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    Yesterday, 09:01 PM
    This is becoming a big problem. You may remember that Maximum PSI was pushing their BMW F80 M3 project car pretty hard. Just earlier this month they were on the verge of a 9 second pass after going 10.2 @ 137. Then everything went to hell. So what happened? This: That was the end of the @maximumpsi 9 second chase and the F80 M3 and F82 M4 community have been holding their collective breaths since for a solution to the crank hub spinning problem. Maximum PSI has yet to comment on what they intend to do to BimmerBoost. What is the cause? It is somewhat difficult to pin down but look at this comparison of the S55 3.0 liter I6 crankshaft and the E9X M3 S65 V8 crankshaft: The S65 crankshaft is on the right and you can see timing gear and oil pump gear are a part of the design whereas the S55 does not have the same design. The S55 quite frankly is simply an evolution of the N54/N55 geometry and design which is basically the same. That makes one wonder why the N54 and N55 do not see this problem to the same degree. Is it the higher redline of the S55 that is partially to blame? Perhaps. You can say what you want about the BMW turbo era and it's easy power with bolt ons but the fact is if BMW raced the S55 design the same way they raced the S65 design no doubt this design flaw would have popped up in serious Motorsport competition and it would have been addressed before production. It is not some fluke. Here is what BimmerBoost member @sA x sKy had to say about it and his own experience: Once? Ok. Twice? Bad luck. Three times? It's a flaw. Four times? WTF BMW? TPG Tuning supposedly has a solution but @JasonTPG has yet to tell us anything about it. Their idea was to cut a notch in the stock piece but it didn't work and they are trying a different approach now: The TPG hub failed on member @sA x sKy three times: So what else can one try to prevent this? Well, Gintani thinks they have the solution: They are looking for someone to test this out. Speaking as someone who has had Gintani try various solutions with on his own car for going on six years now a word of advice is to not be anyone's guinea pig and let them try their solutions out on their own cars first. Let them assume the risk considering their track record and pay for their own development. Will the Gintani one piece crank hub solve this issue? Who knows. Maybe there just is no solution: The Gintani solution may introduce new problems. BMW seems to be aware of the issue but they still put the car in production. It's a numbers game for them. How many cars can they sell and what % will have the issue? Apparently the number is low enough to simply pay out warranty claims on those cars that spin their crank hub (and have not been tuned). You can have your bolt replaced and tightened every so often which is probably the best way to go. Maybe someone will come up with someone else. Maybe not. Where we are at right now is BMW quite simply screwed up on the S55 design and doesn't care. BimmerBoost reached out to BMW for comment on the issue but do not hold your breath for a response.
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    05-17-2016, 09:42 PM
    There is high end automotive tuning and then there is this. It makes a lot of sense for Weistec to lend their engineering expertise to the Huayra aftermarket as they have a close relationship with AMG and of course AMG builds the twin turbo V12 engine for the Pagani Huayra. The engine is not your run of the mill M275 twin V12 which Weistec has experience tuning. AMG considerably modified their V12 for Pagani use creating a 6.0 liter M158 V12. The turbochargers, software, oil sump, cylinder heads, valvetrain, and configuration are all quite different. The Huayra is rated at 720 horsepower and 740 lb-ft of torque. As you can see in photos Weistec had a Huayra on the dyno rollers and we are begging and pleading for a graph which BenzBoost will try to bring you. One can only imagine how much more power Weistec is getting out of the motor. This is one of those tuning programs where you contact Weistec and they tailor the upgrades to suit the owner. If you have to ask how much money it isn't for you. This is for a select handful of people who want more out of their Pagani Huayra. It is interesting to note a handful of owners have already contacted Weistec who provided their engineering services. Obviously you can surmise from the teaser photos that downpipe, exhaust, and software changes are where things begin but the sky is the limit. Very, very high end tuning here and exciting to see. http://pagani.weistec.com/
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    05-18-2016, 08:11 PM
    This is difficult to believe but the graph is posted as proof. Powerhaus Performance obviously does some great tuning work but we have not seen much from them regarding turbo upgrades for the M157 AMG 5.5 liter twin turbo V8 platform. The dyno numbers here are from a Mustang dynamometer so keep that in mind when looking at the peak figures as they will be lower than a Dynojet and some other machines. The baseline figure Powerhaus Performance claims is from a 63 AMG M157 with a billet twin turbo upgrade. That number is 538 horsepower and 601 lb-ft of torque. Output with the Powerhaus Performance upgrade? 642 horsepower and 629 lb-ft of torque at the wheels: Now, that is a huge change. Especially when you factor in they claim this was done at the same boost pressure on 93 octane pump gas. That is the claim but there is no proof of this. It is of course in the best interest of Powerhaus Performance to show their tuning and turbos as superior to the competition as that equals sales. This raises a lot of questions though. Whose turbo upgrade is on the car? Why is the difference so large? Where are the details on their turbo upgrade? Where are the pictures? Where are the comparison photos of their turbos and the competitor's they say they are outperforming? Where is the pricing? A lot of unanswered questions here.
