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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-25-2015, 11:52 AM
    It is almost unbelievable what the 'tiny' stock frame turbocharger housings that BMW equipped the N54 3.0 liter direct injected inline-6 motor with are hitting these days. Just look at the size of the stock frame and it is hard to imagine capability of over 700 wheel horsepower. But that is exactly where we are in the N54 world today. VTT (Vargas Turbocharger Technologies) came deliciously close to breaking that magical 700 wheel horsepower barrier. There is more tuning to come but it's safe to say the 700 wheel horsepower barrier will be broken shortly showing capability nobody ever imagined from the N54 turbos just a few years ago. Hell, they do not even need a full horse to get there: For an N54 that is a very nice looking curve as well. Who knew things would go this far?
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  • Terry@BMS's Avatar
    08-24-2015, 09:30 AM
    Remarkable numbers here from the BMS F80 M3 which recently ran at the Famoso dragstrip in California. Keep in mind it is very hot out in California so setting records with temps in the 90 degree range is highly impressive. 135.50 miles per hour is the new record for the F80 M3 as well as the S55 engine platform. For further context, this trap speed exceeds any stock internal E9X M3 with a blower. Powerhaus Performance ran 10.46 @ 135.13 in a supercharged DCT E92 M3 but with a stripped out car in negative density altitude during the Winter on the East Coast. In other words, although the trap speeds are similar these cars are not equal and this F80 M3 is significantly faster. The F80 M3 on stock internals is simply capable of more than the E9X M3 on stock internals which should surprise nobody. Further details from Terry@BMS below: Hey guys, Famoso Raceway had a rare drag day last night that a few of us attended. The track was packed and weather horrible, around 90 degrees when they started running at 8pm and around 80 degrees at midnight when they stopped running. And traction was bad. But we all had a good time anyway. DA was around 2500' at 11pm. I raced our 2015 M3 w/ JB4, PURE S2 Turbos, BMS intake, BMS meth, Dodson clutch packs, and Nitto 555R tires. Full weight. And was able to set a new F80 trap record. It's actually probably a new F chassis trap record. Best of 3 runs was 11.4@135mph. Since traction was so bad after the first run I gave up trying to launch hard and would just floor it at the light with traction control one pushed. The car definitely has 10 second potential with a 60' in the 1.8s and better weather won't hurt. Jon was racing our 2015 M5 with JB4 & meth only. Due to trans slippage he limited boost to 22psi, and the car is stock weight with a heavier driver. He managed a best of ~11.7@126mph. It was his first time in the 11s in any car so he was happy. Ando was racing our 2015 M4 with JB4 only and really struggled with traction. Since he didn't have meth the high temperatures translated in to low timing values which hurt his power a lot more than Jon and myself. His best was ~11.9@120mph. Jason was racing our 435 with JB4, PURE S2 Turbo, BMS meth, and some other bolt ons, and really struggled to build boost off the line. 60's were in the 2.2-2.3 range brake boosting so we're going to have to work on improving that somehow. He ran a best of ~11.9@120mph. Ram with the 740whp M5 using a combination of BMS and ESS parts ran a best of ~11.4@132. With some tuning adjustments I can see him picking up another 2mph pretty easily. And he has larger turbos on the way. Eric (of MB fame) has as GTR now and I think his best was 10.4@133mph with around 640 all wheel hp. Damn those cars are fast! Worth noting we were all running unleaded racing fuel. I'll post up some better photos and videos later!
