byPublished on 04-11-2010 12:20 AM
BMW has revealed that the X5 will get the N57 diesel which features the N57 diesel engine (306 hp, 442 lb-ft of torque) that debuted in the 740d. This motor features TwinPower Turbo Technology which is BMW's fancy way of saying a smaller turbo cuts in off idle and a big turbo take over up top.
You might be thinking, doesn't the X5 already have a diesel? Yes, it does, but in the United States the X35d has the older M57TU2D30 motor with 265 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. The new diesel is also mated to an 8 speed ZF automatic transmission vs. the 6 speed in the X35D.
...byPublished on 04-08-2010 07:11 PM
Some time ago I posted a sneak peak of the new cp-e FMIC/oil cooler for the n54. Iím happy to report now that I have the whole setup installed and am thrilled. Here are tons of pix that explain how it all works.
Here are the original images showing the cp-e FMIC and oil cooler off of the car.
The FMIC installs with silicone couplers to the the turbo hot pipes. cp-e provides an Al pipe and couplers (not pictured) to the BOV pipe. Everything is 4-ply silicone. I followed the e90 diy for bumper removal.
For more information on the efficiency of the FMIC please read this document:
The engineering and analysis of the core with respect to the stocker is second to none. It really is worth the read even if you donít have or want the FMIC. The information is golden.
The cp-e FMIC comes with ...byPublished on 04-08-2010 05:31 PM
Our system is a little different since it is an air to air system. They have a solid system from what I know we just went about the overall design different. Our system is a tad more complex... hence the delay in releasing.. Regarding the Meth/Water we are going to have a few different levels.. some of which use our E9X m3 meth/water systems
...byPublished on 04-08-2010 05:32 AM
Hey, I have a great idea, why not turbo the S65?
I know I'm not the only one who has been thinking this. Hell, I was thinking about this back in early '08 when I contacted Chris at HPF to do a turbo setup on my M3. He quickly talked me of it and I settled on an SC. Why? Why wouldn't HPF do it? Well, read this:
...byPublished on 04-08-2010 03:35 AM
These numbers are freaking ridiculous on a stock internal S52... and it is done with 19 psi on 93 pump! Kit will retail for around $10k!
...byPublished on 04-07-2010 02:06 AM
We are going to be hosting a Powerchip Flash Meet at our Facility in Costa Mesa.
Stage I Tune retails for $990, group buy price is $750
Stage II Tune retails for $1490, group buy price is $1140.
Please let me know if you would like to join. We are shooting for April 8th - 10th.
...byPublished on 04-06-2010 07:08 PM
About 1 month ago, I added a Nitrous Express kit to my N54 and gained 92 rwhp on a 35 shot (0.031 jet). I was floored with the quality of the NX kit in every aspect. To be honest, they rank up at the top of any product I have ever reviewed in almost every aspect. Their solenoids are so far superior to the competition and their build quality is unsurpassed. They claim to be the next generation of nitrous and they live up to every letter of their word. Well, I wanted to finish off my nitrous system with a couple of accessories and there was no question who I was going to order from. I wanted a remote bottle opener to make things easier and a bottle jacket to aid in the warming of the bottle and to help keep it at ideal pressure.
...byPublished on 04-06-2010 05:43 AM
Today, we will be getting down to the heart of the tranny, the clutch itself. These multi-plate clutch packs are "wet" as in covered in oil to keep them cool in the transmission. These wet clutch packs handle more torque than dry clutch packs.
...byPublished on 04-06-2010 02:21 AM
The S54 and S65 are two off the best motors BMW has ever produced. There is a reason why the BMW Motorsport name is associated with both of of these powerplants. They are the best 6 cylinder and 8 cylinder motors in BMW M production car history in my estimation. The S54 is the last true 6 cylinder to follow the M philosophy and the S65 is the last true 8 cylinder to do the same. We will never see motors like them again from BMW. They are the pure, undiluted, true interpretation of the ideals M once placed above politics. Sadly, economic and political pressure forced BMW M to abandon these types of motors which once were the pride and joy of BMW. Real joy, not the BS marketing campaign.
...byPublished on 04-04-2010 11:17 PM
SSP cracked open the DCT over the weekend and some surprising things were found. First of all, Kris at SSP told me he was a bit surprised as to the quality of the transmission and how well built it is. It is heavy duty as he said and the clutch discs have basically the same pattern but are slightly larger than the GR6 pads.
...byPublished on 04-04-2010 04:47 PM
Okay guys here's the scoop! Oddjob2021 was on the right track in regards to what we spoke about the other day, but I think he got so excitied with the news that he may have mis-understood a couple of things. We are now using a different company to do the machine work process for us, since the current company we were dealing with was just taking way to long and completion dates just kept getting pushed back all the time. This company does work with OE turbo manufacturers and are well equipped and very knowledgable to get the job done to the level of quality we were looking for. They have already started working with the CAD information we have provided and everything seems to be working out with them.
...byPublished on 04-02-2010 05:48 PM
Latest run new E92 Overall Record !
-Stock 19" wheels/tires
-0.75bar boost (11psi)
-Stock compression ratio
-No passenger (30% full tank)
-100RON Super Plus (95AKI=US octane)
-Verified with 2.12% Decline
...byPublished on 04-01-2010 04:19 AMbyPublished on 03-31-2010 09:17 PM
The time has come to announce the details of my transmission build. No one has attempted this before and there unfortunately are no off the shelf parts. Everything will have to be custom made for this application which means the build time will be around 10 weeks from this point. This thread will be updated periodically with pictures and details every step of the way. I will be providing complete documented details through the process.
Why is the transmission being built?
For one, to handle more power and for longevity. It is no secret I have abused my transmission from the moment I got the car. I have done more launches at the drag strip using launch control than... anyone really. These launches are abusive, generate tremendous heat, and shorten the lifespan. Once supercharged, the issue was exacerbated. At a single event in '09 I used launch control 19 times with a burnout each time which generates considerable heat. I have attended 5 such events. Additionally, I have done launches on the street. I would estimate a conservative 70-80 uses of launch control up to this point.
So the transmission is weak?
No, not at all. Actually, it took far more than anyone would have thought. At these drag events, I would also run back to back at times. Keep in mind, I bumped the launch control RPM up as high as it would go, 6200 RPM. These are 6200 RPM launches after a burnout again and again. I estimate 70-80 uses and a properly used manual clutch in ...