December 20, 2014

PSI Presents 4ward Motion: Chasing The Horizon Part I

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It feels strange to think back to the end of this past June, when we took delivery of our highly anticipated F82 M4 in Sakhir Orange. Informally dubbed the Sakhir Inferno, the car quickly won us over, and we set off down a carefully planned road, with the first major stop being the SEMA Show in November. Rather than simply ship our M4 Club Sport back to Florida, we instead envisioned a cross country journey from coast to (nearly) coast, beginning in the beautiful state of California. The purpose of this extended trip was primarily to test out the prototype BC Racing coilover system and fine-tune the settings under various driving conditions, but of course it would be a crime not to create a collection of stirring photos in several truly memorable locations along the way. We also made a film of our travels, please take a look and let us know what you think.

1. Los Angeles, CA
Departing Las Vegas, we piloted the car to sunny Los Angeles for a few great shoots, and to show the car some big city life. Some of you may recognize these and other iconic spots during our travels. Photographers seem to love Lower Grande, so who were we to disappoint?

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2. Helendale, CA
We continued through Helendale, a truly remote place with spectacular vistas. The serene majesty takes your breath away.

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3. Mojave National Preserve
The desert can seem like a wasteland to some, but there are sunsets and scenery you will never see anywhere else in the world.

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4. Selena, UT
Heading into Utah, the mountains rose, the air thinned out, and we were glad for forced induction. This is yet a different type of terrain for the Club Sport suspension to be subjected to, and we were eager to see how our build would cope with the stresses of extreme terrain.

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5. Ferron, UT
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To be continued on Monday in Part II, stay tuned!

~ Team PSI

December 2, 2014

AP Racing Big Brake Kit for F8x M3 + M4

From the tracks of Le Mans, Monaco, Indy & Daytona and now available for your car, the new AP Racing Radi-CAL big brake kits are among the best brake kits on the market. The AP Racing Radi-CAL front 6-Piston brake kit is custom designed for the 2015 BMW M3 and 2015 M4. They come with calipers that are 20% stronger and 25% lighter than other comparable brake kits, curve vaned discs in a J-hook or cross drilled and slotted pattern, high performance brake pads, and stainless steel brake lines.

AP Racing Big Brake Kits

  • AP Racing Radi-CAL Brake Calipers (size/color options)
  • Mintex Motorsport Compound Pads
  • AP Racing Brake Discs (choice of drilled/slotted or J-hook)
  • Goodridge Stainless Steel Brake Lines
  • All necessary mounting brackets and hardware

Get your own set here!

 

 

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November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving From The Team At PSI!

The team here at PSI would like to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! Our shop will be closed for the holiday on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 so we can be with our families. We will be open again on Monday, December 1 ready to serve you again. Stay safe on the roads!

~ Team PSI

November 24, 2014

Vorsteiner | GTRS4 Wide Body Official Launch!

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From Vorsteiner Press Release:

“Our team at Vorsteiner would like to thank all our dealers and customers who visited us during the 2014 SEMA Show. We appreciate all the kind compliments and feedback on our booth, vehicles and our brand new Flow Forged Program.

At Vorsteiner, our mission with design is to be not only innovative, but also revolutionary for all BMW enthusiasts alike. BMW’s has always been a core market for us so it was only natural to do something groundbreaking for the BMW M4.

Celebrating 10 years, our limited edition GTRS4 is a full wide body conversion for the BMW F82 M4. The GTRS4 is a full lightweight carbon composite conversion designed, tested and developed in-house by our team in Orange County, California.

From the original launch of the development process, our design and engineering team worked in tandem to ensure the wider fenders and wheels were functional. We strategically crafted air ducts for optimal cooling towards the front brakes, while paying attention to aerodynamic ventilation for the inbound air to exit.

The front fenders have a total span of 4 additional inches, while the rear quarter panels sit 7 inches wider than the original dimensions. We’ve specially designed 3-Piece Forged wheels in 20×10.5J and 20×13.5J respectively to fit the 275 and 345 width tires.

