• Jul 2, 2010
The Smoking Tire gets to play with the VF Engineering toy box – Click above to watch video after the jump

When VF Engineering comes to party, they do so in the biggest way possible. The crew recently invited the guys from The Smoking Tire out to Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch for a little taste of exactly what the tuner is all about. Instead of bringing a handful of reworked cars for an hour or so of track antics, the VF Engineering team rolled out every supercharged beast in their possession. That means that while the company's relatively mild mannered 510 horsepower Porsche 911 was in attendance, as was the equally sinister widebody BMW M3.

If you've spent any time perusing the VF Engineering site, odds are you know a little about that diabolical Bavarian. The car uses a custom-fabricated intake manifold that spends its off time on display in the Met. It's just that gorgeous. But as pretty as all of the custom metal work is, it pales in comparison to how impressive the power figures are. Running just six pounds of boost, the VF Engineering team has managed to wring 620 horsepower from the Bimmer. How's that for tire-shredding glory? Go ahead and hit the jump to see Matt Farah tear it up in both cars. But be warned, there's some slight NSFW language.

[Source: YouTube via The Smoking Tire]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      This one made in Mexico or Northern Africa?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why is he acting like the M3 is the best car in the world....like really
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if a cayman s will stay together with a super charger? It would be sweet to deck it out in techart bodykit and spoiler with a vf blower. I think the motor might pop though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        TPC out of Maryland. They've been boosting Caymans for a while...
      • 4 Years Ago
      that's it , i'm gonna supercharge my 911 !
      • 4 Years Ago
      @FordGTGuy.

      I trust Clarkson, and I trust Needell. Clarkson hailed it the most unreliable supercar, ever. He owned two of them.

      Needell's review and comparison of the McLaren GT / Enzo affirms his ability to discern fluff from freaking awesome.

      Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKogF1IOpkM
      It's also worth noting Tiff's time on Top Gear before they split.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should know some actual background before you try making a statement like that.

        The Ford GT is one of the only Supercars that can run 40 psi on the stock block producing over 2000 hp. The only problems Clarkson had with the Ford GT was a anti-theft system he himself had installed and had nothing to do with the car.

        If you actually take everything on Top Gear as truth I feel very bad for you. Such as the constant badgering about the Ford GTs fuel mileage when in fact it gets better fuel mileage than both the Pagani Zonda and Ferrari F430 Spyder they used in the France special.

        Lets not even get started on the crap they've said about the Mustang. How could you even call the Ford GT the most unreliable when actually Ford GT owners have said they've paid $1000 in total for maintenance into the car yearly compared to the amount of money you would have to put into a Ferrari which would definitely exceed $20,000 a year.
      • 4 Years Ago
      pretty much the hottest m3 i've ever seen, including the 'vette powered e30 not two rows over.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, so I don't see it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love it when he tries to slide the m3 and gets only a couple of degrees of angle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What's up with the annoying 2girls1cup-ish background music?? It drives me crazy
      • 4 Years Ago
      6 psi? Maybe he means 0.6 bar.

      Inertial superchargers have the worst of both worlds.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually centrifugal is the right term... The centrifugal force of the air being spun inside the supercharger is what provides the compression of the air and thus the "boost"... Inertia has nothing to do with it as the s/c is belt driven. It's a mechanically driven turbo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. A centrifugal is basically a belt-driven turbo. Same torque curve.
        Either put a Lysholm screw-charger in it or just turbo it.
        Vortech centrifugals are mainly done for packaging/convenience considerations.

        Based on the ~180hp gain of some Vortech kits out there, 9psi would seem more realistic for this car to go 620 than 6psi.


        Oh, ++ : I think the correct term might be Centripetal Acceleration. 'Centrifugal Force' is a misnomer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In the video he said 6 psi, that seems insufficient. 0.6 bar or atmosphere is almost 9psi.
        Inertial is the correct term. There is no 'centrifugal force'

        Positive displacement superchargers work: see TVS Roots, and Lysholm
        Turbochargers work: see 911 turbo, N54/55, etc.

        Inertial superchargers don't spin up like turbos, so you don't get the mid-range, nor do they have the bottom end of positive displacement superchargers.
        and boost response is exponential.

        They are a cheap [and effective] way to get massive top end gains. See the video where he says all of the 'hit' is above 6,000 rpm in the 911.
        So there are two schools of thought with inertial superchargers: Compensate for engines that are lacking top end (old Ford 5.0/5.8), or go the other way, push top end even higher (Honda)
        • 4 Years Ago
        All ways remember-

        Volume is much more important than pressure. PSI is just the result of air being restricted. The volume of air being moved is a far better measure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Centrifugal, not inertial.

        Also, 8lbs is still quite low for a 200+hp gain. But given that there's more down to the engine than just boost, that's a pretty good number.

        And really? Worst of both worlds? I'm guessing you've never built a centrifugally supercharged engine. You have the huge potential of a turbocharger, with the direct power of a roots-type supercharger. There's barely any lag, at least a fraction of a second from where you hit the accelerator and the air reaches the engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      620hp on a M3 with tons of CF and with 13'' wide rear wheel... handling trough corners like an R8. Man just buy a GT-R and in stock form you will eat that M3 with all its adders.

      And if you are a bit smart, you can bring your GT-R to 700HP for a lot less than what was invested in that M3.

        • 4 Years Ago
        @yeahright...

        You realize there are V12s that have more than 620 horsepower without boost, right?

        The 1993 McLaren F1 comes immediately to mind.

        ...more recently, there have been others, as well.
        Ferrari Enzo
        Pagani Zonda F
        Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
        Aston Martin One-77 is set to break over 700hp naturally aspirated.

        Those are just factory (read: warrantied, liability-acceptable factory-built engines) V12s.

        That is not tuned V12s, and that is not pressurized V12s, or pressurized and tuned V10s or V8s.

        Heck, the factory Corvette ZR1 factory warrantied supercharged V8 makes 638 horsepower.

        That is not counting the levels that tuners, who aren't bound as much as manufacturers are, and what they can get with a tuned and supercharged V8, V10, or V12.

        You may want to try again when you can get your facts straight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        First off, you're an idiot for showing how much you're a GT-R fanboy.

        Secondly...

        @yeahright!

        You do realize there's more done to the engine than just a supercharger, right?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @boxer fanatic
        "You realize there are V12s that have more than 620 horsepower without boost, right?

        The 1993 McLaren F1 comes immediately to mind.

        ...more recently, there have been others, as well.
        Ferrari Enzo
        Pagani Zonda F
        Lamborghini Murcielago LP640
        Aston Martin One-77 is set to break over 700hp naturally aspirated.
        "

        yeah right! all those cars are 4L in size.... like this BMW ...

        let me fix it for you so you will be clear: you can't get 620 hp from 6psi of boost, not even from a boosted V12 with a 4L engine....

        you might want to try again.....
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah but its still a DATSUN!! or Nissan. either way you slice it NOT SEXY...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Use proxies like http://mathblows.info/ to watch it in germany,... stupid youtube country restrictions...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That M3 makes me want one sooo bad. I think it might be time to upgrade???
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