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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-22-2016, 04:02 AM
    Is 800 rwhp the new 700 rwhp? Just the other day a 737 rear wheel horsepower stock internal N54 was posted on BimmerBoost. Well, this E90 335i takes things a bit further 802 rear wheel horsepower at 33 psi of boost with E70 fuel on a 131,000 mile stock internal N54. Impressive, right? Here is the full mod list: 131,000 mile stock engine car. MOTIV 900 Turbo Kit MOTIV Port Injection MOTIV Twin Disk Clutch Fuel It Stage 3 pump basket BCP Colossal Intercooler VRSF Charge pipe w/ TiAL Q blow off valve MHD Back End Flash by BCP AEM EMS4 for boost control and port injection control M3 cowl Modified stock catback exhaust Tuned in house by at BCP 802whp @ 33psi on E70 fuel Special thanks to Jake @ MOTIV Over 800 whp from a motor with over 100,000 miles on the clock that has not been opened. It's not going to last forever obviously and running it at 800 plus all the time is asking for trouble but 800 whp certainly can be done on the stock internals even with a well used N54. Great work by everyone involved.
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    06-18-2016, 06:28 PM
    BimmerBoost wrote an article last month detailing the crank hub issue with the S55 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 motor under the hood of the BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4. Additionally, BimmerBoost contacted BMW for comment on the issue and if they plan to address it and so far BMW chooses to remain silent. It's typical BMW arrogance. It would be amusing if BMW did not make it a habit of screwing up M3 production engines. They have created a tradition of engine defects. The past three generations of M3 models all suffer from some sort of engine issue from the factory. The E46 M3's S54 motor initially developed a poor reputation due to a large string of engine failures. This was attributed to the rod bearings. We're talking well over 100 engine failures right off the bat. This was simply piss poor quality control from BMW. In other words, they made a mistake. BMW's explanation was that rod bearings were manufactured to the wrong clearance and were too tight resulting in inadequate oil film between the rod bearing and crank journal. Maybe that was the case. Maybe BMW realized their original spec did not work over the long term and so they issued a recall with larger clearances. They also decided to change the rod bolts so there seems to be more to it than just a manufacturing error. Getting BMW to admit they made a mistake of this magnitude is almost impossible though. The problem was solved in the recall at least temporarily. People still experience high bearing wear but redesigning the entire crank was not as cost effective of a solution as new bolts and bearing clearances. BMW pretended the issue did not exist until every BMW forum was talking about it and an engine failure registry kept collecting entries. They finally issued the recall. BMW screwed up on the S54 but they definitely learned their lesson with the E92 M3 and the new 4.0 liter S65 V8, right? After all, this was BMW's new race motor and they needed it to be reliable. Not exactly. The S65 also experiences bearing wear issues. If BMW did not get cute and cheap with the oil system and instead offered higher oil pressure and consistent lubrication from say a dry sump oil system that would definitely alleviate some of the wear problems. BMW simply got cheap and the oiling system was not the 'quasi dry-sump' system from the S85 V10 which the engine is based on but a pretty basic wet sump system. It is not just the oiling system to blame although that is the main culprit. There was a class action suit brought against BMW which alleged the following regarding the S65 engine: Another M3 generation and another BMW fuck up. Owners change bearings as preventative maintenance but if you are out of the warranty period it almost feels like a ticking time bomb. BMW does not care and just wants cars out of the warranty period as quickly as possible so they can wash their hands of any issue. If you intend to track your M3 a dry sump system is a must. Their race car engines receive much higher quality oiling systems, bearings, rods, etc., based on the S65 design so issues are alleviated. Owners of the street car are not so fortunate. Which brings us the F80 M3 generation. Surely, BMW did not screw up for a third straight generation? Oh yes, they did, as we covered in detail in our previous article on the S55 crank hub spinning problem. Unlike the S54 and S65 motors that see bearing and oiling issues the S55 experiences a crank hub failure. BMW simply plugged in the N54/N55 geometry with updates but they did not design a bespoke M3 engine. It's BMW cost cutting rearing its head again. However, it's also a very different issue with no documented solution thus far. It may be the worst BMW M3 engine mistake they ever made. We will not rehash the previous article on the topic but it is important to note BMW refuses to even acknowledge the issue. Motors are being replaced by dealers and there is plenty of evidence of this on any BMW forum. BimmerBoost asked BMW almost a month ago about this issue and sent the e-mail to multiple BMW sources. Every single one of them has refused to comment thus far. It's the S54 cover up all over again. BimmerBoost members are currently testing various options including a new bolt design which hopefully rectifies the issue but there is no denying BMW factory M3 engine defects are now a tradition. BMW has its flaws and its marketed image versus the reality (and reliability) of its products are vastly different things. They will chase profit over proper design.
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    Yesterday, 07:50 PM
    Doc Race made waves with their BMW N54 single turbo kit released early this year. The N54 community reception was positive and thus far there is nothing but praise for the product. Doc Race is expanding their N54 offering which will included ported headwork and an upgraded intake manifold. Dyno results and specifications for the ported N54 head will come. For now, there are more concrete details on the intake manifold. This is more of a modification for someone already pushing high numbers and looking for a stronger and more efficient piece. They did get it on the dyno and it is more efficient than the factory design: Certainly great news and an exciting time in the N54 tuning world especially for guys pushing the limits.
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    06-18-2016, 08:41 PM
    With all the engine swap talk lately here is yet another abomination. Somebody decided to put an LS V8 in an E36 3-Series and throw a positive displacement supercharger on top. This madness has to end. Think of the children.