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    05-21-2016, 04:11 PM
    Some big claims here from VF-Engineering who is known in BMW circles primarily for their supercharger kits. Those who know VF-Engineering's history know software tuning was the main weakness of their kits especially in the S54 days. Have things changed with their S55 engine tuning software for the F80 M3 and F82 M4 models? Maybe. They are making some big claims. They say they offer Stage I and Stage II flash tuning software. Additionally, they say they have TCU (transmission control unit) software for the DCT transmission: The TCU software seems to be much like the software for E9X M3's where they simply up the line pressure in the transmission to increase clamping force. This certainly is useful when torque is increased. So what are the power and torque gains? Let's take a look: Vehicle: 2016 BMW M4 (DCT) - Austin Yellow Software Level: HEX Tuning Stage ONE (username:1FastS4) Additional Mods: Completely Stock Vehicle: 2016 BMW M4 (DCT) - Yas Marina Blue Software Level: HEX Tuning Stage TWO (username:yellowssm) Additional Mods: VRSF Downpipes / Factory Rear Section / Berger "Cold-air" Intake Vehicle: 2015 BMW M3 (DCT) Software Level: HEX Tuning Stage TWO & Stage TWO+ Additional Mods: Evolution Racewerks Downpipes / Akrapovic Exhaust / Eventuri Carbon Intake / ERW Chargepipes They get up to 497 wheel horsepower and 550 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with their Stage 2 S55 flash along with downpipes, an exhaust, and intake. That is certainly the right range and they are not claiming any exaggerated numbers or posting any glory pulls. It looks like they have a few customers running their tune. The problem? It's a bench flash. That means this is basically relegated to the Southern California market and VF plans to go on a flashing tour so to speak to reach other people. Will they do that before people in other areas find a local solution though? You can of course mail in your ECU but most owners are uncomfortable with doing that. Also, who is the source here? VF-Engineering is likely buying this from someone and the question is from whom? Many tuners do this but it's good to know the source to know the quality. If we knew the source though why even bother going to VF? You see the problem. Is the option worth exploring? Sure, why not? However, once OBD-II flashing gets here the bench flashes will be a thing of the past. It's just a matter of time.
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    05-22-2016, 08:53 PM
    Now this is the kind of power you like you see out of a turbocharged BMW I6. The iron block straight sixes remain king and this a reminder of that with everyone so caught up in the new direct injected BMW turbo sixes. 1178 wheel horsepower and 907 lb-ft of torque at the wheels with tuning by Jordan Horowitz of RK-Tunes. What are the specs? Here you are: RK-Tunes stock DME turbo tune package - 1600cc injectors. C85 fuel GTX 3576r turbos ICS performance Custom twin turbo kit ICS Camshafts ICS Pistons 9:1 K1 Rods M52 / S52 motor S52 crank Ported Head OEM intake manifold, OEM throttle body. Some of you will notice a dip on the 1178 pull on the graph. This is the reason: Just absolutely absurd power and this is one of the strongest street BMW's in the nation.
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    05-18-2016, 01:23 AM
    This is absolutely insane naturally aspirated performance. Yes, this also is the most powerful naturally aspirated Gen V Viper in the world. A&C Performance previously hit 685 horsepower and 642 lb-ft of torque to the wheels with their heads and cam package for the 8.4 liter V10. The numbers now are 721 horsepower and 658 lb-ft of torque at the wheels: Tuned with HP Tuners on 91 octane pump fuel no less. The car does have a small compression bump to just under 11.0:1 but this is absolutely amazing pump gas naturally aspirated power. They are not done yet either. There is some more porting work and they have some higher flow heads. Check out this overlay between stock, Arrow Heads/Cam, and the A&C Heads Cam: Stock: 601/567 Arrow: 659/611 A&C: 721/658 We have a new naturally aspirated king. Phenomenal work.