The Special Edition GTRS4 Package Includes:
• Carbon Fiber Front Bumper with an Integrated Front Splitter Element
• Carbon Fiber Wide Front Fenders with Ventilation (2 inches wider each side)
• Carbon Fiber Aero Side Blade Elements
• Carbon Fiber Wide Rear Fenders (3.5 inches wider each side)
• Carbon Fiber Rear Bumper with an Integrated Rear Diffuser Element
• Vorsteiner 90mm Quad Exhaust Tip Finishers (Options: Brushed | Diamond Black)
• Vorsteiner Embroidered Colored Floor & Trunk Mat Set • Vorsteiner Chrome Trunk Badging
• GTRS4 Forged 3-Piece Wheels, 20×10.5J | 20×13.5J in Gloss Brushed Shadow

Technology Partners:
• Pirelli Tires
• KW Suspension
• Brembo | Race Technologies
• ESS Tuning
• KI Studios
• Gold & Co. London”

Enjoy these amazing photos!

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November 20, 2014

Vorsteiner V-FF 101-102-103-104 Flow Forged Wheels Now Available At PSI!

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While the name Vorsteiner needs no introduction, as most sports and luxury enthusiasts are well aware of its stigma in the aftermarket arena, the recent trend toward a new method of wheel manufacturing might not be that familiar. Flow forming, which combines ease and freedom of manufacturing with the strength and durability of forged wheels, is a high-tech process that Vorsteiner has utilized to its maximum potential with their new Flow Forged V-FF Wheel line. As you can plainly see, what they have released is nothing short of breathtaking.

The true beauty of the Flow Forged wheels, besides the obvious visual appeal, is both the much lower cost compared to traditional forged wheels, and the insanely quick turnaround time from Vorsteiner – as short as one week! There is no doubt on our part that what was once a very tricky proposition – finding a high quality, attractive set of wheels that are lightweight and sturdy – has been neatly solved by Vorsteiner, and we are proud to be standing on the front lines by offering these to our valued clients. While we have been staunch supporters of Vorsteiner products for quite some time now, the release of such a landmark product as the Flow Forged Wheel only serves to cement their position at the top of the market in our eyes. Contact us today for your set of Vorsteiner V-FF Flow Forged wheels!

Visit our Vorsteiner store here.

Shipment Schedule
January – 19″ V-FF 103; 20″ V-FF 101
March – 20″ V-FF 103

We are proud to introduce to the BMW community the complete line of Vorsteiner V-FF wheels!

Complete V-FF Wheel Line

  • V-FF 101
  • V-FF 102
  • V-FF 103
  • V-FF 104

Available Finishes

  • Black (Gloss/Textured/Matte)
  • Gunmetal (Gloss/Texture/Matte)
  • Silver (Gloss/Matte)
  • Bronze (Gloss/Matte)
  • Brushed Shadow Silver (Gloss/Matte)
  • Titanium (Matte)
  • Argento (Matte)
  • Red (Gloss)
  • Blue (Gloss)

Available Sizes

  • 19inch: 8.5J | 10.0J | 11.0J
  • 20inch: 8.5J | 9.0J | 9.5J | 10.0J | 10.5J | 11.0J

Here is our own BMW M4 on a set of V-FF 103 Flow Forged wheels in Colorado!

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Please contact us with any questions or visit our store for purchase information.

~ Team PSI

November 14, 2014

Macht Schnell F8x Motorsport Tow Straps

Macht Schnell has steadily grown their reputation over the last several years within the BMW community as a manufacturer of high quality motorsport products, and these new F8x specific tow straps are clearly no exception. Not only do they add a competition-ready touch to your BMW, they function with all the durability you would expect from Macht Schnell.

We keep all colors in stock, ready to ship out today!

Features:
- 1.75″ Harness width
- 6000lb Harness Tensile Strength, heavy duty cross-stitching
- CNC stainless steel tow eyelet
- 2 TOW arrow decals included, in standard and reverse orientation
- Safer alternative to fixed factory tow hook or aftermarket aluminum versions
- Can easily be tucked away behind tow hook cover or slit protrusion
- Direct replacement for factory tow hook
- Sold individually, 2 required per vehicle
- Easy installation & removal

Note: Macht Schnell Motorsport Tow Straps should be used in emergency situations only and not as an alternative solution for properly securing a vehicle to a transporter or chassis dynamometer.

