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  • bobS's Avatar
    Today, 12:08 PM
    It only costs $7.00 more for me to add NBCSN to my package to watch F1, I did it last year, it was a no brainer. I just watched it via DVR and am surprised to see Ferrari's strength! I think they messed up Lewis's tire choice and pit timing but its great to see someone different in first. Good stuff!
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    Today, 05:13 AM
    I rarely get a chance to watch F1. Primarily because it costs me less money monthly to lease a Mercedes than it does to get all the stupid TV packages to get every F1 race live.
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    Today, 04:50 AM
    What, already? Sunday just started. Stupid timezones. Oh well I'll write a recap when I get up. Good, Ferrari won one. If they didn't they would probably just start Ferrari 1 so they could always win.
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    Today, 04:48 AM
    So be careful what you wish for. Ferrari has won the Mailaysian GP. Great drive from Vettel, and a strong 4th from a bad luck having Raikkonen. Bad tactics from Mercedes. But Ferrari has won this on their own.
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    Today, 03:25 AM
    Nobody loves the BMW N52 motor. If someone has a 328i or 128i model equipped with the N52 and asks about more power they are told to trade it in for an N54 or N55 based car. Even the aftermarket basically abandoned it and there are no production forced induction kits for the engine. It's rough being an N52 when the N54/N55 exist. Even BMW themselves replaced it with the N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder which is a far more tuner friendly motor. If you love your N52 relax, Active Autowerke has you covered with some performance parts. On a BMW E82 128i 6-speed manual Active Autowerke picked up just under 40 whp on a Dynojet with the following modifications: 1) Active Autowerke N52 exhaust headers installed 2) Stage 3 intake manifold with charcoal air filter removed 3) K+N drop used 4) stock exhaust system from the header back. Meaning that the secondary cats were still in place along with stock rear muffler BLUE line- stock 128 6 speed 208.48 whp - 207.63 wtq GREEN line- AA Header, 3 stage manif, K&N drop-in with No charcoal filter, stock exhaust 248.02 whp - 225.15 wtq Not bad, right? Now let's look at Mustang numbers from an automatic E9X 328i with the Active Headers and tune but without the intake manifold: 1) stock intake manifold with charcoal air filter removed but stock factory paper filter ( we did not have a K+N drop in at the time to use) 2) stock exhaust system from the header back. Meaning that the secondary cats were still in place along with stock rear muffler Bottom line- stock 328 auto 175 whp - 161 wtq Middle line- AA Header, charcoal filter delete 198 whp - 179 wtq Top line- AA header, AA software and charcoal filter 207whp - 192 wtq So with the full gamut of Active Autowerke N52 products one can expect roughly 40 wheel horsepower gains and roughly 30 lb-ft of torque gains at the wheels. That is about the best anyone is going to do on this motor without forced induction. Which at that point it makes sense to go to an N54/N55 or even N20, doesn't it?
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    Today, 02:21 AM
    Aston Martin is in desperate need of some fresh air. Their models as well as their technology has become somewhat stale. The good news is that they appear to be moving forward with new models and more importantly new motors. AMG will be supplying power for the new car which you can see testing on a DB9 looking mule below. The DB9 successor or DB11 as it may called will feature 4.0 liter V8 AMG power along with the venerable naturally aspirated Aston Martin V12. An interesting decision considering the AMG motor should outperform the V12 and also offer far more tuning capability while sipping less fuel. The typical Aston buyer though likely does not care about tuning, turbos, and fuel efficiency though so the V12 lives on as it is a storied part of Aston Martin history and a status symbol. Carbon fiber is expected to be used extensively for the vehicle. That means less weight of course. Beyond that the entire platform will be new from the ground up. Expect Aston Martin styling and characteristics mixed with AMG technology. Sounds like a win-win. Source
