SEMA 2015: Blood Type Racing Returns With Sinister Hyundai Veloster Build

Posted on 10.07.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The SEMA train rolls on as today we get another build rendering from Hyundai.  Today we get a preview of Blood Type Racing’s return to the show.  If Blood Type Racing (BTR) sounds familiar that is probably because they were at SEMA last year with an absolutely beastly 1,000 horsepower Genesis Coupe.  This year the BTR team is building what looks like an absolutely evil Hyundai Veloster Turbo.  Its “carbon black” finish combined with the blood red racing stripes and accents make this car look like it was designed by the Empire (Star Wars reference FTW!).

Making the car look even more menacing are one-off “demon eye” red projector headlights.  A night shot of this thing would look like the stuff of nightmares!  The BTR Veloster Turbo will also have carbon fiber wide fenders at the corners which will shelter SSR Professor TF1 3-piece wheels which have a custom red finish.  The Veloster will sit on a set of BC coilovers and will have its stance dialed in by a host of Pierce Motorsports suspension components.

As with their last build, the BTR Veloster’s real story is under the hood.  Through the use of a long list of internal engine parts, a large Garrett GTX turbocharger, and a few magic spells or two the BTR Veloster will make about 500 horsepower from its 1.6 liter engine.  That kind of power in this package would definitely make this thing an absolute terror on the streets.  Can you tell there’s a theme to this post yet?

Anyhow, I am looking forward to getting up close to this build to see how many other small details come to the surface upon closer inspection.  For now you can click the thumbnail image for a larget version of the official rendering (done by Jon Sibal) and for a full spec sheet check out the press release below.

Also, let us know what you think of this build.  Do you like the sinister theme?  Or do you think this is over the top?  Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.

Press Release:

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 7, 2015 – Blood Type Racing Inc., the renowned Chicago-based tuner known for his extreme take on Korean vehicles, has revealed its Veloster Turbo R-Spec built for SEMA. The BTR Edition Veloster has an evil twist, designed to look as though it just switched over to the dark side. The car will be revealed at Hyundai’s SEMA press conference on November 3 at 11:30 a.m. PT, in Las Vegas.

The vehicle’s evil appearance began with a “Carbon Black” paint job, accented with a red racing stripe running from the front splitter up onto the hood. A carbon fiber wide-body kit gives the car a muscular, more aggressive stance, and front-mounted aero canards, front splitter and a rear deck spoiler provide down force at speed. Red accents on the custom SSR three-piece wheels, along with red projector “demon eye” headlamps add a final demonic touch to the vehicle’s exterior.

Using the Veloster’s 1.6-liter “Gamma” four-cylinder as a starting block, BTR added new cylinder sleeves, a high-boost turbocharger from Garrett, and custom connecting rods and pistons. With a retuned OEM ECU working in tandem with the strengthened engine internals, power output is now more than 500 horsepower, maintaining OEM drivability through use of Hyundai’s latest GDI technology. The interior has been stripped down and given the full, race-spec treatment with the addition of a four-point roll cage, Sabelt bucket seats, harnesses and steering wheel, along with audio upgrades from Rockford Fosgate and Tanabe OLED Revel gauges.

“The focus of this build was to boost the performance capabilities of the Veloster R-Spec while creating one of the angriest-looking Hyundai vehicles to chew up the pavement,” said Sam Lee, Director of Marketing, Blood Type Racing, Inc. “The engine tune on this vehicle is pushing the small-displacement motor to the edge. With a specific output of 312 horsepower/liter, we’re pushing this small displacement motor close to Formula 1 levels of performance. We’ve developed a number of internal components to help manage the power demands of this new engine, and paired with our hunkered-down suspension and aggressive exterior visuals, this Veloster is guaranteed to turn heads on the SEMA show floor.”

Follow #HyundaiSEMA to keep up to speed on all of this year’s SEMA activity.


  • Pavel’s Racing Engines (PRE) Custom Forged Pistons
  • PRE Custom Forged Connecting Rods
  • PRE Custom Sleeves
  • PRE Custom Bearings
  • PRE Custom Valve Springs
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Intake Manifold
  • Devils Own Methanol/Water Injection System
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Dump Tube
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Cat-less 3-in. Exhaust
  • Custom Front-Mount Intercooler
  • Garrett GTX3582R Dual Ball Bearing Turbo
  • KMC Fabrication Custom Sidewinder Turbo Manifold
  • Synapse Engineering Radial Blow Off Valve
  • Synapse Engineering Wastegate
  • Clutch Masters Upgraded Clutch 


  • BC Racing Coilovers
  • Pierce Motorsports Strut Tower Brace
  • Pierce Motorsports Under Body Brace
  • Pierce Motorsports Torsion Bar
  • Slotted and Dimpled Rotors
  • Performance Brake Pads
  • Upgraded Brake Lines
  • SSR Professor TF1 19×9.5-in. Wheels with Custom Red Face
  • Toyo Proxes R888 Tires
  • Tire “Toyo Tires” / “Proxes” permanent sticker


  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Wide Body Fender Kit
  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Front Canards
  • SoCal Garage Works Carbon Fiber Side Skirt Covers
  • SoCal Garage Works Custom Front Grill
  • APR Carbon Fiber Front Lip
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Rear Hatch
  • Seibon Carbon, Carbon Fiber Hood Prop
  • Sequence Garage Devil’s Spoiler
  • Sequence Garage Rear Bumper Lip
  • Rally Armor Red Mud Flaps
  • BASF Carbon Black Paint
  • Genuine Hyundai Side Mirrors with Turn Indicators
  • Custom Diode Dynamics Headlights with Demon Eyes


  • Sabelt GT-130 Racing Seats
  • Sabelt Saloon 4-Point Harness
  • Sabelt SW-465 Steering Wheel
  • Pierce Motorsports 4-Point Roll Cage
  • BTR Custom Rear Seat Delete
  • BTR Custom Subwoofer Box
  • BTR Custom Trunk False Floor
  • BTR Custom Battery Trunk Relocation
  • Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-10 Shallow Subwoofers
  • Rockford Fosgate P1650 2-Way Coaxial Speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate P165-SI 2-Way Component Speakers
  • Rockford Fosgate P1000X5 Amplifier
  • Tanabe VLS OLED Boost Gauge
  • Tanabe VLS OLED Wideband AFR Gauge

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.


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Euro Hype: BMW Bringing M4 GTS To America (Gallery)

Posted on 10.07.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Its official: BMW is not playing around.  Late yesterday it was announced that not only would they be producing a GTS variant of the M4 coupe but the GTS will be sold in North America for the first time.  Those familiar with BMW know that GTS variants are nothing new.  The M3 was offered in GTS for quite some time but as I mentioned earlier, it has never been sold in America.  The closest thing we got was the M3 Lime Rock Park edition.  However that is all about to change with the new M4 GTS.

So, what makes a “GTS” a “GTS”?  There are many differences but the two main factors are more power and less weight.  The M4 GTS will have 493 horsepower which is an extra 68 horses over a standard M4 coupe.  BMW credits the power boost to a water injection system, the first ever used in a production car.  What is water injection you ask?  Well in a nutshell it works like this: water is sprayed into the intake chamber to lower the temperature of the air.  Lower air temperatures allows for more optimal spark tuning which equals more power.  By now you are probably asking  “Isn’t putting water in an engine really, really bad?”  Normally yes, but the solution here is that the water is sprayed in a very fine mist so that as soon as it absorbs the heat from the air it evaporates before it could ever become a problem.  It is a method that has been used in race cars for years and it looks like BMW is bringing this engineering trick to the streets.

The other part of the GTS equation is weight.  The M4 GTS will come in at 3,329lbs by DIN standards.  The weight varies a bit depending on where the car is sold but no matter how its sliced it will be at least 100lbs (and as much as 200lbs) lighter than a standard M4.  The weight loss is due to a diet of carbon fiber reinforced plastic in places like the hood and driveshaft.  More weight is lost in the exhaust system which features a titanium muffler and forged wheels which are unfortunately and weirdly half-painted in an “acid orange” color.

The M4 GTS comes equipped with an M coil over set up which is 3-way adjustable by the driver to suit various driving conditions.  Grip is provided by Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires and power is transferred via a 7-speed DCT dual-clutch transmission, which is the only transmission offered.  That part may be a bit of a bummer to those who prefer rowing through a traditional H-pattern shifter.  Helping the GTS stop is a set of carbon-ceramic brakes.

