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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-13-2020, 01:52 PM
    The Valentine 1 is well known in the industry but seemingly did not evolve all that much. People love the arrows showing where a threat is coming from but law enforcement techniques and technology evolve as well meaning an update to the V1 was due. So what is new? New: All-new electronics in a new magnesium case. New: Patented SAW D2L jumps the scan-rate a hundred-fold. New: LNA technology boosts range, radically improves stealth. New: K-Verifier blocks nearly all K-band alarms from lane-change and crash-prevention radars. New: Built-in Bluetooth smartphone connection. V1 Gen2 brings new detection tools New LNA technology: The only way to extend range is to detect ever weaker signals. Think of LNA as a signal magnifier. LNA has another benefitóit acts as a one-way valve, trapping LO output before it escapes V1 Gen2ís magnesium case. Thatís the key to stealth. V1 Gen2 is practically undetectable. New, and patented, SAW D2L: Detecting more radars adds exponentially to data flow. SAW D2L jumps the processing rate more than a hundred times, enabling V1 Gen2 to quickly sort speed-trap radar signals from todayís glut of lane-change and crash-prevention radars. Range superiority LNAís faint-signal acquisition feeding the high-rate analysis of SAW D2L adds up to a breakthrough in radar early warning. The range increase on Ka band is especially dramatic. Our new K-Verifier weeds out unwanted K alerts. That all sounds great if it works as advertised. Hopefully the V1 gen 2 will be put up against its competition in an independent test shortly.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-11-2020, 02:26 PM
    M-Engineering is a name you will be hearing more and the company was started by @Mitch@Dyno Spectrum. Anyway, M-Engineering will be doing more Porsche tuning such as the tune you see here for a Porsche 991.2 Turbo S with the ByDesign XR turbo kit. This car was tuned at World Motorsports and simply think of these numbers in the context of Dynojet figures so we do not get into a which dyno reads how debate. The peak figures are impressive but the power and torque curves are works of art: All achieved on the factory ECU, factory fuel system, and stock internal motor. The PDK is upgraded with Dodson clutches. Impressive? Hell yes. What the 991.2 Turbo is doing on the factory internals is incredible. This is at 26 psi of boost and M-Engineering claims with methanol the car would make much more power. How they are fueling it currently is a good question though considering the direct injection system is stock. We can't wait to see how the 992 Turbo does on the factory internals.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-16-2020, 07:41 PM
    Bringing a knife to a gunfight? A waste of gas? Maybe. Sometimes it is good to give the N54 guys a reality check. The bottom line is no bolt on BMW I6 turbo is going to be able to play with this 8V RS3 sedan. The IM1000 kit is capable of over 1000+ horsepower at all four wheels. Now, that is not what this RS3 was likely running here but close enough. The fact is the 2.5 TFSI platform is crushing BMW's of all shapes and sizes.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-17-2020, 12:15 PM
    Well, finally some good news from the coronavirus pandemic. Obviously people are not buying cars and staying home right now but General Motors is getting very aggressive to boost sales. They are offering 0% financing for 7 years. Yes, 84 months. That also includes 120 days of deferred payments. This program goes into effect today. What cars does this apply to? It is not stated but let's hope the entire lineup. Furthermore, the offer only lasts until the end of the month but certainly it can be extended depending on how it is received. Maye now is the time to buy that new C8... Edit: Apparently this applies to all 2019 models so this includes remaining C7's. Source
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  • richpike's Avatar
    03-07-2020, 10:22 PM
    Itís crazy how fast the Iroz kits are. This is Malaka Motorsportsí RS3. @hank iroz -Rich
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-12-2020, 11:17 AM
