- Post is under moderationPOWER UP Hardcore, supercharged E46 330Ci
What was once a stock 330Ci has now evolved into a supercharged, track-focussed monster. Words: Elizabeth de Latour Photos: Viktor Benyi.
’CHARGED BMW E46 330Ci Track-focussed full-on build…
Supercharging a “lesser” model of BMW is something that a lot of people don’t really understand. “Why didn’t you just buy an M3/ M5/M6 in the first place?” they will ask and, in absolute terms, you can see their point. Why spend arguably the same amount of money, or perhaps even more, buying and subsequently supercharging something that isn’t an M car and ending up with around the same sort of power level, when you could have just bought a fully-fledged, finely-honed M machine in the first place? It’s a valid, logical point, but logic has little place in the world of modifying. The thing is that very few people buy a car knowing exactly where they’re going with it, how it’s going to end up and with the specific plan of supercharging it. Sure, some people do, but take a look through this issue, the last issue, pretty much any issue of the mag and you’ll see feature car after feature car owner saying that they really had no intention of going as far as they did with their cars. The other thing is that, generally speaking, something like a supercharger is usually one of the last mods anyone does and that’s because it makes a lot more sense – and here logic can be applied to modding – to sort out the chassis, the brakes, make sure everything else is up to scratch before you start ramping up the power. It’s the right way to do it, really.
Which brings us neatly to Richard Kiraly and his supercharged E46 330Ci. As you can probably tell from the pictures, this is one exceptionally well-sorted 3 Series and, as you won’t be at all surprised to learn, when Richard bought the car there was no plan for anything beyond the most basic of mods, let alone creating a car as full-on as this has ended up becoming. Richard has been a BMW owner for 12 years, though that time period has been divided up between just three cars: his first BMW, an E34 525tds, which was followed by an E39 525d, and now the E46. Thing is, while he may say there was no plan of attack here, both of his previous Bavarian steeds, and a couple of cars before that, have all received some level of mild modding, so we reckon he wouldn’t have been able to leave the E46 alone anyway.
Hailing from Hungary, Richard’s hunt for the right example of what was the most affordable way of fulfilling his childhood dream of owning a frameless window coupé took him all the way to Leipzig in Germany, after six months of searching, and what was then a plain old 330Ci Sport. With car in hand, the mods began and stage one was styling. The E46 Coupé is a fi ne-looking thing, we’re big fans, but go big or go home, right? Go big it was, with Richard giving his 330Ci the M3 look courtesy of the M car’s wings and bumpers before cranking things up to 11 and taking the styling to another level. The front bumper has been seriously beefed-up with the addition of that carbon lip and those full-on corner splitters and even the intakes that funnel cooling air to the brakes are made from carbon. The bonnet? That’s carbon too, a vented GTR item that’s been painted body colour with just the slats of the vents left bare, teasing its carbon construction. M3 mirrors have been added while at the rear there’s a unique diffuser, a set of LED lights and a fibreglass CSL-style boot lid to finish things off nicely. It’s a greatlooking car, all the styling enhancements blending together perfectly and with the M3 body parts on board, the more aggressive aero elements don’t overwhelm the look of the whole car.
The wheels are Japan Racing JR3s, which suit the look and direction of the car perfectly, and while their familiar sixspoke design doesn’t get your attention, the colour certainly does. It’s a bold, bright blue that doesn’t tie-in with anything, anywhere on the car but wow, does it look good. Somehow it just works so well against that sexy, solid grey paintwork and your eyes are immediately drawn to the wheels. They’re the first thing you notice on the car and you realise that, actually, opting for that punch of colour was definitely the right thing to do as it really makes them stand out. You can probably tell that this car hasn’t been built for show, it’s all about go, and peering between the spokes of the JR3s confirms that beyond any reasonable doubt as that’s when you notice the massive brakes. The calipers come from a 135i, says Richard, with six-pots up front clamping M3 CSL discs, and two-pots at the rear while the suspension has also been suitably uprated and these mods came about when he decided to start making track outings a regular occurrence. BC Racing coilovers have been fitted here, and they deliver a solid drop, along with uprated anti-roll bars, Powerflex bushes, Eibach adjustable rear control arms and front and rear strut braces, completing a comprehensive programme of upgrades. The interior changes, too, have come about from the car’s regular appearance at track days and amateur tournaments; up front, a pair of bucket seats have been fitted, along with a set of Schroth three-point harnesses, while the rear seats have been removed altogether, as has the air-con. White-faced dials have been added to give the gauges a sportier look and Richard has also fitted a digital display in place of one of the central air vents to keep an eye on various under-bonnet temperatures.
