BMW M3 Forum (E90 E92)

BMW Garage BMW Meets Register Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Go Back   M3Post - BMW M3 Forum > M3 (E90 / E92 / E93) > M3 Photos/Video/Media Gallery
 
GetBMWParts
Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      05-27-2015, 09:30 PM   #1
MRG Race Co
Major
MRG Race Co's Avatar
United_States
263
Rep
1,367
Posts

Drives: '12 Nardo E92 '15 Fashion F80
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA

iTrader: (13)

Garage List
2015 BMW F80 M3  [0.00]
2012 BMW M3  [0.00]
"Individual" Nardo Grey E92 M3 - The Da Vinci Code

Over the past several years I have spent quite a bit of time tinkering with my car. As the years passed I gained an incredible amount of knowledge learning from other members; their successes, failures, and the constant debates between members (not always the most civil or productive lol), but nonetheless I owe a tremendous amount to the members of this community and have always done my best to treat the members of this community like my extended family.

As I watched member after member begin to put their cars up for sale in preparation for moving on to the F8X M3/4 or moving on to different platforms altogether, I too toiled with the thought of doing the same. I had the fortunate capability of driving the new M3/4 at the Performance Center at the Thermal Club this past fall. (Before I get completely flamed, let me first state that the new F8X M car is a very capable and fun car. Styling wise I think its a little too big and there are too many things going on with the exterior but its still a wonderfully beautiful and powerful car.) However, for several reasons I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the car and more than anything else didnt feel the intimate connection that I had developed over the past 4 years with my E92 M3.

Having performed 90% of the work on my car I had developed a personal connection with the car; essentially figuring out every nut and bolt and learning as much as I could about the construction and mechanics of the car. I simply couldnt allow all of that to be set aside and dismiss the car in search of something better because quite frankly I didnt feel that any one particular new car had convinced me that it was indeed better.
After I came to the realization that I was going to hold onto my car until I felt a strong motivation otherwise, I set out on a new journey to create my ideal M3. Taking lessons from the successes of many other forum members before me, learning from many of my mistakes over the past 4 years, and attempting to tie some of my favorite things about the E92 platform into one special car that I would want to hold on to forever.

Thus was born the hopeful last iteration of my car The Da Vinci Code.


Special thanks to Sam and Nick at Mode Carbon for putting out great products, for their friendship, and support of my build over the years.

I spent 2 months in my garage at home on weekends and after work tearing the car apart piece by piece. Ever since I was a little kid, I always took lots of joy in taking things apart to figure out how they worked. My experience with the M3 was no different in the sense that you really learn a lot about the construction of the car by taking it apart.

In the process of dismantling the car I finally decided to put many of the extra parts I had accumulated over the years up for sale. Partially to make enough room in my garage and partially to ease the stress on my wallet while making the changes to the car; extra sets of wheels, lips, bumpers, brakes, trunks, seats, exhaust components, and other miscellaneous items went up for sale to other members of the forum.

My ultimate goal with the car was to create something very OEM+. I wanted essentially every section of the car to be significantly altered from stock but only to the discerning eye of a fellow BMW owner by making very subtle changes.

Name:  nardogrey-m3-1.jpg
Views: 35864
Size:  179.1 KB

Name:  nardogrey-m3-2.jpg
Views: 30863
Size:  156.5 KB

Name:  nardogrey-m3-3.jpg
Views: 24213
Size:  150.6 KB

Beginning with the front of the car, I wanted to smooth out everything that was wrong with the stock front end. I did away with both the headlight washers and the notorious US spec reflectors and obviously didnt want to run a front plate regardless of the amount of tickets I would expose myself to. I swapped on a Euro bumper from ECS Tuning. To match the new front bumper, I ordered all new fender linings, felt trays, and other miscellaneous components to make the front end look like it had just come off the factory line. To keep with the theme of the car, I replaced my old IND Carbon Fiber front grilles with Gloss Black options from IND as well. I also carried the Gloss Black accents on to the hood vents and side gills with tinted LED markers. The front end was tied together with a GTS Variant 1 front lip from my brothers at Mode Carbon (Thanks! Sam and Nick).

One thing that always made me a little jealous vs. the new M3/4 were the braces that showed up behind the front kidney grilles on the new model. I machined a few pieces to settle down my envy and installed the braces behind the kidney grilles of the E92. Its a very subtle change that most people dont even notice but I always like the look of the car when its driving toward you down the street. Its kind of a poser move but I think the execution was exactly what I was going for.

