Category Archives: E92 M3

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Videos of my E92 M3 on the dyno…

While at Rogue Engineering’s Open House/Charity Event I made a few runs on their Dyno Dynamics dynamometer. 

2013 Santorini Blue Individual BMW E92 M3

Performance modifications:

  • Active Autowerkes Green Drop-in Filter
  • MRF Engineering Velaforza X-Pipe with HJS 200 Cell High Flow Cats*
  • Vanguard Performance Titanium Rear Section and Connecting Pipes

*This car has no performance software at this time

The car put down 336.1 WHP on the Dyno Dynamics dynamometer. While the low numbers are disapointing considering the car’s modifications, they were to be expected from the Dyno Dynamics… They don’t call it the heartbreaker for nothing. I’d be interested to see what it puts down on a Dynojet.

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336.1 WHP on a Dyno Dynamics Dynamometer.

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June 2014 BMW of North America Open House and E30 M3 SIGFest

        SIGFest is the annual meeting of the members of the E30 M3 Special Interest Group. This year marks the 15th SIGFest gathering and could not have been held at a better venue, BMW of North America. BMW NA was kind enough to open their doors and extensive property to some of the most dedicated automotive enthusiasts that I have ever met. The excitement in the air was palpable. Some of the most pristine E30 M3s on the East Coast juxtaposed by BMW’s newest offerings, including the new fifth generation F80 and F82 M3/M4 and even an i8! Even against such a technologically advanced backdrop of turbocharged and hybrid powered machines bristling with carbon fiber composite components, ultimately, it was the E30s that drew the crowds.

        This year’s event drew over 60 E30 M3s. Examples ranged from immaculate, bone stock, no expense spared restorations, to full blown race cars that have probably seen more tire changes than applications of wax. The cars that fell in between these extremes were powered by everything from the standard S14 powerplant, to S54 swaps that somehow look perfectly at home in the E30’s engine bay. It’s always enjoyable to listen to the owners talk about their cars, how they acquired them, future plans, and their never-ending quests to find just the right piece to complete their builds.

        A lot of talk gets thrown around regarding what makes an M car an M car. It’s not just a badge. The E30 M3 is a total package, it can do a lot, and it does it all well. To this day the E30 M3 remains a standard by which modern sports car offerings are measured. It is the essence of BMW Motorsport condensed into streetcar form. To me, it is not only one of the best M cars ever, but one of the best cars ever, period. The designers and engineers that conceived this car never could have known that it would have such a lasting influence on the automotive world, but the fact remains that it has. With the level of care and maintenance that the SIGFest attendees pour into their M3s, street going versions of this icon will continue to inspire onlookers for many years to come.

        They say that you should never meet your heroes, well who ever coined that phrase has never sat in an E30 M3. I met mine, and I won’t rest until one occupies a place in my garage.


BMW F80 M3 in Yas Marina Blue

BMW F80 M3 standard brakes. 

BMW F80 M3 in Yas Marina Blue

BMW F80 M3 in Yas Marina Blue

BMW i8 Interior. 

BMW i8 Interior. 

BMW i8 Interior. 

BMW i8 Interior. 

BMW i8 Interior. 

BMW i8 Interior. 

F80 M3 rear standard brakes.

Yas Mariana Blue F80 M3

E30 M3 on BBS LM wheels

Austin Yellow F82 M4

Since this is not a final production car, the carbon strut brace is not present, and the engine badging is obscured.

BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

BMW 2002 Turbo

Daytona Violet E34 M5 interior

E30 M3 on one-off Livery BMW M1 Tribute wheels

BMW Z8

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Yas Marina Bue Metallic vs Santorini Blue

While at the Cars and Croissants event hosted by BMW of North America, I had the chance to take some comparison pictures of the F80 M3 in Yas Marina Blue vs my Santorini Blue E92 M3.I’m still reserving judgement on the Yas Marina Blue, but the photos I’ve seen thus far haven’t done it justice. After seeing the paint in person, it’s starting to grow on me. I think the black wheels lend a bit more visual aggression to the car which the somewhat pale YMB really needs.

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Rogue Engineering 2014 Open House/BBQ/Dyno Day/Charity Fundraiser

I’ve known the owners of Rogue Engineering well before the company came into existence. Mark and Ben are both extremely generous individuals so it came as no shock to me when I heard they were hosting an event to benefit charity. All of the proceeds from this year’s charity fundraiser went to support the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI).
As expected, Rogue had an impressive turn out for this year’s gathering. The event was not limited to BMW badged automobiles as there were a couple of Nissan GTRs, a Lamborghini Gallardo, C7 Corvette, and quite a few other cars that lacked a Bavarian accent.
Matt Russell of BMW of North America surprised us by stopping by with an Austin Yellow F82 M4. I never got a chance to sit behind the wheel of one at NYIAS, so I didn’t hesitate when I was offered a seat this time. Unfortunately I couldn’t drive it, but I’m sold. Just take a look at the name of the website… BMW owner for life. Looks like another trip to Germany is in my future once these receive an LCI/ZCP. I’m guessing Santorini Blue again, but Signal Green is also a possibility…
As always I ran into a lot of old friends and made a few new ones. I can’t wait for the next one!
Randomly issued NJ plate is strangely appropriate on this car…
Tastefully modded, super clean, Alpine White E46 M3. 
I don’t recall ever seeing this color in person on an E46 M3. As the owner of a Santorini Blue E92 M3, I return the favor often…
ESS Forcefed Frozen Black E92 M3.
Rogue Engineering’s Brilliant White Individual E46 M3 track weapon, partially prepared by IND Distribution.
Alpine White E36 M3 on Rogue’s dyno. See, it’s not just E9X M3s that came in Alpine…
I’m a fan.
What a machine… There will be an M4 in my future for sure.
Huge thank you to Matt Russell from BMW NA for bringing this beautiful Austin Yellow M4 for everyone to drool over.
///M-Ception, Phoenix Yellow E46 M3 and an Austin Yellow F82 M4. 
The massive optional carbon ceramic brakes on the F82 M4.