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    05-20-2016, 04:31 PM
    BMW is boring. Seriously, they are so businesslike in their approach to building cars now it is hard to get excited about yet another X model or yet another Gran Coupe variant. Don't even get us started on the 'i' brand. BMW at one time built some very exciting and lightweight driver's cars like the 2000 series. Of course that was back in the 60's but BMW's vehicles were a good value, lightweight, performed well, handled well, and simply were the best all around blend of daily usability and performance for the money. Road and Track regarding the 2000 sedan stated it was 'the best performing 2-liter sedan in today's market and the best handling and best riding as well.' The 2002 was a slightly shortened coupe version of the sedan platform and an evolution of the 1600-2. The 2002 Turbo was launched in 1973 and it holds a special place in the heart of BMW enthusiasts as it was the first production turbocharged BMW. Yes, that's a big deal. BMW has not built anything like it since. If you suggest a 1M or M2 as a spiritual successor you just do not get it. The 2002 Turbo is supposed to be a small, nimble, and very light four-cylinder turbo powered car. Not some parts bin money grab with an M badge tossed in. Is that what this Hommage is? No, it's a Concept so it can become whatever BMW wants it to become. If they want to produce a billion front wheel drive X1's based on a MINI platform at the very least they could produce something like the cars that got them to where we are now. At least to shut people like myself up who are wondering what the hell happened to BMW. There clearly is styling in this concept inspired by the 3.0 CSL Hommage. Many felt that car was too over the top (BimmerBoost felt it was perfect) and this Hommage Concept is far more toned down. It's still edgy though and very well designed. The rear lights take a bit too much inspiration from the i3 but the design overall is very well done. Quite modern but the 2002 Turbo inspiration is there. So why not build something cool and fun like this? Keep it light. Keep it cheap. No need to go crazy with power or try to beat everyone in performance. Win with the classic BMW recipe of offering the best all around car that is the most fun to drive for the money. What ever happened to that BMW?
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    05-21-2016, 12:42 AM
    This actually is not something new. BMW trolled people on April Fool's Day back in 2011 with an M3 pickup truck. However, this version seems to be built a bit better. Somebody named Mad Dog Racing put this together and apparently it is quite functional and reinforced. It's a German El Camino or an M3 Camino or BMW Ranchero or come up with a name for it. What is the point? Who knows. It's one of those things that you do because you can. The S65 V8 is even supercharged on top just for good measure. That way it will get whatever it is hauling in the bed to its destination quite quickly. Source
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    05-18-2016, 04:31 PM
    The current F10 M5 is a fat pig. Do not quote any BMW Efficient Dynamics nonsense as their cars simply are fat. With the next generation F90 M5 going xDrive all wheel drive sending power to all four wheels does not come without compromises one of which is a heavier drivetrain. We know this story well just by looking at Audi's bloated Quattro cars over the years. So what will BMW do? They are striving for a 200 pound weight loss compared to the F10 M5. That would put the F90 M5 in the 41XX pound range which isn't light but certainly is better than the current car and with all wheel drive certainly a good target. BMW invested tons of money in the 'i' brand and we have yet to see a major trickle down of their weight saving technology to the standard BMW cars. The F90 M5 looks to be the first car that will employ these weight savings technologies in mass. Now, the wildcard here is the rumored rear wheel drive option. If BMW shaves mass to keep the weight down due to the addition of xDrive the rear wheel drive version of the F90 M5 would really benefit as it could be as much as 200 pounds lighter than the all wheel drive M5. A sub 4000 pound M5? It's been decades since BMW offered an M5 that light. We will have to wait and see what happens but BMW consistently makes big weight loss claims only to come up well short of their target weight. Source
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    05-21-2016, 11:31 PM
