Published on 01-14-2011 04:03 AM
Fabspeed has released their downpipes for the 135i and 335i N54 based vehicles. These downpipes eliminate the primary cats. The diameter of the pipes is 2.75 inches. Gains are about 25 whp with these pipes, 02 simulator included for no check engine lights. ...Published on 01-13-2011 03:28 PM
Let's be realistic, the majority of aftermarket companies do not last. Many come and go likely before we even get a chance to hear about them. It is even more difficult for those that specialize in forced induction on BMW's. Boosting M motors and BMW NA motors in general has never been easy and few have been around as long as Active Autowerke. AA has been around since 1981 and is older than many of the people on this site including myself. Active has done some top builds that captivate the community such as TazaM3's custom E46 M3 turbo which is one of the most powerful BMW's in the world. We would like to congratulate Active Autowerke on 30 great years and state the BMW performance world is better thanks to their involvement. Here is to 30 more! ...Published on 01-12-2011 01:07 PM
Steve (M5junky) sent us these pictures with permission to post them. These pictures reveal the state his E60 M5 was in after having spent about 2 years at ASR Engineering. The car was sent there for a twin turbo built motor setup as most of you know and nothing was done. Well, nothing other than stripping the car the car down and leaving it a huge mess. The transmission was pulled and looks to be left stock. The motor was pulled and not built as agreed. The engine bay, well, you can see for yourself. ...Published on 01-12-2011 12:37 PM
As a lot of you know I live in Johannesburg South Africa which is 5500ft above sea level. Tuning of the car is a work in progress but I got a opportunity today to give the car a run on a dyno just to see where I am at with my "street" map. Runs where done with 93 and meth (CM10) and the temp was 30 degrees celsius with no cooling of the car. We have not touched the tuning much above 6000rpm as we had to make sure we had the fueling waxed at lower high torque rpms. Boost pressure was set at 19psi and tapered to 15psi at the higher rpm. The timing is also very conservative and I am confident to say that we can push 475whp in race trim comfortably. So far Chip Logic does not seem to have hit any barriers in the tuning of larger turbos using flash software. ...Published on 01-11-2011 07:21 PM
Well, it would seem BMW is phasing out yet another naturally aspirated powerplant in one of their models. Not much of a surprise to us, we know bimmer boost is the future. There are very few details on the new poweplant other than it will be the new base motor and should likely be the replacement for the N52 across the board in the future. Rumors are around 200 horsepower but we will know more when the engine is officially unveiled. It would also not surprise us if this motor was in Mini models as well. ...Published on 01-11-2011 04:53 PM
2010 was a great year, namely because it was our first. A lot of changes took place and during this first year we had some great moments as well as some that made you shake your head. We feel this compilation reflects the best and worst that 2010 had to offer in our respective areas of coverage. Enjoy the list: ...Published on 01-09-2011 12:38 PM
Let me start off by saying that the Turbo S is one hell of a fast car. The 911 Turbo S runs 0-60 in 2.6 seconds and completes the 1/4 mile in 10.7 @ 129mph right off the showroom floor!