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-25-2015, 11:22 PM
    The newer AMG's are making a lot of torque by virtue of their turbo powerplants especially when upgraded. Weistec themselves is producing several turbo upgrades for the new AMG motors which means huge power and torque figures. Those figures are big enough to easily exceed the capacity of the stock 722.9 transmission. The solution is the Bulletproof 722.9 upgrade from Weistec. Speaking to Weistec we learned this transmission upgrade has held whatever they have thrown it. That means it will hold whatever you throw at it and then some. Here are the details on the package: Complete Package Increased Torque Capacity Weistec Performance Clutch Material Increased Number of Discs per Clutch Pack Redesigned Clutch Piston Geometry Increased Frictional Surface Area Increased Clutch Material New OEM Gaskets and Seals New OEM Fasteners and Hardware It is important to note this is a complete hardware package as stated in the very first bullet point. Why is this important? Because Weistec can ship the complete hardware to anyone and they can do the install themselves. Owners no longer need to try to figure out how to get their transmission to Southern California. No doubt AMG enthusiasts across the globe will appreciate this. More surface area and more discs means more torque capability. This is the 722.9 taken to the maximum. Fitting more discs to somehow try to get more surface area beyond this will not be possible. The clutch material itself underwent testing for the past two years. BenzBoost members such as @MR747 have gone mid 10's with this upgrade at over 130 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile. To be noted, this amounted to an improvement of 4/10's and 6 miles per hour on what he did before the transmission upgrade was installed. Weistec themselves has gone over 170 in the 1/2 mile with this upgrade in their M157 turbo upgraded W212 E63 AMG S. The torque capability is clearly there but in addition the shifts are firmed up. The new clutch material offers greater resistance to heat (less slippage when warm say after a burnout) and obviously generates greater friction than the factory material. The clutch material offering better heat resistance is one part of keeping the transmission cooler along with the new transmission pan. The new pan allows for a greater volume of fluid. Here are the specs: Fluid Capacity Increased by 2.5 Quarts Integrated Cooling Fins Internal Anti-slosh Baffling O-Ring Seal Two -8 ports for Additional Transmission Cooler Circuit (Additional Cooler not included) Drain and Fill Plugs Two Transmission Pan Magnets Mounting Hardware Included You will want to combine the Weistec clutch hardware with the upgraded pan for the ultimate 722.9 upgrade. Should one desire to go beyond this the upgraded Weistec 722.9 pan features two -8 ports for an additional transmission fluid cooler. It seems they thought of everything. Speaking with Weistec they assured BenzBoost this truly is a Bulletproof upgrade and not just in the name alone. They have tested it thoroughly, engineered it to take maximum abuse, and have yet to have the upgrade fail. It is nice to see solutions of this caliber available in the AMG world. Oh, and take note, this applies to all the new 722.9 cars as well including the W205 generation along with the past cars including the 4Matic variants. Well done yet again Weistec. 722.9 Bulletproof Package retails for $3649.99: http://weistec.com/722-9-bulletproof-build-package-mct-awd.html 722.9 Transmission Pan retails for $599.99: http://weistec.com/722-9-transmission-pan.html
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-25-2015, 11:09 PM
    The newer AMG's are making a lot of torque by virtue of their turbo powerplants especially when upgraded. Weistec themselves is producing several turbo upgrades for the new AMG motors which means huge power and torque figures. Those figures are big enough to easily exceed the capacity of the stock 722.9 transmission. The solution is the Bulletproof 722.9 upgrade from Weistec. Speaking to Weistec we learned this transmission upgrade has held whatever they have thrown it. That means it will hold whatever you throw at it and then some. Here are the details on the package: Complete Package Increased Torque Capacity Weistec Performance Clutch Material Increased Number of Discs per Clutch Pack Redesigned Clutch Piston Geometry Increased Frictional Surface Area Increased Clutch Material New OEM Gaskets and Seals New OEM Fasteners and Hardware It is important to note this is a complete hardware package as stated in the very first bullet point. Why is this important? Because Weistec can ship the complete hardware to anyone and they can do the install themselves. Owners no