OEM seats = 24.4lbs each
Recaro’s = 8.0lbs each
OEM seats = 24.4lbs each
Recaro’s = 8.0lbs each
In late June, we released photos featuring one of the more detailed projects any member at IND has been a part of. This project titled Ear to Ear featured cosmetic and mechanical work that was a culmination of nearly 5 months of work. From the custom bumper and rocker panels to the paintwork, every surface of this vehicle was addressed with some form of individuality. With the amount of time spent addressing every detail of the E93 it was only natural that our client, nicebraces, and IND employ the skills of Mike Maravilla and Unscene Media Group to capture every curve, line, and accent.
Unscene Media Group
Below is a link to the vehicle details:
As fellow enthusiasts we are always looking for rare and unique parts. There is something about the hunt for that hard to find part that simply pulls at the strings in all of us. Whether you are a previous generation ///M enthusiast hunting for rare hurricane cloth and hounds tooth interior or someone into the more current offerings and seeking rare GTS parts, the sense of reward when the part is found is the same. Although the BMW Performance parts will eventually be an item available in dealers worldwide, at the present moment they are just as rare as an authentic E92 M3 GTS front lip spoiler. After searching the North American dealer network and hearing a release of late August we decided to expand our efforts to Europe. Through our contacts in Germany we were able to source the only available item from the Performance catalog (aero), the 2×2 weave carbon fiber splitters. Without hesitation we immediately sent the funds and had them shipped via FedEx Air Freight.
The BMW Performance division continues to expand their offerings all the while keying into the desires of BMW enthusiasts around the world. The F8X M3/M4 Performance parts are a more aggressive option created by the designers at BMW ///M. The aero options from the Performance division , design by BMW ///M provide a more sporty and aggressive look all the while maintaining or accenting the factory lines. The kit includes carbon fiber front splitters, trunk spoiler, rear diffuser, and of course mirror covers. All BMW Performance carbon parts are 2×2 weave.
We currently have 5 sets of splitters available for purchase. The lower partition is still not available, but this is a modular edition should any enthusiast decided to go with the full front Performance package.
Available for order through our website or direct with a IND representative.
Phone: 866-963-4520 (Local – 847-963-4520)
Ultimately, all of us on BimmerPost are followers of the nearly 50 year old tradition that is BMW M. Whether you’re a vendor, an M owner, or both, we all fly the same flag. Since the humble beginning of BMW M with a small 35 person staff, M engineers have resolutely marched in the same direction: building the best race-derived road cars in the world. IND staff has been following the M tradition since the E36 M3’s heyday, and we are privileged, honored, and humbled to participate in M’s next step. Like all M3/M4 owners, we have taken the giant leap forward that is the F82 M4.
Ownership of our M4 started with Euro delivery, flawlessly arranged for us by Steve Thomas BMW. Euro Delivery is one of the best ways to get acquainted with a new M car. The German countryside, the Autobahn, and of course the birthplace of BMW Motorsport are uniquely able to inspire an M enthusiast to fall in love with an M car, and this was precisely the case when we got to the BMW Welt to pick up our M4.
Although I had to take a traditional “BMW Welt” shot, I’ll spare you the details of the amazing facility- many have already covered the Welt delivery experience in fantastic threads, so save for a few highlights I will move forward with my trip.
A classic 3.0 CSL “Batmobile” race car- this represents one of the origins of BMW M, and is one of M’s first creations. Because this car was also an art car designed by Frank Stella, seeing it in the flesh was truly like seeing a piece of BMW history.
One thing we’ll miss about classic race cars are the incredibly wide and low offset BBS race wheels used in the 70s and 80s. These classic spoke patterns and amazing wheel sizes are something we will likely never see again.
BMW displayed their E90 chassis clay model, giving us a fascinating view into the BMW development process. I can just imagine artists and designers working hard to shape the clay into BMW’s future- it must be an extremely exciting moment!
No trip through the BMW Motorsport history books would be complete without a look at the classic M1, and the amazing E46 M3 GTR. While both of these projects had their dramas during their service life, BMW M would not be the company it is today without either. Each is a critical component of the M story.
With our IND keys firmly in hand, we headed out to the German countryside, knowing that we would eventually have to hand over these keys and our amazing new car to Eisenmann.
Our first stop was our hotel in Heidelberg, a place we stop at each year. You can see more photos of this incredible town in our previous Germany trip stories:
We stopped in town to take some photos of the new M4, and found a local German admirer of the car. He stopped us to ask questions about the car, and shot photos of it for nearly 30 minutes! Talking to another fellow M4 fan truly made me feel lucky to participate in the M4’s history, and to enjoy such an amazing car in a place like Heidelberg.
