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  • andy_divers's Avatar
    Yesterday, 03:56 PM
    After many months of testing and thousands of miles now logged on our first few kits its into full production mode. We are also proud to announce a much lower price of $5999 for our 62mm "Hot Side" kit. A few things allowed us to do this... better buying and pricing on larger quantity orders have brought cost down, but the biggest change is the intake. The original kit included a high temp resin carbon fiber intake. However, the producer of the intake was not reliable and after not being able to find a new outlet to produce them we made the decision to step away. The intake is now a 6061 aluminum mandrel bent intake with the K&N filter still located behind the left headlight. I really wanted the CF intake, but it looks to be a blessing. No longer including a CF intake paired with parts savings has dropped the kits' price almost $900 without sacrificing quality, fit, or performance. Keep an eye out as we add the AD Engineering Intercoolers and Catch Can over the next few weeks AD Engineering BMW N54 Single Turbo Kit ( 135i/335i ) $5,999.00 - $7,099.00 The AD Engineering BMW N54 Single Turbo Kit is now available for purchase. This kit starts with a ceramic coated sch10 stainless steel 6-2-1 tubular bottom mount manifold with T4 turbo flange and 44mm wastegate outlet. Attached to this high flowing manifold is a Tial MVR 44mm wastegate and Precision T4 CEA billet compressor turbocharger with a ceramic coated turbine housing for both heat barrier and corrosion resistance. Exhaust gas exits the turbine wheel into a 3" 304L stainless mandrel bent downpipe with interlocked flex coupler that merges into twin outlets allowing it to easily bolt to the factory or any aftermarket replacement exhaust system. Fresh air is fed to the billet compressor wheel via a 3" diameter 6061 aluminum intake after being filtered by a K&N high flow filter located behind the left headlight. Heat shielding is use on the intake tube to keep radiant heat from the turbo manifold from heating the air prior to reaching the compressor. The compressor outlet carries the charged air toward the intercooler where a 2.5" coupler is location at the OEM breakpoint allowing easy connection to an AD Engineering front mount intercooler or any other factory replacement intercooler you may already have. Additionally, the kit features a new left side utherane dampened engine mount to replace the weak OEM oil filled mount. The urethane mount provides a firm feel without the harsh vibrations of a solid mount. From the top, the kit appears to give the engine bay a stock look with only the air filter and heat shield being the only real visible changes. This Stainless steel heat shield is lined with a heat insulating weave protecting the valvecover, gasket, and wiring harness as well as keeping the underhood temperatures down. O-ring block fitting and one piece crimped line assure oil is fed and returned from the turbo leak free. O-ring fittings are also used to block off coolant holes in the block and a new aluminum coolant manifold is used to transfer coolant bwtween the waterpump and engine block. Key features: -Bottom mount design is both efficient and keeps heat away from temperature sensitive components -Precision turbocharger - highest power producing turbo per millimeter -All quality namebrand components -No cutting or need to relocate anything (i.e. coolant reservoir) -Downpipe outlet and compressor outlet are in stock locations so any stock or factory replacement exhaust and intercooler attach with no modifications needed -included urethane dampened engine mount (usually not included when comparing other kits) -all new gaskets, hardware, and hose to complete installation. No running to the auto parts store or dealership for the nickel/dime parts -detailed and illustrated install instructions Included in the base kit ( “Hot Side Kit” ) -AD Engineering Stainless Steel tubular manifold -Precision 6262 JB T4 Turbo -3" Stainless Steel Downpipe -Tial MVR Wastegate -1.75" Stainless Steel Dumptube -Turbo Hot Side Intercooler Charge Tube -3" 6061 Turbo Intake -K&N Air Filter -Stainless Steel and insulated Heat Shield -Urethane Engine Mount -Coolant Block Manifold and Pipe -Coolant Blockoff Plugs -Oil Drain Plug -Turbo Oil Feed Block Fitting and SS Braided Line -Turbo Oil Return Fitting and SS Braided Line -New OEM Exhaust Manifold Donuts, Studs, and copper nuts -All Necessary Couplers, Clamps, hoses, gaskets, and hardware Optional items: -Ball Bearing Turbo -PTE 6766 T4 turbo (JB or BB) -AD Engineering Intercooler (850HP or 1000hp) -Recirculated Wastegate Dumptube Note: Turbo kits are built to order and take 3-4 weeks to ship. Please call if you need quicker delivery. Carbon Fiber Intake is NO LONGER included
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    03-25-2015, 11:15 PM
    The 'professionals' at MotorTrend often amuse this network with their work. For a big name that has been doing this for decades it is mind boggling how the magazine simply can not understand that crank ratings do not mean much of anything. Seriously, does anyone think the S55 engine the F80 M3 and F82 M4 is actually putting out 425 horsepower? It takes just a basic google search to get a dyno of the new M car and see its output at the wheels exceeds the crank HP rating on a Dynojet. We are seeing many high performance cars underrated and BMW has routinely been doing this with their turbo motors. So why does this fly over the heads of the geniuses at MotorTrend? "At 464 hp, the ATS-V has 39 hp and 38 lb-ft on the BMW M3 and M4, which make 425 hp and 406 lb-ft from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter I-6." There is no doubt the ATS-V is putting out 464 horsepower and 444 lb-ft of torque. The thing is, the F80 M3 is also matching that output and then some. Shouldn't a publication like MotorTrend understand their statement based on paper figures is misleading and uninformed? It's hard for enthusiasts to take the big publications seriously when they make basic mistakes and comparisons like this that do not delve even slightly beyond the superficial. I suppose that says something about the writer and the target audience. P.S. This was the power rating Cadillac claimed at the LA Auto Show for the ATS-V: Source
