Before the Germans ruled the roost, the bragging rights belonged to the English with their Cosworth powered Fords, in a number of guises among them the Escorts, Capris and the Sierras, the likes of which dominated European circuit racing arenas as well as being the loudest and the boldest within the relatively young tuning scene.
Indeed even the godless atheists have a hard time denying that nothing happens by chance. And as dumbstruck as any neutral observers might well be as to how the Germans yanked the glistening crown off the Brits soon as the 1980s dawned, as the new era signalled but one gloomy scenario for the high riding Fords – the writing was on the wall: the days of Fords and Cosworths were numbered.
The proverbial Teutonic sledgehammer that landed the decisive blow came in the form of the mighty Audi, BMW and Mercedes trifecta; with each of the three outstanding German marquees coming ‘out to play’ primed up with quite a few handy tricks up their blistering and bludgeoning wheelarches. The unheard-of (now ridiculously famous) purveyors of said tricks were none other than their very own bonafide performance specialists – BMW with Alpina and AC Schnitzer, Mercedes gets all the jolly extras from AMG (and a little later Brabus) while Audi had Oettinger and Abt Sportsline GmbH.
While the JDMs also had their well-developed players at the time, they were playing catch-up to the pioneering spirit of the Europeans (Italians, French and the Brits included). Their ceaseless run of revolutionary ideas and technology prompted a perpetual showcase of one emblematic production-based race car after another albeit with their front and rear fenders bulging prominently further complimented with doubly prominent double or triple-ply wings, massive air ducts, outrageous diffusers, air vents, vented hoods and just about everything in between.
Now wait a minute, aren’t all these abundantly familiar nowadays? I mean its 20 freakin 17! Don’t tell me we’re recycling two and a half decades old aerodynamic recipes put to famously good and clever use by memorable BMW race cars of yesteryear. There was the timeless beauty of the DTM E30 M3 widebody, the original M1 transmuted into the fabled M1 Procar; although if we’re talking outrageousness, the States based BMW racers beats them all hands down, and the one that reserved its rightful place as the mother of all magnificent road car based racing cars that wore the iconic propeller logo had to be the Group 5 McLaren 320 Turbo equipped with a 650 horses M21 Twin Turbo within a wicked ultra mega wide bodywork and ultra mega wide rear wing with enough Mojo to rival the Porsche 935.
All of the above is pretty much a glimmer of the seemingly magical genesis of BMW’s sportier persona as it steadily evolved to become unequivocally the Ultimate Driving Machine. Although we’ve gotten accustomed to assuming only their subliminal M Cars embodies the truest most genuine representation of their corporate motto, there’s quite a handful of, for the lack of a better definition, non-M cars which well nigh duplicate the litheness and dynamism of a full-on M machine, which brings us neatly at the doorstep of this Picasso-esque emotively detailed F30 330i – model year 2016 LCI (Life Cycle Impulse).
The LCI is a fanciful terminology denoting BMW’s impulsive tendency to introduce an updated aka facelift of the current gen 3 Series and that’s me being funny in a serious monotone. And all kidding aside I am being deadly serious about the part where despite being a non-M car this sumptuous HoGo treated Bimmer – the best silica based technology Coating money can buy for vinyl wraps, is plenty quick. That’d be due to the bag of tricks the owner had opted for.
Options as per the performance are all undoubtedly familiar to BMW fans despite the appetizing sounding namesake – Burger Motorsport. The renowned player in making BMWs all the more Ultimate as per it being the Ultimate Driving Machine, is being given a starring role in this here F30 with its JB4 tuning kit for the 2 liter Turbo B48 motor which is rated at around 250bhp stock. Together with Burger’s own Billet intake kit and a fully custom Valvetronic exhaust system, this non-M car 330i is genuinely quick in every sense of the word.
And what’s more with a slew of handling upgrades: H&R springs, H&R anti roll bar, brakes from M Performance and all the dynamic extent gets quite a bit more improvements as well. The styling, well the styling speaks for itself, doesn’t it? Complimenting the sexy bodywork which gets all the premium prep work (read full list Hyperfacts) is a set of gorgeous Vossen x Works 19 inch 2 piece wrapped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport. Inside M Performance interior package does the trick as and when.
Car: BMW F30 330i LCi (2016)
Engine: B48 2.0 liter inline-4 Turbo
Engine Mods: JB4 tuning kit, Burger Motorsport Billet intake, Complete Custom Valvetronic Exhaust
Chassis/handling: H&R springs & Anti Roll Bar
Brakes: M Performance BBK 4-pot (front) 2-pot (rear)
Wheels & Tires: Vossen x WORKS 2-piece 19 inch wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport 265/30ZR19
Interior: Complete M Performance interior package
Exterior: 3M Psychedelic Flip wrap, M3 hood and bumper with Vorsteiner Carbon Lip, Custom E30 design fenders, M Performance side skirt and rear skirting, Sticker Coating by Hugo Detailing Centre, Silica based technology coating vinyl wraps by HoGo Detailing Centre.