IND is known for our E9x M3 Portfolio Project cars, but in reality we are not biased and are car enthusiasts at heart. We’ve created quite a few Audi, Lamborghini, and Mercedes cars for our clients as well.
Our client is a true car enthusiast also, and loves many marques. His summer car is a modified Audi R8 V10, but knew he had to make a more practical purchase to get him through the always brutal Chicago winter.
Although his new CLS63 AMG was already a work of art directly from Mercedes, our client had to make a few additions to make the car right for his style. Just after taking delivery of the car, our client headed to IND for help with his new daily driver.
We addressed the car’s ride height by adding a KW adjustable suspension kit, and then added 5mm front and 10mm rear wheel spacers to the original AMG wheels, which we refinished in black with a subtle white AMG lettering.
We augmented the low super sedan’s already sleek lines by painting the roof black, and adding black trim pieces to match. The AMG logo received a custom red accent for an additional level of detail. The original exhaust tips were coated in a high-temperature ceramic black finish as well.
IND called upon the tuning expertise of RennTech to increase the car’s already formidable power output, although our client will be using the right pedal sparingly until next summer.
Although Chicago’s hellish winters do not leave much opportunity to enjoy a modified car, we can count on this CLS to keep our client warm, safe, and in style until next summer comes.
Enjoy the photos!
Up next on the IND agenda is this beautiful 2012 Mercedes CLS63 AMG…. stay tuned for more updates along the way!
Imagine having the opportunity to own every single M car ever made, from the moment that BMW chose to grace the world with their miracle sports sedans. Imagine the thrill of experiencing each of BMW M’s creations, the moment each one was released to the eager public. What true car enthusiast would not jump at such an opportunity? One of IND’s most valued local clients is precisely such an enthusiast, and jumped at precisely such an opportunity.
Our client is a BMW M fanatic, and has been blessed with the chance to experience BMW’s M tradition first hand, car by car. When the 1M was announced, our client knew that it may be the best M in years, and that he absolutely had to experience the newest addition to the M family. As many of you know, acquiring a 1M is no small feat, and despite our client’s love for the M brand, he was not able to have an allocation from his home dealer. Undeterred, our client continued his pursuit by contacting BMW NA directly and found his solution. After seeing a faxed list of M and BMW cars our client had previously owned and seeing our client’s passion for M cars, a rep at BMW NA realized that he would have to build him a 1M at any cost.
Together with BMW’s North American office, IND, and our client’s favorite dealership- Patrick BMW, our client embarked on a journey to create his perfect vision of a 1M. Patrick BMW has supported IND since the company’s youngest days, and was a perfect ally for building this car. Patrick helped coordinate the car’s “pre-delivery” delivery to IND’s facility with perfect smoothness, and their access to the BMW parts bin was invaluable in obtaining items like the performance steering wheel and spoiler on short notice.
Two months after our client’s conversation with BMW NA, IND’s staff was looking at a perfect, brand new Valencia Orange 1M, still fresh from transport, every possible surface still covered in protective plastic lining.
The 1M was sent directly to IND’s facility, before being delivered to our client, so we had to work fast. Knowing that one of the most sought-after M cars ever made is in town and waiting for pickup but having to wait for modifications to get installed is sure to provoke impatience in any man, and we did our best to make the wait for delivery a short one.
Our mission was therefore clear- build the best performing, most eye-catching 1M possible, and do the job in exactly 48 hours.
We began tearing into the brand new 1M as soon as it arrived at our facility. Many of the parts to be installed on the car were either prototype parts, or specifically selected because the manufacturer was early to market, and we knew some adjustments would be necessary.
The original hood was removed in favor of Seibon’s power dome equipped carbon fiber piece. Although the paint scheme is not of IND’s own design, our client is very creative and insisted on incorporating his ideas into the project. The Seibon hood and paint scheme are a direct result of our client’s own creative direction. IND added gloss black front and side grilles to eliminate the car’s only chrome trim. RevoZport provided their two-piece adjustable front lip and two-piece rear diffuser, giving the car an aggressive appearance.
