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    Today, 01:40 AM
    Welcome Shogu, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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    Today, 12:54 AM
    Welcome to a real enthusiast forum envoid.
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    Yesterday, 11:41 PM
    Hey stangapds: :text-welcomewave:
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    Welcome MKSCHNELL, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.
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    Yesterday, 09:41 PM
    Why does the BMW N74 twin turbo V12 (the BMW powerplant that supplies Rolls Royce) seem to never get any attention? It may have to do with the clientele that buys the cars which have the motor. Not too many Rolls Royce owners are looking to tune but fortunately VF-Engineering found one who has a Dawn and wanted more out of the motor. The factory horsepower rating for the 6.6 liter V12 is 563 horsepower and torque is rated at 605 lb-ft. Yes, this motor is all about big torque and smooth, seemingly endless power delivery. The baseline on the all wheel drive Mustang dyno is 429 horsepower and 532 lb-ft of torque at the wheels: That is a lot of torque on 91 octane pump gas on a Mustang dyno. Now look at the figures after the VF-Engineering Stage 1 tune, 494 wheel horsepower and 652 lb-ft of wheel torque. That peak torque figure coming in at roughly 2400 rpm meaning there is plenty to get this boat moving off the line. The curves are beautiful with plenty more meat everywhere up until redline (which it not very high). All the torque gained down low is going to be appreciated for whomever is lucky enough to be behind the wheel of this 5700+ pound beauty.
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    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    It was only a matter of time before McLaren topped the 720S and released a more hardcore model. McLaren raised the bar so high with the 720S that it will be interesting to see just how much further 765LT pushes things. The official specifications are expected to be out at the end of the year but hopefully leak sooner than that. We can expect what you usually expect from LT McLaren models which is more power, less weight, and revised suspension and aerodynamic pieces. Those with a build slot say there will be 700 coupes and 700 spider models but we shall see. If weight is dropped 100kg and power upped by 50 horses the 765LT might just be stepping on the toes of the Senna for a lot less money. Additionally, the biggest beneficiary may be those looking for a used 720S as prices will likely get pushed down. Expect more details toward the end of the year.
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    Yesterday, 08:28 PM
    If you are serious about drag racing this is something you will want to look into. Ghassan Automotive is offering a billet aluminum flex plate transmission adapter for N54, N55, or S55 applications that will work with GM Power-glide, TH-400, TH-350, 4L80, and 4L60 overdrive transmissions. The rear end and transmission is definitely a weak link for E9X N54's in particular. BimmerBoost believes the S55 and F-Series chassis with a DCT is more than capable of strip duty as evidenced by 9-second passes early in its lifespan. Guys in the N54 community though have much cheaper cars and many are making dedicated drag racing builds. Those gentlemen definitely will want to take a look at this.
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    Yesterday, 08:01 PM
    It is getting really hard to love Ferrari. The cheating and insane testing policies are one thing but having your attorneys send cease and desist letters to guys playing with their cars in a way Ferrari doesn't like? That's insane. If this 456 owner wants to chuck the V12, that's his business. He paid for it. He can swap in a Prius driveline for all it matters as the car does not belong to Ferrari and they do not get to tell the owner what he can do with it. The owner of the car, Reuben Bemrose, seems to be taking it in stride: He does not believe Ferrari has any legal grounds here so he keeps showing off the car and entering shows. After Ferrari sees this they may get even more angry: You do you Reuben, you do you.
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    Yesterday, 07:58 PM
    I read this article while swerving uncontrollably, running red lights, failing to yield to peds and holding my middle finger out of the window of my BMW. (1 series, so not luxury but hey)
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    Yesterday, 07:57 PM
    It is getting really hard to love Ferrari. The cheating and insane testing policies are one thing but having your attorneys send cease and desist letters to guys playing with their cars in a way Ferrari doesn't like? That's insane. If this 456 owner wants to chuck the V12, that's his business. He paid for it. He can swap in a Prius driveline for all it matters as the car does not belong to Ferrari and they do not get to tell the owner what he can do with it. The owner of the car, Reuben Bemrose, seems to be taking it in stride: He does not believe Ferrari has any legal grounds here so he keeps showing off the car and entering shows. After Ferrari sees this they may get even more angry: You do you Reuben, you do you.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:41 PM
    Exactly. No question the 911 is far more useable. The rear seats in the 911 hold plenty of stuff IMO.
