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    • The tuning world is unforgiving and rough, HPF closes its doors. R.I.P. Horsepower Freaks

      Sad, sad day indeed for the BMW community. The aftermarket tuning game is not an easy one. Especially when it comes to BMW's these days with ever increasing sophistication of their electronics and BMW doing everything in their power to prevent modification. Thankfully, there are some companies that simply do not give up and do what many say can't be done. For quite a while on the E46 M3 platform, HPF was forging ahead into territory nobody else was willing to tackle.


      The S54 engine in the BMW E46 M3 early on had a reputation of being made out of glass due to bearing failures. People said stock motors could not hold together let alone forced induction examples. This was quickly dispelled as the motor more and more often showed incredible gains with forced induction. HPF themselves pushed the motor to over 700 wheel on stock internals. Recently, people have been doing in the high 6XX wheel range on stock internals as if it no sweat.

      Basically, HPF helped pioneer the turbo market for the E46 M3. There are new options coming just now (over a decade after the car hit the market) which goes to show just how difficult it is to do this. HPF had options to turbo the E46 M3 when nobody else had options to turbo the E46 M3. They were the main game in town and deserve respect for it. But... even the mighty can fall and a single platform can not sustain anyone forever.

      Unfortunately an employee stole from HPF something over $200k (who knows what the real amount truly is and just how much he got away with) and unfortunately Chris made a poor choice with his new insurance company who only covered $25k in theft. The insurance company and HPF went to court and HPF lost. BimmerBoost is somewhat surprised a quarter million can sink a ship of this size but clearly there were other issues at play.

      Whether one wants to put the blame on the owner Chris or not it's hard to say what frivolous spending might have gone on. Chris did reach a high point in the BMW tuning market in the USA and nobody can take that away from him. Numerous magazine spreads, hundreds of turbo kits sold, and a household name on BMW forums. That deserves respect and is a level few can or will reach.

      Sustaining that is another thing entirely though. Busty young women don't come cheap. Dedicated drag cars for forum boasting aren't cheap. There is a reason rockstars tend to burn out fast. Is that what happened here? In retrospect it's easy to say this and that should have been done instead but Chris also did get somewhat of a second chance with a forum member investing cash into the company recently.

      Unfortunately, it seems that amount was not enough and now the doors are closed and people are laid off. What will happen to current orders? Members on this site are waiting for their parts. What will happen to the cars still there? Some have been removed, some remain. What will happen to Chris Bergermann? Is this it? Not going to be easy to climb back up after already being at the top of a platform for quite some time with little capital to work with and he certainly isn't getting younger.

      I for one want to thank HPF for their support. Chris was always kind to me, always supportive, and always wished me well. He always wanted me to succeed and I wasn't even a customer of his. To him I was just some random kid building a forum. I did an interview with Chris back in 2010: http://www.germanboost.com/content.php?426-BimmerBoost-Interview-with-Chris-Bergermann-Owner-of-Horsepower-Freaks

      I suggest any interested party take a look or listen to it (audio is posted). It shows how far HPF came in just 9 years at the time of the interview.

      I wish you well Chris, I wish all your employees well, and I hope you move on positively. It's a rough and cuthroat business. When you are on top, people just want to tear you down. It's easy for people to talk down sitting comfortably behind their monitor without realizing how many peoples lives this affects. Hopefully there is a learning lesson here that makes everyone stronger and hopefully nobody is going to bed hungry at night as a result of this. You'll land on your feet Chris. Good luck and thank you, from BimmerBoost.

      This article was originally published in forum thread: HorsePowerFreaks is apparently closing its doors started by folgrz View original post
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      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
        why should we be concerned? why?
        You're right, it's more of a curiosity thing. I guess I feel bad for him.
      1. ZooyorQ's Avatar
        ZooyorQ -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
        why should we be concerned? why?
        i'm concerned because so many are impacted.
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ZooyorQ Click here to enlarge
        i'm concerned because so many are impacted.
        No news yet. We'll see what happend but all i know is Derek and Kirk ARE trying to get into the shop and sort peoples stuff out.
      1. Commanderwiggin's Avatar
        Commanderwiggin -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Nobody seems cocnerned with what will happen to chris. I mean he can't just have some teen work at hooters to support him right? My pride would have me fuming wanting to get back and prove everyone wrong.
        The world is far better off without him in the car business...any business for that matter.
      1. ccsykes's Avatar
        ccsykes -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        My pride would have me fuming wanting to get back and prove everyone wrong.
        Sticky, his pride is probably what broke the company in the first place. The pissing match between ProEFI/Saad and HPF fueled in part by the epic failures of mine and Marcus's cars, pushed him to build that ridiculous all out drag car. I'm sure Chris's pride was crushed when a newcomer blew 1/4 mile records out with ease.