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    06-21-2016, 03:41 AM
    This is an interesting race on the highway as the M5's rear wheel drive layout is a benefit and not a hindrance when it stretches its legs. The Nissan GTR's are lighter by about 500 pounds and like the M5 are DCT equipped but they do have higher drivetrain losses. Not that it should matter for a GTR with a turbo upgrade. It of course depends which turbo upgrade as numbers can range from 7XX to 2000+ whp. These two are said to be full bolt on with the red car having hybrid turbos and the white GTR some unnamed turbo kit. They go from a low speed roll and the GTR's take an initial lead. The M5 quickly starts to pull as speeds rise and makes easy work of both cars. The GTR's were on pump gas though. On race gas or E85 this race would be a very different story. Still, it goes to show a bolt on M5 can beat turbo upgraded GTR's on the highway if they are not in kill mode. M5: Downpipes, K&N filters and tuneRed GT-R: FBO + hybrid turbos (700HP)White GT-R: FBO + turbo upgrade (730-740HP)
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    06-21-2016, 06:42 PM
    This RS7 built by Total Race we know pretty well as it belongs to AudiBoost member @Ghost. We've seen it beat up on one of the world's most powerful E63 AMG's and it made easy work of a tuned C6 RS6 V10. Not surprising with over 942 horsepower at the wheels. Which raises the question, why isn't the transmission disintegrating? The ZF 8HP is a stout transmission which is why Audi opts to replace the S-Tronic dual clutch of the S6 and S7 models with the ZF 8HP automatic for the RS6 and RS7. They will also be utilizing this transmission in the upcoming Audi S5. RS6 and RS7 models are holding up with bolt on modifications and even modified turbos. They are not making over 1000 lb-ft of torque though. Maybe @Ghost. can shed some light on if he has any ZF 8HP transmission upgrades but it is amazing how much torque the box coping with.
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    06-21-2016, 03:41 PM
    Always fun to see competing N54 turbo upgrades go at it. Fanboys exhaust a lot of energy battling these options out on the forums but seeing them against one another shows you the performance is quite similar and the deciding factor is often the transmission and weight. Speaking of weight the 135i is indeed lighter than an E92 N54 except this is an E88 convertible meaning it is heavier than the standard car. Additionally, the 335is has a passenger so it is at a weight disadvantage. The DCT transmission of the 335is certainly helps compared to the 135i automatic. Ultimately, the cars are very even (maybe an edge to the 335is without the passenger) and these are great runs to see. 135i mods: Auto FBO+ inlets JB4 BEF+antilag Pure stage 2 turbos Fuel it port injection with stage 3 LPFP running 100% e85 335is + passenger (camera car) mods: DCT FBO+ Inlets BuraQ MHD tuned Vargas Varga 2+ turbos Fuel it port injection with stage 3 LPFP running 100% e85
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    Yesterday, 06:31 PM
    After a bunch of teasers, spyphotos, etc., it's finally here! The highest performance Mercedes-AMG in the lineup is the 2018 AMG GT R. The car receives significant revisions including new active aerodynamics, engine changes, software changes, new brakes, new wheels, new tires, and just about everything that could be changed was changed. Mercedes-AMG unveiled the car today at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as they promised they would. You can watch the whole impressive unveiling event where they bring the car in with a helicopter from the Mercedes-Benz Youtube channel which is posted below. Overall, the car looks absolutely fantastic but this vehicle is about performance and not looks. The engine receives higher compression pistons and new turbochargers. Whomever it was that said they would just change the tuning software was wrong. Very, very, very wrong. The compression is bumped from the M177 10.5:1 but Mercedes-AMG has not yet posted the full specifications so we do not know the new ratio. Regardless, 577 horsepower is now the power output and it is sent to through an even quicker shifting dual clutch transmission. There are weight saving measures such as a lighter flywheel, a new exhaust that weighs 13 pounds less, and carbon fiber pieces abound. No word yet on the curb weight. This is the new king of the Mercedes-AMG lineup and it will go toe to toe with the Porsche GT3 RS or Turbo S and possibly encroach on 488 GTB territory. We can't wait to see it in action.
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    06-22-2016, 01:01 AM
    The Viper is the best driver's car on the market. It is not even a debate. It is exactly what many so called 'enthusiasts' ask for. A lightweight and perfectly balanced sports car with great response from a naturally aspirated track bred motor paired to a manual transmission. The only problem is those so called enthusiasts do not buy it. Dodge adjusted the pricing dropping it $15k which helped but these days enthusiasts are too soft. The Viper is too loud. It's too hot. The pedals are too close together. There is no automatic option. It's too interactive and too demanding. You f'ing pussies. The Viper is the best thing in the automotive marketplace. It's a giant middle finger to the automotive world. No direct injection. No dual clutch nonsense. No hybrid garbage. Just a giant engine with forged internals designed to take whatever you throw at it paired to a lightweight chassis with a manual transmission. It's all about interaction, speed, and fun factor. Despite not having all kinds of technological band-aids it still is capable of destroying anything at any price point around the track. It even scares the pants off Ferrari. It's a damn bargain to boot. The Viper will be killed off before it should be in 2017 and we likely will never see anything like it ever again. It signals a major shift in the automotive marketplace. When you're driving your hybrid BMW or Lexus with 15 gears and 1500 software modes including one that adjusts the air vents to dry your tears remember you let this happen. Dodge Celebrates 25th Anniversary and Final Year of Viper Production with Five Exclusive Limited-edition Models New 25th anniversary limited-edition models feature exclusive content to commemorate the final year of Viper production 1:28 Edition ACR (American Club Racer) – Celebrating the current Laguna Seca single-lap record of 1:28.65 GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR – One of the most iconic Viper liveries of all-time VoooDoo II Edition ACR – Rebirth of the VooDoo ACR Snakeskin Edition GTC – Inspired by the original Snakeskin, now with unique snakeskin stripe Dodge Dealer Edition – Viper ACR special edition available through Tomball and Roanoke Dodge dealers Each limited-edition Viper model features a serialized instrument panel badge with the model name that can be customized with the customer's name Customers can begin ordering special edition Vipers on June 24, 2016 The 2017 Viper is available in more than 50 million unique build configurations, including the ACR package, through the "1 of 1" customization program for a truly one-of-a-kind snake American hand-built supercar June 21, 2016 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Dodge