It was Gintani's reputation for performance that doesn't compromise drivability or dependability that led Sosa to call on this company for engine mods. Alex and Arbo Gintani are understandably tight-lipped about the exact specifications of the blower setup. But we do know that it consists of larger injectors, 12:1 compression ratio, and a custom machined intake manifold with a built-in cooling core. These items and others combined with a Vortech V2 charger run at 6.5 psi to help the S65 V8 churn out a claimed 630 crank horsepower.
Sosa's last incident occurred the night after he got the supercharger. After getting sideways while hard on the throttle, he flicked down to second but the additional power kept him sideways even through third gear.
He didn't crash-the only thing the policeman in the alley saw was a black four-door with a roll cage and a carbon 3F front splitter getting sideways at 45 mph.
This particular incident wouldn't end up ruining Sosa's night-or his M3. After pulling him over, the police officer called him out on the exhaust, which is a 2.5-inch catless race system from Gintani.
"I didn't mean to get it sideways," Sosa says. "I just wasn't entirely aware of how much faster the car was, and I didn't want to look like an ass in front of my girl, so I just rode it out." The officer let him go with a warning.
There's a moral to this story somewhere. I think it has to do with commitment. Sosa has it for his drifts, his girlfriend, and his project car. If he's going to stay this committed, he may want to extend that roll cage by a couple of points the next time he decides to go to the mountains.
2008 BMW M3
Longitudinal front engine, rear-wheel drive
4.0-liter V8, dohc, 32-valve.
Gintani SCV supercharger kit: CNC-machined intake manifold, larger fuel injectors, Tial blow-off valve Vortech V2 T supercharger (6.5 psi boost); Gintani catless race exhaust system
H&R springs, Panhard antiroll bars
Goodridge lines, Hawk pads, Motul brake fluid
Wheels & Tires
BBS CH, 8.5x19 (f), 10x19 (r)Continental ContiSportContact 3, 255/35 (f), 295/30 (r)
3F front splitter, Karbonwerkes trunk lid, LCI taillights, smoked reflectors, blacked-out grilles, semi-gloss mirrors
Recaro SPG seats, Schroth harnesses, six-point chrome-moly rollcage
Peak Power: 630 hp
Peak Torque: 420 lb-ft