        The parts, labor, tooling etc.. to build that car alone had to have easily exceeded $200K. If what Derek has said is taken in to context about the troubles HPF was having, then they must have built that car on the credit card..

        In hindsight to all that has happened, I'm glad I sold my car when I did. I think the market for these cars is only going to get tougher for those that decide now, or later to move on.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ccsykes Click here to enlarge
        The parts, labor, tooling etc.. to build that car alone had to have easily exceeded $200K.
        But what did the car show? Nothing really, did it ever even run 9's? I mean for a fully built drag car that's sad.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ccsykes Click here to enlarge
        If what Derek has said is taken in to context about the troubles HPF was having, then they must have built that car on the credit card..
        That's a terrible decision then.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ccsykes Click here to enlarge
        Sticky, his pride is probably what broke the company in the first place.
        I think you are confusing pride with ego.
      1. ccsykes's Avatar
        ccsykes -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I think you are confusing pride with ego.
        I just quoted you for effect.
      1. dreikraft's Avatar
        dreikraft -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        I think you are confusing pride with ego.
        the line between the two is so thin that they may as well be synonymous; therefor i say $#@! both.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dreikraft Click here to enlarge
        the line between the two is so thin that they may as well be synonymous; therefor i say $#@! both.
        Close definitely but taking pride in something rarely gets you in the same kind of trouble having a big ego does. I mean the argument could be made taking more pride in the business rather than indulging the ego... well, you get my distinction I think.
      1. kyleg086's Avatar
        kyleg086 -
        Anyone know how to get ahold of anyone at HPF? I orderd a clutch/flywheel on 5/3/2013 and they closed the doors on 5/7/2013. My car is down until I get these parts. Thanks for the the help.

        KG
      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by kyleg086 Click here to enlarge
        Anyone know how to get ahold of anyone at HPF? I orderd a clutch/flywheel on 5/3/2013 and they closed the doors on 5/7/2013. My car is down until I get these parts. Thanks for the the help.

        KG
        here you go:

        http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=985999

        Contact Kirk or Forcefedm3
      1. kyleg086's Avatar
        kyleg086 -
        Thanks 0-60, I posted and PM'd Forcefedm3.
      1. amclint's Avatar
        amclint -
        Click here to enlarge

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        Just a repost from someone on e90, not mine
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by amclint Click here to enlarge
        http://www.bimmerboost.com/images/im...4c56f9_b-1.jpg

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        Just a repost from someone on e90, not mine
        People going after him personally now but I guess it may be fair if his personal life caused the downfall.

        Why the $#@! can't I find an 18 year old high school girl to date? I have a more successful business involving BMW's at this point... ok no low blows.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by amclint Click here to enlarge
        http://www.bimmerboost.com/images/im...4c56f9_b-1.jpg

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        Just a repost from someone on e90, not mine
        interesting development. why didnt that guy try to warn the other people?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        interesting development. why didnt that guy try to warn the other people?
        People were warned behind the scenes. This was coming.

        I didn't realize it would be so hard and so fast but I should have seen it when my invoices kept getting delayed and delayed.
      1. ajsalida's Avatar
        ajsalida -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Why the $#@! can't I find an 18 year old high school girl to date? I have a more successful business involving BMW's at this point... ok no low blows.
        Well start dealing coke/meth I'm sure you'll pick up a few.
      1. gareth.foley's Avatar
        gareth.foley -
        Damn, even if part of that screenshot from E90Post is true that is some messed up stuff. Personally, working in the same type of business I honestly can't see how someone manages to steal $200K from the company and get away with it for that long. I improperly entered something into our system and our accountant noticed in 30 minutes. I think a lot of this blame being put towards the theft is also a distraction. Still, I just feel bad for the customers who have their personal property locked away inside that building. I'd be loooooosing my mind. I also feel bad for the employees who didn't see it coming. Just a $#@!ty situation across the board.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ajsalida Click here to enlarge
        Well start dealing coke/meth I'm sure you'll pick up a few.
        This board always has the best advice. Good point, rep.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by gareth.foley Click here to enlarge
        I improperly entered something into our system and our accountant noticed in 30 minutes.
        I think you have a wayyyy better account than HPF did. I had to correct her on more than one occasion...