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    03-25-2015, 06:47 PM
    This is not the first time we have seen something like this. Anyone remember the marketing material for the E82 BMW 1M showing it driving around with the E30 M3? This got people saying the 1M was a return to the BMW driver's car producing fun and cheap lightweight models. This despite the fact the E30 M3 has absolutely nothing in common with the E82 1M and it will also have nothing in common with the F87 M2. This is what BMW head of design Adrian van Hooydonk stated, "The E30 M3 has a really big fan base, and we are going to be taking cues from it for a future product." Not really saying much there, now is he? Perhaps he will incorporate something from a styling standpoint that serves as some kind of homage or link to the original E30 M3. From an actual M car standpoint the M2 and 1M are nothing like the E30 M3. The cars are not built for DTM homologation purposes. They do not have naturally aspirated motors. They do not have four-cylinder high revving naturally aspirated M motors designed for racing. In the case of the 1M that particular car does not even have an M motor under hood. Once you factor in the weight difference between the E82 1M at 3339 pounds and E30 M3 at 2857 pounds and that the original was actually built for DTM competition you realize this is nothing more than marketing speak. The 2016 F87 M2 is expected to come with a tweaked N55 engine offering 370 horsepower and likely will have a DCT option. Considering the F22 M235i weighs 3494 pounds do not expect some new E30 M3. It won't even be a new E46 M3. Expect an M235i with some minor tweaks. Just like how the 1M was a 135i with some minor tweaks (and no M motor). Bringing up the E30 M3 is just marketing speak. Nothing more, nothing less. Source
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    03-27-2015, 06:07 PM
    That is the rumor going around. We have no official source on this but apparently there was some Audi employee meeting in the USA and the RS3 was confirmed for the USA at that meeting. It is really no surprise as we always expected to get the sedan. The hatchback we knew was out of the question based on precedent. Audi already sells an RS3 Sportback in Europe based on the 8V platform. So, expect that same drivetrain to make its way into the 8V A3 sedan. That means a 367 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque 2.5 liter turbocharged and direct injected inline-5 sending its power to all four wheels courtesy of a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Now the 2.5 TFSI motor can put out a heck of a lot more power than that. Remember the 525 horsepower A3 Clubsport concept car from last year? That is what the RS3 should be but it would eat everything else in the Audi lineup alive. That's ok, that is what tuning is for. The most obvious competition for this car would be from the Mercedes CLA45 AMG. The RS3 should be able to out-muscle it though. Whatever happened to Audi's high output EA888 that was supposed to go in the RS3 anyway? Hopefully we can get more concrete details and not just some rumor someone supposedly overheard somewhere. The chances of an RS3 in the US are the best they have ever been though. The sedan seems like a certainty.
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    03-29-2015, 03:25 AM
    Nobody loves the BMW N52 motor. If someone has a 328i or 128i model equipped with the N52 and asks about more power they are told to trade it in for an N54 or N55 based car. Even the aftermarket basically abandoned it and there are no production forced induction kits for the engine. It's rough being an N52 when the N54/N55 exist. Even BMW themselves replaced it with the N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder which is a far more tuner friendly motor. If you love your N52 relax, Active Autowerke has you covered with some performance parts. On a BMW E82 128i 6-speed manual Active Autowerke picked up just under 40 whp on a Dynojet with the following modifications: 1) Active Autowerke N52 exhaust headers installed 2) Stage 3 intake manifold with charcoal air filter removed 3) K+N drop used 4) stock exhaust system from the header back. Meaning that the secondary cats were still in place along with stock rear muffler BLUE line- stock 128 6 speed 208.48 whp - 207.63 wtq GREEN line- AA Header, 3 stage manif, K&N drop-in with No charcoal filter, stock exhaust 248.02 whp - 225.15 wtq Not bad, right? Now let's look at Mustang numbers from an automatic E9X 328i with the Active Headers and tune but without the intake manifold: 1) stock intake manifold with charcoal air filter removed but stock factory paper filter ( we did not have a K+N drop in at the time to use) 2) stock exhaust system from the header back. Meaning that the secondary cats were still in place along with stock rear muffler Bottom line- stock 328 auto 175 whp - 161 wtq Middle line- AA Header, charcoal filter delete 198 whp - 179 wtq Top line- AA header, AA software and charcoal filter 207whp - 192 wtq So with the full gamut of Active Autowerke N52 products one can expect roughly 40 wheel horsepower gains and roughly 30 lb-ft of torque gains at the wheels. That is about the best anyone is going to do on this motor without forced induction. Which at that point it makes sense to go to an N54/N55 or even N20, doesn't it?