Beyond the power, weight loss, and use of carbon the GTS has tons of other treatments, gadgets, and features to make it unique.  BMW even used OLED tech for the taillights.  The interior has all the usual suspects as well from sporty gauges, carbon fiber, and alcantara.  However the bucket seats you’ll see in the pictures likely will not make it to the U.S. versions of the car.

That reminds me; only 700 M4 GTS’ will be produced and only 300 of those are bound for America.  Which means by the time you finish reading this sentence they are probably all reserved despite the fact that the actual price hasn’t been announced yet.  Although I’d expect the GTS to come in somewhere between $75k and $80k before dealers slap on their “we’re going to take advantage of how much you want this car” mark up.

Unfortunately this means for schmoes like me the M4 GTS is out of reach.  Thus, the gallery of pictures will have to suffice.  Here is hoping that BMW brings one to the LA Auto Show so I at least get to see one up close!.  For HD resolution pics just click on any of the thumbnails in the gallery below.  For more info check out the incredibly lengthy press release below that.

Press Release:

First production road car with a Water Injection System

  • World-exclusive OLED light technology
  • Specially designed full three-way adjustable M coilover suspension
  • Intelligent lightweight body design
  • Most agile, radical and powerful M4 ever


Woodcliff Lake, N.J.: EMBARGO: October 6, 2015 6:01 pm EDT /3:01 pm PDT … BMW today announced the new 2016 BMW M4 GTS giving BMW M GmbH a new and exclusive technological masterpiece which elevates the potential of the BMW M4 Coupe to an impressive new level. With its powerful, motorsport-inspired looks and high-performance technology, the BMW M4 GTS has its sights set squarely on the race track. Thanks to an innovative water injection system helping boost power to 493 bHP and track ready chassis, this Special Edition M vehicle recorded a lap time of 7 minutes 28 seconds around the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife, the world’s most challenging race circuit, making a clear statement about this model’s exceptional dynamic abilities. At the same time, the sharpest BMW M4 of all can also hold its own on public roads. BMW M GmbH is launching the BMW M4 GTS in a special edition limited to 700 units worldwide, with 300 units of this high-performance Special Edition M4 available for the first time in the US market. In so doing, it is highlighting the innovative flair of the BMW M engineers in developing trailblazing M technologies on the powertrain, chassis and lightweight construction fronts.

“Special Edition models sharpen the character of the BMW M brand and embody an emotionally rich and exclusive driving experience. We’ve taken a radical route with the set-up of the BMW M4 GTS to create a sports machine for the race track that delivers top-end dynamics and inspirational performance. It allows us to demonstrate what is possible today with a road-legal car. Owners can drive their BMW M4 GTS to circuits such as Spa-Francorchamps, the Nürburgring or Laguna Seca – for clubsport events, for example – and then set lap times there that raise the bar to extremely high levels for road-legal cars.” says Frank van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH.

Performance boost courtesy of innovative water injection.

At the heart of each and every BMW M model is its engine. The BMW M4 GTS uses the multi-award-winning M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder in-line engine from the BMW M4, capable of 7,600 rpm but adds innovative water injection technology to give the 3.0-liter unit a substantial power boost. Unusually high-revving for a turbocharged engine, it offers linear power delivery over a wide engine speed range. An innovative water injection system, used for the first time in a road car, takes this 6-cylinder in-line turbocharged unit to new performance heights by relaxing the thermal constraints on power and torque. The system has already proved itself on race tracks around the world on board the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car, this year’s lead safety car in the world’s top motorcycle racing series.

The engine develops its maximum power of 493 bHP – an increase of 16 percent over the BMW M4 – at 6,250 rpm. Peak torque has been increased by 10 percent to 442 lb-ft, and is maintained over a very wide rev band (4,000 rpm to 5,500 rpm). It accelerates from a standstill to 60 mph in a mere 3.7 seconds, on the way to a governed top speed of 189.5 mph. Despite the significant extra power, the engine also excels on fuel efficiency, providing similar levels to those found in the BMW M4 Coupe.

Innovative water injection system.

The BMW M4 GTS is the first production road car to be fitted with a trailblazing water injection system. With this arrangement, the BMW M engineers have utilized the principle that water absorbs heat from the surrounding air when it changes phases. Water is injected as a fine spray into the intake manifold plenum chamber where it evaporates (phase change), significantly lowering the temperature of the intake air. This action reduces the final compression temperature in the combustion chamber, minimizes the risk of knock and allows the turbocharged engine to operate with higher boost pressure and advanced spark timing. The result is increased power and torque, and a substantial improvement in efficiency. Despite the extra power output, thermal stress on all performance-related components is reduced. All of these features ultimately help to diminish wear and prolong engine life.

Increased power, reduced full-throttle fuel consumption.

The benefits of water injection can be utilized in various ways, depending on engine and vehicle type. In particular the engineers have considerable latitude when deciding how to balance their priorities between increased power and fuel efficiency. If water injection is taken into account in the design of a high-performance engine right from the start, it is possible to use turbochargers with a higher boost ratio and compression ratio. At the same time, power losses due to an increase in ambient temperature (> 68° F) can be compensated by increasing the amount of water injected.

The engineering behind intake temperature.

The output of an internal combustion engine is physically limited by the operating temperature in the combustion chamber. If a given operating temperature is exceeded, this will result in uncontrolled combustion (knock), leading to power losses and, in the worst case, to severe engine damage. This is particularly relevant in the case of turbocharged engines, where the intake air is heated in the turbocharger compressor to as much as 320° F. Although intercooling can be used to cool the pressurized air, the capacity of intercooling systems is physically limited. Depending on the design and size of the system, and the aerodynamics of the vehicle, it is only possible to use an intercooler to reduce the intake air temperature by as much as 160° F before it enters the plenum chamber. This means that simply rising engine power by increasing boost pressure is not an option as it would mean exceeding the knock threshold.

This is where the BMW M division’s solution comes in: if water is injected in a fine spray mist into the intake plenum chamber, it is possible to reduce the temperature of the intake air by an additional 80° F. This further cooling of the pressurized air makes it possible to advance the spark timing closer to the optimal value. This results in a more efficient combustion process, while at the same time reducing the final combustion temperature. An additional advantage is the fact that cool air is more dense which increases the amount of oxygen in the combustion mixture and results in a higher mean combustion pressure, leading to optimized power and torque development. This efficient in-cylinder cooling system also reduces the thermal stress on a broad range of components including not only the pistons, exhaust valves and catalytic converter but also, due to the lower exhaust gas temperatures, the turbocharger.

Water injection raises the knock threshold.

Using water injection to raise the knock threshold also goes a long way towards resolving a fundamental conflict in the design of high-performance engines, caused by the fact that power output and fuel consumption are closely dependent on compression ratio. This is particularly true in the case of highly turbocharged engines like the M TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder in-line engine. Here, a high compression ratio provides high efficiency and low fuel consumption at low and medium throttle. In the full-throttle range, however, the compression ratio is limited by the knock threshold. Water injection provides a particularly effective way of raising the knock threshold, allowing for a higher compression ratio. The end result is optimized power output over a wide operating range.

Clever practical implementation of the water injection system.

The BMW M division’s engineers opted for an arrangement of three water injectors in the intake plenum chamber where each supply water to two of the straight-6 engine’s cylinders. This solution makes for uniform water distribution and a compact system design.

An underfloor compartment in the trunk houses a 1.3 gallon water tank, the water pump, sensors and valves. The pump and all the sensors and actuators are controlled by an expanded engine management system. The pump supplies water to the injectors at a pressure of approximately 145 psi. The injection quantity can be varied depending on load, engine speed and temperature, which helps to keep water consumption to a minimum. Under hard driving on the track, the water tank might have to be topped up every time the vehicle is refueled. However under normal everyday operating conditions, the intervals are much longer. Even in highway driving, the water tank only needs topping up at every fifth refueling interval. Otherwise the system is maintenance-free, for maximum everyday practicality.

The BMW M water injection system is equipped with a sophisticated self-diagnosis system. If the water tank runs dry, or in the event of a system malfunction, appropriate measures are taken to protect the engine. Boost pressure and spark timing are adjusted, allowing the engine to continue to operate safely. Even when things are working normally, a variety of precautions are taken to keep the system fully functional. Every time the engine is switched off, all the water in the hose system is drained into the tank to prevent system components from icing up in sub-zero temperatures. The water tank is frost-proof.

