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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-29-2016, 04:12 PM
    This certainly is going to be an interesting option considering how it is priced and the stated capability. The Stage 3 turbo kit from MM Performance Engineering retails for $3000 and is capable of 700 wheel horsepower with the proper supporting modifications. At the heart is a TD04HL-19T upgrade. The 19T compressor wheel is a billet piece with 11 blades and extended tips. To see 700+ wheel you will need fueling upgrades and to push these turbos past 30 psi of boost. BimmerBoost member @Sirdaft1 is beta testing these turbochargers but he is not going for peak horsepower on the dyno but a daily useable 500 rear wheel horsepower on 93 octane. We will see how this option pans out. MMP has the best turbo bang for your buck for your N54, TD04HL-19T with true 19T native compressor housing. These turbos are capable of 700whp+ on the N54 and at just $3000 its a bargain and they bolt right up to your N54. The 19T compressor wheel is a forged billet wheel with extended tip technology from BorgWarner and with 11 blades made in the GTX style. The Turbo consist of a TD04 bearing housing modified to connect to stock oil lines, coolant lines and stock turbine housing. The turbine housing has been modified to accept the TD04HL turbine and flange up to the TD04 bearing housing. The kit requires upgraded inlet pipe system and also intercooler charge pipe system optimized for the high flowing native 19T compressor housing which is over twice the size/flow of stock compressor housing. This will make sure the turbos are flowing to their maximum potential along with the upgraded plumbing for the turbo.
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    07-26-2016, 03:54 PM
    The other day BoostAddict posted an article regarding Weistec's legal action against Dime Research and Development or Dime Consulting. Clearly those involved with Dime realize the walls are closing in so what are they doing in the meantime while the courts play this out? BS'ing people on forums and trying to do as much damage to Weistec as possible. It's a very simple recipe and it happens more often than you think. Simply offer someone some parts for a discount or free in exchange for posting a thread including a positive review while bashing a competitor. It happens all the time. MHP was the best at this. The owner even asked me directly to create fake accounts for him on other forums so he could do this. When a ship is sinking which in this case it is a company it takes cash to stay afloat or keep the doors open. When HPF (Horsepower Freaks) was in a similar position the owner would go on the forums and post videos of how his shop was filled with cars hoping to instill confidence in potential customers. It's easy to see through the BS though if you have enough experience or have been on the forums long enough. In this instance, it was way too easy: This 'Guilty' fellow posts a graph claiming it is a C63 M177, bashes Weistec, and says how great his tune is. That tune curve looks pretty familiar though, doesn't it? Very similar but not the exact figures yet clearly an AMG GT M178 graph and not a C63 M177 graph. If it was the exact same graph as the graph Weistec advertises with that would be too obvious even to your typical forum moron. Maybe they took another run file or just changed a correction factor? If we had the actual bevvy of dyno run files from the Dynojet software testing we could prove this. Oh, it just so happens we do: That would be runfile 88 from Weistec's ECU tuning. Exact same baseline and the exact same after the tune numbers. Because it's the exact same files. This poor schmuck is either a Dime schill or he believes that is the runfile for his car. Either way the guys reading on forums just assume this is the truth and that they can get the same results as Weistec for less money. If the software is stolen and no development work took place, yep, it's possible to offer a lower price. For those who would like to verify for themselves, here are the Dynojet run files: RunFile_002_stock.drf RunFile_088_Testing.drf As stated, it's a simple recipe. Post a graph, have a few fake accounts chime in where the administration doesn't care because it's too big to care, and you get the desired result which is herding the sheep in the direction you want them to go. Now tell me, who would you trust? The company facing litigation from multiple parties with people involved accused of stealing millions and potentially funneling money overseas that advertises software they did not even develop or BenzBoost? Hmm: It seems not everyone is so easily swayed:
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    07-25-2016, 07:13 PM
    Congratulations to Autowerks Automotive in Australia who showed it is indeed possible to run 9's on the stock M156 engine internals. We knew this would be coming as just earlier this year an Australian C63 with the Weistec Stage III setup ran 10.1 @ 139. The difference here is better conditions and custom tuning by Autowerks Automotive. Full specs: Weistec Stage 3 Built transmission 60mm pulley Race fuel ( 17 inch slicks Hoosier Skinny fronts Stock M156 internals 655 rear wheel horsepower Exhaust cut out's Weight reduction including removed back seats This is a P31 package car which means stronger engine internals borrowed from the SLS M159. Congratulations to all involved and on the quickest stock internal C63 in the world.
