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TOP GEAR: E92 BMW M3 vs. Mercedez C63 AMG vs. Audi RS4

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How to get More Naturally Aspirated Power out of an E92 BMW M3

There are a lot of people out there who can never have enough power. More often than not, these people are those who have been bitten by the tuning bug. These people would go to any extent to squeeze every last ounce of power they can get out of any car they drive. Eventually, they upgrade to a bigger and badder ride, and still squeeze what power they can get from these rides. But what if you already have something as bad as the BMW E93 M3? Would tuners still have a way to squeeze more power out of these impressive rides capable of hanging out in Supercar territory?

Tuners have different ways of doing things. Some opt for Forced Induction (Turbo/Supercharger), while others opt to go the Naturally Aspirated way. It’s all a matter of preference. What I’ll be showing you is how to get more power the Naturally Aspirated way, while not turning it into a pure breed racing car.

BMW M3. Photo by: Thomas Wolf. Source: http://i0.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/79/BMW_M3.jpg?resize=470%2C313
First off, we start with a brand new, bone stock, Alpine White, E92 BMW M3, like this one shown above. In case you don’t know it yet, this car is already impressive as it is. In stock form, the BMW Factory 4.0L V8 produces 414 bhp at 8,300 rpm, and 400 Nm of torque at 3,900 rpm. That’s just about enough power to equal that of 3 Honda Civics combined!

To give you an idea of just how good this car already is in stock form, take a look at the Top Gear Video below, where the E92 BMW M3 goes against a Mercedez C63 AMG and an Audi RS4:

With that amount of power, most tuners would usually keep the keep the engine as it is until they’re used to the power. Besides, if you’re beating almost every other car you see on the street, why bother? So more often than not, what one does is to customize the ride to set it apart from the crowd. What better way to do that than to make it even more beautiful than it already is?

E92 BMW M3 Alpine White Bimmer Club M3 Logo
Here’s a gorgeous example of a modified E92 BMW M3 owned by a member of the Bimmer Club of the Philippines.

E92 BMW M3 Alpine White Bimmer Club Front Quarter
The stock wheels have been replaced with larger diameter BBS LM Wheels, and a Vorsteiner VRS Aero Carbon Fiber Front Spoiler. The E92 M3 Coupe already comes with a carbon fiber roof from the factory.

E92 BMW M3 Rear
The rear boot lid (trunk) has been replaced with a PowerHouse Amuse Ericsson Carbon Fiber boot lid. Yes that’s right, it is carbon fiber. The black strip you see is like a sneak peak at what’s under the paint – the carbon fiber honeycomb. Another modification is the Vorsteiner VRS Aero Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser. Also, notice the aftermarket exhaust system seen in the mirror-image underneath the car.

For enthusiasts, these visual modifications turn the car from head turner… to jaw dropper. Rolling on the streets with a ride looking this good will surely set you apart from the crowd of vehicles in the busy streets of the metro. But it never ends there. Soon enough, you’d also want to install a good suspension system such as those from Eibach, plus a Brembo Big Brake kit, all to get ready you ready for track day.

But soon as track day arrives, and you start getting used to all the power, learn how to reign all the horses under the hood, and start thinking that you can go even faster if only you have more power, then it’s time for the next step: POWER MODIFICATIONS.

As I mentioned above, I’m going to show you how to squeeze more power out of this ride the Naturally Aspirated way. And although generally speaking, these modifications will also benefit any other Naturally Aspirated vehicle out there, I will be more specific about the actual parts and brand names for the E92 BMW M3. So here goes:

Cold Air Intake

As mentioned above, allowing the engine to breathe better will give you more power. As the exhaust allows the engine to exhale, replacing the intake with say, the Gruppe-M Cold Air Intake will allow it to inhale the air better. And the colder the air, the more dense it is. Therefore you gain more power. This upgrade will give you an addition of around 6 bhp and 4 lb-ft of torque at the wheels!

Exhaust System

Allowing the engine to breathe better will always benefit more power. While there are a lot of different exhaust system available, I will just provide a couple of good examples. The Powerhouse Amuse Ericsson Titanium Exhaust will provide an increase of about 18 bhp and 37 lb-ft of torque at the wheels.