So, to the engine. The M54B30 is a great motor, plenty of torque, a lovely top end, plus it sounds lush but by modern standards it’s not going to set anyone’s world alight and with him being so committed to track driving, you can see why Richard wanted a little more performance. NA mods are fi ne and could liberate a bit more horsepower but if you want serious gains then you have to bring out the big guns and go straight for forced induction. What Richard’s got strapped to the side of his engine is an ESS TS1 supercharger kit, which uses a twinscrew, positive displacement blower, and that means it delivers a huge hit of low-end torque the moment you hit the accelerator, perfect for punching out of turns on track. It’s an impressive piece of kit and puts out some meaty numbers, 320hp and a very healthy 302lb ft of torque. Here it’s been further bolstered by the addition an #AFE high-flow intake, a set of Schmiedmann high-flow cats and a ProEx exhaust system with racing silencer while an S54 oil cooler helps keep temperatures down on track. The transmission hasn’t been forgotten about, either, and Richard’s fitted a lightweight flywheel and Sachs race clutch plus an LSD to help him put all that power down.
We really like Richard’s E46. It’s been built with purpose after being bought with no specific direction in mind. It’s a focussed and finely-honed machine, but one that’s not so extreme that it can’t be used on the road. It looks good and it’s got the power to match the extreme aero additions; it really is an exceptional performance package. Richard has spent eight years getting the car to where it is today, but he’s not done yet and the next round of mods is imminent. “I want to cover the interior in Alcantara,” he says, “and I’ve currently got a CSL front bumper with twin brake air inlets under construction and I’ve also got an ESS TS2+ supercharger kit ready to go,” he adds, which is really going to take this E46 to the next level.
TECHNICAL DATA FILE #BMW #Supercharged / #BMW-E46 / #BMW-330Ci / #Japan-Racing / #ESS-TS1 / #ESS-Tuning / #BMW-330Ci-E46 / #BMW-330Ci-Supercharged / #BMW-330Ci-Supercharged-E46 / #BMW-3-Series / #BMW-3-Series-E46 / #BMW-3-Series-Coupe / #BMW-3-Series-Coupe-E46
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION 3.0-litre straight-six #M54B30 / #M54 / #BMW-M54 , #ESS-TS1-supercharger-kit , #AFE air filter, #Schmiedmann sport cats, #ProEx exhaust system with racing silencers and black heat-resistant quad tips, S54 oil cooling system. Five-speed manual gearbox, lightweight flywheel, #Sachs racing clutch, short-shift kit, #LSD
CHASSIS 8.5x18” ET15 (front) and 9.5x18” ET15 (rear) #Japan-Racing-JR3 wheels with 225/40 (front) and 255/35 (rear) tyres, #BC-Racing coilovers, uprated anti-roll bars, #Powerflex bushes, #Eibach adjustable rear control arms, front and rear strut braces, #Brembo six-piston calipers with M3 CSL discs (front), #Brembo two-piston calipers (rear), braided brake lines, competition brake fluid
EXTERIOR E46 M3 wings, front and rear bumpers, carbon front splitter, front bumper race air intake, GTR carbon bonnet, E46 M3 door mirrors, custom rear diffuser, E46 M3 CSL-style boot lid, LED rear lights
INTERIOR White gauges, digital data display in central air vent, bucket seats, three-point Schroth harness, rear seats removed, air-con removed, spare wheel well removed, fire extinguisher
“What Richard’s got strapped to the side of his engine is an #ESS-TS1 supercharger kit, which uses a twin-screw, positive displacement blower”
BC Racing coilovers with adjustable top mounts.
135i brakes have been fitted all-round.
“The wheels are Japan Racing JR3s… and while their familiar six-spoke design doesn’t get your attention, the colour certainly does”
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- Post is under moderationTHE FIFTH ELEMENT Schmiedmann’s 532hp F10 S5 / #BMW
With its F10 S5, Schmiedmann has unlocked all the potential hidden within the #BMW-550i-F10 and created a bit of a beast… Words: Elizabeth de Latour. Photos: Schmiedmann.
F10 S5 Schmiedmann’s 532hp super saloon
The F10 #BMW-550i is unquestionably a modern muscle car. It’s big, it’s got a 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 and it’s fast. Not M5 fast but, with 407hp and 443lb ft of torque on tap, it’s certainly not a slow machine by any standard. There’s a but coming, though, and that’s to do with the N63 engine because, much like its smaller, turbocharged straightsix cousin, it’s an engine with plenty more to give if you’re up to the task of giving it a little bit of attention and Schmiedmann is definitely up to that particular task. The Danish BMW specialist is a multi-talented one-stop shop, able to supply replacement OE parts, offer servicing and repairs and it also carries a huge range of aftermarket parts so it was really spoilt for choice when it came to creating its S5 demo car and the Schmiedmann team really went to town on this build.
