Published on 09-06-2011 06:50 AM
Well, the back and forth fight between Audi and Mercedes continues although Audi's dominant 1-2-3 finish this past weekend vaulted them into first place in the standings. Martin Tomczyk helped Audi get back in the drivers seat with his third win of the season. Mattias Ekstrom and Edoardo Mortara were the two other Audi drivers who helped complete Audi's first 1-2-3 sweep of the season. The Audi drivers seemed to do much better in the wet conditions than the Mercedes drivers.
...Published on 09-06-2011 06:33 AM
Many of you probably do not know yet that Apex Speed Technology does the tuning for the Singer Porsches. We'll let Apex tell you the story in their own words:
Last week Tim and I went to Cosworth in Torrance, CA to setup and being tuning on the Singer Vehicle Design Porsche 911 motor, using Pectel Engine Management. It was a great project, and we got to work with a lot of really smart people. These days chassis dynos are so common people seem to forget the value of a proper engine dyno. Last week was a good reminder.
...Published on 09-06-2011 05:10 AM
The BMW N20 direct injected turbo 4 cylinder is just starting to find its way into production models but that has not stopped Fisker from putting in a big order for them. You know, Fisker, who produces (or more aptly is going to produce) a variety of all electric as well as hybrid vehicles. Fisker and BMW signed an agreement for BMW to supply the motors for the upcoming Fisker Nina which will be a mid-size sedan. Henrik Fisker stated: "The BMW engine was an obvious choice for us, as BMW is known for producing the best and most fuel efficient gasoline engines in the world."
...Published on 09-05-2011 08:34 AM
Fabspeed has released two sets of headers for the Porsche 997.2 Carrera and Carrera S. The sport header has an integrated 200 cell cat. The race header is catless. Gains for the sport headers are 12 horsepower at the wheels which is very respectable. No gains were stated for the race headers although if you look at the cat placement on the sport the catless race version should provide a few more horses without that early restriction. Completely bolt in application made with T304 stainless steel.
...Published on 09-05-2011 06:50 AM
Brabus released images of their program for the facelifted 4matic (all wheel drive) W216 CL550. Obviously, body pieces are a part of it with a new front bumper, side skirts, trunk spoiler, and rear diffuser. The engine gets some work as well with a new exhaust and tune pushing it to 520 horsepower. The Brabus wheels complete the look and are very nice. The only downside is that annoying little red reflector in the middle of the rear bumper which just looks tacky.
...Published on 09-05-2011 06:32 AM
This car will be making its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show coming up in the next two weeks but Alpina decided to release a small handful of photos early. Nothing shocking here, same 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 motor with 507 horsepower as the B7. Alpina changes the turbos on the standard N63 V8 as well as the pistons and rods for a unique setup. Everything else is typical Alpina with the traditional wheels and subdued body work. We have to wonder though, why buy this when the M6 is right around the corner? Seems rather pointless as the B7 makes more sense since there is no M7 model from BMW.
...Published on 09-03-2011 11:01 PM
Not a win but more than good enough to keep BMW on top of the point standings with only two races remaining (Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta). Dirk Muller and Joey Hand were the drivers who finished in second while Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner finished in 5th place. Werner was on the pole. This race definitely helped BMW's chances to finish with the title yet again. Check out the video below to see what a lap of Baltimore is like. Laguna Seca is shaping up to be very interesting.
...Published on 09-03-2011 09:25 AM
First, a warning, this video is graphic. Why are we showing you this? Because it is important to remind people even if you do not see anything in your mirrors there may be a motorcycle next to you and it is important to physically turn your head and look before changing lanes. The driver here did not signal before changing lanes although that likely would not have mattered. This is a very, very sad story and an unfortunate one. For whatever reason, several stories involving wrecks and fatalities have originated from Russia as of late. Watch the video if you wish, up to you.
...Published on 09-03-2011 09:12 AM
While searching for places to shed weight on the M3, most start with the obvious panels made of steel. When the factory gives you composite or aluminum panels already as a starting point the quest to shave the pounds of a performance car can become more difficult. As usual, Challenge is here to re-write the book on composites for the M3 using only the best in materials and manufacturing techniques to offer some of the lightest weight and well made body panels available.
...Published on 09-03-2011 07:43 AM
These pictures look official but we can not confirm if these are real or not. Basically, we just happened to stumble upon these on Twitter and decided to share them here. The front almost looks like the 997 factory aerokit which is not a bad thing but also is not necessarily innovative. The rear ducktail spoiler is very nice but that has also been done. Is this the real deal or just someone playing a joke? We will have to wait to find out.
...Published on 09-03-2011 06:42 AM
Brabus has released some official pictures of their B25 S body kit for the new C207 E-class coupe prior to its official debut in Frankfurt. This is more than just a bodykit as it is a complete package inside and out as Brabus often does including engine enhancement. Brabus did not release any details on the motor changes so all we have to go on are these pictures which show modifications to the front bumper, front fenders, rear diffuser, exhaust, suspension, and interior.
