Clean Green

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.

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Step by Step

By now most M3 enthusiasts have seen SehrSchnell’s journeys to IND and have watched his car grow up step by step. Last week Philip took yet another step in this M3’s progression with yet another trip to IND accompanying it. Philip and I knew that of all of the parts added to his M3, the KW Variant 3 coilovers and OMP ARS fixed back seats would contribute to some of the biggest change in the car’s personality.

The OMP seats were a perfect compliment to the other components installed this round- a stud conversion by Turner Motorsports, Project Kics lug nuts, Macht Schnell 12mm spacers in the front, KW Variant 3 coilovers, and an Akrapovic exhaust with carbon tips. Philip’s M3 now has a more purposeful stance and appearance, along with a level of interactive feel that only a fixed back sports seat can give. See you next time Philip!


A Family Matter

Any business will drive the people involved to form friendships that go beyond a simple utilitarian exchange, but when your business is to help people create the cars of their dreams you have an opportunity to connect that is beyond anything that people encounter in more “every day” industries. Working at IND has allowed us to form life-long friendships, and welcome our clients to the IND family.

Philip is one such client. He is not only a life-long friend, but a true member of the IND family. Working on Philip’s M3 is always a pleasure because we know that each time he ships the car to our facility he is placing his trust in us as a member of our family, and we do our best to treat him accordingly. This time, Philip’s car made it’s journey from New York to feed a never-ending addiction to power that’s shared by many who choose to add an ESS kit to their car. Philip changed transformed his already potent VT1-535 equipped M3 into a monster by upgrading to an ESS VT2-600 kit. In combination with his 4.10 differential the car’s midrange and top end response is even better than a standard M3, and the car is now a real force to be reckoned with.

IND added GTS door sills for a subtle reference to this M3’s newfound power, and a hand-pinstriped ESS VT2 600 badge on the trunk for a less subtle statement that tells those following the car to be wise when challenging Philip’s M3.

 


Stay Classy!

What car can you drive every day when you already have one of the most perfectly balanced E93 M3s ever built? When we worked with our client John to create his weekend car, we aimed for a perfect balance of understated performance and appearance that would reflect John’s personality. We wanted to build something with a more mature and refined style, and John’s E93 oozed refinement when it was completed and given it’s name- “The Silver Standard”.

So what sort of daily driver do you get someone who has an M3 like John’s Silver Standard? The answer has to be equally refined. We chose to help John create an E60 550i. Because this car is John’s daily driver, we took a fairly basic but effective approach to selecting it’s modifications, keeping in mind that we wanted to give John the refined yet aggressive appearance that he wanted while maintaining a basic mod list and relatively low budget.

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Beyond OEM: Chris’ ESS VT1 E90 M3

Chris, the owner of this near-perfect E90 M3 had a very specific plan. To create his ideal vision of an M3, Chris knew that he did not want to deviate too far from BMW M’s original plan. Chris’ appreciation of BMW’s work is exactly what allowed him to create such a balanced M3.

 Chris used a combination of factory optional parts and key modifications to create his vision. We supplied Chris with a Challenge front lip and BMW ZCP rear spoiler and painted both pieces to match the car for a subtle appearance. Chris also added a Brembo 380mm GT kit to give his M3 the stopping power it needs for track use, and an Eisenmann Sport exhaust for a perfect “factory-plus” tone.

 This month, Chris took the plunge and added the final piece to finish his M3. Chris shipped his car to IND for an ESS VT1 install, and having driven the car I can say that there is no better combination. The perfect, smooth power delivery of the VT1 kit combined with the mellow tone of Eisenmann’s Sport exhaust truly makes for a car that could have been built right at BMW’s factory. From the driver’s seat, stack gauges are the only tell-tale sign that the car has been modified.

 Chris, I am so excited for you to have the car back in your hands, and for you to enjoy your creation- one of the most well balanced modified M3s we’ve seen!

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Challenge Engineering presents their new Sport diffuser for the E92 M3

Challenge Engineering already builds one of the best rear diffuser designs available with their original piece for the M3. This diffuser has aggressive lines and a look that stands out from any other diffuser for the car.
       
Despite this, Challenge continues to expand their offerings and give M3 enthusiasts more and more choices as time goes on.
       
Challenge Engineering’s new Sport diffuser is inspired by the clean, simple lines of the original E46 M3 CSL diffuser to create a unique and subtle piece for the E92. The fins are understated with a curved shape that integrates nicely into the lines of the OEM bumper. The center section includes a sculpted depression that gives the diffuser a more complex appearance.
       
As with all carbon fiber items from Challenge Engineering, each pieces is made in house in their Midwest facility and built from the highest grade materials. Challenge uses only carbon fiber in manufacturing this diffuser, with no fiberglass backing.

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Bro Power

I know I know…Cheesy title  his unsername is “Brosef” on www.m3post.com

It’s still cold in the Midwest but Chicago’s dedicated enthusiasts are already gearing up for this summer’s track season, and our client Michael is no different. Michael (Brosef on this forum) came to us hoping to have a more thrilling experience at the track this season, so we added Brembo’s 380 GT kit, HRE P40s wheels, and an ESS VT2 kit to the car.

Unfortunately we were not able to take exterior photos of the car due to our bad weather, but we did manage some engine bay shots of the freshly painted ESS intake manifold. Look for exterior photos soon!

ESS VT2-575
iND painted manifold
Challenge Sport X-pipe with HFC’s
Eisenmann Race performance 4x83mm LeMans tips
19″ HRE P40S
Brembo 380MM kit
KW V3’s

Photos of the full car-
http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=477072

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