Models Supported:
2015+ F80 M3
2015+ F82 M4

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November 4, 2014

Introducing the All-New Vorsteiner Flow Forged V-FF 104

Here is an advance peek at Vorsteiner’s all new V-FF 104 Flow Forged Monoblock Wheel, to be unveiled this week at the SEMA Show! Unveiled in conjunction with their GTRS4 wide body tenth anniversary display vehicle, the new V-FF 104 reveals the strong design language that Vorsteiner is known for, with a special focus on weight reduction and perfect balance.

With 3 unique concavity profiles and multiple sizes for exact fitment to a wide range of BMW models, this new line of Flow Forged wheels is sure to keep Vorsteiner at the forefront of vehicle customization.

More details will be released after the official launch, but for now enjoy the preview photos!

Key Features:

  • 1-piece construction for elegant & sporty final appearance
  • Factory Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) compatible
  • Aftermarket big brake clearances ready to be built out of box
  • Rigorously tested to exceed safety standards
  • Specific width, offset, center bore and bolt pattern for vehicle-specific fitment

Sizes:
20 inch diameter
8.5 – 11″ widths
Custom offsets available

Available Finishes:

  • Mercury Silver
  • Carbon Graphite
  • Mystic Black

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November 3, 2014

Sabelt – In The Driver’s Seat

For those of you not familiar, Sabelt is a world class OEM and motorsport seat manufacturer based in Italy for more than 40 years, and has been a supplier for F1, GP2, F3, WRC, LeMans Series, and FIA GT Championship teams. Their seating and safety restraint products are among the best you can possibly get.

Today, the company has three main segments: their racing division, focused on competition safety; a child safety division that is currently the leading European manufacturer in this area; and their newest department devoted to Original Equipment, which sees Sabelt products installed on factory-produced sports cars from various marques.

The sheer technical aspect of everything Sabelt offers can be overwhelming at first glance, including everything from basic lap belts to fire extinguishers and roll cages to full racing fire-retardant body suits and crash helmets. They are widely recognized in the automotive industry as leaders in developing the latest and highest-quality materials and products available anywhere.

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Sabelt developed their proprietary Zy-Tex safety harnesses for use in Formula 1, and it is the lightest webbing material currently certified for use in an FIA homologated harness setup. This new material, dubbed ZY-TEX 49, is exclusively used by Sabelt, and is composed of ultra-high strength fireproof fibers, woven with specific tooling and impregnated with a flame resistant anti-abrasion coating.

For our BMW M4, we wanted to really give our interior that competition touch, so we sourced a breathtaking pair of their GT600 Race Bucket seats with full one-piece carbon fiber shells. Just the weight savings alone is impressive – each seat weighs just over 13 pounds bare, while the complete harness comes in at about 4 pounds.

In simple terms, this is the best competition seating and safety system you can get for your F8x. Our Saloon Gold Series belt restraint setup consisted of 3-2″ Hans compatible shoulder belts with 3″ lap and pull down straps. The deeply bolstered bucket seats provide ultimate grip and stability, coupled with the 6-point race harness, which is securely fastened with the aluminum quick adjuster. Everything was installed using custom floor mounts with Sabelt sliders and Sabelt aluminum side mounts.

We hope this gives you a little glimpse into who Sabelt is, and why they are the best at what they do. Enjoy the photos!

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October 24, 2014

Defining The M4 Club Sport – SEMA Build

While the SEMA Show was not the full end game we had in mind when our Sakhir Orange M4 arrived months ago, it was certainly the first major stop on a fantastic journey we had mapped out. From the beginning, we all knew the implications involved, and that our vision of an M4 “Club Sport” theme had to be unique yet purposeful. As usual with the aftermarket industry, and with building a project like this one, it boils down to finding that balance.

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With this foundation to work from, we laid out the plans even before the M4 arrived at our doorstep. Working with several companies, the outline came together in stages. While the initial version with Volk TE37 SL wheels and H&R springs was sufficient at first, the best was most definitely yet to come. By the time Vorsteiner had released their carbon fiber GTS aero front spoiler and rear diffuser, it was game time.

