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Date added: 11/01/2013 Maximum PSI Review of Evolve E9X M3 E600 Supercharger Kit

After reading about Evolve's E9X supercharger kit, and later seeing pictures of the hardware, I asked a local Evolve E600 customer to bring his car to our shop to dyno test and look over. He was nice enough to accept my offer and we spent a few hours going over the hardware, install, and then made a bunch of dyno pulls. 

Appearance:


First look, the kit is an engineering masterpiece. CNC'd aluminum components are found everywhere. Custom molded silicone hoses fit perfectly and connect to a beautiful, huge, air-air FMIC that sits behind the front bumper. An 8 rib pulley system to eliminate belt slippage. The overall appearance is super clean and matches the styling of the car.

 

Performance:


I drove the car around town to test drivability and then took it for some high speed blasts. I can say the kit runs as good as it looks. After my street test, we strapped it to our Superflow chassis dyno and made numerous pulls. The car performed flawlessly and was extremely repeatable run to run.

 

 

 

 

The verdict:


Appearance, fitment, drivability, and performance. Normally you have to make a sacrifice somewhere, but this kit hit the mark with all aspects. This was all we needed to give Evolve a call and set ourselves up as a dealer/installer! 



-Mike

Date added: 10/18/2013 Evolve Supercharged E92 M3 vs F13 M6 and others

 

We attended a shoot out organised by Performance BMW Magazine that pitched modified BMW's against the new F13 M6. The magazine featuring this article is the July 2013 edition which is readable in PDF format below. 

 
30-130 MPH results on the day with claimed BHP by the car owners. The test was carried out at private runway with a positive (uphill) slope. The times should therefore be taken in context with the cars tested on the day. 
 
Evolve SC M3 600 BHP    11.3
 
Stock F13 M6                  11.8 
 
DMS E60 M5 590 BHP     13.6
 
ESS E39 M5 640 BHP      14.7
 
Ray West 1M 454 BHP    17.6
 
Bearing in mind that the new F13 M6 costs £100,000 we are pleased that you can build a car, in this case a E92 M3 DCT, which is faster than the new BMW flagship model for less than half the cost. No taking anything away from the new M6 though as it is a fantastic car out of the box. Imagine what some tuning will do for it!
 
Here are some pictures from the day taken by Steve Hall. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Date added: 10/04/2013 Review/Dyno Evolve Stage 2 ECU Remap Tune E9X M3

INTRODUCTION


I have always had such great interest in BMW Digital Motor Electronics (DME) tuning. As technology progressed, so has the complexity and intelligence of these DMEs. What has always amazed me were how there are an endless amount of maps all intertwined in a spiderweb of ways. What has always piqued my interest was that there are a few aftermarket tuners who have really honed the skill of calibrating these maps for better drivability, efficiency, and power. Many years ago, there was a time when there wasn’t really all that much to gain from tweaking these BMW DMEs. In some cases, you would be lucky to not lose power! With great innovations and forward strides in BMW tuning, expert tuners can now pull out very consistent and tangible power from the E9X M3 DME, the MSS60.

The E9X M3 is very responsive to a few simple bolt-ons, the most pertinent being the deletion of the primary cats. After installing my Evolve Automotive X-Pipe with 200cpsi cats, I knew I wanted to get a tune to not just turn off a pesky check engine light (CEL), but to further enhance the power and dynamics of the motor. With the drastic decrease in back-pressure from deleting the primary cats, I assumed that there was room for some proper VANOS tuning to further enhance and increase power and torque. Knowing that BMW designs their tunes to cater to a wild multitude of drivers, I figure that things may lean on the slightly conservative side. Being the power hungry individual that I am, I was hoping that slight tweaks in Air Fuel Ratio and Ignition Targets can help pull out a few ponies here and there.

Given my experience with Evolve Automotive when they helped me transform my E46 M3, I knew that by choosing them to work on my E90 M3 was going to be nothing short of a splendid experience. After getting their X-Pipe, I found it to be rather appropriate to get their tune as well.