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    Yesterday, 07:31 PM
    We are going to see more and more companies which specialize in electric drivetrain conversions. Zeletric is one that has a niche in converting air-cooled Volkswagen and Porsche models from 1979 and earlier into 100% electric machines. Cool? Sure, except for the price tag of $85k which is what a Porsche 911 conversion will run. Here are the models they recommend: Many models make good candidates for zelectrification. In addition to the beloved Beetle, these pre-1980 models rank among the best: – VW Karmann Ghia – VW Microbus, Split and Bay Window – VW Thing – Meyers Manx – Porsche 356, 911, 912, 914 and Replicas – VW Squarebacks, Notchbacks, Fastbacks A Bug starts at $62,000 but that is still a ton of coin. At this price point going to Vonnen makes more sense as the internal combustion motor is retained and you get an electric motor. You keep the sound and interaction with a major performance boost. Still, Vonnen does not seem to be ready for primetime with the classic 911's just yet. For those who want to go 100% electric in their classic VW or Porsche Zelectric certainly is something to look into. FAQ Zelectric vs. a conversion shop - what’s the difference? Night and day. Unlike basic conversion shops, a Zelectric retrofit addresses the entire vehicle. Every rebuild incorporates our proprietary mix of select upgrades and modifications to ensure a dramatically improved driving experience. Can you “zelectrify” ANY car? No. Zelectric is brand exclusive. Air-cooled vintage Volkswagen models and early Porsches. Nothing else. Generally 1979 and earlier. Beetles, Buses, Karmann Ghias, and yes - even VW Things. Porsche models 356, 911, 912 and 914, including top-tier replicas. If I don’t already own it, can you find it for me? Yes. If it’s not parked in your garage yet, we can locate your ideal air-cooled Porsche or VW model. It’s our specialty. We find exceptional candidates. In fact we may already know of one that’s currently available. Although we locate it for a flat finders fee, your actual purchase of the vehicle would be a separate transaction directly with its seller. Do you permanently alter or change the appearance? We never cut or weld these classics. While maintaining all the original stock design esthetics, we add significant performance upgrades to operating systems. We respect the design legacy. Zelectric re-engineering is 100% reversible, though no one has ever chosen to reverse it. What’s a typical project cost when I already own the car? The base price for retrofitting your Beetle or Karmann Ghia with Zelectric proprietary upgrades, modifications and conversion, is $62,000 USD. Retrofit for the Microbus starts at $68,000, and Zelectric mods for Porsches start at $85,000. Other than its engine, your vehicle should be in “investment-worthy” condition. Shipping is your responsibility, but we can help arrange and coordinate it. All work takes place here in our San Diego shop. What’s the budget if I don’t already own the car? For a ballpark estimate on your whole project, start with a general current market value of the "core" vehicle you have in mind. Costs will vary widely by model, year and condition. Your basic budget should cover vehicle purchase, Zelectric retrofit, any additional options selected and all shipping required. For example, vintage Bugs in excellent shape might start at $18,000. Rare sunroof (ragtop) models can run $8,000 - $15,000 higher than sedans, and highly desirable convertibles can even add an additional $10,000 - $15,000+ to that. Does Zelectric Motors ever sell complete vehicles? Occasionally, yes. Sometimes we have inventory available and turnkey ready to go, or a pristine model standing by, available for a retrofit commission. Do you restore cars? Technically, no. We do touch ups, cosmetic enhancements, but true restoration is a different discipline, an art in itself. We stick with what we know and do best. Other than engine condition, your vehicle should be in excellent shape prior to its Zelectric rebuild. If major restoration or cosmetic fixes are needed, best that they’re addressed beforehand. Do you sell parts or kits for Do-It-Yourselfers? No. The Zelectric retrofit includes the entire vehicle, with over 300 meticulous hours logged into conversion, transformation and upgrades. Many ingredients and proprietary steps are involved. Individual components used can vary from one build to another. What's the range? Are you planning on driving your classic car on that long road trip? Probably not! Current mileage ranges are ideal for daily driving. Just plug in at night, then start 100% juiced up in the morning–it’s as easy as charging your phone. No special installation needed. The basic Zelectric Bug delivers around 100 miles per full charge. Less aerodynamic models (Microbus and Thing) can be less. But their range can also be extended with the use of additional batteries. Porsche, Ghia, Single/Double Cab, or Microbus builds can offer greater range–from 140 to 180 miles on a charge. Why is range currently less than Teslas or other new production EVs? In placing battery modules, we seek to balance weight distribution while using only the “found space” within the original stock design. As battery technology progresses, available ranges will extend, and batteries can be swapped out. What about charging? Where to charge up, and how long does that take? Recharge to full in as little as 3 hours after a typical 50-mile drive. Zelectrics can charge at home with the supplied portable level-1 (110v) charge cord, a level-2 (220v) charge cord or plug into any of thousands of public chargers found in parking lots everywhere. Charge overnight, then start the next day with a “full tank.” Top Speed? Every model retrofitted Zelectric is capable of 100+ mph. But of course Microbuses aren’t aerodynamically suited for land-speed