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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