Carbahn Autoworks

Stage 1, S63 High Performance Engine: F10 M5, F12 F13 F06 M6

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Stage 1, S63 High Performance Engine: F10 M5, F12 F13 F06 M6

Steve Dinan has been building high performance and racing engines for BMW’s since 1977, winning 11 racing championships including 3 prototype championships and two 24 Hours of Daytona. The same engine shop that builds the racing engines also builds the street car engines. These talented engineers, machinists, and builders have built hundreds of engines from OEM street rebuilds to full-blown racing engines.

From stock, the S63 engine is not designed for a large increase in boost. CARBAHN Autoworks has designed a high-performance engine to handle very high outputs by utilizing higher quality racing Carrillo connecting rods and forged CP pistons.

The stock engine’s compression ratio is relatively high due to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards which push for consistently higher fuel economy in cars and trucks. However, this increased compression limits engine performance with higher boost settings by decreasing the size of the fuel-air charge in the combustion chamber, forcing the ignition timing to retard far below MBT (Mean Best Timing, the theoretical optimal ignition timing). Therefore, the CARBAHN Autoworks S63 engine has 0.5 less compression to optimize the engine for the increased boost. In an emissions-legal street car, the lowered compression has the added benefit of reducing catalyst inlet temperatures and improved drive-ability on pump gas.


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