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IND | ESS F8x M3/M4 T-500 Performance ECU Software

Published on July 7, 2015 by in Uncategorized
IND | ESS F8x M3/M4 T-500 Performance ECU Software

ESS Tuning has provided forced induction solutions for BMW vehicles long before forced induction was mainstream in the BMW tuning community. ESS’ inception in 1995 created a business that was focused around only one thing: providing absolutely world class forced induction solutions for BMW cars. ESS’ experience in forced induction has enabled their team of engineers to maintain a familiarity with BMW engine control systems and tuning that is unparalleled in the BMW tuning industry. Simply put, no other company has as much time invested into research and development, and such a comprehensive breadth of experience as does ESS Tuning.

This extensive experience has enabled ESS to effectively transition to providing tuning solutions for BMW’s turbocharged cars. Two decades of forced induction tuning experience give ESS the expertise necessary to make tuning choices that yield safe, reliable power.

The F8x M3/M4 in particular packages a phenomenally designed engine with two small turbochargers for excellent response. ESS’ software focuses on maintaining the S55 engine’s excellent response, while increasing power in a fashion that does not push the factory turbos outside of their efficiency range. In being careful to operate the original turbos within their efficiency boundaries ESS yields an impressive power increase without reducing reliability.

ESS’ flash tune offers the following options:

• Top speed limiter removal

• Downpipe option (for off road use only)

• Cold start delete

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Searching for gold: IND creates the first evolution of a Pyrite M4.

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IND’s Green Hell was a project that inspired us to create a car that challenged the traditional notions of a street car. Could we create something that was visually race-inspired but maintained full street creature comforts? Is it possible to generate over 550 horsepower at the rear wheels, and still have a docile behavior around a road course? Green Hell, in this way, was all about the details in spite of its extroverted appearance. The car’s damper settings, our specifically chosen spring rates, the sway bar settings, its alignment- all of these would define the character of this car.

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When the owner of Green Hell approached me to help spec his M4, I wanted to re-interpret our approach to his famous E92 M3. Simply ordering another Signal Green car was not an option- we’ve already conquered that particular color. This time, we would try to create a car that was the definition of dual purpose, but with a more elegant presentation. We knew that Pyrite Brown was the best possible choice. Not only does this color’s striking brown and gold hue make a completely unique statement, but it is completely inverse of Green Hell’s vibrant personality- an important factor for us, given that so many vendors would surely jump on the Pyrite color as well, once we had released this car.

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This Pyrite M car arrived at IND mid-winter, after waiting for BMW’s individual program to apply the special paint color and assemble the car. Unwrapping this special car was incredibly rewarding, revealing the incredible paint with every inch of protective film removed. We knew then that this car would be something truly unique.

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Just like Green Hell, this M4 will evolve in stages as our client acclimates to the car both on the street and in a road course environment. The impetus for its first stage of development was a single phone call. When BBS of America reaches out to you to create something exciting to introduce their brand new FI-R wheel at the BimmerFest show, you do everything in your power to comply. We knew that we had to modify this M4 in such a way that it would perform incredibly well, provide its owner with a very dynamic driving experience, and yet stay within the confines of the elegant feel that the Pyrite color provides.

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We looked to 3D Design to provide us with an exterior package that would complement the M4’s original bodylines, while adding some additional presence to the bottom of the car. The full pre-preg carbon front lip, side skirts, rear diffuser, and trunk spoiler all contribute to the car’s visual impact, while taking an inverse approach to what IND fans saw in Green Hell. Gloss black front and side grilles were added to complement the carbon fiber below them, and of course IND painted reflectors remove the unsightly orange brought to us by the US DOT.

KW’s Variant 3 suspension was added to provide an aggressive stance while simultaneously maintaining an excellent ride quality and the M4’s dynamic handling. An Eisenmann rear section with the always recognizable signature tips granted us a dynamic roar while driving through this car’s 6 manually shifted gears.

Finally, all of these components come together to highlight one of the most impressive pieces of automotive aftermarket engineering in recent history: the BBS FI-R wheel. As we’ve mentioned in other threads, the FI-R is absolutely unique in its construction, being the first production wheel in the world to take advantage of extensive engineering analysis to remove weight in an area previously untouched by performance wheel manufacturers. IND was privileged and honored to receive the first M4 fitment FI-R wheel set in the world, just days before the BimmerFest show. 275 width front and 295 width rear Falken tires maximized the available space under the M4’s massive fenders and quarter panels, and will grant this car impeccable balance in performance driving.

