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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 11:32 PM
    This will be something we will see more and more of over the coming years and one of the more interesting battles in the BMW performance scene in the opinion of BimmerBoost. We have BMW's newest turbocharged M car going against the M car it replaced. As you well know the E90 M3 comes with a naturally aspirated S65 4.0 liter V8 that revs to 8400 rpm from the factory. It makes much less power (roughly 70 wheel horsepower) than the turbocharged 3.0 liter S55 direct injected inline-6 engine in the new F80 M3. It becomes a complete mismatch when the S55 gets a tune such as the JB4 on this particular car. The thing is, what happens when you boost the older M car? This E90 M3 gets boost for its S65 V8 courtesy of an ESS VT2-625 supercharger kit. The high revving naturally aspirated V8 responds quite well generating in the area of 600 wheel horsepower depending on the supporting modifications, fuel, and tune. It is making this horsepower with far less torque than the S55 inline-6 however. This is a race won by top end power and with a centrifugal blower top end power is exactly what the E90 M3 offers. The F80 M3 comparatively offers much more low end torque and has a curve shifted far more to the left than to the right. It is two different M engine philosophies at work here and both are effective. The supercharged E90 M3 wins this round but as tunes and supporting mods evolve for the F80 M3 it will compete with stock internal supercharged E90 M3's on its stock turbochargers. It will also be interesting how it does against the E90 M3 with turbos instead of a centrifugal supercharger. The E90 M3 only has in the 370 lb-ft of peak wheel torque range compared to the 550+ wheel torque this JB4 tuned F80 M3 is capable of generating. Yet it is where that torque is generated that determines the outcome here. Top end horsepower rules this race. No doubt enthusiasts will debate the approaches here. Both are viable. However, more displacement and higher revs with a torque curve that continues to increase toward redline is hard to beat in a race like this. The older M cars are hardly obsolete. They're incredible. E90 M3 - ESS VT2-625 SC, Akra GT4, 100/91 oct blend F80 M3 - Catless downpipes, full Akra Exhaust, JB4 Map 7, 100/91 oct blend P.S. Iphone videos of races like this make us cry.
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  • BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
    10-28-2014, 06:14 PM
    E90 M3 - ESS VT2-625 SC, Akra GT4, 100/91 oct blend F80 M3 - Catless downpipes, full Akra Exhaust, JB4 Map 7, 100/91 oct blend
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  • Sales@vargasturbotech's Avatar
    10-27-2014, 02:57 PM
    Despite our best efforts to get our shop car running properly in time for the event we decided not to run the car at all this past weekend. The #2 cylinder is leaking down over 25% and we will be putting another stock motor in shortly to continue development so we just cruised down to Coalinga to spectate. Here are some photos from the event. Hope you all have a great week! It will be a very busy and exciting one for us as we continue to assemble / ship the Stage 2+ N54 turbos and are awaiting testing of the world's first S55 turbo upgrade :music-rockout:.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-23-2014, 06:48 PM
    Hello, This is one of my first threads over here at BimmerBoost. I had been visiting tacopost but I have been frequenting this forum more and more. I hope you all find this of value. I would like to post my review of the El Cholo taco solution for proper satisfaction of human hunger. I have previously eaten many tacos outfitted with other ingredients and I was never close to satisfied. It just didn't feel like the tacos I know and love. There's this taco place I'm not affiliated with AT ALL called El Cholo that just has awesome tacos. Seriously, they are great! They also have Taco Tuesday with $2 taco deals and margarita deals that you wouldn't believe. They also treat me well and look at these tacos: The facility is pretty nice too: They even have enchiladas if you don't want tacos! I'm just a taco enthusiast trying to share my tacos enthusiasm with fellow taco enthusiasts. Please pay no attention to my e-mail address being sticky@elcholo.com. I hope you all have some yummy yummy tacos!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-22-2014, 06:33 PM
    Dinan launched a new BMW club racing engine based on the S65 V8 out of the E9X M3 models. Dinan increases the bore and stroke to increase displacement from 4.0 liters to 4.6 liters. Just as with Dinan's standard S65 stroker motor the bore and stroke goes to 94mm x 83mm. Now might be a good time to bring up an old BimmerBoost S65 V8 stroker comparison article from 2010. This was the statement BimmerBoost made about the potential of the S65 stroker motors: 'By shifting the power band to the left the torque curve falls off faster not allowing the stroker to show full potential with the stock cam profile that was not designed for it. Neither Dinan or RDsport address the cams.' Well come 2014 Dinan does address the cams and that explains why the club racing S65 engine makes an additional 80 horsepower over the standard stroker. Dinan is essentially giving the motor a dry sump, adding Schrick cams, and a more aggressive tune. Now, $39,999.00 is a lot of money for a stroked S65 with a dry sump oiling system one can get from VAC and Schrick cams. Especially considering the engine requires a standalone engine control system that is not included in the price. That means this engine gets up close to $50k when all is said and done. Now, there is no point to have another discussion on Dinan pricing as Dinan is well aware of his own pricing. BimmerBoost could build this motor for almost half the price though and have it tuned on the stock DME meaning you could use it in a street car if you wanted to without the need for a standalone ECU. What is really nice to see is more aggressive cams paired with the stroker motor. So Dinan's 580 horsepower quoted output is about right considering an RD Sport stroker without the aftermarket cams hits 441 wheel horsepower (Dinan in customary fashion does not provide a dynograph at