Category Archives: Car Porn

Car Porn: The Proper Porsche

The Carrera GT is by no means a “throw back” car but it certainly has fallen off the map lately. Production ran for three years and finally came to a halt in 2007. This has always been an intriguing car for me. This was a car designed and built around the principle of “Why not?” instead of “why?”. This was a masterpiece from the ground up.

Wish I was doing that instead of typing this…

One ‘Ring to Rule Them All

Twelve point nine three miles long.  Seventy three official turns.  Estimates put the fatality rate at twelve to eighteen a year.  This massive stretch of asphalt that snakes through the Eifel Mountains in Germany is a Mecca to automotive enthusiasts; it is a proving ground that separates those who play with their cars, and those who drive them.  It is the track by which all others are judged, and on which all cars are judged good or bad.  Formula One drivers refused to race on the track.  There are no restrictions to driving it: show up, pay your due, get baptized in the fire.  Jackie Stewart called her The Green Hell.  We call it the Nordschliefe.  Everyone else calls it The Nurburgring.

She is a cold hearted thing...

Weekend Car Porn: From the Era when Men Drove Racecars Edition

Special thanks to the fraternity brother and occasional reader that sent this one in.  Why classic Ferrari?  Because your wrong wheel drive econobox with super stretched tires and slammed herrafrush fitment IS NOT A RACECAR.

From a time where men were racecar drivers Your Hellaflush and slammed Civic is not as cool as this.

Car Porn: Legendary Edition

What exactly is a legend? It’s a story about an event that, at the time, changed the very fabric of history. Something so unfathomable that whilst it was in progress, people were so enamored, they forgot to secure the facts and details for those of us who didn’t have the privilege of living at that time. As a result, those of us who came after “the event” struggle to believe it happened at all. Thus, a legend is born.

It's a chop...I can tell by the pixels and from having seen many a chop in my time...

That is properly quick.

I have always said the N54 powered 335is have had an insane amount of potential and once someone figured out the fueling issues and created a proper single turbo set up that would work, the 335i would be ready for serious power.  The one thing that has been holding the 335i back was a twin turbo set up that was horribly inefficient above the 400whp range, and a direct injection set up that might limit fueling needs for high horsepower applications.

In the race between Vishnu Tuning (of Evo building fame) and Horsepowerfreeks (who made their name in cranking out M3s with over a thousand horsepower), Vishnu came in first.  It isn’t really a surprise, as they have been in the 335i game since day one.  While pricey, their Procede ECU is one of the best to use for tuning on the 335i with full meth integration.  It is such a system that even HPF has mentioned they’ll be using it for their single turbo 335 application.  After a long wait and many days of e90post members biting their nails, the numbers are in.  The Vishnu single turbo 335i puts down near as makes no difference 630 wheel horsepower (the proper number is 627, but I round up because I like even numbers).  Torque is at 477 ft lbs.  This is all done on pump gas + meth (my only dislike), so a race gas or E85 Map would be interesting to see.  According to Shiv, the turbo on this map still has about another hundred horsepower in it.

Oh, did I also mention this was on the N54B30s stock bottom end?  Well now I did.  Check out more of it here at E90Post, but make sure you watch the vids first!

*That all being said…I’d still rather the E46 M3.

Car Porn: James Bond Edition

Aston Martin routinely makes what many enthusiasts consider to be the most beautiful cars in the world. This is generally accepted to be concrete fact. Nothing I could say would do this car’s beauty justice. I couldn’t describe the way this car feels. So you know what? I wont. Today I’ll just post pics and GTFO…

Hello there...

Car Porn – Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder Edition

In my dream world, I live in Hawaii on a boat, preferably something like an Fellows and Stewart Air Sea Recovery Boat or a restored Elco PT boat.  My dream garage is a climate controlled hanger not too far from the marina where I keep the boat, and is fully equipped with tools, a lift, a fair set of extra parts for the cars, and of course the cars themselves.  But this is not the only place I live in my dream world, as I also have a country estate in England, which is only reached by taking a flight from Heathrow in my personal Hawker Hurricane MK IV(I like it more than the Spitfire, bite me), land on the lawn of said estate, and hop into one of these for a drive:

I'll take mine in BRG as well...

Car Porn: So good it was banned edition

Mazda has a history deeply entrenched in auto racing and as many of you know they have always been fond of the rotary engine. Although I’ve never actually owned a Mazda it’s no secret that I’ve had a crush on the rotary engine since I was  about twelve. The rotary engine was spawned out of a brilliant stroke of innovation. I shan’t go into detail (I’ll save that for another post) but I will share with you the greatest rotary car ever built.

Deal of the Week – Get There Before I Do Edition

I promised myself when I started this little adventure of a blog, I would do my best not to make it a BMW love fest.  The Boys in Bavaria are my favorite brand, and I could wax poetic about why for days on end.  I’m trying, I promise.  Now, back to the Deal of the Week.  The E46 M3 was released to the US market in 2002, powered by a high revving 3.2L naturally aspirated I6 pushing out 333 horsepower, which oft translates to around 285 at the wheels.  An amazingly nimble car, it was one of the best driving cars one could buy, and was equipped with either an old school six speed manual or the SMGII, an automated cog swapper that removed the clutch pedal, but was most definitely not your father’s autotragic.  The E46 M3 was quite possibly the most popular of the brand, even eclipsing the current V8 model in desirableness, and included a rare CSL model that added more horsepower on top of the Euro model’s 345 ponies and reduced weight significantly.  Fortunately, BMWs are known for having rolling values.  The cost of even used E46s peaked just before the release of the V8, and have plummeted since.  A good researcher can find an excellent condition model with a little work.

This is one of those excellent examples.  Autobahn BMW of Fort Worth is currently offering a Titanium Silver (TiAg to all you Bimmerphiles) over black 2002 M3.  It has 84k miles on the clock, and at paycheck or so over $19,000, it sits right at KBB value.  Equipped with the premium sound package and the SMGII sequential manual gearbox, she is equipped as most ’02 M3s were.  That wouldn’t necessarily qualify her for DOTW.  What does qualify her is the extensive service records.  See, as German cars age, they hearken back to their old days of blitzing and storming, ignoring their advanced years, and demand to thrash about.  This means most German sports coupes out of warranty tend to be pricey, and lack of background is a scary thing.  Not only does this M come with a very extensive and clean car fax that notes dealer care its entire life, Autobahn also has all the service records.  There are three things you need to look at: VANOS, the SMG pump, and the subframe.  Ask to see the papers on all three, take the silver arrow for a spin so you know what your missing, and offer them $19,500 out the door.  Oh, and hope that you get there before I do.

Click here to be taken to Autobahn BMW’s website and see more of this beautiful M3.

The M3 is the best, and that's that - Clarkson

Car Porn – Happy Birthday to Me Edition

I have always had a love for Ferraris.  I know some have found them to be plain looking, or even down right ugly, but even in the 430 and 458 sports cars I’ve found a classic design that never really ages.  Even the older 355 and Testarossa have lines that are unmatched.  But for me, the best looking cars of the Prancing Horse brand have always been the Berlinettas – the little sedans, or in our language coupes.  The V12 powered 275, for example, is a true classic.  And who could forget one of the world’s original super cars, the 250 GTO which can command a price of over $16 million at auction.  Then in the 1990s it was the 550 Maranello and the 575M made famous by a certain car chase in Bad Boys II.  Most recently, Ferrari released the 599 GTB Fiorano.

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