We will continue to update BimmerPost as this M4 continues to develop and evolve. We hope that we can create something special with this car- an M4 that provides racing car performance around the track, but docile behavior and high class styling on the street. Thank you all for your support, and enjoy the photos!

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The fruit of our labor: IND’s M4 gets the complete Fall Line suspension treatment.

Published on May 29, 2015 by in Uncategorized

As many of you know, IND has been cooperating with the engineers at Fall Line Motorsport to analyze and improve the F8x M cars’ already potent suspension. For those who need to catch up, our various discussions have been covered in these threads:

An announcement of our newest project with Fall Line

An introduction to our suspension plans, and available components.

After months of tireless analysis, testing, and manufacturing, I am proud to report that we have completed the first phases of F8x M suspension development. Our shelves are stocked with Fall Line Motorsport suspension, and just before BimmerFest we had a chance to sneak our M4 over to Fall Line’s facility for installation of the complete Fall Line suspension kit. Some of the most exciting aspects of working with Fall Line to develop these suspension solutions are our ability to design these pieces with a systems approach, and our ability to test and validate these components.

All of the pieces in the M3/M4’s suspension interact together as the car moves through cornering, braking, and acceleration, and by inspecting each piece at once we can design accordingly. A change to a bushing here will affect suspension arm displacement elsewhere. Rigid bushings enable less suspension deflection and a limited geometry change during suspension movement, which also allows us to use a slightly softer spring rate. This gives more overall compliance, and the whole system works better.

Additionally, our ability to test and validate these components is second to none. In cooperation with Fall Line we are granted the privilege of access to their facility at Autobahn Country Club, along with Fall Line’s experienced drivers. Look for more information on this second component in the near future, as we put our own IND M4 through its paces at the Autobahn Country Club test course.

Our car pulled up to one of Fall Line’s many lifts with a host of modifications already installed: an Eisenmann exhaust system with downpipes takes care of necessary exhaust flow, a Brembo GT kit provide a far larger pad swept area and better floating disc design than factory, Volk ZE40 wheels in IND’s own PVD finish provide a very rigid base for the suspension to attach to, and a full 3D Design aero kit gives our M4 a striking appearance. With the help of Fall Line’s master technicians, we were ready to transform our M4 from a car that looked fantastic to a car that also handled as well as it looked.

No matter how many years I spend in this industry, I will never grow tired of the feeling of seeing a collection of well-designed parts. We would be adding Fall Line’s front spherical bearing kit, rear upper spherical bearing kit, and toe adjustment arms, to complement the JRZ suspension valved specifically to IND and Fall Line spec.

Over the course of several hours, original BMW suspension arms and bushings were removed…

…and Fall Line designed components were installed in their place.

I couldn’t help but be impressed by the attention to detail in each component. The JRZ rear height adjusters cleverly attach to the M4’s floor, enabling easy adjustment and limiting movement when the suspension is relaxed. The JRZ camber plate offers a superior design to all other camber plates I’ve seen, being specifically built to sandwich the intermediate plate between an upper and lower locking plate, precisely locking the camber adjustment with no chance of slippage. The recessed design of the camber plate also minimizes stack height, and increases front suspension travel in bump to the absolute maximum possible. Fall Line’s toe adjustment arms feature Aurora bearings, ARP hardware, and laser cut eccentric lockouts for a perfect alignment every time. I was thrilled to install such top quality components on our M4!

During our install we took care to reveal the damper adjusters while simultaneously maintaining the integrity of all original BMW trim for a factory-like appearance and function. The JRZ dampers looked right at home in the wheel well of our Yas Marina Blue M4!

Our M4 made its way to California for the BimmerFest show just days after installation was completed, but even the street driving that I was able to complete prior to the car’s departure gave me the distinct impression that we have something special in this suspension package. The car’s ride is smooth, compliant, and comfortable. The turn-in is sharp and incredibly precise. I look forward to updating BimmerPost when we test these suspension components at the AutoBahn road course. Thank you all for reading, and please stay tuned!

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01-0001: IND installs the world’s first S55 Gruppe M intake!