    In case you needed any more evidence the Pure Turbos S55 turbocharger upgrades work how about a Russian M4 running their turbo upgrade? The M4 also features tuning courtesy of a BMS JB4 with mapping from a Russian tuner. The Ferrari F12 appears to be stock. It is a potent car even in stock form with 589 horsepower to the wheels from the naturally aspirated 7.3 liter V12. It also traps just over 130 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile in stock form. The M4 runs away with this race though. Apologies for the terrible HD potato quality but it is a cell phone recording uploaded to Instagram. Hopefully a high definition version shows up later but it's easy to see that the M4 wins and additionally that it pulls 162.5 miles per hour by the end of the run compared to 155.34 miles per hour for the F12. The F12 needs some boost and people talking down on BMW's performance need to understand an M4 with mild upgrades is easily taking down one of the best GT cars Ferrari has ever made. <blockquote class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-version="7" style=" background:#FFF; border:0; border-radius:3px; box-shadow:0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width:658px; padding:0; width:99.375%; width:-webkit-calc(100% - 2px); width:calc(100% - 2px);"><div style="padding:8px;"> <div style=" background:#F8F8F8; line-height:0; margin-top:40px; padding:50.0% 0; text-align:center; width:100%;"> <div style=" background:url(data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAACwAAAAsCAMAAAApWqozAAAABGdBTUEAALGPC/xhBQAAAAFzUkdCAK7OHOkAAAAMUExURczMzPf399fX1+bm5mzY9AMAAADiSURBVDjLvZXbEsMgCES5/P8/t9FuRVCRmU73JWlzosgSIIZURCjo/ad+EQJJB4Hv8BFt+IDpQoCx1wjOSBFhh2XssxEIYn3ulI/6MNReE07UIWJEv8UEOWDS88LY97kqyTliJKKtuYBbruAyVh5wOHiXmpi5we58Ek028czwyuQdLKPG1Bkb4NnM+VeAnfHqn1k4+GPT6uGQcvu2h2OVuIf/gWUFyy8OWEpdyZSa3aVCqpVoVvzZZ2VTnn2wU8qzVjDDetO90GSy9mVLqtgYSy231MxrY6I2gGqjrTY0L8fxCxfCBbhWrsYYAAAAAElFTkSuQmCC); display:block; height:44px; margin:0 auto -44px; position:relative; top:-22px; width:44px;"></div></div><p style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px; margin-bottom:0; margin-top:8px; overflow:hidden; padding:8px 0 7px; text-align:center; text-overflow:ellipsis; white-space:nowrap;"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BFrb-2RyLUG/" style=" color:#c9c8cd; font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; font-style:normal; font-weight:normal; line-height:17px; text-decoration:none;" target="_blank">A video posted by Pure Turbos (@pureturbos)</a> on <time style=" font-family:Arial,sans-serif; font-size:14px; line-height:17px;" datetime="2016-05-21T18:05:04+00:00">May 21, 2016 at 11:05am PDT</time></p></div></blockquote> <script async defer src="//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.js"></script>
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    Yesterday, 07:20 PM
    Well, if you want maximum naturally aspirated power this is not a bad way to go. The LS7 V8 is more than twice the size of the 3.2 liter I6 the BMW E46 M3 comes with. The S54 is arguably the best I6 BMW produced so it is a shame to see it ditched but it is also fun to see different things. The LS swap into a BMW of course is nothing new as the LS1 has been done. A guy is even doing an E90 LS1 swap with a single turbocharger on top to boot. People have done E46 M3 LS swaps and then supercharged them. For maximum naturally aspirated horsepower though the LS7 is probably the best choice as the Viper V10 isn't going to fit. The LS7 does though and this guy did some nice custom fab work especially with the headers to get everything to fit nicely. It will be nice to see the finished product in action. Source
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    05-22-2016, 04:43 PM
    Let's put this time in context. Porsche themselves runs the Cayman GT4 around the ring in 7 minutes and 40 seconds. That is a factory time with factory drivers and factory resources. Manthey Racing improves on that time by 11 seconds without even touching the motor. They are not doing this with more power. If they add power they can drop this time further but Manthey revises the suspension and brakes as well as changes the wheels and tires. Obviously the Pirelli Trofeo R's make an appreciable difference but Manthey Racing also adds in a roll cage. That adds weight but they make up for it with a carbon fiber hood and race seats. To put this laptime in other words a Carrera GT did a 7:28.71 time in a test by EVO and Porsche themselves got a 7:32 out of the 997 GT2 model. This is an incredible lap for the power and just a great example of superb mid-engine handling. Watch it eat up the Nurburgring corners below.
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    05-22-2016, 12:52 AM
    Audi's have a reputation for understeer. It is well earned over the years with nose heavy cars that tend to plow at the limit. However, a skilled driver can get an Audi rotating and the low end torque the 4.0 TFSI V8 makes in the C7 RS6 certainly helps. There is something badass about a wagon smoking all four tires like this while going sideways and ending the drift with perfect composure.
