VFE contracted C&C Collision in Pasadena, Calif., for the stunning paint scheme. They chose a two-tone appearance utilizing a modified body color and flat carbon fiber accents. The OEM carbon roof, Vorsteiner pieces, and all painted surfaces were stripped of their shine and re-coated with a flat-finish clearcoat. Additional touches such as smoked and de-chromed side markers and window trim, toned OEM side valances, and trunk lid masking were all meticulously performed. The end result is a durable all-weather finish that never needs waxing.
The BMW is suspended on KW's adjustable Variant 3 coilovers. The Variant 3s feature independent compression and rebound damping options allowing a custom-tuned driving setup. The height-adjustable KWs are a bit more aggressive than the stock system and yet are comfortable enough for street use. They work with VWR 710 wheels powdercoated flat black. Toyo R888 R-compound tires may seem like overkill, but big power does better alongside equally big adhesion.
As this goes to print, GIAC will have completed its final ECU tuning. Unfortunately it was not finished in time for our deadline. Despite an impressive dyno graph, I cannot say how the car feels on the road; we will follow up with an online posting and video. If it's anything like the rest of VFE systems, I know we won't be disappointed.
2009 BMW M3
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive
4.0-liter V8, dohc, 32-valve. VFE prototype charge cooled supercharger kit, GIAC software, RPI exhaust
Seven-speed DCT dual-clutch automated manual
KW Variant 3 coilovers
* Wheels and Tires
VWR 710, 9.5x19 (f), 10x19 (r)Toyo R888, 255/30 (f), 275/30 (r)
Custom two-tone matte paint by C&C Collision, Vorsteiner carbon front splitter, rear diffuser, trunk lid
Peak Power: 610 hp
Peak Torque: 430 lb-ft
*VFE data, adjusted for crank