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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-15-2014, 07:20 PM
    BMW had the new 2015 F82 M4 out in Long Beach, California for the Grand Prix last weekend. Fortunately, someone was able to record the startup and exhaust note sounds along with a few revs. The engine noise is not exactly what we have come to expect from BMW M. You be the judge but this is not the best sounding inline-6 engine that the M division has ever produced, that much is certain. One of the onlookers yells 'Sounds like my Prius' which may be the best assessment yet.
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    04-16-2014, 06:47 PM
    Our proprietary BMW ECU upgrade offers rock solid performance from RENNtech, the foremost tuning authority on Bosch and Siemens engine control units. These same units are utilized in Mercedes Benz vehicles, which RENNtech has been tuning since electronic engine management started to show up in vehicles during the mid 1980's, through our proprietary tuning software and approach for BMW is completely unique and independent from our Mercedes tuning program. RENNtech tuning software for BMW offers significant gains in performance and throttle response without sacrificing your daily driver BMW's reliability. By modifying ignition timing and throttle mapping, optimizing air/ fuel ratios,increasing the top speed limiter, improving engine cooling and modifying boost mapping for turbocharged vehicles; RENNtech performance software unleashes your BMW's true potential. Stock Performance 335iS E92/E93 (2010-2011- Manual & DCT N54B30to 3.0LBiturbo): ท 320 HP @ 5800RPM / 332 TQ @ 1400 RPM Modified Performance: ท 420 HP @ 5700RPM / 435 TQ @ 4300 RPM Price: $1,495 Stock Performance 335i/iX E90/E92/E93 (2007-2010 Manual & Steptronic N54B30) : 300 HP @ 5800 RPM / 300 TQ @ 1400 RPM Gains: 420 HP @ 5700 RPM / 435 TQ @ 4300 RPM Feel free to message or call me with any questions or to place an order and send us your ECU
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    04-12-2014, 10:31 PM
    It appears the Porsche 991 GT3 engine fire saga due to faulty rod bolts is finally coming to an end. Porsche will replace all 785 991 GT3 3.8 liter flat-6 engines produced up to this point and the new motors will begin production later this month. Porsche is doing their best to appease 991 GT3 and in addition to the new motors will also provide an additional 12 months of warranty for the drivetrain once the original warranty expires which is a nice gesture. Porsche will also document the installation of the new motor and provide a certificate to owners that the car has been updated. This should at least somewhat help the value hit the cars would otherwise take on the secondary market. This is still a black eye but Porsche is doing their best to heal it as quickly and professionally as possible. Porsche notice: Dear Mr. : I am writing as promised to inform you about the current status of our solution to the issue with the Porsche 911 GT3 model you have purchased. We are aware that you are currently faced with an unsatisfactory situation. As a Porsche customer, you rightfully expect excellence in product and service performance. This particularly applies to you as a GT3 customer, as a brand ambassador with a shared passion for Porsche. We are in the final phase of logistics planning and technical validation for the optimized piston rod screw connection and we will start production of the new engines the week of April 22nd. These engines will be distributed worldwide for installation in all 991-generation GT3 models built to date. As soon as the new engine for your Porsche 911 GT3 is available, we will make contact with you again to make specific arrangements. Please be assured that we will document the installation of the new engine into your vehicle and will provide you with a certificate to this effect. Furthermore, as a gesture of our appreciation for your loyalty to Porsche, we will apply an additional 12-month Porsche Approved warranty to your 991 GT3 which will commence upon the expiration of the normal Porsche New Vehicle Limited Warranty. Additionally, we wish to compensate you for your inability to drive your GT3 during this time. Our GT3 Concierge will be in touch with you shortly to discuss the specifics and will also be at your service for any other individual assistance you may need. I apologize once again for the inconvenience caused by this issue and thank you for your patience. Yours sincerely, Tim Quinn Vice President, AfterSales Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Please do not reply to this e-mail. If you have questions, please contact 1-800-PORSCHE. Please read our privacy policy. If you would rather not receive future e-mails from Porsche Cars North America, Inc., please contact 1-800-PORSCHE, or use the manage subscriptions link at bottom. ฉ 2014 Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Legal notice
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-11-2014, 09:42 PM
    So you know those people who say meth is bad? No not high school guidance counselors those people on automotive forums who try to scare you away from methanol injection. Try to argue methanol is bad when the results you are about to see show the BMW S63TU 4.4 liter direct injected twin turbo V8 loving the stuff. The octane benefit can not be denied and the reality is a proper meth system with failsafes makes for a motor that resists detonation to a greater degree than it would on pump gas making it safer. What does methanol do for the F10 M5 and S63TU? Oh, it just bumps the output to 678 wheel horsepower on a Dynojet in STD correction. Torque goes to 641 lb-ft at the wheels. The 678 peak wheel horsepower figure comes with a 628 peak lb-ft of torque reading. Regardless, compare these results to what was achieved without methanol injection. The octane bump is allowing a timing increase that increases output by roughly ~40 wheel horsepower. Peak torque does not increase by much although the area under the curve and the top end definitely does. Meth is good for you.