brand is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Dodge Viper with five limited-edition models that commemorate the final year of Viper production and highlight several of the most iconic special edition Vipers of the past. "The Dodge Viper has had a great run, and 25 years after it was first introduced, it leaves the supercar world reaching for the records it continues to set," said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars, Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat – FCA, North America. "With more track records than any production car in the world, the Dodge Viper ACR will live on as the fastest street-legal Viper track car ever, the car that has set the benchmark for all that follows in its tracks." One of the most unique and exotic high-performance machines on the road today, Dodge is honoring the Viper's rich, colorful and exceptional performance heritage on and off the track by paying tribute to some of the most iconic Vipers in its history. Beginning on June 24 and new for 2017 model year, customers can order their special snake in the following exclusive special edition configurations: Viper 1:28 Edition ACR Pays tribute to the current production car single lap record of 1:28.65 set by champion driver Randy Pobst in a 2016 Dodge Viper ACR at historic Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., in October 2015 Features black exterior and painted rear wing with red ACR stripes, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, 1:28 Edition exterior sill decal, ACR interior with red accent stitching, serialized instrument panel 1:28 Edition badge, along with a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver's side door As many as 28 units of this new special edition configuration will be built for the 2017 model year Looking back in Viper history: Using the same track record theme, Dodge previously produced 33 units of the 2010 Viper ACR 1:33 Edition to tout its previous track record of 1:33.915 set by SRT dynamics engineer Chris Winkler at Laguna Seca Raceway in November 2009 Viper GTS-R Commemorative Edition ACR Designed to pay tribute to one of the most distinguishable and iconic Viper paint schemes of all time – the white and blue combination of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GT2 Championship Edition Features Pearl White exterior with Blue Pearl GTS stripes, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, Exterior Carbon Package, unique red Stryker badge decal, GTS-R exterior sill decals, USA flag B-pillar decals, ACR interior with red accent stitching, Header Red seat belts, serialized instrument panel GTS-R badge and a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver's side door As many as 100 units of this new special edition configuration will be built for 2017 Looking back in Viper history: 100 units of the 1998 Viper GTS-R GTS Championship Edition were produced to commemorate the Viper winning the 1997 FIA GT2 championship Viper VoooDoo II Edition ACR Modeled after the original 2010 Viper VooDoo edition Features black exterior and graphite metallic ACR driver's stripe with red tracer outline, Extreme Aero Package, Carbon Ceramic brakes, VoooDoo II exterior sill decals, ACR interior with silver accent stitching, serialized instrument panel VoooDoo II badge and custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver's side door As many as 31 units of this new special edition configuration will be produced for 2017 Looking back in Viper history: 31 units of the original VooDoo Viper ACR were built in 2010 Viper Snakeskin Edition GTC Color was inspired by the original 2010 Snakeskin ACR Features new Snakeskin Green exterior with a custom snakeskin patterned SRT stripe, Advanced Aerodynamics Package, GT black interior, serialized instrument panel Snakeskin badge and a custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver's side door As many as 25 units of this new special edition configuration will be produced for 2017 Looking back in Viper history: 31 units of the original Snakeskin Viper ACR were built in 2010 Dodge Dealer Edition ACR Available exclusively through Dodge's highest sales volume Viper dealers, Tomball Dodge of Tomball, Texas, and Roanoke Dodge of Roanoke, Ill. Features Viper White exterior with Competition Blue center stripe, Adrenaline Red driver stripe, Carbon Ceramic brakes, Extreme Aero Package, ACR interior with red accent stitching and custom car cover that matches the exterior paint scheme and showcases the customer name above the driver's side door Serialized instrument panel ACR badge As many as 33 units of this new special edition configuration will be produced for 2017 Industry-first '1 of 1' Viper customization program continues Continuing for the 2017 model year is the exclusive Viper "1 of 1" customization program that enables buyers to create their one-of-a-kind "Snake" from the ground up. With 16,000 exterior color options, including matte exterior finishes, 24,000 custom stripe colors, 11 wheel options, 16 interior trims and seven aero packages, three brake packages and four suspension options, there are more than 50 million ways for buyers to customize their one-of-a-kind Dodge Viper. Each "1 of 1" model Viper features a personalized instrument panel badge with customer's chosen name to commemorate their exclusive design. No two customers can order the same configuration, including color, in the same model year ACR model returns as ultimate street-legal racer The Dodge Viper ACR returns in 2017 as the indisputable "ultimate street-legal race car" with significant aerodynamic and suspension upgrades. Relaunched in 2016, the third edition (1999-2002, 2008-2010) of the Viper ACR has taken the performance car world by storm with more track records than any production car in the world — a total of 13 road course lap records as certified by the Sports Car Club of America. About Viper All 2017 Dodge Vipers are powered by the iconic all-aluminum 8.4-liter V-10 engine that delivers 645 horsepower and 600 lb.-ft. of torque — the most torque of any naturally aspirated sports car engine in the world. Standard safety features include electronic multistage stability control, traction control and a new four-channel anti-lock brake system. Since 1992, Dodge and SRT have built approximately 30,000 Vipers at the Mack Avenue Assembly (1992–1994) and Conner Avenue Assembly Plant (1995–current), both in Detroit. About Dodge Brand The Dodge brand is America's mainstream performance brand. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The Dodge and SRT brands offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge is the "mainstream performance" brand and SRT is positioned as the "ultimate performance" halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice. From muscle cars to compact cars, minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand's full lineup of 2016 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, dual exhaust, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment centers and 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2016 model year, customers will be able to drive the new 2016 Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat. The Dodge brand lineup also includes the Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey, including the Crossroad model, and its flagship, the Dodge Viper.