With that twin-turbo V8 at their disposal it’s no surprise that the engine has received plenty of attention but what is a surprise is just how much work has actually gone into it. You might be thinking that a remap would suffice, as that would give you some impressive gains, but that wouldn’t have done for Schmiedmann, the guys there are petrolheads after all, and when you’re building a company demo car you really want to show off your skills. That’s why this car has been fitted with Schmiedmann by Turbo.dk Signature Stage 2 turbos, upgraded standard turbos designed to cope with and produce a lot more power. They boast 15T CNC-milled 48/68mm compressor wheels, which are substantially bigger than the standard 42/56mm items, bigger turbine shafts, upgraded wastegate bushes, upgraded bearings and the turbo housings have also been modified. To go along with the uprated turbos, the chargecoolers have been equipped with a 75% larger radiator, and there’s also a set of Schmiedmann by Supersprint downpipes and a Schmiedmann by Supersprint exhaust system made from micro sandblasted stainless steel, with purposeful Schmiedmann-designed black, double-layer tailpipes.
All these mods needed the right performance software to accompany them, but that proved to be a lot more difficult than you might imagine. “The software was actually the biggest challenge of the build,” explains Schmiedmann’s Martin Thorup.
“When we had all the hardware ready the only thing we needed in order to get the power out was the ECU tuning – the car has a water-cooled Continental MSD85.0 ECU – but we found out that no tuner we know could get access to this ECU so they could reprogram it to our hardware changes. We tried to contact tuners all over the world but the answer was always the same: “It’s not possible, the ECU is blocked by a code that nobody can crack yet”. There was one famous German tuning company that claimed that they could do it, so we sent them the ECU but they also had to give up.
We then found out that almost all tuners worldwide got the reading and programming tool from a company in Switzerland. After speaking with a Danish tuner that had a good connection with the company in Switzerland, they sent two staff members over to Denmark to try to crack the code in our F10 S5 but they couldn’t and also had to give up.
“Now it seemed our only option was to change the hardware back to standard, and install a tuning box; that would bring about 65hp more than standard, but we wanted to hit at least 500hp. Then we got an idea: we called our business friends at Tuningbox in Belgium, and asked them if we could buy an “open” standard Tuningbox for an F10 550i that we would be able to program individually for the hardware changes we’d made on the car. They agreed and also sold us a programming tool for the Tuningbox; the S5 was then placed on the dyno and adjusted by the Danish tuner in co-operation with Tuningbox in Belgium by remote.” The herculean effort that Schmiedmann went to in order to get the software working with the mods on the car was worth it, as the end result of all that work is an amazing 532hp accompanied by a mammoth 563lb ft of torque, huge gains over stock and just huge numbers that push the Schmiedmann S5 into M5 performance territory. “But there is no doubt that the engine and the hardware have potential for much more the day when the ECU code gets cracked,” says Martin, “and we can program a lot more engine parameters,” at which point the S5 will become even more of a beast…
Power, as they say, is nothing without control, and while the F10 is a decent handling machine out of the box, it’s not exactly a sports car and throwing an additional 125hp at a chassis that was unprepared would leave things in a bit of a mess, so Schmiedmann has ensured that its S5 stops and handles as well as it goes.
The standard suspension has been replaced with a Bilstein B16 coilover kit, which offers a wide range of height and damping adjustment, resulting in not only much-improved body control but also allowing the Schmiedmann team to deal with the F10’s gappy arches, giving the S5 a serious drop. The brakes, too, have been attended to and the boat has been well and truly pushed out here, with a Schmiedmann six-pot BBK mounted up front with massive Zimmerman 400x36mm floating discs while at the rear a set of Zimmerman sport brake discs have been fitted in the stock size, as they’re still seriously hefty items on the 550i, and the brake calipers have been painted in Phoenix yellow to match the fronts.
When it comes to styling it’s fair to say that the F10 isn’t a bad-looking car but there’s certainly room for improvement if you want to make it stand out, so the warehouse was duly raided in order to give the S5 a far more menacing look and one more befitting of something so powerful. Up front you’ll find an F10 M5 front bumper with the 550’s foglights removed and coded out, and this is matched with a pair of M5 front wings with Schmiedmann S5 vents.
Motorsport II sideskirts have been fitted and further enhanced with the addition of Schmiedmann carbon streamers and there’s also a Motorsport II rear diffuser with cutouts for the beefy quad exhaust tips. You’ll also find a BMW M performance carbon boot spoiler and Schmiedmann has retrofitted the High-gloss Shadowline window trim along with adding black gloss double slat kidney grilles for the finishing touch. The wheels, meanwhile, are 20” Z Performance ZP.06s finished in Phantom Black, with polished spokes set against black painted barrels and lips for a striking effect, and while the 20s are needed to clear the massive front brakes, they’re also the perfect size for the big-bodied Five and really help to fill those cavernous arches.