longer need to try to figure out how to get their transmission to Southern California. No doubt AMG enthusiasts across the globe will appreciate this. More surface area and more discs means more torque capability. This is the 722.9 taken to the maximum. Fitting more discs to somehow try to get more surface area beyond this will not be possible. The clutch material itself underwent testing for the past two years. BenzBoost members such as @MR747 have gone mid 10's with this upgrade at over 130 miles per hour in the 1/4 mile. To be noted, this amounted to an improvement of 4/10's and 6 miles per hour on what he did before the transmission upgrade was installed. Weistec themselves has gone over 170 in the 1/2 mile with this upgrade in their M157 turbo upgraded W212 E63 AMG S. The torque capability is clearly there but in addition the shifts are firmed up. The new clutch material offers greater resistance to heat (less slippage when warm say after a burnout) and obviously generates greater friction than the factory material. The clutch material offering better heat resistance is one part of keeping the transmission cooler along with the new transmission pan. The new pan allows for a greater volume of fluid. Here are the specs: Fluid Capacity Increased by 2.5 Quarts Integrated Cooling Fins Internal Anti-slosh Baffling O-Ring Seal Two -8 ports for Additional Transmission Cooler Circuit (Additional Cooler not included) Drain and Fill Plugs Two Transmission Pan Magnets Mounting Hardware Included You will want to combine the Weistec clutch hardware with the upgraded pan for the ultimate 722.9 upgrade. Should one desire to go beyond this the upgraded Weistec 722.9 pan features two -8 ports for an additional transmission fluid cooler. It seems they thought of everything. Speaking with Weistec they assured BenzBoost this truly is a Bulletproof upgrade and not just in the name alone. They have tested it thoroughly, engineered it to take maximum abuse, and have yet to have the upgrade fail. It is nice to see solutions of this caliber available in the AMG world. Oh, and take note, this applies to all the new 722.9 cars as well including the W205 generation along with the past cars including the 4Matic variants. Well done yet again Weistec. 722.9 Bulletproof Package retails for $3649.99: http://weistec.com/722-9-bulletproof-build-package-mct-awd.html 722.9 Transmission Pan retails for $599.99: http://weistec.com/722-9-transmission-pan.html
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-26-2015, 12:54 PM
    So I entered a chili cook off contest set for October. I intend to make the world's greatest chili. To be noted, I've never made chili. Anyway, so far what I plan to do is get high quality beef and have it ground down. This is a good idea I assume? I was going to use kidney beans, add some tapatio for spice, plus diced onions. Maybe a pinch of garlic? I'll top with cheddar cheese, avocado, and sour cream. Should roughly look something like this: Anyway, any tips?
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-23-2015, 03:02 PM
    This is not exactly shocking news as the M157 5.5 liter V8 will eventually be replaced by the new M177 and M178 motors featured in the C63 and AMG GT respectively. What is interesting to note is that Mercedes-AMG will tune the motor to over 600 horsepower for E63 duty. Audi already demonstrated a factory 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with direct injection at over 600 horsepower with the Audi S8 Plus model offering 605 horsepower and 553 lb-ft to be exact. AMG can easily match or exceed this output. This also bodes well for M177/M178 tuning as the motor clearly has quite a bit of headroom. We will not see 600 horsepower factory variants until 2016 at the earliest although more likely in 2017 as 2018 model year sedans. You may remember Autocar erroneously reported the M157 would be replaced across the board by the M177 next year which will not be the case. Autocar is producing this 600 horsepower E63 M177 report as well without any official quoted source but they are likely not wrong as the E63 has to go to over 600 horsepower and an M177 to stay competitive and remain emissions compliant. It's an educated guess more than actual reporting from AMG sources. Source
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-24-2015, 05:03 PM