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    06-21-2016, 03:23 PM
    You have decided to get your first custom dyno tune. Congratulations! That is a big step forward and a smart move. Your tuner will extract the maximum from your car providing they are a quality tuner and leave you with a stronger vehicle. First timers no doubt will have some questions and this FAQ has the answers. So you are booked in for your first Dyno Tune. You may have some questions, here are the common ones to keep you on the right track. Q: Should I make sure my spark plugs, leads and ignition system are in good working order prior to my booking? A: Certainly not. Just like other known issues, ignition problems provide your tuner with a bit of a challenge. They will enjoy removing your spark plugs for you (especially if they are hard to reach) as laying on the engine reaching down the back when it is scorching hot on the dyno keeps them warm in the cooler winter months. Q: It’s the morning of my booking and my car isn’t ready, should I call and notify my dyno tuner? A:It is generally considered best to not make any contact with the tuner, if they try and call you simply don’t answer. Once your car is ready for tuning, showing up unannounced and expecting the tuner to drop everything and tune your car is common and widely accepted by most dyno tuners as the best option. Q: Does a dyno tune use much fuel? A: No. Most modern day dynamometers utilize new technology to reduce fuel consumption. Minimal (and if available, poor quality) fuel is best. The DIS Dyno Systems EMS 1000 has the latest unicorn drive fitted allowing vehicles to be tuned with no fuel at all, converting the perpetual kinetic energy from a small amount of unicorn horn to drive the vehicle’s drive line throughout the tune. Q: Should my dyno tuner guarantee that my engine will not be damaged? A: Yes. Any tuner worth their salt should be able to utilize their time machine and x-ray vision to look inside your engine and assess the overall condition, service history, quality of parts used, and ability to handle the increased performance you are asking him/her to achieve. New parts further guarantee the strength of your engine, especially components purchased on certain online auction websites, manufactured in communist countries. Q: I heard dynos destroy tyres should I put my old junk tyres on for the dyno? A: Quality tyres are expensive, ideally fit your vehicle with old tyres. If possible, find some with some canvas and steel belting hanging out of the tyre. This not only gives the tuner an audible indication of wheel speed it also makes for some exciting sparks and possibly a tyre failure which everybody enjoys, just look at burnout competitions, it’s a real crowd pleaser. Q: What should I consider when choosing an ECU? A: Cost is the main consideration when selecting engine management. The cheapest option, even if not suitable for your engine configuration, will give you tuner the biggest challenge, they like challenges. This way you can spend more on tuning and add ons and it gives you the best chance of poor starting and garbage economy that comes with only the best race cars. It’s Also a good idea to choose an engine management system that your tuner has never seen before, obscure one off systems with difficult to use software allow your tuner the opportunity to learn and extend their knowledge while tuning your car. They often like to learn new things and will thank you for the opportunity (they might even give you a discount!) Q: If there is an issue I know about should I let my tuner know before he/she starts? A: Generally not, its like stealing the limelight at a wedding. You are robbing the tuner of the opportunity to challenge himself. Most tuners enjoy the thrill of the hunt, an intermittent misfire, a dodgy wiring connection or faulty fuel pump can provide hours of genuine entertainment for a dyno tuner. They will be very grateful. Q: My car didn’t make as much power as I thought, what should I do? A: Complain. Most dyno tuners try to achieve low power outputs by running less timing, low boost and rich mixtures, this ensures that your car can’t go too fast and improves road safety. Road safety is a high priority for dyno tuners but they are generally afraid of mushrooms, so please keep this in mind. Q: Can I stand in the dyno cell while my car is being tuned? A: Yes, OH&S is not an issue as it is your car. Often wheel weights can come off wheels at 200km/h or more and trying to catch them with your face is a great way to pass the time with your friends. If you have taken our advice on tyres, get a friend to stand at the back and video the sparks on their phone, when the tyre blows you will all have a great story to tell and have a few laughs over. Q: I have a previous dyno run, or a friends car that is the same that made more power, why? A: Your tuner must not be very good at their job. Non tune related variables in dyno readouts such as gear used, tiedown method, tyre compound & size, air density, air temperature probe location, dyno calibration, ramp rate, fuel quality, and many other factors are standardized by the National Dynamometer Variable Council (NDVC) so these will never be a factor in your power readout. If your readout is lower than another dyno on a different day it will most likely be because of the tune. Q: I’m not 100% happy with the tune I have, what should I do? A: Definitely do not talk to your tuner about the specific issues you are having and give them the opportunity to rectify them. If you do this you will most likely offend and upset them. If you do talk to them stick to vague descriptions like “Its just not right” or “it feels funny” this way you wont sound like a know it all. It is best to post in face book groups or on your own page that your tune is rubbish and never to go there, this way you can express your concerns without upsetting the tuner. You should be now armed with the best information to ensure a quick, painless and quality tune! Good Luck! Stay tuned for more great tips including, “Using the internet to Fix Your Car” and “How to Talk to Mechanics”. Source
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    06-20-2016, 07:04 PM