You might think that, on a modern car such as this, there wouldn’t be much you could or would even want to do to the interior but Schmiedmann has made sure that interior on its S5 stands out from the crowd in just the right way. The most obvious mod is the steering wheel, a suitably exciting-looking Schmiedmann item with heavily-sculpted grips around the rim, beautifully hand-finished in Nappa leather and alcantara. The instrument cluster has been modified and now sports red needles and an S5 logo; there’s a black and grey sport pedal set and even the floor mats have been replaced with plush new ones that are extra thick and boast genuine nubuck leather piping with double red stitching.
Not only is the Schmiedmann S5 a magnificent mobile display of what the company can offer, it is also a serious piece of machinery, one which boasts M5-rivaling power, performance and presence, with looks that dominate the road. Schmiedmann has left no stone unturned in the creation of its S5 and the extremely impressive results speak for themselves.
“The end result is an amazing 532hp accompanied by a mammoth 563lb ft of torque, huge gains over stock”
DATA FILE / #Schmiedmann / #BMW-F10 / #BMW / #Schmiedmann-S5 / #Schmiedmann-S5-F10 / #BMW-Schmiedmann / #BMW-550i-Schmiedmann-F10 / #Z-Performance / #BMW-550i-Schmiedmann-S5-F10 / #BMW-5-Seies / #BMW-5-Series-F10
ENGINE 4.4-litre twin-turbo #V8 #N63B44 / #BMW-N63 / #BMW-N63-Schmiedmann / #BMW-N63 , Schmiedmann by Supersprint downpipes, Schmiedmann by #Turbo.dk #Stage-2-Signature turbos, 75% larger chargecooler radiator, Schmiedmann by Supersprint exhaust system in micro sandblasted stainless steel with #Schmiedmann-designed black double layer quad tailpipes. Eight-speed Sport automatic gearbox / #ZF / #ZF8HP
POWER AND TORQUE 532hp, 563lb ft
CHASSIS 8.5x20” (front) and 10x20” (rear) #Z-Performance-ZP.06 wheels in Phantom Black with 245/35 (front) and 275/30 (rear) Bridgestone Potenza tyres, #Bilstein B16 coilovers, #Schmiedmann-BBK with six-piston Phoenix yellow calipers and #Zimmerman 400x36mm floating discs (front), stock calipers painted Phoenix yellow and Zimmerman sport brake discs (rear)
EXTERIOR M5 front bumper, M5 front arches with Schmiedmann S5 vents, Motorsport II side skirts with Schmiedmann carbon sideskirt streamers, Motorsport II rear diffuser, #BMW-M-Performance carbon bootlid spoiler, High-gloss Shadowline trim retrofit, gloss black doubleslat kidney grilles, Schmiedmann emblems
INTERIOR Schmiedmann sport steering wheel hand-finished in Nappa leather and alcantara, Schmiedmann black and grey sport pedal set, Schmiedmann modifi ed gauge cluster with red needles and Schmiedmann S5 logo, extrathick, nubuck-trimmed Schmiedmann S5 floor mats with double red stitching, M Tech door sills
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- Post is under moderationGENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT ROAD WARRIOR – fearsome 426hp wide-body #BMW 335i doubles as a daily driver. Sensible is a relative term, as this wide-body 335i proves. Words: Daniel Bevis. Photos: Jape Tiitinen. Sometimes in life, you just have to be sensible. Although as Toni Kärkkäinen’s startling 335i proves, ‘sensible’ is a malleable term on a sliding scale…
‘Life,’ sang indie stalwarts Mansun in the 1990s, ‘is a series of compromises.’ You only get to live once, so do the things you love and make time to make yourself happy, but at the same time life is not a solo endeavour – if you’re playing it right, you’ll have other people involved; it could be the clichéd 2.4 kids, spouse and mortgage scenario, or it might be your online car buddies, or the dudes you hang out with in the lockup when you’re spannering your projects together. Whatever the situation, your decisions and choices are seldom informed solely by what will make you happy. It has to be what makes you and your network happy, reaching compromises, being accommodating to all. Living unselfishly is the key to fulfilment.
Still, this doesn’t have to mean you can’t do the things you want to do. Take the 335i we’re looking at here – it screams many evocative verbs at you, but ‘compromise’ isn’t really one of them, is it? “This all began back in #2012 when our baby girl arrived on the scene,” explains owner Toni Kärkkäinen. “We had to change my girlfriend’s 1 Series for an E90 3 Series because the 1 Series was just too small. After that, I started thinking that I needed to upgrade my own car – to a newer model of course… Our E90 felt good to drive, so I started thinking about an E92 or E93 because I like two-door cars. I was looking at the M3 version, naturally, but I couldn’t afford it, and after some hard thinking I realised that the convertible E93 didn’t meet my needs as it didn’t have enough boot space, so the most sensible option was the E92 335i.”
