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.
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:
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!
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.
Enjoy the photos!
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!
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!