    Writing as an American Motorsports fan, the Le Mans 24 Hours is somewhat difficult to follow on television as coverage is spread over multiple channels and not all parts of the race are televised. Fortunately, with Youtube, internet radio, and various streams it was not difficult to follow the action. Which is a good thing because the 2016 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was by far the best of recent memory. It is not fun to say but Audi made the race somewhat boring in the past 15 years or so. Their overall win was practically guaranteed and the real action was in the GT classes. Porsche's return to Le Mans in 2014 put pressure on Audi plus Toyota came on strong. Porsche broke Audi's string of dominance last year. They managed to repeat as champions this year. Although, they did not deserve to. Why? Because Toyota should have won. Toyota showed a large advantage in being able to run 14 laps before refueling compared to 13 for either Porsche or Audi. With a lap to go the leading #5 Toyota started to lose power. The 50 second lead it had on the second place Porsche disappeared. The car came to a stop with just three minutes remaining. What a shame. Endurance racing is about making it the distance and Toyota didn't despite coming so achingly close. You could say Porsche was handed the victory but a win's a win. Now the other big piece of news is that Ford returned to Le Mans with a new GT race car. The last time Ford fielded the classic GT40 they kicked Ferrari's ass all the way back to Maranello. The GT40 won four consecutive Le Mans from 1966 to 1969. Bitter feelings remain today stemming from this 60's rivalry between Ford and Ferrari. Although Ford did win the GTE Pro class with Ferrari coming in second place both teams lodged official protests against each other. Ford said the Risi Ferrari team should have fixed a leader light (shows where you are in the standings) but they ignored this due to the time remaining in the race and the Risi team protested that one of the GT's sped through a slow zone. Because the Risi Ferrari team ignored their repair order they were penalized 20 seconds. The winning GT received a 20 second penalty so a penalty on top of that of 50 seconds for speeding through the slow zone would have given Risi Ferrari the victory if they did not get their 20 second penalty. Each team tried to protest its way to victory but the final results were as they should be with Ford beating Ferrari and restoring order to the universe. Just watch the recap video below as text can not do justice to the epic race that was the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. Overall Car No. Cat Driver Car Laps Gap Prev. 1 2 LMP1 Romain DUMAS, Neel JANI, Marc LIEB Porsche 919 Hybrid 384 2 6 LMP1 Stéphane SARRAZIN, Mike CONWAY, Kamui KOBAYASHI Toyota TS050 - Hybrid 381 3 Laps 3 8 LMP1 Lucas DI GRASSI, Loïc DUVAL, Oliver JARVIS Audi R18 372 9 Laps 4 7 LMP1 Marcel FÄSSLER, André LOTTERER, Benoît TRÉLUYER Audi R18 367 5 Laps 5 36 LMP2 Gustavo MENEZES, Nicolas LAPIERRE, Stéphane RICHELMI Alpine A460 - Nissan 357 10 Laps 6 26 LMP2 Roman RUSINOV, Will STEVENS, René RAST Oreca 05 - Nissan 357 2'40.640 7 37 LMP2 Vitaly PETROV, Victor SHAITAR, Kirill LADYGIN BR01 - Nissan 353 4 Laps 8 42 LMP2 Nick LEVENTIS, Danny WATTS, Jonny KANE Gibson 015S - Nissan 351 2 Laps 9 33 LMP2 Junjin PU, Tristan GOMMENDY, Nico Pieter DE BRUIJN Oreca 05 - Nissan 348 3 Laps 10 41 LMP2 Memo ROJAS, Julien CANAL, Nathanaël BERTHON Ligier JS P2 - Nissan 348 52.618 11 27 LMP2 Nicolas MINASSIAN, Maurizio MEDIANI, Mikhail ALESHIN BR01 - Nissan 347 1 Laps 12 23 LMP2 Fabien BARTHEZ, Paul Loup CHATIN, Timothé BURET Ligier JS P2 - Nissan 347 1'50.325 13 1 LMP1 Timo BERNHARD, Mark WEBBER, Brendon HARTLEY Porsche 919 Hybrid 346 1 Laps 14 49 LMP2 John PEW, Oswaldo NEGRI JR, Laurens VANTHOOR Ligier JS P2 - Honda 345 1 Laps 15 43 LMP2 Ricardo GONZALEZ, Bruno SENNA, Filipe ALBUQUERQUE Ligier JS P2 - Nissan 344 1 Laps 16 30 LMP2 Scott SHARP, Ed BROWN, Johannes VAN OVERBEEK Ligier JS P2 - Nissan 341 3 Laps 17 25 LMP2 Michael MUNEMANN, Christopher HOY, Andrea PIZZITOLA Ligier JS P2 - Nissan 341 9.817 18 68 LMGTE Pro Joey HAND, Dirk MÜLLER, Sébastien BOURDAIS Ford GT 340 1 Laps 19 82 LMGTE Pro Giancarlo FISICHELLA, Toni VILANDER, Matteo MALUCELLI Ferrari 488 GTE 340 1'00.200 20 69 LMGTE Pro Ryan BRISCOE, Richard WESTBROOK, Scott DIXON Ford GT 340 24.594 21 66 LMGTE Pro Olivier PLA, Stefan MÜCKE, Billy JOHNSON Ford GT 339 1 Laps 22 40 LMP2 Tracy KROHN, Niclas JÖNSSON, João BARBOSA Ligier JS P2 - Nissan 338 1 Laps 23 95 LMGTE Pro Nicki THIIM, Marco SØRENSEN, Darren TURNER Aston Martin Vantage 338 1'43.107 24 97 LMGTE Pro Richie STANAWAY, Fernando REES, Jonathan ADAM Aston Martin Vantage 337 1 Laps 25 63 LMGTE Pro Jan MAGNUSSEN, Antonio GARCIA, Ricky TAYLOR Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 336 1 Laps 26 62 LMGTE Am William SWEEDLER, Townsend BELL, Jeffrey SEGAL Ferrari 458 Italia 331 5 Laps 27 83 LMGTE Am François PERRODO, Emmanuel COLLARD, Rui AGUAS Ferrari F458 Italia 331 2'54.897 28 88 LMGTE Am Khaled AL QUBAISI, David HEINEMEIER HANSSON, Patrick LONG Porsche 911 RSR 330 1 Laps 29 12 LMP1 Nicolas PROST, Nick HEIDFELD, Nelson PIQUET JR Rebellion R-One - AER 330 27.381 30 61 LMGTE Am Weng MOK, Keita SAWA, Robert BELL Ferrari 458 Italia 329 1 Laps 31 77 LMGTE Pro Richard LIETZ, Michael CHRISTENSEN, Philipp ENG Porsche 911 RSR (2016) 329 1'01.994 32 22 LMP2 Vincent CAPILLAIRE, Erik MARIS, Jonathan COLEMAN Ligier JS P2 - Judd 328 1 Laps 33 86 LMGTE Am Michael WAINWRIGHT, Adam CARROLL, Ben BARKER Porsche 911 RSR 328 2'06.472 34 48 LMP2 Ben KEATING, Jeroen BLEEKEMOLEN, Marc GOOSSENS Oreca 03R - Nissan 323 5 Laps 35 60 LMGTE Am Johnny LAURSEN, Mikkel MAC, Christina NIELSEN Ferrari 458 Italia 319 4 Laps 36 99 LMGTE Am Andrew HOWARD, Liam GRIFFIN, Gary HIRSCH Aston Martin V8 Vantage 318 1 Laps 37 50 LMGTE Am Yutaka YAMAGISHI, Pierre RAGUES, Jean-Philippe BELLOC Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 316 2 Laps 38 84 CDNT Frédéric SAUSSET, Christophe TINSEAU, Jean Bernard BOUVET Morgan LMP2 - Nissan 315 1 Laps 39 57 LMGTE Am Johnny O'CONNEL, Oliver BRYANT, Mark PATTERSON Chevrolet Corvette C7-Z06 306 9 Laps 40 67 LMGTE Pro Marino FRANCHITTI, Andy PRIAULX, Harry TINCKNELL Ford GT 306 2'48.753 41 78 LMGTE Am Christian RIED, Wolf HENZLER, Joël CAMATHIAS Porsche 911 RSR 300 6 Laps 42 31 LMP2 Ryan DALZIEL, Luis Felipe DERANI, Chris CUMMING Ligier JS P2 - Nissan 297 3 Laps 43 34 LMP2 Nicolas LEUTWILER, Shinji NAKANO, James WINSLOW Oreca 03R - Judd 297 14.774 44 55 LMGTE Am Duncan CAMERON, Matt GRIFFIN, Aaron SCOTT Ferrari 458 Italia 289 8 Laps 45 5 LMP1 Anthony DAVIDSON, Sébastien BUEMI, Kazuki NAKAJIMA Toyota TS050 - Hybrid 384 -95 Laps 46 28 LMP2 Inès TAITTINGER, Rémy STRIEBIG, Léo ROUSSEL Morgan - Nissan 292 92 Laps 47 98 LMGTE Am Paul DALLA LANA, Pedro LAMY, Mathias LAUDA Aston Martin V8 Vantage 281 11 Laps 48 38 LMP2 Simon DOLAN, Jake DENNIS, Giedo VAN DER GARDE Gibson 015S - Nissan 222 59 Laps 49 13 LMP1 Mathéo TUSCHER, Alexandre IMPERATORI, Dominik KRAIHAMER Rebellion R-One - AER 200 22 Laps 50 44 LMP2 Tor GRAVES, Matthew RAO, Roberto MERHI Oreca 05 - Nissan 283 -83 Laps 51 46 LMP2 Pierre THIRIET, Mathias BECHE, Ryo HIRAKAWA Oreca 05 - Nissan 241 42 Laps 52 35 LMP2 David CHENG, Ho-Pin TUNG, Nelson PANCIATICI Alpine A460 - Nissan 234 7 Laps 53 64 LMGTE Pro Oliver GAVIN, Tommy MILNER, Jordan TAYLOR Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 219 15 Laps 54 4 LMP1 Simon TRUMMER, Oliver WEBB, Pierre KAFFER CLM P1/01 - AER 206 13 Laps 55 51 LMGTE Pro Gianmaria BRUNI, James CALADO, Alessandro PIER GUIDI Ferrari 488 GTE 179 27 Laps 56 71 LMGTE Pro Davide RIGON, Sam BIRD, Andrea BERTOLINI Ferrari 488 GTE 143 36 Laps 57 92 LMGTE Pro Frédéric MAKOWIECKI, Earl BAMBER, Jörg BERGMEISTER Porsche 911 RSR (2016) 140 3 Laps 58 91 LMGTE Pro Patrick PILET, Kevin ESTRE, Nick TANDY Porsche 911 RSR (2016) 135 5 Laps 59 47 LMP2 Tsugio MATSUDA, Matthew HOWSON, Richard BRADLEY Oreca 05 - Nissan 116 19 Laps 60 89 LMGTE Am Cooper MACNEIL, Lehman KEEN, Marc MILLER Porsche 911 RSR 50 66 Laps