Yep, he did just use the word ‘sensible’ there, and he’s to be applauded for that. It takes some fortitude to convince yourself that such a decision can be explained rationally – although the inherent element of perceived compromise does, arguably, make the endeavour an easier sell. Let’s just skim over the fact that the real turning point in the decision-making process was when Toni saw Prior Design’s wide-body kit for the E92… We should point out at this point that Toni isn’t your average family man with a couple of BMWs on the drive, but is in fact CEO and owner of Schmiedmann Finland. This is a brand you may be familiar with; founded in Denmark in 1996, what began as an importer of BMW parts rapidly expanded across Scandinavia and beyond, the sale of new and used official parts being augmented by its own bespoke, Schmiedmann-branded products – exhausts systems, short-shift kits, manifolds, you name it. So there is a certain business case to be made for Toni to be doing such wild things to his own car…
The man’s got form, too. His personal car history is, as you might imagine, studded with Bavarian greatness, from his E46 330Ci that he modded to M3 CSL specs with original parts (along with G-Power supercharger and three-colour leather retrim) to his old-skool E36 325i, he’s in his comfort zone when he’s doing this kind of stuff. A safe pair of hands.
So, the 335i – how, and where? “I’ve always imported my cars into Finland, either personally or with someone else doing it for me, due to the fact that it all works out cheaper and you get better equipment, like leather and iDrive and so on,” Toni explains.
“There were no reasonably-priced E92 335is in Finland at the time anyway, so I sourced this car from Germany – although it was originally from Italy. It was checked over by a trusted person from the Blauweiss import company and found to be in good overall condition. It was a basic car with basic wheels, nothing special, but that didn’t matter, as I knew that I’d be changing everything!”
So, true to his word as well as his principles, Toni set about tearing the car down pretty much as soon as it arrived on Finnish soil. Time waits for no man, eh? A stack of parts started to build up as more and more of that uninspiring stock fare got unbolted and ditched, ready to swap out for inspirational upgrades. But then events took an unexpected turn…“When we did the test installation of the Prior Design wide-body kit, we realised that we’d have to do quite a lot more work than we’d originally anticipated to make it look as it should,” Toni recalls with a raised eyebrow. “The front bumper and wing alignment was off on both sides, and there were many other similar small issues to deal with.” None of this is insurmountable stuff however, and the fact that everything now sits so straight and true is testament to the tenacity and patience of the Schmiedmann crew. It was certainly worth putting in the extra hours.
“Then – finally – came the day that the car was taken away to be painted. The decision about the colour was made a couple of days before – Matt Sparkling Graphite Metallic,” he remembers. “It was not an easy decision and I took a big risk, but it was totally worth it.” Again, though, this wasn’t all plain sailing. As amenable and eager-to-please as the 335i generally is, it has to be said that this particular one was fighting back.
“After I got the car back to the workshop, I noticed some issues with the paint,” Toni sighs. “There were too many small imperfections all around the car, so it needed to be repainted. The matt colour is not easy to paint, because all the smallest little particles are visible under the surface and you just can’t polish them away. The front bumper was repainted three or four times, the rear bumper and bonnet twice, and so on. But after I was finally happy with the painting, I started to put the car back together. Quite soon I realised that I had to get some 1M and M3 parts to get the body looking the way I wanted, like inner wheelhouse covers, brake ducts and so on – yes, of course I should have known to get these parts earlier, but I was so excited to get car done and ready for the Bimmerparty show! Overall, the build was not as straightforward as I thought it would be, but I did manage to get the car ready two days before my deadline and won the first Show ’n’ Shine prize at Bimmerparty…”
You’ll also be pleased to learn that the boisterous aesthetics are not the whole story. While the stock 335i is no slouch, Toni’s spruced things up in the underbonnet area with a pair of uprated Schmiedmann Stage 1 turbos, working in conjunction with the firm’s proprietary downpipes, a huge Wagner Tuning intercooler, Burger Motorsport filters and the guiding hand of custom management; it’s now putting out 426hp, which is pretty rowdy. The drivetrain’s been beefed up to suit, with a Quaife LSD and diff cooling plate, although Toni admits that this has crept back on to the to-do list. “I’m looking at clutch options,” he says, “as 455lb ft of torque is having some effects!”
He’s also talking about revamping the interior, although we’re big fans of how it is so far – the Coral red Dakota leather is outstanding. What a poke in the eye to the perceived wisdom that seats should be black or grey! This factory-option hide is so bright it makes other things in the world a few shades less red simply by existing. And what’s even more fun inside the car is that Toni’s seen fit to install an Awron Performance display system; this is an awesome all-in-one digital gauge that fits inside one of the air vents, relaying information about boost, torque, speed, acceleration, temperatures, all sorts. It’s like playing Gran Turismo for real.
The most important element of the story is that Toni’s stayed true to the original compromise, if we can still even dare to use that loaded term, as while countless hours have been expended on getting the aesthetics just-so and the performance enough to make the surface of the asphalt tremble with apprehension, it’s still a car that he can ferry the family about in without any trouble. “Oh yes, it gets used daily, even throughout the winter,” he nods. “We use it for our big summer family holiday trips too, which often causes amusing reactions.