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    07-25-2016, 04:00 PM
    Many of you have on various platforms noticed the Cobb Accesstuner Race (ATR) Software no longer is available for download. Cobb is busy updating the ATR software and it was supposed to be out in June but it looks like we will be seeing it at some point this quarter. What is the difference? One major difference is that while the software is still free to download users will be required to attend an online course they they pay for. They will then have to pass a third party evaluation to use the software. Why is this? We do not know for sure but it may have something to do with preventing people thinking they know how to tune from grenading their engines as well as emissions training. We will have to wait and find out what the course entails. More details from Cobb below. We recognize that the Accesstuner Race software has been a big part of what makes COBB Accessport tuning solutions so powerful and user friendly for the communities we support. Many have come to rely on this software to help them make small changes to COBB Off The Shelf map files to customize features like launch control, flat foot shifting, or to adjust MAF scaling. Our goal is to continue to offer this type of customization software to our end user community. After evaluating key industry trends and changes in the regulatory environment, we identified the need to update the software and provide expanded training for its use. So, in May of this year we removed the ability to download new copies of Accesstuner Race from our web site, indicated that changes were being made to the software, and it would be available again by the end of June. With that time now here, we want to provide you with an update on the progress of this project. An updated version of Accesstuner will return in the near future, be fully featured, and will continue to be offered for free to COBB Accessport customers. Because this is a powerful piece of software, we have decided that in order to fulfill our mission of delivering responsible and safe tuning solutions, we will require that end users attend a paid online training course and pass an evaluation through a third party educator in order to have access to download this free software (Accesstuner). As you can imagine, implementing these changes and setting up the online training and evaluation process takes time and involves lots of different groups both internal and external to COBB. We’ve been hard at work updating this software while creating a curriculum and bank of test questions to ensure that those who complete the course are able to safely and responsibly utilize this software. Because of the size and complexity of this project, it is taking us longer than we originally projected to complete the launch of Accesstuner and our training program. Our current timeline is for the Accesstuner software and training program to be ready for launch in the third quarter of this year. Once we are a little closer to an actual release date we will provide you with more information about the training process required for an end-user to acquire and use our Accesstuner software. We apologize that this launch has taken longer than we expected, but please know that we are very focused on getting this project completed. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your support and your patience while we make these changes.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-25-2016, 06:34 PM
    It is easy to make a car look good in computer renderings. That is what we have here. Sure, the M2 looks great with the molded flared fenders, carbon lip, carbon diffuser, carbon spoiler, and other pieces. Where is the real thing though? We have not heard of PSM Dynamics so they seem to be new to the scene. That does not mean they can not deliver but some websites are treating these renderings like a finished product. The fender work if it looks like the renderings is much better than the riveted and unfinished looking Liberty Walk style kits that have been infesting the German widebody market. Let's hope PSM Dynamics delivers. This would make for a far more aggressive M2.
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    07-26-2016, 02:31 PM
    The Competition Package for the BMW F82 M4 and BMW F80 M3 sharpens the car with new suspensions pieces, a new differential, new 20 inch wheels, and new tires. It also increases S55 engine output to 444 horsepower which is just achieved through software tuning. It is worth the $5500 asking price for the suspension, differential, and wheels alone. We all know you can get greater engine gains from aftermarket tuning for less money. Still, the car is supposed to be faster than the standard M4. Look at the results of German magazine testing from Autobild and Sport Auto: WTFBBQ? The elasticity is worse somehow. The standard car in Sport Auto testing shows an advantage to 100 kph and 200 kph. Only in the 0-200 kph sprint by Auto Bild does the M4 Competition Package show an advantage. What is going on here? If we were to guess the new larger wheels are slowing things down a bit and also making traction off the line more difficult. It is likely that warmer weather contributed to the results as well. In equal conditions with equal traction there is no way the Competition Package should be slower. We will just have to wait for numbers from US magazines to prove this.
