• The tuning world is unforgiving and rough, HPF closes its doors. R.I.P. Horsepower Freaks

      Sad, sad day indeed for the BMW community. The aftermarket tuning game is not an easy one. Especially when it comes to BMW's these days with ever increasing sophistication of their electronics and BMW doing everything in their power to prevent modification. Thankfully, there are some companies that simply do not give up and do what many say can't be done. For quite a while on the E46 M3 platform, HPF was forging ahead into territory nobody else was willing to tackle.


      The S54 engine in the BMW E46 M3 early on had a reputation of being made out of glass due to bearing failures. People said stock motors could not hold together let alone forced induction examples. This was quickly dispelled as the motor more and more often showed incredible gains with forced induction. HPF themselves pushed the motor to over 700 wheel on stock internals. Recently, people have been doing in the high 6XX wheel range on stock internals as if it no sweat.

      Basically, HPF helped pioneer the turbo market for the E46 M3. There are new options coming just now (over a decade after the car hit the market) which goes to show just how difficult it is to do this. HPF had options to turbo the E46 M3 when nobody else had options to turbo the E46 M3. They were the main game in town and deserve respect for it. But... even the mighty can fall and a single platform can not sustain anyone forever.

      Unfortunately an employee stole from HPF something over $200k (who knows what the real amount truly is and just how much he got away with) and unfortunately Chris made a poor choice with his new insurance company who only covered $25k in theft. The insurance company and HPF went to court and HPF lost. BimmerBoost is somewhat surprised a quarter million can sink a ship of this size but clearly there were other issues at play.

      Whether one wants to put the blame on the owner Chris or not it's hard to say what frivolous spending might have gone on. Chris did reach a high point in the BMW tuning market in the USA and nobody can take that away from him. Numerous magazine spreads, hundreds of turbo kits sold, and a household name on BMW forums. That deserves respect and is a level few can or will reach.

      Sustaining that is another thing entirely though. Busty young women don't come cheap. Dedicated drag cars for forum boasting aren't cheap. There is a reason rockstars tend to burn out fast. Is that what happened here? In retrospect it's easy to say this and that should have been done instead but Chris also did get somewhat of a second chance with a forum member investing cash into the company recently.

      Unfortunately, it seems that amount was not enough and now the doors are closed and people are laid off. What will happen to current orders? Members on this site are waiting for their parts. What will happen to the cars still there? Some have been removed, some remain. What will happen to Chris Bergermann? Is this it? Not going to be easy to climb back up after already being at the top of a platform for quite some time with little capital to work with and he certainly isn't getting younger.

      I for one want to thank HPF for their support. Chris was always kind to me, always supportive, and always wished me well. He always wanted me to succeed and I wasn't even a customer of his. To him I was just some random kid building a forum. I did an interview with Chris back in 2010: http://www.germanboost.com/content.php?426-BimmerBoost-Interview-with-Chris-Bergermann-Owner-of-Horsepower-Freaks

      I suggest any interested party take a look or listen to it (audio is posted). It shows how far HPF came in just 9 years at the time of the interview.

      I wish you well Chris, I wish all your employees well, and I hope you move on positively. It's a rough and cuthroat business. When you are on top, people just want to tear you down. It's easy for people to talk down sitting comfortably behind their monitor without realizing how many peoples lives this affects. Hopefully there is a learning lesson here that makes everyone stronger and hopefully nobody is going to bed hungry at night as a result of this. You'll land on your feet Chris. Good luck and thank you, from BimmerBoost.
      This article was originally published in forum thread: HorsePowerFreaks is apparently closing its doors started by folgrz View original post
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      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        i dont see why it would be ahard for people to get their cars out though..? cant you just walk to the building, cut the lock, open the door, driver YOUR car out.. whats gonna happen? cops get called you show your registration..?
      1. gareth.foley's Avatar
        gareth.foley -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        i dont see why it would be ahard for people to get their cars out though..? cant you just walk to the building, cut the lock, open the door, driver YOUR car out.. whats gonna happen? cops get called you show your registration..?
        From my understanding the issue is that some assets, including the shop car, have been removed from the shop. I think the landlord was made aware of this. For all we know the land lord is owed money. This is definitely a complex situation.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        i dont see why it would be ahard for people to get their cars out though..? cant you just walk to the building, cut the lock, open the door, driver YOUR car out.. whats gonna happen? cops get called you show your registration..?
        You can't cut the lock and open the door. Just like you can't do this at an impound lot even if the car is your property it's still breaking and entering.