the wheels): One could expect in the ~500 whp range depending on the tune and fuel quality in naturally aspirated form from a stroked S65 V8 paired with some aggressive cams. That certainly would be a lot of fun on the racetrack which is obviously what this motor is built for. Dinan: For those seeking the ultimate high performance driving experience, Dinan has once again redefined M3 performance with a bored and stroked 4.6 liter version of BMW's V-8 engine complete with a dry sump lubrication system and solid lifter camshafts. The engine produces 580 horsepower at 8200 RPM along with increased torque of 390 lb-ft at 6900 RPM. The engine is supplied as an assembled long-block, fully prepared.. Due to the engine’s high state of tune, a Bosch or Motec stand-alone engine management system is required to run this breed of S65 engine. Dinan's 35 years of BMW tuning and racing experience ensure that the engines will perform for lasting trouble free driving excitement. Much of the technology that has made Dinan's Grand-Am Daytona Prototype engines both competitive and reliable has carried over to the 4.6 Liter V-8 engine program for street and amateur racing use, ensuring that the engines produce great power along with race-proven durability Features and Specification of the Dinan® S65 4.6L Club Racing Engine: + 4.6L long block (bore = 94mm; stroke = 83mm; compression ratio = 12:1) + Peak Power: 580 HP @ 8200 RPM and 390 ft-lbs @ 6900 RPM + High lift camshafts with solid lifters + Dry Sump lubrication system + Dinan proprietary billet crankshaft + Dinan proprietary lightweight forged pistons + Dinan proprietary light-weight connecting rods + Balanced, blueprinted and dynoed + Dinan serial numbered block + NO DINAN WARRANTY + RACING ONLY PART + NOT EMISSIONS LEGAL Core Program: Engines are a part of the CORE program we utilize at Dinan so you will be charged an additional fee on top of MSRP initially. This fee will then be refunded to you once your qualifying engine core has been received at Dinan. This ensures we have a continuous stream of product for rebuilding purposes and the lowest possible price to the consumer.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 08:42 AM
    Seeing what the big magazines pick as their favorite driver's car is always interesting. Last month MotorTrend took their shot at it with a ten car field and settled on the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 as the best driver's car in all the land. Now it is time to get a British perspective on the matter. Autocar decided on a 12 car field. They usually field 10 cars but made an exception in 2014. There are some big name omissions one of which is the Lamborghini Huracan as Lamborghini declined their invitation (the raging bull is afraid?) and the Z28 is absent. Autocar's 12 car field is as follows and ordered by laptime: 1. Ariel Atom 3.5R – 1min 10.7sec 2. Ferrari 458 Speciale – 1min 11.9sec 3. McLaren 650S – 1min 12.9sec 4. Porsche 911 GT3 – 1min 13.1sec 5. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 1min 14.3sec 6. Jaguar F-type R coupé – 1min 14.3sec 7. Vauxhall VXR8 GTS – 1min 14.9sec 8. BMW M4 – 1min 16.8sec 9. Porsche Cayman GTS – 1min 17.4sec 10. Alfa Romeo 4C – 1min 17.7sec 11. Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy – 1min 19.4sec 12. BMW i8 – 1min 19.4sec This is how Autocar ended up scoring the cars as far as driving pleasure: 1. Ferrari 458 Speciale – 16 points 2. Ariel Atom 3.5R – 19 3. Porsche 911 GT3 – 27 4. Porsche Cayman GTS – 33 5. McLaren 650S – 39 6. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray – 43 7. Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy 54 8. BMW i8 – 64 9. BMW M4 – 78 9. Vauxhall VXR8 GTS – 78 11. Jaguar F-type R coupé – 80 12. Alfa Romeo 4C – 93 The Ferrari 458 Speciale takes the victory over the Ariel Atom although the Atom is really nothing more than a street legal go-kart. The 458 reigns supreme but it is interesting to note some of the comments by Autocar on the vehicles. The M4 is said to be somewhat of a one trick pony always wanting to go sideways. Yes, the M3/M4 are more about muscle than finesse now. The i8 is said not to be a sports car and its handling changes based on the charge of the batteries. It is said to be better on the road and out of character in the competition which is a shame. The Corvette feels like it got a bit robbed here. A judge scored it as high as second yet it finishes in 6th place? Another judge stated out of all the cars the Corvette is the one he would want to race on the track. So again, what is with the sixth place finish with all the glowing praise? It is surprising the McLaren 650S gets beaten by a full second by the Ferrari. Especially considering its twin turbo V8 is boosted to 650 horsepower now. The Castle Combe track seems a bit short but Autocar feels it is a good test and a 'fast' track. The 458 Speciale is Britain's best driver's car of 2014 according to Autocar. The full video breakdown is below:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-30-2014, 03:12 AM
    10's are just around the corner for the S55 powerlpant people and that is not surprising. This is the quickest F82 M4 and S55 powered car in the world currently thanks to its 11.18 @ 123.56 pass. TPG Tuning is claiming this is the fastest M4 in the world although an F80 M3 has gone 126 in the 1/4 mile. So, technically, it is the fastest F82 M4 for now but not the fastest S55 powered car as that belongs to an F80 M3. Additionally, TPG Tuning is taking a lot of credit for this while forgetting an F80 M3 has gone faster and I think we all know it is really the JB4 tune from BMS doing the majority of the work here. What readers really should take away is that 10's are coming for the F82 M4 and F80 M3 with the right combination of modifications, traction, conditions, and someone brave enough to use launch control to get out of the hole. The 1.6596 60 foot certainly is impressive as it is without launch control. Modifications are: BMS JB4 with a custom map Race Fuel Hoosier Drag radials
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  • xbox_fan's Avatar
    10-22-2014, 02:25 AM
    Porscheboost works ok though, any chance of this being fixed?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-24-2014, 09:01 PM