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    07-24-2016, 06:11 PM
    Color us a bit skeptical here as the gains are huge. The dyno was done at Cobb Socal though and Cobb certainly is reputable but what role they played in these dyno runs and how IPD is marketing them is unknown. Gains of 70 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels at 4300 rpm from a plenum and Y-pipe? From the looks of these dynos (and why the hell are the graphs so small? Seriously, what's the point of providing graphs people can't even read?) the gains all come in the mid-range with the plenum and Y-Pipe. Let's look at the plenum alone: There is a jump of 55 lb-ft of torque at 4300 rpm which fades quickly. You see an increase for a few hundred RPM. Now, that's good if true but hardly broad. Now look at the plenum with the Y-pipe: 70 lb-ft of torque at all four wheels over stock at 4300 rpm. You see gains basically from 3800-5200. The Y-pipe does provide a slightly better curve but it's really just that mid-section where the majority of the gains come from. Is it a Porsche intake defect? What is the explanation here? We definitely want to see independent testing that verifies these claims. Not to mention, graphs that are readable. IPD took delivery of its 991.2 Turbo S and the R & D started the second it arrived at its new home. The new Turbo doesn’t substantially benefit from any one particular upgrade, but the sum of its improvements deliver a superior overall Turbo compared to the already impressive 991.1 Turbo it replaces. Yes, we know the latest Turbo is faster with 20 more horsepower but it’s the combination of lightening shifts, razor sharp handling and spiritual connection to the vehicle that elevates the driving experience of the extraordinary new 991.2 Turbo. Porsche made a number of substantial upgrades with the latest 991.2 Turbo. Engine improvements include revised intake ports, larger injectors, higher volume fuel pump, larger turbo compressor wheels and more efficient intercoolers, but the factory intake system remained relatively unchanged allowing the IPD Plenum and Y-Pipe to fit with only minor modifications. The 991.2 Turbo Plenum upgrade delivers staggering engine power and torque gains that will raise the performance bar of the already potent supercar as well as the hairs on your neck. Horsepower gains are found throughout the entire power band with the bulk of the gains being realized between the 3500-5000 RPM range. Max power gains of 45+ wheel HP come in at 4300 RPM and hold strong all the way to redline. Torque is even more impressive at 60+ in the midrange with a massive torque gains from 3500-5000 RPM.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    07-27-2016, 11:41 PM
    Here we go again. In case you forgot BMW previously supplied Jaguar/Land Rover with a V8. Specifically the naturally aspirated M62 V8 for the 2002-2005 Range Rover. Jaguar and Land Rover developed their AJ133 5.0 liter direct injected V8 architecture after this. Keep in mind BMW owned the Rover Group for six years selling their majority stake in 2000 but continuing to supply transmissions, electronics, and motors. BMW still holds a stake today. Now, this is pretty good news for everyone. Jaguar and Land Rover will finally get a more modern architecture with turbos as their supercharged V8 quite simply is overmatched by their German turbo V8 competition. The N63TU and S63TU aftermarket will expand which is good for tuners and good for BimmerBoost with Jaguar fans no doubt looking into tuning. This is all very early and we will have to see what models get the engine. BMW is updating the S63TU for the next generation M5. It's possible Jaguar will receive this variant. This certainly is cheaper than Jaguar/Land Rover developing a new turbo V8 and BMW's motor is proven. Source
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    07-24-2016, 05:21 PM
    The Golf R has some real competition in the United States and it is from Ford no less. Unfortunately, the Focus RS was not sold in the USA previously and but the European got to enjoy it. Well, now in the USA you can buy a Focus RS or a Golf R and it's time to see which one rules. The Focus RS already beat out the world's best hot hatches in a huge comparison test earlier this year. It is not the fastest in a straight line but it is the quickest around the track and the best all around hatchback. What the Golf R really has going for it compared to the Focus RS is the DSG gearbox option. The Golf R has the smaller 2.0 liter engine compared to the Ecoboost 2.3 liter motor and it is down roughly 50 horses. However, the Golf R in this video is not a DSG car. Can the 6-speed Golf R make up for the power deficit thanks to weighing less? No. However, the Golf R keeps up quite well and in the higher gears seems to mitigate the pull of the Focus RS. A DSG Golf R might be quicker than the Focus RS. As this is Evo no trap speeds are provided which partially defeats the purpose of a drag race. Regardless, the Focus RS is not only more powerful and the quicker car it is also the better driver's car. It's just simply the better enthusiast choice.
