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James Camarador's E46 M3

Photography by Gabriel Milori

I was first acquainted with James (also known as FLOSS around the internet), when his previous car was making its way around the forums. It was an Alpine White E90 335i sitting on a rather unique wheel setup—a set of CCW Classics with gold centers on one side & silver centers on the other. Some hated it and some loved it, one thing for sure was that it was different. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

James had left his first E46 M3 to get the 335i sedan for his family. He also thought that he was done with the manual transmission. That’s a fairly common decision that most regret and that’s exactly what happened. The E90 was so different from the E46, James said… “It just wasn’t an ///M.” And since he only had the first E46 for four months, he felt like he had unfinished business to take care of.

He picked up this 2005 Interlago Blue E46 M3 equipped with Competition Package and of course, a 6-speed manual gearbox. It was first revealed online sporting a set of CCW Classics again. It was breathtaking with nothing more than an aggressive fitment. It retained the stock appearance yet showed some serious character. The stance was dialed in thanks to BC Racing Coilovers with custom spring sizes and rates which are now known as their Extreme drop kit.

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The amber lights were added to go a different route than the typical clear or smoked option usually found on this platform. The chrome and ambers really compliment the IB in a classy way. The E46 has aged perfectly and with the HRE Vintage Series that recently came out, it was just what James needed. He went with the 501 Series because he liked that design best. Admiring HRE wheels since he was a kid, he told himself that he had to own at least one set in his lifetime. The specs are 18×10″ with 245/35 Hankook V12 (Front) & 18×12″ 285/30 Hankook V12 (Rear), filling up every last inch of those large wheel wells.

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He decided to throw a different set of wheels on the other side just for our shoot (like the E90′s two face look). These are OEM BMW Style 5s custom rebarreled to 18×10/12″ with polished lips, chrome hardware and painted centers built by James himself. He has always been into wheels, but it wasn’t until his sponsorship with CCW that he started getting into refinishing wheels. Over time getting closer and chatting with the guys at CCW, he picked up a couple of things along the way from basic wheel sizing and measurements all the way to safety. He said that he’s always wanted something on the side besides a regular day job, and this let’s him get creative while doing something that he loves.

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Like many ///M-owners, James bought his car because of its great performance. While the stock power may be plenty for some, he eventually got an urge for more. That’s when the decision to install a VF Engineering VF480 supercharger was made. He hasn’t dynoed the car yet, but it should be good for around 420hp to the wheels. So with unique looks and power to back it up, James's M3 has earned a spot here on our site.

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Islam Gohar's E90 M3

Photography by Matt Petrie

“Don’t judge a book by its cover” is an expression we’ve all been warned of at some point in our lives, however it may have applied. While most of us were told this at a young age, it still holds true no matter how much time passes.  Those of you familiar with the E9X platform know of its naturally aspirated, high revving V8 engine making over 400 horsepower. At first glance you can tell this thing is serious.  It’s lowered on RD springs with Volk TE37-SL’s and an Akrapovic exhaust. With the addition of a few little aesthetic BMW Performance pieces it’s evident that this has been modified, but it’s not until you get in the car that you know this thing means business.

It didn’t take long for Izzy to become bored with the stock power. He decided it was time to reach out to AJ and Roman of ESS Tuning to install their supercharger kit in no other color than yellow to pop off of the Interlagos Blue. Undoubtedly this was making plenty of power, but still he was not pleased. Realizing that bolt-ons had their limitations he and his friend, one of the top technicians at BMW NA – Corry Prime, brainstormed where to go next. Their solution? – build the block.

From there he began to piece together the internals needed to accomplish what he was after. That laundry list went something like this: Custom 10:01 Mahle pistons that would accommodate 18psi, custom fuel rails, Carrillo rods, GT4 water pump, motorsport rod and main bearings, and head gasket as well as custom valve springs. The heads were stress tested for cracks, cleaned and new valve seals were installed. Izzy got the block tested and honed by Dinan and all of the rotating assembly was balanced and blue printed by Michael Rouser at L&M Machine shop in Pennsylvania. Once they began assembly, which by the way was done in one weekend, they realized they needed a more efficient way to feed more fuel to this monster. They corrected the issue with custom fuel delivery system and bigger injectors.

Being that this is his daily driver, he wanted it to remain civil both inside and out. The Challenge X-pipe was modified with 4 resonators to keep a distinct and aggressive sound when he wants to open it up. The flat bottomed BMW Performance steering wheel and matching black alcantara interior trim both tie the yellow from the manifold into the car tastefully. His P3 gauge is also seamlessly integrated in the air vent as to not cause any unnecessary attention. The oem+ interior is completed with an illuminated F10 M5 shift knob.

I’m sorry, did I say civil? Last time he checked he was making 648whp Edit: now 683whp, but will be going back in soon for another dyno run and is expecting more power with a few tweaks. He can keep up with the best super cars out there and fit 3 other people comfortably while doing it. If you do happen to catch Izzy on the road in Connecticut be mindful of this metaphor and don’t underestimate what his sedan can do.

Edit (3/24/15): now 785whp