Friday, March 15, 2013

Motorsport Hardware M3: The Blue Beast

After a few days of slight drizzle, the weather worked out perfectly as it usually does out in Southern California. You can always count on a day or two of bad weather, if you can even call it that. Downtown Long Beach was gearing up for the upcoming Toyota Grand Prix which gave us a good chance to find a location to shoot. After a rumble through the city and few turns, we found a great spot right off the main strip with barriers, tires, and a grandstand included.

It's been a while since the last shoot of anything, but when I heard Ryan Castro, owner of Motorsport Hardware, was down to shoot his 1995 E36 M3, it was the perfect excuse to dust off the gear.

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At first glance, you'd wonder if there is something more to the beefy fender flared exterior and meaty tires. Is it all for show? Maybe to look cool or look FAST? Then you take a glance inside and see a gutted interior. Built with a purpose? You'd clearly find out if you sat next to him at the light idling. If you're a neighbor? Guess what, a nice 6:30am wake up rumble on a Saturday morning. Either way, it's a dead giveaway that a beast lies beneath the hood waiting to go full throttle.


The Specs:
1995 M3 LS1
Motorsport Hardware Avus Blue M3 coupe

2002 5.7L LS1 aluminum block from 2002 Camaro SS
350whp/311ft/lbs torque
T56-6speed transmission with Z06 Clutch
4in intake
Custom headers
MSD high temp starter
2x3in exhaust merged to 1 4in
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
Vibrant race catalytic converters
Vibrant 4in inlet race muffler
Removed AC
Mishimoto Dual aluminum radiator
Derale Power steering cooler
Spal puller fan
3.91 LSD rebuilt to 40% lock up
Reinforced rear end

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Custom BC Racing coilover set up with custom spring rates
Turner front and rear sway bars
Reinforced sway bar mounts
UUC Aluminum rear camber arms
Mason Engineering front and rear strut bars

C6 Z06 silver 6 piston calipers
355mm DBA Slotted rotors
Rear cross-drilled Zimmerman rotors
PFC-Z brake pads
Coated Stainless steel lines
BBS RE-GT4 18x9.5/10
Hankook 255/35R18 265/35R18
Motorsport Hardware Race wheel studs

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EVO VIII Recaro seats
Momo Champion steering wheel
STRI 60mm Tach
STRI Water temp gauge
STRI oil pressure gauge
AEM UEGO wideband
Kirk 4pt roll bar
Wedge brackets
Corbeau 4pt harness
Stripped rear cabin
Custom suede headliner and pillars

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Max Velocity GTR lip
Depo projectors
Fog light delete
Hard Motorsport fender flares
Black grill
Custom 3.0 CSL BMW badges
Custom hood vents
OEM m3 wing
Smoked corners

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