My Performance BMW Magazine Article is in this month’s issue!


My car’s latest article has just been printed. This time it’s appearing in Performance BMW Magazine. The photos were beautifully shot by Matthew Petrie and the article was expertly written by Iain Curry . Please take some time to view their work, as both of them are extremely talented and an absolute pleasure to work with. 

The digital version is available for download now, and the print version will hit newstands on June 5th. I’m going to buy every copy that I can get my hands on, so I suggest that you beat me to Barnes and Noble…

mfatuation’s Santorini Blue M3 gets a paint correction and Auto Finesse …


Shortly after taking re-delivery of my car in the US, I sent it off to Supreme Power Parts in California for some fairly serious modifications. It was then shown in Bimmerfest West and a photoshoot in the desert was done by European Car Magazine. Unfortunately, the paint received quite a few swirlmarks in the process, and I was a bit apprehensive to take a orbital buffer to the $5,000.00 Santorini Blue exterior… After much research and a few glowing recommendations by their peers, I decided to make an appointment with Detailers Domain in Norwood, New Jersey. 

I had high hopes for the end result, but Phil and the guys that worked on my car blew me out of the water. I picked this car up in Germany, fresh from the factory and prepped by the experts at BMW Welt, yet the work that Detailers Domain did made my jaw drop. Truly superlative attention to detail and the pride that they take in what they do was readily apparent. 

Please take a moment to review the full write up on their site, and check out their beautifully edited and shot video below!

http://www.detailersdomain.net/2013/12/22/mfatuations-santorini-blue-bmw-m3/

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Frozen Gray E46 M3 and Santorini Blue E92 M3 Shoot

Took a few shots after Matt Petrie finished shooting my car for an upcoming issue of Performance BMW Magazine. Martino Auto Concepts did an unbelievable job on the Frozen Gray respray, that’s right respray, this car is not a wrap and it shows.

My guided tour of the BMW Museum in Munich.

Unfortunately on my previous trip to Germany I missed out on seeing the BMW Museum. This time, I made sure that mistake was not repeated. After spending the morning at BMW Welt and on the Plant tour I was finally off to the Museum…
The iconic global headquarters of BMW in Munich, Germany.

BMW E36 Touring spotted while crossing over the road from BMW Welt to the BMW Museum. Why exactly were these never imported to the US? Sigh…

E46 Compact as seen from the same walkway. I should have hung out here for a while…

The Munich TV Tower and BMW Welt during a snowstorm while it was sunny out. Ok then…

A trio of classic BMWs greets you upon entry into the museum.

BMW R32 Motorcycle

Just an M6 hanging out.

The original BMW 328.

The BMW P84/5 V10 Formula 1 race engine.
It’s a tragedy that this engine was hidden by a car. Truly a work of art.

The 2 liter I6, P54 B20 found in the E46 WTCC. 

A fairly ingenious offset intake plenum design by BMW. It makes for superlative throttle response and makes the most of the induction air that comes through the mandated restricted throttle body. 

Another shot of the carbon fiber intake plenum, throttle body, and velocity stack.

The P54 B20’s composite intake runners.

The mighty P60B40 as found in the E46 M3 GTR, sorry Porsche, crybabies. Feed me a 996, nom nom nom.

BMW M12/M13 Formula One turbo engine. This 1.4 liter engine was said to produce ~1,300hp in qualifying trim, and that was in 1986!

Carbon fiber turbocharger housing.

I should buy a boat.

The predecessor to the iconic BMW 3 Series.

BMW E21 323i.

E30 Cabrio.

All-wheel drive E30 Touring?!?! How did we not get these?

Boston Green Metallic E36 328is. The same color as my first car, a 1995 318i.

The 3 Series bloodline up to the E46.

BMW 507

And my dream car, the BMW 2002.

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BMW 2002ti

E46 M3 CSL

The interior of the E46 M3 CLS. Unfortunately, due to the lighting and me not having a CPL filter with me, taking decent shots of the interior proved impossible. I could have pressed the lens up on the glass, but I think BMW may have frowned upon that a bit.

E46 M3 CSL interior.

E46 M3 CSL badge.

E46 M3 CSL carbon fiber roof.

Estoril/Black leather Z3 M Roadster interior.

Estoril Z3 M Roadster

E30 M3

BMW M1

The car that started it all, the BMW M1.

E46 M3 CSL carbon fiber valance treatment and exhaust.

The first e28 M5 that I’ve seen that wasn’t painted black.

E21 Racecar on beautiful BBS wheels.

E30 M3 racecar on BBS wheels of course. There were no E36 M3s at the museum.  At the NY International Autoshow briefly spoke with Matt Russel (BMW M Brand Manager) and was told that two journalists wrecked both cars at the Nürburgring. Apparently the cars were running on original tires, which seemed to provide less than favorable grip on the wet track. From what I was told, one of the cars is currently being repaired, but it looks like the other is a total loss.

BMW 2000TI

BMW 2000ti

Massive BBS race wheels. Look at that lip!

Interior of E21 racecar.

The E92 M3 art car.

BBS wheels and Alcon brakes, perfect match.

BMW Welt, Museum and Headquarters as seen from the Munich TV Tower.

Goodnight.