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    07-25-2016, 04:21 PM
    The more supercharger options the merrier, right? This one is coming to market pretty late and was being 'wrapped up' back in 2014. Better late than never is the motto here. It looks like the kit underwent a revision from a TVS blower to a twin screw and now utilizes a 2.9 liter blower. This is the only real competition to the Weistec Stage III whipple twin screw setup and one would guess the same exact blower. It does undercut Weistec a bit but nobody on BenzBoost we know of is running it and there are not any 1/4 mile results to go by whereas Weistec has them from all over the world for years now and holds all the platform records. This is the dyno graph ESS posted: A nice increase over stock but where is the torque curve? Also, this is quite a bit less power than the Weistec Stage 3 setup which tops 600 wheel horsepower on 91 octane pump fuel. We'll have to wait and see how the ESS option pans out but it certainly is priced aggressively. -6PSI Boost -2.9L Whipple SC unit -Large capacity intercooler system -Perfectly matched ESS ECU software delivered through included E-Flash cable +150WHP on PP cars, + 180WHP on base C63.
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    07-25-2016, 05:51 PM
    Some fun runs here showing a stock turbo E90 335i going up against a pair of second generation LSA CTS-V's with unknown mods. The camera car also runs a stock 2nd gen CTS-V as well as a VVT Stage 1 upgraded E90 335i N54. Here are the specs on the camera car: 2010 Black Sapphire Metallic E90 335i - 435/499 FBO, JB4/MHD, 21psi stock turbos/inlets, E60 Fuel STG 2 LPFP, 3340lbs How does it do? Well, it gets pulled hard by the two modded CTS-V's. The torque difference is very apparent when they go from a stop. Simply too much to overcome on the stock turbochargers. Against a stock 2nd gen CTS-V though the E90 335i makes easy work of it showing just how much faster the modded Cadillac's are. The final run is against an E90 335i with full bolt ons, anti-lag, inlets, VVT Stage 1 turbochargers, and E60 fuel. The E90 camera car makes easy work of it.
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    07-26-2016, 01:50 PM
    These cars are definitely in the same class and it is a comparison we all want to see. AutoExpress is not exactly known for high quality but they do a decent job covering the differences between the cars. Most importantly that the 570S is the lightest and rear wheel drive. The 911 Turbo S and Audi R8 of course are all wheel drive. The R8 is stated to have the most horsepower but if you look at dyno results the Mclaren 570S is underrated. Not to mention it has more torque than the R8 thanks to turbochargers. The Porsche 911 Turbo S of course is also turbocharged and also has more torque than the R8. The problem with this comparison is the same problem that plagues many British comparisons. It's damp out on the track and this is a tight course meaning traction will be at a premium. The 570S is wearing soft rubber meaning cold and damp conditions are not in its favor especially with rear wheel drive traction. Despite the adverse conditions the McLaren 570S laps the quickest and sets a new course record. Lap Times: 570S - 42.710 911 Turbo S - 42.950 R8 V10 Plus - 43.680 The gap would likely be larger on a longer course in better conditions. Also, it will likely take a Huracan Superleggera to take on the 570S especially considering the Audi 5.2 liter V10 is outmuscled in this company. All three are spectacular cars no matter what the laptimes say.