Finally, I was back at our home away from home in Germany, Eisenmann GmbH. The ultimate purpose of our trip, our mission, is to help Eisenmann create the best exhaust system available for the M3 and M4 cars. It was for this that we purchased our F82 M4, for this that I made this voyage to Germany. Eisenmann has been planning and preparing for months now with the original BMW exhaust system components already at the facility and being studied carefully by the engineers, but it will take real study of the M4 as delivered by BMW M to truly create something special.
Finally, after nearly 5,000 miles and months of waiting and preparation, our IND M4 was on Eisenmann’s lift. The engineers at Eisenmann could not wait to truly dig in to the car, and apply their concepts and designs to a real M4.
Over the next three months, Eisenmann will meticulously digitize every inch of the M4’s floor, firewall, engine bay, and exhaust system as it connects with every related component.
By combining acoustic simulation, actual acoustic testing both in a lab and on-road environment, dyno testing, and computer aided design, Eisenmann will create an exhaust system for the M4 that is truly unique. We will work tirelessly with Eisenmann to ensure that they achieve nothing short of perfection by giving them our own M4 project car for hundreds of miles of road testing, as well as testing on the famous Nurburgring.
Please stay tuned as we work hard to develop our M4 demo car, both in Germany and then when it arrives in the United States!
RKP continues a tradition of flawless fit, incredible surface finish, and the most carefully plotted designs in the industry with their M6 front lip.
The brand new M6 front lip was designed with extreme attention to detail, and special care to not only maintain but also to continue the original BMW body lines and design language. RKP also worked hard to design this lip for excellent drivability- placing the lowest point of the lip no further than the lowest point of the original BMW bumper.
The RKP M6 front lips are available in 1×1 plain weave, 2×2 twill weave, or any number of custom weave patters, along with matte and gloss carbon finishes. Each lip is hand built from 100% carbon fiber with no additional filler materials used.
Please contact an IND representative for more information!
IND Distribution has been dedicated to the BMW M car since the company’s inception, and through nearly a decade of commitment have done everything possible to learn the secrets of BMW M to a science. We have explored every aspect of BMW’s marvelously engineered machines, and work tirelessly to ensure that our client base is always at the forefront of available information.
Today, we are proud to announce that in cooperation with BBS North America and Falken Tire we have made the first critical steps to understanding the M3/M4’s wheel well packaging, and in turn the available space we can use to install wider wheels and tires.
While IND specializes in custom tailoring widths and offsets specifically to the client, this document will provide some good basic guidelines for what we’ve found works, and what does not. IND will work directly with BBS to develop custom width and offset wheels for the M3 and M4 in the near future, so please keep in mind that what you see here were existing applications and installed on the F80 for testing purposes only.
For those who have not been introduced to the BBS brand, please have a look at our photo tour of both the main German BBS manufacturing facility, as well as the more elusive tour of the German headquarters of BBS Motorsport:
BBS has been responsible for creating some of the best road and racing wheels in the world, and have contributed more to the modern racing wheel than any other wheel manufacturer. We can think of no better company to partner with, for this or any other project.
With all of this said, we are happy to present our findings to the M3/M4 community!
Late last night, one of the first F80 M3s in our area rumbled its way into our warehouse for the first ever test fit of performance wheels on this chassis. After several hours of measuring wheel well clearance, damper position, and the shape and packaging of the car’s brake system, we were finally ready to move on to the good stuff- actually test fitting wheels!
A few basic cliff notes are in order, before we get into the details of our findings:
The M3, with IND’s custom painted engine cover.
Installing our Macht Schnell stud conversion kit.
Measuring maximum caliper diameter.
Our test subjects for the night.
The BBS RE wheels, mounted on our client’s F80 M3. These were a good fit in front when spaced to a +27 offset, and just a touch too flush in the rear, at a +30 offset.
Wheel fitment close ups of the BBS RE wheels. You can see that the 9.5″ wide wheel works perfectly with a +27 offset, but the 10.5″ wide wheel should be just a touch higher offset for a great fit.
The BBS FI wheels. At a 9.5″ front width with a +26 offset, the front FI fit nearly perfectly. The 10.5″ +28 rear wheel was too aggressive.
Front brake clearance shots of the 19″ BBS CH-R wheels. Plenty of space!
Front and rear brake clearance shot of the 18″ BBS FI wheels, again showing available space.
We will continue to update this thread as we learn more about these amazing new machines. All of us at IND are absolutely thrilled to begin to study, analyze, and develop the M3 and M4 to their fullest potential.
As a man who caters to people’s smiles each and every day, attention to detail is not simply a character trait for Jeff (/Nice.braces), it is literally a way of life. When it was time to modify Jeff’s beautiful E93 M3, we began with the installation of a Vorsteiner front bumper, and progressed gradually to a performance car that had no component left untouched, no detail left unexamined, and the kind of dedication to an overall vision that can only be a result of countless hours of careful planning.