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    06-22-2016, 02:13 AM
    You have to take the horsepower figures here with a grain of salt. GAD motors obviously builds powerful M157's so no doubt they can deliver 900 horsepower in this ML but without dynos there is no proof either of these SUV's are making their claimed horsepower. The X6M traps 126.8 in the 1/4 mile and the ML63 124.3. That just does not feel like 850-900 horsepower performance even in 5300 horsepower SUV's. The X6M can do about 115 stock so almost another 300 horsepower is an increase of 11 miles per hour of trap speed? Whatever the actual horsepower figures may be these are two powerful German SUV's going at it. The X6M is the faster of the two and beats the ML63 to the 1/4 mile and 1/2 mile marks decisively although the AMG puts up a fight. Hopefully we can get the details on what is done to each but turbo upgrades are a given.
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    06-23-2016, 05:13 PM
    Ouch. Volkswagen's image (and stock price) took a huge hit in the dieselgate saga but let's hope this mess will finally be put behind all of us as frankly we're sick of it. The US government and Volkswagen finally came to terms and here are the details. - 482,000 cars involved - VW will pay $1000-$7000 per car depending on age and other factors - VW will fund environmental studies and programs - Settlement includes offer to buy back affected cars This will all cost over $10 billion dollars and this is why Volkswagen may begin to offload assets. Those who have leased vehicles will have the option to terminate their lease. The government is likely to assess further penalties which will require VW to pay into a created EPA fund depending on the calculations of just how much they polluted in excess. The government gets theirs, the lawyers get theirs, VW has a black eye, and business continues as usual. Source
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    06-21-2016, 01:21 AM
    Think you can't get a BMW SUV sideways? Think again. This sliding around isn't as epic as the controlled drift we saw an Audi RS6 wagon do recently but this is a 5300+ pound SUV getting the rear end to step out and the driver pulling the car out of the controlled slide thanks to the all wheel drive traction. It helps it is damp out and that the X5M's twin turbo S63TU V8 has a ton of torque. It also helps this is Russia where rules seem to only apply to certain people. Still pretty awesome. <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 🔹BMW Chechen Republic 2016.© (@bmw.chr)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2016-06-20T18:43:48+00:00">Jun 20, 2016 at 11:43am PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//"></script>
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-20-2016, 05:52 PM
    This is a very awesome build from Brabus who obviously has close ties with the Mercedes factory. What they did was take a C217 Mercedes-AMG S63 4Matic convertible and they gave it 838 horsepower resulting in a very impressive 217 mph top speed. The styling (aerodynamics play a key role in the top speed) and wheels are all great but that is not where BenzBoost is going to focus. What we are focused on is the stroked M157. Brabus takes the engine from 5461cc to 5912cc which is a nice displacement gain from increasing stroke and bore. Although Brabus calls this is a 6.0 it really is a 5.9 liter motor. We would like to see the bore x stroke figures to see just how much Brabus increased each but they do not provide them. All we know is they fit a new crank, new rods, and new pistons with a larger bore. Based on previous Brabus M157 stroker builds we assume the increase is the same. That means 1mm overbore pistons and a stroke of 96mm compared to the AMG 90.5mm factory M157 spec. The math works out to 5912cc. In addition to increasing the displacement Brabus also worked over the cylinder heads and obviously modified the turbochargers. The intake and exhaust systems are also revised. They then tuned the setup. 838 horsepower and 848 lb-ft of torque are awesome figures although since this is Brabus they provide no dyno. You can take their word for it. The same goes for their top speed claim which is 217 miles per hour making this the fastest four seat convertible on the planet. The price is one of those if you have to ask you can not afford it things. That is fine. Tuners can no doubt replicate the stroker crankshaft for a fraction of the cost for those who really want to take their M157 to the maximum. World premiere with technology partner Motul at the 24 Hours of Le Mans - BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio based on the Mercedes S 63 - 625 kW / 850 HP, 1,450 Nm of torque and 350 km/h top speed - The world's fastest and most powerful four-seat cabriolet BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio - the world's fastest and most powerful four-seat cabriolet: What setting would be better suited for the world premiere of this unique supercar than the most famous car race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Motul, one of the leading manufacturers of high-performance lubricants in the world and exclusive technology partner of BRABUS, presents the cabriolet with a power output of 625 kW / 850 HP (838 bhp) and a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph) not only in the paddock of the endurance race classic, but also as part of the official drivers' parade on the Friday before the race, June 17, 2016. The BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio based on the Mercedes S 63 4MATIC seamlessly continues the tradition of the exclusive high-performance cars from BRABUS (Brabus-Allee, D-46240 Bottrop, phone + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777-0, fax + 49 / (0) 2041 / 777 111, Internet However, the open-top two-door car with all-wheel drive not only impresses on account of its unique performance, but above all with its sporty and elegant appearance featuring naked carbon aerodynamic-enhancement components and 21-inch hi-tech forged wheels. The twin-turbo eight-cylinder engine in the bow of the cabriolet is constructed in the engine shop of the BRABUS Manufaktur in Bottrop equipped with state-of-the-art machinery. The displacement is increased from 5,461 cc to 5,912 cc (333 to 361 cc) by installing a forged BRABUS special crankshaft with longer stroke, increasing the cylinder bore and fitting the matching forged pistons and high-performance connecting rods. The two cylinder heads are also re-machined to guarantee maximum power delivery. In addition, the engine peripherals are thoroughly revised. Two BRABUS special turbochargers with larger compressor units and modified exhaust manifolds replace the production turbos on the exhaust side. As part of the engine conversion, BRABUS also installs down pipes with a diameter of 75 millimeters (3 in) and special metal catalysts. The BRABUS stainless-steel sport exhaust system with butterfly valves electronically controlled from the cockpit optimizes the power delivery and the engine