Published on 08-11-2010 05:46 PM
Click the link to see an edited transcript of a BimmerBoost interview with Chris Bergemann owner of HPF. As this is E46 month, we wanted to do something interesting for the E46 community. I conducted a phone interview with Chris asking questions that had been on my mind about HPF for some time. The raw interview is also posted in MP3 format if one would like to listen to it. It is about 30 minutes in length and I want to take the time now to thank Chris once again for taking the time to speak with me and answer all my questions. It was a good conversation and we went a bit over the time limit as we delved into some topics so I just want to make it clear that we appreciate Chris taking the time. ...Published on 08-09-2010 01:20 PM
Many M3 owners like to opt for 20 inch rims. I am not one of them as I feel the weight penalty is not worth it. Well, 3D Design has a new wheel which is a lightweight 20 inch option. The 20 x 10 weighs in at a mere 22 pounds making it one of the lightest wheels in the 20 inch segment. The wheel is a simple, straightforward design that is 8000 ton forged as a single piece. ...byPublished on 08-08-2010 11:32 AM
This is BMW's 8th podium finish and they have finished on the podium in every race. Unfortunately, the BMW's did not have their best race with Bill Auberlin also crashing off road at one point. The racing was very tight but the M3's just never really got going with the tire grip being an issue. A 3rd place finish leaves BMW and Ferrari tied for first place. 3 more races to go, it is going to be tight down the stretch. ...Published on 08-08-2010 11:10 AM
The race we have been waiting for. A HPF Stage 2.5 E46 M3 takes on a Gintani Stage 2+ DCT E92 M3.
Did some duns with Drew down in Mexico. Great times! Both cars on 91+Meth. Enjoy! ...Published on 08-07-2010 09:49 AM
BMW qualified 5th and 7th for the race today, August 7, at Mid-Ohio. BMW has not been very strong in qualifying but has been extremely strong in racing. The qualifying was extremely tight with the number 90 M3 being separated from the pole setter by a half second. Log on to www.americanlemans.com to follow the race live starting at 2 PM EST. ...Published on 08-06-2010 06:25 AM
Bimmerboost decided to get in on the M5 renderings. With the newest spy photos we believe we have created a very accurate representation of what the M5 will look like. You will notice the wheels are the same as the newest spy photos show and our take on the vents above the fender. ...Published on 08-06-2010 06:18 AM
Rumor has it Mercedes is preparing to go after the BMW M3 Coupe with a coupe of their own. The C class coupe would share the drivetrain from the C63 sedan which would mean it would get the same 6.2 liter V8. If Mercedes shoved their new twin turbo V8 in this thing, they would instantly dominate the landscape but most likely be stepping on the toes of their more expensive AMG models which is why they won't do it. ...Published on 08-05-2010 02:10 AM
Since it is E46 month here on BimmerBoost, here are pictures of one of the sweetest E46's out there. This is HPF's personal shop car which is decked out for track duty and running an HPF Stage 3 turbo kit. This car has set some very fast lap times at various BMW events this year. Enjoy the pictures. ...Published on 08-04-2010 08:18 AM
This project was done by a user by the name of glenn-b from the UK. This is apparently his second swap. The car is also a beautiful Warsteiner racing M3 replica. The tuning was done utilizing the factory ECU. We await more details from the owner but in the mean time, bask in the awesomeness. ...Published on 08-04-2010 03:06 AM
OE tuning recently did a custom dyno tune for an X6 M. The torque gains through the curve as immense as one can see. The peak HP gain is only just over 20 hp at all 4 wheels. It appears the stock turbos seem to run out of steam up top. The torque difference is a whopping 79 pound-feet at all four wheels at under 3500 rpm. ...Published on 08-03-2010 06:44 AM
Autocar is reporting that the BMW M6 has ended production and the S85 has met its demise as a result. To be perfectly honest, Autocar hasn't had the most reliable info as of late. We also find it surprising that BMW would not do a press release for the end of the M6 and S85 production run. BMW did see fit to offer a press release to officially document that the E60 M5 ended production.