Published on May 18, 2015 by in Uncategorized
01-0001: IND installs the world’s first S55 Gruppe M intake!

Gruppe M’s Mamoru Ogose has dedicated his life to European sports car racing. Since 1996, Gruppe M has constructed and supported BMW, Porsche, and Ferrari competition cars in Japanese club racing, FIA GT, LMES, and ALMS. Gruppe M’s dedication to creating parts that are both functionally beautiful and aesthetically pleasing makes the company a pleasure to work with.

Today, we’re proud to announce our installation of the world’s first Gruppe M intake on our IND F82 M4 demo car. The beautifully crafted carbon fiber intake arrived at IND just days before our M4 was to ship to BimmerFest, and while we have not had an opportunity to dyno test the intake just yet, we were very happy to see the ease with which the components fit together, and enjoy the extra induction road along with the beautiful appearance of the intake parts in our M4’s engine bay.

Enjoy the photos!

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Embracing the future: IND interprets the i3 and i8.

Published on May 18, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Being a car enthusiast in the 21st century brings with it an interesting duality: one typically develops a love for technology and science in a pursuit of better understanding of a modern car’s systems, but the more science a modern car enthusiast understands in pursuit of their hobby, the more one is confronted with a stark reality: burning fossil fuels for personal transportation has been a science experiment conducted by billions of people on a global scale, with consequences that are uncertain at best and absolutely dire at worst.

The realities of internal combustion are not lost on BMW, and although no auto maker in the world loves the sports car more than BMW, the brand has embraced alternative fuels, electric vehicles, and hybrids. Since BMW’s early attempts at hydrogen burning engines in their Hydrogen 7 concept, BMW engineers have resolutely pursued the future of the automobile.

The advent of BMW’s i vehicles has ushered in a new era of environmentally conscious technology. It should come as no surprise that the BMW version of the environmentally friendly automobile is not simply an appliance made only for commuting, but rather a machine with soul that expresses passion and a love for the automobile, even while standing still. Ultra high efficiency electric and hybrid cars are here to stay, and all of us at IND are grateful that BMW has taken on the challenge.

As always, when BMW breaks new ground, we at IND do our best to follow suit. We have done everything possible to create new parts for the i3 and i8 cars with our technology partners, and are working hard to create a full host of components designed to help the BMW i enthusiast personalize their cars. IND’s i program is expanding steadily, and we are proud to introduce our interpretations of the BMW i.

IND i3:
IND painted reflectors
3D Design front lip, gloss black
Gloss black foglight surrounds
Gloss black front bumper slats
Carbon fiber mirror caps
Gloss black grille surrounds

Cobra lowering springs

HRE 303 M wheels, ilectric blue outer barrel and face, gloss charcoal inner barrel

IND i8:
IND painted reflectors

Cobra lowering springs

HRE S101 wheels, gloss charcoal outer barrel and face, ilectric blue inner barrel

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A pedigree of excellence: the BBS FI-R on film

Published on May 14, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Much like the BBS FI wheel before it, bringing the BBS FI-R to market has been a journey and a trial, both within BBS itself, and outside of BBS among BBS supporters and vendors. I described a full history of the FI-R and its relationship with IND here, in this thread:

However amongst the bustle and noise of hundreds of hours of engineering, finite element analysis, pricing negotiations, and even negotiations between IND and BBS Germany, one element of the story is lost to us.

The FI-R wheel is not a wheel engineered and conceived in a vacuum. It is a culmination of a history of hard work, struggle, and success. It is this accumulated effort, this compounded knowledge and force of human will that impresses us at IND. Although the FI-R is still in production and not yet released to the general public, it represents a lineage and a bloodline that is unique to a company founded in 1970 by a couple of guys from Schiltach Germany with a true passion for engineering.

This is why we follow the FI-R program so closely, and this is why we feel as we do about the FI-R.

Enjoy the video!

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IND | JRZ RS Two – Touring Coilover Kit

Published on May 14, 2015 by in Uncategorized

JRZ has been a leading suspension manufacturer in Europe and the United States for over 20 years. By applying innovative thinking and a unique engineering approach to damper design, JRZ was able to achieve success in all forms of motorsport on a global scale, enjoying victories in everything from club racing to the highest levels of LeMans endurance and touring car racing. Leveraging experience gained in Formula One, DTM, LeMans, and other top level motorsport JRZ is able to provide top level racing damper technology to the everyday sports car driver, club racer, and HPDE participant.

