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Project Maximus Part 1: Introduction

Winter storm Maximus brought heavy snow and travel delays throughout the Midwest and Northeast. It also brought us a 2008 BMW M3 coupe and along with it a project that can only be described as epic. The dark M3 will be transformed from a competent foot soldier into an all-conquering supercharged gladiator.

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Few people would say the E92 class of M3 is wanting in the engine department, but as the old saying goes: you can never have enough power. The heart of Project Maximus is an ESS VT2 supercharger that boosts the already formidable V8's horsepower output of 414 to a supercar respectable 625 (and 405 ft/lbs torque).

The E9x M3 VT2-625 supercharger system comes with a high capacity liquid intercooler system and especially developed cast aluminum manifold assembly with integrated heat exchanger.


Along with the hardware, a redesigned ESS MSS60 engine control software that is calibrated for the supercharged engine is included to provide optimum ignition timing under all conditions, re-calibrated EGA's for quicker throttle response, re-calibrated VANOS control and perfectly optimized fuel delivery supplied by 8 larger Bosch Motorsport injectors.

To deal with all this extra straight line speed, we'll be swapping out the stock M suspension with an Ohlins Road and Track adjustable coil-over system. The Ohlins adjustable damper's dual-flow valve technology really does an amazing job of keeping the wheels in touch with the road, thereby increasing grip and overall performance of the chassis.


And to bring all the fun to a safe stop, AP Racing's brand new Radi-CAL 6 piston front, 4 piston rear brake system will replace the stock binders.


Check back for updates as Project Maximus gets underway...

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