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      12-07-2008, 05:39 AM   #1
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Essen Motor Show - ALL E92

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In case you didn't see the other threads, I was at the Essen Motor Show yesterday. It is mainly an aftermarket & tuner show, so there are some amazing cars that people have spent tons of time and money on. It was a bit disappointing that Audi was the only mainstream German auto maker there (no Merc, Porsche, or BMW), but there were several M3s throughout the exhibits. Anyway, this thread is dedicated to those. Inside you'll find AC Schnitzer, Brembo, Brabham, Rieger, Akrapovic, & Inn.Vent (never heard of that one before).

This is my third apology for pic quality. I don't know how to upload them at original size (~ 10 MB), so I have to reduce them to about 800kb. The quality truly suffers. PM if you want to see any originals.

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The Inn.Vent M3 (matte grey). These pics are super grainy.
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AC Schnitzer GP 3.10 We've all seen this before, but I will tell you it is even more stupid in person. Excuse my sarcasm. Still, 552 HP, 540 Nm torque. 7 gear SMG.
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More to follow with Brabham in a minute...

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      12-07-2008, 05:58 AM   #2
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The Inn.Vent M3 (matte grey). These pics are super grainy.

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      12-07-2008, 05:59 AM   #3
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The Brabham BT 92

Honestly, I did not care for this car, but the paint is amazing. Truly beautiful. An interesting work from Brabham. Apparently it is a fraud though, and has no link to Jack Brabham or his racing family (http://www.autoblog.com/2008/11/30/b...-not-so-happy/). You've probably already seen pics from Mark's thread, but here are more.

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      12-07-2008, 06:15 AM   #4
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I really like the BBS Wheels!
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      12-07-2008, 06:21 AM   #5
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I won't repost the akrapovic ones, just go here http://www.m3post.com/forums/showthr...=1#post3759620
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Nice collection on M3's, couple looked to be over the top little bit, nice shoots!
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Most of the cars looks like cheap tuning jobs, sorry but why would a tuningfirm rape a beautiful M like that? The white one? The lambo doors? The Brabham?
It's like taking an Armani jeans and cut it like you want it, most of the times it will fail

Sorry guys , my heart is just plain broken
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some of the brabham design looks pretty good... i am curious bout the wheels on that car... it looks very different from most of what i've seen before.
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I'll feel bad for that poor AW coupe that AC Schnitzer got a hold of.
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Very nice Pics BW !! Thank you, especially the Brabham Racing BT 92 of which BTW who are they affiliated to ??
Brabhan himself and his son distance themselves from this company saying they´re trying to make business by using their name as their 50th Annivesary is coming up.
Can you clarify anything said by the folks at Brabham in Essen ?
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some of the brabham design looks pretty good... i am curious bout the wheels on that car... it looks very different from most of what i've seen before.
yeah. the rims without the carbon fiber are very concave. the CF wings that they put on there remind me of the CF blades on the Reventon rims, except the Brabham ones are curved towards the outside of the car, so there is a big space between the CF and the actual rim. That probably doesn't make much sense...they are certainly unique. But they are bolted on with a screw, and don't look too sturdy.

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I'll feel bad for that poor AW coupe that AC Schnitzer got a hold of.
styling wise, it is one of the worst BMWs i've ever seen.

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Very nice Pics BW !! Thank you, especially the Brabham Racing BT 92 of which BTW who are they affiliated to ??
Brabhan himself and his son distance themselves from this company saying they´re trying to make business by using their name as their 50th Annivesary is coming up.
Can you clarify anything said by the folks at Brabham in Essen ?
Brabham is not affiliated with anyone, as far as I know. Jack Brabham, the famous old racer and tuner, is apparently upset that they have used his name without his permission. It seems like an obvious rip off that is going to lead to a lawsuit, because both his name and Brabham Racing are trademarked.

Who knows. I didn't talk to any of them at the exhibit.
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I'm surprised I don't see any modded BMWs here with 20 LCD screens fitted in them and 5000 watt music systems. Or were there? These guys should stick to modding the Hondas and Acuras.

Oh, funny you mention that. There were plenty of those, but they weren't worth the space on my DSLR. I'm not interested in that kind of stuff, so I just kind of browsed past it.
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I feel that the ACS cars mods we're done just for the sake of doing something different, not clever design......
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ACS is so nasty, that shifter was the anti-short shifter.

But i though the dyno on the airbox was pretty neat.
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The white AC makes me What's up with that huge side grills and the interior???
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Thanks for sharing....
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ACS GP 3.10

The GP 3.10 holds the world record for the fastest gas powered car. Some might disagree with it's styling, but it's truly an engineering marvel and pictures do not ever do this vehicle justice. It was created to show that ACS could build a record braking vehicle using alternative fuels (LP GAS). When in Germany, ACS took me for some laps around the ring in the GP 3.10. This car is as capable as any that day at the track. We were passing GT3 RS and F430's like they were standing still. The research and development that they gained by building this vehicle helped develop the new ACS racing suspension (20 position dampening adjustable) and other products for the E92 M3. So love it or hate it, this car has helped develop better products for our cars.
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The GP 3.10 holds the world record for the fastest gas powered car. Some might disagree with it's styling, but it's truly an engineering marvel and pictures do not ever do this vehicle justice. It was created to show that ACS could build a record braking vehicle using alternative fuels (LP GAS). When in Germany, ACS took me for some laps around the ring in the GP 3.10. This car is as capable as any that day at the track. We were passing GT3 RS and F430's like they were standing still. The research and development that they gained by building this vehicle helped develop the new ACS racing suspension (20 position dampening adjustable) and other products for the E92 M3. So love it or hate it, this car has helped develop better products for our cars.
Nobody is doubting that it is a fast LP Gas car, the performance and dyno numbers are impressive for an alternative fuel vehicle. My problem with the car is that it is entirely overdone. "Gas Powered" tagged all over the vehicle (why write gas powered anyway, and not LP or something like that?), the most ridiculous combination of tan suede and white on the interior, a black wheel for an i-drive knob, a martian looking shark fin/spoiler, fake side vents, and chrome everywhere. If the focus of the car was to set track records, then why all the bling?

If ACS continues down this line of styling, they are going to lose customers, because it is just plain ugly. I'm not trying to be harsh, the comments on this thread are enough proof that this car is an aesthetic disaster.

Passing GT3 RS' and F430's like they were standing still? I'd like to see video of that too.
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Most of the cars looks like cheap tuning jobs, sorry but why would a tuningfirm rape a beautiful M like that? The white one? The lambo doors? The Brabham?
It's like taking an Armani jeans and cut it like you want it, most of the times it will fail

Sorry guys , my heart is just plain broken
please dont compare the M3 to designer jeans.
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thank you for sharing...amazing pics!
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I think it's the White mirrors that give the ACS that give it the performance figures, more so than the roof wing...

Anyway, the styling was probably some sort of tasteless attempt to attract Eastern interest.
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