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  •   Mark Dixon reacted to this post about 2 years ago
    / BMW / PIERS’ #BMW-E30 / #BMW-328i-Touring / #BMW-328i-Touring-E30 / #BMW-328i-E30 / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-E30 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E30

    In my first Our Cars article I did say that the E46 was going be the one car to do it all. Well late last year the stars aligned and the stable grew by two. My midlife crisis. Another BMW estate and a Peugeot 106 GTi. One could say an odd couple, especially for a 45-year-old father of three!

    The 106 is possibly as much fun as you can have in a front-wheel-drive car on a twisty road. As it was built for sprints and hill climbs one would hope so! Twink, as it has been dubbed, shares garage space with “Lucy,” a car I can write about in this mag.

    An E30 estate is a lovely thing… What lies beneath the square ’90s lines is what makes this deceptive car special. Lucy was built over eight years by a man who remained absolutely focussed on building a car which has hidden depths, a sleeper, or the description I prefer, a Q-car. At first glance, while may think “tidy E30 estate” it is when you look closer that you begin to notice irregularities. Bucket seats, a pair of Pole Positions, a Personal steering wheel in suede surrounded by buttons, buttons which control… oh… the digi dash and data logger? The Samsonas shifter standing proud on the transmission tunnel, signalling intent.

    WMS four-pots in grey hide behind the black #BBS standard wheels and the work continues with all of the bits you can’t see. Pop the bonnet and the bay is clean, not VAG builder clean, but tidy, and home to an M52 with additional cooling for water and oil to allow hard work and abuse. The underside of the car is a sight to behold: stripped, cleaned, resealed and comprehensively upgraded. Reinforcing, castor, camber, control from harder bushings and mounts. Lucy was been built to deceive but ultimately for speed.

    I am lucky to own a car which has been modified to such a high level. I now take over the baton and there are always things to do. The number plate was my first mod and is part of the reason for “the fridge” as she was known in the past being dubbed “Lucy”. She has one and is a bit of a drug!

    The next mod was refinishing the two sets of wheels the car came with. One black for the road and British Racing Green for the 888s and the track! Again, Trestan did the job and I couldn’t be happier! I did also look for a set of flash wheels and went for Fifteen52’s Formula TRs in 8x16” all-round. Being a complete newbie in regards to buying wheels I came unstuck; these wheels fi t a standard E30 perfectly and IMO look great but a small issue that wasn’t factored in when buying them was the four-pot calipers! It is a lesson I will only have to learn once and Fifteen52 UK’s Rich has been great about sorting things out for me and my error. I can’t praise their customer service enough!

    Things for the immediate future are repairing the Bedouin tent of a roof lining and new pads; another 100hp would make Lucy pretty much perfect but that is a different issue altogether… Does anyone have a cheap #S54 ?

    Personal steering wheel and Samsonas shifter
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    Black BBSs for road, green for track and #Fifteen52 s because why not?

    Rear brace helps keep things stiff.
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  •   Hunter Skipworth reacted to this post about 3 years ago
    PIERS’ #BMW-E46 / #BMW-330i-Touring / #BMW-330i-Touring-E46 / #BMW-330i-E46 / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-E46 / #BMW-3-Series-Touring / #BMW-3-Series-Touring-E46 / #BMW

    Autumn reminds me of the lyrics: “Years slip away and I get older, leaves hit the ground and it gets colder” (Jungle Brothers – Beyond This World). I only have a simple update for you this month but it’s important! One Sunday the car didn’t start! No sparks, nothing, dead as the perverbial dodo! I live on a hill and the car is a manual so once we pushed the old girl off the drive we got rolling and a bump start later we were on our way. On Tuesday the weather turned colder and the same thing happened. It always surprises me how heavy steering and brakes are without the assistance!