Additional engine highlights.

The BMW M4 GTS turbocharged engine features a very rigid closed-deck crankcase design that makes it possible to develop higher pressure in the cylinder for improved power output. Instead of liners, the cylinder bores feature a twin-wire arc-sprayed coating, which results in a significant reduction in engine weight.

A further technical highlight is the forged and highly torsionally rigid crankshaft which, as well as providing increased torque-carrying capacity, is also lighter. The substantial reduction in rotating masses results in improved throttle response and acceleration.

On the track, the high performance capability of the BMW M4 GTS places extra demands on the engine oil supply system. In designing this system, the BMW M division has once again taken full advantage of its extensive motorsport experience. The aluminum oil sump is designed to limit the movement of the oil under the influence of strong lateral forces, while an oil suction pump and a sophisticated oil return system to the turbocharger help to maintain stable oil circulation under extreme acceleration and deceleration. Oil is supplied continuously to all engine components in all driving situations, whether in everyday driving or during a hard weekend drive at the track.

The typical BMW M exhaust system design features four tailpipes, in this case each with an 80-millimeter diameter and laser-engraved M emblem. The expected performance car engine exhaust note is provided by a carefully designed lightweight titanium rear silencer. This set-up provides a striking, emotionally charged and unmistakable BMW M sound over the entire engine speed range, minimizing exhaust back-pressure while giving precise feedback on engine load. Additionally the driver can adjust the exhaust note profile depending on which of the various preconfigured drive modes is selected.

M TwinPower Turbo technology.

The BMW M4 GTS engine’s M TwinPower Turbo package comprises two fast-responding mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve lift control and Double-VANOS continuously variable camshaft timing. The result is smooth and efficient power delivery with extremely sharp response.

7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic.

The BMW M Division’s 7-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic (M DCT) sets standards in terms of smooth power delivery, lightning quick up-shift gear changes, perfect rev-matching downshifts and track-ready design. In addition to automatic shifting, this highly advanced transmission also enables shifting without torque interruption, using the steering wheel shift paddles or center console mounted gear lever. Manual mode also offers a specially configured Launch Control system that provides ultra-fast acceleration off the line, with optimal gear changes for the subsequent upshifts.

Drivelogic offers a choice of three shift programs.

The Drivelogic program for the 7-speed M double-clutch transmission offers three selectable shift programs, which can be engaged using the Drivelogic button on the center console. These programs differ in terms of engagement speed and the rpm points at which the gearshifts take place. The spectrum ranges from extremely sporty to a more relaxed, yet dynamic shifting. A further M function, Stability Clutch Control, provides assistance in sporty driving situations. It automatically disengages the clutch when necessary to prevent oversteer.

Unbeatable precision and clear feedback chassis. The perfect ally for BMW M Power.

The BMW M division specializes in developing cars that combine precise steering, outstanding agility with a refined driving experience and superb traction and stability. All BMW M models – including the new BMW M4 GTS – unite excellent track capability that has been tested on the Nürburgring Nordschleife (North Loop), the most challenging racing circuit in the world, with high standards of everyday driveability. At the same time, the BMW M4 GTS’s enhanced performance and track capabilities are backed up by additional refinements on the chassis front.

Aluminum and Carbon-Fiber construction support the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

First and foremost, an ultra-dynamic driving experience depends on a suspension system that combines low weight with high stiffness. Just like the BMW M4, the BMW M4 GTS is equipped with lightweight aluminum control arms, wheel carriers and axle subframes. On the double-joint spring-strut front axle alone, this cuts weight by more than 10 pounds compared with conventional steel components. Play-free ball joints and specially developed elastomer bearings provide optimal, direct transmission of longitudinal and transverse forces. The aluminum stiffening plate, CFRP front strut tower brace and additional bolted connections between the axle subframe and body structure all make for a stiffer front end.

At the rear, all control arms and wheel carriers on the five-link axle are of forged aluminum, which reduces the unsprung masses by more than 6 pounds compared with a conventional design. The racing-derived rigid connection between the rear axle subframe and the body, dispensing with rubber bushings, improves wheel location and tracking stability.

Specially designed full three-way M coilover suspension

The BMW M4 GTS features a three-way adjustable coilover suspension with mechanically adjustable compression and rebound settings, with precise independent adjustment of low-speed and high-speed compression. This allows the suspension to be customized to the characteristics of different tracks. Moreover, the anti-roll bars and support mounts are closely matched to the significantly increased engine power and are specifically designed for the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

Precise engineering also extend to the steering system.

The steering system has also been adapted to the BMW M4 GTS’s track capabilities. The steering torque curve, always critical for a smooth steering feel, has been further optimized by modifications to the front suspension kinematics and the incorporation of features such as asymmetric steering support mounts and a motorsport-derived, custom-designed, milled swivel bearing. This design allows optimized axle geometry for lateral dynamics and steering torque, which again translates to enhanced driving dynamics.

The swivel bearing also allows the use of 9.5 inch wide front wheels. The higher damper clamp in conjunction with the ball joint in the front axle support mount results in substantially increased camber stiffness. It also provides faster response to lateral forces, which is already enhanced by the wider wheels. For further improved lateral grip, the BMW M engineers have retained the 19-inch front tires, while the rear axle makes use of 10.5 inch wide wheels running on 20 inch diameter tires. The front camber setting has been adapted to a minus two degree setting for increased cornering lateral forces.

Further enhanced rear-wheel drive with Active M Differential.

Other features helping to add an extra edge to the driving dynamics include the rear differential’s hollow lightweight output shafts and the Active M Differential. To optimize traction and stability, the latter uses an electronically controlled multi-plate limited-slip differential, which is adapted to the significantly enhanced performance capability of the BMW M4 GTS. The multi-plate limited-slip differential is proactively controlled with extremely high precision and speed. Its control unit is linked to the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system and takes into account accelerator pedal position, wheel speeds and vehicle yaw. All driving situations can therefore be precisely analyzed and an imminent loss of traction at one side of the vehicle is identified at a very early stage. When necessary, the system reacts with split-second speed to vary the locking action, which can be anywhere between zero and 100 percent. This prevents wheel spin on low-traction surfaces, on split-traction surfaces with a big difference in friction coefficient between the left and right rear wheels, on tight hairpin bends or during fast steering maneuvers. The optimized traction also provides superb stability in challenging conditions and allows to optimally transfer the power to the ground while accelerating out of corners.

Electronic assistance systems adjustable to personal driving style.

M Dynamic Mode (MDM), a special DSC mode, can be activated whenever drivers want an extra-sporty driving experience. Whereas DSC focuses on correcting understeer or oversteer, M Dynamic Mode allows more wheel slip for controlled drifting. This mode caters to sporty-minded drivers, although – unlike DSC OFF mode – the system still intervenes if the vehicle reaches a critical stability threshold. The DSC system and the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) have been configured to take into account the BMW M4 GTS’s increased performance and its newly developed three-way coilover suspension.

Tire development was integrated into the suspension set-up right from the start. For high-performance sports cars like the BMW M4 GTS, steering feel and precision are a particularly important priority when developing the front tires, alongside lateral stability and the transmission of braking forces, while for the rear tires the focus is on traction, lateral stability and directional stability. To meet the very highest dynamic standards, the BMW M4 GTS is equipped with low-weight, high-stiffness forged wheels running on mixed-size Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires (front: 265/35 R19; rear: 285/30 R20). The 19-inch front wheels (9.5 J x 19) improve steering precision, while the 20-inch (10.5 J x 20) rear wheels provide outstanding traction and an optimal transfer of drive power to the road. The Cup tires complement the fine-tuned suspension set-up by ensuring optimal traction and precise feedback for exceptionally agile handling.

The electromechanical steering system was also developed in-house by the BMW M division. Strong points of this specially configured steering system, which forms the key control interface between driver and vehicle, include its direct steering feel and precise feedback. To further improve driver feedback, BMW M engineers opted for no elastic section in the BMW M4 GTS steering column. The integrated Servotronic function electronically adjusts the level of power assist according to road speed, providing optimal steering characteristics at all speeds. The Servotronic button on the center console offers three different settings, each with its own specific profile: COMFORT, SPORT and SPORT+. These settings can be programmed into the M1 and M2 buttons in the M Drive menu. They can then be activated while driving by pressing the appropriate steering wheel button. In each case the level of steering assistance is adapted to the current requirements and the driver’s personal preferences.

