Having sold our Project BMW M5, we went on the hunt for a new ride to build before the end of the 2011 year. Tossing up ideas between the new Audi S4, building a throw back E36 BMW M3, or just sittin pretty till the new F10 BMW M5 comes out, we decided we needed to get the BMW M3 E90. Having built a E46 M3 and a 135I, we had our feet wet in the BMW market. Wanting to further our recognition, we felt that the BMW M3 Sedan was the perfect platform to show how the daily driver could still be a monster.
The car we got is a 2008 M3. Done in the Interlagos Blue, the car came with the DCT transmission, navigation, cold weather package, and uniquely enough, no sunroof. Who needs the extra weight anyways! This car had some slight mods on it which included being lowered with a set of H&R springs, intake scoops, and a front carbon fiber lip spoiler. Being that the car was used a little, its alignment was a bit off. So besides the compact feeling of going from a M5 to a M3, its hard to give a good review on the car. However, the V8 engine does feel much more responsive then the V10 of the M5. As well, the DCT transmission is HUGELY improved over the SMG that the M5 came with. You can actually put the car in D and not feel like your getting whiplash. The V8 has alot of torque where the V10 was all up top.
With this car we will accomplish 4 major goals. Power, Styling, Handling, Stopping. On board for this project car will be several sponsors you have seen work with Vivid Racing in the past and some new ones. We are very excited to announce these partnerships. First, we are going back to our old friends and aerodynamic pros, Vorsteiner. Having started with Vorsteiner back in the E46 M3 days, we are privelaged to continually be apart of this trend setting company. Our past successful promotions of our Mercedes C63, BMW M5, and Porsche 997TT, will compliment the M3 as just another great car to add to the line up.
A new partnership that we are very excited about is with VF Engineering. For over 15 years, VF Engineering has been supercharging vehicles. With BMW and Porsche as their top marquees, their new VF620 supercharger kit for the M3 E92/E90 is what will be going on our car. To seperate ourselves, this will be a VR Edition kit with custom carbon fiber components, change of color, and packaged with our Agency Power exhaust system. With this power comes alot of awesome horsepower tests and videos!
Our next collaborations have some strong history with Vivid Racing. The first is with Brembo North America. Vivid Racing has been using Brembo GT Big Brakes on many cars for years. Their enormous 380mm 2piece drilled rotors with 6piston front and 4piston rear calipers will stand out well in a custom paint we are doing. The brakes will pop beautifully behind a set of Volk Racing G2 matte black wheels. The 20×9 and 20×10 wheels are 1 piece forged in a simple 6 spoke design. From our original Subaru WRX in 2003 using Volk TE37 wheels to our latest Subaru STI Cosworth edition running G2 wheels, Volk Racing has been a strong partner for us. Wrapping those wheels will be a set of Toyo T1R tires. The fronts are a 255/35/20 and the rears a 285/30/20. H&R has come on-board to handle our suspension needs with a set of lowering springs to maintain the EDC adjustable ride along with front and rear sway bars.
This project like all Vivid Racing Project Cars will be fully documented and you can always view the latest photos on our official BMW M3 gallery here.