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Rafał Sadowski's E30

Engine/Drivetrain

  • M52b28TU
  • carbon Simota Air Intake
  • Custom manifolds
  • Custom 2.5” exhaust
  • 5 speed manual
  • 25% Limited Slip Differential 3.20 ratio

Exterior

  • iS front lip
  • Mtech I trunk spoiler
  • Touring side skirts
  • US front and rear sidemarkers 
  • Side indicators deleted
  • Pop out windows
  • US backplate panel

Interior

  • Recaro speed seats
  • Rear seats reshaped
  • Whole interior retrimmed in leather
  • Nardi Deep Corn steering wheel
  • Matching Nardi gear knob
  • Original radio
  • Second radio hidden in glovebox to keep original look inside

Suspension/Braking/Wheels

  • AC Schnitzer Type I (Front: 17x9" | Rear: 17x10")
  • Hankook tires
  • ISC coilovers with custom springs
  • Rear camber kit 
  • E46 3.0 petrol brakes (Front: 325mm | Rear: 276mm)
  • Copper lines

Thanks to: First of all massive thanks to my amazing wife Monika (love you lots) and Sebastian for getting that car for me. Miker for help with suspension and brakes. Karol, Jakub and Dariusz at Swap Garage for building my car. Marcin Ukleja for helping to pick right color. Exotic, Adams, Przemyslaw, Elvis & Przemek and TeamAF for continued support.

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    Piotr Gruntkowski's E36

    Photography by Damian Oleksiński

    Engine/Drivetrain

    • Simota carbon fiber air intake
    • MG Motorsport exhaust system

    Exterior

    • Desert Shadow Metallic paint from Nissan GTR R35
    • M-package front bumper with carbon canards
    • Foglight delete
    • Widened fenders for this wheel setup
    • Carbon coated wing, custom made, cut out of the lightest and the hardest available aluminum
    • Aluminum diffuser
    • Veneer designed and made by poperzy.pl
    • Original additions EZ-lip pro

    Interior

    • Recaro Pole Position red seats with FIA homologation
    • Sparco frames with FIA homologation
    • Schroth Clubman II ASM 3" silver belts purchased as new on request with FIA
    • Staff's rollbar painted white
    • Nardi Torino steering wheel

    Suspension/Wheels

    • 3-piece wheels 18x10" front / 18x11.5" rear (The only set in the world)
    • BFGoodrich 235/35 front, Federal 285/30 rear
    • TA adjustable dampening + custom springs
    • E46 330i brakes after full regeneration, blasted clamps, repainted on black mat, all pistons and gaskets replaced, new discs cut and drilled Mikoda GT, new Zimmermann pads, new liquid ATE
    • New bushings in the rear suspension, bearings with front hubs, rear bearings, steering rods and stab connectors

    Previous stages of the build (in chronological order)

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    Two M3's & M4 wrapped by Inshane Designs

    Photography by Dan Wagener @dan_wagener

    For those who don't know me personally, I started a new job in September this year. I am now working as a graphic designer and photographer for Inshane Designs @inshanedesigns, a vinyl/graphic business located in Lemoyne, PA. Although we predominantly deal with American vehicles, we do get euro's in as well. Since we had some BMW's in the shop recently, I wanted to share our work with the Ultimate Klasse crowd.

    The first E92 M3 was originally Space Grey and the owner @kkkkkkkz_ decided to go with Avery's Satin Black.

    The second E92 M3, owned by @_alexwu was originally Jerez Black and went with Avery's Gloss Dark Grey.

    An Austin Yellow F82 M4 owned by @zzyppi also received Avery's Gloss Dark Grey.

    Be sure to follow us on Instagram and check out our YouTube channel. We offer services such as custom decals, solid color wraps, custom printed wraps, detailing, paint protection, and ceramic coating. Email me dan@inshanedesigns.com if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

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    Jim Herrold's S54 E46 Touring

    Photography by Dan Wagener @dan_wagener

    I met Jim through a mutual friend and as soon as we talked I knew instantly that we'd get along. He's a die-hard BMW enthusiast and has an impressive collection of cars, most of which are bimmers. His company Kassel Performance (@kasselperformance) specializes in BMW DME ECU modifications. Jim tuned my E46 M3 and is my first go-to for all engine-related questions. My car was having a strange idle issue off and on all through 2017 with much confusion and frustration I asked Jim to take a thorough look at it.