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    05-22-2016, 04:02 PM
    A McLaren beating up on a Lamborghini is nothing new. The MP4-12C makes easy work of the Huracan. The 650S routinely dominates the Aventador whether it is from a roll or from a stop. The fact of the matter is McLaren produces higher performance cars than Lamborghini. It is startling just how big the difference is and these two drag races highlight the difference well. The Aventador is heavier by about 800 pounds. The passenger in these runs isn't helping the Aventador with its weight problem. Part of what adds weight is the all wheel drive system but in the first run you see the benefit. The rear wheel drive 650S doesn't start reeling the Aventador in until 3rd gear but by the time it passes it is pulling like a freight train. The second run has the 650S get a much better launch and the race is over quickly. The Lamborghini is simply at a disadvantage with its heavy drivetrain and naturally aspirated V12. The 650S just has more area under the curve, is much lighter, has a more efficient dual clutch drivetrain, and just chews the Aventador up and spits it out without much effort. What a beast.
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    05-21-2016, 02:51 PM
    Interesting numbers to say the least here. AutoTalent is claiming these figures are at the wheels on a Dynapack hub dyno but the readout does say flywheel power. If you look at the baseline numbers 453 horsepower and 485 lb-ft of torque are reasonable baseline figures at the wheels. Look at before and after runs on a Dynojet from Renntech for context. Their baseline figures are 469 horsepower and 473 lb-ft of torque at the wheels and tune only they hit 517/565. On higher octane fuel, Eurocharged got to 542 wheel horsepower and 628 lb-ft of torque at the wheels but their baseline was a higher 474/495 to begin with. After the PP-Performance Stage I M177 ECU flash tune horsepower goes to 539 and torque goes to an eye opening 661 lb-ft at the wheels. A Dynapack definitely tends to read higher but considering the baseline figures these gains look exaggerated. Maybe someone is messing with the correction factor? We'll have to see more results on other dynos for context but the torque gain tune only being claimed here is larger than anyone else in the industry and that certainly brings with it questions.
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    05-20-2016, 06:21 PM
    A bad crash in 2015 that killed a spectator (video posted below) prompted officials at the Nurburgring in Germany to impose speed limits (even during races) and ban automotive testing for a while. After some changes to the track, additional safety barriers, and repaving in certain areas the limitations are finally gone. The process of removing the limitations was implemented gradually throughout 2016 but now manufacturers are returning to the track and testing again. Koenigsegg for example is going for an overall record with rumors of breaking into the 6 minute range (the Porsche 918 Spyder does a 6:58 lap). You can see videos below of their tester finally running again which were recorded a few days ago. It's back to business as usual at the 'Ring.
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    05-19-2016, 10:25 PM
    These spyphotos show the next generation E-Class coupe based on the W213 E-Class platform testing. The photographer was able to capture a few shots of the interior and the design is much like the sedan with the round vents but the vent covers are different. It looks a bit sportier and the aluminum finish is quite nice. The new E-Class coupe is expected to bring back an AMG variant as well. To get an idea of the exterior design, check out these renderings by clicking here. The car is shaping up well thus far.
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    05-20-2016, 08:21 PM
    If you have a PS4 and you are a car enthusiast this game is basically a must buy. The Gran Turismo video game series is well known and it will finally make its way to the Playstation 4 later this year on November 15. So what is the big deal other than updated graphics and updated physics? How about that the FIA (International Automobile Federation) which oversees competitive automotive racing in 125 countries around the world will formally ratify the Gran Turismo Online Championship. What does this mean? It means you will be able to race competitively for a world championship in Gran Turismo Sport online. It is not exactly the same as driving professionally at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but you also get to do it from your couch without multi-million dollar manufacturer backing and having to work your way up to pros from childhood. It's also a bit safer too. There will be two championships to race for. The 'Nations Cup' where the best drivers of their nation compete against each other and the 'Manufacturers Cup' where drivers compete for say a BMW specific championship. Winners will get their awards in Paris at FIA's ceremony just like professional drivers. All of this of course is in addition to the normal driving and competitive modes. Pick up a PS4, buy Gran Turismo, and prepare to race against the world.
