Published on 08-08-2011 09:43 AM
Perhaps we have gotten a bit spoiled by BMW's dominating performances this season in ALMS. Seeing them finish 3rd and 4th seems almost out of character. It is certainly possible they would have finished 1-2 if it was not for a torrential downpour forcing an end 13 minutes early. The BMW pit stop strategy would have likely worked out if it was not for the heavy rain. BMW remains atop the manufacturer, driver, and team standings even with the 3-4 finish.
...Published on 08-06-2011 07:02 AM
This rendering is courtesy of Auto Motor Und Sport. Yes, you read correctly, BMW 4 series. Get used to the idea as BMW will be putting sedans into odd numbers and coupes into even numbers. Why? They were bored we guess and kind of a shame to throw away the 3 series tradition. Regardless, the 4 series coupe will be an F32. We reported the new chassis designations earlier but here they are again:
...Published on 08-05-2011 06:41 AM
This is the Motorsport 24 widebody kit for the BMW E82 1 series. This kit is available in carbon fiber for 6,900 Euros ($9874) or FRP for 5,500 Euros ($7871). It consists of 9 pieces including the front bumper, rear bumper, front fenders, side skirts, and rear fenders. Motorsport 24 products will be distributed in the United States by BimmerBoost premier vendor IND-Distribution. If interested, contact them or check out the Motorsport 24 USA site which should be fully up soon.
...Published on 08-04-2011 06:56 AM
We would like to welcome our newest premier vendor, Vorsteiner. Most of you have heard of them and for good reason, they are a premier aftemarket body kit/piece and wheel supplier. The M3 GTRS3 widebody kit pictured below has been featured basically everywhere and makes a very, very large statement. Vorsteiner also has expanded their wheel lineup with a variety of styles. These guys are doing it all at the moment and we are very happy to have them as a vendor across our entire network. Enjoy the photos below!
...Published on 08-03-2011 06:31 AM
Eisenmann has released their exhaust for the E82 1M Coupe. It comes in two forms, a rear section and a downpipe back exhaust. The rear section is $2096 and provides gains of 10 horsepower and 7.5 pound-feet of torque. For larger gains, one will want the downpipe back system which retails for $3672.96. Combine this with a good downpipe and... fun times. The exhaust is available through our sponsor IND, Eisenmann North America distributor.
...Published on 08-02-2011 07:00 AM
The mid-size luxury sport sedan market was one BMW dominated. Some can argue they really invented it and set the standard. The E39 5 series was really were people saw just how much better BMW was at building these cars for all around performance than anyone else. Something has happened along the way and the F10 5 series is no longer as dominating in this sector. Has Audi gotten better or has BMW slipped? Maybe the answer is both.
...Published on 08-01-2011 07:00 AM
We have all known for a while now that Stage III supercharger kits from Gintani are coming. There are a handful of cars running around now but they are running Vortech T-trim blowers. Due to the volumetric efficiency and high revs of the S65 M3 engine the fairly large T-trim gets maxed out fairly quickly. In comes the bigger, badder Vortech YSI. As you can see from the pictures the YSI fits, just barely though. The supercharger casing does need to be modified slightly in order for it to fit without issue.
...Published on 08-01-2011 02:13 AM
The 2011 race featured a packed field. Competition in the GT3 field among private teams was fierce with 57 cars alone in this category. Spa is a GT race featuring cars like the R8 LMS, Z4 GT3, Mercedes SLS GT3, Porsche 997 GT3, etc. The race was won and dominated by Audi who led 22 out of the 24 hours in the R8 LMS. Third place went to the Mercedes SLS GT3. Spa features private teams with factory race cars making for a packed, diverse field and interesting race. Full race results below.
...Published on 07-30-2011 07:45 AM
This is a bit of a surprising result. The Audi R8 V10 is a fast car, we all know that. This example features an ABT tune and Milltek exhaust which the combo is said to be good for 600 horsepower. The G-power SK-II supercharger kit is said to produce 570 horsepower at around 6 psi using an ASA T1-522 supercharger. It sure does not look like 570 horsepower on the M3 as with that much power and a dual clutch transmission it should put up a much better fight. The Audi walks it, easily.
...Published on 07-30-2011 04:14 AM
The i3 does not exactly get us excited as enthusiasts. The i8 on the other hand is supposed to be the exciting and fun to drive BMW 'i' car. Power to the front wheels will be from a modified i3 electric motor. The rear wheels will get power from a direct injected 1.5 liter likely turbocharged motor. The electric and internal combustion motors combined should be good for 350 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque in AWD mode which should provide sub 5 second 0-60 times.
...Published on 07-30-2011 01:44 AM
Well here it is, the BMW i3. Say hello to the electric era of BMW. The i3 seats 4 passengers. Its 170 horsepower and 184 foot-pound electric motor is powered by a lithium-ion battery. Power is sent to the rear wheels thankfully. With 170 horsepower it is not the most powerful car in the lineup and is said to hit 60 in under 8 seconds and hit a top speed of 93 miles per hour. Ultimate Driving Machine? Not exactly.
...Published on 07-29-2011 03:54 PM
The first performance suspension upgrades for the X6 and X5 M are available now from Dinan for $1199. The suspension kit lowers the car 3/4 of an inch in front and in back. Front and rear shock mounts relocate the mounting point to keep the stock travel. Also included are the rear ride height sensor mods. It is also designed to work with the factory electronic shocks and load-leveling suspension without issue.
...Published on 07-28-2011 07:00 AM
The HPF Stage 1 Twin Turbo systems provide the "ULTIMATE" powerband for your BMW M3 (RHD) making it a brutal daily driver and track monster with full boost hitting before you can press the gas pedal to the floor. Enjoy the amazingly quick spool of twin GT22 turbos in your M3 that come on-line in just a fraction of a second. No more waiting until red-line for full boost as you do with many supercharger systems. All this power is produced while still retaining all the factory controls and air-conditioning and works on both SMG and non-SMG equiped vehicles. ...Published on 07-27-2011 07:11 AM
The last time we brought you news about BMWNA head Jim O'Donnell it was that he was being forced to apologize over comments he made over electric vehicles. We really liked that Jim O'Donnel told it like it was and did not hold back. It seemed he ruffled some feathers by not buying into BMW's 'i' electric vehicle cult and actually suggesting that, gasp, more diesels in North America may be a good idea. Is it just a coincidence that just over 2 months after these comments and the seemingly forced apology he is being replaced?
...Published on 07-26-2011 07:16 AM
We finally completed the nitrous install on my 335i. The power gains where phenomenal but as people know it is easy to get carried away. We found a medium result between boost and jet size and tuned the car to make 500whp at only 1 bar boost. We saw much higher numbers but at the moment until the gearbox is upgraded we will leave it at that. OB from Chip Logic work was meticulous both in terms of the wiring but also in terms of certain plumbing that was required to make the kit fit as best as possible. Below are some pictures with some explanations for those that are not familiar with nitrous. ...