    I decided to buy a new battery at Euro Car Parts to hopefully cure the problem. The one I removed looked like the original BMW one so after 13 years of service it was probably time for it to go to battery heaven. I bought a #Bosch-S4-008 model costing £108 and the sockets required are a 10mm, a 13mm and a Phillips screwdriver. I took the negative terminal off first, pulled the old battery out, put the new one in (not forgetting to transfer and reconnect the vent tube) and that was it! The car starts much more easily now and everything seems brighter but maybe that’s just my imagination! Next month things will get interesting as the modifications start in earnest: coilovers, top mounts, reinforcement plates, anti-roll bars, strut brace and more… much more!
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  •   Elizabeth reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    BIG IMPACT #BMW

    With a whole lot of everything going on, this supercharged #BMW-E93 M3 on slick wheels with custom interior is a killer build.

    Words: Patrick Holness / Photos: Anna Taylor With big wheels, bold looks and plenty of supercharged power, this E93 M3 makes a big impression wherever it goes.



    There is a palpable level of excitement that gets you every time you see a well-executed car that has been meticulously sorted and modified. A car so well fashioned the minor details have details. Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you’ve managed to refrain from using social media, Danny Pessoa’s E93 M3 is that car. It begs the question, is it possible to improve the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine?’.

    Affectionately referred to by Danny as ‘Anna-Bella’ (Anna named after his wife, bella the Italian word for beauty, which both of his ladies possess), this car is absolutely splendid. Danny has crafted his E93 M3 to be nothing short of stunning, picturesque, and a work of art.

    Perhaps if you live Stateside you’ve seen her in the metal – Danny has taken every opportunity to show it off at just about all the major shows in the north east. The car has certainly lived up to the hype taking first place in multiple categories at each show. Regardless of the trophies and accolades he does it out of love for the scene. He is one of the cool guys, not afraid to share wheel specs or quote the price of a car part. His laid back and humble attitude makes him approachable and creates the basis for endless car talk. Perhaps this would explain why he has so many followers on IG.

    Let’s shift gears a bit to see how Danny got here. Like many of us the car bug bit him as a child. Growing up, Matchbox, Hot Wheels and the like were some of his favourite toys and his folks jokingly say ‘carro’ was amongst his first words. Once he reached driving age there was one brand and one car in particular that did it for him, the E46 M3. The power, the look, and the straight-six soundtrack lured him in and he vowed that one day he’d be an M owner. Fast forward some years later and Danny was able to purchase an Alpine white E46 M3. Ownership started off simply with wheels and suspension, and before you knew it he was a happy camper. Fueled with passion for modifying cars, Danny soon found himself chasing the next piece of machinery. A little reluctant he decided it was time to part ways with his E46 M3. With cash in hand, Danny was on the hunt for a new project, something more modern.

    He test-drove an E92 335i and was sold. This car started its life like his first project, with wheels, suspension, exhaust, M Sport bumpers, and other custom pieces. “I enjoyed the car, it was great but I missed the M3,” Danny admits and he soon found himself surfing the internet in search of an E93 M3. He had specific requirements this time around; this time it had to be white with a red interior, convertible top and manual transmission. Criteria set, Danny found himself glued to his smart phone searching numerous car sites every free moment he had. This went on for six months and while many examples popped up, they weren’t right. As luck would have it his search eventually led to a 2009 example that met his requirements. A phone call was made to the dealership and Danny found himself making the five-hour drive from New Jersey to West Virginia and wasted no time making it his.


    With his new car and a big grin on his face, he stopped by to see friend and owner of AMS Autowerks, Diogo Azevedo. Danny was looking for a set of Rotiform wheels to fill the M3’s arches, initially planning a fresh set of rims and suspension and leaving things there… On the wheel front he treated the M3 to a set of 19” TMBs, measuring a mighty 10” up front and 12” at the rear, initially in a brushed finish, followed by brushed red and finally black.

    For the suspension, Danny turned to Air Lift for an air-ride kit. Attempting to squeeze the massive rear wheels under the E93’s arches, even ones as ample as the M3’s, is no mean feat. Diogo and his crew had to pull the rear quarters out by 2” to get the perfect stance and allow them to tuck under the arches when aired out. As you can see, the TMBs are gone and in their place are a set of gorgeous 20” INDs finished in rose copper, though they’re the same width as the 19s so no further arch work was required.