PERSONAL REVIEW


Also knowing how intelligent the MSS60 DME is, I wasn’t expecting the most profound bump in power, especially relative to the drastic gains I felt with the Evolve Automotive X-Pipe. Despite that skeptical assumption, upon the first few hundred miles of driving, there was no doubt in mind a tangible difference in all regard.

I requested the following features:

8500RPM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
CEL Delete for Primary Cat Delete                                                                                                                                                                                        
Top Speed Governor Delete                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Cold Start Cycle Delete                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Servotronic Calibration                                                                                                                                                                                                          
93 Octane                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Sound - Believe it or not, there is a slight difference in auditory feedback from the motor and exhaust. With the Cold Start Cycle Delete, my exhaust is quiet upon first start up. What is very neat is how the motor sounds different as you go through the power range, both in full and partial throttle. My assumption is that this is because of the different VANOS calibration. In my opinion, it sounds more visceral and mechanical. Very enjoyable!

Servotronic - My car doesn’t have any options other than DCT. No MDM. No i-Drive. So I never really got the chance to experience different levels of Servotronic calibrations. When I saw that this was an option with the Evolve Automotive Tune, I was pretty excited because I didn’t really know what to expect. One of my annoyances with the Stock Servotronic Tune was that at slow speeds, the steering felt way too light and effortless. I prefer to have something that has a little more feedback and resistance. With the Evolve Automotive Servotronic Calibration, I found the car to feel like a sports car again! Steering is a tad tighter at slow speeds. At higher speeds, feedback and steering input is very linear and predictable.

Part Throttle - Upon initial tip in of the throttle from idle, response is very predictable and smooth. Transitioning between different degrees of throttle input is very linear. If I input 25% throttle, I feel like the motor is at 25%. If I increase it to 50%, I feel like there is a very nice 1:1 relationship between the throttle input and how the motor reacts. I find this beneficial for those that spend time on the track. Holding and controlling throttle at different loads is constantly going on. With the tune, I find things to simply be slightly less twitchy and more predictable. In all honesty though, the stock E90 M3 did not have bad throttle mapping to begin, I just find with the Evolve tune to be slightly more refined.

Full Throttle - I certainly noticed more power! Under 3000RPM, there is more urgency for the car to get up and going under full load. Example, when in a higher gear cruising in the highway, the motor certainly accelerates faster from a starting motor speed of 2000-2500RPM. This is for sure apparent when zipping around town and not always having that instinct nor time to downshift a few gears. Above 5000RPM, I feel is when the tune really starts to wake up. When I had the Evolve X-Pipe and Stock Tune, despite the huge improvement from Stock X-Pipe, I felt like it was losing momentum after 7000RPM. With the Evolve Tune, the pull is absolutely constant all the way to 8500RPM. As expected, all “flat” spots in the powerband were eliminated.

DYNO RESULTS


2009 BMW E90 M3 DCT
DynoJet248X at Dean's Performance, St. Charles, IL
4th Gear | 93 Octane
Evolve Automotive Stage 2 Tune
Evolve Automotive X-Pipe w/ 200cpsi Cats
Evolve Automotive DCT Software



SAE with AFR


UNCORRECTED with AFR


CONDITIONS


IGNITION


SAE - Evolve Automotive Stage 2 + X-Pipe vs 100% Stock

DYNO ANALYSIS


Looking at things from an overall perspective, take note of the changes in shape of the curve between the Evolve Tune and Stock Tune. Dips and flat spots are improved and in some cases removed all together. At the latter half of the powerband, the shape of the curve takes a bit of a steeper positive slope. I believe this truly depicts the feeling of not running out of steam on the higher end of the power band. Gains throughout the RPM can get as high as 18whp and 12wtq! AFRs are not too far off stabilized stock targets. The upper power band was leaned out ever so slightly. Ignition targets are really not changed all that much from the Stock Tune. I think at most it hit about 1-1.5º higher. I am assuming that majority of the gains are from proper VANOS tuning for the primary cat delete.