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    Today, 01:51 AM
    You are going to see these cars compared frequently. They are not exactly the same thing but they represent tremendous performance cars from their respective countries. You are smart enough to know what those countries are so we do not need to go over the basics here and can get right down to the meat and potatoes. The Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is the newest of the trio. The GTR at this point is riding the most dated platform but it can not be overstated just how admirable of a job Nissan has done in continually updating the GTR. The Porsche 991 Turbo S of course is the highest performance turbocharged 911 available these days. All of these cars have forced induction powerplants but the GTR and 911 Turbo S have all wheel drive and dual clutch transmissions. Major factors admittedly versus the 7-speed manual rear wheel drive Corvette Z06. Now, on paper, the Z06 should demolish these cars. Z06 performance has been very perplexing though as MotorTrend learned when they compared the Z06 to the Nismo GTR. Well, now it is Car and Driver's turn. The Z06 is the lightest car here at 3530 pounds. It offers the most power and torque with its 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque supercharged LT4 V8. So why is it the slowest in a straight line? It isn't surprising the Z06 can not win 0-60 sprints against all wheel drive competition but trailing 0-150? And in 1/4 mile trap speed? The 991 Turbo S beats both but that also raises questions as the Car and Driver previously got a 10.8 @ 126 out of the Turbo S in a 1/4 mile. Is this car a ringer? Or did Car and Driver suddenly master the ever so complicated PDK? Something already stinks here. Regardless, the 991 Turbo S with its 10.6 @ 130 is the quickest and fastest car. The Nismo brings up the middle with an 11.0 @ 128. The Z06 trails with an 11.5 @ 125. Maybe Car and Driver needs the automatic Z06? Is it the drag of the Z07 package that is an issue again? Acceleration isn't everything, right? The Z06 brakes better than the other two. It is better balanced being the closest to 50/50. Its skidpad number is an insane 1.15g. It has the best slalom speed. It has everything going for it. So what wins on the roadcourse? We don't know. Car and Driver is 'saving' themselves for their Lightning Lap comparison. What is this, a freshman cheerleader on prom night? Give us the goods. MotorTrend put out, why can't you? Instead we get a bunch of talk from Car and Driver regarding which car they liked the best. It turns out the Z06 is the car they liked the best. Its handling is described as next level and indeed it is. The Z06 is amazing when you do things other than accelerate which is why this network is pissed off we have no laptimes. The GTR finishes in last and is said to feel dated. It is dated. That does not mean it still is not a hell of a performance car but when a Corvette Z06 feels more refined there are problems. The 911 Turbo S finishes in the middle of the pack and perhaps it is time too for Porsche to re-evaluate this whole the 911 has to be the top of the food chain mentality. It did finish last in the slalom and perhaps having all that weight over the rear end is not the best for handling transitions. What would happen if they gave the Cayman the 911 Turbo S engine? Yeah, we all know what would happen. Porsche does too. So, an interesting comparison despite Car and Driver not giving us the real goods. These days though, we don't like to be teased. We want to come away satisfied. This comparison does not provide that satisfaction. COMPARISON TESTS VEHICLE 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S BASE PRICE $78,995 $151,585 $183,695 PRICE AS TESTED $102,120 $151,880 $195,175 DIMENSIONS LENGTH 177.9 inches 184.3 inches 177.4 inches WIDTH 77.4 inches 74.6 inches 74.0 inches HEIGHT 48.6 inches 54.2 inches 51.0 inches WHEELBASE 106.7 inches 109.4 inches 96.5 inches FRONT TRACK 63.5 inches 63.0 inches 60.6 inches REAR TRACK 62.5 inches 63.0 inches 62.6 inches INTERIOR VOLUME F: 52 cubic feet F: 53 cubic feet R: 26 cubic feet F: 50 cubic feet R: 17 cubic feet CARGO 15 cubic feet 9 cubic feet 13 cubic feet POWERTRAIN ENGINE supercharged pushrod 16-valve V-8 376 cu in (6162 cc) twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve V-6 232 cu in (3799 cc) twin-turbocharged DOHC 24-valve flat-6 232 cu in (3800 cc) POWER HP @ RPM 650 @ 6400 600 @ 6800 560 @ 6750 TORQUE LB-FT @ RPM 650 @ 3600 481 @ 3200 516 @ 2100 REDLINE / FUEL CUTOFF 6500/6700 rpm 7000/7000 rpm 7000/7200 rpm LB PER HP 5.4 6.5 6.4 DRIVELINE TRANSMISSION 7-speed manual 6-speed dual-clutch automatic 7-speed dual-clutch automatic DRIVEN WHEELS rear all all GEAR RATIO:1/ MPH PER 1000 RPM/ MAX MPH 1. 