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    07-26-2016, 02:20 PM
    This not exactly a leak as it was included by Daimler in their half-year update document. The roadmap does show some interesting things though. The rumored Mercedes pickup truck is on the way (likely not for the USA) as well as a GLA Coupe model which will be similar to the GLE Coupe. What is interesting is the AMG GT C Coupe listed. What is it exactly? The AMG GT is already a coupe. With how Mercedes is labeling four-door vehicles as coupes it seems this would point to a four-door AMG GT. Maybe it's just a mistake? The four-door AMG GT rumors continue to run rampant though. Is squeezing yet another 'four-door coupe' variant into a mix a good idea? Is it overkill? Is it necessary? Probably not but if they can make money they will do it. We'll have to see what this model amounts to.
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    07-26-2016, 02:53 PM
    A twin turbo 3.0 liter V6 from Toyota and Lexus? It certainly fits into the modern automotive landscape where seemingly everyone has a turbo six cylinder motor. Well, everyone except Lexus but if the rumors are true one is under development. This rumor started with an article from Japanese magazine Mag-X but it is not verified so keep that in mind. Considering this motor is badly needed it is likely a good guess regardless. The code name is supposedly 934F. What can we expect? A 3.0 liter direct injected twin turbo V6 with 400 horsepower and over 300 lb-ft of torque. Additionally, this motor would likely see use in the 2019 Lexus GS series as well as that new Toyota Supra which itself continues to be rumored. Bring it on. The more boost the better.
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    07-28-2016, 05:31 PM
    Very solid results here from a Stage 1 BMW F10 M5 S63TU V8 ECU flash dyno tune. Mission Performance is relatively new but they have shown some pretty good results with the N63TU engine in the F10 550i models and now the S63TU in the F10 M5. Let's take a look at the graph: Very nice and the torque curve isn't dropping off like crazy so they aren't pushing the factory turbos too hard to try and hit some high peak figures or inflate the torque curve down low. This F10 M5 has the factory downpipes, BMC filters, Corsa mufflers, and AP scoops. Good results after several runs to dial it in:
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    07-27-2016, 05:06 PM
    That is what the video shows here. These two heavyweights go at it from a stop and the Porsche gets an initial lead only for the Ferrari to quickly reel it in and pull away. It's a shocking beatdown considering this is not a stock Porsche 991.1 Turbo S in the video. Supposedly this Turbo S has a RUF tune. We do not know how aggressive the RUF tune is on the 991.1 Turbo S but we do know a flash tuned 991.1 Turbo S is capable of 600 lb-ft of torque at the wheels along with 500 horsepower at all four wheels. The Ferrari 488 GTB in stock form has 535 horsepower and 495 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. It definitely should have trouble from a stop with a tuned Porsche 991.1 Turbo S or at least take longer to reel it in and pass. This certainly will have the Ferrari fanboys beating their chests:
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    07-28-2016, 05:00 PM
    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are now both signed through 2018 for Mercedes-AMG Formula 1. That means the internal team rivalry they have going will continue. You may remember that they have collided a few times forcing each other out of races and that the Mercedes F1 bosses told them to cool it. This contract extension is not likely to cool things off as it means Nico and Lewis will continue to compete for supremacy. Lewis Hamilton is now in first place in the driver standings despite Rosberg holding a lead for much of the season. Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix with Rosberg coming in second place which considerably helped Lewis Hamilton's position for the driver's championship. Will Hamilton repeat as champion? Will Rosberg win it? Will the team favor one driver over the other or let them go at it? It's going to be fun to watch. We are delighted to announce that the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team has signed a two-year contract extension with Nico Rosberg for the 2017 and 2018 Formula One seasons.