    Since we live about 45 minutes away from each other he let me borrow his wagon to make the vehicle drop-off more convenient. It's an Orientblau pre-facelift 323i touring with a little surprise under the hood. An S54 motor from the E46 M3 now powers this unsuspicious grocery getter. It also has the M3 6-speed manual transmission and diff to make it a proper swap. The work was done with the help of Bimmer Buddies.

    A Rogue Engineering rasp pipe and an E36 Active Autowerke Gen3 muffler was modified to fit. Although it's a little on the quiet side, the exhaust note sounds great and has almost zero rasp that the S54 is notoriously known for.

    Eibach springs and Bilstein shocks provide a nice drop that improves aesthetics while keeping it practical enough for daily duties. Out of Jim's car collection the wagon is used more as a "truck" for hauling larger items.

    The exterior received OEM-plus upgrades like M-tech II "ZHP" front/rear bumpers and side skirts. Jim also changed the indicator lights to euro clears including the third brake light. The latest exterior mod that completed the look was a set of BMW Style 135 wheels from the E46 330i ZHP.

    The car was a blast to drive around when I borrowed it. The handling was nice and the power delivery was spot on for an S54. The one thing that I really liked that my car doesn't have (yet!) was the Rogue OCTANE short shifter. Shifts felt more solid, precise, and smoother over the factory shifter.

    I think everyone can agree that we all wished BMW would've made a real production E46 M3 touring... or at least a sedan. Oh well, at least there's people out there like Jim making them anyway.

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    Felix's i3

    Photography by Matt Petrie @crosshair_nightmare

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    The i3 is BMW's answer to the affordable, electricity wave.  Designed for city commuting with spatial awareness in its compact size and efficiency, the i3 is great at what it does, but it’s not unanimously loved in terms of its styling.  Since the i3 styling cues veered from the mold of the common BMW or any car for that matter, Felix knew he had to give the i3 a little more attitude when he bought his.

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    A couple of years back, Felix's i3 was the first that I had driven.  While I was a bit skeptical, it turned out to be a blast buzzing around town in.  Anyone who has been behind the wheel of one will tell you that the brake re-gen feeling in the accelerator pedal does take quite a bit of getting used to, however, you can minimize your overall braking if driven correctly.  My enjoyment behind the wheel of his, led me to driving it to Bimmerfest to unveil it in the Autocouture Motoring booth.  

    Los Angeles to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California is approximately 140 miles round trip.  While this is not a significant distance, now may be a good time to emphasize an important statistic - BMW's claim for the RE version i3 is 150 miles.  Remembering one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes when Kramer tested the range limits of the car down past "E", I accepted the challenge and attempted to go for it on one charge.  

    The morning of Bimmerfest I met Felix at his house.  I hopped in the i3 and he in his Signal Green F80.  While the torque of its electric motor impressively could hang with sports cars of that caliber from a dig, I had to resist the temptation of driving like a goon in battery conservation efforts.  These were both equally head turning cars cruising down the street, but while others were watching us, I of course watched the dashboard information.  My range plummeted more rapidly than the distance I was covering and it was quickly evident that this was going to become more challenging than I thought by the end of the day. 

    Since it was one of the first i3's to be modified, it drew plenty of attention at the show with positive feedback. With only a few modifications on the market, his choices were limited, but it was executed cleanly.  The Cobra lowering springs sit it down nicely over the tires without sacrificing ride quality.  3D Design front and rear aero as well as gloss black kidney grills emphasize the gloss black areas.  Tint was effectively used to break up the white sides of the car and sharpen the body lines.   

    We reached out to HRE to get a set of their Classic 501 three-piece wheels built. The traditional combination of brushed faces and polished lips were countered with an unconventional, colorful twist.  The hardware was finished to match BMW's factory blue accents on the car.  The odd combination of diameter and width left us with zero options for tire upgrades.  No barrel was narrow enough for the i3.  In order to fit the wheels back into the factory tires, HRE had to use two outer lips as the outer lip and inner barrel. 

    When the show concluded, the range read 71 miles to a 68-mile trip home.  Luckily, I wasn’t alone heading back.  I had my friend and Ultimate Klasse regular, Alex Gaudio, with his Estoril M Coupe alongside as the support vehicle.  By the time I was on the traffic infested 101, my range was 10 miles and closing quickly.  I was close, but my confidence was thinning.  Pulling into Felix’s neighborhood, there was less than a mile to go - I had made it.  Into the driveway it went, plugged in for a much-needed charge.  Even coordinating trips with charging stations, the convenience of the physical charge time itself is not conducive for the average person, especially when comparing it to gas station fill ups.  Despite its size, the deceivingly spacious interior proves to be a perfect, comfortable commuter for local commuting.