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Photoshoot: Dedicated Track BMW M3

09/11/2011 at 11:35 AM
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The factory spec M3 feels right at home on the street or the track, but there’s always room for owners to customize it to become an even sharper track tool, such as this dedicated track-spec M3 owned by M3POST member wwjd15.

The melbourne red M3 features an array of track enhancement parts — front lip with functioning support rods, high rear wing spoiler for added downforce, lightweight Volk racing wheels, rollcage, Recaro racing seats, coilovers, and exhaust system.

Check out the beautiful professional photos … CONTINUED

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AC Schnitzer will be debuting their latest models at next week’s Frankfurt IAA, and one of them will be their 6 series convertible.

It’s based on the 650i, but the power has been tuned up significantly to 540hp (from standard 407hp). These gains come from an ECU tune and a new exhaust system.

Cosmetic enhancements include a new front spoiler lip, radiator grille, and rear apron.

Brakes have been upgraded with new 8 piston calipers in front. The car has been lowered with Schnitzer springs and sit on 21″ … CONTINUED

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Here’s one of the first reviews of the BMW 335i Performance Edition Retrofit Kit, which is a factory tune which retains the factory warranty. Horsepower increase from 300 to 320, torque increase from 300 to 317ft-lbs for a manual transmission, and to 332 for automatic transmission. This all results in 0.2 seconds faster acceleration time than the standard factory model from 80 to 100 km/h and 0.5 seconds faster acceleration time than the standard factory model from 80 to 120km/h. The Performance Edition … CONTINUED

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German tuning company, CLP Automotive, has unveiled its BMW M3 GT Interceptor, based off the M3 GTS. The CLP M3 GT features upgrades all around – aerodynamics, power, and handling.

The M3 GT Interceptor features a widebody kit with carbon fiber front bumper, hood, fenders with brake cooling vents, sideskirts, widened quarter panels/fenders, rear bumper, and high spoiler. The CLP Interceptor widebody kit alone is priced at 8,880 EUR.

To match its new go-faster look, the CLP M3 GT gets extra power via a G-power supercharger and Akrapovic … CONTINUED

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We’ve posted the best sound/video clip and photos yet of the F10 M5 safety car, showing off its M5 Akrapovic exhaust standing still and at launch. Videos and photos are courtesy of 5POST member Bmill, who was one of the lucky VIP in attendance at the BMW M Experience at the Indy MotoGP this past weekend.

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Eisenmann’s long-anticipated BMW 1M exhaust system has now been released and 1ADDICTS member biglare’s 1M is the first lucky 1M to make use of the Eisenmann Race downpipe back system. Shortly after landing in IND’s warehouse, the 1M exhaust prototype box made it’s way to San Diego, the exhaust system made it’s way out of the box and finally Eisenmann’s 83mm tips made their way under biglare’s 1M’s beautiful rear valence. Check out the first video clips and photos inside.

APP Tunes 1M Coupe to 410hp

09/01/2011 at 12:30 PM
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Advanced Performance Parts (APP) joins the bevy of tuners having a crack at tuning the BMW 1M coupe. At the heart of the tuning package is an ECU software tune, larger intercooler and lightweight titanium exhaust, combining to produce an estimated 410hp (up from the standard 340 hp). The titanium exhaust also shaves 50% off the weight of the factory exhausts.

Handling is enhanced with KW V3 coilovers with DDC, which can be controlled via an iPhone app! Stopping power is increased with a set of Movit … CONTINUED

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Our coverage of M cars from this weekend’s BMW M Experience at the Indianapolis MotoGP continues with the first exhaust clips of the F10 M5 safety car showing off its badass Akropovic exhaust system, the production F10 M5, and some more 1M safety car pics.

The videos below were taken during the M5 safety car’s police escorted drive from the race track to downtown Indianapolis, where it was shown off to BMW M Experience VIPs and passerbys.

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We’ve updated with even more photos of the F10 M5 safety car, official safety car of the MotoGP, which is making its debut this weekend to M VIP at the Indianapolis MotoGP race.

The new photos feature the M5 safety car posing on the race track, as well as some pics from the police escort it received from the track to downtown Indianapolis. It drew quite a crowd in front of the hotel as you can see!

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The Indianapolis MotoGP race takes places this weekend and BMW is putting on a BMW M Experience for a lucky group of 50 M enthusiasts who have signed up for the event, which starts today and ends Sunday.

Besides the special access to the MotoGP race and paddocks, BMW will be providing these enthusiasts with hot laps in M safety cars driven by M school instructors, as well as a personal presentation of the F10 M5 sedan by M executives. They will also get the world’s first … CONTINUED

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Biglare took to the track with his modified BMW 1M coupe at OCRC for some evaluation of the performance enhancements from his ESS tune, KW V3 coilovers, Eisenmann Race full exhaust, HRE P43S wheels, and Toyo Proxes 1 Tires. His evaluation and some nice video and photos from the session can be found inside.

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This may not be the very first 3-series to M3 conversion we’ve had on BIMMERPOST, but M3 conversions are always unique and interesting to see. This particular build features a beautiful custom Ferrari Girigio Silverstone paint and several other custom touches. It was recently featured in BMW Performance Magazine, so check out the build details and photos inside.

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RevoZport claims a weight reduction of 60kg (132lb) from the entire kit, which is no insignificant amount of weight saved. It improves the 1M coupe’s power-to-weight ratio from 9.8lb/hp to 9.36lb/hp. Parts list, details, photos, and pricing are detailed below.

Front Grill
Lightweight Hood
Front Splitter
Front Splitter Brake Duct Kit
Side Skirt
Lightweight Trunk
Trunk Lip Spoiler
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The first dyno results and review of the ESS Directflash Stage 1 flash tune for the BMW 1M coupe are in. Based on using the standard 15-18% drivetrain loss the car stock is making about 370 HP and the stage 1 tune is making about 410 HP. Stage 2 of their tune is in the works. Dyno graphs and more feedback from member biglare can be seen inside.

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Feature video for the Active Autowerke and M.A.C. E92 M3 coupe builds that we previously featured. Check out the live footage of the unique Reventon and Ithaca Green colored M3s inside.

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AC Schnitzer’s development of a BMW 1M coupe tuning program is underway. They join tuners such as Revozport, Kelleners Sport, TechTec, and others who have sought to put their own custom touches on the small monster M. That so many tuners are developing parts for a short run car such as the 1M coupe is a testament to its appeal as a true enthusiasts’ car.

GTspirit was recently invited to AC Schnitzer’s design and work shop to observe head designer Michele Vindante working on the AC Schnitzer … CONTINUED

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Revozport, the manufacturer of functional and cosmetically enhancing aero parts for high end vehicles the likes of Ferraris and Lamborghinis, has announced the development of a complete aero kit for the BMW 1M coupe.

The carbon fiber kit will include a full set of body replacement and add-on parts, including:
Front splitter with integrated brake cooling ducts
Light weight hood with functional cooling vents
Complete carbon replacement roof (stick-on also available)
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Track Inspired E92 M3 Build by WSTO

07/21/2011 at 3:46 PM
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WSTO assembled this customized track-inspired M3 for a customer to serve the dual purpose of road and track warrior. The customer had a shopping list of parts which included both cosmetic and performance related enhancements, and the result is certainly eye catching.

The final build included the following modifications:

- Eisenmann RACE with Challenge x pipe.
- Custom painted front grilles in matching alpine white
- Side grilles and the inside of the mirror caps painted in MAG Blue
- MAG Blue 18″ TE37 wrapped … CONTINUED