People often ask how we use it so often with it being so low or how we manage to fit the whole family in there, but we do!” All of this, combined with the fact that the car seems to always be winning prizes at shows across Europe, proves that Toni has done something right. Compromise isn’t a dirty word. As this build conclusively demonstrates, it’s just another milestone along the road to project car success. Your car, your rules – if it’s right for you, then that’s just about as right as it needs to be.
Oh yes, it certainly gets used daily. We use it for our family holiday trips too.
Custom front lip and M4-style angel eye halos up front, Schmiedmann exhaust at the back.
Vibrant Coral red interior enhanced by #BMW-Performance steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake, Schmiedmann pedals and Awron vent-mounted digital display.
DATA FILE #Schmiedmann / #BMW-E92 / #BMW-335i / #BMW-335i-E92 / #BMW / #BMW-335i-Schmiedmann-E92 / #BMW-335i-Schmiedmann /
ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION 3.0-litre straight-six twin-turbo #N54B30 / #N54 / #BMW-N54 , #Schmiedmann-Stage-1-turbos , Schmiedmann downpipes, #Wagner-Tuning-EVO-2-Competition intercooler, #Burger-Motorsport DCI air filters, #AJ-Tech custom DME software, Schmiedmann rear sport silencers with high-gloss black pipes, six-speed manual, Quaife LSD and differential cooling plate.
CHASSIS 9.5x19” ET0 (front) and 11x19” ET-5 (rear) #BC-Racing-HB29 / #BC-Racing wheels in matt bronze with 225/35 (front) and 285/30 (rear) tyres, #Lowtec H9.4R coilovers, M3 front wishbones and radius rods, M3 rear subframe bushings, #Zimmerman drilled brake discs with EBC RedStuff pads.
EXTERIOR Matt Sparkling Graphite Metallic, Prior Design PD-M1 wide-body aerodynamic kit, custom front spoiler lip, Schmiedmann EVO bonnet, Schmiedmann EVO II bootlid, LCI face-lift tinted rear lights, tinted headlights inside and out, M4-style angel eye rings, tinted M3 side repeaters.
INTERIOR Full leather Coral red Dakota interior, Schmiedmann Exclusive red floor mats, Schmiedmann Exclusive black/red alloy pedal set, BMW LED interior light upgrade, BMW Performance steering wheel with display, BMW Performance gear knob and Kinetic short-shift system, #BMW Performance handbrake handle, Awron Performance display.
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- Post is under moderationSchmiedmann #BMW-N54 and #BMW-N63 turbo upgrades / #BMW-N63-Schmiedmann / #BMW-N54-Schmiedmann / #Schmiedmann / #2016 / #BMW
Developed in collaboration with Turbo DK, these new turbo kits from Schmiedmann are designed to take your BMW’s performance to the next level. The #N54 turbos (for 35i models) feature a 42/60mm CNC-milled ’charger wheel, a 41/47 turbine axle, an upgraded wastegate bush to eliminate wastegate rattle, upgraded bearings, and are rated to 550hp.
The #N63 turbos (for 50i models) feature a 48/68mm CNC-milled ’charger wheel, a bigger turbine axle, an upgraded wastegate bush, upgraded bearings, and are rated to 800hp. Both turbo kits offer 100 per cent OEM installation.
Price: N54: £1904.07; N63: £2385.07
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- Post is under moderationTWIN ’CHARGED M3s
Double dose of supercharged E92 goodness.
KLASSE OF #2014 / #BMW-M3 / #BMW-M3-E92 / #BMW-E92 / #BMW /
The E92 M3 may be gone but it’s far from forgotten and this pair of supercharged examples is simply stunning.
Since its conception, the guys behind #AUTOcouture-Motoring had one thing in mind: build the cleanest and fastest cars on the road. It is safe to say that four successful years later they have graduated at the top of their klasse. Words & photos: Matt Petrie.
The Entwicklung chassis designation associated with the M3 has ceased existence along with its naturally aspirated engine. While there is a lot of excitement surrounding the new F8x platform and its turbocharged six-cylinder engine, not everyone is sold on the drop in displacement and the M3 being a saloon. Now that the E9x M3 is becoming more affordable, some people are discovering it for the first time while others are happy to use the high revving V8 engines a little more freely on the race track.
Collectively owning nearly a dozen BMWs over the years (including multiple E9x M3s), Sal and Bart, the owners of these two M3s and popular #BMW tuning outfit ACM, are no strangers to the community, and as different as these cars appear to be, their respective styles flow harmoniously. Exploring many different modifications and setups, this duo struck the right chord and delivered this stunning one-two punch of power and presence.
