byPublished on 05-25-2010 08:20 AM
We have all seen the spy photos and videos of what is an upcoming BMW Motorsport version of the 1 series. This vehicle will be a great addition to the M lineup as it will be the lightest weight M car available and potentially the greatest drivers car sold by BMW today. The issue with this vehicle being contested by enthusiasts is the potential name of this vehicle. Will they call it the 1M, M1, or 135is? Why is this even a big deal? Well, it is a big deal because what they call it will determine if BMW M has finally completed its downward spiral toward marketing over motorsport.
To understand why the issue generates such poignant responses it is vital for one to understand what "M1" means to BMW enthusiasts. The M1 represents the only mid-engine vehicle BMW has ever produced. Additionally, it represents the first official M-badged car that was for sale to the public. This was the first M sold and the "M1" designation was not chosen by accident. It was done to denote that this vehicle epitomized what M stood for. It was ...byPublished on 05-24-2010 06:06 AM
News is coming out regarding the Emotion Wheels M3 and it having a twin turbo V8 under the hood sourced from the X5/X6 M. The motor has supposedly been tuned to over 700 horsepower.
Now, I have several problems with this. First of all, Emotion Wheels does wheels, so who did the work? All the pics show off is their wheels with nothing to substantiate what is under the hood. Furthermore, there is no dyno to substantiate the power claim.
Here is the website for Emotion Wheels: http://www.emotion-wheels.de They do not do tuning, so who did it? What are the details? It seems there is not much substance here.
...byPublished on 05-22-2010 11:35 PM
This was a very tough fought battle seeing several lead changes. The number 90 BMW driven by Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand finished in second place and also had the fastest lap of the day for the class at 1:23.714 which was done by Dirk Mueller.
The back in forth between Patrick Long in the GT3 RSR and Joey Hand in the M3 was incredible. With 8 minutes to spare Patrick Long took the lead. It was a battle down to the wire.
The number 92 BMW was in third place with a half hour to go but Tommy Milner got penalized and lost tremendous position to the other cars. He ended up finishing toward the back of the pack.
BMW remains in strong contention for the manufacturer and driver championship remaining in the top 3 and we are not even at the halfway point.
...byPublished on 05-22-2010 09:34 PMbyPublished on 05-21-2010 10:47 PM
cp-e has reconfigured the Standback to use the CAN data from the DME in the tune. This was not possible before as the processor that the standback uses was completely maxed out and had no more capability. The chip manufacturer however, recently updated that item and now it has more capability with the same coding allowing Lou, cp-e's genius EE, to add CAN functionality to the Standback. We hooked up the BT tool to my car and he "listened" in on the transfer of the target boost data. He then emulated that process on the standback such that the it can now open a CAN session and request the realtime target boost of the n54 DME. He then spits this information back to the DME while independently controlling the wastegates. THe result is a completely open throttle, a completely happy DME, and COMPLETE boost control.
Before this the standback took over boost from the DME at boost greater than 5 psi. At values lower than that the Standback gave the car what it ...byPublished on 05-21-2010 09:33 PM
The introductory pricing is very good, but the MSRP is not as good as expected. Rob Beck is taking $1500 deposits to get in on this ASAP.
RB mentions that the tuning is still a work in progress but that the JB3 seems to be handling the turbos just fine. I think any tune will be able to run these, should not be an issue.
You need to supply your core: Full ...byPublished on 05-21-2010 07:59 AM
I'm not saying they did, just providing the information for you guys to decide for yourselves. This thread was censored where it originated so it became necessary for the discussion to be hosted here where everyone can get the uncensored details, as usual.
Here is what happened:
Guy goes to Mfest.
Guy has Powerchip tune.
Guy decides to try out ESS tune.
Says he doesn't want it, wants to go back to powerchip.
Claims ESS got upset and put a file in his car that damaged it as "revenge" or "payback" for not making the switch.
...byPublished on 05-21-2010 07:45 AM
I must say, the E39 M5 is surprisingly strong. In 2nd gear it runs away. At higher speeds, the M3 does better with its stronger top end. My feeling is that if the M3 was DCT the 2nd gear run would have a different outcome as the DCT is geared much shorter 2nd to 3rd.
...byPublished on 05-21-2010 07:18 AM
This is what Eloy from Raceprecision, who is an ESS dealer, is stating:
If this is correct, ESS will have the best value and has undercut the rest of the market, as in Gintani, significantly. ...byPublished on 05-17-2010 04:54 AM
Decated headers, secondary race cats, X-pipe, Eisenmann race mufflers, RPI air scoops and BMC filters. Stock ECU remap, will reflash with RDsport mapping once completion of break-in.
Bolt on M6 has:
RPI air scoops, BMC filters, and RPI exhaust
...byPublished on 05-17-2010 12:25 AM
I don't want to say anything negative here, but, I mean, what can you say about these numbers?
91 octane, stock headers.
...byPublished on 05-16-2010 09:39 PM
A huge congratulations to BMW Motorsport for pulling off a stunning victory. The M3 GT2's ran strong however one was set back due to an accident and the other was trailing the GT3 RS through the early portion of the race.
It has been 5 years since the last victory for BMW at the ring. Four drivers switched off in the winning car and made their way to the front despite gearbox problems in the critical last few hours of the race.
The second M3 fought back to seventh place after a crash that had them lose an hour and drop back to 182nd place. Talk about an impressive fight back to the front!
A duo of privately entered Z4 GT3 race cars managed to finish 4th and 9th as well. Of 198 cars entering the race, 63 were BMW's.
The Motorsport M3's continue their impressive racing this year from ALMS to the Ring, congratulation to BMW Motorsport for this hard fought victory!
BMW Motorsport Director:
...byPublished on 05-13-2010 03:57 AM
After speaking with ESS over the past few days it was suggested that a friendly dyno comparison should take place with ESS coming out to California to participate on a third party dynojet.
BimmerBoost will be organizing the event that tentatively is scheduled for mid-June. The date may change to be able to accommodate everyone.
This will simply be a friendly dyno comparison of all the available options for the E9X M3 as well as the N54. The royal rumble of tuning so to speak So, who is going to participate?
Powerchip (contacted and has responded, depends on the dates)
VF E92 SC (contacted, responded, still tuning, not going to pressure them, our deadline is not their deadline)
Waiting for response:
I have made sure to extend the invitation to everyone. Note, this is not a competition but simply a comparison at the same time and same place by a third party for the benefit of all the consumers. ...