Posted: June 24, 2020
The Mishimoto Performance Air-to-Water Intercooler Power Pack counters the weaknesses in the BMW S55’s design, starting with the charge pipes. Cracking under pressure or splitting at the seams are common problems with factory plastic charge pipes. These can result in less than ideal situations as you pilot your M2 Competition, M3 or M4. We created a brand-new design for the charge pipes that inspire more confidence in handling the boost pressure. Our design features a full aluminum construction with a cast midsection designed specifically to squeeze past the intake. Our charge pipe kit also includes a pair of matte black silicone couplers for a sleek and secure connection to the intercooler.
KW Coilovers are the go-to suspension upgrade for many of our customers who are upgrading either from stock or basic lowering springs. With proven motorsport pedigree, it's hard to go wrong with nay of KW's quality offerings. Their Version 3 (V3) Coilovers are an especilaly popular option due to features such as independently adjustable damping technology - rebound and compression damping.
The separate and independently adjustable rebound- and compression damping allows for an individual suspension setup for different uses and preferences. The unique patented system with its two-stage valves allows a rebound damping adjustment (comfort) and a compression adjustment (driving dynamics) in the low-speed range while the high-speed range which controls the driving safety, is fixed.
As far it is vehicle-specifically possible, the rebound damping is adjusted by a spindle at the end of the piston rod. Mainly, the traction phase (rebound) controls car body vibrations and also influences handling and comfort in the low-speed damping range. By using the traction phase adjustment, the vehicle can be adapted to the requirements of the driver. Moreover the driving behavior can be regulated from comfortably rolling to sporty and tense with improved road holding characteristics.
The compression phase adjustment is carried out at the lower end of the shock absorber via our patented multi-purpose valve. The large number of pre-set parameters of this valve allows for a wide range of adjustment for individual use. The unique low-speed compression adjustment significantly distinguishes this technology from any other. In this compression range, the driving behavior of the vehicle is drastically influenced. An increase of the damping power supports the vehicle already during compression and therefore avoids rolling and pitching. The directional stability is significantly improved.
Other features include:
- "inox-line" stainless steel technology
- Individual height adjustment
- German TUV-tested adjustment parameters
- High-quality components for long life
- Comprehensive documentation for ease of use
- Infinitely adjustable rebound damping
- 14- level adjustable compression damping
- Unique, independently functioning damping power adjustment
It's always cool to see a customer who likes do to a lot of things in one go. The owner of this lucky M4 is certainly one of those customers. They had an eye for detail and color coordination, so lots of carbon fiber and painted parts found their way into the engine bay. The white painted engine cover along with the white CSF Top Mount Dual-Pass Charge-Air-Cooler contrasts nicely with the attractive weave pattern of the carbon fiber Eventuri Intake System. It wasn't only the visuals that got love, audio came in the form of a Remus Sport Slip-On Exhaust, one of the finest sounding systems available for the S55. To finish off the engine bay, a set of Evolution Racewerks Charge Pipes, were added to provide both bling and durability.
On the exterior, BBS LM-R wheels provide the performance and racing heritage along with KW's HAS Height Adjustable Lowering Spring Sleeve-Over Kit. Dinmann carbon fiber fenders, matched to the body color also snuck their way in. A great start to a very detail-oriented build!
Here's a side-by-side comparison between two different but easily confused paint options: Lime Rock Grey (on the F80 M3 CS) and Nardo Grey (on the F82 M4). Lime Rock is a touch darker. Lime Rock Grey was one of the factory color options on the M3 CS while it was in production. Nardo Grey is purely an Indvidual option. Which would you prefer to have on your F8X?
Posted: March 06, 2020
Greek God, KRATOS, is the personification of Strength and Power in Greek mythology. This ethos has defined the direction of the KRATOS brand.
KRATOS came into conception through a group of engineers with 25+ years of private label design and manufacturing turbo systems for various house-hold name performance brands. These engineers saw a untouched segment in the high end European market for True OEM Style Dual Ceramic Ball Bearing Turbo System Manufacturing and through that revelation the KRATOS brand was born.
There's just something special about the cool confidence of a sleeper car. A plain-looking car with serious engine work is a satisfying, grin-inducing machine that can ruin the day of an unsuspecting supercar owner. That's the sort of thing the owner of this M4 wanted when they reached out to us. The goal was to have a very fast car that looked stock on the outside--And under the hood! We upgraded the turbos, exhaust system and changed up the fuel system to run on E85 and methanol only. To help engine longevity, we also installed the VTT Spline Lock Crank Hub Solution. Cary Jordan supplied the Bootmod3 flash tune and helped us reach 706 horsepower at the wheels, with 658 wheel torque. The only thing that might give away the true potential of this particular car would be the loud exhaust. Otherwise, this black beast is one hell of a street sleeper!
When people talk about the BMW aftermarket, the name AC Schnitzer eventually comes up. Being manufactured in Germany to high standards, AC Schnitzer parts are often coveted by owners of BMW models old and new. Whether you have ACS parts on your E30 M3 or your F8x M3/M4, you'll turn the heads of fellow enthusiasts with ease. This F82 M4 is covered inside and out with ACS parts. With high quality parts such as these, one can expect perfect, OEM-like fitment and quality. The carbon fiber front spoiler and rear wings add aggressive style to the car's front/rear fascias and profile. In conjunction with these quality German-made parts, a set of Work Gnosis FMB01 wheels and Moton's 2-Way Coilover System complete the look, with the latter considerably boosting the M4's road handling abilities.
The M4 CS is a hugely impressive car out of the box. But in the eyes of most enthusiasts, like most factory cars, there is lots of wheel gap and wheel fitment could be more aggressive. Without having to commit to a higher-end suspension setup or aftermarket wheels, many of our customers opt to go for set of lowering springs and spacers. Our most popular spacer/spring combo comprises of Macht Schnell Sport Competition Springs and a Macht Schnell Competition Wheel Spacer Kit.
After getting those two upgrades installed, this beautiful San Marino M4 CS not only looks better but its handling performance is also enhanced without giving up the comfortable qualities of a daily driver. The Macht Schnell springs are also fully compatible with adaptive suspension!
We are happy to announce that VTT is offering the only complete S55 crank hub solution that does NOT require the crank to be drilled for pins. VTT's uses their proprietary "SplineLock" technology that uses high tolerance machined splines which press into the crank, and positively lock the hub to the crank to prevent slippage. The splines are machined in such a way that rotational forces drive the hub, and splines deeper into the crank meaning when the hub encounters a situation that would normally slip a stock hub the splined hub is driven into the crank to keep it in place (much like a splined extractor). VTT has spent many months testing, and retesting this design, utilizing well over 10 different samples to come to their final production version.
Titan 7 wheels are now available for F8x M3 and M4! For the uninitiated, Titan 7 wheels are a quality, lightweight, and durable wheel. They are fully-forged, with 10,000 lbs presure! When the wheels debuted for last year, the only BMWs they were available for were E46 and E92 M3s. Now, after much demand, the range has expanded to the F8x M2, M3 and M4!