It is hard to describe exactly how much of an impact these Vorsteiner pieces make to the F8x platform, even with the aid of photos. The lines and curves each accentuate the factory angles perfectly, and yet add infinitely more dimensions, challenging your mind to try and keep up. Along with the spoiler and diffuser, a set of gleaming Vorsteiner exhaust tips fill out the diffuser area in ways the OEM exhaust never could. Things ramped up even more when Brembo sent over a giant set of their GT 380mm front and rear big brakes with blinding yellow calipers. While installing these, we added some sturdy extended studs from Motorsport Hardware, upon which we then hung a custom set of wheels courtesy of Vorsteiner. Rather than going with the usual mesh or cross-spoke design, we imagined something a bit bolder, and requested their VSE-005 Special Edition Forged wheels in Textured Gunmetal finish.

At the same time, we addressed ride height and stance by reaching out to our friends at BC Racing, who supplied us with their prototype system for testing purposes. So far we can reveal that the ride quality is wonderfully supple, and we are still in the process of dialing in the best spring rate and camber plate setup for various street and track functions. This is the first step in developing the Triple Adjustable setup on the F8x platform, and the finished product will be hitting the market soon.

For those of you not familiar, Sabelt is a world class OEM and motorsport seat manufacturer based in Italy, and has been a supplier for F1, GP2, F3, WRC, LeMans Series, and FIA GT Championship teams. To really give our interior that competition touch, we sourced a breathtaking pair of their GT600 Race Bucket seats with full one-piece carbon fiber shells. Just the weight savings alone is impressive – each seat weighs well under 14 pounds. What really makes our knees perceptibly weaken are the design and details that go into this setup. Sabelt developed the Zy-Tex harnesses for use in Formula 1, and it is the lightest webbing material currently certified for use in an FIA homologated harness setup. This new material, dubbed ZY-TEX 49, is exclusively used by Sabelt, and is composed of ultra-high strength fireproof fibers, woven with specific tooling and impregnated with a flame resistant anti-abrasion coating.

In simple terms, this is the best competition seating and safety system you can get for your F8x. Our Saloon Gold Series belt restraint setup consisted of 3-2″ Hans compatible shoulder belts with 3″ lap and pull down straps. Settle into the deeply bolstered buckets, fasten the 6-point race harness securely with the aluminum quick adjuster, and suddenly you are on the DTM grid, ready for launch. With no real use for rear seats at this point, and plenty of use for additional chassis stiffening, we continued the Club Sport theme with our DTM-style bolt-in half roll cage, painted to match the exterior. With an Alcantara closeout panel finishing the space behind the front seats, there is very little to suggest that you are not in a BMW M4 GTS. In our eyes, that very sensation means our Club Sport mission is accomplished.

To give our twin-turbo powerplant some room to breathe, we installed one of the first sets of Gintani stainless steel downpipes. Paired with BMC filters and a JB4 Beta, this is one M4 that has a fair bit of push. The midrange has become even broader, and there is a monstrous, seamless shove from just off idle clear up to redline. Our team has been building BMWs of all descriptions for many years, and while our passion runs deep for all of them, this one is by far the project that best defines who we are. We are very excited for the upcoming SEMA 2014 Show, and as we send off our Club Sport to join the festivities, we envision a bright future with the scorching hot Sakhir Inferno.

Look for us at the BC Racing Booth number 21631 during the SEMA Show!

Complete Modification List:

Vorsteiner GTS carbon fiber front spoiler
Vorsteiner GTS carbon fiber rear diffuser
Vorsteiner VSE-005 Forged 19×10″ front / 19×11″ rear
BC Racing prototype coilovers with camber plates
Brembo GT 380mm slotted front / rear big brake kit
Gintani downpipes
S55 JB4 Beta
BMC filters
Vorsteiner exhaust tips
Sabelt GT600 Full Carbon Fiber Race Bucket seats
Custom floor mounts with Sabelt sliders
Sabelt aluminum side mounts
Sabelt 6-point Zy-Tex safety harness
PSI custom bolt-in half roll cage
rear seat delete with Alcantara closeout
iND painted reflectors
BMW Performance front grille surrounds
Custom coding by BPM Sport

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