ECU Upgrade

Upgrading the stock ECU with say, the Active Autowerke ECU will allow you to have more HP/Torque gains throughout the RPM band, remove the speed limiter, adjust or remove the RPM limiter, and allow you to adjust throttle mapping, fuel/air mapping, camshaft vanos remapping, spark timing, camshaft timing, among others. Properly used with a dyno, this will give you an increase of around 28 bhp and 21 lb-ft of torque at the wheels!

Underdrive Pulley

By replacing the stock pulley with, an Underdrive Pulley, the speed at which the accessories (alternator, water pump, power steering pump, compressor) turn relative to engine RPM decreases. While it doesn’t really add power to the engine, it actually frees up some of the power being sent to the accessories, and sends that power to the wheels instead. The Evo Sport Underdrive Pulley for example will give add send an additional 9 hp and 7 lb-ft of torque to the wheels!

Increase the Engine Displacement

This is probably the biggest and most complicated upgrade. But if you’re looking for real power, this is all worth it – the Racing Dynamics Sport RS-46 Stroker Motor. 46 stands for 4.6 Liters. That’s right! The stock, already impressive 4 Liter engine will be taken out, bored, stroked, and reassembled as a 4.6L motor. This upgrade, along with the Racing Dynamics Underdrive Pulley, Racing Dynamics Headers, Racing Dynamics Exhaust, and Racing Dynamics ECU, beats the combination of all of the previously mentioned upgrades combined (Amuse Ericcson Exhaust, Active Autowerke ECU, Evo Sport Pulley, and Gruppe-M Cold Air Intake) by at least 75 bhp and 75 lb-ft of torque at the wheels!

So tell me, how does 527 HP sound to you?

Sources:
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Mitsubishi Lancer customized by Full Throttle Auto Worxs

Mitsubishi Lancer by Full Throttle Auto Worxs The Cube
If you did a double take thinking that you’ve just seen Bumblebee holding The Cube, that’s because your eyes were really not fooling you!

Mitsubishi Lancer by Full Throttle Auto Worxs Head
Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you… Bumblebee’s Filipino cousin.

Mitsubishi Lancer by Full Throttle Auto Worxs Full View
This ride was featured in the 2009 Marikina CarFest at SM Marikina last August 29-30. Looking at him from this view makes you feel as if he was caught in suspended animation – mid transformation. I refer to the car as “him” because it looks as if the car has established its own persona, as if it was alive and moving.

Mitsubishi Lancer by Full Throttle Auto Workxs Rear Side
Notice how the hood splits open autobot style… the front doors open Lamborghini style… and the rear doors open… well… in style!

Mitsubishi Lancer by Full Throttle Auto Worxs Rear right side
Looking at it from the opposite direction, you’ll also see how the trunk opens, keeping up with the transformation happening to the rest of the vehicle.

Mitsubish Lancer by Full Throttle Auto Worxs Trunk
The trunk reveals the creature’s head, with a custom subwoofer enclosure on either side giving onlookers a musical treat to compliment the visual astonishment you’d feel looking at this for the first time.

Mitsubishi Lacner by Full Throttle Auto Worxs Front Bumper
The front bumper splits open to expose the Autobot’s arms and hands. The attention to detail is really astounding.

Mitsubishi Lancer by Full Throttle Auto Worxs Engine
Let’s not forget that this is a car, and not just an ordinary car, but a show car. And every show car has to have an engine to display. This car’s engine has been detailed, and the colors that were chosen were meant to match the rest of the vehicle.

Mitsubishi Lancer customized by Full Throttle Auto Worxs Interior
And as with every proper car, you have to have a functional interior, which this Autobot surely has.

So do you think this car is a stunner or what?

Sources:

Custom Conection Paint and Modification
by: Full Throttle Auto Workxs
Address: Lot 2-A Gil Fernando Ave., Sto. Niño, Marikina City
Landline: +63 2 7964815

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Honda Accord by WarpZone New Age Customs

Honda Accord Mercedez SLR Mclaren Warp Zone Front
Yup! This car started started life as an ordinary Honda Accord. But that was until this came to mind:

Source: http://i0.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/38/Mercedes-Benz_SLR_McLaren_Roadster_AMI.JPG?resize=400%2C284, Photo by: Thomas Doerfer
That’s right. The Mercedez-Benz SLR Mclaren. The nose, the front bumper, and the headlights have all been replicated to look as close as possible as the original. And if you ask me, they’ve done a very good job in achieving that! The hood vents on the Accord have most likely been inspired by the vents at the sides of the SLR.

