Published on 08-15-2011 07:25 PM
Emanuel Pirro is a 5 times Le Mans champion. Impressive? Yes. So the guy knows a thing or two about performance cars and how they should behave. These videos from Audi have Emanuel detail the Audi R8 GT and why it's great, wait, spectacular being a more apt description. 0-60 in 3.6 seconds and a 560 horsepower tweaked 5.2 liter direct injected V10 paired to the excellent Audi chassis no doubt makes for a hell of a track car. Especially considering the weight was also dropped. Check it out, worth watching.
...Published on 08-15-2011 04:22 PM
There were some alarming reports earlier this year that Michael Schumacher would perhaps not return to finish out his contract due to his "heart" not being into it any longer. Well, Schumacher ended the speculation by confirming he will be coming back next year which is his final year under contract. What is interesting is that Mercedes GP president Ross Brawn is the one who hinted at issues with Schumacher and Mercedes-Petronas stating Schumacher's future with the team would be evaluated later this year. That must have put pressure on Schumacher who decided during the season to return.
...Published on 08-15-2011 03:50 PM
You should know by now the 2012 3 series is coming and that it will be referred to as the F30 generation. A lot of speculation has been taking place on how the car will look which is not really all that big of a surprise. What is a surprise is it would seem the design has now leaked out. Someone managed to snap some photos of the car basically completely undisguised and in its final form. Not the best pictures ever but they clearly show the 3 is taking styling cues from the 5 meaning subdued and restrained evolution.
...Published on 08-12-2011 07:52 PM
ESS will be entering the competitive, expensive, and lucrative E60 and E63 M5/M6 header market. These headers were designed with the ESS supercharger in mind and will be used on the V2+ and V3 supercharger kits whenever those actually come out. RPI will be carrying these headers which is interesting as they also have a header application for the S85. The difference of course being these are new larger diameter designs with forced induction in mind while all the other headers options available currently are intended for naturally aspirated applications. No word on pricing, but likely not cheap as all S85 headers available are expensive.
...Published on 08-12-2011 02:59 PM
This is the car that has been getting a lot of attention due to the owners erratic behavior. A fauly crank position sensor caused some issues but that has since been resolved. The vehicle put down an eye opening 630 whp and the owner describes it as being 'too powerful' as if there was such a thing. This build just goes to show having some trust in reputable vendors and tuners to resolve issues goes a long way as does a bit of patience/class. Well done Weistec and ACG!
...Published on 08-11-2011 10:09 AM
Porsche released a press release a little while ago detailing the Porsche GT3 R 2.0 Hybrid. The new car will make its race debut on September 17 at Laguna Seca. This car is not eligible for any championship points with hybrid technology not being part of the GT class rules, Porsche plans to test the car in an ALMS race setting. It will be interesting to see how the car will do with its dual 100 horsepower electric motors powering a car that is 110 pounds lighter than its predecessor. Its predecessor of course scoring the first victory for a hybrid earlier this year.
...Published on 08-10-2011 09:21 AM
The BMW i3 electric city car was officially unveiled last month. Audi has now decided to potentially enter the fray with their own city car, the Audi Urban. Audi's approach is a little different with a 1+1 seating configuration and aiming to be ultra light. The roof of the car slides to the rear to allow access to the inside. The concept also features 21 inch free standing wheels which we are not sure why something aiming to be super light and efficient needs large 21 inch rims. Exact specifications have not yet been provided for the motor but it is fully electric with lithium-ion power. Expect an official reveal sometime soon, maybe Frankfurt.
...Published on 08-10-2011 08:02 AM
In an interview with Car and Driver Porsche CEO Matthias Muller confirmed that a new mid engine sports car to be positioned between the 911 and 918 is coming. Well, we know the cars in the segment Porsche is aiming at and the main rivals are the 458 Italia and the McLaren MP4-12C. It would not be surprising to see this car share a platform with whatever Lamborghini calls the Gallardo successor. The name of the car will likely be 961 which was the race car in the famous Group B based on the Porsche 959 supercar. The car may bow in as early as 2013.
...Published on 08-10-2011 05:57 AM
The results below are for the OE Tuning N55 flash tune on a 2011 BMW 335i N55. The only mod on the car is an aftermarket downpipe. Baseline is on 91 octane with the stock tune vs. the OE Tuning tune on the same fuel. Custom tunes are available for race gas applications, downpipes, cat deletes, whatever, and all the N55 models. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
...Published on 08-09-2011 08:25 AM
What is going on at BMW? This is an unsubstantiated rumor based on a magazine that got a hold of some internal BMW documents showing the M550 diesel. This would be the first ever diesel M car. As the X in the name on the document states, this would likely be an AWD diesel variant. Not all that surprising considering an all wheel drive M5 was already confirmed. This may be the car BMW was referring to when they stated the intention to produce an all wheel drive M5 model.