    We are here because we are car enthusiasts. We like cars. Some of us maybe more than others or some maybe too much for our own good but one thing we all have in common is an appreciation for cars. That is why we all understand the actions this man takes to perform a save on this car. Yes, he makes a mistake by leaving the car in neutral. He quickly realizes this mistake and runs after the car as it rolls back managing to close the door just in time before it hit the garage. He then quickly jumps in over the door and brings the car safely to a stop (using his hand on the brake pedal mind you) before it hits anything. He is fortunate the top was down or this could have ended badly. He is also fortunate the car was not turning back at a greater angle as he could have been pinned against the edge of the garage. It certainly would be interesting to know if it is his car or if it belongs to someone else. Whether you like classic Mustangs, European cars, Japanese cars, whatever, you will be able to appreciate this save as a car enthusiast.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-23-2014, 09:01 PM
    This will hardly be the last battle of boosted E46 M3 S54 motors and boosted E9X M3 S65 motors. This battle is just heating up but here is an interesting race pitting an Active Autowerke Generation 2 Level III supercharged E90 M3 against a Maximum PSI Stage II supercharged E46 M3. Both cars have 6-speed manual transmissions so this is not a race won by a transmission advantage. The S54 inline-6 in the E46 M3 and the S65 V8 in the E90 M3 are both on stock internals and factory compression. The E46 M3 is a Maximum PSI Stage II turbo which we have seen hit 697 wheel horsepower. Additionally, the kit has gone 10.8 @ 131 in the 1/4 mile. The car belongs to our friend over at MPACT. Now from what BimmerBoost has been told MS109 fuel was not available for this run so boost is closer to the Stage I Maximum PSI kit and considering the result that makes sense. The E92 M3 has the Active Autowerke Gen 2 Level III supercharger kit which includes methanol injection and has put down in the 590 wheel horsepower range with simply the best looking torque curve in the industry. Now this kit was tuned by Frank Smith at TTFS so it is safe to say it is making a bit more than the base AA tune. The video quality is not the best partially due to the night time run but it is easy to see what happens. The E46 M3 hits a bit of lag and the E92 M3 pulls on the shift. It then continues a steady pull and the run just really isn't close. The E46 M3 of course would be stronger with more boost but the same could be said about the S65 as well. This will not be the last battle between the E46 and E9X. That fight is about to become full scale war with more built motor S65's hitting the streets.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-22-2014, 07:50 PM
    This is a similar question to what BimmerBoost raised last year regarding an M2 model. A ton of speculation took place from the various culprits on the 2015 F87 M2 this year and one site even claimed to definitively know the M2 would have a more aggressively tuned N55 from the M235i. Our position was (and remains) that nobody knows what the hell they are talking about and that they are simply guessing to get attention. CAR is claiming to definitively know what the specifications for the M2 are and here is their take. CAR states the F87 M2 will arrive in 2015 and offer 369 horsepower and and 384 lb-ft of torque featuring a detuned S55 inline-6 borrowed from the F80/F82 M3 and M4. Ok, fine, that certainly is a possibility. CAR does not state how the engine will be detuned, who at BMW stated this is the engine if anyone even did, or any real solid info on the motor. Is it just a software detune? Is BMW mating the motor to a DCT in the 2-Series finally? Will the motor get a different turbocharger or any physical hardware differences? You would think someone who supposedly has access to an inside source at BMW would ask these questions. If the M2 gets a detuned S55 and it is only detuned through software we can declare right now the M2 is the greatest tuning value in the history of the BMW lineup considering how underrated the S55 engine is and what it gains from basic tuning. If it is detuned through hardware means to protect the M3/M4 this is not a big deal anyway as on paper the M3/M4 and the M2 will have the same potential. If it features an N55 like the M235i as some reported then it does not have a real motor and BMW is really getting out of control with their cost cutting and their watering down of the M brand. All CAR has done is create a bunch of hype. That sells magazines. Good for them but they aren't getting our money. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-13-2014, 05:57 PM
    The BMW S1000RR is an absurdly fast bike in stock form capable of trapping in the tall 140's. Beating one is a very tall order for any street car in stock form let alone tuned. This S1000RR is tuned though by BrenTuning and also features a full Akrapovic exhaust. That should easily push it well into the 150+ trap speed range in the 1/4 mile. Procharged Vettes are of course capable of hitting those trap speeds but require a built motor and a ton of boost. We do not know the specs on this C6 only that based on the result the blower needs to move quite a bit air if the owner wants to run with this bike.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-08-2014, 10:36 PM
    GM had a great showing at SEMA with plenty of exciting cars. What stood out though was this beautiful monster. The upcoming 2015 Chevrolet Z06 convertible is a work of art. This particular example has the gorgeous Laguna Blue paint as well as the optional Z07 package. Those are carbon ceramic brakes you see as well as carbon fiber aerodynamic pieces designed for increased downforce on the track. This is one convertible that will be right at home on the roadcourse. In person the Z06 definitely looks more aggressive than the standard Stingray and the wider hips also add sexiness. The C7 design is simply beautiful and the Z06 takes it to the next level. You already know all about the 650 horsepower LT4 supercharged V8 as well as the 8L90 8-speed automatic that is available as an option. GM hit it out of the park with this car especially if the performance is as good as the styling (which it will be).