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    Today, 12:53 AM
    Well, this is about the coolest Volkswagen Golf engine swap you are ever going to see. The C6 generation Audi RS6 made headlines because people at Audi lost their minds and decided to give it a twin turbo 5.0 liter V10. Also because Audi did not sell the car in the USA proving once and for all Audi hates American enthusiasts. Now imagine if you stuffed that 5.0 liter twin turbo V10 into something a bit lighter than an RS6. Say a MKIV Volkswagen Golf? Then you tuned it? What would that acceleration look like? Something like this insane sprint to just under 320 kph or 200 miles per hour. Hopefully more information on this car will come because as of now we do not know who it belongs to or how they made this engine fit. What we do know is that it is epic. Edit: It didn't take long to figure out this car was built by GOGI racing in Albania. Oh, and they even threw nitrous on top:
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    07-28-2016, 10:42 PM
    Some Canadian street runs here (or Mexican, you decide) featuring a Promotive tuned Porsche 997.1 Turbo 6-speed with Protomotive tuning and upgraded factory turbo housings. The Porsche is on E85 and pretty quick. Unfortunately it is not showcased all that well as awful does not even begin to describe the filming and video quality. It is not as bad as your typical Middle Eastern race video so the Canadians can be proud of that. Here is the hardware he runs in the order it is run: 1. 1992 Talon with built motor, heads/cams, big single, with 720 awhp on race gas vs. 2008 Shelby GT500 with bolt ons, larger blower, and roughly 635 rwhp vs. 997.1 Turbo. The Porsche beats both of these and the Talon beats the GT500. It is a decisive win for the 997. 2. BMW 328i with built motor and single turbo vs. 997.1 Turbo. This 328i is said to belong to a local tuner and supposedly it is pretty quick. They do two runs but the Porsche pulls it rather easily both times. The lower speed roll is closer but it doesn't matter, the 328 is no match. Now to find out what tuner this 328i belongs to. 3. MKIV Supra 6-speed on E85 with single turbo and built motor vs. 1981 RX7 with Chevy 350 swap, 88mm turbo, and automatic (said to run 9.8 @ 138 with spray). You do not get to see much here due to the chase view but the Supra pulls bus lengths. 4. Supra vs. RX7 vs. 997.1 Turbo There are two runs here and the 997.1 Turbo is said to win although the Supra looks to be ahead but is said to lose traction. The RX7 and the 997.1 Turbo run next and the Porsche wins. Overall, a very quick Porsche for just E85, Protomotive tuning, and upgraded twins with crappy filming. Still fun to watch though.
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    07-28-2016, 10:01 PM
    It's good to see some independent numbers for the VF-Engineering BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4 S55 ECU flash tuning software. Earlier this year BimmerBoost wrote an article on the Stage 1 and Stage 2 tuning software and some questioned if the gains were self-serving. Why? Because as with many products it's always best to see customers repeat the numbers tuners claim. This is not always possible with brand new software for new cars but fortunately more people are testing the VF software showing it is the real deal. Here are the specs: Vehicle: 2016 BMW (F80) M3 (DCT) - Alpine White Software Level: HEX Tuning Stage ONE Additional Mods: Completely Stock Fuel: 93 Octane Dynamometer: DynoJet 248c Peak Gains (SAE) 55 WHP 104 WTQ MAX Gains (SAE) 99 WHP @ 4,700 RPM (avg. 93 HP between 3,800 – 5,000 RPM) 120 WTQ @ 4,200 RPM (avg. 108 TQ between 3,500 – 5,000 RPM) The majority of the gains come early with a big torque increase at 3400 rpm. This is typical of modern turbo M engines which are more stump pullers than high revvers with a flat curve. You will notice power drops toward redline which is a function of the engine design and not the tune. For those who think uncorrected dynos produce higher numbers this should make you think about why correction factors are used: It does not matter if you look at the corrected or uncorrected graph the VF software is producing large gains especially in the torque curve. Yes, you do have to remove the DME to get the software and you can blame BMW for this because they hate enthusiasts. Great results and we look forward to more from VF-Engineering on the platform.