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    05-21-2016, 03:20 PM
    On paper this is a mismatch of epic proportions. The Mustang is lighter than the Challenger Hellcat by some ~700 pounds but compared to a bolt on Hellcat it is severely lacking in horsepower and torque. The naturally aspirated Coyote 5.0 V8 is a great engine but the Hellcat 6.2 liter V8 with its twin screw blower is just a beast that easily outpaces it. We're talking roughly 660 horses to the wheels stock and well over 700 when tuned with bolt ons for the Hellcat. An E85 Coyote with bolt ons will be nowhere near this. It's at least 300 horsepower at the wheels behind with far less torque. Yet, it still manages to give the Hellcat problems in these runs. Why? The Hellcat can't get traction despite running drag rubber just like the Mustang. Also, the driver in the Challenger has a terrible reaction time. He flat out sucks at getting off the line on time. This is definitely a time where a driver mod is needed. The Hellcat is clearly the faster car running down the Mustang time and time again but the Mustang dominates it off the line. You can have all the power in the world but if you can't put it down and can not get on the throttle in a timely fashion what's the point? The race is over before you get going.
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    05-21-2016, 07:42 PM
    It is always nice to see actual dragstrip 1/4 mile times rather than having to use magazine times for certain cars. Especially Ferraris considering that Ferrari is known to try to control testing and sends ringers to magazines. This run is a realistic representation of what the F12 is capable of. If you want to see what the 730 horsepower and 509 lb-ft of torque 6.3 liter naturally aspirated V12 actually puts out on the dyno check out our past article on the topic. On the strip the Ferrari is good for just over 130 miles per hour and this one runs 11.17 on street tires. On drag rubber this is an easy 10 second car especially in more favorable conditions. No doubt people will point out that is not exactly stellar performance per dollar these days but the F12 is not a car you buy for drag racing. It's just nice to see what it can really do and it certainly is a solid performer.
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    05-20-2016, 06:01 PM
    The turbo four-cylinder game is pretty crowded in the luxury sport sedan category. It seems as if everyone has a turbocharged 2.0 liter motor. Even Cadillac is joining the fray but is their 2.0T offering in the 2016 ATS a match for its competition? Well, it's a valiant effort. For one, it's a much stronger motor than the one under the hood of the 2016 Mercedes C300. The acceleration figures for the claimed 272 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque are outstanding. 0-60 in 5.4 seconds, 0-100 in 14.5 seconds, and a 1/4 mile sprint of 14.1 seconds at 99 miles per hour. That is even slightly ahead of the mighty BMW 328i but that model's N20 engine is being replaced by the new B48 for a 330i. The Caddy likely won't top it but it's a very close match between the two. So Cadillac has a strong four-cylinder that accelerates at the top of its class. What are the downsides? The vehicle is a bit heavy at 3671 pounds but that weight is basically a wash with Audi. All wheel drive comes with a penalty but Cadillac isn't heavier than its all wheel drive competition which is a good thing. The handling with the all season tires just isn't that good. The grip is decent at .86g but this is not performance rubber. The performance in this area suffers as a result. Ditch the tires for something sportier and handling vs. the Germans should be a wash. That brings us to the interior. While the stitching and leather is nice that dash is embarrassing. Look at this outdated crap: You can't get almost everything right and then have a glaring weakness like this when the appeal of the Germans is partially their style and interior. Why can't Cadillac get this part right? The CTS is done correctly and competitive with its rival all the way through. The ATS just does not quite feel as polished inside. This is a great effort by Cadillac and it is so close to being the best in its class. They're almost there but almost isn't good enough. They have to be better everywhere. That is the only way they will get people out of the BMW is best mindset and considering BMW dominates this class of car sales Cadillac won't change people's minds unless they do everything better for less money. They're close... oh so close. Specifications VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan PRICE AS TESTED:$52,720 (base price: $38,240) ENGINE TYPE:turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT:122 cu in, 1998 cc Power: 272 hp @ 5500 rpm Torque: 295 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm TRANSMISSION:8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode DIMENSIONS: Wheelbase: 109.3 in Length: 182.8 in Width: 71.1 in Height:55.9 in Passenger volume: 90 cu ft Cargo volume: 10 cu ft Curb weight: 3671 lb C/D TEST RESULTS: Zero to 60 mph: 5.4 sec Zero to 100 mph: 14.5 sec Zero to 130 mph: 28.2 sec Rolling start, 5-60 mph: 6.3 sec Top gear, 30-50 mph: 3.4 sec Top gear, 50-70 mph: 4.1 sec Standing ¼-mile: 14.1 sec @ 99 mph Top speed (governor limited): 145 mph Braking, 70-0 mph: 167 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.86 g FUEL ECONOMY: EPA city/highway driving: 22/30 mpg C/D observed: 19 mpg
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    05-18-2016, 12:15 AM
    We get so caught up in boosted performance people forget there is something pretty awesome about a badass naturally aspirated powerplant. This one certainly qualifies as badass. This is a 474 cubic inch (7.76 liters) LSX V8 built by Vengeance Racing mated to a sequential manual gearbox. Specs: Vengeance Racing spec RHS 474ci tall deck short block All-Pro cylinder heads Vengeance Racing spec solid roller camshaft and valvetrain All-Pro single plane intake manifold with a single 4500 throttle body ARH 2" longtube headers RPM pro-shifted TR6060 transmission 15" Weld Racing wheels with Mickey Thompson 275/60/15 tires Stock body/aero/full interior (minus a Kirkey seat) The sequential gearbox is a big part of this this build. Vengeance explains it here: Here is how it looks and works: Awesome, right? Now look at this beast in action. It holds the naturally aspirated 1/2 mile record at 179 miles per hour. It went 176 this past May: Badass? Yes. Badass.