Choice of drive settings – from moderately sporty to extremely sporty.

The characteristics of the electronic accelerator pedal can be customized using the M Driving Dynamic Control system. On the road, the settings can be configured for a more temperate sporty performance. For track use, on the other hand, priority can be given to instantaneous and explosive power delivery. It is also possible, using the M Drive menu or the DSC OFF button, to choose one of three different settings for the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) system (DSC, MDM or DSC OFF), while different shift characteristics for the seven-speed M double-clutch transmission can be selected using the Drivelogic button on the center console. In this way, drivers can choose their own personal combination of drive settings, putting the accent either on the extreme sporty performance of which the BMW M4 GTS is capable or on somewhat more tempered dynamism. Via the M Drive menu, two sets of preferred personal configurations can be programmed into the M1 or M2 steering wheel buttons for instant access. The personalized settings for all the relevant systems can then be activated while driving at a single touch of the appropriate button.

Nürburgring Tested – Ultra-high performance M Carbon Ceramic Brakes.

In keeping with its outstanding performance potential, the BMW M4 GTS is equipped with lightweight, optimized, ultra-high-performance M carbon ceramic brakes, which are designed for a further enhanced track capability and longer life. The brakes are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced silicon carbide (C/SiC).

The brake discs are made up of two elements: the support body with the cooling ducts is made out of a high carbon fiber content, while the inner and outer friction layers have a high ceramic content. The brake disc hub is of compound design and made of aluminum. It is connected to the brake disc ring by radial friction bearings. This design, with the special friction layer, gives the carbon ceramic brake discs an operating life of several times that of conventional brake discs. The modified rear brake system of the BMW M4 GTS features modified specifications for an improved friction coefficient. At the same time, the front brake guards have been adapted to improve ventilation.

Visually, the M carbon ceramic brakes can be distinguished by their gold-painted 6-piston (front) or four-piston (rear) brake calipers with colored M logo. Particularly during high-performance driving on the track, they boast excellent modulation, outstanding deceleration capabilities and stable, fade-resistant performance. Being much lighter than a conventional brake system, they also contribute to the all-round reduction in unsprung masses and therefore also enhance driving dynamics.

Intelligent lightweight design

Intelligent lightweight engineering, already a vital consideration for the BMW M4, has been taken to new and even more uncompromising levels on the BMW M4 GTS. The goal was to minimize curb weight in order to give the new model outstanding driving dynamics, top-class agility and highest efficiency. Rigorous weight reduction measures include even the smallest details of the BMW M4 GTS, delivering a DIN curb weight of 3,329 pounds (ECE curb weight: 3,494 lbs). Its outstanding weight to power ratio of roughly 6.5 lbs/hp provides the perfect platform for a highly dynamic driving experience.

The low weight of the BMW M4 GTS improves not only performance but also dynamics and handling. Drivers perceive the benefits in the form of even more responsive steering, more precise cornering, shorter stopping distances and new levels of control when pushing the vehicle to its limits.

High-tech carbon construction reduces weight.

Like the BMW M4 Coupe, the BMW M4 GTS has a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof that is more than 13 pounds lighter than a corresponding metal roof. Lightweight, robust CFRP is also used for the hood, which is approximately 25 percent lighter than its aluminum counterpart on the BMW M4. Both of these lightweight components play an important role in lowering the center of gravity (CG) and improving axle load distribution. In the BMW M4 GTS, BMW reaps the benefits of its many years’ experience in high-tech carbon construction. The use of CFRP continues under the skin as well, for example in components such as the instrument panel support.

The contoured roof line with the typical center channel carries over into the trunk lid, emphasizing the very sporty personality of the BMW M4 GTS. The geometry of the trunk lid, which is made of CFRP and plastic, is precisely designed to optimize the rear aerodynamics and to help direct air to the lightweight CFRP rear spoiler. The spoiler is attached to the trunk lid by two CNC-milled aluminum supports, each consisting of an intricate strut arrangement that optimally combines high stiffness with very low weight.

Lightweight exposed carbon fiber is also on display in the adjustable splitter underneath the BMW M4 GTS’s front apron and in the rear apron diffuser. Exterior lightweight design measures continue with the exclusive forged, machine-polished, low-weight BMW M star-spoke wheels in Acid Orange and the M carbon ceramic brakes, both of which not only cut down on overall weight but also significantly reduce unsprung masses. The M engineers have also extended their uncompromising focus on lightweight engineering to the sports exhaust system, which features a titanium rear silencer. The BMW M4 GTS’s sports exhaust system produces an authentic racing engine note while providing a 20 percent weight reduction when compared to a stainless steel component.

Extensive weight reduction continues under the skin.

Needless to say, lightweight engineering is not just confined to the visible areas of the body. For example, the BMW M4 GTS’s single-piece driveshaft is made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is even lighter than the corresponding component in the BMW M4. The low mass and high stiffness of the CFRP means that the driveshaft can be produced as a single-piece component, without a center bearing. This achieves weight savings of 40 percent over a conventional component, with a simultaneous reduction in rotating masses. This in turn results in improved powertrain dynamics and better response.

All weight-saving measures are designed with an eye to improved driving dynamics. A good example is the CFRP strut brace in the engine compartment. Weighing a little over 3 pounds, it offers superior stiffness to a comparable aluminum component. At the same time it plays a key part in ensuring eager turn-in and excellent steering precision.

Authentic racing feel in the interior.

The many lightweight features in the interior of the BMW M4 GTS don’t just save weight, they also exude an authentic racing feel. This Special Edition vehicle is fitted with different bucket-style M sports seats in Alcantara (including lightweight backrests with cut-outs). In between the seats, the BMW M4 GTS boasts a new, asymmetrically styled lightweight center console that shaves around 30 percent off the weight of the corresponding component in the BMW M4 Coupe.

A further weight-saving measure is the deletion of the rear seats. This area is now trimmed in glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP), with a carbon sandwich bulkhead to the rear. Both of these elements are designed for reduced weight, a lower center of gravity and maximum stiffness. The across-the-board lightweight engineering approach also extends to the door panel trim and rear side panel trim with modified design geometry and special lightweight construction based on renewable natural materials. Conventional door handles are replaced by door release pull loops, while Alcantara trim makes an appearance only on the armrests. The weight of the door panel trim has been reduced in half compared with standard components.

Three-dimensional front-end design.

Viewed from the front, the visual features that stand out the most are its muscular contours and the prominent three-dimensionality of its lines, which lend it a particularly expressive face. Characteristic design elements, such as a cutting-edge design take on the familiar twin circular headlamps with LED technology, the eye-catching front grille with M double bars in black and the powerfully sculpted front apron with its trio of large air intakes, dedicated to cooling the high-performance engine and brakes, immediately set it apart as the work of BMW M and spotlight its even more sportier pretensions. Needless to say, the BMW M4 GTS also features the striking M exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style and hallmark powerdome on the hood. The carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) hood is painted in body color and features a large air outlet. Thanks to the use of CFRP, the hood weighs 25 percent less than an aluminum equivalent, which helps both to lower the car’s center of gravity and further improve the balance of weight between the front and rear axle. The air outlet on the hood optimizes the airflow and reduces lift at the front axle. The front end’s weight-minimized splitter is made from lightweight exposed carbon fiber, has a contrasting stripe in bright Acid Orange running along its leading edge and can be set in two positions for road or track. The splitter divides the surging air, channeling part of it deliberately under the car to optimize aerodynamics. Here, the airflow is accelerated on its way to the carbon-fiber diffuser at the rear.

Low-slung silhouette, dynamic lines.

The flanks of the BMW M4 GTS pick up the dynamic verve of its front end and extend it rearwards. Hallmark BMW proportions – long hood, long wheelbase, set-back greenhouse, short overhangs – are emphasized by M design elements. Muscular wheel arches and dramatic surfacing translate the dynamic potential of the BMW M4 GTS into tangible form. This potential is accentuated by the M gills – in high-gloss black like the kidney grille surround – which fulfills both a stylistic and functional role. The gills house Air Breathers, which team up with Air Curtains in the front apron to optimize airflow through the wheel arches and enhance aerodynamics in the process.