    The new NSX and BMW i8 have something in common. They are both flops. The NSX had loftier goals to live up to in succeeding the iconic NSX but BMW had a clean slate for the i8. Yet, BMW still managed to mess it up. What is the i8 trying to be anyway? A halo car? A sports car? A tech showpiece? It pretty much only served the function of getting the 'i' brand attention. At $147,500 you would expect something special. Instead, what you got was a car with a weak chassis that easily flexed (which is the i8 roadster was difficult to get to market and pushed back year after year) and a three-cylinder motor. Why the B38 I3 instead of the much stronger B48 I4? Who knows. Maybe the chassis could not take it or maybe the B48 increased the weight too much but the B38 I3 was the death sentence before the car even hit the market. Enthusiasts were not going to take it seriously and it would not have the performance to back up the price tag. BMW asked $150k for roughly E92 M3 performance with worse handling. The light and narrow tires/wheels helped with mileage but provided poor handling at this level. .93g? Don't SUV's easily top that now? What is the point of a hybrid sports car that is not good at being an efficient hybrid or good at being a sports car? Sure, those doors are cool but what about the actual driving experience? At least the NSX performs closer to what its price tag suggests but the i8 could not keep up with any modern sports car even those at a fraction of the cost. Used i8 values tanked. You can pick one up today in the $50k range, that is how poorly the car is regarded. BMW pushed it because they had to push it after investing over a billion Euros into 'i'. Let's say that one more time. Over a billion Euros! Imagine the Ultimate Driving Machines that could be built for that money but instead we are left with some already forgotten hybrid that never had a chance. All for BMW to virtue signal on a global scale no less. Was it worth it BMW?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-13-2020, 01:49 PM
    The Valentine 1 is well known in the industry but seemingly did not evolve all that much. People love the arrows showing where a threat is coming from but law enforcement techniques and technology evolve as well meaning an update to the V1 was due. So what is new? New: All-new electronics in a new magnesium case. New: Patented SAW D2L jumps the scan-rate a hundred-fold. New: LNA technology boosts range, radically improves stealth. New: K-Verifier blocks nearly all K-band alarms from lane-change and crash-prevention radars. New: Built-in Bluetooth smartphone connection. V1 Gen2 brings new detection tools New LNA technology: The only way to extend range is to detect ever weaker signals. Think of LNA as a signal magnifier. LNA has another benefitóit acts as a one-way valve, trapping LO output before it escapes V1 Gen2ís magnesium case. Thatís the key to stealth. V1 Gen2 is practically undetectable. New, and patented, SAW D2L: Detecting more radars adds exponentially to data flow. SAW D2L jumps the processing rate more than a hundred times, enabling V1 Gen2 to quickly sort speed-trap radar signals from todayís glut of lane-change and crash-prevention radars. Range superiority LNAís faint-signal acquisition feeding the high-rate analysis of SAW D2L adds up to a breakthrough in radar early warning. The range increase on Ka band is especially dramatic. Our new K-Verifier weeds out unwanted K alerts. That all sounds great if it works as advertised. Hopefully the V1 gen 2 will be put up against its competition in an independent test shortly.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-21-2020, 08:55 PM
    Well, how about this? The BMW F80 M3 you see here is running the KRATOS KRAS55Bi S55 turbochargers. We know those turbos make power (they hold the S55 power record) but how about some ridiculous pump gas and stock fuel system numbers? This is 712 horsepower to the tires on factory S55 internals, the factory transmission, and the factory fuel system without port injection or methanol assistance: Note, the graph states 750 clutch which is 712 wheel horsepower. This is on roughly ~93 octane pump fuel. The tuner believes they may be able to get 750 whp out of the factory fuel pumps. You will notice the power curve is beautiful and before someone misinterprets the graph the torque is displayed in Nm. Correcting 915 Nm to lb-ft gets you 674 lb-ft of torque at the crank. This is the strongest 93 octane S55 posted without any sort of octane assistance. WHP Graph in PS and Nm:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-17-2020, 12:13 PM
    Well, finally some good news from the coronavirus pandemic. Obviously people are not buying cars and staying home right now but General Motors is getting very aggressive to boost sales. They are offering 0% financing for 7 years. Yes, 84 months. That also includes 120 days of deferred payments. This program goes into effect today. What cars does this apply to? It is not stated but let's hope the entire lineup. Furthermore, the offer only lasts until the end of the month but certainly it can be extended depending on how it is received. Maye now is the time to buy that new C8... Edit: Apparently this applies to all 2019 models so this includes remaining C7's. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-17-2020, 03:32 PM
