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04/22/2012    7:00 PM
COMMENTS: 139

All over the world enthusiasts collect 1:18 and 1:43 scale models of vehicles that define their own personal love for automobiles. Their collections shed light on the dream cars that they aspire to own someday. An M3POST member decided to take the model/racecar he loved and make it for real, based on the Kurt Thiim 1988 Race Car.

Here’s his full mod list:

S52 Swap w/ OBD 1 Conversion
Full Custom Precision Sport Exhaust and RD Sport RHD Headers
Euro 3.5 HFM w/ 24 lb injectors
Custom Active Autowerke tuning
3M Matte Black Complete Wrap
3M Matte DTM Livery w/ Custom Cut Matte Decals and Lambo Pearl Yellow Striping
17 inch Hartge 3 piece Wheels
TC Kline Racing SA Coliover Suspension
RECARO Pole Position Seat

04/18/2012    5:15 PM
COMMENTS: 45

Here is some footage of Alpina’s B3 GT3 limited edition (of 99), which is based on the Alpina B3 S Bi-Turbo, but with 8 more HP. Re-designing sections of the exhaust system and installing a new enhanced Akrapovic rear silencer increased output in the B3 GT3 by this 8 HP. The direct petrol injected N54 engine delivers a total power output of 408hp at 6000rpm and 540Nm of torque at 4500rpm.

The Alpina B3 GT3 sprints from 0-62mph (0-100kmh) 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 192mph (309kmh), which the driver, Sport Auto’s test drive editor Christian Gebhardt, hits in this video.

See also inside for our coverage of the B3 GT3 from the 2012 Geneva auto show.

04/17/2012    12:15 PM
COMMENTS: 68

German tuner Tuningwerk transforms the already potent 1M Coupe into a 514hp monster, which they’ve dubbed the Tuningwerk 1M RS.

What they’ve done with the factory 335hp / 332lb-ft N54 engine is given it a ECU tune, modified its turbos, customized cooling system with additional secondary cooler, and replaced factory exhaust with custom titanium exhaust system. This all works to produce 514hp (521PS) and 453 lb-ft torque (614Nm) (from 2800 RPM). Top speed is 186mph.

Its transmission now has a 3.25 ratio (with 3.45 ratio available) and the 1M RS also features a locking differential with a Drexler lock, as well as a new clutch (with a racing clutch offered as an option).

The 1M RS sits on lower and stiffer club sport suspension with optional H&R lightweight stabilizer … CONTINUED

04/13/2012    5:28 PM
COMMENTS: 62

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04/13/2012    2:20 PM
COMMENTS: 261

Powerbeast’s 1M coupe is no stranger to attention, having been featured as one of our BMWs of the month recently. But, it’s about to get as much attention as an 1M coupe can, having donned a Dakar Yellow coat as its newest wardrobe choice.

Dakar Yellow was last offered by BMW as a standard color for the Z3 M roadster/coupe but we still see it from time to time on late model BMWs from enthusiasts looking to give their cars a unique color, either by ordering it via BMW Individual or painting/wrapping in the aftermarket. HERE are some examples – mostly M3s.

Now for the details. Here’s the official specs/modifications list for Powerbeast’s 1M:

2011 BMW 1M

Dakar Yellow
BMW Performance Seat… CONTINUED

04/12/2012    10:30 PM
COMMENTS: 83

We’ve seen all variety of frozen (matte) colors on BMWs since the trend started a couple of years ago, but this is the first time we’ve seen it in one of our favorite BMW blues of all time – Estoril Blue.

What makes this color on the car even more unique is that it wasn’t achieved with a vinyl wrap, which has been the preferred method for applying a matte color to a car, but was actually a full respray of the car.

Other modifications on this M3 include:

Modifications
- VF Engineering VF620 Supercharger System
- Custom Matte Estoril Blue Paint by C&C Collision
- RPI X-Pipe/Exhaust System
- Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber GTS3 Front Bumper
- Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber Aero Boot Lid
- Vorsteiner Aero Rear … CONTINUED

04/12/2012    1:05 PM
COMMENTS: 27

Manhart Racing has unveiled its new MH5 S Biturbo tuning program for the BMW M5 (F10).

The first stage tuning package breathes more power into the M5′s bi-turbo 4.4L V8 S63Tu engine by pushing it 624hp (633 PS / 466 kW) and 575 lb-ft (780 Nm) of torque. This is an increase of +72hp (73 PS / 54 kW) and 74 lb-ft (100 Nm) over factory.

Yet to come will be even more powerful stages which will produce 661hp (670 PS / 493 kW) and 725hp (735 PS / 541 kW). Full details are not yet released, but you can bet on changes to the F10 M5′s turbochargers, downpipes and exhaust system to achieve these monstrous figures.

As for other performance upgrades, Manhart will offer an adjustable coilover suspension … CONTINUED

04/12/2012    10:50 AM
COMMENTS: 49

How’s this for kicking off the racing history for the F30 3 series sedan. South African based ADF Motorsport team successfully took a brand new F30 3 Series racing car [more info/photos] to its first-ever race victory, in its very first race! The victory came at the Killarney race circuit in Cape Town, South Africa, in a WesBank Super Series race which features Bridgestone Production Cars Class A race cars. Congrats to the ADF team!

Ian McLaren of carmagblog provided us this account of the race, along with his experience from being a part of the pit crew.

04/11/2012    9:30 PM
COMMENTS: 85

We’ve previously featured an Atacama Yellow M3 sedan and now here’s the first E93 M3 convertible in Atacama Yellow.

Atacama yellow is currently only available on the Z4 and must be ordered as a BMW Individual color for any other models, including the M3. The yellow looks great against the contrasting carbon fiber and black aero piece and wheels. Check out the full set of photos inside.