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IND Distribution creates the first Carbon Fiber roof for the E82 1M!

The 1M is every bit a BMW M car, offering eye-opening acceleration, great steering feel, and chassis dynamics that have still not been rivaled by any other manufacturer, even after decades of second-best efforts from the likes of Audi, Mercedes, and others. There is only one feature of the modern M car missing from the 1M, and that is the now-trademark carbon fiber roof.

IND moved forward with our E82 carbon roof project after seeing some interest among the community. We created the tooling earlier last month, and just yesterday saw our first production-ready piece.

As we expected, the finish of the roof is absolutely beautiful, and the piece is extremely light weight at just over 10 lbs. Our carbon manufacturer is located here in the USA and is a supplier to many major race teams in various closed top and open wheel classes across the U.S.

 
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The best in motorsport wheels from BBS!

BBS Kraftfahrzeugtechnik AG has been revolutionizing the sports wheel industry since the company’s humble beginnings in Schiltach Germany in 1970. Most of our clients know that BBS still sets the standard in wheel manufacturing, both for road and race track use, even after 30 years of history.

IND celebrates these years of racing by offering one of BBS’ most popular racing wheels to our clients: BBS’ style E88.

BBS’ motorsport program offers custom barrel sizing and center designs to produce literally an infinite amount of possible combinations. Prospective customers can ask BBS to design one-off centers for very limited production to suit their individual needs, but this design process is beyond the needs and capabilities of most.

IND’s staff have waded through the possibilities to create a number of easy, off the shelf solutions. We’ve selected the appropriate center and two barrel combinations. IND’s paint staff can, of course, refinish the wheels in any custom finish for an additional charge.

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IND Distribution presents the Akrapovic Audi R8 exhaust system.

All of us at IND have been anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Akrapovic Titanium exhaust system for the V10 R8, and we were fortunate enough to finally have the opportunity to install a system in house at IND’s facility last week. As anticipated, the Akrapovic system is an absolute masterpiece. It’s titanium construction reduces weight at the very extremity of the car, right where it’s most effective. The cast titanium valve system is a unique Akrapovic design, and allows for a subdued tone during regular driving, and a wide open sports car sound at high RPM. Akrapovic’s optional wireless kit can be added to the exhaust package for in-cabin adjustment of the exhaust note. Finally, the beautiful carbon fiber exhaust tips finish the appearance of the system.

Akrapovic’s exhaust system for the V10 R8 saves an incredible 35lbs over the factory exhaust, and produces a 14hp gain!

 

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A Motorsport Pilgrimage

For most people of faith a yearly pilgrimage is the most important reaffirmation and renewal of faith of their lifetime. Although IND’s staff comes from varied cultures and backgrounds, we are still able to come together for our own yearly pilgrimage to Germany- the promised land of European sports cars. We do our best to travel to Germany every year to revisit our own icons of the car industry- Eisenmann’s Stuttgart based manufacturing facility and the world famous Nurburgring. Each year the trip reaffirms our love for European cars and motorsport, and motivates those of us fortunate enough to make the journey to redouble our efforts at home.

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IND is headed to Germany!

 
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Safari Truck

What do you do when you’ve spent your life shooting automatic weapons at gunnery ranges, hunting big game, flying helicopters, and blowing things up for pure entertainment, and suddenly need to grow up and have a family? What car do you get that will satisfy your need for ridiculous fun, but also convince your wife that you are a sane adult? If you ask our good friend Bob, he’d say that you get an X6M, and not just any X6M, but his in particular.

Driving Bob’s X6M is a lot like hunting game by shooting a missile launcher out of a moving helicopter- frightening to control and absolutely ridiculous. His ESS tune has given the car an easy 80+ horsepower gain, which would be enough for most, but Bob didn’t stop there. IND helped Bob add SuperSprint down pipes along with an Akrapovic exhaust system with carbon tips, BMW Performance front grilles, matte black side grilles, an OEM rear spoiler, Vorsteiner’s V104 wheels and a complete aerodynamics package from Vorsteiner consisting of a front lip and rear diffuser. As a complete package, Bob’s X6M is an absolute monster, and is a good consolation to Bob’s other hobbies!