The combination of a dark-colored, clear-coated CFRP roof and contoured roofline gives the BMW M4 GTS a hunkered-down look, with the cant rails painted in body color perceived as the car’s highest point. The flowing roofline lends an extra touch of elegance to the ultra-sporty appearance of the BMW M4 GTS. The large, forged M light-alloy wheels, featuring distinctive star-spoke design in Acid Orange and polished surfacing, appear to fill the wheel arches even more completely and give the BMW M4 GTS a compact, powerful appearance. The car’s lines pick up speed again as they stream rearwards, accentuate the body’s aerodynamic flow and, at the same time, add muscle to the rear end.

Rear wing and diffuser made from lightweight CFRP.

The back end of the BMW M4 GTS can be distinguished clearly from that of the BMW M4 Coupe. On the trunk lid, for example, an adjustable carbon-fiber rear wing resting on intricate, CNC-machined aluminum struts provides a head-turning design feature. The rear wing can be adjusted through three positions – one for road driving and two others that can be selected according to individual preference on the track. Identifying features of the BMW M4 include the flared rear wheel arches which, together with the car’s wide track, underline its confident appearance. The double-chamber exhaust system, with its two pairs of tailpipes, is another signature BMW M feature. Here, the titanium tailpipes – with their 80-millimeter diameter and laser-engraved M logo – are another reference to the standalone character of the BMW M4 GTS. They are framed by a clearly structured rear apron and flank the exposed carbon-fiber diffuser. The diffuser forms a single aerodynamic unit with the rear wing and front splitter, which is likewise made from carbon fiber. They work together to optimize airflow and, in so doing, improve downforce and roadholding.

The trunk lid of the BMW M4 GTS also performs an integral aerodynamic role. Its specifically contoured lines channel the air at the rear of the car and improve airflow to the rear wing. In this way, the pair of lines spawned by the powerdome on the hood and extending over the CFRP roof in clearly defined contours reach their journey’s end at the trunk lid.

World premiere for OLED rear lights.

The rear lights of the BMW M4 GTS are the first of any series-produced vehicle to feature BMW Organic Light with OLED technology. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) generate their light using wafer-thin layers of semi-conducting organic materials. Unlike LEDs, which emit their light in the form of points, OLEDs light up over their full surface with a homogeneous effect. Their flat design (they measure just 1.4 millimeters in height) and the ability to trigger individual light modules separately open up fresh possibilities for a characteristic and distinctive BMW lighting design – both at night and daylight.

Pure-bred, exclusive interior offers flawless ergonomics.

The M sports steering wheel, likewise covered in exclusive, anthracite-colored Alcantara, represents a clear nod to motor racing and is exceptionally grippy. A perforated stripe in contrasting Acid Orange at the “12 o’clock” position on the wheel marks the steering’s central positon, which comes in handy when the driver is pushing hard on the track. The Alcantara-covered interior trim strip has a perforated GTS badge with Acid Orange highlighting. The new center console of the BMW M4 GTS is asymmetric in design and lightweight in construction. Like the handbrake lever gaiter, it is covered in anthracite-colored Alcantara with edging adorned with dark grey contrast stitching.

The interior door panels and rear side panels also include lightweight design elements produced specially for the BMW M4 GTS. These display a new, purist geometry and are made from renewable raw materials. For example, the handles normally found on the inside of the doors are replaced here by pull loops which, like the seat belts, also come in black and feature longitudinal stripes in the signature M colors. Together with the Alcantara covering used for the armrests only, the door trim deepens the stripped-back and purpose-driven character of the interior. The omission of a rear seat bench takes this approach to another new level. The rear seat surfaces are replaced by an innovative glass-fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) shelf, combined with a rear panel made in a carbon-fiber sandwich construction. Lowering the car’s weight and center of gravity, while also ensuring unbeatable rigidity, once again took priority here.

A central feature of the interior is the roll bar, which is made from high-strength steels and mounted behind the front seats. Its Acid Orange paint finish provides another color accent, and its influence is not confined to the interior; visible from the outside, it also helps shape the overall perception of the BMW M4 GTS and signals the car’s sense of purpose and racing intent.

A fire extinguisher containing two kilograms of extinguishing agent is another safety feature of the interior. It is fitted centrally behind the front seats within easy reach of both driver and passenger.

Wide range of carefully selected standard equipment.

The BMW M4 GTS underlines its impressive dynamic caliber with a range of specifically selected and exclusive equipment fitted at the factory. As well as the high-quality Alcantara/Merino leather interior trim, this includes the BMW Navigation system, air conditioning, Adaptive LED Headlights, Park Distance Control (PDC) front and rear, automatically dimming rear-view and exterior mirrors and BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim. A selection of signature BMW M equipment features such as M door sill finishers, an M footrest, an M gearshift lever, M-specific circular instruments with white graphics, an M sports steering wheel with Alcantara covering and a central position marker in Acid Orange, plus electroplated-look gearshift paddles, round off the overall package. Four color shades are available for the exterior paintwork. Customers can also choose from Sapphire Black metallic, Mineral Grey metallic, Alpine White and Frozen Dark Grey Metallic paint finish.


The new BMW M4 GTS.

Technical Specifications.


    BMW M4 GTS  
No of doors/seats 2/2
Length/width/height (unladen) mm 4698/1870/1383
Wheelbase mm 2812
Track, front/rear mm 1596/1604
Ground clearance mm 108
Turning circle m 12.2
Fuel tank capacity app ltr 60
Cooling system incl heater ltr 10.0
Engine oil1) ltr 7.0
Weight, unladen, to DIN/EU kg 1510/1585
Max load to DIN kg 390
Max permissible weight kg 1900
Max axle load, front/rear kg 975/1000
Max trailer load,

Braked (12%)/unbraked

kg —/—
Max roofload/max towbar download kg —/—
Luggage comp capacity ltr 445
Air resistance2 cd x A 0.34 x 2.25
Power Unit
Config/No of cyls/valves In-line/6/4
Engine technology M TwinPower Turbo technology: two MonoScroll turbochargers,

High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, Water Injection

Effective capacity cc 2979
Stroke/bore mm 89.6/84.0
Compression ratio :1 10.2
Fuel min. RON 95
Max output bHP 493
at rpm 6250
Max torque lb-ft 442
at rpm 4000–5500
Electrical System
Battery/installation Ah/– 69/Luggage compartment
Alternator A/W 209/2926
Driving Dynamics and Safety
Suspension, front Three-way M coilover suspension with aluminum double-joint spring-strut axle and M-specific elastokinematics
Suspension, rear Three-way M coilover suspension with five-link axle in lightweight construction
Brakes, front M carbon ceramic disc brakes vented with 6-piston fixed callipers
Brakes, rear M carbon ceramic disc brakes vented with four-piston fixed callipers
Driving stability systems Standard: DSC incl ABS and M Dynamic Mode, CBC (Cornering Brake Control), DBC (Dynamic Brake Control), Dry Braking function, Fading Compensation, Start-Off Assistant, Active M Differential linked to Integrated Chassis Management (ICM)
Safety equipment Standard: airbags for driver and front passenger, side airbags for driver and front passenger, head airbags for front seats, three-point inertia-reel seatbelts on all seats with belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter
Steering Electric Power Steering (EPS) with M-specific Servotronic function
Steering ratio, overall :1 15.0
Tyres, front/rear 265/35 ZR19 98Y

285/30 ZR20 99Y

Rims, front/rear 9.5J x 19 Light Alloy

10.5J x 20 Light Alloy


    BMW M4 GTS  
Type of transmission Seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic
Gear ratios                          I :1 4.806
                                                II :1 2.593
                                                III :1 1.701
                                                IV :1 1.277
                                                V :1 1.000
                                                VI :1 0.844
                                                VII :1 0.671
                                                R :1 4.172
Final drive :1 3.462
Output per litre bHP/ltr 165.5
Acceleration           0–60 mph sec 3.7
Top speed mph 189.5
BMW EfficientDynamics
BMW EfficientDynamics standard features Brake Energy Regeneration, electromechanical power steering, Automatic Start/Stop function, Optimum Gearshift Indicator in manual mode, intelligent lightweight construction, on-demand operation of ancillary units, map-regulated oil pump, Li-ion battery, differential with optimised warm-up behaviour, aerodynamics (Air Curtains, Air Breathers, underside panelling, front spoiler, rear wing with gurney flap)

Specifications apply to ACEA markets/data relevant to homologation apply in part only to Germany (weight)


1) Oil change

2) Provisional data

3) Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions depend on the selected tyre format


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German Hype: Carlsson Throws Carbon Fiber, Wheels, & Vinyl At The AMG C63 S Then Calls It The “CC63S Rivage”

Posted on 09.16.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Even though major auto shows like Los Angeles, Detroit, and Paris pretty much focus on the major OEMs and their new offerings for the next year.  Although even at the big shows the aftermarket always finds a place to fit in.  Frankfurt is no different as Mercedes Benz tuner Carlsson decided to use the show as a venue to debut their new tuning program for the AMG C63 S, the “CC63S Rivage.”  Its looks aren’t exactly my cup of tea but metallic vinyl aside, Carlsson pulled off a pretty nice package here.  Beyond the vinyl wrap the CC63S features a lip kit that adds a bit of downforce to the front, channels air along the sides and finishes off with a rear lip spoiler and diffuser.  All the aforementioned exterior components are made from carbon fiber.