2.29/9.8/66 2. 1.61/13.9/93 3. 1.21/18.5/124 4. 1.00/22.4/150 5. 0.82/27.3/183 6. 0.68/32.9/185 7. 0.45/49.8/175 1. 4.06/5.3/37 2. 2.30/9.4/66 3. 1.60/13.6/95 4. 1.25/17.3/121 5. 1.00/21.6/151 6. 0.80/27.2/191 1. 3.91/5.9/42 2. 2.29/10.0/72 3. 1.58/14.6/105 4. 1.18/19.4/140 5. 0.94/24.4/176 6. 0.79/29.2/198 7. 0.62/36.9/180 AXLE RATIO:1 3.42 3.70 3.44 CHASSIS SUSPENSION F: control arms, leaf spring, anti-roll bar R: control arms, leaf spring, anti-roll bar F: control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar F: struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar R: multilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar BRAKES F: 15.5-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc R: 15.3-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc F: 15.4-inch vented, cross-drilled disc R: 15.0-inch vented, cross-drilled disc F: 16.1-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc R: 15.4-inch vented, cross-drilled, ceramic disc STABILITY CONTROL fully defeatable, traction off, competition mode, launch control fully defeatable, competition mode, launch control fully defeatable, launch control TIRES Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 ZP F: P285/30ZR-19 (94Y) R: P335/25ZR-20 (99Y) Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT 600 DSST CTT F: 255/40ZRF-20 (97Y) R: 285/35ZRF-20 (100Y) Pirelli P Zero F: 245/35ZR-20 (91Y) R: 305/30ZR-20 (103Y) C/D TEST RESULTS ACCELERATION 030 MPH 1.6 sec 1.2 sec 1.0 sec 060 MPH 3.3 sec 2.9 sec 2.5 sec 0100 MPH 7.5 sec 6.6 sec 6.2 sec 0150 MPH 17.9 sec 15.8 sec 14.9 sec -MILE @ MPH 11.5 sec @ 125 11.0 sec @ 128 10.6 sec @ 130 ROLLING START, 560 MPH 4.0 sec 3.8 sec 3.4 sec TOP GEAR, 3050 MPH 13.9 sec 3.8 sec 2.1 sec TOP GEAR, 5070 MPH 10.8 sec 3.0 sec 2.3 sec TOP SPEED 185 mph (drag ltd)* 191 mph (redline ltd) 198 mph (drag ltd, mfr's claim) CHASSIS BRAKING 700 MPH 135 feet 152 feet 145 feet BRAKING 1000 MPH 261 feet 275 feet 291 feet ROADHOLDING, 300-FT-DIA SKIDPAD 1.15 g 1.02 g 1.07 g 610-FT SLALOM 50.1 mph 48.2 mph 48.1 mph WEIGHT CURB 3530 pounds 3894 pounds 3590 pounds %FRONT/%REAR 50.3/49.7 54.3/45.7 38.8/61.2 FUEL TANK 18.5 gallons 19.5 gallons 18.0 gallons RATING 91 octane 93 octane 93 octane EPA CITY/HWY 15/22 mpg 16/23 mpg 17/24 mpg C/D 450-MILE TRIP 13 mpg 12 mpg 14 mpg SOUND LEVEL IDLE 60 dBA 54 dBA 55 dBA FULL THROTTLE 93 dBA 90 dBA 83 dBA 70-MPH CRUISE 77 dBA 75 dBA 73 dBA *C/D estimated. tested in California City, California, by K.C. COLWELL and TONY QUIROGA Final Results VEHICLE RANK Max Pts. Available 1 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 2 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S 3 2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO DRIVER COMFORT 10 8 10 7 ERGONOMICS 10 9 9 8 REAR-SEAT COMFORT 5 0 1 1 CARGO SPACE* 5 5 4 2 FEATURES/AMENITIES* 10 9 10 7 FIT AND FINISH 10 8 10 8 INTERIOR STYLING 10 8 9 7 EXTERIOR STYLING 10 9 9 8 REBATES/EXTRAS* 5 0 0 0 AS-TESTED PRICE* 20 20 2 8 SUBTOTAL 95 76 64 56 POWERTRAIN 1/4-MILE ACCELERATION* 20 16 20 18 FLEXIBILITY* 5 3 3 3 FUEL ECONOMY* 10 9 10 8 ENGINE NVH 10 8 10 7 TRANSMISSION 10 9 10 7 SUBTOTAL 55 45 53 43 CHASSIS PERFORMANCE* 20 20 17 15 STEERING FEEL 10 10 9 9 BRAKE FEEL 10 10 9 8 HANDLING 10 10 9 8 RIDE 10 8 10 6 SUBTOTAL 60 58 54 46 EXPERIENCE FUN TO DRIVE 25 24 24 20 342352234 203 195 165
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    Today, 12:22 AM
    Turbocharged Jeep Cherokee SRT8's are no joke. Having all wheel drive traction helps the boosted Hemi's put their power down. 10.79 @ 124.52 is quick and fast but we have seen SRT8's go as fast as 9.56 @ 145. We even have a member that converted his to RWD and just went full drag prep on the vehicle going 8's. In that context 10.79 @ 124 may not be that impressive but this is an SRT8 with some forged pistons able to run 10's all day. He is running a 76mm single turbo and that makes for an easy 10 second Jeep. Pretty impressive. Especially when you consider it goes head to head with a turbocharged Mustang 5.0.