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-26-2014, 07:32 AM
    Interesting tune only matchup here of the new turbocharged F80 M3 and F82 M3. Both cars of course share the same 3.0 liter direct injected S55 inline-6 turbo motor. The only modification to each car is a tune with the camera car being the F80 M3 with the BMS JB4 tune. The BMS JB4 car is running on Map 7. The ECU Tuning Group car has their tuning solution which they claim adds 89 horsepower and 96 lb-ft of torque. BimmerBoost has not seen any dyno sheets or timeslips backing up their claims as is the general trend for ECU Tuning Group products. BimmerBoost has seen dyno sheets for the BMS JB4 tuned S55 motors and they are over 500 wheel horsepower. Dynosheets are one thing and putting that power down in practice is another. In practice, the JB4 car simply pulls away (although it does start early). One sided race:
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-31-2014, 07:01 PM
    Introducing the new GTRS4 BMW F82 M4 widebody kit from Vorsteiner. The kit is similar in style to their GTRS3 widebody kit most have seen for the E92 M3. Vorsteiner gives the F82 M4 very aggressive wide rear fenders as they did with the E92 M3 which certainly makes the car look much more aggressive. The photos certainly looks great and the design is solid. BimmerBoost will give impressions on how the kit looks (and the fitment) in person at the SEMA show in Las Vegas next week where the kit will makes its official debut.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-23-2014, 04:31 AM
    Now we're talking! The main problem BimmerBoost has with the i8 is that BMW went overboard in the efficiency department for a two-seat sports car (technically 2+2 but try to sit in the back) that costs over $130k. The i8 performs well and makes efficient use of its 357 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. That is decent power but it just does not cut it in the golden age of horsepower. Especially considering the ~3400 pound carbon tub i8 chassis is simply begging for more. Who is buying cars approaching $150k with options to save a few MPG anyway? The i8 potentially is capable of so much more. Its 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbo engine only produces 231 horsepower. Good for a 1.5 liter motor of course but imagine if BMW used their S55B30 inline-6 engine from the M3/M4 instead? Automobile reports that may be a possibility. The other possibility is a 320 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder and considering that BMW does not have one of these sitting around the M division would have to develop one likely starting with the N20 engine as a base. Ok, fine, even a 320 horsepower 2.0 liter four-cylinder massaged by M is better than this 1.5 liter three-cylinder nonsense. The best bet and what BMW should do is the S55B30 3.0 liter inline-6 giving the car an underrated 554 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. That is of course assuming no changes to the electric drivetrain. Really BMW should use a twin turbo S85 V10 for the gasoline motor but now we're dreaming and we'll be content with an i8 that finally has the performance to back up the looks. The four-cylinder although better than the three-cylinder just is not good enough for a proper M1 successor and a car to honor a hundred years of BMW. This is a one time one shot thing. Go big or go home. It's now or never. Ulrich Kranz who is the BMW i Senior Vice president is apparently pushing for this hotter i8 which will be called an i8S instead of an i8M. Keep in mind last year BMW stated i and M need to remain separate which is a steaming hot pile of you know what. Look, this M version of the i8 or higher performance i8 or whatever you want to call it has been reported off and on for years now. Automobile Magazine says it is coming but we have heard this before only for reports weeks later to state the opposite. Enough already. Someone at BMW confirm this thing and let BMW M go to town on the i8. In April of this year BimmerBoost made the case for a high performance i8. The conclusion is the same as before: It is time to build the Ultimate Driving Machine. It is now or never. Either you produce an enthusiast car or just admit you no longer build 'only one thing.' Build the i8 M or M1 as you have put your hardcore and loyal fans through enough and yet we are still here. If you do not, we won't be for much longer. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-13-2014, 05:49 PM
    The BMW S1000RR is an absurdly fast bike in stock form capable of trapping in the tall 140's. Beating one is a very tall order for any street car in stock form let alone tuned. This S1000RR is tuned though by BrenTuning and also features a full Akrapovic exhaust. That should easily push it well into the 150+ trap speed range in the 1/4 mile. Procharged Vettes are of course capable of hitting those trap speeds but require a built motor and a ton of boost. We do not know the specs on this C6 only that based on the result the blower needs to move quite a bit air if the owner wants to run with this bike.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    10-23-2014, 08:42 PM
    This will hardly be the last battle of boosted E46 M3 S54 motors and boosted E9X M3 S65 motors. This battle is just heating up but here is an interesting race pitting an Active Autowerke Generation 2 Level III supercharged E90 M3 against a Maximum PSI Stage II supercharged E46 M3. Both cars have 6-speed manual transmissions so this is not a race won by a transmission advantage. The S54 inline-6 in the E46 M3 and the S65 V8 in the E90 M3 are both on stock internals and factory compression. The E46 M3 is a Maximum PSI Stage II turbo which we have seen hit 697 wheel horsepower. Additionally, the kit has gone 10.8 @ 131 in the 1/4 mile. The car belongs to our friend over at MPACT. Now from what BimmerBoost has been told MS109 fuel was not available for this run so boost is closer to the Stage I Maximum PSI kit and considering the result that makes sense. The E92 M3 has the Active Autowerke Gen 2 Level III supercharger kit which includes methanol injection and has put down in the 590 wheel horsepower range with simply the best looking torque curve in the industry. Now this kit was tuned by Frank Smith at TTFS so it is safe to say it is making a bit more than the base AA tune. The video quality is not the best partially due to the night time run but it is easy to see what happens. The E46 M3 hits a bit of lag and the E92 M3 pulls on the shift. It then continues a steady pull and the run just really isn't close. The E46 M3 of course would be stronger with more boost but the same could be said about the S65 as well. This will not be the last battle between the E46 and E9X. That fight is about to become full scale war with more built motor S65's hitting the streets.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-07-2014, 09:00 PM
    At the SEMA show this year the new F82 M4 was all over the place. Two major widebody kit options made their debut with the LB Performance widebody and the Vorsteiner widebody. The LB Performance styling should be familiar to those who have seen the previous E92 M3 version. The styling is much more over the top and Asian inspired than the refined European touch one would expect on a BMW. It definitely is attention grabbing and the kit offers better fitment than several E92 M3 LB Performance kits BimmerBoost has sampled. This fits and looks better but there still are gaps and fitment issues. As far the styling is concerned it definitely is attention grabbing. The thing is, this widebody kit is all about form over function. It is not made so you can fit wider wheels and tires specifically for racing. Just based on looking at the pieces up close themselves there does not seem to be any aerodynamic testing to inspire the design based on performance. This is all about looks folks and this kit certainly is going to increase drag and maybe not even proportionally. Out of the two M4's fitted with the LB Performance kit at the SEMA show BimmerBoost found the white one to have the better execution. If one wants to hide the gaps and rivets making the kit appear to flow together better a dark color is probably the best choice. Is it attention grabbing? Yes. Is it different? Well, this style is starting to get a bit played out. Does it belong on a BMW? That is up to to you decide.