Name:  nardogrey-m3-4.jpg
Views: 25348
Size:  171.0 KB

Name:  nardogrey-m3-5.jpg
Views: 32796
Size:  158.5 KB

Name:  nardogrey-m3-6.jpg
Views: 35487
Size:  175.0 KB


At the profile of the vehicle, my guys at Mode Carbon stepped up again with their E92 side skirts which I paired with OEM carbon fiber mirror caps painted in a reversed M5 paint scheme. I also removed all of the tints from the vehicle as I hate to disrupt the natural lines of the car by creating opaque surfaces.

Name:  nardogrey-m3-7.jpg
Views: 23624
Size:  190.8 KB

Name:  nardogrey-m3-8.jpg
Views: 30839
Size:  102.6 KB

One of my favorite creations for the car was the one off custom rear bumper that was created for the car using various components from different vendors. We painstakingly molded in all of the components to the stock rear bumper and painted everything as if it had come from the factory. You would be surprised how many M3 owners come up to me and cant figure out the rear end. Sometimes people notice the side pieces and sometimes people notice the center section, but more times than not people just stand around scratching their head. Even if I cant fool every M3 owner, I like to think that most people who are unfamiliar with the rear end of the E92 M3 will think that this is how the car looks from the factory. Not to be outdone the OEM BMW Performance Spoiler was also molded into the trunk to create one seamless transition of color.

Name:  nardogrey-m3-9.jpg
Views: 23387
Size:  132.5 KB

Again to keep with the theme of the car, I had my Megan exhaust powder coated in satin black. I was never a big fan in spending thousands on exhaust components that really didnt add to overall performance so I was happy to stick with the relatively low cost (free to me) Megan option .

Name:  nardogrey-m3-10.jpg
Views: 23185
Size:  171.1 KB

The car has been lowered on KW V3 coil overs onto the 18x10 and 18x11.5 BBS E88s built by my good friend James Floss Design. We built the wheels to keep with the black and grey them of the car, with gloss black lips, and a satin black face with silver hardware which in my opinion helps to define the face and contours of the wheel vs. an all black wheel. The wheels are bolted tightly to the Silver StopTech 380/355 BBK with a Titanium Stud Conversion Kit from MRG MotorRennGruppe.

Name:  nardogrey-m3-11.jpg
Views: 23099
Size:  161.6 KB

Name:  nardogrey-m3-12.jpg
Views: 23473
Size:  164.6 KB

Name:  nardogrey-m3-13.jpg
Views: 24623
Size:  136.9 KB

The interior is pretty subtle with some very standard additions; OEM Performance Steering Wheel, Pedal Haus pedal kit, kick plate, and shifter paddles, Recaro Sportster CS seats, and a few other knick knacks here and there. I have never been a big fan of leather, so I opted for OEM speed cloth from the factory.

Name:  nardogrey-m3-14.jpg
Views: 23590
Size:  109.7 KB

Name:  nardogrey-m3-15.jpg
Views: 22723
Size:  112.6 KB

Oh, the Paint! Cant forget the paint! The guys over at Strassesport in Irwindale (Thanks Ivan!) executed a nearly flawless paint job as if the car had come direct from the Audi (eh hem I mean BMW) Factory. The paint code on the car is Audi Nardo Grey aka The Da Vinci Paint Code. And while this color has been done several times now; when the car was first conceived it did not exist to our knowledge on any other E92 M3. Since conception I have seen a few other E92s with the Nardo Grey paint scheme, but thankfully most are located overseas in Europe and the UK. So at least I can rest assured that I wont be pulling up next to one at a stoplight anytime soon (unless its a wrap #sigh).

Last edited by MRG Race Co; 05-30-2015 at 09:44 PM.
Appreciate 7
      05-27-2015, 09:34 PM   #2
MRG Race Co
Major
MRG Race Co's Avatar
United_States
263
Rep
1,367
Posts

Drives: '12 Nardo E92 '15 Fashion F80
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA

iTrader: (13)

Garage List
2015 BMW F80 M3  [0.00]
2012 BMW M3  [0.00]
Some before and after pics and all of the different phases I have gone through to date…















































Last edited by MRG Race Co; 06-04-2015 at 01:30 PM.
Appreciate 5
      05-27-2015, 09:55 PM   #3
CIFUM3
Captain
CIFUM3's Avatar
United_States
52
Rep
973
Posts

Drives: 08 E92 M3
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Chandler AZ

iTrader: (0)

Perfect stance! Looks great man
__________________
Performance
ESS 625 VT2 Supercharger - CAE Shifter - Revinora race+ axle back - Macht Schnell down pipes - SOSI X-pipe
Looks
M colors grill - CF trunk - Sapphire Blue Forgestars F14
Appreciate 2
      05-27-2015, 10:07 PM   #4
ilikebmxbikes
Brigadier General
ilikebmxbikes's Avatar
538
Rep
4,326
Posts