sound. In the "Coming Home" standard mode, the high-performance cabriolet has an even more subtle exhaust note than with the production system. On the other hand, when the valves are open, the eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine sounds as sporty as a super sports car. The intake side of the turbocharged eight-cylinder engine was also revised thoroughly as a matter of course. Immediately conspicuous upon opening the hood is the specially designed and significantly larger BRABUS 850 intake module made from carbon. Just as essential for the power increase are the two more voluminous air filter boxes, which draw their air from a special duct in the hood, and new carbon air ducts with considerably larger cross sections. An especially striking feature is the BRABUS Gold Heat Reflection sheathing for the intake and charge-air pipes of the twin-turbo system. Precisely calibrated mapping for injection and ignition as well as a modified electronic boost pressure limiter are also part of this high-performance engine, which BRABUS, like all other components, backs with a three-year, 100,000-kilometer/62,000-mile warranty (see BRABUS Warranty Terms and Conditions, updated July 2013). Such a high-performance engine naturally also demands the best available fully synthetic motor oil, which like for all BRABUS engines, is supplied for this supercar together with the hi-tech lubricants for the entire powertrain and the especially heat-resistant brake fluid by technology partner Motul. As a result of the extensive modifications, the BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo engine delivers unrivalled performance figures. The engine produces its peak output of 625 kW / 850 HP (838 bhp) at a low 5,400 rpm. Even more massive is the peak torque of 1,450 Nm (1,069 lb-ft), which is on tap between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. In the interest of the longevity of the entire powertrain, the peak torque is electronically limited in the car to 1,150 Nm (848 lb-ft). The power is transferred to the wheels by the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system and a seven-speed automatic transmission whose gears can also be shifted manually with the BRABUS RACE aluminum paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The power unit in the bow elevates the BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio to the position of the world's most powerful and fastest four-seat all-wheel-drive cabriolet. From rest, the exclusive two-door car accelerates to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.5 seconds and reaches a speed of 200 km/h (124 mph) after just 9.4 seconds. Due to tire limitations, the top speed is limited electronically to 350 km/h (217 mph). These tremendously high speeds naturally place especially high demands on the aerodynamic-enhancement components, which were developed by the BRABUS designers in the wind tunnel. They are available for all S 63 and S 65 coupes and cabriolets. All bodywork components are manufactured from naked carbon with a high-gloss finishing coat. The BRABUS front spoiler attaches to the front bumper and lends the two-door car full-blooded racing looks while reducing lift on the front axle at high speeds for further improved handling stability. Tailor-made carbon surrounds add even more striking emphasis to the large side air intakes in the front bumper. Naked carbon covers for the exterior mirrors add further, specifically sporty highlights. The rear end of the open-top luxury liner also receives a visual upgrade. The BRABUS carbon diffusor provides the perfect backdrop for the two dual ceramic tailpipes of the BRABUS sport exhaust system. The BRABUS carbon rear spoiler on the trunk lid creates an aerodynamic balance between the front and rear axle. Carbon attachments for the side air outlets in the rear bumper round out the sporty lines perfectly. A thrilling design, maximum quality and further enhanced driving dynamics are the outstanding traits of the BRABUS Monoblock wheels, which are available for the Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet in various sizes with diameters between 18 and 22 inches. To be able to enjoy the enormous performance including the phenomenal top speed of the BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo variant to its full extent, the high-performance cabriolet is fitted with BRABUS Monoblock "PLATINUM EDITION" 21-inch forged wheels, which come in various designs. The use of state-of-the-art forging technology in their production results in an optimal combination of maximum strength and low weight. The wheels are mounted in sizes 9Jx21 on the front axle and 10.5Jx21 at the rear to make full use of the available space in the wheel wells. BRABUS selected Continental, Pirelli and YOKOHAMA high-performance tires of sizes 255/35 ZR 21 at the front and 295/30 ZR 21 on the rear axle as the optimal solution. In addition, a BRABUS 22-inch tire/wheel combination is optionally available. The BRABUS Monoblock G "Platinum Edition" forged wheels of size 9Jx22 on the front axle are shod with size 255/30 ZR 22 tires, the size 10Jx22 wheels at the rear are fitted with tires of size 295/25 ZR 22. The BRABUS lowering module is specifically calibrated to the use of these ultra-low-profile tires. It lowers the ride height of the open-top 2+2-seater by about 15 millimeters (.6 in). BRABUS also refines the interior of the S-Class Cabriolet by customer request. This includes scuff plates with backlit BRABUS logo, whose colors change in sync with the various colors of the ambient interior lighting, and BRABUS genuine carbon interior components, which replace the production wood inlays and trim strips in the cockpit. Aluminum components such as the BRABUS RACE paddle shifters, pedals and door pins add markedly sporty highlights. The BRABUS speedometer with 400-km/h (250-mph) matches the tremendous performance potential of the vehicle. The company upholstery shop has just the right thing for customers looking for an even more customized interior. A BRABUS fine leather captivates not only with its practically endless variety of colors and materials, but above all with its outstanding quality of workmanship. The BRABUS 850 6.0 Biturbo Cabrio is available as a complete car or can be built on the basis of any current Mercedes S 63 Cabriolet.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    06-18-2016, 07:39 PM
    A big American naturally aspirated V8 going up against a small German 2.0 turbo four-cylinder. The first generation Cadillac CTS-V utilized the 5.7 liter LS6 V8 from the C5 Z06 initially which is a very dated engine at this point. Still, it's a big motor especially when compared to MKVI VW Golf engines. The Golf benefits from turbocharging of course and that is where APR Stage 2 tuning comes in. This means it is still on the stock turbocharger but at roughly 350 wheel horsepower. The CTS-V features long tube headers, a tune, intake, x-pipe, and exhaust cutouts. These two are pretty closely matched with the CTS-V just edging up top. Great runs here and an impressive display by a bolt on MKVI Golf R.