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    Today, 12:02 AM
    It's nice to have a sugar daddy, isn't it? That is how Mercedes-Benz characterized its relationship with Aston Martin last year. Rumors have swirled all over the place regarding Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz. Last year for example Mercedes was rumored to go from supplying Aston Martin with engines to a full blown takeover. Well, Mercedes will indeed serve as the sugar daddy for Aston Martin and supply engines and technology. The first engine they will supply is the M177/M178 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 that sees duty in the AMG GT and W205 C63 AMG. The question now is how will Aston Martin differentiate the engine from its AMG use? Will it just use the same AMG GT S M178 and call it a day at 510 horsepower? Reports are that Aston Martin plans to tune the motor for its use so we could see far more than 510 horsepower among other differences. Regardless, expect to see Aston Martins with AMG engines debut by the end of the year. Source
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    Yesterday, 09:16 PM
    This is the same manual C7 Z06 we previously saw go 9.872 @ 138.42. The weather was warmer this time out but the car is clearly pulling harder up top as evidenced by the three miles per hour gained. It looks like they worked out the fueling and tuning issues that were costing the car some trap speed. There is more in this of course but this is a very nice result based on the mod list: - Fasterproms custom tune by Jeremy Formato - Fasterproms custom 2.31 pulley - Fasterproms Ported Supercharger - Modified air box, and air duct with modified AFE CAI - Fasterproms Thermal reduction plates That reduce blower heat soak - Fasterproms Flex fuel kit- 50% E85 blend - Fasterproms 1.5Gal Expansion tank - ARH 1.875 headers - Hoosier 315/30/18 dr's In cooler weather (600 density altitude) this car should have another couple miles per hour in it. We're starting to get an idea for what bolt on mods can do for the Z06 LT4 though and the benefits flex fuel with ethanol brings.
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    Yesterday, 08:31 PM
    The Porsche 997.1 generation 911 Turbo features a 3.6 liter twin turbo flat-6 engine from the factory. This engine features the GT1 or Mezger racing block and for this reason the 997.1 Turbos are highly sought after as the 997.2 generation brought with it a 3.8 liter direct injected version no longer based on this same GT1 racing block. For someone who wants the best of both worlds the option to bore out the 997.1 Turbo motor exists and that is what BBi Autosport did here. It also looks like they did some valve work and added some GT3 bits. They took some very high resolution photos of the engine build for their 'Project Swan' 997.1 Turbo build. We look forward to seeing the finished build as a lot of high quality components are going to into it from the suspension to the wheels to the motor, you name it. For now enjoy this 3.8 liter 997.1 Turbo flat-6:
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    Yesterday, 07:21 PM
    AudiBoost raised the question last week as to where the Audi 4.0 TFSI V8 turbo upgrades are. We found a picture of Loba Motorsport's 4.0 TFSI upgrade but that was shown in 2013 and we have not seen much since. AMS also announced their intention of rolling out a 4.0 TFSI V8 turbo upgrade recently. Well here is another entry from The Turbo Engineers located in Germany. This network is not familiar with this German tuner but they are working on a 4.0 TFSI C7 RS6 turbo upgrade. What are the spes? Unknown. Who is doing the tuning? Unknown. All we know is it appears turbo upgrades on the 4.0 TFSI are progressing on a variety of fronts.
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    Yesterday, 05:28 PM
    ^ Haven't seen that one before but that's a very fast 996.
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