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    03-27-2015, 10:40 PM
    The S54 remains the BMW inline-6 power king going into 2015. Well, the S38 may have something to say about that but that is a discussion for another day. Sound Performance built the E46 M3 S54 motor and Saad Racing provided a turbo kit utilizing a Precision 6766 turbocharger. The result? 859 wheel horsepower pushing 29 psi of boost on a Mustang Dyno. Here are the numbers at the various boost levels tested: 678whp @ 18psi 740whp 624wtq @ 23psi 859whp 710wtq @ 29psi On a Dynojet this should be breaking 900 whp. They of course also have 1000+ whp M3's but this shows what is possible with a Precision 6766, a ProEFI 128 ECU, and a built motor. Specs: SP Built 10:1 CR Engine Saad Racing Turbo Kit w/ SP 3" Boost Activated Exhaust Cutout Saad Racing E85 Fuel System Saad Racing Intake Manifold w/ LS3 DBW Throttle Body SP Direct-Port Nitrous Kit ProEFI Pro128 Flex Fuel Standalone EMS OS Giken Twin Disc Clutch They plan to test the Precision 6870 CEA GEN2 turbocharger next. 9XX whp on the Mustang? We will have to wait and see.
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    03-29-2015, 01:51 AM
    You are going to see these cars compared frequently. They are not exactly the same thing but they represent tremendous performance cars from their respective countries. You are smart enough to know what those countries are so we do not need to go over the basics here and can get right down to the meat and potatoes. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the newest of the trio. The GTR at this point is riding the most dated platform but it can not be overstated just how admirable of a job Nissan has done in continually updating the GTR. The Porsche 991 Turbo S of course is the highest performance turbocharged 911 available these days. All of these cars have forced induction powerplants but the GTR and 911 Turbo S have all wheel drive and dual clutch transmissions. Major factors admittedly versus the 7-speed manual rear wheel drive Corvette Z06. Now, on paper, the Z06 should demolish these cars. Z06 performance has been very perplexing though as MotorTrend learned when they compared the Z06 to the Nismo GTR. Well, now it is Car and Driver's turn. The Z06 is the lightest car here at 3530 pounds. It offers the most power and torque with its 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque supercharged LT4 V8. So why is it the slowest in a straight line? It isn't surprising the Z06 can not win 0-60 sprints against all wheel drive competition but trailing 0-150? And in 1/4 mile trap speed? The 991 Turbo S beats both but that also raises questions as Car and Driver previously got a 10.8 @ 126 out of the Turbo S in a 1/4 mile. Is this car a ringer? Or did Car and Driver suddenly master the ever so complicated PDK? Something already stinks here. Regardless, the 991 Turbo S with its 10.6 @ 130 is the quickest and fastest car. The Nismo brings up the middle with an 11.0 @ 128. The Z06 trails with an 11.5 @ 125. Maybe Car and Driver needs the automatic Z06? Is it the drag of the Z07 package that is an issue again? Acceleration isn't everything, right? The Z06 brakes better than the other two. It is better balanced being the closest to 50/50. Its skidpad number is an insane 1.15g. It has the best slalom speed. It has everything going for it. So what wins on the roadcourse? We don't know. Car and Driver is 'saving' themselves for their Lightning Lap comparison. What is this, a freshman cheerleader on prom night? Give us the goods. MotorTrend put out, why can't you? Instead we get a bunch of talk from Car and Driver regarding which car they liked the best. It turns out the Z06 is the car they liked the best. Its handling is described as next level and indeed it is. The Z06 is amazing when you do things other than accelerate which is why this network is pissed off we have no laptimes. The GTR finishes in last and is said to feel dated. It is dated. That does not mean it still is not a hell of a performance car but when a Corvette Z06 feels more refined there are problems. The 911 Turbo S finishes in the middle of the pack and perhaps it is time too for Porsche to re-evaluate this whole the 911 has to be the top of the food chain mentality. It did finish last in the slalom and perhaps having all that weight over the rear end is not the best for handling transitions. What would happen if they gave the Cayman the 911 Turbo S engine? Yeah, we all know what would happen. Porsche does too. So, an interesting comparison despite Car and Driver not giving us the real goods. These days though, we don't like to be teased. We want to come away satisfied. This comparison does not provide that satisfaction. COMPARISON TESTS VEHICLE 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S BASE PRICE $78,995 $151,585 $183,695 PRICE AS TESTED $102,120 $151,880 $195,175 DIMENSIONS LENGTH 177.9 inches 184.3 inches 177.4 