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Aaron Bonk
Apr 10, 2017

BOLD MONO-BLOCK

European car gear june 2017 Forgeline monoblock Photo 2/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Forgeline Monoblock

Forgeline Motorsports adds to its already popular series of one-piece, forged wheels with its all-new CV1 that's available in 18-, 19-, 20-, and 21-inch diameters. Based on the seven-spoke, concave CV3C, the mono-block CV1 is a one-piece design forged from 6061-T6 aluminum and with manufacturing technology similar to Forgeline's GA1R wheel. The design lends itself well to ample brake caliper clearance and features a rigid construction that results in a wheel that's stiff and with high fatigue strength. The CV1 is available in a variety of widths and offsets for a number of vehicles and with Forgeline's exclusive Deep Cap and Extra Deep Cap profiles that accentuate the concave shape for limited applications, including those for BMW and Porsche. Forgeline's CV1 wheels are made to order and, like all Forgeline wheels, are available in many fully customizable finishes.
Retail: $1,550-$1,845 per wheel
forgeline.com

M3/M4 TUNER COILOVERS

European car gear june 2017 HR street performance tuner m3 m4 coilovers Photo 3/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 HR Street Performance Tuner M3 M4 Coilovers

A lower ride height often results in handling sacrifices, mostly due to dampers that've been incorrectly valved or matched with the wrong springs. H&R's Street Performance Tuner coilovers for the M3/M4 with their custom-valved mono-tube shocks and matching, progressive-rate springs mean that won't happen to you. Ride height can be adjusted from 1.4 to 2.0 inches in the front and 1.2 to 2.0 inches in the rear below stock, where the aluminum-bodied shocks feature special, lower heim-joint mounts. According to H&R, the non-adjustable dampers are pre-set to provide the right balance between comfort and better performance.
Retail: $2,280
hrsprings.com

BMW TUNING SOLUTION

European car gear june 2017 Dinantronics performance tuner Photo 4/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Dinantronics Performance Tuner

Tune your way to more than a 40hp increase in BMW's latest M240i, 340i, and 440i equipped with the brand's direct-injected and turbocharged B58 engine by way of Dinan's all-new Dinantronics performance tuner. According to Dinan, its Dinantronics hardware ties into a variety of systems within the factory electronics in order to safely push engine performance beyond what BMW had planned, reporting gains upward of 40 hp and 60 lb-ft of torque. Unlike other tuning devices, Dinantronics can be purchased directly through Dinan-approved BMW dealerships, it won't affect the vehicle's warranty, and it's emissions legal in all 50 states.
dinancars.com

CARBON-LOOK EXHAUST WRAP

European car gear june 2017 DEI black titanium exhaust wrap Photo 5/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 DEI Black Titanium Exhaust Wrap

Reduce underhood temperatures and increase engine performance with DEI's exhaust wrap. Do it in something that looks like carbon fiber with the company's all-new Black Titanium Exhaust Wrap. Made from pulverized lava rock that's been extruded into woven fibers, DEI's exhaust wrap is strong, durable, long-lasting, and looks good. Anytime exhaust heat can be retained within an engine's header(s) and exhaust system, exhaust gas velocity can be increased and more power can be made. Wrapped exhaust components can also lead to decreased heat soak of adjacent systems underneath the hood and reduce the amount of heat transmitted past the firewall or through the floor and into the interior. DEI's Black Titanium Exhaust Wrap is designed to be pliable and resistant to oil as well as vibration breakdown, it secures tightly without pre-wetting, and it's able to withstand direct heat up to 1,800 degrees F with intermittent spikes as high as 2,500 degrees F.
Retail: $24.31-$127.63
designengineering.com

A LOWER B9 A4

European car gear june 2017 Emmanuele design audi a4 emmotion lowering spring kit Photo 6/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Emmanuele Design Audi A4 Emmotion Lowering Spring Kit

Emmanuele Design says it's struck the perfect balance between sportiness and retaining Audi's superb ride quality with its all-new eMMOTION lowering spring kit designed for the '17 A4. The linear-rate springs reduce ride height by 1.6 inches in the front and 0.8 inches in the rear and feature stiffer spring rates for improved handling: 280 lb/in in the front and 315 lb/in in the rear. The stiffer spring rates help reduce body roll when cornering, help plant the chassis to the pavement during acceleration and braking, and yet, according to Emmanuel Design, do so without compromising ride comfort. Emmanuele Design's eMMOTION springs are made in the U.S. and were designed after countless hours spent behind the wheel of the company's own A4 test vehicle.
Retail: $290
emmanueledesign.com

AUDI INDUCTION

European car gear june 2017 Forge motorsport induction kit Photo 7/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Forge Motorsport Induction Kit

Forge Motorsport takes on Audi's B9-chassis A4 engine and its restrictive airbox with its new CNC-machined induction system. The British-built and hand-finished kit improves looks, power, and induction noise all at once by way of a high-flow and reusable Pipercross air filter, a specialized elbow and silicone coupler, and a satin-black-coated aluminum cover. According to Forge Motorsport, extensive, independent dyno testing has revealed an 11hp gain along with an addition 9 lb-ft of torque. The bolt-on system requires no cutting or permanent modifications to the vehicle and is supplied with all necessary components for a simple installation, including full instructions.
Retail: starting at roughly $320
forgemotorsport.com

TSI FUEL FIX

European car gear june 2017 racingline performance fuel pump Photo 8/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Racingline Performance Fuel Pump