    It seems there is consistent string of blown B58 motors in the aftermarket. You may recall we first saw a blown tuned B58 with an F30 340i that switched to PTF's OTS Stage 2 tune back in 2019. Later in 2019 a PureBoost.de tuned MKV/A90 Supra B58 blew. MHD (who worked with Fabian at PureBoost.de) contacted BimmerBoost and stated their belief during their teardown it was a factory defect that caused the motor to let go. It's possible as BMW motors certainly have had their share of factory defects over the years. Here is what they said: Maybe it was the factory bearing? More: They said the crank got damaged as well. So after this PureBoost.de rebuilt the engine and it's running strong. Now maybe this was a freak factory accident and bearing issue. BMW M motors are notorious for bearing issues over the years. How about this take on another blown B58? Many are reporting issues with cylinder six and excessive blow-by. Also, some state they believe CPI (charge pipe injection) has something to do with it and cars with upgraded HPFP's (High Pressure Fuel Pumps) don't see the same issues. What is the truth? Who knows. What we do know is as more motors let go and more are analyzed we get closer to figuring this out and making the B58 platform stronger and able to hold big torque.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-18-2020, 01:30 PM
    Everyone is impressed by the F90 M5, right? Well, the truth is it is not a huge step up over the F10 M5. The main difference is really the addition of all wheel drive and the automatic transmission. Ask yourself, is all wheel drive is worth $70k? Yes, F10 M5's are down into the ~$30k range. That is a screaming value. Throw a tune on one and you will eat F90 M5's on the highway all day long making F90 owners wonder what they spent $100k on. Just like the C7 generation RS7 to the C8 generation RS7 the performance envelope really hasn't changed much. Everything around the engine changed. This is what a stock F10 M5 will do in the 1/4 mile: 11.89 @ 119.5 on a 1.9X 60 foot? Much more in it with traction and traction is really the key. If you do not need all wheel drive take advantage of how the F10 M5 tanks in value. The F90 M5 will drop hard too although maybe not quite as much depending on the next generation M5 design. The bottom line is many of these expensive German performance cars and BMW's in particular (look at the SUV's) drop like a rock once they roll out of the dealer. The F10 M5 is the best bargain in M5 performance tuning of all time. Feel free to look over some turbo upgraded examples to verify: https://www.bimmerboost.com/content.php?8442-Compilation-of-Pure-Turbos-Stage-2-S63TU-turbocharger-upgrade-dyno-and-performance-results-from-the-F10-M5-F13-M6-F85-X5M-F86-X6M
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  • Chris@VargasTurboTech's Avatar
    03-07-2020, 09:51 PM
    Ok, guys, I know it has been a while but we finally got this finished and the results are basically exactly what we rated this unit at. A drop in no-core-charge, no-lead-time 600WHP 600WTQ upgrade! Mods are as follows: VTT GC Dorch Stage 2 HPFP VRSF Catless downpipe Dinan intake Custom MHD tune by Wedge tune by Steve B. E50 fuel M-performance exhaust Results were 600WHP/600WTQ with near-stock spool seeing 500WTQ by 2800-2900RPM on a NON-LOADED dyno, expect 200-300 quicker on the street! Stock spool, 600WHP capability. The dyno lost signal for a second which is why the drop out is there, but you can see everything is smooth in the log (link below). We initially tuned the car on BM3 using Cary Joran for 93 octane results as Cary is our go-to tuner, but 2020 saw him with a schedule he just could not keep up with, and the flu hit him and his family hard, and left him behind the 8-ball. Since he had taken this job on a favor, the customer requested if we could move tuning elsewhere just so we could get it done. The guys at Wedge (Ken, and Steve) stepped in quickly and knocked the tune out for us in about 20 revisions. There were some tricky things to figure out as this is a new Rom version but Steve was up to challenge and at the end of the day we ended up right where we wanted to be 600WHP/600WTQ. This also was not a one-trick pony with one run with elevated time or boost. Through-out the day today as Steve dialed it the car hovered around the 590WHP mark until it brought it home with a consistent 600WHP even when heat soaked. Peak boost was around 28psi, running about 27 to redline 18 degrees of advance. The log is here: https://datazap.me/u/vargasturbotech/vtt-b58-gc-log-600600-wedge-tuning?log=0&data=3-11-16-17-19-36-37-38-39-40-41&solo=16-17&zoom=60-125 All in all, we are extremely happy with the GC, and the B58 in general. I want to say we have put about 200+ dyno pulls on this turbo, and we still have more street testing before we hand it back off to the customer. Look for 60-130's early next week. We expect these to ship end of March/April time frame. Now is the time to pick one up so when they come into stock we can ship right away! You can pre-order here: https://vargasturbo.com/product/vtt-b58-gc-turbocharger-upgrade/ Big thanks again to CaryTheLabelGuy for the 93 tune, and really trying to get this done, but just being in such high demand he didn't have time. We appreciate all the hard work! Dorch Engineering for the HPFP WedgePerformance for stepping in, and getting this done quickly for us. MHD Tuning for a great tuning platform! It's nice to have great people to work with in the community!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-21-2020, 05:02 PM