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    11-17-2014, 11:45 AM
    The official debut for the 2015 Shelby GT350 is tomorrow at the Los Angeles International Auto Show. Ford fortunately is giving an online sneak peak for those who will not be in attendance. The new track star of the Mustang lineup is everything is was hyped up to be and then some. The heart of the car will be a flat-plane crank V8 as rumored displacing 5.2 liters. Exact output figures will not be available until tomorrow but expect over 500 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. Yes, that means this motor will be very close to 100 horsepower per liter possibly even exceeding it. A Ferrari style V8 with American displacement? Talk about a match made in heaven. This car is all about the track though and not just muscle. Ford worked on making the chassis much stiffer and they succeeded. The new chassis is over 28% stiffer than the previous model. The GT350 also offers a wider front track and a strut tower brace. Lightweight wheels are specced to reduce as much unsprung weight as possible. The lightweight 19 inch wheels are 10.5 inches wide up front and 11.0 inches wide in the rear wearing Michelin Pilot Super Sport rubber. The front rotors are huge 394mm units and 380mm are used in the rear. The dampers are continually adjustable MagneRide units. Sensors monitor each corner independently and can make adjustment every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling. More details will come tomorrow but enjoy what is the most powerful naturally aspirated V8 Ford has ever produced and the most track capable Mustang yet: SHELBY GT350 MUSTANG: THE LEGEND RETURNS All-new Shelby® GT350 Mustang is a thoroughbred capable of tackling the world’s most challenging roads and racetracks GT350 is powered by a unique, high-revving flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 engine that will produce more than 500 horsepower – the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever Advanced materials, MagneRide dampers, aggressive brakes and finely tuned aerodynamics push the performance of Mustang to previously unmatched levels The original Shelby GT350 introduced in 1965 established Mustang’s performance credentials. The all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, is a world-class performance vehicle, designed to tackle the planet’s most challenging roads – an all-day track car that’s also street legal. The new GT350 builds on Carroll Shelby’s original idea – transforming a great every-day car into a dominant road racer – by taking advantage of a dramatically improved sixth-generation Mustang to create a truly special driving experience. Driving enthusiasts behind the wheel of a Shelby GT350 can expect to be treated to the most balanced, nimble and exhilarating production Mustang yet. Ford engineers took an innovative approach with GT350. Rather than develop individual systems to perform well independently, every component and shape is optimized to work in concert; balance is the key. While paying rigorous attention to detail, the team pushed the envelope with cutting-edge materials and technologies. “When we started working on this car, we wanted to build the best possible Mustang for the places we most love to drive – challenging back roads with a variety of corners and elevation changes – and the track on weekends,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “Every change we made to this car was driven by the functional requirements of a powerful, responsive powerplant – nimble, precise handling and massive stopping power.” Track-tuned driveline Early in development of the GT350, it was decided a high-revving, naturally aspirated V8 engine would best suit a track-focused Mustang. “The final product is essentially an all-new powerplant unique to GT350 – and one that takes true advantage of the new chassis dynamics of the Mustang platform,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer, Ford Global Performance Vehicles. The new 5.2-liter engine is the first-ever production V8 from Ford with a flat-plane crankshaft, an architecture typically found only in racing applications or exotic European sports cars. Unlike a traditional V8, where the connecting rods are attached to the crankshaft at 90-degree intervals, this design evenly spaces all crank pins at 180-degree intervals. The 180-degree, flat-plane layout permits a cylinder firing order that alternates between cylinder banks, reducing the overlap of exhaust pressure pulses. When combined with cylinder-head and valvetrain advancements, this permits better cylinder breathing, further extending the performance envelope of the V8. The result is the most powerful naturally aspirated production Ford engine ever, at more than 500 horsepower, with a torque peak above 400 lb.-ft. The track capability is enhanced by the output characteristics of the engine – the 5.2-liter V8 features an exceptionally broad torque curve. Combined with its high-revving ability, the flat-plane 5.2-liter V8 gives drivers an enormous amount of performance and flexibility within each gear of the lightweight six-speed manual transmission. A standard Ford-tuned Torsen limited-slip differential optimizes cornering grip and straight-line traction. “Make no mistake, this is an American interpretation of a flat-plane crankshaft V8, and the 5.2-liter produces a distinctive, throaty howl from its four exhaust tips,” said Hameedi. Balanced dynamics The new Mustang platform is the strongest in the history of the brand, with torsional stiffness increased 28 percent over the previous model. That stiff structure ensures the suspension geometry remains consistent, even under hard driving on back roads and tracks. Front stiffness is further improved on GT350 with a cutting-edge injection-molded carbon fiber composite grille opening and optional lightweight tower-to-tower brace. The front track has been increased while spring rates and bushings have been recalibrated all around, with ride height reduced compared to Mustang GT. For optimum handling, the wheels need to respond quickly to the contours of the road and driver input. Reducing unsprung mass is key to improving that response, but a balance must be struck between taking mass out of a suspension and delivering truly capable braking performance. Due to the significant speeds the car can develop, GT350 features the most track-credible brake system ever offered on a Ford vehicle in terms of absolute stopping power, fade resistance and brake pedal feel. The brakes are two-piece cross-drilled iron discs mounted to aluminum hats. At the front are massive 394-millimeter rotors clamped by Brembo six-piston fixed calipers with integrated caliper bridges, while 380-millimeter rotors at the rear utilize four-piston calipers. GT350 makes use of extra-stiff 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels – 10.5 inches wide in front, 11.0 inches in the rear – clad in state-of-the-art Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires with GT350-specific sidewall construction, tread face and compound. The custom tires are designed to deliver maximum grip on the road or at the track. Ultra-quick responsiveness to changing conditions is provided by the first-ever Ford