inches WIDTH 77.4 inches 74.6 inches 74.0 inches HEIGHT 48.6 inches 54.2 inches 51.0 inches WHEELBASE 106.7 inches 109.4 inches 96.5 inches FRONT TRACK 63.5 inches 63.0 inches 60.6 inches REAR TRACK 62.5 inches 63.0 inches 62.6 inches INTERIOR VOLUME F: 52 cubic feet F: 53 cubic feet R: 26 cubic feet F: 50 cubic feet R: 17 cubic feet CARGO 15 cubic feet 9 cubic feet 13 cubic feet POWERTRAIN ENGINE supercharged pushrod 16-valve V-8 376 cu in (6162 cc) twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6 232 cu in (3799 cc) twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve flat-6 232 cu in (3800 cc) POWER HP @ RPM 650 @ 6400 600 @ 6800 560 @ 6750 TORQUE LB-FT @ RPM 650 @ 3600 481 @ 3200 516 @ 2100 REDLINE / FUEL CUTOFF 6500/6700 rpm 7000/7000 rpm 7000/7200 rpm LB PER HP 5.4 6.5 6.4 DRIVELINE TRANSMISSION 7-speed manual 6-speed dual-clutch automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic DRIVEN WHEELS rear all all GEAR RATIO:1/ MPH PER 1000 RPM/ MAX MPH 1. 2.29/9.8/66 2. 1.61/13.9/93 3. 1.21/18.5/124 4. 1.00/22.4/150 5. 0.82/27.3/183 6. 0.68/32.9/185 7. 0.45/49.8/175 1. 4.06/5.3/37 2. 2.30/9.4/66 3. 1.60/13.6/95 4. 1.25/17.3/121 5. 1.00/21.6/151 6. 0.80/27.2/191 1. 3.91/5.9/42 2. 2.29/10.0/72 3. 1.58/14.6/105 4. 1.18/19.4/140 5. 0.94/24.4/176 6. 0.79/29.2/198 7. 0.62/36.9/180 AXLE RATIO:1 3.42 3.70 3.44 CHASSIS SUSPENSION F: control arms, leaf spring, anti-roll bar R: control arms, leaf spring, anti-roll bar F: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar F: struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar BRAKES F: 15.5-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc R: 15.3-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc F: 15.4-inch vented, cross-drilled disc R: 15.0-inch vented, cross-drilled disc F: 16.1-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc R: 15.4-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc STABILITY CONTROL fully defeatable, traction off, competition mode, launch control fully defeatable, competition mode, launch control fully defeatable, launch control TIRES Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 ZP F: P285/30ZR-19 (94Y) R: P335/25ZR-20 (99Y) Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT F: 255/40ZRF-20 (97Y) R: 285/35ZRF-20 (100Y) Pirelli P Zero F: 245/35ZR-20 (91Y) R: 305/30ZR-20 (103Y) C/D TEST RESULTS ACCELERATION 0–30 MPH 1.6 sec 1.2 sec 1.0 sec 0–60 MPH 3.3 sec 2.9 sec 2.5 sec 0–100 MPH 7.5 sec 6.6 sec 6.2 sec 0–150 MPH 17.9 sec 15.8 sec 14.9 sec Ό-MILE @ MPH 11.5 sec @ 125 11.0 sec @ 128 10.6 sec @ 130 ROLLING START, 5–60 MPH 4.0 sec 3.8 sec 3.4 sec TOP GEAR, 30–50 MPH 13.9 sec 3.8 sec 2.1 sec TOP GEAR, 50–70 MPH 10.8 sec 3.0 sec 2.3 sec TOP SPEED 185 mph (drag ltd)* 191 mph (redline ltd) 198 mph (drag ltd, mfr's claim) CHASSIS BRAKING 70–0 MPH 135 feet 152 feet 145 feet BRAKING 100–0 MPH 261 feet 275 feet 291 feet ROADHOLDING, 300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD 1.15 g 1.02 g 1.07 g 610-FT SLALOM 50.1 mph 48.2 mph 48.1 mph WEIGHT CURB 3530 pounds 3894 pounds 3590 pounds %FRONT/%REAR 50.3/49.7 54.3/45.7 38.8/61.2 FUEL TANK 18.5 gallons 19.5 gallons 18.0 gallons RATING 91 octane 93 octane 93 octane EPA CITY/HWY 15/22 mpg 16/23 mpg 17/24 mpg C/D 450-MILE TRIP 13 mpg 12 mpg 14 mpg SOUND LEVEL IDLE 60 dBA 54 dBA 55 dBA FULL THROTTLE 93 dBA 90 dBA 83 dBA 70-MPH CRUISE 77 dBA 75 dBA 73 dBA *C/D estimated. tested in California City, California, by K.C. COLWELL and TONY QUIROGA Final Results VEHICLE RANK Max Pts. Available 1 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO DRIVER COMFORT 10 8 10 7 ERGONOMICS 10 9 9 8 REAR-SEAT COMFORT 5 0 1 1 CARGO SPACE* 5 5 4 2 FEATURES/AMENITIES* 10 9 10 7 FIT AND FINISH 10 8 10 8 INTERIOR STYLING 10 8 9 7 EXTERIOR STYLING 10 9 9 8 REBATES/EXTRAS* 5 0 0 0 AS-TESTED PRICE* 20 20 2 8 SUBTOTAL 95 76 64 56 POWERTRAIN 1/4-MILE ACCELERATION* 20 16 20 18 FLEXIBILITY* 5 3 3 3 FUEL ECONOMY* 10 9 10 8 ENGINE NVH 10 8 10 7 TRANSMISSION 10 9 10 7 SUBTOTAL 55 45 53 43 CHASSIS PERFORMANCE* 20 20 17 15 STEERING FEEL 10 10 9 9 BRAKE FEEL 10 10 9 8 HANDLING 10 10 9 8 RIDE 10 8 10 6 SUBTOTAL 60 58 54 46 EXPERIENCE FUN TO DRIVE 25 24 24 20 342352234 203 195 165
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    03-26-2015, 07:21 PM
    Not much can play with a BMW S1000RR in stock form. The bike is flat out absurdly fast. When tuned? Well, it takes something pretty damn special to run it. An 1100+ horsepower Boost Logic Nissan GTR may just qualify as something up to the task. The thing is though these two S1000RR's in the video are tuned. The camera bike has a Brentuning ECU tune in addition to a full Akrapovic exhaust system. The other S1000RR just features a full exhaust and a PCV (Power Commander V). The Brentuning ECU tune makes a large difference as the camera bike destroys the other S1000RR and the GTR. They do three runs and in all three it pulls pretty hard. Thank you to BimmerBoost member @Czero for the video.
