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JSutai's E30 M3

Photography by Quan Duong

While admiring this particular 1988 E30 M3 I was trying to come up with a reason to why it is so special. I came to the realization that the car was so simple, but at the same time it was full of character and subtle uniqueness and that's what set it aside; a result that is much harder to achieve than it sounds. Many people have a great vision, but the application doesn't always follow suit. Calling this car "simple" just feels like an oxymoron.

I consider the act of modifying cars a form of art—mobile self-expression. And all beautiful looking cars have one thing in common, an extreme amount of thought involved during the creation process. The artist must continually be thinking of the finest details and the piece as a whole and how everything relates to each other to make it successful. And that's exactly what Miro Sutai, owner of this M3 and JSutai, has done here.

Miro’s company, JSutai is an innovative automotive design and consulting firm. They also offer professional advice on technical specs and the best solutions available for individual vehicles. This M3 was built to promote what this company is capable of creating and it makes a solid statement.

To date, the car has already been through a few different looks. The current design screams 1980's with the vibrant cyan and magenta accents. It is a combination I would never expect to see on God's Chariot, much less any other car, but that is Miro's specialty; pushing limits and creating distinct, trendsetting automotive designs that inspire.

The interior received a few changes including a Nardi classic steering wheel paired with an NRG quick release, a custom suede shift boot, TWM short shifter kit and a BRIDE Zeta III seat in the driver's side.

One of the features that grabs the immediate attention is the stance. You don't see too many E30 M3's slammed with aggressively fitted wheels. It is riding on BC coilovers with custom spring rates and revalving, which allows for driving at this height without destroying fenders.

Besides the custom "BBS" pin stripe designs accenting the lips of the wheels there's something very unique about this set of RS's. Miro had the faces "flattened" removing the iconic mesh windows—the waffle section of the center caps also received this treatment. The craftsmanship and detail is so subtle and well executed that it looks like that's how the wheels could originally have been designed. This is just one example of the small things that set this car apart from "normal" setups.

Exterior modifications include an Evo front lip, VAC brakes ducts and front block off plates, euro grills, a windshield wiper delete and an Evo rear wing with a carbon Gurney flap. The S14 engine remained stock with the exception of a K&N air filter and a SuperSprint full exhaust for an even better sounding growl.

Miro's work is successful in making you feel for the car, whether positive or negative; and isn't that one of the purposes of art? Creating something that stimulates an individual's thoughts, emotions, beliefs, or ideas through the senses; it is an inspiration to think outside the box.