application of continuously controlled MagneRide dampers. The dampers are filled with a hydraulic fluid impregnated with iron particles; when an electric current is passed through the fluid, a near-instant adjustment of the suspension performance can be made. With wheel position sensors monitoring motion thousands of times per second combined with other vehicle data, changes can be made to each corner independently every 10 milliseconds for optimum handling performance. This is a system designed not just to make the car handle better but to instill greater confidence in even the best driver. Obsession to detail “Everything we changed on GT350 is purely functional-driven design, with the goal of improving the overall performance of the car,” said Chris Svensson, Ford design director, The Americas. “We optimized the aero shape of the car, and then fine-tuned what was left to increase downforce and cooling airflow.” All bodywork from the windshield forward is unique to this high-performance model and up to two inches lower than Mustang GT. The new aluminum hood has been lowered and sloped, compared to the base Mustang, tightly wrapped around the engine for the smallest possible aerodynamic signature. Front and rear aero elements have been balanced to work together on the track. The fascia has been resculpted to provide the aggressive lower front splitter with maximum pressure and a ducted belly pan delivers significant downforce. The hood outlet acts as a heat extractor while also reducing underhood lift at high speed. At the rear, much of the engineering was focused on creating an aggressive functional diffuser doing double duty to increase downforce and provide cooling air to the optional differential cooler, and a subtle lip spoiler across the trailing edge of the decklid increases downforce without adding excess drag. The athletic stance of the all-new Mustang is further accentuated with recontoured aluminum front fenders to accommodate the wider front track and wider wheel arches. Front fender vents work with vented inner fenders to draw out turbulent air in the wheel wells and smoothly direct it down the side of the car. The forward-angled grille is designed with individual openings to draw air through the radiator, high-pressure engine air intake, cooling ducts for the front brakes and, optional with the Track Pack, an engine oil cooler and a transmission cooler. Focus-driven cockpit changes Like everything else about GT350, the interior has been optimized for driving, beginning with the specially designed Recaro sport seats with a unique cloth. Hundreds of hours and many prototypes went into a seat that is both comfortable in daily driving and capable on the track. A flat-bottom steering wheel makes it easier for the driver to get in and out, and is more ergonomic on the racetrack. Gauges are upgraded to reflect the enormous performance capability of the car. Chrome and bright finishes have been reduced or eliminated to prevent sun glare that may distract the driver. The advanced technology inherent to Mustang has been deployed for duty in the Shelby GT350. An all-new integrated driver control system allows selection of five unique modes that tailor ABS, stability control, traction control, steering effort, throttle mapping, MagneRide tuning and exhaust settings, depending on driver preference, to achieve maximum performance. Drivers are invited to test them all. Drivers interested in comfort, convenience and entertainment upgrades may select the Tech Pack, which includes power, leather-trimmed seats; Shaker Audio; 8-inch MyFord Touch® LCD touch screen; and dual zone electronic temperature control, to name a few features. “We took the best Ford Mustang yet and massaged every aspect of the car that affects the performance driving experience,” said Hameedi. “We tested endlessly on the most challenging roads and tracks in the world, and we believe serious drivers will love the Shelby GT350 Mustang.”
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    11-11-2014, 08:45 PM
    One of the biggest debuts of the year in the BMW aftermarket is Vorsteiner's GTRS4 carbon fiber widebody kit for the new F82 M4. What better place than in Las Vegas and at SEMA to show off such an attention grabbing body kit for a hot a new car? Vorsteiner debuted the kit online before the show but seeing it in person is something else entirely. Enthusiasts will no doubt compare the Vorsteiner F82 M4 widebody to the LB Peformance widebody kit. For those that have seen both kits in person, it really is not much of a comparison. Why? Because the Vorsteiner kit is simply executed better. There are no weird gaps or exposed rivets. The Vorsteiner kit is completely molded following the OEM lines and made out of carbon fiber. It simply looks and fits like a higher quality design. It also looks like it belongs on a German luxury car going for a more refined look. Vorsteiner's marketing and media director Donald Tran was in attendance and immediately approached me in a friendly and professional manner to answer any of my questions. The first one was obviously regarding the cost. It costs $24,999.99. That does not include the installation. Yes, this is expensive. Yes, you get what you pay for. Look at the closeup photos of the fenders and how everything fits. The lines are perfect. That money also does get you a set of 20 inch Vorsteiner wheels built specifically with this kit in mind for a flush fitment. The front tire size is a 275 so yes things do get considerably wider. As far as the aerodynamic impact is concerned I was told that the kit was tested in computer simulations to make sure it does not severely increase drag or upset the OEM engineering regarding airflow over the car at speed. This means this is actually a body kit you would be comfortable running to high speeds as you would with the stock car. Vorsteiner put in the necessary engineering work. No doubt there will be those critical of the price but I'm told buyers are already lining up to purchase it. No different than the Vorsteiner E92 GTRS3 kit really which offered similar pricing. All that is left to be said is that the photos do not do it justice. The execution is much better than the GTRS3 E92 kit in the opinion of BimmerBoost. The rear fenders are wide but not comically so. The design compliments the BMW factory effort instead of attempting to radically change it into something it is not. It all works and flows together very, very well. Thank you to Vorsteiner for their courtesy in taking the time to answer all of my questions and for having the foresight to have a fridge with beverages in their booth. These little touches matter believe it or not. Vorsteiner GTRS4: Carbon Fiber Front Bumper with an Integrated Front Splitter Element Carbon Fiber Wide Front Fenders with Ventilation (2 inches wider each side) Carbon Fiber Aero Side Blade Elements Carbon Fiber Wide Rear Fenders (3.5 inches wider each side) Carbon Fiber Rear Bumper with an Integrated Rear Diffuser Element Vorsteiner 90mm Quad Exhaust Tip Finishers (Options: Brushed | Diamond Black) GTRS4 Embroidered Colored Floor & Trunk Mat Set Vorsteiner Chrome Trunk Badging GTRS4 Forged 3-Piece Wheels, 20x10.5J | 20x13.5J in Gloss Brushed Shadow