On our first run I was able keep the lead and on the second run he held the lead. It was a matter of who hit the throttle first, so on just supercharger we are a pretty even match from a roll. The video below is our last run and I used a small 50hp shot of nitrous to make sure the BMW got the win. : ...Published on 01-08-2011 08:42 AM
As BMW continues to take focus away from performance and power shifting it to MPG and efficiency, it should surprise no one that BMW is looking into even more frugal/smaller diesels. Auto Express is reporting that the next gen 3 series may feature a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder turbo diesel pushing 150 hp. This would undercut the smallest diesel now offered, the 2.0 liter 320d, by a half liter while offering similar performance and cleaner emissions. At this rate, soon BMW's will be running on single cylinder motors powered by our tears. ...Published on 01-08-2011 04:02 AM
Gintani is offering an introductory special for their naturally aspirated stroker motor for the S65. This offer is open only to the first person and the intro pricing reflects this. Included in the price are the new pistons, rods, custom crank, installation, custom dyno tune, as well as custom headers built specifically for the stroker application. No additional costs, everything included for the intro price. Compare this to $25,999 for the Dinan stroker motor or $32,800 for the RDsport stroker motor and one can see just how great this offer is. ...Published on 01-08-2011 03:11 AM
Here we have an initial dyno of the Cobb Accessport on the N54. The car used is a 135i 6-speed. The dyno is on 93 octane pushing around 15 psi of boost. No boost graph or AFR is included which we would like but we will take what they give us. The result for 93 octane pump gas only certainly is not bad but some, including BMS, are expressing concerns about the boost being pushed. This tune compares favorably with the Giac Stage 1. More details below: ...Published on 01-06-2011 10:53 AM
HPF has been on a marketing blitz lately releasing tons of quality content. Pay attention tuners, this is how you market. What we have here is a short video with the two widebody M3's but it mostly focuses on the black Stage 4 widebody. Just a little teaser clip that is interesting but it sure could do without the music. ...Published on 01-05-2011 11:58 AM
Vorsteiner has released three brand new sets of wheels, the V-106, V-107 and V-309. The V-106 and V-107 are forged monoblock construction. They come in sizes ranging from 19 to 23 inches. The V-309 is a forged 3-piece available in sizes ranging from 19 to 24 inches. These wheels are a nice addition to the Vorsteiner lineup. ...Published on 01-04-2011 06:55 AM
The new X3 poses a very interesting entry into the SUV landscape. Packing a 3.0 liter turbo 6 cylinder with 300 hp, it really is quite fast for an SUV. Being over 1000 pounds lighter than X5 or X6 certainly does not hurt. In stock form the SUV is running times comparable to the US E36 M3. It is not marketed as such, but due to the low curb weight and turbo powerplant the X3 makes for an interesting entry into the performance SUV realm. Think about what it could do with a V8. Specs below: ...Published on 01-03-2011 02:11 AM
Asbjorn from ESS sent some very nasty letters threatening Bimmerboost with legal action over revealing issues with the supercharged stroker motor. Frankly, we do not understand why Asbjorn is doing this as it is completely beneath any professional company and far more could be accomplished by taking the higher road as one would expect the head of a large BMW aftermarket company to do. BimmerBoost does not condone these actions and finds them offensive and unprofessional. No company should say they would take pleasure in hurting anyone.
Here is what Asbjorn@ESS sent: ...Published on 01-02-2011 05:39 AM
We do not do much coverage of BMW bikes but we are putting this up as we have been toying with the idea of including bike coverage. This is a nice little video of professional super bike rider Leon Haslam with the 2011 S1000RR at the Aragon circuit in Spain. The circuit itself is a beautiful new road course that is now one of the races on the Moto GP calender, check it out. ...Published on 12-31-2010 08:08 PM
This is a feel good piece from BMW giving a short overview of videos from 2010 and some pretty nice shots overall. Yes, it is a promotional piece for BMW TV but it is a nice way to wrap up 2010. Happy New Year everybody, thanks for a great 2010, and here is to an amazing 2011! ...Published on 12-31-2010 06:43 PM
BMW was apparently doing a photoshoot with their new "supercar" (we use the term loosely) when photographers happened to be at the right place at the right time and snapped some photos of the very production looking car. There also are rumors floating around that the name is now the i8, which is a lot easier to type than Vision Efficient Dynamics. The car does look very, very good in this trim and we do not hope much changes with the styling by the time it arrives on the market. ...Published on 12-29-2010 12:39 AM
This E36 M3 definitely caught our attention. Over 600 whp on pump gas? Yes, that caught our eye. This is a built motor running at 8.5:1 compresison with Bavarian Solutions Stage I turbo cams. This is running a CES/Maximum PSI turbo kit built around a Precision 6765R. Oh, and did we mention stock heads and tuned on the stock DME? Impressive, very impressive, full specs as follows: ...Published on 12-27-2010 11:18 PM
Surprisingly, the M56 puts up a pretty good fight and Insideline criticizes the new 5 series as being too soft and removed without the driver connection BMW's are known for. We have been hearing this a lot about the new 5 series. They still pick the 550i over the Infiniti but say the 5 series has slipped. We wish they gave us the full 1/4 mile numbers from the strip as well. ...