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    04-14-2014, 07:50 PM
    Remember those rumors from last year that BMW would follow Honda back to Formula 1? There is some substance to them. Now, this would not be a complete return but BMW would be back as an engine supplier. This would be a big deal in the new Formula 1 turbocharged era considering the last time BMW built Formula 1 turbocharged motors the engines dominated and produced power to such a degree that they were banned. BMW's performance image has taken a huge tumble to say the least. A return to Formula 1 in any capacity would be good for the brand. Not to mention, BMW still is capable of building the best engines in the world despite the fact they have not shown this capability in quite some time. They still have it, don't they? Well, Formula 1 would certainly put their engineering to the test. BMW's board of directors will meet next month to evaluate whether BMW should return to supplying motors for F1 competition or not. Who knows what their decision will be. Will BMW show some pride and compete at the highest levels? Will BMW's board instead decide top level competition is 'too expensive' and hide their tail between their front wheel drive Active Tourer's tires? We will have to wait and see. Source
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    04-15-2014, 09:07 PM
    Mercedes-Benz, you are on quite the roll! You know by now that a new sports car is coming from Mercedes-Benz which will likely be called the AMG GT. The latest round of spyphotos gave us a decent idea of what the exterior proportions and design will be but they did not display any interior details. We now have those interior details thanks to a internet leak of the photos of the official finished interior design and it is simply stunning. The stitching, the two tone leather, the integrated infotainment system, the round vents, progressive center console design, etc., all gorgeous. This vehicle is shaping up nicely and with some big output expected out of the M177/M178 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 the AMG GT is going to be a very solid all around luxury sports car. Hopefully the next leak is of the finished exterior.
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    04-13-2014, 07:11 PM
    Nice video here from BenzBoost member JonsC63AMG. He ran into a nasty sounding Mustang GT (turn your bass up when you play the video) that had full on bolt on modifications. The owner stated the GT put out somewhere in the 430 wheel horsepower range which based on the result seems about right. The C63 is a tune only car with a tune from OE Tuning. So who wins in a roll on race? Well, it was close. These cars are making similar power but the C63 is able to edge the Mustang up top. It certainly appears and sounds like the Mustang has a manual transmission and the consistency of the C63 auto edges it after a couple shifts. A very good race and it is nice to see a run in daylight in HD quality.
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    04-11-2014, 03:54 PM
    GM you are definitely starting to change some minds about whether that bailout was a good idea. Say hello to the 625 horsepower and 635 lb-ft of torque 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 drop top. That power and torque comes courtesy of a supercharged 6.2 liter and direct injected LT4 V8. So we know the car has some big balls but how about those looks? The optional Z07 package adds gorgeous aerodynamic enhancements. Not to mention carbon ceramic brakes that save 23 pounds over the standard rotors along with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires. Looks AND performance, that's how it is done. GM claims the curb weight is nearly identical to the coupe. How close is 'nearly' in this context? They do not quote an exact figure but let's give the benefit of the doubt that this will be within 100 pounds of the coupe. If so, they did a hell of a job. You also have the choice of a manual or automatic transmission with launch control programs for both. The automatic of course being the super fast 8-speed 8L90 that is getting a ton of attention. Pictures and press release below. Expecting pricing information to come soon but this car is already a hit. Drop-top Supercar: 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible NEW YORK – Chevrolet today introduced one of the most capable drop-tops on the market: the 2015 Corvette Z06 Convertible. With at least 625 horsepower, and 635 pound-feet of torque, the Z06 is also the most powerful convertible ever produced by Chevrolet. "The Z06 Convertible is a world-class supercar in every sense," said Mark Reuss, executive vice president, Global Product Development. "Only a handful of convertibles in the world bring more than 600 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. Even fewer can match the advanced technologies, aerodynamic design, and visceral driving experience of the Z06 Convertible." This is the first Z06 Convertible offered from the factory since 1963 when the Z06 option package was introduced for endurance racing. Records show only 199 Corvette orders with a Z06 package that year, including one convertible. Recent technological advancements enable the building of a modern Z06 Convertible, said Corvette chief engineer Tadge Juechter "Until recently it was not possible to create a lightweight, open-roof structure strong enough to cope with the braking, cornering, and acceleration of Corvette's top performance models," Juechter said. "The frame for the Z06 convertible leverages advancements in computer-aided engineering, metallurgy, and manufacturing techniques – many of which were not available just five years ago." The aluminum structure is 20 percent stiffer than the previous, fixed-roof Z06. As there are no structural reinforcements needed for the Z06 Convertible, its curb weight is nearly identical to the Z06 Coupe. They also share the same chassis tuning, powertrain output, driver technologies and equipment options – including the Z07 Performance Package, which adds Brembo carbon-ceramic matrix brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup tires and adjustable front- and rear-aerodynamic components. "The most impressive aspect of the Z06 Convertible may be its performance bandwidth," said Juechter. "Very few cars on the market can match its combination of extreme, supercar levels of performance; the flexibility for daily driving and long-distance commuting; and the 360-degree, open-air driving experience only true convertibles can offer." All-aluminum, high-tech foundation The Corvette Z06 Convertible represents the culmination of more than four years developing an all-new, all-aluminum structure for the seventh generation Corvette. That structure, built at General Motors' Bowling Green Assembly plant, was designed to the specifications of the Corvette Stingray, Corvette Z06 and the Corvette Racing C7.R. "We wanted a frame that was lighter than the steel frame of the previous Corvette, yet strong enough for both a 600-horsepower convertible and a 24-hour endurance racer," said Ed Moss, engineering group manager for Corvette structures. "That would not have been possible without improvements in computer-aided engineering software, which allowed us to model more than 17,000 frame iterations, with each iteration improving strength and stiffness, while reducing mass." The team used nearly 186,000 computational hours of modeling to develop the frame. It features main rails composed of five customized aluminum segments, including aluminum extrusions at each end, a center main rail section and hollow-cast nodes at the suspension interface points. The gauge of each segment varies in thickness from 2mm to 11mm, tailored – along with the shape – to meet the strength and stiffness requirements for each frame section with minimal weight. These components are assembled using many advanced manufacturing processes, including: • 439 spot-welds using a GM-patented process that uses a unique electrode designed specifically for aluminum • 188 Flowdrill-machined fasteners installed by a high-speed drill that extrudes the frame material to create a strong, integral collar tapped for bolt-on fasteners • 113 feet of structural adhesives used in conjunction with welding and fasteners to increase overall frame stiffness • 37 feet of laser welds, which join frame sections via a precise beam of high energy that minimizes heat beyond the weld area for improved structural accuracy. The only structural differences between the Z06 Coupe and Convertible are provisions for mounting the power-folding top, and repositioned safety-belt mounts. High-performance aerodynamics Like the structure, only minor design changes distinguish the Z06 Coupe from the Convertible. The Z06 convertible features an electronic top that can be lowered remotely using the car's key fob. The top can also open or clos on the go, at speeds of up to 30 mph (50 km/h). With the top up, the Z06 Convertible is designed for a refined driving experience. A thick fabric top, offered in four colors along with sound-absorbing padding and a glass rear window, contributes to a quiet cabin and premium appearance. Behind the seat backs, dual accent panels – either Carbon Flash-painted or available with exposed carbon fiber – enhance the character lines of the tonneau cover. Corvette Stingray's signature "waterfall" design originates in the valley between the nacelles, bringing the exterior color into the interior. The power-operated tonneau cover necessitated moving the air intakes for the differential and transmission coolers from the rear quarter panels on the Z06 Coupe to the underbody of the Z06 Convertible. Otherwise, both models share the same, performance-driven aesthetic. "Practically every exterior panel serves a functional purpose to meet the performance goals of the Z06," said Tom Peters, Corvette design director, "The flared fenders accommodate larger, wider wheels and tires for more grip. The larger vents provide more cooling air to the engine, brakes, transmission and differential for increased track capability. The more aggressive aerodynamic package generates true downforce for more cornering grip and high-speed stability." Both Z06 models are fitted with Michelin tires (Pilot Super Sport tires for the Z06; Sport Cup 2 tires with the Z07 package): P285/30ZR19 front, and 335/25ZR20 rear. The tires are mounted on lightweight, spin-cast aluminum wheels (19 x 10 inches in front and 20 x 12 inches in the rear). Their open, ultralight design showcases the massive Brembo brakes, which contribute to the design: • The Z06 features two-piece steel rotors, measuring 14.6 x 1.3-inch (371 x 33 mm) front and 14.4 x 1-inch (365 x 25 mm) rear, with aluminum six-piston and four-piston fixed calipers, respectively • The Z07 package adds larger, 15.5 x 1.4-inch (394 x 36 mm) front and 15.3 x 1.3-inch (388 x 33 mm) carbon ceramic-matrix brake rotors for consistent performance lap after lap. They collectively save 23 pounds over the standard Z06 rotors. Both Z06 coupe and convertible will be available with one of three, increasing levels of aerodynamic downforce: • The standard Z06 features a front splitter, spats around the front wheel openings, a unique carbon-fiber hood with a larger vent, and rear spoiler • An available carbon-fiber aero package delivers aerodynamic downforce four times greater than the standard Z06. It adds a carbon fiber front splitter with aviation-style winglets, carbon fiber rocker panels, and a larger rear spoiler with a fixed wickerbill – a small, vertical tab at the edge of the spoiler that significantly increases downforce. The package is available in black or a visible carbon-fiber finish • The available Z07 package adds larger winglets to the front splitter, along with an adjustable, see-through center section on the rear spoiler enabling customers to tailor the aerodynamics to their preference. Compared to the Corvette Stingray, the Corvette Z06 fenders are 2.2 inches (56 mm) wider at the front, and 3.15 inches (80 mm) at the rear. Those extensions give the Corvette Z06 a wider, lower appearance further emphasized by a unique rear fascia. It incorporates the same taillamp assemblies as the Stingray, but on the Z06 the taillamps are pushed approximately three inches farther apart, toward to edges of the body. The exterior design also reflects the increased cooling required for the new Corvette Z06. For example, the mesh pattern on the front fascia was designed to deliver the most possible airflow to the supercharger's intercooler heat exchanger, so much that the mesh grill directs more air into the engine bay than if the grille was removed. The unique grille also features dedicated brake-cooling intakes and wider grille outlets on the bottom serve as air diffusers. A larger hood vent allows air driven through the grille to exit through the hood rather than being forced under the car, which could create lift. Standard front and rear brake-cooling ducts, including Z06-signature rear ducts integrated in front of the rear fender openings, are also part of the functional design changes. The Z06 benefits from interior details designed for high-performance driving, first introduced on the Stingray, including a steel-reinforced grab bar on the center console for the passenger and soft-touch materials on the edge of the console, where the driver naturally braces during high-load cornering. Like the Stingray, the Z06 comes with two seating choices: a GT seat, for all-around comfort, and a Competition Sport seat with more aggressive side bolstering, which provides greater support on the track. A magnesium frame structure for both seats provides greater rigidity and strength compared with steel frames. Unprecedented attention to detail and build quality complements the Corvette Z06's performance. All models feature a fully wrapped interior, with every surface covered by premium, soft-touch materials. Available materials, depending on the trim level, include Napa leather, aluminum, carbon fiber and micro-suede. The interior also features a flat-bottom steering wheel with a carbon fiber center spoke. The Z06 comes in five interior colors, including two that are unique to Z06 – blue and dark gray. Supercharged, efficient performance The heart of the 2015 Corvette Z06 is the all-new LT4 6.2L supercharged V-8 engine, expected to deliver at least 625 horsepower (466 kW) and 635 lb-ft of torque (861 Nm). To balance performance and efficiency, the LT4 leverages the same trio of advanced technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray: Direct injection, Active Fuel Management, or cylinder deactivation, and continuously variable valve timing. These technologies – combined with the fuel-efficient multi-speed transmissions, aerodynamic design and lightweight construction – help make the new Z06 surprisingly fuel efficient. "The supercharged LT4 engine delivers the greatest balance of performance and efficiency ever in the Corvette," said John Rydzewski, assistant chief engineer for Small-Block engines. "It is one of the world's only supercharged engines to incorporate cylinder deactivation technology, enabling it to cruise efficiently on the highway with reduced fuel consumption, but offer more than 600 horsepower whenever the driver calls up its tremendous power reserve." The supercharged LT4 comes with a standard seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match, or an all-new 8L90 eight-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission designed to enhance performance and efficiency. The seven-speed manual incorporates rev-matching technology for upshifts and downshifts. A new dual-mass flywheel and dual-disc clutch deliver greater shift quality and feel through lower inertia. The eight-speed automatic is tuned for world-class shift-response times. Smaller steps between gears keep the LT4 within the sweet spot of the rpm band, making the most of the output of the supercharged engine for exhilarating performance and greater efficiency. "There's no trade-off in drivability with the new 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmission – it was designed to deliver performance on par with dual-clutch designs, but without sacrificing refinement," said Bill Goodrich, assistant chief engineer for eight-speed automatic transmissions. "It is also the highest-capacity automatic transmission ever offered in a Chevrolet car." Featuring four gearsets and five clutches, creative packaging enables the GM-developed eight-speed automatic to fit the same space as the six-speed automatic used in the Corvette Stingray. Extensive use of aluminum and magnesium make it more than eight pounds (4 kg) lighter than the six-speed. Along with design features that reduce friction, the 8L90 is expected to contribute up to 5-percent greater efficiency, when compared with a six-speed automatic. Track-proven technologies The 2015 Corvette Z06 Coupe and Convertible leverage the technologies introduced on the Corvette Stingray, with unique features and calibrations tailored for its capabilities. "Our mission with the seventh-generation Corvette was to make the performance levels more accessible, enabling drivers to exploit every pound-foot of torque, every 'g' of grip and every pound of downforce," said Juechter. "It's a philosophy we introduced with the 460-horsepower Corvette Stingray – and one that's even more relevant with an estimated 625 horsepower at your beck and call." The new Z06 retains the SLA-type front and rear suspension design of the Corvette Stingray but uniquely calibrated for the higher performance threshold. The third-generation Magnetic Selective Ride Control dampers, adjustable for touring comfort or maximum track performance via the standard Driver Mode Selector, are standard on Z06. Like the Stingray, the Driver Mode Selector tailors up to a dozen features of the Z06 to suit the driver's environment, including: • Launch control: Available in Track mode for manual and automatic transmissions, providing maximum off-the-line acceleration • Traction control: Weather mode tailors traction control and engine torque for driving in inclement conditions • Performance Traction Management: Available in Track mode and offers five settings of torque reduction and brake intervention for track driving • Electronic Limited Slip Differential: Adjusts the rate at which the limited slip engages, balancing steering response and stability in different driving conditions with more aggressive performance in Sport and Track modes. The smart electronic limited-slip differential, or eLSD, is standard. It features a hydraulically actuated clutch capable of infinitely varying clutch engagement. The system enhances all aspects of performance by constantly tailoring the clutch-pack engagement based on a unique algorithm that factors in vehicle speed, steering input and throttle position to improve steering feel, handling balance and traction. Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.9 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at
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    04-16-2014, 10:03 PM
    Here is a great comparison featuring the best naturally aspirated V8 powerlpant in AMG's history going up against AMG's newer turbocharged design. The M159 V8 in the SLS Black Series is a 6.2 liter naturally aspirated V8 and this particular car is tuned by Weistec along with featuring long tube headers. As Weistec Engineering demonstrated last month their SLS Black Series tune with headers is good for over 600 horsepower at the wheels on 91 octane pump gas. The E63 AMG is a 2013 rear wheel drive model. This car has a tune from Renntech along with RADO downpipes said to be good for around the 630 wheel horsepower range. Torque is in the turbo M157's favor with 735 lb-ft at the wheels. The M159 by contrast has 463 lb-ft at the wheels which is a very large difference on paper. Nobody will deny turbocharged motors are capable of big torque numbers. That said, the SLS Black Series features tighter gearing and a much higher redline at 8000 rpm. It's a motor with a definite breathing advantage at higher revs. Power and torque are in the E63's favor (at a lower rpm) but the SLS Black Series is roughly 600 pounds lighter. The SLS also has a dual clutch transmission whereas the E63 is using the MCT wet-clutch automatic. So what happens? A great race is what happens. The SLS gets a slight lead thanks to its shift speed advantage and manages to pull in the lower gears. Up top once the cars spend more time in gear the E63 is able to inch back but not enough to win the race. It's close at the markers with the Black Series slightly ahead. Simply a great run from two great AMG motors that employ different, yet very effective, strategies.
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    04-11-2014, 07:21 PM
    After years of development Porsche's LMP1 car is finally here. Porsche announced back in 2011 they would return to challenge for the overall Le Mans title and Porsche has periodically updated their progress which included a new facility built specifically for the design and testing of the 919 Hybrid you see here. Three years of work and countless hours of engineering passed and Porsche is ready to put it all to the test on June 14 to June 15 in arguably the most grueling race of the Motorsport season. It is not going to be easy. Toyota has a very strong challenger and Audi is prepared to defend their title with their best LMP1 car yet. So how does the 919 Hybrid stack up? The monocoque is made out of carbon fiber with an aluminum honeycomb core. The engine is a V4 gasoline engine with 2.0 liters of displacement that is turbocharged. It is said to make over 500 horsepower. The hybrid drivetrain features a KERS energy recovery system with water cooled lithium-ion battery packs that feed an electric motor on the front axle good for about 250 horsepower. Additionally, Porsche has two energy recovery systems including one that recoups thermal energy from the exhaust gases using an electric generator. This is a major point of differentiation between Porsche and the LMP1 competition. Porsche is likely sandbagging their power ratings a bit especially considering Toyota is bringing 900+ horses to the table. How much does it weigh? 870 kilograms, the minimum allowed and the exact same as the Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro. They managed to meet the minimum while conforming to updated safety regulations which certainly is impressive. How will Porsche fare after a 16 year absence during which Audi has dominated while Porsche did not participate in LMP1 competition? That is a good question. Toyota, Audi, and Porsche all have hybrid drivetrains but where they differ significantly is in their internal combustion approaches. Will Porsche's car with its 2.0 liter turbo gasoline motor and its thermal energy recovery system revving to 9000 rpm beat its larger displacement competition? Will Audi's turbo 3.7 liter diesel approach win out? Will Toyota's naturally aspirated 3.4 liter V8 prove to be too much to overcome? It is going to be a lot of fun to watch the world's best duke it out in a competition of endurance, engineering, and team driving on one of the most famous and storied Motorsport stages. Video and photo credit to Dr. Gumo Lunatic
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    Yesterday, 02:40 PM
    Why does anyone need over 600 horsepower at the wheels in a G-Wagon? Come on now, nobody reading this site is asking that question. A 5600 pound German tank pushing 620 horsepower to all four wheels along with 547 pound-feet of torque is absurdly awesome. The motor is built by Eurocharged and is bored out to 5.7 liters with ported heads. The supercharger is Weistec's 3.0 liter twin screw which replaces the 2.1 liter OEM blower. Eurocharged added in some of their custom tuning and the result at all four wheels is staggering. Considering the drivetrain losses this is one of the strongest supercharged M113 V8's in the world. Simply great work by everyone involved.
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    04-16-2014, 05:44 PM
    It is no secret that the new Stingray is already doing some incredible things in the aftermarket. Vengeance Racing in particular has been pushing the platform hard with the world's fastest boost only LT1 1/4 mile run hitting a blistering 144 miles per hour of trap speed. ] This VRSC690 package is a bit more mild than the record setting supercharged setup but it uses a similar centrifugal blower with several different options. You can choose from an ECS, Procharger, or A&A head unit. The dyno results below show an ECS unit and the output is 592 wheel horsepower on pump fuel. That is from the base kit with no modifications. What does the kit include? American Racing long tube headers, catted x-pipe, spark plugs, ECU tuning, and of course the supercharger and piping. The total price for around 600 wheel horsepower is $9999.00 plus installation. That is not bad at all and there is room to grow with race gas, higher boost, etc. Dyno results, specs, and pictures below.
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    04-12-2014, 07:22 PM
    Congratulations are in order to this E55 and Eurocharged who tuned it for setting a new quickest and fastest overall W211 E55 AMG record. The bar now is set at 10.39 @ 134 in the 1/4 mile. The car achieved with basically with aggressive engine and transmission tuning along with a fairly big 150 shot of nitrous. The E55 is still on the stock 2.1 liter OEM Lysholm supercharger which definitely is holding it back a bit but that is where the nitrous comes into play. The mod list includes a 82mm throttle body, 185mm pulley, long tube headers, 150 shot, upgraded heat exchanger, Wavetrac limited slip differential, and of course drag rubber. Video and slip below, congratulations to all involved.
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    04-13-2014, 07:01 PM
    The new Audi/VW 1.8 turbo direct injected four-cylinder fills the entry level gasoline spot in the model VW and Audi model range now. Volkswagen previously used a naturally aspirated 2.5 liter inline-5 but this is the motor replacing it. It is based on the larger 2.0T model so they share the same EA888 engine architecture. With 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque it is not a powerhouse but the turbo torque out of the small displacement motor definitely shows potential. So how does the engine fair in the A3? Consider first that this A3 only weighs 3108 pounds. Pretty light for an Audi sedan, right? Consider next that this motor in the A3 is available in front wheel drive only which means the car achieves that curb weight thanks to ditching Quattro. Despite the low weight and S-Tronic dual clutch gearbox acceleration is fairly lackluster with 0-60 coming in 6.8 seconds and the 1/4 mile in 15.4 @ 89.4. Certainly nothing special but with a tune this might surprise a few people. However, once you start adding power and torque that front wheel drive traction will become a problem. Is it better to opt for the 2.0T Quattro models despite their heavier weight? The price hit is $3,000 for the larger motor and all wheel drive so unless price is the deciding factor the 2.0T makes more sense especially if one is interested in performance or tuning... like AudiBoost is. 2015 Audi A3 1.8T BASE PRICE $30,795 PRICE AS TESTED $34,545 VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan ENGINE 1.8L/170-hp/200-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4 TRANSMISSION 6-speed twin-clutch auto. CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3108 lb (60/40%) WHEELBASE 103.8 in LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 175.4 x 77.2 x 55.7 in 0-60 MPH 6.8 sec QUARTER MILE 15.4 sec @ 89.4 mph BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 106 ft LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.88 g (avg) MT FIGURE EIGHT 26.7 sec @ 0.67 g (avg) EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 23/33/27 mpg ENERGY CONS., CITY/HWY 147/102 kW-hrs/100 miles CO2 EMISSIONS 0.73 lb/mile
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    04-13-2014, 08:08 PM
    Defending champion Corvette Racing took the victory at this past weekend's Long Beach Grand Prix. Corvette Racing impressively got both of their entries on the podium due to their 1-3 finish. BMW also got on the podium thanks to a second place finish from the number 56 Z4 GTE. BMW's second Z4 (number 55) finished in 6th place. Keep in mind it is still early in the season but here are the USC (United Sportscar Championship) GTLM standings after three races. Porsche is in first place with 100 points followed by BMW with 94. SRT is doing an impressive job with the new Vipers sitting one point in front of Chevy in third place with 90. Ferrari is in last place with 80 points. Corvette Racing won the Long Beach Grand Prix in their new C7R which seems to be running much stronger. They dominated the race leading all but two laps. Drivers Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen took the victory and Magnussen had this to say, "It was an important victory for the team. The whole time we had a fast car. We just didn't make the most of it with reliability issues at both Daytona and Sebring. I couldn't be happier for Antonio, myself and this entire team.” The next Grand Prix is May 3rd-4th in Monterey. There is a long way to go but Chevy's strong result bodes well for the rest of the season.
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    04-11-2014, 03:25 PM
    The entry level compact SUV market is lucrative and becoming increasingly competitive. BMW has their X1 and Mercedes-Benz has the GLA-Class in this segment. Lexus intends to challenge them with their brand new entry level 2015 NX SUV. The styling is subjective and incorporates the new Lexus styling language with the large and prominent front grille. It gives somewhat of a gaping hole look but that is what you can expect to see on new Lexus models. The design definitely is modern and it works. The inside of the car is not as progressive as the exterior. It just is not on par with BMW or Mercedes. It simply looks Japanese with a lot of plastic and rubber. The red stitching is fairly nice but the interior is not going to set any class standards. So let's talk about the motor options. Yep, turbocharged power for a Lexus. The NX200t features a 2.0 liter turbocharged motor with direct injection. It feels like everyone has a turbo 2.0 liter four-cylinder these days. The other engine option is a six-cylinder hybrid NX 300h model for the United States. So is the power output? Lexus omits this bit of information which is kind of important. With all wheel drive and good output this may be fun to drive if the weight is low. Considering this is Lexus though expect the car to not have much of a personality and be more transportation than fun. Maybe the F-Sport model will be different as Lexus hints at increased performance. We will have to wait for additional details, enjoy the pictures and press release. All-New Lexus NX Compact Crossover Launches With Marque's First Turbo Powertrain Available With Three Powertrains: Gasoline Turbo NX 200t, Naturally Aspirated NX 200, and Full Hybrid NX 300h Lexus Enters Luxury Compact Crossover Segment NX Reveal at Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20 BEIJING – April 11, 2014 – There's a first for everything! The all-new Lexus NX comes to market as the brand's first entry into the luxury compact crossover segment and with the first turbo in the lineup. The NX will also be offered in naturally aspirated and hybrid powertrains. Powertrains will vary by region. The U.S. market will offer the NX 200t turbo and NX 300h hybrid. The NX 200t F SPORT will also be available with unique exterior and interior features. Lexus will maintain its role as the luxury hybrid leader with six hybrid models including the NX 300h. The NX will be the fourth vehicle in Lexus' luxury utility vehicle lineup and positioned below the popular RX. The Lexus LF-NX concepts, originally introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt and Tokyo Motor Shows, influenced the striking and emotional design of the NX. The sharply styled crossover will be revealed at the 2014 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on April 20. Chief engineer Takeaki Kato and his team developed NX as a luxury vehicle that provides versatility and details unexpected in its class to young, urban drivers. Exterior Design The NX was developed to have more agility than a SUV plus a bold, eye-catching exterior with its low profile and unique roofline. As with all Lexus vehicles, the aggressive exterior starts with the spindle grille. Innovative LED headlamps and daytime running lamps firmly express Lexus' bold styling. The front and rear wheel arches add to the NX's wide and low, muscular stance with bold flares. The arches house standard 17-inch or available 18-inch wheels. The profile is accentuated by a roofline peak set towards the back of the vehicle to create a tight silhouette and provide ample head-room for rear seat occupants.  Subtle, luxury details are included in the innovative Lexus-first door handle with a hidden key barrel and integrated lighting. The rear is punctuated by Lexus' signature 'L' shape combination lamps, each with seamless LED lighting, while the bodywork echoes the spindle grille design. The NX 200t F SPORT will feature exclusive design elements and enhanced driving performance. Interior Design The NX's cabin combines the structural beauty of a high-performance machine with luxury materials that maximizes functionality. The combination of hard metallic surfaces and contrasting soft materials help create a unique interior. A strong, center silver frame surrounds and defines the center instrument panel. Knee pads located at the base of the center stack help support the driver and passenger. The Human Machine Interface (HMI) technology continues the impression of an advanced vehicle and is also located at the bottom of the center stack. Seating played a significant role in the cabin design. The NX possesses a low hip point adding to the connection of the driver to the vehicle and increasing overall head room. The NX also has a long cargo area length and a wide front to rear couple distance. Technology The NX introduces an innovative all-new 2.0-liter gasoline turbo in NX 200t and a naturally aspirated engine in NX 200 with the choice of front and all-weather drive. Lexus also offers a highly efficient hybrid in NX 300h. The NX has an array of innovative on-board technology, including an available Lexus-first Wireless Charging Tray to enable a mobile phone to be charged. Other available technology includes the first application of a new Lexus Remote Touch Interface with a touch pad; and a comprehensive Multi- information Display, including a Lexus-first G sensor and boost meter, Heads-Up Display, All-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
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    04-16-2014, 07:31 PM
    Volkswagen seems determined to repeat its mistakes. For whatever reason they are ignoring their history in the USA and ignoring the failure of the first generation Phaeton. Why? Well, they have the money to burn so if they fail again launching a premium priced VW model in the USA it really will not do much else other than give the US operations a bit of a black eye. New CEO Michael Horn will be the one who that will be held accountable if the Phaeton fails again. Horn wants to connect the German and American Volkswagen markets more directly. Well then why not bring over the models they sell in Germany that they do not sell here? People are interested in the Amarok pick up truck, there's a good place to start in the pickup crazy American market. He says the truck is too small compared to something like an F150. The market doesn't need another F150 it needs a compact truck. Does an $80k+ premium luxury sedan that will compete with Audi's offerings really make more sense than an affordable compact diesel truck? What about the Scirocco? We are not good enough for that car either? Michael Horn is a German and he has a good idea of how the brand does in Germany. However, this is not Germany. The one good sign is that Michael Horn says he is about the 'peoples' car and increasing volume with mainstream cars. Then give us the damn mainstream cars! He does not want to take the brand upstream but make it more mainstream. Good. So how in the world does the Phaeton accomplish that? Why say one thing which is the right thing to say but then do the wrong thing by taking the brand too far upscale? It just does not make any logical sense. Hopefully Michael Horn is able to turn around the US Volkswagen operations but this will not be accomplished with a Phaeton. Unfortunately, the Germans just do not seem to be listening to the Americans. Source
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    04-16-2014, 11:47 PM
    Good work here from GIAC for the 2014 A4 and Allroad models with 2.0T motors. GIAC managed to get some nice gains on 91 octane pump gas. The A4 test car put down 172 wheel horsepower and 213 pound-feet of torque completely stock on the AWE-Tuning Mustang dyno at all four wheels. What did the GIAC tune increase this to? 215 wheel horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque for gains of 43 horsepower and 41 lb-ft of torque respectively. This A4 is a manual car and the numbers for an automatic will likely be a bit lower. GIAC also has a flash-loader available with a 100 octane race gas map (not dyno'd for whatever reason) as well as 'stock' and 'valet' mode for the situations that warrant it. The flash loader is not mandatory at $650. You can opt for a single map without the convenience of switching maps for $495.00. The convenience and safety offered with multiple maps and hand held flash loading more than warrants the price difference.
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    Yesterday, 04:33 PM
    4.2 liter V8 B8 S5 owners your day has come. APR released their Eaton TVS1740 based Stage III supercharger kit for the S5 and the power gains and performance numbers are very impressive. The S5 is not exactly a powerhouse in stock form putting out 274 horsepower to all four wheels. On 91 octane pump gas with the TVS1740 output goes up by 207 wheel horsepower to 481 wheel horsepower. The torque numbers thanks to the positive displacement blower also get a huge bump going from 288 wheel torque to 453 lb-ft at the wheels. The torque gain thanks to the TVS blower is instant which no doubt makes the S5 feel like a whole new car with a huge new motor. The 100 octane race fuel numbers are even more impressive with output at the wheels going to 550 and torque going to 501 lb-ft. So what does this do for performance? A stock S5 does the 1/4 mile in the mid 13's at roughly 105 miles per hour. On 93 octane with the APR Stage II supercharger the 1/4 mile improves to 11.24 @ 124.68. On 100 octane this improves even further to 11.16 @ 126.92. A night and day difference to say the least and what is even more impressive is that this was achieved with a manual transmission. So what is the price? Either $15,749.99 or $14,749.99 depending on the model year. If you want the full power capability you need an upgraded fuel pump which is not included in the kit. You will also likely need an upgraded clutch. Then there is also the intake and exhaust that should be upgraded to not become a restriction. Yes, this all becomes very pricey but with APR you know it will all work as it should and be reliable. Dynos and video below. 91 Octane: 93 Octane: 100 Octane:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    04-16-2014, 11:45 PM
    The Ferrari forced induction landscape is rather small. There are not many cars produced to begin with and it is not exactly easy to tune something like a 458 Italia for a forced induction setup. Most owners also are not going to tinker with their Ferrari. UGR (Underground Racing) is really the only company with results on the platform up to this point. So, enter Hennessey who as usual makes bold claims but with little substance. The pictures and videos certainly show what is a twin turbocharged 458. There is a short video that shows the car doing a WOT burst and it certainly sounds turbocharged. So where is the dynograph especially when one of the videos shows the car on a dyno? In Hennessey's defense UGR has not provided a graph either for their twin turbo kit which they claim puts out 700 wheel horsepower. However, UGR has built up a very solid reputation with their work in the Lamborghini world. Hennessey's reputation does not get the benefit of the doubt to say the least. Regardless, Hennessey claims 738 horsepower along with 532 lb-ft of torque for the kit. He also claims a 10.5 @ 137 mile per hour quarter mile which just like the horsepower claim is unsubstantiated. It is nothing more than an educated guess as a 458 Italia with a couple turbos should easily be capable of that performance and then some. Hennessey also does not provide pricing information and this is likely overpriced just like the majority of what Hennessey offers. Then again, UGR also does not provide pricing information. At this level it's one of those things where if you can afford the car you can afford the upgrades. Still, nobody likes to throw away money and in the Lamborghini world UGR clearly defines their pricing due to facing some actual competition. They may have some actual competition now in the 458 scene but until Hennessey demonstrates more than some short flyby videos the UGR kit is still the choice for the platform especially if it is cheaper. HPE700 Twin Turbo Performance Upgrade Available for the Ferrari 458 Italia, Spider & Speciale Power: • 738 Horsepower @ 8,400 rpm • 532 lb-ft Torque @ 5,600 rpm Performance: • 0-60 mph: 2.8 sec. • 1/4 mile: 10.5 sec. @ 137 mph HPE700 Twin Turbo Ferrari 458 Upgrade Includes: • Twin Ball Bearing Turbochargers • Fuel System Upgrade • Stainless Steel Inlet Piping • Dual Wastegates • Air-to-water Intercooler System • Dual Air Induction Filters • Stainless Steel Turbo Downpipes • Stainless Steel Exhaust System • Custom Oil & Transmission Lines • Professional Installation • HPE Engine Management Calibration • Dyno Tuning & Road Testing • Serial-Numbered Dash & Engine Plaques • Hennessey Exterior Badging • 1 Year / 12,000 Mile Limited Warranty Additional Upgrades Available: • CarbonAeroฎ Carbon Fiber Exterior Body Upgrades • Hennessey Monoblock Wheel Upgrade • Michelin Pilot Super Sport Tires • KW Adjustable Suspension Upgrade • Custom Interior Leather Upgrades • Carbon Fiber Interior Upgrades
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    Today, 05:07 AM
    Anything for you bro, when an where. Don't just tease me..
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    Today, 03:41 AM
    the blocks weren't designed to be used for F1 when conceived, so who cares about F1 this doesnt make a block "good". they just raided the parts bin and found the M10 blocks were able to do the job without designing a new one specifically..... whoop dee do ive never said that the M10 block wasnt strong nor good at the F1 application if the M10 block is so good they would be using it on modern engines
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 03:03 AM
    Nice edit. The newer blocks may be better engineered by certain standards but are they stronger? Are they better for use in F1? Soooo.... like I said, based on application? So the M10 block is better for Formula 1 than say an N54? I wouldn't cross a bridge I built. Just saying.
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  • digger's Avatar
    Today, 02:57 AM
    assuming newer blocks prove themselves not to fail prematurely outside staistical variations then newer blocks are without a doubt better engineered. in order to make something both lighter and suitable for the application intended requires more knowledge and better understanding of the possible operating conditions, loads in service, duty cycle etc and better understanding of mechanical properties so you dont get it wrong. you need a better understand how structures behave so that material is added in the right areas in an efficient manner. lots of stuff has been and is done by designers (non engineers) eye balling stuff, rules of thumb and that works very often but in the modern world you will never be the best at what you do with this approach stronger does not mean better unless of course that is a design objective. anyone can build a bridge, but to design and build something that is light, economical to proiduce and efficient is where engineering comes into it
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Today, 02:29 AM
    Or we can all come to my event. Problem is it will be in Norcal so I doubt many of you will make the trip.
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    Today, 01:22 AM
    Well I mean BMW's engineers today just try to make the car last the warranty period. Is that good engineering? The M10 block is probably a better turbo candidate than any current BMW block. The new BMW blocks are lighter but which is more impressively engineered? I think your statement really depends on application.
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    Today, 12:27 AM
    I actually gave up the NT555 for PSS tires, and the PSS are about done for on the rears. I like the PSS, havent really put them to use on the track yet, the times I visited the strip with them the track was shit prepped, so I never really got to really test them out, However for rolls, and wet roads they gripped damn well. Most important though the "ride comfort" is the best expereince I have ever had with a tire
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    Today, 12:14 AM
    No, that stuff is for the M5. I run the 135i on E98 normally. Will probably switch to methanol soon though as my 55 gallon drum of E98 is about empty. :)
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