Friday, June 16, 2017

M DIVISION LIMITED EDITION M4 GTS

The M Division (GMBH) have long been creating sports cars out of the base model BMW's. As this didn't seem to satisfy all customers, they went one step further by producing limited edition cars with club sport and track events in mind, catering for those who prefer an all out "race car" from the factory so to speak. Similar to the GT3RS produced by Porsche, BMW's latest incarnation is the F82 M4 GTS. Before we explore the GTS in detail though, lets have a look at the evolution prior to arriving at the M4 GTS.

1990 - E30 M3 Sport Evo II (600 Units)
1994 - E36 M3 GT (350 Units)
2002 - E46 M3 CSL (1383 Units)
2010 - E92 M3 GTS (135 Units)
2016 - F82 M4 GTS (700 Units)

What have they done to a production F82 M4 to make it so special? The technical details we've included as a spec sheet but just as a summary of what's different about the GTS:

Carbon Fiber Vented Bonnet and Door Cards to reduce weight
Carbon Fiber adjustable front splitter
Motorsport adjustable rear wing and diffuser
OLED Tail Lights
Integrated Rear Half Cage, complete with fire extinguisher and rear seat delete panels
Alcantara interior trim and deleted center glove box
Interior instrument panel support is made of carbon fiber
Carbon Fiber bucket seats
Reduced interior sound deadening
S55B30T0 engine (using water injection) 493HP and 600Nm of torque
Titanium Exhaust
Adjustable Coilover Suspension
M Carbon Ceramic Brakes
19" 666M Front wheels and 20" 666M Rear wheels
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres



To make things even more interesting, in 2017 they released a DTM championship edition GTS which were limited to 200 units worldwide and 10 units were allocated to Australia. There is only 1 on Carsales for those who are tempted and have a spare $363696.00 AUD. You will notice all the trinkets we mentioned above plus more in the photos below.




















Sunday, May 7, 2017

DMC AUSTRALIA

DMC Tuning Germany has been around the car tuning scene for quite some time and their catalog boasts a number of upgrades for exotic super cars such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Mclaren, Maserati and Bently to name a few. On top of this, they also offer a range of products for the large German auto producers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes Benz and Porsche. If you haven't seen their work, some sample images have been included below. A number of replacement carbon fiber parts including bumpers, bonnets and wings are available including front splitters, diffusers and rear wings.

Diagnostic Haus is proud to announce a partnership with DMC Tuning Germany where we will be able to assist you with sourcing any parts to enhance your choice of vehicle. Please send all queries through to our email address at info@diagnostichaus.com for further information or pricing. Painting and fitting can also be arranged if required.

















Friday, February 24, 2017

MERCEDES A45 AMG STAGE 1

The A45 AMG is a little weapon around town featuring all wheel drive, a 7 speed dual clutch transmission and 2.0L turbo engine pumping out 265kw and 450nm. These hot hatches second hand are becoming more and more affordable in the Australian market and we're seeing an increasing number of them on the road. We believe it is a good starting platform for those who want to get into some light track duties while being able to drive to work in style. A mid 2013 model with about 60,000klms we're seeing go for around the $50,000 mark. We've listed a few upgrades below to get you started if you are considering one. Note: Make sure you select one with the AMG Aero Dynamics Package ($1990 option from factory), it makes a big difference to the look of the car and adds 40kg of downforce at 250km/h. It includes a front splitter, canards and rear wing.

Our suggested modifications, click on the link to be taken to the online store:

Willall Racing Phase 1 Tune - $2395
- Transforms the car to 305kw and 506nm, plug and play, easy installation

Hankook R-S3 235/35/19 - $1380
- Tyres will probably be due for replacement, these are extra grippy if you don't mind the noise

Brake Pads P.Mu HC800 Front - $600
- High temp front brake pads for heavy braking at the track

KW V3 Coilovers - $3000
- Lower center of gravity, less body roll, better handling, adjustable dampening

Modification Cost $7375
Car Purchase Price $50,000
Total Cost Estimate $57375

2013 W176 A45 AMG - Source: carsales.com.au








Thursday, October 27, 2016

BMC AIR FILTER REVIEW

Let's run through quickly what an air filter does before we get into the review. The primary purpose of an air filter is to remove fine dust/pollen/dirt etc. from entering the engine's cylinders where it would cause mechanical wear and oil contamination. A blocked or dirty air filter will also cause poor performance and increase fuel consumption. Air filters should never be cleaned with compressed air or banged out on a table - this will only leave a false impression that the filter is clean. Air filters need to be changed every 10,000km to 15,000km or every 12 to 18 months. Most modern day vehicles now use a paper filter element placed inside a plastic box connected to the throttle body. The main reason for using a paper element is price rather than performance. 

We decided to go with a BMC air filter in our project E92 M3 based on a number of reasons listed below. 
  • They have over 9000 vehicle applications and had one which fits directly into our project car.
  • Replacement filters are created from aluminium net treated with epoxy resin and guarantees     resistance to fuel vapours and oxidising due to humidity. 
  • The filtering material is special cotton soaked in low viscosity oil and guarantees greater permeability to air.
  • BMC filters can be cleaned and re-used by using one of their regeneration kits (detergent and oil spray).
  • Filters are designed to flow more air than the standard element, allowing for a slight performance increase.
  • The price of their filters is reasonable and is available for purchase at a number of locations.
Installation was quite simple. Open up the standard airbox, remove the standard filter element and drop the new BMC replacement filter in. Close up the standard airbox again and testing can begin. Upon starting the car, induction noise had increased slightly while not being over the top. While BMC's air flow chart notes that the filter flows better than the standard one, we were unable to feel any noticeable difference performance wise driving the car around town. Having said that, if we were to do a back to back test on a dyno it may tell a different story. An online source has quoted a 10hp increase on a Dynojet dyno after installing a BMC filter. 

BMC Air Filters are designed and manufactured in Italy and were originally developed in association with the Ferrari F1 team. The quality of the filter definitely speaks for itself. We would recommend this product for anyone in the market of looking at replacing their air filter and we welcome any feedback from those who have done a comparison dyno run after installing one. You can purchase these filters HERE for those interested. 


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

VOLKSWAGEN VW GOLF R400 PPV400

Volkswagen (VW) has been tempting fans and prospective buyers with a approximately 400hp MK7 Golf R dubbed the Golf R-400. Concept images have been released with a more aggressive bodykit compared to the regular R and includes larger intakes and a slightly revised front end. It will also likely come with a revised interior and better rear diffuser judging by the images.



The production model though is likely to be more subtle. The tell tale differences will most likely be bigger brakes hiding behind larger alloy wheels. A wider front track and fixed rear spoiler are also clues that there’s some serious power beneath the bonnet. When the car was first revealed at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show, the Chinese couldn't wait for it's arrival and local tuning company ASPEC have come up with their own variant dubbed the PPV400. They borrowed some styling cues from the Reventon and the results speak for themselves. We're a fan, especially of the rear wing - it will add some serious aggression to any standard Golf. It can be purchased by clicking on the following link - Golf PPV400 Carbon Wing.