Honda Accord Mercedez Benz SLR Mclaren Warp Zone Rear
Even the shape of the rear got its inspiration from the SLR. From this angle, you should also be able to notice the gold paint with Mercedez-Benz emblems, as well as the extended fenders. Taking a look at the SLR…

Source: http://i2.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2a/Mercedes-Benz_SLR_McLaren_rear.jpg?resize=400%2C300, Photo by: Sfoskett
You’ll see where the inspiration came from. Check out the diffuser, the shape of the rear fenders, and the spoiler’s high angle of attack (when the SLR is at high speed).

Honda Accord Mercedez SLR Mclaren Warp Zone Interior
The interior was kept neat and clean in line with the luxurious feel of the Mercedez… Which looks like this…

Mercedez Benz SLR Mclaren Interior
Which is neat, functional, and every bit as luxurious as it is fast. But if there’s something we shouldn’t forget about the WarpZone Accord, is that it was made to be a show car. Notice the blingin’ wheels with spinners? Let’s take a look at the interior from behind the driver’s seat…

Honda Accord Mercedez Benz SLR Mclaren Monitors
How many monitors do you see? Hahaha! Post your answers on the comments below. :)

Note: This ride was featured in the Marikina CarFest 2009 at SM Marikina last August 29-30, 2009.

Sources:

Warp Zone New Age Customs
Address: #554 Altura St., Sta. Mesa, Manila
Landline: +63 2 4949863

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Toyota Hilux customized by Mickey’s Autosound

Toyota Hilux by Mickey's Autosound
Alright, let’s check out this ultra cool low riding Toyota Hilux. It is absolutely stunning! If the two-tone paint with custom pinstriping doesn’t catch your attention, check out the blingin’ wheels! You’d have to wonder how they’ve managed to fit such big wheels and still have it sitting so low.

Toyota Hilux by Mickey's Autosound Grilles
Taking a look at the front end, you’ll see billet grilles to compliment the chrome wheels.

Toyota Hilux by Mickey's Autosound Engine
A peek at the engine bay, and you’ll see that it’s just as clean as the outside! So much attention to detail has been given to this vehicle that it’s cleaner than anything you could get straight from the dealer! Also, the fenderwells have been modified. No wonder they’ve managed to fit big wheels in!

Toyota Hilux by Mickey's Autosound Rear 1
Also notice that the doorhandles have been shaved, as well as the tail lights, which have been replaced with custom units found flush where the rear bumper used to sit. This gives the outside a super clean look which doesn’t distort the lines of the custom pinstriping. But aside from looks, this Hilux was actually built to be a mobile party machine! We all know that pickups were made to carry load on the truck bed. Well then let’s check out the load this baby is carrying…

Toyota Hilux by Mickey's Autosound Subwoofers
The rear truck bed packs a set of 4 RE Audio Subwoofers. Even from afar, when the bass hits, you can feel it as much as you can hear it. Just to give you an idea how loud this can be, I was at the second level of the parking lot when I first heard this, and car alarms were blaring all around me! That’s how powerful this system is. But that’s not all to it…

Toyota Hilux by Mickey's Autosound Rear 3
A set of mids and tweets pop up from the sides, completing the outside audio band. But wait! There’s more…

Toyota Hilux by Mickey's Autosound Rear Monitors
A pair of big screen LCD monitors pop up too, giving the crowd not just a sound spectacle, but a visual treat as well! Which just adds to making this ride look as good as it sounds. It might be worth to note that the system on the truck bed is powered separately from that of the cabin system for outside partyin’ and demo purposes. But what about the interior?