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    05-22-2016, 04:22 PM
    The reception to the 2002 Hommage Concept has generally been positive. It certainly makes one think about a back to basics BMW. Speaking of which, when is the last time BMW had a fun to drive and lightweight convertible? If you can't think of it we don't blame you. With the E89 generation Z4 BMW went to a convertible hardtop that added considerable weight. What about the F23 2-Series convertible you say? Well, even the base 228i model starts at 3625 pounds. There is nothing lightweight with a drop top in the BMW lineup. Nothing. This rendering certainly gives you something to think about. It won't get built but maybe someone at BMW will see it and start thinking about making a light and sporty cabrio again.
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    05-18-2016, 04:54 PM
    Technology from the GT350R is trickling down to the Ford GT. Headlines were made when Ford was the first company to offer carbon fiber wheels from the factory which they did on the GT350R. The Ford GT will also have optional carbon fiber wheels and they save two pounds per wheel over the standard wheels. That is a big difference in rotating mass. The front wheels are 8.5 inches wide and the rears are 11.5 inches wide. Considering the price of the Ford GT to begin with what is a few more dollars to have lighter carbon fiber rims? Getting the chance to buy a Ford GT is like winning the lottery anyway. DEARBORN, Mich., May 17, 2016 – The carbon-fiber-bodied Ford GT will also offer an all-new carbon-fiber wheel, further improving the drive and handling characteristics of Ford’s all-new supercar. Ford GT is the second Ford Performance vehicle to offer carbon fiber wheels – following the world’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheel application that debuted as standard equipment on the 2015 Shelby® GT350R Mustang. “Ford was the innovator as the first to offer a mass-produced carbon fiber wheels as a standard offering on Shelby GT350R Mustang,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “Now, Ford GT will offer the next generation in carbon fiber wheels, with an advanced resin and fiber technology that gives our designers more freedom, while also showcasing the structure of the material’s weave.” Unlike the Shelby GT350R’s black-painted carbon fiber wheels, Ford GT wheels will be offered in two finishes – either a matte or a glossy clearcoat, permitting the stunning nature of the carbon fiber weave to show through. The finishes perfectly match the two exposed carbon finishes available on the sills, fascia and extractor of the all-new supercar. Working with supplier partner Carbon Revolution, the new wheels are constructed with the latest generation of fiber and resin technology that permits greater design flexibility – resulting in flowing, more intricate spokes. Light Is Right Carbon fiber wheels bring a wealth of advantages over traditional aluminum wheels, including weight savings, improved vehicle dynamics and ride quality - making the innovative material the perfect complement for the all-new Ford GT. Beyond simply reducing overall vehicle weight for improved acceleration, braking and dynamic performance, carbon fiber’s incredibly strong, light nature means a reduction in unsprung weight and rotational inertia, which benefits suspension action, ride quality and dynamic performance. The Ford GT arrives standard with incredibly light, supercar-spec, 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels, sized 8.5 x 20 in./front, and 11.5 x 20 in./rear. The optional carbon fiber wheels on the Ford GT are the same size, but are structurally stiffer, and save more than two pounds of unsprung weight per wheel. Compared to the already featherweight standard wheels, this weight savings reduces inertia by a notable 25 percent. A lighter wheel requires the suspension to do less work to control the hardware attached to it, and improves consistent contact with the road surface, improving traction and driver control. Each spinning wheel also acts like a gyroscope, so a lighter wheel can improve steering feel and dynamics as it requires less energy to accelerate or turn the wheels, improving vehicle response. Vehicle efficiency is improved as less energy is required to get the wheel spinning. While metal wheels can act like a bell, the dense, inert nature of carbon fiber provides for overall improved performance in terms of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and a quieter ride – leading to greater comfort and refinement. With optional carbon fiber wheels providing benefits in key areas – weight savings, vehicle dynamics, NVH and ride quality – they are the perfect, innovative complement for the all-new Ford GT.