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    06-20-2016, 09:12 PM
    Another Formula 1 race and another Mercedes-AMG victory. The Mercedes-Petronas team has now won every race this 2016 Formula 1 season except for one. That is impressive. As was Nico Rosberg's dominance especially after his teammate Lewis Hamilton won the two previous races. The battle between Hamilton and Rosberg will be interesting to watch as the season continues but as each driver keeps winning Mercedes keeps piling on the points. Ferrari is certainly fighting as is Red Bull but Mercedes is in command of this season. The European Grand Prix took place in Azerbaijan which is not exactly a place most people associate with Europe. Regardless, Baku appeared quite beautiful and one would have to invent reasons to claim the race was not a success. Rosberg dominated the Grand Prix and Hamilton had some kind of issues which forced him to finish in fifth place. Hamilton's issues were attributed to an engine setting problem. Unfortunately, the European Grand Prix was overshadowed by Le Mans. Motorsport fans will be focused back on Formula 1 for the Austrian Grand Prix on July 3rd. Q: Toto, there seems to have been a setting issue on both cars. Can you explain what exactly was going on? And why Nico was able to cure the problem? Toto Wolff: We had a configuration setting problem - an electronic setting problem - with engine modes. By regulation we are not allowed to tell the driver - they needed to figure it out themselves. Nico was in the more fortunate situation that he did a switch change just before which kind of led him on the right path, so within half a lap he went back into the right mode. Lewis - because he didn’t have that right path - took a while to figure it out, something like 12 laps - and this for sure affected his race. Right now we don’t know how much it affected his race overall - we will analyse it when we are back in the factory - but from what we have seen I would estimate it at 0.2 seconds a lap. But for Lewis it must have felt much more, as in Turn 2 and 3 - where you expect the biggest boost - there simply was none, so subconsciously it must have felt like a lot more. Q: Why were the settings wrong in the first place? TW: Well, the settings were wrong because we had a messy Friday where we couldn’t configure it in the way we should have done, so everything was pre-set in the wrong way and it started to show a little bit earlier on Lewis’ car than on Nico’s car. Three laps earlier. Q: Were the issues anything to do with the track layout? Or have you introduced a new mode? TW: You are always trying to optimise the mode - and this was the optimisation! Unfortunately it didn’t work. It simply failed.
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    06-18-2016, 07:01 PM
    Oh this is just sick! The wheel trend currently is to get a finish in a color that is different from the typical silver or black. Some people try things that go way too far and others manage to pull off a different finish that just flat out works. This one works. Silver is pretty benign and goes with almost anything so there were many ways they could have gone here. Gloss brushed blue was the choice and the wheels are eye catching and just look awesome. Forged Wheel Specs: SV1 Deep Concave Monoblock -Gloss Brushed Blue -Weight Reduction Pocketing 20×9 | 20×12 Tire Specs: Pirelli P Zero Front: 245/35/20 Rear: 305/30/20 Simply spectacular.
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    06-22-2016, 03:02 AM
    UGR (Underground Racing) just flat out owns the Lamborghini V10 platform. What record don't they hold at this point? Well, you can add the new overall 1/2 mile record to the list now as one of their built twin turbo Gallardos went 240.641 in the standing 1/2 mile. Yes, that is insane. In case you were wondering, yes, UGR held the previous record as well: The fastest just get faster. This was done in the head with considerable elevation which means we can expect this 240 record to fall in better conditions.
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    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    Naturally aspirated engine versus naturally aspirated engine although the GT3 RS motor is much smaller at 4.0 liters compared to the 5.2 liter V10 in the Huracan. The GT3 RS obviously is not a car designed for acceleration sprints but for the track. It still manages to impress with its straightline speed however. The standard 991 GT3 loses to the Nissan GTR as well as the Mercedes-AMG GT S. The GT3 RS seems to be much quicker though as it beat a Nissan GTR from a stop. How does it fare against the 600 horsepower Huracan which features rear wheel drive unlike the standard Huracan? The GT3 RS jumps in the first run and holds off the Huracan for a while until it comes roaring back up top. The Huracan is clearly stronger. They run again with a closer start although the GT3 RS against goes early. The Huracan pulls much more quickly this time. Camera angles from both cars are shown which is great to see. The rear wheel drive Huracan is impressive.
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    Today, 12:26 AM
    It's a little after 9pm on a Friday evening, and we're just finishing up some next level type prototype work at VPG. First, the disclaimers; don't ask me details because we aren't ready to share too much. Also, this is a ways out from production capability. There is a lot of work to be done. That said, we're still showing it because it gives you a glimpse of what we've got our dirty, dirty paws into... and it's awesome. See below for DI only, no port injection, no methanol injection, no bandaids, no problem. Look at it!
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    Today, 12:21 AM
    Meth is no issue on the platform. I'd be concerned about the trans way more than meth.
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    Today, 12:19 AM
    Yep you really know your stuff. LOL what? Smartest thing you have ever posted.
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    Today, 12:15 AM
    You're not providing any evidence in support of any differing point of view. You're continuing some stupid pointless attack which just takes the thread OT and contributes absolutely nothing of substance. If you want to insult me go ahead and PM your best attempts I guess as for now you just look like someone who cares more about being petty than anyone who actually wants to discuss the car in the OP or dyno correction factors. For fucks sake get that sand out of your vagina. Removed from the thread.
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