Thoughts and Notes About Our New M2C!

It’s hard to explain just how good this car is. Only 200 miles on the clock and it’s already my favorite non-Ferrari I’ve ever driven.

But I’ll try…. 

Just drove the M2C on my epic test road to the gym. I should be working out now, but I want to dump some more thought before they slip my mind:

1) I’ve said it before but the MDM mode is the best driving aid I’ve ever tested. On my entire drive to the gym (15 min or HARD driving), it never intervened once. And that includes fast bumpy corners that involve full throttle and opposite lock at exit. It knows when you have things under control by how much counter-steer you are dialing in. If it deems you a competent driver, it just lets you do your thing and never gets in the way. It never seems to moderate wheelspin at all. And when it thinks you screwed up, it still allows a few feet of rear axle slide before pulling in the reins. Shockingly good and I can’t wait for more vehicles to adopt these kinds of stability control strategies. I’m really looking forward to see how effective it will be when the car gets a tune and another 100hp.

2) I can say that, without a doubt, this is the best driving sports car I’ve ever driven under $150k. It is more fun, involving and dynamically honest than a (non-turbo or GT3) 991 which suffers from the same maladies as all rear engine 911s suffer from on the street: -too much rear grip and not enough power 
-a light front end that requires constant management when hauling ass on real (imperfect) roads.

3) The M2C reminds me of my old 987 Cayman S in terms of innate goodness. But with a more a more smile/drift inducing power plant and vastly superior traction control system (I always had to disabled it completely in the Cayman for any serious driving). The M2C also offers better visibility which positively contributes to driver confidence. The only thing the 987 did better than the M2C was offer more tactile steering feedback but that is to be expected when comparing hydraulic to electric assist. But when not comparing it to a car with one of the best steering feels I’ve experienced, the M2C is still surprisingly good and definitely better than the first gen M2 or any other modern BMW M car for that matter.

4) This is the only car I’ve driven, along with the 458, that simply doesn’t do anything poorly due to engineering compromise. As a result, there is nothing that requires fixing/tweaking. No suspension work to be done. No brake upgrades needed. Sure, more power would be nice. But if it wasn’t due to the nature of my job, I’d be perfectly with the current power level.

5) If you are considering a used 991, drive an new M2C. Hard. It provides slightly more utility and an honestly better driving experience. Dammit, I sound like I should be on BMWs payroll. If you told me a few months ago that there is a modern M car that I would actually like, I wouldn’t believe it. But it’s true. And it’s strength really don’t become obvious until you are pushing it right up to its limit. Which unfortunately means that most people will never realize it. But kudos to BMW for actually building a car for drivers and not posers.

F80 M3 Competition – More development, more results!

Tuning a car that is an already hot-rodded version of the M3 (M3 Competition) still yields plenty of gains; despite the healthy stock baseline.

New OFT Stg1 v2.2 tunes are killer. Smooth, progressive and powerful!

Thank you to Christopher Evan Lam for allowing us to use his car for additional testing for the greater good! This car is still 100% stock hardware with ONLY an ECU tune -> SMOG COMPLIANT!

Strapped to the Dyno @ Wicked1 Racing
Stage 1 v2.2 Results (M3 Competition Pack) = Smooth delivery

Initial Dev’: 2016+ Toyota Tacoma OpenFlash Tablet –

Well, we never considered we’d be entering the truck market, but as the saying goes “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean

In the recent past we’d picked up a 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD truck for typical day-to-day Openflash Performance Inc. operations.

Like most vehicles in our stable, we just couldn’t leave ‘well enough’ alone! The ‘can we tune it?’ bug got a-hold of us.

Whats nice is that using our programming tools, the P5 CAN is completely readable/writeable. No need for virtual reading required with this platform! Nice!

With that — we’re getting to work on .xdf creation:

Some additional photos of our truck!

Openflash Tablet programmable, free off-the-shelf tunes for life, and affordable? — This is going to be great!

Please use our contact form at the top of this page, or email sales@openflashperformance.com for more details!

F10 M5 Competition Package Results

Anthony and I spent a good bit of time on the dyno yesterday finalizing the Stg 1 tunes for our F10 M5. Interesting to note that the aftermarket exhaust didn’t improve power on our 2015 M5 with Competition Package. But it did save ~50lbs and improved sound which is always a nice thing. Keep in mind that this car is still running OEM downpipes/catalysts. I like my cars (and air) clean so going cat-less was not an option. All testing done on 91oct fuel.

The fun really started when we remapped the ECU. We developed two version of OFT Stage 1: One with Full Torque and one with Flat Torque. The Full Torque version is just that, a tune that provides generous torque in the low end and midrange. We still limited peak torque to 585lb-ft which is a reflection on our restraint since the car is capable of producing much more at the expense of repeatability and excessive engine stress.

But it’s the Flat Torque version of the tune which is novel. We purposely limited torque to stock-like torque levels. But keep it flat as possible throughout the rev range. This was still worth a nearly 100whp gain over stock. The nice thing about this Flat Torque tune is that it feels really rev happy, predictable, and easy to drive on the road. Almost as if it had a naturally aspirated engine. It begs to be revved out and feels repeatable pull after pull. Compared the more traditional Full Torque tune, this tune feels like you can beat on it all day and it will never miss a beat. Engine sounds and feels unstressed which always encourages hooliganism

M3/4 F8x OpenFlash Tablet Development

We recently purchased our own F10 M5 Competition Package and have been burning the midnight oil. Which means that the OFT for the F series M cars is only a few weeks from public release. Price for the OFT has yet to be determined. But it will include:

-OpenFlash Tablet (v2) handheld
-Free unencrypted off-the-shelf tune files (Stage 1, 2 and 3)
-Free user tuning software with definition files

Custom E-Tuning service will also available for those who want a more vehicle specific calibration.

Screenshot of the OpenFlash tuning software (courtesy of Tuner Pro):

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