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    03-27-2015, 08:17 PM
    Last month we saw an 8L90 automatic C7 Z06 go 10's in the 1/4 mile completely stock. Well, here is yet another one reinforcing the point. The Z06 with the 8L90 8-speed automatic transmission is a high 10 second car. The thing is, the previous generation Z06 also broke into the 10's at MIR with far less power. It truly makes one wonder a bit why the C7 Z06 is not much faster in a straight line considering its massive power and torque from the supercharged LT4 motor. Especially when this run is put into the context of having run at one of the fastest strips in the United States and in -800 density altitude. Still, 10.770 @ 129.080 on street tires is not bad at all and the automatic is a few tenths quicker and a couple miles per hour faster than the manual from the data we have seen. Oddly though, the previous generation C6 ZR1 despite having less power and torque (although it is lighter) still is the faster Corvette.
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    03-25-2015, 10:48 PM
    The Audi RS7 is capable of mid 10 second performance at over 130 miles per hour of trap speed with just basic bolt on modifications. This is something we already knew and the record (in the USA... and officially) is 10.388 @ 133.54 in the 1/4 mile. The car that went 10.3 had a full exhaust and race gas. This RS7 is just tune only. Whose tune is it running? And what fuel is it running on? Good questions. That information for whatever reason is not provided. It is best to assume race gas though. Regardless, mid to low 10 second performance from an RS7 with bolt ons is well within reason. Now how about some turbo upgrades?
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    03-27-2015, 04:02 PM
    Ferrari obviously made big waves when they turbocharged their V8's. This led to speculation if Ferrari's high revving naturally aspirated F140 V12 engine that sees duty in the FF, 599, F12 Berlinetta, Enzo, and LaFerrari would also get a pair of turbochargers. It appears it will not as Ferrari will focus on hybrid power instead to supplant the torque turbos offer. Electric motors obviously deliver their torque instantly and the linear fashion in which they do so likely suits the power delivery and response Ferrari is going for. A Ferrari source stated, “There will be no turbos on our V12s. Expect instead to see 48-volt systems on the next generation.” Who is that source? Autocar does not specify who it is only that it is supposedly someone 'close' to the factory. That could mean anything and anyone. It could also make this all meaningless as there is no way to verify it. It is likely true but who knows at this stage. We will definitely be seeing more hybrid Ferrari vehicles in the future. Source
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    03-28-2015, 07:21 PM
    AudiBoost raised the question last week as to where the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 turbo upgrades are. We found a picture of Loba Motorsport's 4.0 TFSI upgrade but that was shown in 2013 and we have not seen much since. AMS also announced their intention of rolling out a 4.0 TFSI V8 turbo upgrade recently. Well here is another entry from The Turbo Engineers located in Germany. This network is not familiar with this German tuner but they are working on a 4.0 TFSI C7 RS6 turbo upgrade. What are the spes? Unknown. Who is doing the tuning? Unknown. All we know is it appears turbo upgrades on the 4.0 TFSI are progressing on a variety of fronts.
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    Yesterday, 06:30 PM
    This is becoming a video game. If it wasn't enough that Extreme Turbo Systems raised the bar in the Nissan GTR world with a new overall 1/4 mile record of 7.492 @ 189.20 they have now broken the trap speed record as well officially signifying they have the fastest GTR in all the land. That. Is. Insane. We will have more details at soon as we get them but the new fastest record comes on a slightly worse elapsed time of 7.648 and a slightly worse 60 foot of 1.305. Regardless, almost 193 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile is mind blowing performance from a street legal car. Mod List: ETS 4.1L Stroker Motor ETS 5 Axis CNC Ported Heads ETS Custom Camshafts ETS 7275 Top Mount Turbo Kit ETS 4" Intakes ETS Super Race Air to Air Intercooler ETS 3" intercooler piping ETS Titanium 4" Exhaust System ETS Mechanical Fuel System ETS Built Transmission ETS 15" Drag Wheel Package ETS Custom Cage w/ Parachute Dodson Gear Set Dodson Promax Clutch (Built by Shep Transmission) ID2000 Injectors (6x) Syvecs AWD Box Got Boost Speed Density Kit Boost Logic Intake Manifold Greddy Throttle bodies TiAL Blow Off Valves Cobb Accessport V3 w/ TCM Support English Racing Tuned
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    03-27-2015, 03:11 PM
    These are two performance sport utility vehicles that do have similarities. They are German, turbocharged, all wheel drive, and both feature dual clutch transmissions. Beyond that though we are talking very different vehicles as the GLA45 AMG is essentially based on a front wheel drive sedan platform. That of course being the CLA-Class. The GLA45 AMG can be thought of as a CLA45 AMG on stilts. The test numbers show the GLA45 AMG matches its sibling pretty much across the board. That includes in curb weight as the GLA45 weighs only 3589 pounds. The GLA45 AMG also features the M133 2.0 liter four-cylinder AMG engine. With 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque it is no slouch and capable of high 12's in the 1/4 mile in stock form. The Macan Turbo though has a 3.6 liter twin turbo V6. The engine is less stressed and puts out more horsepower and torque in stock form. 400 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. It's bigger, heavier (roughly 4500 pounds), more powerful, and more expensive. Would the 340 horsepower 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 Macan S that starts at $49,900 make more sense for this comparison? If you are trying to level the playing field a bit, yes. But even so the Macan S and Turbo are larger vehicles. The GLK is closer to size of the Macan. Regardless, this comparison pits these two together and is what it is. The straightline testing has the Macan Turbo come up with the quicker 0-60 at 4.2 seconds to the GLA45 AMG 4.3. The 1/4 mile result though favors the GLA45 AMG as the Macan Turbo manages 12.9 @ 106.2 whereas the GLA45 AMG does the 1/4 mile sprint in 12.8 @ 107.9. There is something to be said for power to weight but it is highly impressive the GLA45 AMG is quicker and faster in a straight line. Especially when one considers it has two less cylinders and has a 1.6 liter displacement penalty. To test the handling prowess they closed off a section of a canyon road. It is not super scientific but the GLA45 AMG comes out just ahead by less than a tenth of a second. The GLA45 AMG is lighter, more tossable, and offers a bit more steering feedback but the Macan Turbo does very well. It's practically a wash. MotorTrend picks the GLA45 AMG. If you want the vehicle that is more fun to drive that is the choice. If you want more utility the Macan Turbo is the choice. Considering the GLA45 AMG bang for the buck it is hard to argue against it here.
