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06/06/2012    11:00 AM
COMMENTS: 184

Headed by former Brabham Racing employees, Alpha-N is a company focusing on the development of carbon body components in addition to the maintenance as of all BT vehicles (Brabham Racing). Their latest creation is the 1M RS (based on the BMW 1M coupe).

It features a ventilated carbon hood, front fascia add-on carbon lower spoilers, carbon roof, carbon luggage lid spoiler and a carbon rear fascia diffuser.

For engine performance, Alpha-N offers basic upgrades which consist of a remapped ECU, new air intake and exhaust system, all of which provide an addition 70 HP (51 kW / 69 bhp) over the serial 340 HP (250 kW / 335 bhp) for a total of 410 HP (302 kW / 404 bhp).

Other upgrades include a MAC high-performance braking system … CONTINUED

05/31/2012    5:00 PM
COMMENTS: 46

German car magazine Sport Auto hosts an annual event called the Tuner Gran Prix (or Tuner Wars as some call it). Nearly every major German car tuner attends, along with some smaller private teams. The atmosphere is more like a club racing event than a high stress professional race, with lots of rare and expensive cars thrown in!

Fastest car around the Hockenheimring track wins. And also they had a drifting challenge in the SACH’s curve right in front of the grand stands. It was a very cool event! Check out our coverage (by moderator Dackelone) inside.

05/31/2012    8:30 AM
COMMENTS: 40

South African Car Magazine Shootout episode pitted the BMW 1M versus the Audi RS3. Quattro grip versus M Power verve. See the results inside.

05/30/2012    11:30 AM
COMMENTS: 103

Bavaria Performance based in Munich, Germany has put together an impressive 135i to 1M conversion by way of the Prior Design 135i widebody kit and a full compliment of BMW Performance parts goodies and LCI facelift retrofit items.

The most interesting modification to us however, is the tachometer from the E90/E92 M3! Full list of modifications:

Prior 1er M Coupe front bumper
Prior 1er M Coupe rear bumper
Prior 1er M Coupe front fenders
Prior 1er M Coupe side skirts
Prior 1er M Coupe rear fender flares
BMW 1er M Coupe mirrors
BMW 1er M Coupe M359 matt black (what??)
BMW 1er M Coupe turn signals including black housing
BMW 1er M Coupe Emblem
BMW PERFORMANCE kidney grils
BMW PERFORMANCE performance kit
BMW PERFORMANCE Heckspoiler Carbon
BMW PERFORMANCE brakes
BMW PERFORMANCE seats
BMW PERFORMANCE e-brake lever/boot
BMW PERFORMANCE short shift kit
BMW PERFORMANCE … CONTINUED

05/29/2012    1:45 PM
COMMENTS: 32

BMW releases a new commercial focusing on the mantra for some of the latest current M models (F10 M5, 1M Coupe) and certainly for future models – high performance with efficient dynamics. Being able to have one’s cake and eat it too.

Their official message: Efficient dynamics, high performance, fuel efficiency; you can have it all when you drive a BMW M. Some people say it’s having your cake and eating it too. We say, it’s The Ultimate Driving Machine

05/24/2012    2:55 PM
COMMENTS: 53

Many M Flight members had the opportunity to attend the 2012 M Festival at the Nurburgring during the 24hr Race (18-20 May 2012), which celebrated BMW M’s 40th anniversary.

The first day started out for the group at Pentagon Car Sales in Ramstein-Miesenbach, which they set out from for the Nurburgring. Upon arriving at the Ring, all members parked their Ms in the M Parking Garage. The M Shuttle then brought the group to the M Gallery where they were received by Brian Watts (BMW M Worldwide Marketing manager), Sarah Wild (MC) and Claudia Hurtgen (BMW Motorsports race driver). Claudia gave the group a briefing on the upcoming M Corso parade where 180 M drivers paraded on around the entire ring. All attendees also received … CONTINUED

05/20/2012    11:10 AM
COMMENTS: 316

BMW enthusiasts and tuners gathered for the 2012 Bimmerfest event yesterday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

05/03/2012    6:10 PM
COMMENTS: 38

Steve Sutcliffe of Autocar gives us his thoughts on his BMW 1M coupe long term tester. It seems that the 1M coupe has grown on Sutcliffe over time as his review is glowing. Video inside.

05/01/2012    9:00 PM
COMMENTS: 70

The 2012 Eurofest took place this past weekend at the The New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey (where the Jets and Giants call home). Cars of all European makes and models were in attendance, but the scene appeared to be dominated by BMWs.

Check out the photo coverage inside, featuring hundreds of photos from the event.