It has been said that with distance comes clarity and focus. Without leaving the planet, our client has traveled one of the greatest distances from our shop that a person can manage: Australia. A total of 9,000 miles and up to two years’ time lie between him and his car, the infamous Green Hell project. IND has been tasked with the responsibility of storing and maintaining Green Hell while it’s owner is taking advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime in the land Down Under. We are honored and fortunate to be able to take care of such an iconic creation.
With this responsibility came also the opportunity to perform a bit of cosmetic adjustment. Because Green Hell is in a somewhat permanent storage, IND is able to make changes to the car at will and add components from our in stock inventory. Not only were we given free reign to change a few major components, these modifications were carried out without our client’s specific knowledge of which parts were installed. You are discovering our changes at the very same moment he is!
With alacrity and excitement we set to work. It quickly became apparent that a streamlined yet functional approach was essential, and with that focal point in mind, we realized only one rear wing could replace the recognizably massive M24 unit, and that was RKP’s lightweight carbon fiber GTS wing painted in a matte black finish. Carefully paired with this on the front end is an RKP GT4 front lip, also laid in highly polished bare carbon fiber. To finish off the appearance, a set of Volk Racing TE37 SL wheels in the pressed graphite finish and color-matched green decals were installed.
The finished effect is a noticeable and striking study in contrast. While Green Hell still screams aggression, both visually and aurally, the lines and extensions seem to be pulled back into a taut, poised creature with intent to strike. Motorsport and competition still dominate the thematic structure, however tasteful restraint is quite obviously the order of the day. Something about the way the M3 squats over the TE37 SLs and hugs the ground with its new carbon aero components inspires a picture of speed and competence. Every one of us is overcome with pride, and while the internals remain intact for now, something tells us we have not seen the last of this car’s never-ending evolution.
And so, the latest and greatest incarnation of Green Hell prowls our facility with an intimidating facade and yet graceful presence that serves as a daily, constant reminder of how clean and perfect a race-inspired build can become. With every glance, every encounter, the familiar burning pride and passion is renewed within all of us. While regrettably we cannot present the new Green Hell in person to our client (or use the car in an on-track environment without his presence), the knowledge that his original vision lives on to be enjoyed by enthusiasts around the world gives us great contentment. We are humbled and grateful to be granted the privilege of bringing you a cleaner Green.
The E86 Z4M seen in these photos is not Kristin’s first attempt at modifying a car, and it shows. Kristin is a long-standing and well respected member of Chicago’s modified car community so she wasted no time with her new Z4 when she got rid of her extensively modified Hyundai Tiburon in favor of one of BMW’s most interactive M cars.
Although this Z4M is in it’s very early stages of modification and will remain a constant work in progress, Kristin was able to work with IND to give the car a striking appearance by adding just a few components. We knew that an aggressive stance was a critical aspect of this car’s personality- a project like this begins by examining the stance and wheel fitment and expounds thematically from that starting point.
The car’s aggressive fitment is achieved by using Work VS-XX wheels in an 18×9.5 +19 front size, and an 18×10.5 +19 size in the rear. These sizes and offsets leave very little room for error both in terms of inside and outside clearance and had to be carefully planned and accounted for months before the wheel’s arrival at IND. Our careful measurement paid off during the ultimate moment of truth.
We opened the Work wheel boxes the moment they were unloaded from their UPS truck like excited kids on Christmas day, and immediately jumped to the task of test fitting the wheels. Any of our readers who have pursued close wheel fitment before will know the “make it or break it” feeling of this moment. We all grinned simultaneously when we saw that the wheel fitment was literally perfect- the front and rear wheels cleared with just enough room to spare!
IND installed KW ClubSport coilovers to give the car the camber and ride height adjustment it needed. The VS-XX wheels were shod with Yokohama Advan tires, and the front fenders and rear quarters were carefully rolled to accommodate the aggressive wheels. Kristin added an Arkym front lip and rear trunk spoiler, both painted by IND, to enhance the car’s sleek and low appearance. Gloss black grilles and painted reflectors round out the basic accents on this Z4M. Kristin has wasted no time and is also patiently waiting for an Eisenmann exhaust system to be hand built and imported from it’s Stuttgart manufacturing facility.
