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2010 BMW M3 E90 and 2010 BMW M3 E92 - Lil’ Arkym

You might not have heard of Arkym, but these carbon fiber-kitted, supercharged BMW M3s mean you shouldn’t forget them in a hurry.

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During the ten-month development, Kevin Kade also wanted to develop carbon parts for the E92 M3 Coupe. For this he located one of the first Fire orange M3s in the country and again teamed up with Pyspeed’s owner Eric Yang to further develop the supercharger kits.

They planned to début both projects together at Bimmerfest 2011 but the show was only three weeks away. So Eric flew down to Arkym and mirrored the original E90 build by adding KW Clubsport coilovers plus six-piston Brembo brakes behind 19” HRE P43 wheels.

As this was going on, Arkym’s team fitted the now off-the-shelf lightweight carbon front bumper with splitter, trunk and lower diffuser that had been painted the factory Fire orange by Santini Paint & Bodyshop in Westminster, CA.

With only one week until the big show, the E92 two-door arrived at ESS Tuning, where it was fitted with a prototype supercharger kit, software and revised DCT programming. The kit would subsequently become the Arkym VT-650 liquid-intercooled supercharger system, using the same Vortech V3Si supercharger and uni-belt drive system, but it has a smaller pulley to increase boost. It again used an Arkym intake manifold with internal velocity stacks, Maxflow Race bypass and larger Bosch injectors.

On the dyno, the set-up delivered 604hp with 386 lb-ft before it had to take the six-hour journey to Pasadena, CA for Bimmerfest, where it met up with the E90.

After the show, the E92 bounced around enjoying several photo shoots, while the E90 was taken to Spring Mountain Motorsport Ranch for a test day alongside several exotics. Piloted by Betim Berisha from bbi Autosport in Huntington Beach, CA, he was able to overhaul a handful of cars on the track. To see the two cars perform on the track and dyno, check out arkym.com

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