records. Horsepower is always more than doubled, sometimes tripled+. Instant selectable torque means fast always feels faster. Zelectric-modified vehicles rarely if ever need mechanical repairs. There are experts who specialize in servicing vintage Volkswagens and Porsches almost everywhere. With any problem related to the electric components installed with the retrofit, the car could be serviced by any shop specializing in automotive electric systems, hybrid systems and luxury golf cart or neighborhood vehicles (NEVs.) A complete wiring diagram of the Zelectric build is included with every retrofit. Warranties? All of the new electrical components have individual warranties from their respective manufacturers. The rest of the car, like every classic, is sold on an "as is" basis, but thoroughly field tested and subject to our verified 100+ checkpoints first, to ensure that all systems are in top-flight working order prior to delivery. We use only proven components from world-class suppliers. Cost of fuel to drive, say, 100 miles? On solar power, of course the cost = zero. Otherwise, it depends on utility rates where you live. Here in San Diego, rates are the most expensive in California. Even so, driving 100 miles costs less than $3.00 - that's like getting 116 miles on a gallon of gasoline. What about exporting? If I'm outside the US, is that a problem? Regulations concerning the import and registration of a vintage electric-converted vehicle vary by country. So that would be up to you to determine what’s required. We can't take responsibility for compliance, but will adapt the build to suit your requirements within the scope of our capabilities. We’ll be happy to work with your customs import specialist and coordinate delivery with the transportation services you select. Got credentials? Zelectric Motors offers the finest re-configuration and electric propulsion of vintage VWs and Porsches available today. Our re-engineering design is the product of the same winning team that built the record-holding fastest street-legal electric (BMW M3) at Pike's Peak Hill Climb. Zelectrics have been featured at a number of Concours d'Elegance events, won various awards, and have been reviewed and celebrated internationally by worldwide media - from the Wall Street Journal and CNN to Robb Report. We offer classics a new life: reborn electric, meticulously hand-rebuilt to order. Drivetrain conversion from fossil fuel is the hallmark of the Zelectric rebuild–but in addition, select upgrades and modifications ensure a spirited driving experience.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:24 PM
    We are going to see more and more companies which specialize in electric drivetrain conversions. Zeletric is one that has a niche in converting air-cooled Volkswagen and Porsche models from 1979 and earlier into 100% electric machines. Cool? Sure, except for the price tag of $85k which is what a Porsche 911 conversion will run. Here are the models they recommend: Many models make good candidates for zelectrification. In addition to the beloved Beetle, these pre-1980 models rank among the best: – VW Karmann Ghia – VW Microbus, Split and Bay Window – VW Thing – Meyers Manx – Porsche 356, 911, 912, 914 and Replicas – VW Squarebacks, Notchbacks, Fastbacks A Bug starts at $62,000 but that is still a ton of coin. At this price point going to Vonnen makes more sense as the internal combustion motor is retained and you get an electric motor. You keep the sound and interaction with a major performance boost. Still, Vonnen does not seem to be ready for primetime with the classic 911's just yet. For those who want to go 100% electric in their classic VW or Porsche Zelectric certainly is something to look into. FAQ Zelectric vs. a conversion shop - what’s the difference? Night and day. Unlike basic conversion shops, a Zelectric retrofit addresses the entire vehicle. Every rebuild incorporates our proprietary mix of select upgrades and modifications to ensure a dramatically improved driving experience. Can you “zelectrify” ANY car? No. Zelectric is brand exclusive. Air-cooled vintage Volkswagen models and early Porsches. Nothing else. Generally 1979 and earlier. Beetles, Buses, Karmann Ghias, and yes - even VW Things. Porsche models 356, 911, 912 and 914, including top-tier replicas. If I don’t already own it, can you find it for me? Yes. If it’s not parked in your garage yet, we can locate your ideal air-cooled Porsche or VW model. It’s our specialty. We find exceptional candidates. In fact we may already know of one that’s currently available. Although we locate it for a flat finders fee, your actual purchase of the vehicle would be a separate transaction directly with its seller. Do you permanently alter or change the appearance? We never cut or weld these classics. While maintaining all the original stock design esthetics, we add significant performance upgrades to operating systems. We respect the design legacy. Zelectric re-engineering is 100% reversible, though no one has ever chosen to reverse it. What’s a typical project cost when I already own the car? The base price for retrofitting your Beetle or Karmann Ghia with Zelectric proprietary upgrades, modifications and conversion, is $62,000 USD. Retrofit for the Microbus starts at $68,000, and Zelectric mods for Porsches start at $85,000. Other than its engine, your vehicle should be in “investment-worthy” condition. Shipping is your responsibility, but we can help arrange and coordinate it. All work takes place here in our San Diego shop. What’s the budget if I don’t already own the car? For a ballpark estimate on your whole project, start with a general current market value of the "core" vehicle you have in mind. Costs will vary widely by model, year and condition. Your basic budget should cover vehicle purchase, Zelectric retrofit, any additional options selected and all shipping