Although this car’s mild state of modification will not last long, Kristin has once again proved that simple modifications can completely transform the personality of a car. Please stay tuned as Kristin continues to build her version of the perfect Z4M!
Back in April we published Brick by Brick, a declaration of war on our very own shop. After 30 years of use the end goal was to give back to the structure that helped bring all of our ideas to fruition. Beginning with the service entrance and main office we wanted to provide a clean, modern, and above all calm environment to our customers. As car enthusiasts all of us understand the attachment of a owner to his or her vehicle and in the context of renovation we wanted ensure the both clients were equally comfortable. This week we have completed the remodeling phase of our shop’s second office and are very proud of the result. We hope our clients and visitors love it also!
As BMW and more specifically the M division continue to refine their product, the skill level required in the enhancement of the automobile manufacturers end result grows almost exponentially. Albeit suspension or engine tuning, long gone are the days of “winging it” in the aftermarket industry. The passion required to create and produce components for these modern machines must equal or surpass that of the originator.
3D Design is no stranger to this process and once again has managed to embellish what many believe is the most exciting mid-size the engineers in Munich have released since the boisterous E39 M5. The 3D Design program for the F10 M5 features a robust line of carbon fiber aerodynamic accessories including a front lip, low splitters, side skirts, rear diffuser, and trunk spoiler. In addition to these pieces the roof spoiler from their existing F10 line will also be compatible.
The F10 M5 line will not stop at the aerodynamic portion of the brand. 3D Design will have their trademark exhaust system developed with Arqray as a technology partner. Currently the exhaust will be made available in stainless steel with quad 100mm tips providing a aggressiveness that suits the elegance of their rear diffuser. The exhaust will be made available in both a JASMA spec as well as Export spec.
The goal of 3D Design is not to hit a couple areas really well. As a entity consumed by perfection the purpose of every vehicle is to have the most comprehensive program for the given chassis. No exceptions were made for the F10 M5. In working with their technology partner Ohlins for suspension components 3D Design will have a full suspension line and is working on a external reservoir race application. The already luxurious interior of the M5 will be further enhanced by 3D Designs trademark pedal set, floor mats, and a gauge pod for more serious applications.
Although 3D Design suspension is exclusive to the Japanese domestic market, it is our top priority to bring these applications to North America and plan to do so with the F10 M5 application. All items will be ready to ship mid May and pre-orders will be taken effective immediately.
ESS Tuning has been the leading manufacturer of forced induction systems for BMW cars for the last 20 years, and this month ESS has committed to bringing their engineering and design expertise to the Mercedes marque. ESS truly dove in head first with the acquisition of a C63 black series coupe, and the ESS engineering team has already started the process of analyzing the car’s amazing engine. ESS hopes to create a monster power output with easy driving characteristics and years of trouble free reliability.
IND has been a key contributor to ESS’ latest tuning program for the E9x M3, and if ESS performance with this V8 is any indication, the C63 tuning program should yield incredible results. IND has installed over 60 ESS kits in-house with a flawless safety and reliability record, all while yielding a 50% increase in power over the original 400hp output.
Please stay tuned for more updates from IND as ESS continues with their research and development program for the C63 and C63 Black Series!
While perfecting our business here at IND Distribution we’ve found that many things used to improve a business can simply be bought- new equipment, a larger building, even additional staff can all be added with a simple infusion of funds. Improving a business can be a relatively easy task in this way, simply add money and the business can grow and expand. While there is truth to this lesson, this knowledge comes with a caveat. This is because some of the most critical things in business cannot be purchased, borrowed, or even stolen.
A company’s heritage can never be bought, it can only be earned. Decades of hard work and sacrifice are what give a business its unique personality, it’s story. As we begin a major remodel of our building we reflect on where this structure has been, what stories it’s walls tell us, and where it will take us in the future.
The building that houses IND is much more than just that, it is a reflection of three generations of heritage. Starting with Luciano Palella, a first generation immigrant from Italy, our shop was built brick-by-brick by its own workers to be what it is today. The trench for each paint booth was dug by Luciano himself, and all of us at IND have had a hand in maintaining the building.
This year we will give back to the place that gives us our identity by renovating this building. 30 years of use as a shop and warehouse take their toll on any structure, and this month we will begin a major remodeling of our facility that will be completed in stages and last through the summer. We will post progress as we go, so check back frequently for more updates!