Toyota Hilux by Mickey's Autosound Interior
A look at the truck’s cabin area shows a lot of the interior components which have been color-matched with the outside red paint. Also notice the custom tweeter pods on the a-frames, as well as the LCD monitor. But remember, this Hilux has 4 doors! So let’s check out what’s going on behind the driver’s seat…

Toyota Hilux by Mickey's Autosound Rear Passenger Seat
Well here you can see that the rear passenger area is just as pretty as the front. Notice the custom seat covers? This last name of this ride’s blessed owner is Vialu, hence the letter “V” stitched on the seats as well as other parts of the interior. It also reveals more RE Audio speakers, and a sneak peek at the source of all the power – US Amps Xterminator Series amplifiers!

Toyota Hilux by Mickey's Autosound Rear 2
So what do you think the creators of this ride have done to create a winner? You tell me! But from what I’ve seen in the car show, this ride not only got the most heads turning, but got the crowd’s bodies jumpin’ too!

Sources:

Mickey’s Autosound
Address: A. Rodriguez Ave. Santolan, Pasig City 1610
Landline: +63 2 6472298 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +63 2 6472298      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, +63 2 6472808

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How to build a Spoon Civic Type-R Replica

Spoon Civic Type-R Replica
This is an excellent replica of the Spoon Civic Type-R. Every sponsor logo has been replicated as close as possible to the original. Including the Red Honda Badges!

Spoon Civic Type-R Replica rear side
Even the rear spoiler and diffuser has been replicated as close as possible to the original. Nice!!!

This car has been featured in the Marikina CarFest 2009 at SM Marikina last August 29-30, 2009.

Aside from the body modifications shown above which have been done on the FD Honda Civic, if any of you are interested in building your own race ready Spoon Civic Type-R, here are a few items that you’d have to put on your checklist:

  • Swap the stock engine and 5-speed transmission for a K20A from the Integra Type-R with 6-speed transmission
  • Swap the pistons for the forged metal S2000 pistons. The sleeves have to be altered to accomodate this.
  • Have the engine balanced and blueprinted
  • Suspension lowered with Spoon Coilovers
  • Spoon 4-pot brake calipers
  • Lightweight17-inch Wheels with 215/40/17 Tires
  • Strip the car of unnecessary mass. The general rule to make Hondas go faster is weight reduction!

These modifications will have you knocking on S2000 territory. Read: 245HP at 8,500RPM!!!

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Honda Civic Hatchback by WarpZone New Age Customs

Honda Civic Audi R8 by Warp Zone
Yes, you read it right. This is… or was… a Honda Civic EG Hatchback. But if you’re starting to doubt, well that’s because the front end looks different. It looks more like this…

Audi R8 Front
That’s right. It’s the Audi R8!

Just take a look at the first picture above. The people at WarpZone New Age Customs have done a brilliant job in recreating the front clip of the R8. From the LED headlights, to the front bumper, even to the flared fenders.

Honda Civic Audi R8 Warp Zone
Let’s a look at the interior. The dash, door inserts, and seats have been adorned with red accents. It has an aftermarket steering wheel and shift knob to give you that sporty feel. And check out the multiple gauges to keep you informed of how the all the horses crammed under the hood are doing at all times. You know how some of us motorheads get impatient when faced with heavy traffic, when all you want to do is put the pedal to the metal and get every last ounce of power to the ground? Well check out the head unit with the LCD monitor. Sweet! This should keep us entertained when stuck in traffic.

But let’s check out the Audi R8’s interior:
Audi R8 Interior
Notice the shift knob and LCD monitor? What about the curves of the seat? Even the interior of the Civic is reminiscent of the R8.

Honda Civic Audi R8 Rear
Moving to the rear end, the old number plate housing has been removed, and closed off for a neat and clean look. Also check out the aftermarket tail lights, custom rear bumper with diffuser, and twin exhaust pipes. From this view, you’ll also notice the custom metallic paint job, duck tail spoiler, and the red lights you see through the rear windscreen are from a trick custom subwoofer box.

But then let’s take a look at the rear of the Audi R8…
Audi R8 Rear. Author: Samoborac. Source: http://i0.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/19/Audi_R8_rear_20080225.jpg?resize=400%2C300

What else can I say? This Honda Civic has truly been Warped… to the Zone of the Audi R8.

Note: This car was featured in the Marikina CarFest 2009 at SM Marikina last August 29-30 2009.

Sources:

WarpZone, New Age Customs
Address: #554 Altura St., Sta. Mesa, Manila
Landline: +63 2 4949863

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