Obviously, the current generation 6 series is coming to an end with the successor to be revealed in September at the Paris Auto Show. Before we put a fork in the S85, we just want to hear it from BMW first hand, not from Autocar, who claimed there would not be a next generation M6. ...Published on 08-02-2010 08:36 AM
We will be honoring the E46 during all of August at BimmerBoost. We will be providing tuning guides specifically for the platform including forced induction guides for the S54 and M54. There will also be suspension guides as well as interviews with various E46 tuners.
We want to bolster our E46 presence and will offer bonus reputation points to members who refer E46 users. So enjoy E46 month and let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to see! ...Published on 08-01-2010 07:45 PM
Congrats to Stahlgrau for Car of the Month, August 2010. Take a look at his garage for pictures, details, and the eye opening mod list . The car is extremely well modded and this is the template for how one should list their mods. The only things missing are dyno numbers and 1/4 mile times. Well done, beautiful vehicle! ...Published on 08-01-2010 07:19 PM
BMW Motorsport finished in third and fourth place at the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours. Normally, this would be considered a great result in a field that was so tightly packed. However, BMW led the race for over 20 hours. A victory was all but assured as the leading BMW had a 2 lap margin on the trailing Porsche. Suddenly the left-front track rod gave out and the M3 crashed into the barriers. The damage was repaired in the pits but by that time the lead was lost with no time left to recoup it.
This is a huge disappointment for a BMW team that dominated the race. The M3's even ran 1st and 2nd at one point before conditions became very harsh. Even with the 3rd place finish BMW still has the most victories at this endurance race with 21 to its name.
What the drivers had to say: ...Published on 08-01-2010 01:55 AM
BMW currently has a one lap lead on the entire field at the halfway point of the 24 hours of Spa. The number 79 M3 continues to the lead the race and has set the fastest overall lap time with a time of 2:22.710. Rain once again came down hard and has been intermittent. 12 hours to go.
Comments from the drivers at the halfway point: ...Published on 07-31-2010 06:47 AM
With intermittent heavy rain and unpredictable conditions making warm up runs and qualifying difficult, BMW has managed to quality 2nd and 6th spots with the pair of GT2 M3's. Dirk Werner set the second fastest lap with a time of 2 minutes and 22.549 seconds. Ferrari took the pole in the number 78 F430 GT car driven by Gianmaria Bruni. The The Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours will start at 16:00 hours (local time in Belgium) on July 31st.
The M3 GT2's have been coming on stronger and stronger and the race will be tightly contested. The driving teams have been rotated and differ from the 24 hours of Le Mans teams. Dirk Mueller, Drik Werner, and Dirk Adorf will be driving the number 79 M3. Yes, that is a bunch of Dirks. Pedro Lamy, Jorg Mueller, and Uwe Alzen will be driving the number 78 M3. Best of luck to BMW Motorsport! ...Published on 07-28-2010 03:02 AM
Roman at ESS is now attempting to back out of the tuner dyno day shootout. I would like to remind everyone, ESS requested this dyno comparison themselves and asked BimmerBoost to schedule it. Now that the date is nearing, ESS is going back on their word at the last minute
I received this e-mail from Roman: ...Published on 07-27-2010 10:03 PM
MotorTrend has put together a very interesting comparison of the heavy hitters in the luxury sport coupe segment. We will not spoil it for you (watch the video below) but the the results are pretty much as expected. The M3 is the lightest car in the class by over 300 pounds to the next closest competitor, the Audi RS5. The CTS-V weighs in at just under 600 pounds more than the M3 at a whopping 4254 pounds. That would certainly explain why the CTS-V coupe only manages 4 more mph through the traps than the M3, despite the 140 horse advantage on paper. This just further goes to show how efficient the M3's drivetrain is. ...Published on 07-27-2010 03:39 PM
These are pictures of the hatchback which the USA will likely be skipped over for again. The car is a bit taller and longer. Powerplants will likely be what we already have, the N52 and N55. The 1 M Coupe still is not out yet the next gen 1 is already undergoing testing. Since the M model is coming at the end of the run for the E82 production will be limited as the introduction of this model is coming next year. ...