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    11-10-2014, 05:26 PM
    This is so incredible it is almost hard to believe. Chevrolet was not kidding around regarding the performance capability of their new 8L90 8-speed automatic. Based on the numbers in the timeslip, it certainly appears the claims of GM exceeding Porsche PDK dual clutch shift speed are true. Now that 2015 Stingray's are out and equipped with the new automatic transmission option owners are taking them to the strip. This owner managed an incredible 11.37 @ 122.91 in a completely stock 8-speed automatic Stingray. Yes, completely stock right down to the tires. The -900 density altitude of course helped the LT1 but this is incredible performance. With just an aftermarket tune it looks like the car is capable 10's with the 8L90 on the stock rubber. Incredible:
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    11-08-2014, 02:49 AM
    Rear mount turbo kits tend to get a bad wrap on this network as a 'cheap' solution but there are also proponents. The results STS displayed here on a C7 Corvette LT1 V8 certainly are impressive. They had a Dynojet graph on display showing 656 horsepower to the rear wheels. That is a gain of 248 rear wheel horsepower over stock. The peak torque figure jumps up by an impressive 168 lb-ft of torque at the wheels. It also certainly was nice to see a company bring a Dynojet dynograph with them instead of just make claims on paper as many at the SEMA show did. The kit uses Comp Turbo units that are oilless. There is a split front mount intercooler included. STS is also doing their own flash tuning. So what is the price for all of this? They did not list the price but it probably will fall above the range of their previous Corvette turbo kits which range from $7-8k. That makes this a fairly good value and value is why people look into rear mount turbo kits. A dynograph alone certainly does not show the driveability of this kit but the gains are respectable. However one may feel about rear mount turbochargers it is nice that C7 owners have several forced induction options to choose from.
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    10-28-2014, 08:40 PM
    It is not surprising that AMG will have a version of the GT sports car to race with. This being the AMG GT GT3 model. What is interesting though is that the head of AMG Tobias Moers stated he wants to build a hardcore street version to be as closely related to the GT3 race car as possible. This of course would be similar to what Porsche does with the 911 GT3 or at least they used to. Moers indicates that this model will not be a Black Series but Moers indicated a Black Series version of the AMG GT was on the way just earlier this month. Will there be both an AMG GT Black Series and an AMG GT GT3 model? This seems somewhat redundant. Both models are more hardcore versions of the AMG GT and both will have weight stripped out. There is some confusion here that he needs to clear up. Regarding this GT3 model it will not be called GT3 as previously mentioned Porsche uses it for the 911 GT3. What AMG will end up calling it is unknown at this time. What we do is that AMG will build it with laptimes in mind and not straightline speed. Moers stated, “I don’t want to make a dragster that’s only good for doing 0-100km/h in 2.8sec. We need more power, less weight, better aerodynamics and different suspension but the targets should be the power to weight ratio, drivability, lap time and tremendous feel. The car is already 80kg lighter than the SLS and has a similar power to weight ratio, so to lose much more weight we will need to use carbonfibre as we have with our Black Series models.” That sounds pretty good. Lower the weight quite a bit over the standard AMG GT and beef up the suspension and aerodynamics for better laptimes. More power will be part of the equation as well as he indicated the M178 is hardly being pushed, “That doesn’t mean we can get 700bhp from the V8 – it is not as simple as that – but the V8 is currently very understressed.” Moers expects this model to shave more than 10 seconds off the AMG GT Nurburgring laptime on standard, not R compound, tires. A hardcore track special AMG GT focused around the driving experience with more power and less weight sounds like a winning recipe to BenzBoost. Source
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  • G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
    11-20-2014, 12:12 AM
    So this morning I was on my way to class when this kid in a scion tc past by me. He apparently hit a patch of black ice and lost control of his vehicle. I saw the whole thing coming, but there was nothing I could do to save my car, he smacked into me and sent us both flying off into a ditch on the side of the highway. I will find out for sure if the car is totaled or not in the next few days, but after talking to my body shop (whom I have a great relationship with) they are confident it will be totaled. This really sucks because my car was finally coming together I just installed bc racing coilovers a few weeks ago along with all the other mods done to the car. Thankfully I was not at fault so hopefully everything will be covered by his insurance, but this still sucks:( I really don't know what car to get next... I loved my m3, but I don't want to get another one while I am still in college, this whole thing just sucks I worked hard to get this car and get it where is was and now all of it is gone.
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    11-19-2014, 04:41 PM
    M4 vs LongBoarders e92 SC m3
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    11-07-2014, 10:58 PM
    HRE had another strong showing at SEMA with some impressive hardware in their booth. Yes, that is a Porsche 991 GT3 you see there. Yes, that also is a Porsche 918 Spyder you see wearing HRE wheels. How HRE managed to get a Porsche 918 Spyder in their booth only they know but if you were to bet on someone getting such prized hardware displaying their wheels it would be HRE. HRE had a variety of their wheels in a variety of finishes on display. On the GT3 they showed off their center locking wheels which obviously have a nice race inspired touch. Of the two styles displayed on the GT3 the gold looked better in person. On the Huracan a bronze finished and then a more traditionally finished forged S101 were featured. It is personal preference but the gunmetal wheels on the passenger side seemed to flow better with the white Lamborghini. The 918 Spyder also featured center locking HRE wheels. It is safe to say that if your wheels are featured on a car of this pedigree and they look like they belong there well then they will not look out of place on anything in the automotive marketplace. HRE's president Alan Peltier was at the booth entertaining guests and answering questions. He was very busy as the booth was packed so I did not get a chance to speak to him. I did not want to bother him and the wheels spoke for themselves anyway. HRE also had the Flow Form wheels separate from the forged series which is smart. They are doing a good job positioning Flow Form as a separate entity in function, style, and value. What more is there to say? I run HRE Wheels on my own car for a reason. Enjoy the pictures.
