Published on 11-04-2011 02:41 AM
Well, SEMA 2011 is over with for us. We have tons of photos and will be splitting our BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes coverage up along with some bonus coverage. The show overall was great and seemed busier than last year. The photo equipment from last year is much improved but some photos are dark due to mistakes choosing the correct settings on the camera and flash. We promise to improve, enjoy the photos and commentary.
...Published on 11-02-2011 03:49 AM
Weistec has released their fixed seat brackets for W209 CLK's. There are BenzBoost members already running these brackets and it is likely they will be popular with CLK63 AMG Black Series owners. The brackets are laser cut and machine formed and will fit the Recaro seats offered in Europe for the Black Series as well as most Sparco DTM style seats. A great upgrade for track junkies with CLK's.
...Published on 11-01-2011 02:55 AM
This news seems to be kind of out of left field and we do not think it should be taken all that seriously. This carbon fiber E-class is supposed to be 770 pounds lighter than the regular E-coupe. That would be quite the hefty weight reduction and it would come at exactly what price point? Auto Bild claims these carbon fiber based E-class cars will come in 2015 with the B-pillar removed as well due to increased rigidity. Sounds like science fiction to us as the current E will likely still be for sale in 2015 and such a radical weight reduction with carbon fiber on this particular model has not been announced by Mercedes Benz and would dramatically increase production costs. Don't read too much into the rumor.
...Published on 10-30-2011 12:47 PM
Mercedes GP finished strong in the Inaugrual Indian Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher who started 11th on the grid finished in fifth place ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. Schumacher at the start of the race was able to jump three to 8th by the end of the first lap and maintained a constant pace behind Rosberg. Before the second round of pitstops, Schumacher began to eat away at Rosberg's lead and brought the gap down to 1.5sec. While Nico pitted, Michael kept putting in his best lap times and after his stop, he emerged infront of Nico by 1.2 secs and maintained that gap to the end of the race.
...Published on 10-29-2011 08:22 PM
Rosberg and Schumacher qualified in seventh and 12th places respectively today during qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in New Delhi. For Rosberg he completed one run in each of the sessions to save tires for the race. He will have one set of primes and two sets of the soft option tires. Schumacher on the other hand had a difficult qualifying session, he had to switch to a set of super softs to make Q2 on his last lap. In Q2, he suffered from tyre vibrations and missed out on Q3 by 0.018s
...Published on 10-29-2011 12:21 AM
This oil and air seperator can be used on stock cars to cars that are highly modified even with superchargers. What does it do? It reduces oil retention by the engine and reduces knock. Essentially, better for your motor assisting longevity and acting as a preventative measure. From Weistec, "As the excess crankcase pressure is vented through the PCV valve and into the intake manifold the engine will eventually draw in, not only air which is wanted, but also particles of aerated oil which creates instability in power due to the low octane level of oil."
...Published on 10-28-2011 06:11 PM
CAR reports that Mercedes signed off on a new generation of engines which will downsize motors in models across the line. Expect to see many more four cylinder motors in models as well as see the V8's get smaller rather than larger. The real surprising news is that they intend to produce a turbocharged straight six cylinder for use in the larger cars by 2015. Kind of odd that Mercedes would go this route after last producing an I6 in 1997 while BMW is considering going to V6's. Things continue to seem to flip around.
...Published on 10-27-2011 09:09 PM
0-60 Magazine put this video out of a Nissan GTR and a CLS63 AMG having some fun wearing their rubber down. It isn't really much of a surprise to anyone that the CLS63 AMG can break its tires loose pretty much at will and keep them spinning. It certainly does this in a much easier fashion than the all wheel drive GTR which just isn't able to slide the same way. Cool little video but what we really just wanted to see was the cars race. We don't understand why that was not done with which would have made for a far more interesting video.
...Published on 10-26-2011 08:20 PM
No surprise, everyone knows the new ML63 AMG is coming. Mercedes is choosing to reveal it at this years Los Angeles International Auto Show. The 2012 model will be dropping its naturally aspirated M156 6.2 liter V8 for the new turbocharged M157 twin turbo 5.5 liter unit. The performance package will surely be available for this car as well since the package is really nothing more than an ECU tune. BenzBoost will be at the show for the official reveal to bring you photos and details.
...Published on 10-26-2011 09:24 AM
All the German luxury auto makers are trying to squeeze as many niche models in as possible to up volume. Mercedes is no exception announcing they intend to add a new model at their Tuscaloosa US plant. The model is likely to be an MLC sport utility crossover which will target the BMW X6. Why would this likely be the case? Well, the X6 left Audi and Mercedes scrambling to come up with an answer. Secondly, the plant already produces ML, GL, and R class models making this crossover which would share its platform with the ML the most logical addition to the production capacity. We will know for sure soon.
...Published on 10-26-2011 05:50 AM
Unfortunately for Mercedes fans, Audi already pretty much wrapped up team and driver titles in the previous race. Jamie Green won the final race of the 2011 season in fairly dominant fashion finishing 7.6 seconds ahead of second place. Second place went to the 2011 champion, Audi's Martin Tomczyk who clearly is no slouch. Miguel Molina of Audi finished in third place to round out the podium. Better luck to Mercedes next year when BMW enters the fray for what will make for an exciting BMW vs. Audi vs. Mercedes 2012 season.