You may recall Sal’s first attempt at the E92 platform; a supercharged track-ready Techno violet E92 M3 that was on the cover of #Drive-My in October 2013. That E92 used to rope in 1000cc sport bikes with ease but despite how much he loved the car’s appearance and power delivery, it was still lacking the true six-speed experience. As fast as the dualclutch transmission is, while it awaits either gear up or down, the connection that one has with the car cannot be electronically reproduced on the back of the steering wheel.
For this reason, Sal knew it was time to get back into a car with three pedals. Sal’s current squeeze, this Melbourne red M3, owns its duties as a true shop car. This car represents a perfect balance of both ‘show’ and ‘go’, and has seen its fair share of track days and car shows around the north eastern United States. Its massive Varis Japan GT wing commands immediate attention from anyone who sees it. While the wing provides functioning aero, the matching body-coloured top portion complements the exposed carbon fibre underside, slightly toning down its track edge and giving it a cleaner look for shows.
A Vorsteiner diffuser tucks the Akrapovic exhaust tips away in the rear bumper while seamlessly playing off of the same angles that shape the Varis wing. The aggressive rear aero is equally balanced in the front by a BC GT4 front tray with moulded brake duct cooling openings. The chrome in the front of the car is replaced by BMW ‘Edition’ grilles and custom ACM blackout headlights with anthracite painted shrouds.
Sal chose to use Öhlins R/T coilovers on his M3 because they are competitively and comfortably suitable for both street and track. Whereas this current ride height may not optimise lap times, this M3 looks fantastic slammed on top of the 18” BBS FI wheels. Aside from being one of the best track wheels on the market due to minimal weight and incredible strength, the skinny spokes clearly reveal the 380mm Brembo GT brakes in all of their glory. The Brembo GTs are optimised when bringing Sal’s 650 horsepower Gintani Stage 2.5 meth-injected supercharger system back to earth. Both on and off throttle this car sounds like a jet plane thanks to a combination of the Schmiedmann headers leading back to a Gintani cat-less X-pipe and Akrapovic titanium rear section and dual blow-off valves.
When giving Sal’s M3 a closer look, its most distinguishing feature is undoubtedly its interior. He was not pleased with the stock interior of the car saying: “I needed something more unique; after all, the car before this was Techno violet so I couldn’t be completely satisfied with all of BMW’s factory-issued equipment.” But yet again, Sal decided to add items that were both aesthetically pleasing and functional.
In need of something more supportive for the track, he chose Recaro Sportster CS performance seats, however he did not stop there and had them wrapped in OEM Ferrari Salerno Saddle leather. This was no simple task as Ferrari only releases its leather by VIN number. Sal pulled some strings and was able to get his hands on not only enough to wrap his seats, but to also match the doorcards, centre console, lower dash, and rear seats with the hide of the prancing horse (not literally, of course). Completing the interior is a Rogue short-shift kit with weighted F10 M5 gear knob and P3 Cars Vidi gauge in his air vent and a leather wrapped performance wheel with Salerno Saddle 12 o’clock stripe.
Moving on to the second example of this dynamic duo, to the surprise of many, this is neither Bart’s first Coupé nor his first Alpine white M3. Indecisive with the amount of doors he wanted to accompany his S65, he switched from his first Alpine white Coupé to an Interlagos blue saloon with cloth seats. He then quickly developed a reputation as a certified wheel whore, accumulating more sets of wheels than he knew what to do with. Both cars were heavily modified, but the one missing piece to this puzzle was a supercharger. He longed for forced induction in his M3s, but never owned them long enough to fully commit to a supercharger system which AUTOcouture is so famous for installing. It wasn’t until a couple of years later that he found another low-mileage Alpine white M3 to call his own and he wasted no time modifying it to his own specifications.
Compared to Sal’s M3, Bart’s coupé took a slightly milder approach aesthetically. Living by his motto of ‘less is more’, his execution of the perfect daily driver was just as he had imagined it. He laughs, saying: “I initially built this car in my dreams – $40,000 later, there it was exactly as I envisioned.” Once again with the continuous, revolving door of wheels, it took Bart a few selections before he found his dream set of BBS LM- Rs.
Because a regular BBS wheel wouldn’t suffice, Bart sourced a set of Diamond black LM -Rs in Amuse fitment with more aggressive offsets. But Bart had his priorities in order; before he even considered running any set of wheels, he made sure it was properly slammed and purchased a Bilstein PSS10 coilover suspension kit and cranked it all the way down.
The understated appearance of this car means you have to really look to spot all of the modifications that have been made to it. Custom ACM blackout headlights give this M3 a sinister look paired with the gloss black Mode Carbon GTS V1 front lip, but what many people don’t notice is the Motorsport splatter in the driver’s side headlight only. Along with the front lip, there are the Platte Forme a.g. side skirt extensions, Varis rear undertray and a Challenge Carbon Kevlar bootlid. Running the length of the entire underside is a Gintani cat-less X -pipe connected to an Innotech Performance Exhaust rear section.
