AM
    BoostAddict member LesBaer decided to upgrade his manual 2016 Camaro SS by adding some boost courtesy of the Magnuson TVS2300 Hearbeat LT1 supercharger kit. His numbers are very similar to what a C7 Corvette with the same supercharger kit put down on the dyno with aftermarket headers. More details in LesBaer's own words: Goal - First, find a 4.0/12 second NA car with a near 50/50 weight split that would be fun to toss around on farm roads and equally as fun and comfortable on the highway for my daily commute. Ideally I wanted to be as close to C7 Z06 performance as possible, but didn't need a full-time track car. It was also important that the car be affordable (to purchase, upgrade, insure and repair), so I searched for the best bang for my buck. I also wanted to be sure that the car I chose could be serviced by performance experts local to me. Enter the 2016 2SS - ordered with specific options to accommodate future power upgrades and minimize weight in preparation for the Magnuson TVS2300 Heartbeat super charger. Here's what I started with: With the help of Jannetty Racing, we also added American Racing LT headers (full exhaust system), but kept the stock muffler, retaining full functionality of the NPP system. Here are some shots that show the process. You can see the original Tri-Y headers there. New ARH installed and prep for the Maggie. Jannetty also had my headers ceramic coated to help manage heat. Maggie's installed and you can just barely see the Mishimoto catch can at the bottom of the shot: Here's a great shot of the intercooler with the grill removed. It's only visible up close with the car fully assembled. One last shot of the final under hood assembly And my dyno results (stock Magnuson boost level of 6psi): 563 RWHP, 544 RWTQ ...exactly what the doctor ordered Coming Soon: Wheels and Tires The car hooks up very well with the stock setup, so I'm going to wait for the 1LE MRR replicas. The plan right now is to go with gloss black 20x10 up front and 20x11 in back w/Pilot Super Sports.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 11:20 AM
    The ECU tune on this Audi RS7 is not specified but considering the license plate frame says Unitronic it's likely a 4.0 TSFI V8 tune from them. Their tune recently launched as a matter of fact and offers 691 horsepower at the crank and can be flashed through the OBD-II port. This RS7 does two runs and lays down some impressive and consistent times. The first pass is a 10.998 @ 128.48. The second pass going up against the Mustang is a 10.985 @ 128.81. The RS7 is slower than the Mustang which manages a 10.53 @ 131 but so what? You can make a Mustang run 6's if you really want to. A German luxury sport sedan that weighs over 4500 pounds running consistent 10.9 passes is incredible.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 12:22 PM
    The McLaren 675LT test numbers from magazines show it is absurdly fast. Magazine times for the Lamborghini Huracan show it is absurdly fast as well running 10.4 @ 135. Based on the magazine test results you would think the cars are fairly even in a drag race, right? Well, they aren't. The McLaren 675LT is almost 500 pounds lighter than the Huracan. The Huracan's all wheel drive system comes with a weight penalty. The Huracan also has less power and its 5.2 liter naturally aspirated V10 has less torque at 412 lb-ft compared to the 516 lb-ft of the McLaren 675LT. On paper the Huracan should have an advantage in the 60 foot but beyond that it's all McLaren. The real world result plays this out with the McLaren on a worse 60 foot running 10.689 @ 135.84 and the Lamborghini running 10.945 @ 127.67. A spread of 8 miles per hour of trap speed is night and day. If the McLaren hooked better the elapsed time spread would be much larger. This race plays out similarly to an MP4-12C vs. tuned Lamborghini Huracan drag race from over a year ago. The Huracan has the better 60 foot thanks to all wheel drive but the McLaren is the faster car. Real world numbers and magazine numbers are very different things.
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  • richpike's Avatar
    Today, 12:48 PM
    It's one of the reasons I like 5-60 times on cars. It removes a redline clutch drop on an AWD car getting an amazing 0-60 (cough, WRX, cough) and shows the power that a normal person would experience in their day to day driving. Still probably not very insightful for high power super cars, but for most cars it gives good insight. For cars like the McLaren, trap speed (and even 60-130) are more telling like you mentioned. -Rich
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  • Torgus's Avatar
    Today, 09:34 AM
    That sucks. I talked to one guy and he said he had no problems but maybe he didn't want to admit he did.
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  • The Convert's Avatar
    Today, 09:25 AM
    All my "ranting" doesn't seem so far off base now, eh? Quality costs money. Sorry you had to go through learning that lesson the hard way. I've certainly been down that road a number of times. I just build everything myself now or pony up for quality products the first time these days.
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  • Enfiftyfore's Avatar
    Today, 07:00 AM
    Thanks for that well-thought out post. I understand your point; however, we will have to agree to disagree.
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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    Today, 02:45 AM
    Really can't wait for a couple years and the SS is dirt cheap in the used market. Have plans for a track car build. The alpha chassis and LT1, with some weight reduction will be one fun reliable track toy.
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  • R.G.'s Avatar
    Today, 02:04 AM
    2k plus hp Das is good Murillo is a drag race legend. Made a couple cameos on street outlaws show. 2k is a guess but would bet not very far off. Would guess about 2300lbs also
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  • e92ttking's Avatar
    Today, 12:42 AM
    First off that highway was open except for a few cars that guy was a complete moron cutting them off twice and almost killing them. For what? Second what the fuk was he trying to prove? Third those bikers should have knocked him out, those were some weak ass hits if he was able to get back up and block his bike. To prove what again? Fourth that dumn b!tch should have gotten shot, anyone that pulls out a gun is a threat and is rightful to defend for themselves. That guy is lucky he didnt get more fuked up and his dumb ass wife didnt get a hole through her head
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  • neuroclast's Avatar
    Today, 12:19 AM
    The JPWorks kit required a lot of hacking to get it to fit right, the intercooler/turbo piping has never fit well at all and comes loose, one of the wastegates has burnt up due to being between the manifold and downpipe causing overboosting on tip-in, there was never a Y pipe to adapt to the downpipe to stock exhaust so I have a hacky one. So... lots of reasons. :)
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