JB2 installed in the 335….

Posted in bmw, cars, tunermobiles with tags , , , , , , on August 21, 2008 by lee76

I purchased a Stage 2 Juice Box (JB2) from Burger Motorsports and installed it in my 335 last weekend.  I must say that I’ve been beyond pleased with this tuner’s performance so far.  The price was right, installation was not difficult, and best of all there are no fault codes or check engine lights.  Most importantly, the JB2 delivers a genuine and substantial seat-of-the-pants increase in power. Continue reading

Brabus Bullit Black Arrow

Posted in cars, mercedes, tunermobiles, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 14, 2008 by lee76

Death Proof.  That’s what comes to mind when I see the Brabus Bullit.  To describe cars by way of superlatives, you’ve got “cool,” “nice,” “awesome,” “sweet,” “sick,” and for special occasions “boss”.  But the Bullit is beyond even “boss;”  it gets another adjective: Death Proof.  Just look at it.   

 

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Volkswagen Scirocco–Why Can’t We Have It?

Posted in cars, volkswagen with tags , , , on August 13, 2008 by lee76

The 2009 Volkswagen Scirocco promises to deliver what the original Scirocco did: GTi performance in a stylishly-wrapped body.  It will offer three engines, possibly even VAG’s 1.4 litre “Twincharger,” a turbo-and-supercharged four-banger that doles out around 210bhp.  The other two powerplants will be the 2.0 turbo four with 207-240 bhp depending on what VW does, and possibly a 280bhp V6 or VR6.  Couple that with the GTI’s handling and balance and VW’s top-notch interior, and we have a home run. Right?  Well, if “we” consists of the U.S., then no.  “We” don’t get the Scirocco, according to VAG management.  That’s too bad, because the previous Scirocco’s and the Corrado were all fairly successful here. 

The 2009 VW Scirocco

The 2009 VW Scirocco

BMW M3 vs. The Indomitable Prius

Posted in bmw, cars, politics, Track Events with tags , , , , on August 12, 2008 by lee76

Hilarious!  The guys from BBC’s Top Gear pitted a Toyota Prius Hybrid against the BMW E90 M3 on a track, to determine which car gets the best mpg.  Try and guess who wins.  If you want to find out, click the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLgwiQwGRcU

Viper Near-Hit at VIR

Posted in cars, Track Events with tags , , , on August 12, 2008 by lee76

This video was taken at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) by a driver named Chuck Grafton who was driving his E30 M3 at a Mazda DriverS event.  You’ll notice the Viper without a doubt.  Close one! Click the link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb8gKQJQoN4

BMW 335i Software Tuning

Posted in bmw, cars, Maintenance and Care, tunermobiles with tags , , on August 11, 2008 by lee76

Everybody knows the E90/91/92/93 335 with the N54 twin-turbo engine (now also the E60 535 and E82 135) is a tuner’s dream car.  It’s a simple formula:  if you have turbo(s), you can increase their boost output by changing the electronic codes that govern them.  This means you can achieve big power gains with only software modifications instead of altering the engine’s internal mechanical components.  And now that the engine has been in service for a good while, we’re seeing more and more software modifications on the market.  There are two basic types: downloads to the ECU, and “piggyback” systems.  Downloads actually modify the ECU software while the piggyback systems change the information going to the ECU, resulting in more boost, among other things. I’ll try to cover as many as I can, and bear in mind I don’t know nothin’ bout them newfangled computer thingys.  Continue reading

BMW M1 Concept Car

Posted in audi, bmw, cars, mercedes with tags , , , on April 30, 2008 by lee76

The M1 Hommage concept (left) with the original production M1 (middle) and the original M1 concept (right).After Mercedes produced its SLR McLaren and Audi its R8, one would expect BMW to join the supercar fray.  Hell, anything with Mercedes’ twin-turbo torque-monster V12 runs like a supercar.  Well, BMW is finally taking steps in the right direction: behold the M1 Hommage concept car.

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