required. For example, vintage Bugs in excellent shape might start at $18,000. Rare sunroof (ragtop) models can run $8,000 - $15,000 higher than sedans, and highly desirable convertibles can even add an additional $10,000 - $15,000+ to that. Does Zelectric Motors ever sell complete vehicles? Occasionally, yes. Sometimes we have inventory available and turnkey ready to go, or a pristine model standing by, available for a retrofit commission. Do you restore cars? Technically, no. We do touch ups, cosmetic enhancements, but true restoration is a different discipline, an art in itself. We stick with what we know and do best. Other than engine condition, your vehicle should be in excellent shape prior to its Zelectric rebuild. If major restoration or cosmetic fixes are needed, best that they’re addressed beforehand. Do you sell parts or kits for Do-It-Yourselfers? No. The Zelectric retrofit includes the entire vehicle, with over 300 meticulous hours logged into conversion, transformation and upgrades. Many ingredients and proprietary steps are involved. Individual components used can vary from one build to another. What's the range? Are you planning on driving your classic car on that long road trip? Probably not! Current mileage ranges are ideal for daily driving. Just plug in at night, then start 100% juiced up in the morning–it’s as easy as charging your phone. No special installation needed. The basic Zelectric Bug delivers around 100 miles per full charge. Less aerodynamic models (Microbus and Thing) can be less. But their range can also be extended with the use of additional batteries. Porsche, Ghia, Single/Double Cab, or Microbus builds can offer greater range–from 140 to 180 miles on a charge. Why is range currently less than Teslas or other new production EVs? In placing battery modules, we seek to balance weight distribution while using only the “found space” within the original stock design. As battery technology progresses, available ranges will extend, and batteries can be swapped out. What about charging? Where to charge up, and how long does that take? Recharge to full in as little as 3 hours after a typical 50-mile drive. Zelectrics can charge at home with the supplied portable level-1 (110v) charge cord, a level-2 (220v) charge cord or plug into any of thousands of public chargers found in parking lots everywhere. Charge overnight, then start the next day with a “full tank.” Top Speed? Every model retrofitted Zelectric is capable of 100+ mph. But of course Microbuses aren’t aerodynamically suited for land-speed records. Horsepower is always more than doubled, sometimes tripled+. Instant selectable torque means fast always feels faster. Zelectric-modified vehicles rarely if ever need mechanical repairs. There are experts who specialize in servicing vintage Volkswagens and Porsches almost everywhere. With any problem related to the electric components installed with the retrofit, the car could be serviced by any shop specializing in automotive electric systems, hybrid systems and luxury golf cart or neighborhood vehicles (NEVs.) A complete wiring diagram of the Zelectric build is included with every retrofit. Warranties? All of the new electrical components have individual warranties from their respective manufacturers. The rest of the car, like every classic, is sold on an "as is" basis, but thoroughly field tested and subject to our verified 100+ checkpoints first, to ensure that all systems are in top-flight working order prior to delivery. We use only proven components from world-class suppliers. Cost of fuel to drive, say, 100 miles? On solar power, of course the cost = zero. Otherwise, it depends on utility rates where you live. Here in San Diego, rates are the most expensive in California. Even so, driving 100 miles costs less than $3.00 - that's like getting 116 miles on a gallon of gasoline. What about exporting? If I'm outside the US, is that a problem? Regulations concerning the import and registration of a vintage electric-converted vehicle vary by country. So that would be up to you to determine what’s required. We can't take responsibility for compliance, but will adapt the build to suit your requirements within the scope of our capabilities. We’ll be happy to work with your customs import specialist and coordinate delivery with the transportation services you select. Got credentials? Zelectric Motors offers the finest re-configuration and electric propulsion of vintage VWs and Porsches available today. Our re-engineering design is the product of the same winning team that built the record-holding fastest street-legal electric (BMW M3) at Pike's Peak Hill Climb. Zelectrics have been featured at a number of Concours d'Elegance events, won various awards, and have been reviewed and celebrated internationally by worldwide media - from the Wall Street Journal and CNN to Robb Report. We offer classics a new life: reborn electric, meticulously hand-rebuilt to order. Drivetrain conversion from fossil fuel is the hallmark of the Zelectric rebuild–but in addition, select upgrades and modifications ensure a spirited driving experience.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:11 PM
    I have to agree with you. Morons in raised trucks going 85+ with high beams on are something I encounter far more often than pricks in luxury cars.
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  • Sticky's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:05 PM
    Just had a nice convo with Mike:
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    Yesterday, 01:29 PM
    I still say pickup truck drivers are worse. Combine all of those negative traits with the feeling you are invincible in your 5500+ pound truck, and you have just created megadick, ruler of the road.
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    Yesterday, 12:34 PM
    -Rich
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