...Published on 09-03-2011 06:16 AM
Eisenmann’s long-anticipated 1M exhaust system seemed like a proverbial golden ticket to us at IND when the first prototype finally arrived at our warehouse. We carefully cut the Eisenmann packing tape, opened the box, and looked at Eisenmann’s latest creation for the first time. Of course seeing the polished stainless steel of the canister and perfectly hand-formed exhaust tips is a great sight, but the real privilege for all of us at IND was determining just who should get this first golden ticket.
...Published on 09-03-2011 12:42 AM
To be clear, this was not originally an X50 or K24 car. K24 turbos were added to this car aftermarket. The baseline tune you see here is a factory similar Porsche X50 map with around 1 bar of boost. This map was then taken to 1.1 bar and the redline was also raised to 7000 rpm. Peak gains are 55 horsepower at all four wheels as well as 50 wheel torque. All pulls were on 91 octane pump gas. This car belongs to professional race car driver Carl Rydquist.
...Published on 09-02-2011 10:20 PM
Interested in turning up the boost on your N55? Well Active Autowerke has a solution for you! Nearly 30 years in the BMW tuning industry, Active is consistently raising the bar in the BMW flash tune business. And this is no different, now available for immediate purchase is the Active Autowerke N55 Performance Flash. We have driven the Active Autowerke 135 N55, with the Active Performance software, and needless to say we were impressed! Compared to stock the drive-ability is on a whole new level, the car has a completely different feel than the tuned N54's, boost comes in and it comes in hard, and holds nice all the way to red line.
...Published on 09-02-2011 07:38 PM
This is a bit of an interesting development. Many of you will know Kleemann as a European company who developed and still develops superchargers for Mercedes platforms. Weistec would almost seem to be their competition making this joint venture somewhat surprising although Kleemann has no M156 application. Due to that, it would seem fitting for both parties to work together as Kleemann can use their network to sell the Weistec product and Weistec will be able to reach a wider audience. Essentially, a win-win for both, check out the press release below.
...Published on 09-01-2011 07:21 PM
Audi released official details on three new models. We wish they did it one at a time instead of all at once but here they are, the new S6, S7, and S8. No surprises here, they have the specs and motors we have been reporting about for some time. The S8 gets a twin turbo V8 with 513 horsepower, very nice. Who needs a W12 A8 now? The S6 and S7 both get the same 414 twin turbo V8, not a single turbo as previously thought. It is also paired to a DSG dual clutch gearbox which is very nice to hear. Expect the RS6 and RS7 to get the S8's motor. We do not know if the S6 and S7 have the same turbos but if they do it should make for some interesting tuning.
...Published on 09-01-2011 06:39 PM
This is some great news especially for our Florida members. Lutz Performance is now a premier vendor on our network. Located in Tampa Lutz is a dealer for Horsepower Freaks (also a vendor) and Active Autowerke. So for those seeking forced induction for their BMW, Lutz Performance is a great source. In addition, they work on all cars offering maintenance, installs, tuning, and even paint/repair services. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 9-6 PM EST.
...Published on 09-01-2011 05:42 PM
Insideline has tested the new SLK350 with the M276 3.5 liter direct injected and naturally aspirated V6. The motor is rated at 302 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. The car ran a respectable 13.8@101 in the 1/4 mile although we expected a little more out of this new motor. The previous generation SLK350 with just 268 horsepower was tested by Car and Driver at 13.8@103 making the performance numbers for the new car and new motor a little disappointing. The new car is about 150 pounds heavier but the new motor should have easily offset that.
...Published on 08-30-2011 07:00 AM
It is videos like this that make many of us hesitant to bring our cars to dealers for work. Dealers then wonder why owners are so anal about the mileage on their cars when dropped off. Well, frankly, after seeing this we should all likely be far more cautious choosing a local dealer making absolutely certain they have reputable/mature emlpoyees. What happened is a Pacific BMW employee took a BMW 1M coupe for a spin through a residential neighborhood going full throttle in a car that did not belong to him. Like the genius he is, he had his friend film it and put it up on Youtube. By the time the video was removed from Youtube, mirrors were up.
...Published on 08-30-2011 06:51 AM
The Panamera Turbo S is an incredibly fast sedan. It is also incredible expensive. Insideline tested the new Panamera and hit 11.9@117 which is quick although we expected more. The CTS-V on the other hand hit 12.4@114 which also seems to be off pace. When one factors in the price for both cross shopping between the two will likely not be happening with the Panamera Turbo S over $100k more at $173,200 base price versus $59,995 base for the CTS-V. The Cadillac also ran a faster MPH through the slalom than the Panamera. We would honestly keep the $100k but there are people out there with money to burn apparently.