Prior to winning the ALMS race at Road America yesterday in the M3 GT race car with co-driver Bill Auberlen, J
For the third time in four seasons of American Le Mans Series competition, BMW Team RLL saw one if its BMW M3 GTs cross the Road America (US) finish line first to win the four-hour Road America Road Race Showcase. While the DTM event at the Nürburgring (DE) provides the back drop for the “40 Years of BMW M” celebrations this weekend, BMW Team RLL made the perfect birthday present by claiming GT victory in the sixth round of the ALMS.
On Saturday it was Bill Auberlen … CONTINUED
No braking company has more panache all-around than AP Racing, not even Brembo. The Brembo Group purchased AP Racing (formerly Lockheed/AP founded in 1919) in 1999, yet each still operate separately today. Brembo’s headquarters are in Italy and AP is in England.
Both compete against each other in nearly all global racing series, with some mildly applied rules for OE accounts. Brembo is better equipped to handle the larger production runs (like Porsche, Mercedes, Nissan, Hyundai, Ford, GM, etc.) with factories in many countries, while AP Racing … CONTINUED
BMW has issue a service bulletin (SIB / TSB) which will allow dealers across the country to reprogram / code all BMW models with the Auto Start-Stop feature so that the system defaults to the “Last User mode” (last used setting) the next time that the car is turned on. Check out auto start stop SIB 12 15 12 inside.
VS Motorsports shows us the full installation process of an ESS VT Supercharger on the E92 M3. You won’t have to wait hours to see the process from beginning to end however, as the visuals have been truncated through a nice time lapse video. The ESS VT2-625 supercharger system features a Vortech V3 supercharger unit. It boosts the E90/E92 M3 up to 625 HP / 410 ft-kb torque @ 7.0 PSI. Actual install time is an estimated 8-14 hours.
Full system components include: … CONTINUED
The very first M3 M Performance Edition produced has been sighted. Seen in the UK recently was this Frozen Japan Red M3. Just 30 of these M3 M Performance Edition models were ever made and this was the very first of the 30 to be produced. This special edition M3 was offered exclusively for the UK market at a price of £74,080.
The M3 M Performance Edition was announced in May, together with the M5 M Performance Edition.
Showcasing BMW Individual, these M Performance Editions brought three new … CONTINUED
Although the M3 handles well in the wet for a high performance car, it cannot defy the laws of physics and is susceptible to the whims of mother nature.
This video is proof. It shows an M3 careening out of control over multiple lanes on the rain soaked highways of Taiwan.
Luckily no one was seriously hurt after the M3 crashes and rolls, but it’s a serious reminder to use caution when driving in the wet.
July 29th, 2012 was the 32nd Annual BMW Seattle Concours d’Elegance & Heritage Picnic at Cedar River Park. The show, along with music, arts & crafts and many other family activities were all be part of the IKEA Renton River Days festival annual event. BMW Seattle Concours d’Elegance presents part of the history and beauty that make up the heritage of BMW. It is a special day for BMW enthusiasts of all levels to come together and enjoy each other
Follow this widebody E90 M3 build, being built by Martino Auto Concepts for M3POST member Kiemyster. Here is a breakdown of the phases planned for this M3.
Phase 1: (completed)
Front/rear camera + media module
Digital HD blackbox
Quad Laser Jammers
V1 w/Colored Concealed Display
RDSport Corsa Front Bumper
Arkym AeroRace One CF Rear Bumper
Gloss Black hood vent surround
Phase 2: (in progress)
Full steel construction rear widebody
Phase 3: (future modifications)
Big Brake Kit
Phase 4: (future … CONTINUED
The BMW M3 versus the Focus ST? Not your usual comparo, but Ford uses the M3 as a prop to make a point in its latest Focus ST commercial. Well, at least they concede on the performance comparison.
BMW Group remains on successful course in second quarter
- New record figures for sales volume and revenues
- Second-best quarterly earnings in the company’s history
- Profit before financial result amounts to € 2.27 billion
- Automotive Segment second-quarter EBIT margin of 11.6%
- BMW Group reaffirms targets for financial year 2012
Munich. The BMW Group continued its success during the second quarter as well as in the six-month period to June 2012, achieving new record figures for sales volume and revenues and the second-best Group operating profit in the company’s … CONTINUED
The 2014 M3 (F80) prototype which was spotted in Los Angeles this past weekend has made its way into the California Mojave Desert’s Death Valley for high temperature testing.
With high temperature testing always comes the removal of some front end camouflage, necessary to increase the prototypes’ air intake and cooling; which makes us the indirect beneficiaries of ever better looks at an exposed front end.
Yesterday’s F80 M3 spy pics (some copied below) gave us the best idea yet of the lines and shape of the front … CONTINUED
On July 21, 2012 the M Owners Club of Indonesia (MOCI) had their monthly event in Bandung, attended by 20+ M cars – ranging from 1Ms, M3s, E60 & F10 M5s, and M6. Seen at the event were many updates to members’ cars like a CRT front lip on the frozen gray M3, a couple done up 1Ms, and a 12″ ADV.1 on E90 M3. Looking forward for the next event! Video by Aryo and photos by Leonard of LEONARD ADAM Photography.
A European 1M and M cars mega meet recently took place at the Magny-Cours Circuit on July 18, 2012.
In all, a total of 18 1M coupes and 50 BMW M cars were in attendance. Check out some photos and video from the event inside.
Check out the new M and M Performance displays at the BMW Welt in this epic photo thread.
BMW tuner Alpha-N has released photos and some specs for their Alpha-N BMW M3 Coupe.
On the power front, a combination of a software ECU tune, a Dinan carbon fiber air intake, carbon fiber airbox cover and air intake snorkels, and an Akrapovic exhaust system manages to add 30hp the M3′s power figure.
The Alpha-N aero kit makes ample use of carbon fiber, with a CF front spoiler lip with brake cooling vents (by RKP), CF rear diffuser (by Varis), and CF rear spoiler wing (by RKP). The … CONTINUED
Great feature video covering the VS Motorsports GTS-4 E92 M3 coupe racer competing in the Autobahn Country Club NASA GTS-4 race.
Watch as VS Motorsports owner (and driver of the M3) pilots the VS GTS-4 M3 with one hand bound in a cast.
See how the new BMW M color San Marino Blue (on the M6 convertible) compares to the Interlagos Blue of the M3 coupe. San Marino Blue is currently an M-only color for the F13 M6 coupe and F12 M6 convertible. Interlagos Blue has been an M-only color for the E90/E92 M3.
The two colors are close, both being a mix of blue and purple, but it’s clear that the San Marion Blue is the brighter of the two colors. Thanks to John for the photos.