VIDEO


Keep in mind that this video was taken within the first 10-15 miles for flashing the car, so not much time for the car to adapt to the near targets. None the less, power and acceleration improvement were vastly improved! Car also had a full tank of gas and packed trunk!

 



OVERALL IMPRESSION


I am not disappointed by any means. With all the recent modifications I’ve done to the car recently, the Evolve Tune just gels it all together. Solely looking at power/torque enhancement at full throttle, the Evolve Automotive X-Pipe was more noticeable than their tune. But looking at the overall driving experience, the tune really smoothens and refines everything as a whole. The reason why I love ///M cars is because of the driving experience. Doesn’t have to be the fastest or quickest. Doesn’t have to be the highest horsepower reading. I just simply ask that it be fun to drive in every instance. The Evolve Automotive tune does just that with compromise! It makes the car more enjoyable with it’s improved drivability, neat features, and improved power.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this lengthy review and perusing through some of the dyno graphs and data. This review is based off about 250 miles of driving feedback. I will most certainly update when I find appropriate. My goal is to continually log data to see how the motor and tune work in conjunction and I’d also like to start doing some timed acceleration runs!

Date added: 09/02/2011 Fastest read/write of E9X M3 ECU with the evolve-R!

The latest update to our evolve-R software allows the quickest read and write process to the new model M3 available in the market place. Because of this, our unit is the only one that does not require a battery charger - though we still recommend it for any form of ECU writing.

We have more in the pipeline for the E9x M3 - stay tuned for more updates,

 

Evolve

Date added: 09/02/2011 Evolve-R code reading/clearing for E9x M3

We are happy to announce the latest update to the evolve-R software available for the E9X M3. Version 1.18 now offers code reading and clearing abilities. Exclusively available with the evolve-R package, this tuning suite is now one of the only in the world to offer such features.

The upgrade is absolutely FREE to all customers.

Date added: 05/09/2011 Evolver remote tuning tool launches

Welcome to Evolve Automotive USA! We are proud to announce the launch of Evolve Automotive in the USA. We look forward to serving our US & Canadian customers,

 

Best Regards

The Evolve Team

Date added: 04/20/2011 Latest international dealers

Our tuning products are now available internationally through the following approved dealers:

UK

Artech Tuning, Guilford, Surrey
t:  01483 808 786
e: sales@artech-tuning.co.uk

Car Evolution, Mobile, South M25
t: 07762 051 815

MDA Motorsport, Chester, Cheshire
t:  0151 355 2975
e: info@mda-motorsport.co.uk

Zensis, Llanharan, South Wales
t:  07890 473 280
e: support@zensis.co.uk

Taiwan

Evolve Taiwan, Tainan City
t:  886-913770173
e: evolve_tw@hotmail.com


Greece

Zefkas Motorsport, Greece, Athens
t:  +30 210 9418932

Coming Soon - Evolve Japan

Date added: 04/20/2011 Our YouTube channel - Evolve Automotive

Visit our YouTube channel by clicking on this link: Evolve Automotive

You can view a sample of the cars we have tuned and see how they performed on our dyno or what their new parts sounded like.

Date added: 04/20/2011 Evolve create the first UK Supercharged M3!
Evolve have completed the first GPower SKII Supercharger conversion in the UK. The Manual E92 M3 was fitted with a ASA T1-521 Supercharger, Carbon Intake Box and full titanium exhaust system and made 650BHP on our Dyno Dynamics dyno.
Date added: 04/20/2011 First Supercharged DCT M3

Evolve completed the first DCT GPower SKII Supercharger conversion in the UK.  This DCT E92 M3 was fitted with a ASA T1-521 Supercharger, Carbon Intake Box and full titanium exhaust system and made 606BHP on our Dyno Dynamics dyno.

See the video on the Evolve Automotive youtube channel

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