    Interesting matchup here featuring two all wheel drive turbocharged six cylinder vehicles. One of which is the pride of Germany that being the 911 Turbo. The 997.1 generation of course featuring the classic port injected 3.6 liter GT1 (Mezger) derived motor that would be replaced with a 3.8 liter direct injected unit at the introduction of the 997.2 Turbo. The 911 Turbo is running ProEFI engine management using their ProEFI 112 system. Garth at Undercover Performance did the tuning. This is a flex fuel car running E85 we presume. Turbochargers are the Alpha 9 units from AMS and it is on the stock motor. Power output is not stated. Its Japanese rival is a GTR stated to be at 800 wheel horsepower although the modifications are not specified so we will simply take their word on it. The first run has the Turbo jump and after the initial pull the GTR basically holds the distance until they shut down. The second run has the Turbo take the hit again taking a larger lead this time. The GTR seems to inch slightly forward but again the 911 Turbo maintains the distance until it shuts down. The third run claims an even start but it sure looks like the Turbo jumps yet again. It is very close as the GTR shift speed pays dividends down low mitigating the distance from the jump and opening a slight lead but then in the higher gears the Turbo starts to fight back. Looks neck and neck until the GTR lets off. It would have been great to see runs with even starts between them but these two are closely matched however you slice it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-24-2015, 04:52 PM
    Interesting matchup here featuring two all wheel drive turbocharged six cylinder vehicles. One of which is the pride of Germany that being the 911 Turbo. The 997.1 generation of course featuring the classic port injected 3.6 liter GT1 (Mezger) derived motor that would be replaced with a 3.8 liter direct injected unit at the introduction of the 997.2 Turbo. The 911 Turbo is running ProEFI engine management using their ProEFI 112 system. Garth at Undercover Performance did the tuning. This is a flex fuel car running E85 we presume. Turbochargers are the Alpha 9 units from AMS and it is on the stock motor. Power output is not stated. Its Japanese rival is a GTR stated to be at 800 wheel horsepower although the modifications are not specified so we will simply take their word on it. The first run has the Turbo jump and after the initial pull the GTR basically holds the distance until they shut down. The second run has the Turbo take the hit again taking a larger lead this time. The GTR seems to inch slightly forward but again the 911 Turbo maintains the distance until it shuts down. The third run claims an even start but it sure looks like the Turbo jumps yet again. It is very close as the GTR shift speed pays dividends down low mitigating the distance from the jump and opening a slight lead but then in the higher gears the Turbo starts to fight back. Looks neck and neck until the GTR lets off. It would have been great to see runs with even starts between them but these two are closely matched however you slice it.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    08-23-2015, 02:56 PM
    This is not exactly shocking news as the M157 5.5 liter V8 will eventually be replaced by the new M177 and M178 motors featured in the C63 and AMG GT respectively. What is interesting to note is that Mercedes-AMG will tune the motor to over 600 horsepower for E63 duty. Audi already demonstrated a factory 4.0 liter twin turbo V8 with direct injection at over 600 horsepower with the Audi S8 Plus model offering 605 horsepower and 553 lb-ft to be exact. AMG can easily match or exceed this output. This also bodes well for M177/M178 tuning as the motor clearly has quite a bit of headroom. We will not see 600 horsepower factory variants until 2016 at the earliest although more likely in 2017 as 2018 model year sedans. You may remember Autocar erroneously reported the M157 would be replaced across the board by the M177 next year which will not be the case. Autocar is producing this 600 horsepower E63 M177 report as well without any official quoted source but they are likely not wrong as the E63 has to go to over 600 horsepower and an M177 to stay competitive and remain emissions compliant. It's an educated guess more than actual reporting from AMG sources. Source
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    08-26-2015, 01:41 PM
    Some heavyweights slugging it out here on the highway. This being a street race there is no doubt some sandbagging going on. The UGR 1R twin turbo built Gallardo is said to be at 1500 horsepower but UGR and its owners are known to downplay horsepower figures quite a bit. The Nissan GTR is a built 3.8 liter from T1 Race Development. The owner says power is around 1200 horses. The C6 Vette features a built 370 cubic inch motor and it is running a Precision PT88 turbocharger. Power output is stated to be roughly 1000 horses but that turbo can support over 1200 horses depending on the application of course. The first run has the trio going three-wide but the Vette loses traction and gets out of it. The GTR and Gallardo are close to one another but the GTR