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    Yesterday, 03:01 PM
    Here it is a few days early, the new McLaren 570S. The styling is what we expected with P1 design elements incorporated with the most obvious being the rear lights. Under the hood is the McLaren M838T twin turbo 3.8 liter V8 engine but in slightly detuned form from the 650S/MP4-12C. How is it detuned? Well, they achieve 562 horsepower by giving the motor different turbochargers than the MP4-12C/650S. That means the 570S will likely not show the same gains solely from tunes. So McLaren changed the turbos to keep the 570S from beating up on the 650S. Which it certainly could do considering its estimated 3000 pounds curb weight. That is likely optimistic but the car is a bit smaller and a bit lighter. It is everything you love about the 650S but in a lighter package with a fresher design. It uses a variant of the carbon tub, the same dual clutch transmission, the same motor, adaptive dampers, etc. As the vehicle is part of the 'Sports Series' range it is designed for everyday driving. It actually offers more cargo space than its big brothers. The carbon ceramic brakes and 19f/20r inch wheels wrapped in Pirelli Pzero Corsa ensure this car is ready for track duty should the need arise. So, it's a lighter, fresher, smaller 650S and it is only missing a bit of power and active aerodynamics (the air brake). Depending on pricing McLaren may have hit a home run here. Considering MP4-12C's are in the $180k and under range used this car will need be priced somewhat competitively. Perhaps expecting a price under $200k is a bit optimistic though. If it is priced aggressively though, who needs a 911 Turbo or S when this exists?
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    03-28-2015, 08:31 PM
    The Porsche 997.1 generation 911 Turbo features a 3.6 liter twin turbo flat-6 engine from the factory. This engine features the GT1 or Mezger racing block and for this reason the 997.1 Turbos are highly sought after as the 997.2 generation brought with it a 3.8 liter direct injected version no longer based on this same GT1 racing block. For someone who wants the best of both worlds the option to bore out the 997.1 Turbo motor exists and that is what BBi Autosport did here. It also looks like they did some valve work and added some GT3 bits. They took some very high resolution photos of the engine build for their 'Project Swan' 997.1 Turbo build. We look forward to seeing the finished build as a lot of high quality components are going to into it from the suspension to the wheels to the motor, you name it. For now enjoy this 3.8 liter 997.1 Turbo flat-6:
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    Yesterday, 06:11 PM
    We have already seen over 600 wheel horsepower from the Pure Turbos Stage 2 BMW S55 engine turbo upgrades. That 632 rear wheel horsepower figure they hit was not on pump gas but on race gas. So what can one expect with the Pure Turbos Stage 2 on an F80 M3 or F82 M4 with pump gas? Well thanks to BMS we have the answer to that question. BMS used their F80 M3 for testing and compared the results to the stock turbos. The BMS M3 with a JB4 tune on the stock turbos put down 479 RWHP on pump gas. The number goes to 518 with the Pure Turbos Stage 2 turbochargers. Now 91 octane pump fuel in California is not exactly boost or tuner friendly. To see the most of this upgrade on 91 octane pump one will need to utilize methanol injection. The result with methanol injection is 579 wheel horsepower and a gain of 62 lb-ft of torque at the wheels over straight 91: Of course people will also mention ethanol but E85 is not a reality for everyone. Not to mention this is still early in S55 tuning and we all know how many fueling issues there have been with direct injected turbocharged BMW motors and ethanol. For those who do have E85 available at the pump it should be looked into if they intend to tune the S55. For those on 91 octane pump though, these 91 + meth injection results are promising.
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    03-29-2015, 12:02 AM
    It's nice to have a sugar daddy, isn't it? That is how Mercedes-Benz characterized its relationship with Aston Martin last year. Rumors have swirled all over the place regarding Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz. Last year for example Mercedes was rumored to go from supplying Aston Martin with engines to a full blown takeover. Well, Mercedes will indeed serve as the sugar daddy for Aston Martin and supply engines and technology. The first engine they will supply is the M177/M178 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 that sees duty in the AMG GT and W205 C63 AMG. The question now is how will Aston Martin differentiate the engine from its AMG use? Will it just use the same AMG GT S M178 and call it a day at 510 horsepower? Reports are that Aston Martin plans to tune the motor for its use so we could see far more than 510 horsepower among other differences. Regardless, expect to see Aston Martins with AMG engines debut by the end of the year. Source
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    Yesterday, 05:34 PM
    Impressive power here out of a MKV Volkswagen GTI built by Eurohaus in Puerto Rico. The MKV GTI features the Unitronic Stage 3 turbo upgrade kit but we are not sure on what turbocharger is being used in this application as the specifications are not specified. Chances are though it is the larger Garrett GT35R that is an option on the Unitronic Stage 3 kit. Beyond that the Unitronic high output fuel system is used as well as an intake, full exhaust, and downpipes. We would love to get the full specs including the fuel used as well as any details on internal engine hardware changes but this definitely is impressive power from the 2.0 motor.