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    05-17-2016, 07:11 PM
    The Lamborghini Aventador tuning market is not exactly huge. There is the price of entry first of all and there are only a handful of tuners who can tune the car anyway. Eurocharged is one of them and they were able to massage quite a bit more torque and horsepower out of the naturally aspirated V12. Keep in mind the 2013 Lamborghini Aventador is rated at 691 horsepower from its 6.5 liter V12. That comes out to a baseline of 506 to all four wheels on the Dyno Dynamics. Yes, it is a heartbreaker dyno when one doesn't mess with the correction factor. The car obviously is not losing 27% to the wheels. That makes the gains here even more impressive as Eurocharged picks up 39 horsepower at the wheels on the conservative dyno. They also get torque gains throughout the entire curve up until the redline. It is safe to say they are easily making 750+ horsepower to the crank here tune only. Impressive.
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    05-18-2016, 12:32 AM
    This is just gorgeous. It's absolutely stunning. Is it functional? No, not really. The turbo upgrade you see is real from Kuhl Racing in Japan so they are showing that part off but this GTR VR38DETT motor is just a show piece. Even the impellers are gold. Unfortunately we do not have a shot from a different angle but just enjoy the beauty that is a GTR engine covered in gold.
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    05-18-2016, 05:23 PM
    I guess you could say they are copying Ford but really this technology will expand to everyone eventually as it is just a matter of time. Australian company Carbon Revolution produces the carbon fiber wheels for the GT350R (and now the Ford GT) and GM is reportedly exploring a deal with them for their own carbon wheels. GM could go another route or produce their own. They clearly do not want Ford to have an edge over them in the performance sector which in the case of carbon fiber wheel options they certainly do. Get it done GM and hurry up. The upcoming Z28 could use a pair of these. Source
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    Today, 12:53 AM
    Damn the new 991.2 models are quick! We're talking performance not far off a 997.1 Turbo model. Don't believe it? Well, just check out the acceleration video posted below. The PDK transmission certainly helps as the car rockets through the gears hitting 285 kph (177 miles per hour) with ease. 0-60 takes just 3.4 seconds. 0-200 kph (124 mph) takes just 11.9 seconds. 250 kilometers per hour passes in 20.5 seconds. That 420 horsepower B6 turbo 3.0 liter motor (check out our technical breakdown) is no slouch. Even in stock form this is an easy 11 second car. Oh, and how about that Porsche launch control? 6200 rpm launches. Nonse of that pansy 2200 rpm stuff like the Acura NSX.
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    05-21-2016, 11:58 PM
    We've seen wheels in a bronze finish before but this is an interesting take here with the lip finished in bronze. This Bentley Continental GT Speed received a matte grey wrap which looks great. The center of the Strasse Forged wheels received a dark matte finish which matches up well with the body. The wildcard here is the bronze lip which stands out but in a good way. It does not come off as over the top. It looks fantastic. Forged Wheel Specs: SV1 Deep Concave FS -Matte Black Centers -Gloss Polished Bronze Lips -Gloss Bronze Hardware -Gloss Black Barrels -Weight Reduction Pocketing 22×10 | 22×12.5 Tire Specs: Pirelli P Zero Nero GT Front: 265/30ZR22 Rear: 315/25ZR22
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    Yesterday, 07:02 PM
    In the Gen V Dodger Viper twin turbo world, $29,995.00 is a very competitive price for a twin turbo setup. So what is the problem? The problem is that RSI Racing Solutions has a reputation that rivals John Hennessey in horror stories which is quite the feat. What is interesting to note here is that it seems RSI was somehow able to acquire the www.rsifraud.com website dedicated to their missteps as it now redirects to their main site. The Instagram account is still up though: https://www.instagram.com/rsifraud/ So while this all looks very nice on paper and $29k is reasonable pricing it wouldn't matter if the price was free. RSI is a Viper black hole. Be warned:
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