There are two options for Carlsson wheels at the corners.  Buyers can have 19 inch wheels or 20s; either choice will come wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.  Performance is boosted with a ram air intake and lightweight exhaust.  A pretty short performance list to be honest.  I thought that Carlsson would throw in an ECU tune along with the package but the German tuner claims that just the combination of the intake and exhaust adds 100hp to the already twin-turbo’d C63 S V8 engine.  A bit hard to believe but not impossible.

My favorite part is the interior which has been re-upholstered in this crazy blue plaid pattern which is so crazy that it works.  To go along with the plaid Carlsson also added alcantara and napa leather in strategic areas.  If I had my way I would totally do this package but with out the weird mirror blue vinyl on the outside.  What do you guys think?  Let me know in the comments or tweet your opinion to us at @MotorworldHype.  For more pictures and the press release scroll below!

Press Release:

•    Motorsport flavour
•    Exclusive Carbon-fibre aerodynamic package in OEM quality
•    Spectacular leather-fabric interiorCarlsson, the renowned Mercedes tuner, is proud to announce the world premiere of their spectacular CC63S Rivage on Stand 27, Hall 4.0 at the Frankfurt IAA International Motor Show 2015 (September 17 to 27).With 605hp and 820Nm of torque, the CC63S Rivage blasts from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, and joins the ranks of Carlsson’s limited edition models like the EauRouge, Blanchimont and Rascasse, named after corners of legendary racetracks like  Spa-Francorchamps in the Ardennes or Monaco.A Carlsson model at this level needs to be based on a car with impeccable performance credentials. In this instance that car is the latest version of AMG’s redoubtable C63 S.

Using this compact super saloon as their blank canvas, the engineers from Merzig developed a package of technical and aesthetic components that make a clear performance statement. The lightweight carbon-fibre aerodynamic components, optimised wheel/tyre combinations, sports exhaust system and exclusive interior treatment, are underpinned by the performance enhancements.

Every car that leaves Carlsson’s Gut Wiesenhof workshop benefits from the decades of collective experience of the engineering team. Their engine upgrade for the CC63S Rivage adds 100hp and 100Nm of torque to the twin-turbo V8, bringing its output to a supercar rivaling 605hp, along with 820 Nm of torque.

Carlsson has received many awards for its attractive aerodynamic components whose forms are a perfect synthesis of aesthetic perfection and wind tunnel honed efficiency.

Made from OE quality carbon-fibre, the Carlsson front splitter with lateral boundary flaps and the front intake ram air ducting give the CC63S Rivage its aggressive motorsport inspired appearance. Two inverted L-shaped guides over the original air intakes add to this purposeful look.

The Carlsson ‘flicks’ on the sides of the front apron guide air also help to reduce lift over the front axle, with the surrounds to the front wing air outlets and the aero flaps on the front splitter, side skirts and rear apron continuing the carbon-fibre theme.At the rear, the striking carbon-fibre air outlet covers and profile around the diffuser contribute to the motorsport inspired look of the rear bumper. The boot lid mounted rear spoiler reduces lift over the rear axle, and in combination with the underbody diffuser, also serves to reduce drag by cleaning up the departing airflow.The two pairs of black-chromed tailpipes that flank the diffuser emanate from the bespoke stainless steel sports exhaust system. A manual valve control allows the driver to choose an even deeper and more sonorous sound for the open road.Adding a distinctive and striking infusion of colour to the car, panels in ‘Carlsson Mirror Blue’ festoon the front apron, sides and rear apron of the car. These are applied using the highest quality automotive foil.

The interior of the CC63S Rivage evokes images of the legendary Tartan check pattern used in classic Mercedes sportscars like the Gullwing and Uhlenhaut Coupé.

With its seats and door panels are trimmed in the finest Scottish sourced Nappa leather with Alcantara highlights with Carlsson blue Tartan check inserts. The dashboard and steering wheel are wrapped in blue and black Nappa leather.

To show different possible wheel/tyre combination, the CC63S Rivage will be presented with one wheel style on each side of the car. The smaller size is the new Carlsson 1/5 EVO II Diamond Edition alloy wheel painted in silver. Sized 8.5J and 9.5J x 19-inch front and rear, these wheels are shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 street legal track day tyres in 245/35ZR19 and 265/35ZR19 sizes respectively.

Designed for maximum speeds in excess of 300km/h, the Carlsson 1/10 Graphite Edition wheel comes in 8.5J and 9.5J x 20-inch sizes front and rear, and uses Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres in 245/30ZR20 and 265/30ZR20 sizes. These light alloy wheels stand out with their unique anthracite grey paint with a matt clear coat finish, and perfectly match the cars sporting appearance.

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Hype: Sparco’s WTX-7 Air Will Protect Yo’ Neck (And Your Head Too)

Posted on 08.28.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

When given the option, carbon fiber is almost always better versus some other type of material.  I mean sure, most probably would not want to wipe with carbon fiber toilet paper but in just about every other case its just better!  Where carbon fiber really excels is saving weight and standing up to heavy impacts, which is why having a carbon fiber helmet is ideal.  Sparco ( has several carbon fiber helmet options but the WTX-7 Air makes for a great choice because its lightweight, certified by SNELL (SA2010), FIA approved, and comes in at just $1,000. 

I know that price tag seems high but for a carbon fiber helmet approved for just about every motorsport, that is a pretty good price!  The WTX-7 Air also has vents to keep the visor clear and user cool.  There are also fittings for a drink tube and intercom system.  There is also the clear and simple fact that it looks awesome! 

If you have the cash and you’re looking for a new skull shell, this would make a great choice.


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Hype: Vorsteiner Debuts McLaren “MP4-VX” Package For MP4-12C (Video)

Posted on 08.08.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

When a performance company throws a swanky VIP, invite-only event to celebrate the release of what is effectively a body kit, then you know that said performance company is in a playground that most of us tend to daydream about.  Vorsteiner is one of those companies.


Last night they invited a small group of loyal customers and industry VIPs to literally pull the sheet off their newest project: the MP4-VX package for the McLaren MP4-12c.  For almost half a year the designers at Vorsteiner have been racking their brains trying to figure out how to make a beautiful car look even better, while still retaining functionality and avoiding any weight-gain.


The MP4-VX is the fruit of all those mental gymnastics.  The MP4-VX package is an 8 piece aero package which, when combined are meant to aesthetically enhance a MP4-12c while improving downforce and cooling.  This is done with some great design, lots of ducts, and plains to guide the flow of air over the McLaren’s body.


What do I think? I think this package will be polarizing.  I believe some will love it while others will absolutely hate it.  Personally, I am on the side that loves it.  I think the MP4-VX is beautiful and a credit to the design sense of the Vorsteiner team.  It is just as hard to make an ugly car look good as it is to make a good looking car look even better, yet Vorsteiner pulled it off.

I always tell my friends that the McLaren MP4-12C is my “if I won the lotto” car and now I can safely say the MP4-VX package would likely be the first mod I get for it should the day come that I hit those numbers!  For now I can only dream of what could be.  I invite you to dream along with me by checking out the video of the official debut of the MP4-VX below as well as a gallery of studio pictures and the official press release.  You can also check out pictures from the party by clicking on any of the thumbnails between the above paragraphs.  Enjoy!

Debut video:

Studio Gallery:




Press Release:

Vorsteiner’s latest release of Mclaren MP4-VX marks our entry into Mclaren tuning world with their new clay modeling and digital modeling program.

In their effort to stay true to the Mclaren brand, the designers kept as much of the existing body lines of the MP4 intact while enhancing the original line to a more edgier and aggressive form.