Describing this car component by component would take pages, so we will make do with a list of modifications. We know that M3Post enthusiasts will quickly see and understand that only a person who lives and breathes detail every day could envision a project like this E93, and we at IND are honored to have taken part in creating this incredible car.
Enjoy the photos!
-All photos courtesy of Mike Maravilla@Unscene Media Group and Jeremy Cliff
Wheels and Suspension:
Engine, exhaust, misc. performance, and coding:
RKP’s next entry in their E92/93 M3 catalog follows the same guiding philosophy RKP has pursued throughout their tenure as a manufacturer for the chassis- provide race inspired parts with excellent fit, and fantastic weight and rigidity.
The RKP rear diffuser consists of two pronounced outside channels and a more subtle center structure, giving the diffuser an appearance that is a clear homage to racing cars. The diffuser is built by hand from pre-preg carbon fiber, is available in plain (1×1) or twill (2×2) weave, and like all RKP parts boasts flawless fit and finish.
Each RKP diffuser can be custom finished by IND Distribution in matte carbon, or with any number of paint combinations including a body color center to further accentuate the outside channels.
Please contact an IND representative for more information!
With painted center option
Optional painted center-
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom.
-Sun Wu, The Art of War, chapter 10, 510 B.C.
The release of the F10 M5 brought an excitement and clamor to the BMW tuning community that had not been seen in many years. The amazing S63tu engine showed a tremendous amount of promise, and the chassis seemed mechanically ready for anything. IND’s own initial testing of the M5 proved this car to be simultaneously an incredibly competent track monster, and a docile and polite street car. BMW Motorsport had certainly achieved their lofty goals and created the ultimate executive sedan. The incredible success of modifying the MSS60 engine control computer found in the E92 M3 left tuners confident and excited about the S63 found in the F10 M5, prior to the car’s release.
Unfortunately for tuners, hackers, and tinkerers around the world, much of the F10 M5’s beauty was digital- an interface of man, machine, and computer system, perfectly guiding each steel and aluminum component of this incredible super sedan in flawless synthesis to achieve the car’s otherworldly performance. Unlike the E92 M3 just before it, the F10 M5 proved to be a tough nut to crack indeed, with no tuner to this day having flawless control over the chassis and engine control computers. Although some have achieved impressive figures by combining very mild ECU control with piggy back computers, wired in series with the original sensors to trick signals going to the original BMW ECUs, no tuner in the world has full control of the amazing BMW computer systems.
With this development, the staff of IND finally knew (a temporary) defeat. We understood that without complete and total control of the engine control computers, no built engine or extra large turbochargers would help us to arrive at the extreme power levels we desired.
It was time for a momentary retreat. We had to regroup, asses our goals, and truly understand our mission and the reason for spending tens of thousands on the IND F10 M5.
Ultimately we have always understood that we own this car to better the BMW enthusiast community. We use this M5 to study, learn, and make mistakes, and ultimately to create great products and parts for M5 fans everywhere. With that knowledge came a new mission statement: to create a deluge of great parts for M5 owners to enjoy on a daily basis. With that new mission statement came a new name: the Blue Deluge. We would attack the M5 from every angle, creating components that allow our clients to have the most unique parts and therefore the most unique M5s. We would develop components ranging from splitters to brake pads, giving our clients the ability to improve their M5’s appearance, performance, and individuality. We would develop and test fit parts on our own car, before sending them off to our clients, to ensure the highest level of quality.
It is with this in mind that we re-tooled the M5 project to what it is today: a street-driven, turn key test bed for all of the best components available for the F10 M5. Many of the original components remain- the AMS downpipes, the larger AMS-built turbos, the KW 3 way adjustable ClubSport coilovers, and so on, but many will be adjusted and modified for more civilized behavior. We have raised our ClubSports for a more easy to use ground clearance, we have re-installed the original BMW interior, and have removed the roll bar. We have repainted the car in BMW’s amazing Yas Marina Blue finish, removing the racing livery inspired design the car sported in 2013. This version of IND’s M5 sports an RKP front lip and rear diffuser, combining the clean and well integrated lines of those pieces with RKP’s new 4×4 weave give the exterior of our M5 a show car appearance.
Throughout the summer of 2014 we will continue to test new components, design great parts for the F10 M5, and to make mistakes. We will lend the car to local M5 owners so that they can experience these components first hand, and we will use this car as a proving ground for exactly what the M5 is best at: a car that can perform perfectly at the race track on Saturday, while still taking you to the office on Monday.
We hope you enjoy the photos of IND’s re-invented M5 project, the Blue Deluge.
OEM BMW GTS roll bar #158….now at iND!