Drives: S65 1M Clone & E92 M3 4.6L
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: San Francisco

iTrader: (41)

Garage List
Car looked phenomenal at Bimmerfest.
Appreciate 1
      05-27-2015, 10:08 PM   #5
sterile stork
coupe la goon
sterile stork's Avatar
United_States
54
Rep
1,229
Posts

Drives: green, black, white
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: pdx

iTrader: (19)

Garage List
Great looking car! I was curious about this color being a part of the BMW Individual problem until I got to the end of your post. Thanks for sharing--great combo with the BBS wheels, look fantastic.
Appreciate 1
      05-27-2015, 10:09 PM   #6
w0ady
Lieutenant
w0ady's Avatar
United_States
48
Rep
455
Posts

Drives: 2008 E92 M3
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Jacksonville, FL

iTrader: (0)

Garage List
2008 BMW M3  [0.00]
Cool to see the different stages.
__________________
2008 Sparkling Graphite E92 M3 DCT SOLD
www.flatoutmotorsports.us (We host track events in the Southeast)

http://www.m3post.com/forums/signaturepics/sigpic273443_2.gif
Appreciate 1
      05-27-2015, 10:18 PM   #7
Silverwolf
Second Lieutenant
7
Rep
209
Posts

Drives: E92 M3
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Bay Area

iTrader: (2)

Car looks awesome! 2 thumbs up!
Appreciate 1
      05-27-2015, 10:39 PM   #8
M3sicko
Major
M3sicko's Avatar
United_States
24
Rep
1,172
Posts

Drives: 13" M3
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Socal

iTrader: (65)

Car looks stunning, love the transitions it has gone through.

Thought my car was the Sh$t...but yours...!

NOW I'll need to doing a photoshoot of my car soon after seeing these!

Last edited by M3sicko; 05-28-2015 at 01:34 AM.
Appreciate 2
      05-27-2015, 10:49 PM   #9
MRG Race Co
Major
MRG Race Co's Avatar
United_States
263
Rep
1,367
Posts

Drives: '12 Nardo E92 '15 Fashion F80
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA

iTrader: (13)

Garage List
2015 BMW F80 M3  [0.00]
2012 BMW M3  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by Silverwolf View Post
Car looks awesome! 2 thumbs up!
Hey saw your visitor msg. I used RDB back when they didn't think they were too big. They did a decent job but Strassesport fixed and corrected all of the problem areas and flaws with the original molding work. Ivan at Strassesport and his team are the only shop I will go to going forward. He is honest, reliable, and stands behind his work!

Last edited by MRG Race Co; 05-29-2015 at 11:01 AM.
Appreciate 0
      05-27-2015, 10:55 PM   #10
webninja
First Lieutenant
United_States
13
Rep
336
Posts

Drives: 2011.75 E90 M3
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: LA

iTrader: (5)

Great colors and a perfect OEM+. The wheels...wow.
Appreciate 1
      05-27-2015, 10:55 PM   #11
MRG Race Co
Major
MRG Race Co's Avatar
United_States
263
Rep
1,367
Posts

Drives: '12 Nardo E92 '15 Fashion F80
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA

iTrader: (13)

Garage List
2015 BMW F80 M3  [0.00]
2012 BMW M3  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by sterile stork View Post
Great looking car! I was curious about this color being a part of the BMW Individual problem until I got to the end of your post. Thanks for sharing--great combo with the BBS wheels, look fantastic.
Sorry bro, didn't mean to confuse. I added "quotations" to individual so as to hopefully not confuse further. I'm not trying to pretend this is an individual paint option.

But I will say that BMW's factory paint job was far inferior to the work done at Strassesport. The car has zero orange peel now and to my surprise half of the car from the BMW factory was left in primer grey. While it was disappointing to find the primer grey behind the panels and on the floor pans... it actually worked perfect for the respray.
Appreciate 0
      05-27-2015, 11:13 PM   #12
Blindside_137
Major General
Blindside_137's Avatar
United_States
1048
Rep
8,627
Posts

Drives: '09 E93 Space Gray 328
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Raleigh, NC

iTrader: (1)

I loved the car back when you had all the pieces molded into the Jerez paint, I had no idea the nardo grey was the same car!