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    11-13-2014, 05:02 AM
    Congratulations to Weistec who holds the M157 half mile trap speed record. The car setting the record is a Weistec built W212 E63 AMG S. It features upgrades to the M157 V8 from Weistec Engineering including their turbocharger upgrade, downpipes, and exhaust system. Something else to note is that this 4Matic car features an upgraded transmission from Weistec as well. The transmission especially on the all wheel drive 4Matic M157 vehicles and E63 AMG's becomes a weak point when upgrading the turbos. There are not many transmission upgrade options out there that work and as you can see in the video Weistec's is doing some serious work. The car effortlessly accelerates to 174.55 through the half mile with little drama. It just hooks up and goes. Congratulations to Weistec Engineering and look forward to seeing more details on the 4Matic M157 tuning options available.
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    10-26-2014, 11:12 AM
    On paper this should not be much of a race. This video illustrates why we do not race dynographs. The Corvette is a C6 with the LS3 6.2 liter V8. It is naturally aspirated with bolt ons and an aftermarket cam and said to making 464 horsepower at the rear wheels. The GT500 is a 2014 with bolt ons and a pulley upgrade. It is said to be making 690 wheel horsepower and considering how easy it is to gain power on the blown GT500's there is no reason to doubt that figure being attainable. The performance of the GT500 does make one doubt the figure though. The first run is very close between the two. The GT500 starts out ahead but then loses ground on a shift only to pull up top. The second run is botched on what looks to be a missed shift by the GT500 so let's focus on the third and final run. This run finally shows a bit of the horsepower difference as the Mustang driver hits his shifts. The Mustang effortlessly pulls 5+ car lengths. Is the GT500 making 690 wheel horsepower? Probably. It just does not show as there is some poor driving on display. Additionally, the C6 Corvette is lighter, more aerodynamic, and makes more efficient use of its horsepower. If it had equal power and torque it would (and should) pull away.
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  • Andrew@activeautowerke's Avatar
    11-02-2014, 03:30 AM
    As producer of one of the finest working supercharger systems for the E46 M3, Active Autowerke is proud to introduce the PRIMA starter system capable of exceeding 500WHP through upgrades to Level 1 and Level 2. In collaboration with Frank Smith of Tuning Tech FS, the Prima SC kit has evolved as a fantastic performer. Designed and introduced with no frills and exceptional pure basic fundamentals, the system is efficient in software tuning with outstanding design synonymous with the Active Autowerke brand. As a full bolt on (non-intercooled) system, it is completely reversible and requires no custom fabrication. The Prima supercharger system is fully upgradeable with Level 1 through 2 for addition horsepower if so desired. Active Autowerke has made the finest more affordable, a feat accomplished with vision and passion, while still maintaining all the inherent qualities of your BMW M3. Now you can enter the F.I. realm with a proven company known for reliability and proven performance. Active Autowerke invites you to “Come Play with Power” with your BMW. KEY FEATURES: Rotrex C38-92 Supercharger System No need to upgrade to a bigger supercharger used in level 2-3. It's all included Active Autowerke GEN7 Intake Manifold plenum Active Autowerke DOUBLE By-Pass Valves set-up Active Autowerke Spec Green Filter Active Autowerke Air Filter Cover High Capacity Fuel Injectors Proven Alpha N Software tuning SIMON 2 interface (allows you to upload the software yoursefl) is included Colder Heat Range Spark Plugs included Fully Upgradeable to Generation 8 Level 2 System Dedicated oil cooling system for maximum performance and reliability All Hoses, Clamps, etc (pre-assembled) Easily upgradeable to either Level 1 or 2 system Step by Step Instructions PERFORMANCE SPECS: Boost: 5.5 - 6.0 psi Stock Horsepower: 333 HP @ 7900RPM Supercharged Horsepower: 480+ HP @ 8100RPM Stock Torque: 268 Ft Lbs @ 4800RPM Supercharge Torque: 345 Ft Lbs @ 7200RPM WHY A PRIMA SC KIT Since June, 2006, BMW stopped production of the E46 M3 making this model BMW 8 years old to date. Through time, the BMW E46 M3 has become one of the most sought after BMW to be enhanced with performance modifications. One of which is the installation of a supercharger system capable of creating 600 horsepower. The 8 year tenure invites a multitude of new owners looking for performance modifications at a renewed price point to match the readjusted Kelly Blue Book price. With amortization expensed on the Active Autowerke supercharger components, the timing for a entry level supercharger system could not be timed more appropriately. CAN I RUN THE PRIMA WITHOUT A INTERCOOLER With an engine compression on the S54 engine at 11.5:1 this was considered suicidal at times. Through years of product development supercharging this specific motor; the software development has undergone changes to offset not only the high compression but also the additional boost created. So YES, it can be operated, but is dependant on boost level, horsepower maintained and engine temperatures. If exceeded, then the need for Level 1 to 2 becomes more apparent. CAN THE PRIMA SC KIT BE UPGRADABLE YES. Just like all other Active Autowerke SC kits, they are designed from inception to be modular with the intent of future upgrade levels of power if so desired. WHY USE ACTIVE AUTOWERKE Guarantee. Active Autowerke has a guarantee for most BMW performance products that even surpasses the performance industry standard. Quality product with exceptional customer service is our core value that we practice everyday. Longevity. With 32 years to date, this is a testament to what Active Autowerke has been doing for sometime. With thousands of superchargers already sold and many used, pre-owned supercharger kits already transferred to a new owner/car, you can trust a company that continues to support systems even as old as 10+ years. That is the Active Autowerke difference : value, performance, support. WHY BUY THE COMPLETE INSTALL PACK? To get rid of all the headaches. No hassle, just power. It's simple. INCLUDES: Free Installation of the kit* Free Shipping No Tax *Installation is free at a trusted dealer, near you.
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