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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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A different kind of BMW

IND’s clients are not just fans of BMW cars, but are BMW motorcycle enthusiasts as well! Occasionally we’ll have the opportunity to help our clients create something unique, like Bill’s BMW S1000RR motorcycle. Bill’s race bike is a highly tuned Ducati 848, but for the street the S1000RR is his machine of choice. Bill has been a fan of BMW Motorsport for years, so we helped him create his own vision by modifying the original BMW Motorsport paint scheme. We incorporated Bill’s numbers and neon green color into the Motorsport scheme for a one-off look.

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Philip’s Road trip to iND from NY

Our client Philip knew he was in for a journey when he decided to make the drive to IND to install his ESS VT1-535 kit, but when his wife suggested he bring along two of her film students to document the entire trip he knew he was in for a real adventure. Philip, Matt and Mana drove from New York to Chicago in Philip’s M3 and a rented SUV to film the road trip, the install process, and of course to speak with some of the car enthusiasts we would introduce them to during their stay at IND.
    
We joined in the project by throwing a private dinner for our local clients at our local brewery, which brought nearly 30 BMW fans together.
    

Philip and his video crew have put together a short teaser video of their project. Stay tuned for the completed film!

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Motorsport oil cooling from M24 Germany

Published on August 2, 2011 by in Automobile, BMW, iND, News

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!

http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10145491#post10145491

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Custom Motorsport S65 manifold by iND

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ESS Midwest tune day with IND Distribution!

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!

 
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$1,000 Spacers!

Published on July 1, 2011 by in Uncategorized

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.

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IND brings competition level downforce to the public!

Published on June 29, 2011 by in BMW, Body Kits, iND, News

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.

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