More commonly referred to as ‘iPE’, this vacuum actuated exhaust system allows Bart to go from “as quiet as stock” to straight-piped street terror at the touch of a button. Due to the vacuum actuation, this system operates immediately, setting it apart from other systems that use electronic servos and motors for their activation. The rapid response of the button ensures that when the police come looking for an absurdly loud white BMW, Bart can innocently point them in another direction.
The supercharger of choice was the ESS Tuning VT2 -650 with a custom painted Jerez plenum, outfitted with the Motorsport stripes, off set leading down to the front of the car. Considering this is his daily, Bart decided to keep the interior modifications down to just the driving essentials. In conjunction with the supercharger, the ACM Edition P3 Cars Vidi gauge was installed just like in Sal’s car. P3’s signature is its integration of the gauge into the stock air vent. This eliminates any unnecessary attention taking away from the cleanliness of the interior. The placement allows Bart to keep an eye on all of his engine vitals, such as boost, AFR and various engine and cooling temperatures. Amongst its many other features, it also displays 0- 60 and 0-100 times for when pride is on the line with his friends. Typically electronic OEM Performance steering wheels are Alcantara, but Bart had his wrapped in black leather. An OEM Alcantara gear knob and gaiter tie in with his suede-wrapped interior trim along the dash. Bart streamlined all of his modifications both inside and out to be unique yet functional in the simplest form.
No matter which one of these cars better suit your style, we can agree that both of them are classy and deceptive. Either M3 can be parked outside the finest five-star restaurant, or just as easily unleash their 600+ horsepower engines to dust any challenger who dares them on their way. As different as the cars appear to be, their respective styles flow harmoniously.
Bart’s M3 wears 20” BBS LM-R wheels in Diamond black and an aggressive #Varis-Japan rear diffuser.
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ENGINE & TRANSMISSION: 4.0 litre V8 #S65B40 / #S65 / #BMW-S65 , #ESS-Tuning-VT2-650 supercharger with custom painted Jerez black plenum and Motorsport stripes. #Gintani catless x-pipe, #Innotech-Performance valvetronic muffler and six-speed gearbox.
CHASSIS: 9x20” (front) and 10x20” (rear) #BBS-LM-R wheels in Diamond black with Amuse offsets, 245/35 (front) and 275/30 (rear) Hankook Ventus V12 tyres. #Bilstein PSS10 coilovers, OE brakes, and #DEFIV differential brace.
EXTERIOR: Custom ACM blackout headlights with Motorsport splatter (on driver’s headlight shroud only) and upgraded halo rings, Mode carbon front lip painted gloss black, Platte Forme a.g. side skirt additions, Varis Japan rear diffuser undertray, Challenge carbon Kevlar race bootlid, IND gloss black cosmetic kit – front grilles, side grilles and hood vents. OEM CF mirrors painted M5 theme by iND.
INTERIOR: OEM Performance steering wheel wrapped in leather, OEM Short Shift Performance knob and Alcantara boot, suede interior trim, P3 Cars/ACM Edition Vidi gauge.
THANKS: My wife and the entire crew at ACM
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION: 4.0-litre #V8 S65B40 , #Gintani-Stage-2.5 supercharger kit with meth injection, #Schmiedmann headers, #Gintani Race X-pipe, and #Akrapovic titanium slip-on exhaust, six-speed manual transmission with #Rogue-Engineering short shift kit.
CHASSIS: 9.5x18” (front) and 10.5x18” (rear) #BBS FI anthracite wheels with 265/35 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres (front) and 275/35 Toyo R888 tyres (rear). #Öhlins R/T coilovers and #Brembo-380GT big brake kit.
EXTERIOR: BC GT4 carbon fibre front lip, custom ACM blackout headlights with anthracite shrouds and upgraded halo rings, BMW ‘Edition’ front and side grilles, moulded front reflectors, #Vorsteiner-GTS-V rear diffuser, #Varis-Japan-GT wing.
INTERIOR: Full OEM Ferrari Salerno Saddle leather Recaro Sportster CS seats, doorcards, lower dash panels, centre console, rear seats, leather-wrapped Performance steering wheel with Salerno Saddle 12 o’clock stripe, P3 Cars/ACM Edition Vidi gauge, F10 M5 gear knob.
THANKS: My wife, my staff at ACM, Brutus, Eric at Yorktowne, Alex and Arno at Gintani, Ben and Mark at Rogue Engineering, Lucille the ‘BBS Queen’ at Sander Performance, Sam at United Collision, Alex at ESH Upholstery, Andrew at iND, Fation at Enthusiast Details.
Sal’s not been shy with his E92 M3, opting for a Varis Japan GT wing and #Vorsteiner GTS-V rear diffuser.
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