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    07-28-2016, 09:01 PM
    1.73 seconds for a pit stop would be a new Formula 1 record. However, the pit stop was timed at 2.15 seconds by Formula 1. The Mercedes-AMG Petronas team says their own instruments at the Hungarian Grand Prix show 1.73 seconds which would be a new world record. What is the truth here? Who knows, but watch the video of the pit stop below. Just make sure you do not blink as you'll miss it. In the second video at the 4:00 minute mark is where Mercedes-AMG makes the claim.
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    07-24-2016, 04:21 PM
    A little leak here from Lamborghini which shows the 2017 Huracan Superleggera we recently saw lapping the ring will get a bump in output to 630 horsepower. Yes, the leak shows 639 horsepower but that is the result for converting KW (Kilowatts) to metric horsepower (PS). The point really is that the Superleggera will have more power and less weight. Expect something in the 32XX pound range which is roughly 200 pounds less than the LP 610-4. Will another 28 horses give the Superleggera enough acceleration to top rivals at McLaren and Ferrari? No, the naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V10 simply can not match the raw grunt of those boosted V8's. The Superleggera is about laptimes though so we will see how it stacks up. Also, if they intend to make a RWD version and really drop some weight.
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    07-27-2016, 05:41 PM
    While their competition goes to boosted engines (Ferrari does still produce an excellent naturally aspirated V12) Lamborghini sticks with high revving naturally aspirated motors. This is a good thing because the automotive world is going to get very boring very quickly (if it hasn't already) with everyone boosting the same displacements and cylinder counts. Lamborghini back in 2015 stated they were not going turbo. The V10 and V12 naturally aspirated motors will remain for now. The number of naturally aspirated V12's on the market is dwindling as even Aston Martin turbocharged their V12. Lamborghini customers want the V12 and one way Lamborghini may address adding performance and improving emissions is with an electric motor which certainly would provide a torque boost. Lamborgini's CEO Stefano Domenicali stated the following: Lamborghini can fight the turbo tide by making their cars lighter and adding electric motors if necessary. We will see how this pans out but we have a feeling the Urus SUV will be the beginning of a string of turbo Lamborghinis. Source
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    Today, 01:13 AM
    HP Tuners is a great resource namely in the Domestic tuning community. Why? Because with the HP Tuners software you can tune your car yourself or have a tuner do it for you. It really opens up a multitude of tuning possibilities and European enthusiasts should be jealous. Speaking of Europeans, here are some French tuning results on the 2016 Focus RS. Yes, the Focus RS is very popular overseas: As the car is new there is not exactly a ton of tuning dyno charts available but what these results show are solid horsepower and torque gains. Torque goes up from 349 lb-ft to 390 lb-ft and horsepower increases by 30. Very nice early Focus RS tuning results.
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    Today, 01:34 AM
    Why? Because they can is probably the answer. Auto Express at least admits this is an odd comparison. What it does indeed show is just how much the SUV has evolved and how sporty the Macan Turbo is. It gives the M2 a very good fight despite more weight and a higher center of gravity. Auto Express states the cars are even in a straight line but why don't they show the acceleration comparison in the video? Just another example of low quality testing metrics from Auto Express. Based on the stats the Macan Turbo with its 3.6 liter 400 horsepower V6 definitely out powers the BMW F87 M2 and its 365 horsepower (slightly underrated) N55B30T0 3.0 liter turbo inline-6. Although, it's probably closer than people realize as the M2 sends its power to the rear wheels and not all four like the Macan meaning greater drivetrain efficiency. This M2 is a manual transmission example though and if it had a dual clutch transmission like the Macan Turbo the difference on the track would be greater than what we see here. The M2 laps at 46.19 seconds to the Macan Turbo's 46.7. On a longer track the difference would be exaggerated. With laps taking well under a minute can you even call this a real roadcourse? Impressive performance by the Macan Turbo but a track car it is not being a 4200+ pound SUV. Then again, is the M2 truly a track car at its 3411 curb weight?
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