    Think this guy got sick of misfires? A gentleman going by the name of LS Smrf ditched his N54 for a 5.3 liter GM LS (L33) V8. He then also ditched his hood and added a big top mount turbo without worrying about routing the exhaust and simply having it dump into the air where it is. There is a TH400 trans swap and 8.8 inch rear end to help put the power down. Thus far this car runs 10.8 @ 130: And it makes 514 whp at 12 psi: He has a new turbo on it now looking to make big power in 2020. It looks like a bit of a junkyard build but it works if the goal is cheap 10's in an E9X chassis with the potential for a ton more power provided the motor is built to take it. We can respect the effort but this is no longer a BMW and more of a garage built project on a platform that is now incredibly cheap and essentially disposable. You will see more hacked up 335's like this and some will like it and some won't.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-10-2020, 02:50 PM
    Is this the fastest F90 M5 in the world? It sure seems like it based on the GPS performance results. Not everyone has acccess to a dragstrip so we certainly will not fault the owner or tuner here. Speaking of which, who is Startline Performance Tuning? A Lithuanian tuner apparently with some skill. One who is doing the tuning for the Turbosystems.info S63TU2 hybrid turbo upgrade which again is also from Lithuania. Who knew Lithuania would be leading the way in F90 M5 performance yet here we are. Mods: ✅Turbosystems.info Stage 2 hybrid turbos ✅Catless downpipes ✅Custom intake ✅WMI ��Tuner : Startline Performance Absolutely insane stock internal, hybrid turbo, and stock transmission performance.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-07-2020, 08:12 PM
    The most exciting driver's cars using the BMW B48 motor are not BMW's. As crazy as it sounds, Morgan as well as MINI are putting the B48 is very light chassis' and pairing the motor to manual transmissions. Yes, unlike the Plus Six with a B58 Morgan is mating the B48 to a manual and the weight further drops to 2220 pounds dry. You will not find a BMW or a MINI for that matter with this power to weight ratio using the B48. They detune the motor from 295 horses to 255 for the manual but that is not anything software can not fix. Want the really good news? The Plus Four and Plus Six are coming to the USA. Morgan confirmed on social media the cars would be available 'soon' which means in about a year. Sign BimmerBoost up for a Plus Six which hopefully will offer a manual option. No US Pricing just yet but expect the Plus Four to come in almost $20k cheaper than a Plus Six.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-26-2020, 04:57 PM
    You may recall where we last left off with our Project 991.2 Carrera it was making more power than anyone else in the world at 668 rear wheel horsepower. The problem? It was making that power on race gas and E85 taxed the fuel system. Running race gas everyday is not really feasible for a daily driver. E85 on the other hand absolutely is. I want the car tuned on E85 and able to run pump E85. In comes Uwe at XDI (Xtreme-DI) to the rescue. The fuel pump is part number 9A2-110-315-01 (part number 15 in the above illustration) and applies to these models: XDI believes increasing capacity will not be a problem: Right now we will be testing the XDI-35 pumps and seeing how far they will let us go on full E85. If all goes well, expect the 991.2 (and probably 992 models) to have a plug and play fuel system upgrade solution for the factory direct injection system.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-13-2020, 09:15 AM
    The coronavirus claims another victim in the sporting world. Not a person but event as pretty much every sporting gathering imaginable is being cancelled. The writing was on the wall when McLaren pulled out but it took Formula 1 some time to decide to cancel the season opener. Is the entire season in jeopardy? Formula 1 just cancelled Bahrain and Vietnam statin the season will start in May but that seems to be wishful thinking. It is not looking good...