It is unreal how great this thing is executed, and really is mind blowing how well it all has come together!
__________________
Eibach Pro kit|Bilstein Sport Shocks|M3 Edition Grilles|Painted Reflectors|Matte Black Vinyl Window Trim|CF Performance Spoiler|35% Tint|19" Satin Black Avant Garde M359|Lux H8 V3|OEM Aero Lip|M3 Side Skirts|M3 Mirrors with Performance CF caps|LCI Tails|M-tech Rear|Duke Dynamics CF Performance Diffuser|Cyba 4.0 Black Chrome
Appreciate 1
      05-27-2015, 11:22 PM   #13
RoyalFlushness
Private First Class
RoyalFlushness's Avatar
44
Rep
188
Posts

Drives: E90 M3
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Toronto

iTrader: (3)

oh my.
Appreciate 1
      05-27-2015, 11:32 PM   #14
Agent-GHQ
Captain
Agent-GHQ's Avatar
United_States
45
Rep
723
Posts

Drives: '13 AW ///M3 E92 MT Comp Pkg
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: San Diego, CA

iTrader: (0)

Sik paint job!! 👍

How much would a high grade, high quality paint job like yours cost?
Appreciate 1
      05-28-2015, 12:14 AM   #15
mah1688
New Member
5
Rep
27
Posts

Drives: 2008 E90 M3
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Houston, TX

iTrader: (0)

wow this is amazing
__________________
2008 SGM E90 ///M3
Appreciate 1
      05-28-2015, 12:28 AM   #16
HighTech
New Member
HighTech's Avatar
1
Rep
19
Posts

Drives: 2011 E90 M3
Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: VA - 757

iTrader: (0)

Epic car and great story behind it. I enjoy seeing pics of your car plastered all over Instagram

Love the E88's! Think I read somewhere that you would have new wheels soon, is that still the case or are you sticking with the E88's?
Appreciate 1
      05-28-2015, 12:57 AM   #17
automotiveaperture
Private First Class
automotiveaperture's Avatar
38
Rep
187
Posts

Drives: Frozen Black M3
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Northern California

iTrader: (0)

Amazing build man, big fan of nardo grey and e88's! On point, on point
Appreciate 1
      05-28-2015, 01:52 AM   #18
STooK
Major
STooK's Avatar
United_States
220
Rep
1,488
Posts

Drives: 2013 E92 M3 ZCP
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: NY

iTrader: (3)

Finally! Ever since I've seen pics of the car I was wondering who the owner was and the story behind it. Such a beautiful car and perfectly executed. Oh, and the paint is my favorite part of the car. I never thought such a flat color could look so good but it really works well on your car. Thanks for sharing!
__________________
2013 BMW E92 ///M3 AW/BLK ZCP ZPP CF Roof 6 Speed - Perfection
2011 BMW E93 ///M3 MW/FR/BLK 6 Speed - Gone but not forgotten

Appreciate 1
      05-28-2015, 03:37 AM   #19
MRG Race Co
Major
MRG Race Co's Avatar
United_States
263
Rep
1,367
Posts

Drives: '12 Nardo E92 '15 Fashion F80
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA

iTrader: (13)

Garage List
2015 BMW F80 M3  [0.00]
2012 BMW M3  [0.00]
Quote:
Originally Posted by HighTech
Epic car and great story behind it. I enjoy seeing pics of your car plastered all over Instagram

Love the E88's! Think I read somewhere that you would have new wheels soon, is that still the case or are you sticking with the E88's?
Thanks for the compliments. My LMs are just about finished and will be my spare set. I love the e88s and don't have any plans of letting them go. They are truly amazing wheels and I would be an idiot to sell them at just about any price considering how long I waited for them to be built lol.
Appreciate 1
      05-28-2015, 07:45 AM   #20
digitalpersona
First Lieutenant
United_States
50
Rep
347
Posts

Drives: 2012 E93 M3 Blk/Blk
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Long Island, NY

iTrader: (0)

Every single step of the way youve managed to maintain such a clean refined look. Im thoroughly impressed. Well done, man, well done.
Appreciate 1
      05-28-2015, 08:28 AM   #21
MikeM5
MikeM5's Avatar
Philippines
52
Rep
927
Posts

Drives: E90 M3, BRZ, E36 M3
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Chicago, IL

iTrader: (6)

Awesome transformation! LOVE the newest iteration! That color is one of my all time favorites
__________________
UNSCENE MEDIA GROUP | MR E90 M3 | TV E36 M3 | ZN6 BRZ
Appreciate 1
      05-28-2015, 09:18 AM   #22
dozaiya
Captain
Taiwan
27
Rep
623
Posts

Drives: 2011 MW E92 M3
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Shanghai

iTrader: (1)

my fucking jaw fucking dropped
Appreciate 2
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:50 AM.




m3post
m3post
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST