Published on 10-18-2011 08:10 AM
We are not going to name any names here but chances are there are a few M156 ECU's out there that look exactly like what you see here. This ECU was drenched in epoxy gunk which essentially ruined it without the owner knowing or providing consent for the ECU to be modified in this manner. The only way to remove the material to be able to tune the ECU was to use a CNC machine carefully to remove it over a period of a couple hours. It was a coin flip whether the board would be hit essentially creating an expensive paperweight but the ECU was able to be salvaged and tuned as the material was removed without hitting/damaging the board. Make sure you do not have to go through this ordeal with your ECU and be careful what tuner you go with.
...Published on 10-18-2011 08:00 AM
Congrats to BimmerBoost member @alextremo who took his manual F10 550i out to the New England Dragway and ran 12's with only a Dinan Stage 2 tune. Alex weighed his car with himself in it and it came in at a staggering 4,560 pounds so running almost 113 mph and high 12's on stock runflat street tires along with that weight is certainly impressive. The Dinan tune clearly has made a considerable difference. The vehicle had an 1/8 tank of gas and some MS109 race fuel mixed with pump gas. This vehicle is capable of much more in cooler weather with some drag radials as well as supplementary modifications.
...Published on 10-18-2011 03:58 AM
Some of the older folks who read this site may not know who The Game is. He is an American rapper from Los Angeles. That should likely explain why this Porsche Panamera has been hideously blinged out. It's sad to see huge gaudy red rims that would look out of place even on an Escalade along with red trim in all the wrong places. Red chosen obviously to signify the rapper's ties to the Bloods street gang. Our advice? If you want to look like a baller save the money on the overdone rims and painted trim and go get yourself a stock Panamera Turbo.
...Published on 10-17-2011 10:13 PM
This story has come out of nowhere and is being reported by Automotive News. Ernts Lieb has been relived from his position that he has held for the last 5 years as head of Mercedes in the USA. Herbert Werner will take over in the interim until an official successor is announced. Mercedes has had strong months this year in the USA so we are not sure what the reason is for Lieb being suddenly removed from his post especially considering he has worked for Daimler for over two decades. This dismissal seemingly coincides with the cancellation of the Mercedes national dealer meeting which was supposed to take place this week. We do not know what Lieb may have done wrong but we do like his taste in women. More on this story to come.
...Published on 10-17-2011 06:16 PM
It looks like Audi will be producing an RS1. Excited? Don't be, since the USA will be excluded not that this is up their on our list of RS models we would like. Regardless, the car is expected to have around 220 horsepower from a 2.0T motor mated to all wheel drive with a 6 speed gearbox. This sure would be a fun little car to drive around, try giving the US market a chance for small cars Audi.
...Published on 10-17-2011 07:34 AM
Forza Motosport is awesome, this is well known. Forza Motorsport is the latest game in the series and reviews across the board praise the game as automotive nirvana. The new BMW M5 graces the cover and it is only natural that BMW wanted to share in the publicity the game is receiving. This led to the creation of the "M5 Forza Cup" which will award a brand new M5 to the person with the fastest virtual laptime with the new M5. You have until November 26 to set the fastest laptime to make the final group of 16 which will compete for the main prize, go get your copy already!
...Published on 10-17-2011 06:55 AM
Low 11's with just a tune in warm 85 degree Florida weather? That is what a CLS63 AMG (non-Performance Package) with the Stage 1 Renntech M157 tune just did. The Stage I tune raises boost from the stock 14.5 psi to about the exact same amount as the performance package, 18.8 psi. The vehicle was completely stock except for Nitto NT05 drag radials. Density altitude was just under 2000 feet which means in winter conditions we can realistically expect high 10's out of tune only M157 cars.
...Published on 10-17-2011 03:56 AM
Carbon fiber is much more than just something that looks cool. It also saves weight and when applied in the appropriate places it makes a considerable difference. This is why BMW used it for the roof on the E92 M3. BMW skimped on the carbon roof for the 1M (among other things) but not to worry as Revosport has a carbon roof option for the 1M. The carbon panel weighs only 4 kilograms vs. the stock 16 kilograms. That is 12 kilograms (26 pounds) saved at the highest point of the car. Cool looking and functional? You bet.
...Published on 10-17-2011 12:01 AM
Vorsteiner teased their 958 Cayenne Turbo body kit with the following photos. A great looking kit that is not overdone like some of the others. The entire offering for the Cayenne will consist of the carbon body pieces, forged wheels, and exhaust systems. Parts will be available for the Cayenne, Cayenne S, and Cayenne Turbo. Expect the official release of the parts toward the end of this year, 2011.
...Published on 10-16-2011 10:50 PM
We already had a general idea of the next generation A3 thanks to the sedan concept from Geneva. AutoExpress brings us renderings of the hatchback which, no surprise, looks just like the sedan. There will be four body styles of the new A3; a five door hatch, 3 door hatch, sedan, and one that has not been announced (cab perhaps?). Audi is also going to offer an all electric A3 along with a hybrid version. That is great and all but we we are looking forward to is the RS3 sedan. Bring it Audi, bring it on.
...Published on 10-16-2011 07:27 AM
Despite a promising weekend for Mercedes GP, the team couldn't show it where is counts, the race. Rosberg could only manage to claim eighth place, after battling it out with Jenson Button and the Ferrari's. In the end, he's tires gave out and was passed by Torro Rosso's Alguersuari on the last lap of the race. Michael had an unfortunate race and had to retire after Ranault's Vitaly Petrov completely over-braked and took out Schumacher on turn 3. Petrov and Alonso were battling for position after the first pitstops and both outbraked themselves. Alonso was on the outside and went off the track, but Petrov on the inside, ran into Schumacher, destroying his rear wing and puncturing his rear tire.
...Published on 10-16-2011 12:50 AM
Renntech is branching out to other markets from their traditional Mercedes tuning and they have several ECU tunes now available for BMW vehicles. The Renntech 335 diesel tune puts down an impressive 311 horsepower to the wheels along with a tremendous 432 wheel torque. The ECU has to be sent in for the flash unless one is local. A 24 month warranty is also included in the $1100 price. This tune should be applicable to the X5 diesel as well in the United States.
...Published on 10-15-2011 09:21 PM
This simply has to be seen to be believed. A Cayman owner in the Washington area decided to modify his car. We are all for that and all for the awesome Techart widebody kit he did which costs a pretty penny. It is the paintjob after the kit was installed that makes us scratch our heads. The high quality air brush paint job cost about $15,000 but is completely out of place on a Porsche Cayman. It looks like it should be on a Hot Rod or Sand Rail of some sort, not a Porsche. Well, it's different, that is for sure.
...Published on 10-15-2011 09:31 AM
Mercedes GP took a very strategic approach to the Korean weekend. They spent all practice sessions on finding the right setup for race conditions. When qualifying rolled around, both drivers chose to do only one run in each of the qualifying periods in order to save tires for the race. Unfortunatly because of that Schumacher after complaints of vibrations in the car could ony manage 9th before dropping to 12th at the end of Q2. Nico Rosberg on the other hand made it through all three sessions and finished qualifying in 7th place.
...Published on 10-14-2011 07:41 PM
Well here it is, the new 2012 4 door F30 3 series. Not really all that much different externally with BMW playing it extremely safe. The styling envelope is not being pushed with the 3 taking cues from the F10 5 series for the headlights and the rear taillight design being as benign as possible. The interior is also a very minor update on the E90 with the BMW switchgear and gear lever that we have all grown accustomed to.
...Published on 10-14-2011 12:17 AM
As you know, Audi updated the RS5 for 2013. These changes include styling differences such as the front and rear lights. The engine also received a bump up to 450 horsepower which is mated to a dual clutch transmission. These changes will all carry over to a convertible version of the car which you can see was spotted testing below with basically no camouflage except an S5 badge instead of RS5.
...Published on 10-13-2011 09:40 PM
As many of you expected, Renntech is now a vendor on BenzBoost and the entire Boost Network of sites. We wish to welcome Renntech and thank them for their positive and professional approach. Renntech was established in 1989 by Hartmut Feyhl and since then has evolved into one of the premier Mercedes tuning options in the United States. Renntech offers forced induction, body pieces, intakes, exhausts, tuning, you name it. Renntech is also expanding into other markets beyond Mercedes offering Porsche parts and tuning as well as the same for Audi. The Renntech website is http://www.renntechmercedes.com and can also be reached by contacting @mark@renntech here on the forum.
...Published on 10-13-2011 01:51 AM
We have reported several times that Audi was contemplating releasing a higher performance version of the Q5. These rumors died down a bit after the initial testing as Audi seemed to be contemplating the idea. Well, the car was caught out testing again with some revisions so it appears the Q5 S is the real deal. Expect to see a version of the B8 S4's 3.0 TFSI supercharged V6 under the hood. Whether the motor will be mated to a DSG or automatic is anyone's guess but for an SUV an automatic makes more sense especially if one is to actually use it to tow. We think this model is a great move on Audi's part.
...Published on 10-13-2011 12:47 AM
The Cayman R with PDK is one very quick little vehicle. How quick? Well, how does 0-60 in 4.0 seconds flat sound? How about the 1/4 mile in 12.5@110? That is pretty darn quick. Insideline loved the car and it is hard not to see why. Great steering feel, low weight, awesome handling, and as they put it, "911-threatening acceleration with PDK." We want to remind you that Autocar claimed the BMW 1M "crushes" the Cayman in a straightline. Uh, it is actually the other way around.
...Published on 10-12-2011 08:28 PM
We are sorry it has come to this but we can no longer have Modern Horsepower (MHP) advertising on this network. Andrew Cluck simply has abused the goodwill here and worn out his welcome (again). As many of you suspected, Andy was using multiple accounts to bash the competition hoping to prop up MHP in this manner. Yes, the user Jbond was Andy and the staff bit their lips as much as humanly possible even though that is not part of the vendor agreement. We simply do not condone attacking Renntech while hiding behind multiple accounts and this is why the thread was not moderated to protect MHP. Andy created that situation and we were not going to allow him to have vendor privileges in a thread the he did not have the courage to make from his vendor name.