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  • three35iguy's Avatar
    03-21-2020, 02:27 AM
    Wanna know what you guys think of this stimulus check, and how itís laid out as of now. Im trying to wrap my head around why the check wouldnít go to every tax paying citizen and why if you make 100k you would get nothing. Help me change my mind, Iím a bit annoyed at that it seems to me people act like if you make 100k your ďfinancially bulletproof ď. I mean if you do make that type of money but your sitting at home now dont you still need assistance? If you make 6 figures donít you typically have more expensive obligations? maybe a higher mortgage or car payment or ... you get the idea.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-11-2020, 09:32 AM
    At least the New York Auto Show is not cancelled like the 2020 Geneva show. The show is being moved to late August amid fears about spreading the coronavirus. This creates a problem of the show bumping up against other car major shows. The Los Angeles International Auto Show for one will be right after the New York show in November. You of course also have SEMA in November. Now you can expect a September 6th closing date for the New York show. Let's hope a delay of a few months makes an appreciable difference in public health.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-07-2020, 08:34 PM
    Great to see a base 991.2 Carrera taking on a Ferrari 488 GTB as well as independent 1/4 mile numbers for the Ferrari. This Porsche 991.2 C2 belongs to PorscheBoost member @Chillywon and he has some bolt on exhaust modifications (sport cats, muffler) but the car is stock beyond that. Ferrari right lane, Porsche left lane: Is the Ferrari quicker and faster? Yes indeed. It better be for that price tag and with a twin turbo V8. The 911 does have the better 60 foot and with tuning software could easily reverse the outcome. Frankly, that is what we want to see. Tune this C2 and show what it can do with basic bolt ons against a Ferrari 488. It should only go further to show the capability and value of the 991.2 platform.
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    03-07-2020, 11:03 PM
    The BMW S58 motor in the F97 X3M and F98 X4M models is impressing with its bolt on tuning performance. It was only a matter of time before turbo manufacturers starting producing hybrid turbos (upgraded factory housings) for the S58 platform. Ladermanufaktur in Germany looks to be one of the first to market with their LM900 S58 hybrid turbo offering. No pricing or dyno results yet but PureBoost.de is expected to get a set to test and tune for shortly. 900+ horsepower out of the S58 with hybrids seems well within reason. It is also a huge benefit for the G80 M3 and G82 M4 to come to market after their M SUV cousins as plenty of parts will be available from the get go.
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    03-07-2020, 08:54 PM
    Mercedes-AMG improved the performance of the G-Wagon considerably when they placed the M177 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 under the hood. Why? Not only is it lighter than the twin turbo V12 they mated the 577 horsepower V8 it to a 9-speed automatic. While the transmission upgrade gets a lot of credit it is interesting to note the factory AMG tuning is aggressive. GAD Motors is not picking up a ton of torque down low but mostly top end power. Their peak gain comes at 6300 rpm and they do not show any increase in torque over stock until past 3500 rpm with a gradual increase to redline: AMG seems to tune the M177 G63 very aggressively out of the box. It is nice to see such a top end gain for a G63 though as typically twin turbo AMG motors in the G Wagon are stump pullers. GAD picked up a big chunk of power up top and this curve is beautiful. Stock - 645 hp Stage 1 - ECU, CPC, Airfilter - 771 hp
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-10-2020, 04:59 AM
    The Ford Bronco is the most anticipated car of 2020 according to Google data. So, these leaked pictures are getting a lot of attention and Ford is trying to get them removed from the internet (good luck with that). Above is apparently the baby Bronco or Bronco Sport. The 2-door below is apparently the full size Bronco. The white four-door is also apparently the full-size Bronco. Multiple leaks are confusing things but it seems the Bronco is not looking nearly as good as renderings. Maybe the official reveal will give us a better idea of the design.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    03-13-2020, 10:22 AM
    Everyone is in a hurry to add power but forgets that lowering weight improves every aspect of performance. Handling, braking, acceleration, component stress, etc. Here is a way to make your E46 M3 take a jump in performance without having to mess with the motor, brakes, or suspension. A full carbon fiber E46 M3 GTR style body shell. The cost is $7864.00 from the company in Thailand that makes it. The idea here is a good one though and hopefully more companies start making carbon body shells for older cars which will lower their weight even further. The weight is 30 kg or 66.1 pounds. Someone will have to figure out what the factory E46 M3 body weighs to get an idea of the weight savings. Plus, how cool does this look? The company is AKAN Composite out of Thailand which makes communication, shipping, and payment difficult. Now kindly make one for the E92 M3 and you have a sale...
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