The new body parts also took into account everyday drivability and functionality as we took great efforts in maximizing ground clearance for the daily drivers while improving overall aerodynamics & looks. The MP4-VX program also features our latest in 1-piece aluminum forged wheels technology.

The wheels were engineered to be specifically load rated for the weight of this car so that the wheels can maximize weight savings during the CNC milling process without compromises in safety. The new wheels are 20x9J and 21x12J inch wide with 245/25/20 and 325/30/21 tires to keep the car well planted around corners.

The MP4-VX program is composed of:

• Carbon Fiber Front Bumper with dual air duct system and side ventilation louvers

• Carbon Fiber Add-On Front Spoiler

• Carbon Fiber Rear Bumper with dual ventilation louvers & central vent opening

• Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser with integrated Dual Diffuser Tunnels

• 4 Piece Carbon Fiber Side Skirt blade with floating front fin element

Starting at the front the Mclaren MP4-VX showcases a completely redesigned nose made entirely out of latest dry carbon fiber pre-preg autoclave technology. This new front end consists of a full replacement bumper cover with features such as a completely redesigned ducting system, side air vent elements and a separate front spoiler that aids in front end downforce. The bumpers like all Vorsteiner original products utilizes all factory mounting hardware and is 100% reversible if the vehicle was ever returned back to its stock form.

The most visually striking component of the MP4-VX kit would be replacement carbon fiber rear bumper cover and rear diffuser element. The optical carbon fiber rear bumper also features 2 ventilation louvers on the side and 1 in the center to assist in heat being dissipated from the engine and exhaust.

The new carbon and kevlar reinforced composite rear diffuser features race inspired tunnels to further improve on airflow and keep the rear end planted against the road with larger mesh perimeter opening to further assist in cooling the engine temperature.

Lastly, the vehicle has improved airflow dynamics with our 4-piece carbon fiber side blade elements giving the vehicle a lower sportier stance while improving downforce at high speeds.

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Italian Hype: Vorsteiner Releases Ferrari 458 Tuning Program

Posted on 07.02.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Viva Italia!  Vorsteiner is continuing their foray into the Italian supercar market with their latest tuning program for the Ferrari 458.  Granted only a small percentage of those reading this actually have a Ferrari 458 but if you are one of the lucky few then you should be happy there are a few new carbon fiber goodies for your car!

The tuning program starts with a front add-on spoiler which is specifically made to work with the factory contours of the front end.  Out back is a deck lid spoiler and a rear diffuser which raises the diffuser bridge ever so slightly for clearance.  The extra space allowed the Vorsteiner designers to work in a vent to help pull away warm air from the exhaust.  The rear diffuser design also includes housing for the rear fog lamp. As always the all the aero components are made from Vorsteiner’s signature pre-preg carbon fiber.

To really set things off, a set of monoblock-forged VS-110 wheels are available as an option for this package.  The wheels are available in 20″ and 21″ sizes and come tailor made to retain the Ferrari center cap.

It all makes for a slick but subtle package.  If only I had a Ferrari to put all this stuff on!  If you happen to have a 458 just hit up your local Vorsteiner dealer to put in an order.  Or just visit to find a dealer in your area.  For a better look, just click the thumbnails below for HD resolution pictures.


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German Hype: BMW M3 CRT

Posted on 06.24.11 | admin No Comments

Say hello to the most awesome BMW M3 that you will never buy, drive, or even see here in the states thanks to an extremely limited world wide production run (67 units).  The BMW M3 CRT utilizes BMW’s new carbon manufacturing production techniques derived from motorsports.  In fact “CRT” actually stands for “Carbon Racing Technology”.  What does that all mean?  It means the CRT is super lightweight and super freaking fast!  The engine’s output has been pushed up a bit to 450HP and 325ft-lbs of torque in an M3 that is approximately 154 pounds lighter than a standard version.  It also gets a double-clutch 7 speed transmission to put all of that force to the floor.  So, how much is all the weight savings, carbon fiber, and high-revving V8 going to cost you?  Well assuming it was possible to buy one here in America the M3 CRT will set you back about $180k!  When you see that it starts to make sense why BMW won’t even bother trying to sell it here.  While we love BMW they would be hard pressed to find Americans willing to spend that much on a sedan when they could have a Porsche or slightly used Ferrari for the same money.  Still, despite the high price tag I can imagine there are way more than 67 people in the world that would gladly lay down the cash for what is sure to be a highly collectible M3.




Press Release:

Carbon Racing Technology: BMW M GmbH factory produces a limited-edition high-performance sports car based on the BMW M3 Sedan – Innovative use of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic minimizes weight – Weight-to-power ratio: 3.5 kilograms per horsepower.

Munich/Nürburg, June 24th, 2011…BMW M GmbH used the M Night Event in the lead-up to the Nürburgring 24-hour race to unveil a spectacular new addition to its model range. The BMW M3 CRT (Carbon Racing Technology) embodies a concentrated blend of state-of-the-art development expertise – inspired directly by motorsport – in the areas of drive system, chassis technology and intelligent lightweight design. It also represents the worldwide debut of a new production process for carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components in the automotive industry. This process allows CFRP to be introduced widely in the construction of the high-performance BMW M3 Sedan-based sports car created by the BMW M GmbH factory. And that helps it achieve a weight-to-power ratio of 3.5 kilograms per horsepower (7.7 lbs/hp). A V8 engine with customary M high-revving characteristics and maximum output of 331 kW/450 hp accelerates the BMW M3 CRT from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds. The BMW M3 CRT will be produced by the BMW M GmbH factory in a limited run of 67 units. Due to the very limited worldwide volume, the BMW M3 CRT will not be homologated for sale in the USA.

Following in the tire tracks of the BMW M3 GTS – of which 135 examples were produced – this is the second small-series, high-performance M3 off-shoot to be bred for the race track but registered for the road. The exclusive character of the Sedan is emphasized by special lightweight design components manufactured as part of an innovative production process. The hood of the BMW M3 CRT and the bucket seats for the driver and front passenger are made from a cellular carbon honeycomb, which is produced in a globally unique process pioneered for the manufacture of body components for the BMW i3 and BMW i8 models.

Innovative manufacturing process for lightweight CFRP components.
These new models – due to enter volume production in 2013 and equipped with innovative electric and BMW ActiveHybrid drive system technology – will feature a body consisting entirely of CFRP in the passenger cell area. In a new development, the production process introduced for this purpose enables the cuttings left behind in the construction of the body to be reprocessed. The basic material (made up of carbon fiber thread) can now be woven into CFRP mats of any size before being impregnated with synthetic resin and hardened in a similar way to the material used in the body of the BMW i3 and BMW i8. For the BMW M3 CRT this allows the creation of a hood made from two CFRP moldings encasing an aramid honeycomb structure. This construction imbues the hood with the strength of a conventional steel equivalent, but at roughly a quarter of its weight. The weight saving over the aluminum hood of the standard BMW M3 Sedan is around 50 percent.

The material produced through this innovative manufacturing technology is also used for the car’s bucket seats. Here, the CFRP layers are wrapped around a recycled-paper honeycomb, with a carbon layer made using conventional production technology added to visible areas. CFRP is also used to make both the rear spoiler of the BMW M3 CRT and an air-channeling element integrated into its front fascia.

This innovative manufacturing process opens up considerable potential for increased use of CFRP in series-produced cars as a means of lowering weight. The BMW Group is leading the way in this area of automotive construction, while BMW M GmbH can call on extensive racing expertise when it comes to intelligent lightweight design. The BMW M3 CRT is the latest in a fine tradition of highly exclusive high-performance sports cars optimized with the help of lightweight design. This lineage stretches back to the BMW 3.0 CSL of the 1970s and reached another high point in 2002 with the BMW M3 CSL. BMW M GmbH also broke new ground with the use of CFRP in series-produced vehicles; like the BMW M6 produced up to 2010, the current BMW M3 Coupe comes as standard with a roof made from carbon-fiber reinforced plastic.

Significant weight reduction despite generous standard equipment.

The low-weight construction of the BMW M3 CRT is enhanced by sound-proofing configured specially for the new variant and a sports exhaust system with an extremely lightweight titanium muffler. Also unique to the CRT are the two individual rear seats, which take their cues from the lateral support-enhancing contours of the front seats.
Included in the standard specification of the BMW M3 CRT are the M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic, Navigation system Professional, BMW Individual High End audio system, a light, exterior mirror and luggage area package, an alarm system and Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear of the car. Despite this extremely generous selection of standard kit, its DIN unladen weight of 1,580 kg (3485 lbs) undercuts that of the standard BMW M3 Sedan by around 45 kg (100 lbs). When you take into account the equipment on board the weight saving is more like 70 kg (154 lbs). Added to which, cleverly reducing the load at the front of the car raises the proportion of the car’s weight over the rear axle to 48.4 percent, which has an extremely positive effect on agility.