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Motorsport24 High Performance Radiator

German competition components manufacturer Motorsport24 has created a unique water cooling solution for the E9x M3. Their oversized water cooler is a direct fit in any E9x M3 and is hand built in their state of the art facility in the small town of Kalefeld Germany. The cooler is substantially larger than the factory radiator, and has been tested to be effective on courses like the Nurburgring, Hockenheimring, and the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben to allow the S65 engine to run for cooler, longer than cars equipped with a standard radiator.

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Challenge OEM style E92/E93 M3 Carbon Hood

While searching for places to shed weight on the M3, most start with the obvious panels made of steel. When the factory gives you composite or aluminum panels already as a starting point the quest to shave the pounds of a performance car can become more difficult. As usual, Challenge is here to re-write the book on composites for the M3 using only the best in materials and manufacturing techniques to offer some of the lightest weight and well made body panels available.

The lightweight BWM M3 aluminum hood is a great part from the factory that no doubt saves tons of weight compared to its mainstream steel 3 series counterparts. Because aluminum is very soft, it requires a full backbone structure to support it so it doesn’t dent or deform easily. When using carbon fiber, Challenge is able to rework the factory underside skeleton as well as use a foam hex cell core in the panel’s inner construction to produce a lightweight yet rigid structure. This formula yields a strong yet light hood with a 40% weight savings that’s as home on the street as it is on the road circuit.

Challenge OEM style Carbon Hood: 13.6 lbs
OEM Aluminum hood: 22.8 lbs.

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BMW E9X M3 GT3 Carbon Front Lip Spoiler

The guys at Challenge Engineering are no strangers to innovation and have created a number of unique products over the years, but their new front lip for the E9x M3 may be their best yet.

Challenge Engineering was able to consider the best and worst of what’s available for the M3 and create a lip that literally does everything.

Seeing this lip in person for the first time was literally shocking. I’ve never seen this level of effort, this attention to detail in a front lip before. The upper section mates perfectly with the BMW front bumper, and the ducts have bonded in aluminum reinforced tubing to allow for a firm connection to brake ducting hoses. The lower section is truly impressive, with an integrated duct routing to the factory cooling duct as well as an integrated under tray leading all the way up to the car’s floor section. The lower lip section is built from hand-laid carbon with Kevlar reinforcement in key areas, as well as internal reinforcement for additional strength. The lower lip section can be removed for easier street driving, and installed again for the track.

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10333373#post10333373

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Return of the Silver Ghost

For many of our clients, their M3 is not simply a show piece but a true companion to their lives. Many of our clients drive their M3s every day, and the cars truly accompany our clients through each and every adventure they may have. Arash is one such M3 enthusiast. He enjoys his M3 every day, whether it be driving to work, at the drag strip, at the track, or anywhere else. This connection with his M3 means that it is not a static show piece as much as it’s an extension of his personality and his lifestyle, and so his car is constantly evolving, just as he is.

This year, Arash chose to return to IND to take his car one step further in it’s evolution. Some M3Post members may remember when he first created his M3 vision, as we documented in this thread:

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=409084

Arash chose to push his car to a new level by further addressing his interior. IND added Defi gauge package, Recaro Pole Position seats in leather (a rare sight in an E90!), a BMW performance shift knob, and a small hand-pinstriped IND logo on the aluminum trim for a finishing touch. We powdercoated his Akrapovic exhaust tips in gloss black, and hand pinstriped a red Akrapovic logo to update the car’s exterior, and removed the KW V3 coilovers in favor of KW ClubSport suspension to better compliment his RD Sport sway bars. Arash chose to finish off the car’s “street look” with a set of 5 spoke DPE wheels, which he will remove in favor of OZ Superleggera wheels for track use.

Enjoy the photos and stay tuned- Arash’s Silver Ghost will continue to evolve every year!

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