...Published on 08-09-2011 07:22 AM
These are the same pulleys that are used on all the Weistec supercharger kits. These CNC machined aluminum belt idlers are also available for all M156 based cars not just those with the supercharger kit. The factory Mercedes pulleys are plastic and have been known to have problems. For modified or even stock vehicles this billet pulley is a good solution. It is a direct bolt in replacement, $299.
...Published on 08-08-2011 11:29 AM
Bimmerfest East 2011 has come and gone. It took place this past Saturday, August 6, 2011. The event was held at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen Maryland. The event seemed to be a big success with a nice turnout with several of our vendors stating they are already looking forward to the event again next year. Take a look at the pictures, courtesy of BimmerBoost member 5mall5nail5.
...Published on 08-08-2011 10:53 AM
The M157 ECU tune from BenzBoost premier vendor Modern Horsepower (MHP) is now available. The dyno below is a Cartec dyno from the MHP European facility. It reads stock, non-performance package cars at 528 crank and 484 rwhp. Tuned cars are at 627 crank and 589 rear wheel horsepower. Torque figures rise from 569 crank / 521 rwtq stock to 690l / 632 rwtq. Dyno tests were done on 98 RON octane fuel on a car without the performance package. This tune is available now for $2995.
...Published on 08-08-2011 10:43 AM
Perhaps we have gotten a bit spoiled by BMW's dominating performances this season in ALMS. Seeing them finish 3rd and 4th seems almost out of character. It is certainly possible they would have finished 1-2 if it was not for a torrential downpour forcing an end 13 minutes early. The BMW pit stop strategy would have likely worked out if it was not for the heavy rain. BMW remains atop the manufacturer, driver, and team standings even with the 3-4 finish.
...Published on 08-06-2011 08:10 AM
Suspension systems that are able to raise the nose of a car at the push of a button are getting popular. Namely in the performance car scene because performance enthusiasts like their cars low to the ground for handling and styling. Problems arise when trying to enter steep driveways or go over speed bumps but Carlsson has SLS owners covered. This system can raise the car at both ends up to 40mm and do so at speeds of up to 50 MPH. Very useful and likely very expensive.
...Published on 08-06-2011 08:02 AM
This rendering is courtesy of Auto Motor Und Sport. Yes, you read correctly, BMW 4 series. Get used to the idea as BMW will be putting sedans into odd numbers and coupes into even numbers. Why? They were bored we guess and kind of a shame to throw away the 3 series tradition. Regardless, the 4 series coupe will be an F32. We reported the new chassis designations earlier but here they are again:
...Published on 08-05-2011 08:00 AM
Well, here is yet another SUV variant coming. This one is designed to rival the BMW X6 as well as the upcoming Audi Q6. The platform has been confirmed as C166. The car will be built on a modified M-class platform much like the X6 is built on an X5 platform. It will be built in the US plant that already builds the ML, GL, and R-class vehicles. Do not expect it anytime soon, it is scheduled as a 2015 model.
...Published on 08-05-2011 07:41 AM
This is the Motorsport 24 widebody kit for the BMW E82 1 series. This kit is available in carbon fiber for 6,900 Euros ($9874) or FRP for 5,500 Euros ($7871). It consists of 9 pieces including the front bumper, rear bumper, front fenders, side skirts, and rear fenders. Motorsport 24 products will be distributed in the United States by BimmerBoost premier vendor IND-Distribution. If interested, contact them or check out the Motorsport 24 USA site which should be fully up soon.
...Published on 08-04-2011 09:12 AM
We knew the Audi S8 was coming and that it would be using a twin turbo V8 from a leaked report in February of this year. That report states the car will get 518 horsepower. This will mean the car will have slightly more power and torque as well than the 12 cylinder W12 version, making it almost redundant. The S8 should not only be sportier than the W12, but lighter and cheaper. If it was up to us, we would take the twin turbo V8, thanks.
...Published on 08-04-2011 08:06 AM
Prior Design has been putting out some great SL kits as of late. Here is their latest wide, very wide, body kit. The kit consists of a new front bumper, rear bumper, front fenders, front bonnet, side skirts, rear fenders, rear diffuser, and a rear trunk spoiler. Other than the LED's in the front bumper (this LED obsession needs to stop) we like the kit a lot. Pricing information to come shortly, enjoy the pictures.