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    03-29-2015, 12:22 AM
    Turbocharged Jeep Cherokee SRT8's are no joke. Having all wheel drive traction helps the boosted Hemi's put their power down. 10.79 @ 124.52 is quick and fast but we have seen SRT8's go as fast as 9.56 @ 145. We even have a member that converted his to RWD and just went full drag prep on the vehicle going 8's. In that context 10.79 @ 124 may not be that impressive but this is an SRT8 with some forged pistons able to run 10's all day. He is running a 76mm single turbo and that makes for an easy 10 second Jeep. Pretty impressive. Especially when you consider it goes head to head with a turbocharged Mustang 5.0.
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    03-25-2015, 07:49 PM
    It is no secret the 6.2 liter supercharged LSA V8 is very tunable. The motor is of course based on the LS9 6.2 liter supercharged V8 used in the C6 Corvette ZR-1 and if you want to see how they differ click this link. Despite the LSA not having quite as strong of internals it puts up impressive numbers with basic bolt ons. How does 555 rear wheel horsepower sound along with 555 lb-ft of torque at the wheels? Just from a pulley swap and tune. Sounds pretty damn good to us. Now the new CTS-V coming up also has a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 although with a smaller motor but with a higher compression direct injected engine. It is essentially the LT4 engine borrowed from the Z06. We have seen the Z06 bolt on tune numbers and they are impressive. It certainly is going to be fun to compare the new car versus the previous generation CTS-V as a tune and pulley put the LSA CTS-V just under what the LT4 puts out stock.
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    03-27-2015, 02:15 PM
    Very nice results here from Fabspeed for their new valved Supersport Lamborghini Huracan exhaust system. As stated the exhaust system is valved and supports different sound modes based on the steering wheel mounted mode selector. For example, Strada mode keeps the valves closed on the 70mm bypass pipes. Select Corsa mode and it opens up the exhaust to let the world hear those Italian horses prance. The power and torque gains are very respectable as well. It is nice to finally have some Huracan graphs on a Dynojet. The baseline is 555 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels. With the exhaust output rises to 584 and 420 respectively. Gains are throughout the entire curve. With an ECU tune it certainly looks like the Huracan is capable of 600 horsepower at all four wheels in naturally aspirated form. In other words, wow. That would be in the 130+ horsepower per liter range all motor. The cherry on the top is that the Fabspeed system saves 23 pounds off the OEM system. Nicely done Fabspeed.
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    03-25-2015, 07:14 PM
    As expected the newest entry to the McLaren lineup will debut next month in April at the New York Auto Show. This model will be called the 570S and it will headline the McLaren Sports Series range. This will mean McLaren now has a three-pronged approach with the 570S, 650S, and range topping P1. What do we know about the 570S? It will feature a detuned version of the M838T McLaren twin turbo motor. The name instantly tells you power will be in the 570 PS or 562 HP range. Not far off the 592 horsepower the MP4-12C debuted with. We will have to see what changes are made to the motor. We will know more next week after the official debut. McLAREN LAUNCHES ITS SPORTS SERIES RANGE IN NEW YORK WITH THE 570S COUPE NEW YORK (March 25, 2015) – McLaren Automotive announces today that the first model in its Sports Series family will be named the 570S Coupe. This V8 powered, carbon fiber-structured two seater will show its beautiful, aerodynamically optimized form for the first time when it debuts at the 115th New York International Auto Show. With the launch of the 570S Coupe, McLaren will display its entire three-tier model line-up for the first time globally. Every Sports Series model will share its DNA with the Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it in the McLaren hierarchy. A pure McLaren, offering class-leading levels of performance coupled with optimized handling characteristics and driving dynamics, the 570S Coupe marks the first time McLaren has offered its original and race-derived technologies in the sports car segment. In line with the naming convention that began with the 650S, the number 570 gives away the power output of this first McLaren Sports Series model: 570PS (562HP). Further details and images of the McLaren 570S Coupe will be announced next week ahead of the car's global unveiling which will take place at the McLaren Automotive press conference in New York on Wednesday, April 1 at 2:55PM EST, Stand 704, Level 3.
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    03-27-2015, 01:11 PM
    Graphic artists often attempt to predict what an automotive design will look like before its debut. Sometimes they are spot on and sometimes they miss the mark wildly. This particular artist is usually pretty darn good at it and he has done some work for this network. So is this what the rear of the upcoming McLaren 570S set to be revealed next week will look like? Maybe. If so it takes a lot of inspiration from the P1 which is no surprise as McLaren is using styling cues from their supercar in all their models. The 650S for example was updated to incorporate P1 style headlights. It makes sense for the 570S to use the P1 rear light style. We will just have to wait and see.
