German competition components manufacturer Motorsport24 has created a unique oil cooling solution for the E9x M3. Their oversized oil 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 cooler, and has been tested to be effective on courses like the Nurburgring, Hockenheimring, and the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben to produce as much as a 50 degree Fahrenheit drop in oil temperature!
Many of our clients have requested DCT tunes for their supercharged and naturally aspirated M3s, but as some M3 owners are aware, it is not possible to install DCT transmission software on an E9x M3 remotely- the complete car must be present for programming of the DCT transmission, making the process impossible for most people.
Due to the increasing demand for DCT software from our local clientele, I will be organizing a tuning day with ESS to help DCT M3 drivers, people seeking NA tunes, and even local clients who want an ESS Supercharger kit but do not wish to ship their DME. ESS has visited IND in Chicago once before to install their DCT software on our Blue Max project, and the ESS staff is looking forward to a return visit!
ESS’ DCT software improves clutch engagement and shift speed, and can result in more stable operation of the DCT transmission, even in high stress situations like track and autocross use.
The ESS staff will fly to IND to install DCT software, but we will also be able to provide standard ESS engine software as well. Please reply in this thread if you have interest in a DCT tune, and the dates you are NOT available, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at IND!
We all know that as car enthusiasts we can from time to time make buying choices that are not completely driven by sound logic, but rather by the sheer appreciation of elegant engineering and design.
A few members of IND’s staff were at dinner with a close friend of ours who happens to be an M3 GT4 owner. As we started talking about the car’s various motorsport specific components the most unlikely part became one of the focuses of the conversation- the car’s wheel spacers. We were amazed to see this level of innovation in a piece that most people would not look at twice. The scalloped, pentagonal spacer is of such a low weight it almost feels wrong in your hands, and is a perfect example of the length to which motorsport engineers go to optimize every possible factor for a competitive advantage.
Enjoy the photos!
BMW’s E90 320si touring car has been a success in both WTCC and BTCC competition since it’s introduction in 2006. Watching Andy Priaulx battle other drivers in WTCC has been a thrill since the E90 came into the scene and all of us at IND are proud to share a piece of the WTCC E90 with M3Post.
German manufacturer M24 has created a rear wing built specifically to mimic the wing found on the WTCC 320si. Built from FRP with a Hexcel honeycomb core, carbon fiber endplates and a Hexcel honeycomb core, the M24 wing is incredibly light in weight and high in strength.
One of the first modifications many people install on an E9x M3 is an performance exhaust system, and while the exhaust system layout of an E9x M3 may seem like elementary knowledge to most fans of the M3, IND constantly gets calls from less experienced enthusiasts who are simply too busy to put their M3 in the air and have a look underneath. I find myself sending clients photos of various exhaust combinations simply to give them an idea of where all the components sit, and how each part can contribute to both power and sound.
We shot some photos of an Eisenmann exhaust system with a factory x pipe still installed to give people a visual reference to each component that makes up the original x pipe. This way, enthusiasts that are new to the M3 can better understand the components they may be thinking of replacing.
IND was honored to be part of this project!
News of Japan’s disaster reached nearly every human in a first world country within a day. The footage was horrifying to watch and the toll on human life and property was terrible, but even as Japan went through it’s dark moments that week there was positive mixed with the negative, hope mixed with the despair of a country living through a disaster of epic proportions. Days and weeks after the Tsunami, two facts became very clear about the people of Japan- they would not give up easily, and they would do anything possible to restore the country as quickly as possible and return to normal life.
Speaking to my friends in Japan about those events, I heard one common theme: “let’s not dwell on the bad, but plan for the good. Let’s move forward, rebuild, and enjoy life”. The tuning companies of Japan seemed to express the same feelings and continue to push forward every day. 3D Deisgn’s newest E89 Z4 is a reflection of this positive philosophy. Plans to create the car were made shortly after the Japanese Tsunami with the intention of making a statement. That statement is simply scribed over the car’s driver’s side window: “Don’t give up, Tohoku”.
Linda has been an IND client for the better part of three years now, and it’s a pleasure and a privalage each time she comes in for an update to her E92 M3. Each year we update the appearance and performance of her car as it gradually approaches her version of the perfect M.
Linda is no stranger to modified cars these days, and has some great new parts coming for her M in the next few weeks, along with a few track events planned for the summer.
Enjoy the photos and stay tuned for updates!