Our client has been a loyal fan of Rogue Engineering short shifters, installing one in every M Rogue had a shifter for, so we knew we had to provide a short shifter for this car as well. We contacted Ben at Rogue Engineering and learned that he was developing a shifter but would not have a ready to sell solution ready for another two months. Despite this, Ben was able to build a one-off pre-production short shifter for our 1M project just days after we requested the piece.
We chose KW ‘s height adjustable sleeve kit to give this 1M flexibility in its height setting for year-round use. The sleeve kit includes springs that are well matched to the 1M’s original dampers but still allow for a controlled ride and reduced body roll along with sharper turn-in.
A car like this 1M must have a sound menacing enough to match its appearance. IND turned to Eisenmann for a tone that would be recognized even among a field of modified 1Ms. We coupled Eisenmann’s downpipe-back exhaust system with Akrapovic downpipes for a dramatic power increase over the 1M’s already formidable M-tuned engine. ESS Tuning provided software to optimize the power further, making this 1M an outright rocket.
No matter how many major modifications are installed on an IND Portfolio project, it is always the smaller details that truly finish the car. IND provided some of these one-off pieces by adding color-coded Valencia Orange steering wheel trim, a special Valencia Orange striped BMW Performance steering wheel, a BMW Performance rear spoiler with an M3 CRT style paint scheme, and an M badge finished in gloss black with hand-painted Valencia borders. We finished the car by applying a custom paint scheme to the car’s already beautiful engine cover.
All of IND’s staff is patiently waiting for the moment when our client finally takes delivery of his brand new 1M, this Saturday. Although our client never enjoyed the car in its stock form, we are confident that he will love our interpretation of BMW’s newest work of automotive art.
Akrapovic’s new 1M downpipe is one of their most thoroughly developed pieces to date. The ends of the downpipe are cast in stainless steel to allow the best possible exhaust flow, the flex bellows in the downpipe ensure that the exhaust system can move safely without damaging the turbochargers, and reinforced brackets will last for years. O2 sensor bungs are positioned in the factory locations for easy install.
German racing component manufacturer Motorsport 24 is in the middle of reinventing the wheel with their newly developed headers for the S65. After a year of research, the M24 team is confident that they have improved upon the already stellar original BMW design. While these headers are still in the middle of optimization and development, initial testing has shown an increase in power as well as a substantial reduction in exhaust gas temperatures.
M24 will be releasing a direct-fit road car version of these headers, meant to fit on any street exhaust system, as well as a true racing version for S65 V8 engines. IND is M24′s North American distributor, and we all felt very fortunate to see preview photos of these early prototypes. Please stay tuned for updates!
As the leaves were beginning to change and the days subsequently became shorter we received a phone call from European Car. The editor saw the 3D Design North America E89 at the 2011 installment of Bimmerfest in Pasadena. We were invited along with Fall Line Motorsport to a closed track event in order to showcase two zeds built for entirely different purposes. The theme selected is that of a proverbial sibling rivalry. We couldn’t ask for a better day as the track was dry, the temperature mild, and lighting ideal. Below are some photos from the event.
For more information on the vehicles check out the December 2011 issue of European Car or visit them online.
Rogue Engineering has never been a company that compromised their desire for progress in favor of massive sales volume. Having spoken to the folks at Rogue about product design in the past, I know that even the mass production pieces designed by the Rogue team always reflect a philosphy that chooses sound design and true engineered improvement over low cost or big profits.
While this is true for Rogue’s production parts, Rogue Engineering pushes the envelope even further from time to time and the smart folks at RE did exactly that with their new MegaLight spacers.
Rogue’s new MegaLight spacers are HALF the weight of an equivalent name brand 15mm spacer, and are nickel plated for a durable finish. Although it’s obvious to IND and Rogue that these spacers will not sell in droves, they are certainly a testament to Rogue’s commitment to advancement in the engineering of their products.
The BMW Performance line was conceived with the avid enthusiast in mind. From brakes to interior components the Performance line offers a touch of refined BMW Motorsport clout all the while maintaining the elegance of a production BMW. The new Performance Wheel is no exception to this design philosophy. Featuring a flat bottom, M tri-stitch on interior circumference of the wheel, and a touch of BMW Bavaria blue at the 12 O’clock position. The wheel is fully wrapped in Alcantara for optimum grip and at the same time providing a true sports car bravado.
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