        You SHOULD be able to though...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by gareth.foley Click here to enlarge
        From my understanding the issue is that some assets, including the shop car, have been removed from the shop. I think the landlord was made aware of this. For all we know the land lord is owed money. This is definitely a complex situation.
        That's a big shop, who is going to take it now? Ton of money being lost here from all sides.

        Renting a huge place like that adds up maybe wasn't the smartest thing to begin with.
      1. gareth.foley's Avatar
        gareth.foley -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I think you have a wayyyy better account than HPF did. I had to correct her on more than one occasion...
        We do, and the back end system works nicely as well. The amount of checks in our system here is on point. Inventory gets reconciled constantly, red balances are accounted for daily...but my bosses are very hands on with the operation. I'm not sure if this was the case with HPF (I think it's safe to assume so but I don't want to be unprofessional by pointing fingers either).
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        You can't cut the lock and open the door. Just like you can't do this at an impound lot even if the car is your property it's still breaking and entering.

        You SHOULD be able to though...
        impounded is different than you voluntary leaving it somewhere though. who has a legal right to your car? only you
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        impounded is different than you voluntary leaving it somewhere though. who has a legal right to your car? only you
        If I voluntarily leave my car with valet I still can't break into the garage and get it.
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        ccsykes -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by amclint Click here to enlarge
        Just a repost from someone on e90, not mine
        I came away with that conclusion awhile ago.. but was ridiculed for speaking out about it.. Karma..
      1. gareth.foley's Avatar
        gareth.foley -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        That's a big shop, who is going to take it now? Ton of money being lost here from all sides.

        Renting a huge place like that adds up maybe wasn't the smartest thing to begin with.
        Likely no one. Not for a while at least. I remember when I saw a video of the storage space or the added space they went into. I feel like in the world of business "big" is equated with "success". I think everyone in business tries to put on a show from time to time in an effort to impress customers and in a way to show up competitors.

        I just walked into our secondary warehouse to take a photo. We needed the extra space for inventory and were fortunate enough for our landlord to rent us space is an adjacent part of the building. The space is being unused by any other business in the complex so it works out. I snapped this photo from the back corner of this room. Besides being creepy I can attest the inventory that is visible is quite large and it's trumped in size by the vastness of the room.

        Attachment 30605

        When we move in the coming months to a new and better building I can guarantee this space will be empty for a very long time. As a landlord I'm sure that's not fun.
      1. gareth.foley's Avatar
        gareth.foley -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        If I voluntarily leave my car with valet I still can't break into the garage and get it.
        That's a pretty good analogy lol.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        If I voluntarily leave my car with valet I still can't break into the garage and get it.
        if they closed down and left without giving it back to you you sure can
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        if they closed down and left without giving it back to you you sure can
        No, you can't as their hours are stated. You can't break in places to get your property. If I left my cell phone in a restaurant and they shut down I can't just start breaking windows to climb in and get it.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        People going after him personally now but I guess it may be fair if his personal life caused the downfall.

        Why the $#@! can't I find an 18 year old high school girl to date? I have a more successful business involving BMW's at this point... ok no low blows.
        Is that Fallon chick the 18 yr old they are referring to?
      1. ZooyorQ's Avatar
        ZooyorQ -
        Part of the confusion and complexity in this is that Chris has made absolutely no official statement.. everyone says HPF is out of business.. not really.. they just closed the website and locked their doors.. to Chris this could just be a 2 week vacation.. Derek says that they're not filing for bankruptcy.

        Truth be told its a mess and you've got people who are trying to help but aren't even employed! Like Kirk/Derek.. its awesome that Kirk is trying to assist but Chris should come out with a plan, even if its a rough outline! The lack of communication for a full week or so now is really alarming. ESPECIALLY being customer cars are there, and not one or two.. but it sounds like possibly as many as 5 or 6 or even more!
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        ZooyorQ -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        Is that Fallon chick the 18 yr old they are referring to?
        No.

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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        Is that Fallon chick the 18 yr old they are referring to?
        No who knows what happened to Fallon. This 18 year old is some different girl I don't know anything about her and don't particularly care. I care about getting myself one though.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        She's damn cute... but that honestly looks like a father with his daughter.
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        M3_WC -
        ^
        Oh $#@!. I now believe some of that stuff being said for sure. Not hatin, I got friends with similar lifestyles.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        No who knows what happened to Fallon. This 18 year old is some different girl I don't know anything about her and don't particularly care. I care about getting myself one though.
        Lets get the Fallon thread back up with all those pics you deleted.