Racingline Performance knows just how good Volkswagen's EA888 TSI engine is but also knows it needs a fuel pump that's able to keep up if any more power's to be made. That's why the company introduced its new high-flow fuel pump that's a direct, bolt-in replacement compatible with the engine's original fuel system. The ability to supply a higher volume of fuel as horsepower demands increase is obvious, but now Racingline has two ways to go about doing it. In addition to its bolt-in fuel pump that, with the right tuning, can help ward off detonation and lean conditions, its fuel pump internals upgrade kit is a more cost-effective way of doing the same thing. Here, the kit allows the original 2.0T pump to be disassembled and upgraded in order to meet increased fuel demands. The kit's supplied with all necessary pieces, including its own installation tool.
racingline-performance.com

PHONE-BASED TELEMETRY

European car gear june 2017 iLaps sports gps interface mobile armor Photo 9/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Ilaps Sports Gps Interface Mobile Armor

London-based i-Laps says that now you can see where you're going wrong and improve your lap times with its smartphone-based telemetry system. According to i-Laps, the system's able to detect just about everything you'd want it to, including longitudinal and lateral movements, and without the sort of expensive equipment you'd expect. Simply pair your smartphone with its water- and shock-resistant SIGMA (Sports GPS Interface Mobile Armor) enclosure that features built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers that provide valuable data, including pitch, roll, and yaw with an accuracy, according to i-Laps, of 0.06 degrees. Once you've obtained your data, it can be uploaded to the cloud-based site where you can save it, compare it with others, and even get recommendations on how to go faster.
i-laps.com

THE WAY TO COOLER OIL

European car gear june 2017 Forge motorsport oil cooler adapter plate Photo 10/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Forge Motorsport Oil Cooler Adapter Plate

The right oil temperature can mean the difference between an engine running or permanently seizing up. Audi knows this and, as such, fitted its 3.0 TFSI engine with its own heat exchanger designed to keep oil temps from skyrocketing. The only problem is that, like most OEM oil coolers, this heat exchanger relies on engine coolant, which isn't all that effective and, during high-performance driving, can actually increase coolant temps. The solution lies in Forge Motorsport's adapter plate that allows most aftermarket air-to-oil-based coolers to be easily plumbed into place. Forge's CNC-machined, aluminum adapter plate replaces the factory oil cooler and, thanks to its specially sized adapters, makes hooking up just about any oil cooler a matter of gathering the right fittings, adapters, and lines.
forgemotorsport.com

A BETTER SMART FORTWO

European car gear june 2017 brabus ultimate 125 Photo 11/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Brabus Ultimate 125
European car gear june 2017 brabus ultimate 125 interior Photo 12/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Brabus Ultimate 125 Interior

Celebrating its world debut at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year, Brabus says its Ultimate 125, which is based on the smart fortwo, is the ultimate city sports car. Much about the Ultimate 125 is indicative of its name—the revised and limited-production two-seater is good for 125 hp, of which only 125 consecutively numbered units will be sold. Equipment exclusive to the Ultimate 125 includes its special paint finish that's tailored to customer preference, Widestar wide-body fenders, 18-inch mono-block Brabus wheels, and fully customizable leather interior. Brabus' own sport suspension is also included, which complements the high-performance tires. The power bump comes by way of a modified air intake, more efficient intercooler and exhaust systems, and recalibrated ECUs that deliver 147 lb-ft of torque at 2,000 rpm and electronically shortens shift changes. Other features include the Ultimate 125's own front spoiler, rocker panels, rear diffuser, stainless-steel pedals, and aluminum shift knob. The Ultimate 125 carries on Brabus' tradition of limited-edition and modified smart cars that began in 2004 and include the Ultimate 101, 112, R, style, and 120.
germantuningcorporation.com

PERIOD-CORRECT AIR HORNS

European car gear june 2017 webcon mesh air horns Photo 13/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Webcon Mesh Air Horns

Nobody wants bits of debris getting sucked inside that carburetor, and nobody wants an air horn or filter stuck on top of it that'll disrupt how good it ought to look. That's where Webcon comes in, the U.K.-based carburetor component manufacturer (among other things) who's recently released its mesh air horns that keep the junk out but without sacrificing that period-correct look. Webcon's lightweight aluminum air horns are machined to fit Weber's popular 40 DCOE and 45 DCOE carburetors and include their own built-in mesh elements designed to keep their insides clean.
webcon.co.uk

NEUSPEED TAKES ON THE RS

European car gear june 2017 Neuspeed focus rs springs Photo 14/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Neuspeed Focus Rs Springs
European car gear june 2017 Neuspeed focus rs rse52 wheels Photo 15/15   |   European Car Gear June 2017 Neuspeed Focus Rs Rse52 Wheels

That famed tuning house Neuspeed would eventually take on the all-new Focus RS was inevitable. And its lineup of available upgrades for the hatchback is no surprise, either, which are the sort of parts that've made the California-based company so popular. According to Neuspeed, its legendary lowering springs will be available soon, but first get your hands on its 25mm anti-roll bars for both front and rear that each feature two-hole adjustability and include their own urethane mounting bushings. Neuspeed also offers stainless-steel-braided brake lines that are made up of highly durable PTFE cores and include all necessary fittings and washers for a direct fit. Finally, Neuspeed offers two new flow-formed wheels for the RS and its unique 5x108 bolt pattern—its RSE102 and RSE52, both of which are compatible with the factory lug nuts and TPMS and are offered in 19x8.5 and 18x8.5 sizes, respectively.
Retail: $149.95-$339.95
neuspeed.com

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