    The body received a Mode Carbon front lip, side splitters, rear diffuser, side vents and Motorsport wing on the OEM bootlid, but Danny couldn’t make his mind up about the spoiler so Anna-Bella currently has a carbon fibre CSL bootlid and he alternates between the two different sets of wheels and bootlids. Headlights and tail-lights received attention as well, the former being sent to Lightwerkz for a blacked-out finish while the tail-lights were swapped for all-red items: “The car was looking great,” says Danny, “but I wanted more power…”

    With this in mind, over the winter a complete exhaust system from Active Autowerke was installed before he purchased a Gintani Stage II supercharger kit. This intercooled setup uses a Vortech V3 Si Trim blower fed by a sexy carbon fibre intake and runs at between 7-7.5psi to whip up a 650hp storm, backed up by 420lb ft of torque, giving Danny all the performance he could want. “The first time I drove it, it felt like a race car!” he grins. “I said ‘oh s**t this car is fast!’” he adds with a chuckle.

    With the engine work done, Danny focused his attention on the interior and boot. He commissioned Ryan from Exact Art to sort out the interior details and he has covered nearly every inch of the car in Fox red leather or Alcantara. The result really is a work of art.


    The steering wheel was also upgraded to a carbon fibre item, and the front factory seats were replaced with Recaro CS Sport seats which were also trimmed in matching Fox red leather. Carbon fibre was integrated into the doorcards, dash, and rear passenger headrests while a custom harness bar was fabricated and colour-matched by AMS Autowerks to accommodate the Sabelt harnesses. The doorcards received attention as well and they include the same hex arrow stitching that is inlaid in the seats. The roof has been lined with Alcantara and the floor mats have been trimmed in white to match the exterior.


    In today’s scene a proper boot install is almost a must, and Danny’s M3 delivers on that front. The air tank for the air-ride has been colour-matched to the car and custom Fox red leather straps add the finishing touch, while leather and Alcantara adorn pretty much every surface. New factory stickers were also ordered to replace those that had to be removed and special homage was paid to Johnny Walker with a crafty Blue Label setup. In total the interior and boot work took over 200 man-hours and deprived Danny of his car for nine months, but it was most definitely worth it. So, is it possible to improve the Ultimate Driving Machine? Unequivocally the answer is yes. Danny’s car is nothing short of a modern masterpiece and one that both he and everyone else can get an immense amount of pleasure from.

    Stunning custom interior and boot build took over 200 hours and nine months to complete but was worth it.

    This project is not all about looks – #Gintani Stage II supercharger kit makes 650hp and 420lb ft of torque.

    DATA FILE BMW Supercharged #BMW-E93 M3 / #BMW-M3 / #BMW-M3-E93 / #BMW-M3-Supercharged-E93 / #BMW-M3-Supercharged /

    ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION 4.0-litre #V8 #S65B40 / #S65 / #BMW-S65 / #S65-Supercharged / carbon intake, #Gintani-Stage-II supercharger, #Active-Autowerke exhaust, six-speed manual gearbox.

    CHASSIS 10x20” (front) and 12x20” (rear) #Rotiform IND threepiece splits in #Rose-Copper , #AirLift Performance airride with V2 management, carbon strut brace.

    EXTERIOR Mode Carbon front lip, side splitters, Motorsport wing, side vents, and rear bumper diffuser, CSL carbon fibre bootlid, rear quarters pulled 2”, #LightWerkz custom headlights, all-red rear lights.

    INTERIOR OEM M3 carbon steering wheel, dash, doorcards, centre console and rear headrest trimmed in carbon fibre, Fox red leather dash, seats, doorcards with hex arrows stitching, Alcantara roof and convertible top cover, custom harness bar for Sabelt harness, Recaro CS Sport seats, floor mats trimmed in white, colour-matched air tank with custom leather straps, boot trimmed in Fox red leather and Alcantara, bottle of Johnny Walker Blue and glasses in boot.

    THANKS My wife for all of her love and support.

    The first time I drove it, it felt like a race car! I said ‘oh sheet this car is fast!’ Danny Pessoa.
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