edges the Gallardo out based on the chase view from the Vette. The interior view of this run from the GTR makes it tough to get a good shot of the Gallardo but it appears to pull easily. After the run the Gallardo owner claims to have run a 1250 horsepower boost map. After a little pow wow the Gallardo owner presumably turns up the boost and the three cars go at it again. The Vette is clearly overmatched even with traction. The GTR jumps and the Gallardo tries to run it down but does not catch up although it does pull away from the C6. The GTR certainly appears to be the fastest car of the three. The final run features the Corvette against a bolt on CBR1000. The CBR puts several car lengths on the Vette initially but past 150 the Corvette's aerodynamics help it close the distance. It is a bit too little and too late though as the Corvette has to go high into the triple digits to overtake and by that time the race is over. Definitely some very fast cars
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    08-26-2015, 01:38 PM
    Some heavyweights slugging it out here on the highway. This being a street race there is no doubt some sandbagging going on. The UGR 1R twin turbo built Gallardo is said to be at 1500 horsepower but UGR and its owners are known to downplay horsepower figures quite a bit. The Nissan GTR is a built 3.8 liter from T1 Race Development. The owner says power is around 1200 horses. The C6 Vette features a built 370 cubic inch motor and it is running a Precision PT88 turbocharger. Power output is stated to be roughly 1000 horses but that turbo can support over 1200 horses depending on the application of course. The first run has the trio going three-wide but the Vette loses traction and gets out of it. The GTR and Gallardo are close to one another but the GTR edges the Gallardo out based on the chase view from the Vette. The interior view of this run from the GTR makes it tough to get a good shot of the Gallardo but it appears to pull easily. After the run the Gallardo owner claims to have run a 1250 horsepower boost map. After a little pow wow the Gallardo owner presumably turns up the boost and the three cars go at it again. The Vette is clearly overmatched even with traction. The GTR jumps and the Gallardo tries to run it down but does not catch up although it does pull away from the C6. The GTR certainly appears to be the fastest car of the three. The final run features the Corvette against a bolt on CBR1000. The CBR puts several car lengths on the Vette initially but past 150 the Corvette's aerodynamics help it close the distance. It is a bit too little and too late though as the Corvette has to go high into the triple digits to overtake and by that time the race is over. Definitely some very fast cars
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    08-24-2015, 10:11 AM
    Alfa Romeo is very serious about taking on the big boys with its Giulia Quadrifoglio. What do we know about it so far? We know it has 510 horsepower. We know it has a direct injected twin turbo 3.0 liter V6 with over 510 horsepower. We also know Alfa Romeo intends to bring the Giulia to the US market in 2016. Now we assume that includes the Quadrifoglio version you see testing here. It would be nice for the Germans to feel some pressure from someone other than Cadillac. The test driver runs the car hard as you can see and it looks to corner flat and transition very well. The Giulia Quadrifoglio appears to be the real deal. Our only complaint is they did not name it something easier to type and pronounce.
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    08-24-2015, 09:22 PM
    Is the intake on the M133 AMG 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder a major restriction? It sure looks like it based on these results from OE Tuning who tested the Mishimoto M133 air intake. The CLA45 AMG that was tested ran Benzworks downpipes and the OE tuning Stage 2 tune. With an ECU tune and downpipes the intake will become more of a restriction as power rises and the engine is gulping more air. The mid range gain here is massive though. At 4543 rpm the intake shows 44.5 front wheel horsepower and 49.5 front wheel lb-ft of torque gains. You will notice the gains mostly come in the 3500 to 5800 rpm range. The Mishimoto airbox is clearly very well designed as it is providing excellent gains and horsepower per dollar that can not be matched for the $450 price tag. Definitely something for 45 AMG M133 owners to look into. Intake to suit CLA45 and GLA45. Intake and ECU Tune is $1600 with ECU send in. Intake alone is available for $450 directly through OE Tuning. To order please contact one of our trained sales representatives +1-818-574-5075 or sales@oetuning.com
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