JRZ RS Two – Touring
• perfect for street and occasional trackday use
• uses OE top mounts to minimize road noise and vibrations
• adjustable rebound and dampening
• lowering springs
• height adjustable
• bump stops
• valved for comfort and control

JRZ F8x M3/M4 RS Two – Touring Coilover Kit: $3350

Please contact IND by phone or email for more information or to place your order.
866.963.4520 | info@ind-distribution.com

The JRZ F8x M3/M4 RS Two – Touring Coilover Kit may be viewed here in our online store: http://ind-distribution.com/ind/bran…l-coilover-kit

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Double Trouble

Published on April 21, 2015 by in Uncategorized

Just had two brand new M’s in for upgrades. The MW F80 M3 had less than 300 miles on it! Here is the current mod list along with a ton of photos 

F80 M3 mod list-
F8X M3/M4 Front Grill Surround Gloss Black
F80 M3 Painted Side Vents Select Color: Gloss Black
F80 M3 Painted Side Marker Set in Gloss black
F80 M3 Rear Painted Emblem Finish Gloss black
F8X M3 / M4 Painted Front Reflectors Vehicle Color: Mineral White
F8X M3/M4 Painted Key Hole Cover Vehicle Color: Mineral White
BMW M Performance – F80 M3 Carbon Trunk Spoiler
RKP F8X M3/M4 Carbon Fiber Front Lip 2×2 gloss carbon
RKP F8X M3/M4 Carbon Rear Diffuser Select Weave: 1×1
KW F8x M3M4 HAS kit
Eisenmann F8x M3/4 Catless downpipes (OEM exhaust)
Macht Schnell F8X M3 / M4 Exhaust Valve Control Module
Macht Schnell Competition Wheel Spacer Kit – (15mm) 14mm Lug (Front and rear)

F82 M4 mod list-
F8X M3/M4 Front Grill Surround Gloss Black
F82 M4 Painted Side Marker Set in Gloss black
F82 M4 Rear Painted Emblem Finish Gloss black
F8X M3 / M4 Painted Front Reflectors Vehicle Color: AW (300)
BMW M Performance – F82 M4 Carbon Trunk Spoiler
RKP F8X M3/M4 Carbon Fiber Front Lip 2×2 gloss carbon
3D Design M3/M4 Carbon Fiber diffuser 2×2 gloss carbon
3D Design M4 Carbon fiber side skirts 2×2 gloss carbon
H&R Springs
Eisenmann F8x M3/4 Exhaust with Signature tips

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First M3 + M4 Varis shipment in the US lands at ……….

Published on April 16, 2015 by in Uncategorized
iND  shipping by Ocean is no fun 

VRS F82 M4 Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser System 1

VRS F80 M3 F82/F83 M4 Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser Skirt (Upper diffuser)

VRS F80 M3/F82 M4 Carbon Fiber Front Lip Spoiler

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Testing the beast, stage 1: IND X5M F85 S63Tu dyno at AMS Performance.

Published on April 14, 2015 by in Uncategorized


BMW’s turbo engines have radically changed the M ownership experience. While many lament the loss of BMW’s normally aspirated powerplants for their ability to give every owner a race car like experience on the street or on the track, few can deny the ability of the new turbo powerplants to ignite an internal horsepower war within BMW M’s very own walls. With each turbo car released by the M division, the bar is raised progressively higher. Compounded with consistent under-rating of M’s turbo cars, the turbo era does have some welcome perks.

All of us at IND were therefore thrilled to dyno test our new X5M, and brought it to our friends at AMS Performance at our first opportunity. AMS Performance very kindly opened their busy tuning schedule to accommodate our X5M on their DynoJet dynamometer, and the results were at once pleasing, surprising, and yet all too familiar for fans of BMW M turbo engines.

Our X5M roared to an astounding 535 SAE corrected all wheel horsepower, without breaking a sweat, in completely factory form. We are of course thrilled at the real world power output of the car! The powerband is incredibly linear (something which all X5M owners can attest to), and the car so clearly has ample power on tap.

We are excited to have taken this first step with our X5M, and are thrilled to move forward with the project. Stay tuned for more updates!

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