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    Yesterday, 04:34 PM
    Jon Olsson has a knack for modding cars. It helps when you have a bunch of money from professional skiing as well no doubt. Regardless, his vehicles are some of the most unique and well executed this network has seen. Take a look at his custom C7 RS6 below if you need further proof. Immediately apparent are the styling changes. Carbon fiber abounds from the front diffuser, to the fenders, to the rear diffuser, to the wing, etc. To pull something like this off it really needs to be done on a black car. He does a good job tying in red accents from tire lettering with the red lights, graphics, and diffuser highlights. His trademark top mounted container for his skis of course is included. Another interesting tidbit is the claim that this RS6 is putting out 900+ horsepower courtesy of a pair of upgraded turbos from The Turbo Engineers Germany. The Turbo Engineers have shown teasers of their upgrade but not much else. Give us a dynograph or proof of the output or it's just a bunch of hype and talk. Regardless, this is one of the baddest wagons on the planet. Hard to hate, isn't it?
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    03-28-2015, 09:16 PM
    This is the same manual C7 Z06 we previously saw go 9.872 @ 138.42. The weather was warmer this time out but the car is clearly pulling harder up top as evidenced by the three miles per hour gained. It looks like they worked out the fueling and tuning issues that were costing the car some trap speed. There is more in this of course but this is a very nice result based on the mod list: - Fasterproms custom tune by Jeremy Formato - Fasterproms custom 2.31 pulley - Fasterproms Ported Supercharger - Modified air box, and air duct with modified AFE CAI - Fasterproms Thermal reduction plates That reduce blower heat soak - Fasterproms Flex fuel kit- 50% E85 blend - Fasterproms 1.5Gal Expansion tank - ARH 1.875 headers - Hoosier 315/30/18 dr's In cooler weather (600 density altitude) this car should have another couple miles per hour in it. We're starting to get an idea for what bolt on mods can do for the Z06 LT4 though and the benefits flex fuel with ethanol brings.
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    Yesterday, 03:53 PM
    Seeing pictures of a high end car like Porsche 991 GT3 wearing HRE wheels is nothing new. Seeing that same GT3 wearing five different sets of HRE's? Well, that makes for a very cool comparison seeing how the different styles and finishes contrast on the Sapphire Blue GT3. Here are the designs shown in the first image: 21" S101 in Satin Gold, 21" P103 in Frozen Green, 21" Vintage 501 in Gloss White, 21" RS102 in Polished Clear and 21" RS103 in Brushed Gold. On the car, 20" P106 in Brushed Titanium. Now, we get to see all of these except the white vintage 501's. A bit of a bummer but check take a look at the other wheels. Which is your favorite? It's not an easy decision.
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    Yesterday, 05:10 PM
    This is now the top of the line at Cadillac. It is somewhat tough to position it against its European rivals as it is not exactly an S-Class or 7-Series but appears to be trying more for the CLS and 6-Series Gran Coupe demographic. Regardless, it's not quite as big and heavy as you might think. Why is that? Because of the aluminum and steel structure Cadillac built for the car. They felt the mix was necessary for safety at this level but the chassis is still very light. The CT6 actually weighs less than the current mid-size CTS. By only 55 pounds or so, but still, significant for a car in this class. More details will come after the official reveal this week but the design is certainly modern although the sort of teardrop LED light design element in the front may be a bit too edgy for some. 3.6 liter naturally aspirated V6 and 400 horsepower 3.0 liter twin turbo V6 powerplants are expected to begin with V8's eventually coming down the pipeline. Is Cadillac on to something here?
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    03-27-2015, 01:32 PM
    The new GT3RS differs quite a bit from its standard 991 GT3 sibling. Not that the standard GT3 is soft but the GT3RS looks like it just came off the racetrack. Its wider track, air intakes, wing, roll cage, etc., all contribute to a GT3 class race car look for the street. The car of course has more power than the standard 991 GT3 by virtue of its larger 4.0 liter flat-6 motor and also is a bit lighter. The leaked spec sheet basically tells all the details. We have official pictures from Porsche but enjoy these independent photos of the GT3 RS at the airport in Stuttgart:
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    03-26-2015, 05:31 PM
    EVOMS is tackling the 991 Turbo and Turbo S as expected and has released their EVT640 tuning package for the platform. The name of course implies 640 crank horsepower which according to their dyno results at all four wheels on a Mustang AWD 500-SE Chassis Dyno is within reason. So what does the EVT640 tuning system that retails for $6495 consist of? The 'heart' as they cal it is the EVOMS Intelligent Engine Control Module. They abbreviate it ICM. All it happens to be is a piggyback and we wonder who the source for the box is. In addition to the piggyback box they give you an exhaust that attaches to the rear cats. No headers, no catless pipes, just what you see here: The exhaust is street legal and features the following: Improves overall sound and performance. Increases HP and TQ – On average ~24 HP and 18 ft./lbs. TQ (Exhaust Only) Saves 13.30 pounds verses the stock exhaust system Retains the use of the OEM Exhaust Tips Attaches to the OEM catalytic Converters 50 state / SMOG emissions legal 100% Bolt on – no modifications. Easy installation Works with OEM headers or EVOMS ClubSport headers, Stock Catalysts or EVOMS high flow Catalysts 16 gauge T-304 stainless steel – mandrel bent and purge welded You also get billet boost recirculation valves. $6500 for a piggyback and exhaust (not a full exhaust)? Heh. 991 Turbo S dyno results below. Gains of 52 horsepower at all four wheels which certainly is respectable.
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