High-revving V8 engine with extra power; M DCT Drivelogic.

Under the CFRP hood of the BMW M3 CRT lies a variant of the V8 engine developed exclusively for the BMW M3 with further increased displacement, output and maximum torque. The high-revving unit provides the linear power delivery you expect from an M car and a highly responsive performance profile honed by the demands of the race track. Tuned for the BMW M3 GTS, the eight-cylinder engine develops 331 kW/450 hp from its 4,360 cc displacement. Maximum output is reached at 8,300 rpm, and the driver will find peak torque of 440 Newton meters (325 lbs-ft) on tap at 3,750 rpm. Helping to give the engine its intoxicating performance is wizardry derived directly from motorsport, including a bedplate crankcase construction in a special aluminum-silicon alloy, individual throttle butterflies, a knock control system with ion current technology and a dynamically-optimized wet sump oil supply.

Transferring the engine’s power to the rear wheels is the M double clutch transmission (DCT) with Drivelogic developed for the BMW M3. The seven-speed M DCT Drivelogic unit also works according to a principle developed in motorsport, allowing an uninterrupted flow of power through gear changes to deliver extremely dynamic acceleration. Its shift characteristics have been tuned specially for the engine powering the BMW M3 CRT. Shift paddles on the steering wheel allow the driver to change gear manually with optimum ergonomics. And a Launch Control function is on hand to generate maximum acceleration off the start line.

Special chassis construction with race-bred technology.

Expertise from race competition also makes its presence felt in the chassis technology of the BMW M3 CRT. The BMW M3 Sedan’s front and rear axle construction has been enhanced by a rigid rear axle subframe and coilover suspension whose dampers are individually adjustable in their compression and rebound. The 6 piston, fixed-caliper high-performance brakes of the BMW M3 CRT boast a low-weight compound construction. The vented brake discs measure 378 x 32 millimeters at the front axle and 380 x 28 millimeters at the rear. The new M3 variant also uses Stahlflex stainless steel brake lines and special brake pads.

The specially tuned DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system – including ABS and M Dynamic Mode (MDM) – responds to both the greater dynamic potential of the BMW M3 CRT and its optimized axle load distribution. Meanwhile, the 245/35 R 19 front tires and 265/35 R 19 rears (fitted on 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in Y-spoke design) ensure the engine’s acceleration and braking power is transferred to the road with maximum impact. The electronic engine management of the BMW M3 CRT caps its top speed at 290 km/h (180 mph).

The exclusive Frozen Polar Silver metallic exterior paint shade in combination with Melbourne Red metallic applications and special treatment for the BMW kidney grille also help to set the BMW M3 CRT apart from the standard M3. Inside, the Sedan comes with likewise exclusive door sill strips, door panels and trim strips in aluminum grain structure. Completing the distinctive ambience inside the high-performance Sedan are the Alcantara-covered M steering wheel, which has an M Drive button allowing the driver to call up his preferred set-up instantly, and special Sakhir Orange and Black bi-color covers for the front and individual rear seats.

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Hype Preview: Vorsteiner Releases Rendering Of Their “VMS” Package For BMW F10 5 Series

Posted on 05.25.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

If you thought Vorsteiner was going to leave the new F10 BMW 5 series alone then congradulations, you are a crazy person.  Today Vorsteiner dropped some renderings on what they plan to do with the new F10 and once they are finished (sometime this summer) it will be called the “VMS Conversion”.  As long as they stick to this rendering then the VMS conversion will officially be my new favorite F10 body kit.  I wonder how many of these we will see at next year’s Bimmerfest?


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German Hype: Vorsteiner Panamera V-PT (With Video)

Posted on 05.06.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The Panamera is the latest P-car to get a full body massage by the German car fanatics at Vorsteiner.  They’ve created tuning program with aero mods, wheels, and a light-weight exhaust all wrapped up in a package that they refer to as the V-PT.  As you may have expected all of the body pannels are constructed of Vorsteiner’s signature autoclave dry-carbon fiber.  The wheels are chosen by the customer and they have several styles that can be custom made to order.  To finish it all off Vorsteiner created a titanium exhaust that shaves 40lbs off the stock unit while adding 10hp.  Not bad huh?  Even if you don’t like the Panamera you have to admit that the V-PT package does make it a little more enticing than before.  If you were already a Panamera fan then this will make Porsche’s sedan downright irresistable to you!




Press Release:

Introducing the Vorsteiner V-PT Edition Panamera

The Panamera V-PT embodies Perfection Redefined. Steeped in tradition, Vorsteiner produces performance minded aerodynamics while maintaining the core of our company values. The V-PT aligns with the classic style associated with Porsche while transforming the Panamera to an aggressive state of mind. Functionality melds perfectly into the components of the V-PT to give your Panamera the edge you desire.

All of the V-PT aerodynamic components are made using our state of the art pre-preg autoclave carbon fiber technology that is then finished off in a multiple layers of UV inhibiting automotive clear laquer. We have also used other exotic materials such as Titanium Forged Aluminum to continue on the uncompromising quality and uncompromising performance additions that encompass the V-PT package for the Porsche Panamera.

V-PT Front Bumper Cover
Functionality became the cornerstone of the V-PT kit, and our designers took extra care in making sure the shape of the front fascia maintained a balance of aggression and elegance. This element of design extends throughout the entirety of the exterior package. 

The front bumper cover incorporates a splitter which has a removable carbon fiber insert.  If there is ever an instance in which the splitter is damaged, the insert can be removed and replaced. To further align with our goal of adding functionality, we have created an optional carbon fiber duct to channel air into the factory radiator and intercoolers. This provides an option to display our high quality carbon fiber weave, or go with a more subtle look and hide the duct behind an aluminum mesh grill insert specially shaped to fit the V-PT air dam. The V-PT front bumper will lend a striking prowess to your Panamera Turbo.

 V-PT Side Skirts
Vorsteiner’s signature high quality carbon fiber craftsmanship was seamlessly integrated into the design of the V-PT side skirts. The unique style allows for customization of the carbon fiber finish.

V-PT “Ducktail” Rear Spoiler
The V-PT Ducktail rear spoiler continues the performance-oriented design. The design of the spoiler conveys a sense of strength and style while keeping functionality in mind as its shape adds down force to the rear of the Panamera. The factory electronic wing remains completely functional with the V-PT rear spoiler in place.

V-PT Rear Bumper
A key visual aspect of the V-PT package was achieved by sculpting a highly sophisticated rear bumper cover. It combines three major components. The first one is two vertical ventilation slits that aid in extracting heat from the exhaust system and trapped air behind the wheel arches.  The second component is the carbon fiber diffuser. It provides additional down force to the rear axel at Autobahn speeds. The final key design to the V-PT rear bumper cover is our newly developed sub-panel which replaces the factory felt unit. It ensures undisturbed airflow extraction through the V-PT rear diffuser.

V-PT Sports Exhaust System
The last piece of the V-PT package is purely about performance.  The V-PT exhaust is constructed from a choice of stainless steel or titanium, the latter boasts a weight savings of up to 40% over the stock exhaust system. Our main focus in designing this exhaust was to create a note that would give voice to the VPT.  The unique growl is sure to strike a chord with any Porsche connoisseur.

The V-PT package is available now for all 2010-2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo through authorized Vorsteiner dealers worldwide.

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Hype: Vorsteiner Carbon Fiber iPad Case

Posted on 04.26.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

The guys at Vorsteiner are pretty much wizards of carbon fiber.  They spend their days commanding the mythical material into taking the shapes of awesome aero parts for high performance cars like M3’s, 911’s, and Bentley’s.  However even these guys like to stray from the automotive path every now and then as seen here with in the form of one of their side projects: a 3 layer pre-preg carbon fiber Apple iPad case.  The technique used to produce this cover is similar to the technique they use to produce their aero parts so you know right away the quality is top notch.  It is also designed to simply snap on over the iPad’s body for an easy and tight fit.  So far there isn’t any word on if they will produce cases for the iPad 2 or other tablet devices but here’s hoping!

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