Powering Perfection – Charge Pipe Kit Concept, design, and Production Sample

It’s no secret that the engineers at BMW strive to make each level of their M lineup the top tier in each segment. When it comes to the F80 and F82, the twin-turbocharged and liquid-intercooled grunt of the S55 coupled with the agility of the 3-series chassis is a killer combination that rockets these Bimmers to the top of the class. While the duo works on paper, in everyday use there is one aspect that does, quite literally, crack under the pressure—the charge pipes.

When it comes to the advancement of intercooling technologies, not … Continue Reading ››

Powering Perfection – Performance Heat Exchanger R&D – Concept, Design, and Production Sample

One of the main reasons the M3 is on another level is the S55’s ability to keep its cool, especially when it comes to the intercooling system. BMW equipped the F8X generation of the M3 and M4 with a state-of-the-art air-to-water intercooling system for a more efficient means of keeping the charged air cool, but before we dive into our plans for besting the F80’s heat exchanger, let’s take a look at what an air-to-water system even is.

The Cool Factor

Protecting Perfection – Direct-Fit Oil Cooler R&D – Concept, Design, and Production Sample

Oil is the lifeblood of any vehicle. Its lubrication properties keep all the metal bits inside of the engine from shredding each other to dust. While the M3 and M4 rise above just about every other run-of-the-mill commuter car, nothing knocks them down a few pegs quite like overheated oil or oil that finds its way out of the system.

External air-to-air oil coolers are typically seen on the sportier variants of any car, but we tend to find a lightweight, tube-and-fin construction. These are cheap and easy … Continue Reading ››

Protecting Perfection – BMW F8X M3/M4 Baffled Oil Catch Can R&D – Concept, Design, and Production sample

Any outdoor sculpture facing the elements is going to eventually tarnish. Sure, there have been advancements in materials and coatings, but grime and dirt building up on that piece of art is an inevitable consequence of being outside. Eventually someone is going to have to come by with a power washer to clean things up.

The situation is relatable under the hood of the F80 M3. The S55 is a work of art, but the unavoidable by-product of blow-by is constantly peppering the intake … Continue Reading ››

Powering Perfection – BMW F80 M3 Vehicle Overview

When it comes to sports sedans, enthusiasts and automotive muggles alike can easily recognize the pinnacle of the segment—the BMW M3. It’s not much of a surprise since the Bavarians have been pouring just about every ounce of their engineering prowess into the M3 since 1988 to become the benchmark. The F80 is the latest iteration of BMW maintaining the bar.

Balancing the Force

Balance is the name of BMW’s … Continue Reading ››

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