...Published on 10-25-2011 07:46 AM
A major congratulations is in order for Weistec who managed to pull off what many said would be impossible. CARB certification (California Air Resource Board) is extremely difficult due to the strict emission controls employed in the state. It is usually only large manufacturers making parts for domestics that have any luck with CARB certification using aftermarket superchargers (Magnusson, NOVI, Stillen) and we searched but could not find another modern example of a CARB certified aftermarket supercharger system for a Mercedes, BMW, or Audi. Not Dinan, not Renntech, not Active Autowerke, not VF-Engineering, not APR, not ESS, not Gintani, nobody producing superchargers for the aforementioned makes has achieved this on a platform produced in the last decade. That should put things in perspective.
...Published on 10-25-2011 05:00 AM
The Buddh International Circuit, the newest addition to Formula One. This race is the first new race in four years (Singapore & Valencia 2008, Abu Dhabi 2009, Korea 2010). Formula One heads to new territory next week with the inaugural Indian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2011 World Championship, taking place at the Buddh International Circuit on the outskirts of New Delhi, on Sunday 30 October. Designed by acclaimed circuit designer Hermann Tilke, the circuit cost $188 million to build and features a 5.141km long track that incorporates 16 corners and runs in a Clockwise direction. ...Published on 10-24-2011 07:20 PM
The SLS Black Series is coming, hope everyone is up to speed with that. Autoevolution caught the vehicle testing and the spyshots have been making their way around the web. What is obviously most striking is the wider carbon fiber body work. The vehicle simply looks mean and aggressive, as has been the case for all Black Series vehicles produced thus far. Rumors about what is under the hood abound but we expect a tweaked M156. How tweaked? Well, 650 horsepower is the current rumor which we find hard to believe due to being well over 100 hp/per liter for a fairly large motor. Would be nice though.
...Published on 10-23-2011 09:11 PM
We brought you news last week of MBUSA CEO Ernst Lieb being removed by Mercedes but speculation ran rampant as to why. Reports are coming out that Lieb abused the company expense account. What type of abuse? Apparently he renovated his home on Daimler's dime and charged his wife's country club membership to the company. In addition, he would charge personal flights to the expense account as well such as one such flight to Australia. Lieb was warned but another incident was too much for the brass to stand and he was let go. We are guessing the Mercedes USA CEO is paid pretty well so we have to simply say Lieb was an idiot for abusing the company expense account.
...Published on 10-22-2011 12:41 AM
Keep in mind, Mercedes likely has no intention of producing a vehicle like this. A convertible C63 Black Series coupe does not really make much sense for what is intended to be a hardcore track car. Then again, Ferrari did a Scuderia convertible so the idea is not completely out of line. This rendering has popped up around the web and it certainly is cool to see what a convertible version of the C63 Black Series would look like. It definitely has a certain appeal.
...Published on 10-20-2011 03:50 AM
It seems W204 C63 widebodies are becoming quite popular with more and more options in this department. Many already know about the Renntech widebody option but ACG is creating a custom widebody of their own. We do not know if this is a one-off or intended to become kit but if it can be done once it most certainly can be repeated. We look forward to bringing you the completed pictures along with further information such as pricing.
...Published on 10-18-2011 08:10 AM
We are not going to name any names here but chances are there are a few M156 ECU's out there that look exactly like what you see here. This ECU was drenched in epoxy gunk which essentially ruined it without the owner knowing or providing consent for the ECU to be modified in this manner. The only way to remove the material to be able to tune the ECU was to use a CNC machine carefully to remove it over a period of a couple hours. It was a coin flip whether the board would be hit essentially creating an expensive paperweight but the ECU was able to be salvaged and tuned as the material was removed without hitting/damaging the board. Make sure you do not have to go through this ordeal with your ECU and be careful what tuner you go with.
...Published on 10-17-2011 10:13 PM
This story has come out of nowhere and is being reported by Automotive News. Ernts Lieb has been relived from his position that he has held for the last 5 years as head of Mercedes in the USA. Herbert Werner will take over in the interim until an official successor is announced. Mercedes has had strong months this year in the USA so we are not sure what the reason is for Lieb being suddenly removed from his post especially considering he has worked for Daimler for over two decades. This dismissal seemingly coincides with the cancellation of the Mercedes national dealer meeting which was supposed to take place this week. We do not know what Lieb may have done wrong but we do like his taste in women. More on this story to come.
...Published on 10-17-2011 06:55 AM
Low 11's with just a tune in warm 85 degree Florida weather? That is what a CLS63 AMG (non-Performance Package) with the Stage 1 Renntech M157 tune just did. The Stage I tune raises boost from the stock 14.5 psi to about the exact same amount as the performance package, 18.8 psi. The vehicle was completely stock except for Nitto NT05 drag radials. Density altitude was just under 2000 feet which means in winter conditions we can realistically expect high 10's out of tune only M157 cars.