While some tuning firms do what they do in order to upgrade a vehicle’s looks, many find the greatest amount of joy in pushing these vehicles’ limits to the outermost edge of their threshold. G-Power ’s ultimate test was found on the Nardo high speed test track. When you can successfully test your vehicle on the Nardo test track, you know you are doing good, but when you do so by achieving a top speed of 207 mph, you know your success has just tripled.
The Nardo Ring in Italy is 7.8 miles long and features four lanes for cars and motorcycles to test out their speed capabilities. What makes this track so special is its simplistic design that allows drivers to eliminate steering needs when traveling at speeds within the 149 mph limit set in the fourth lane. What this means is that the lanes are angled in such a way that drivers can drive the vehicle as if they were speeding down a straight line, which we all know is the way to go to set a higher top speed.
On the flip side, this test track can also put a heap of pressure on the vehicle’s engine with high temperatures and full throttle driving tackling its construction. This is where G-Power has excelled. Their tuning kit for the BMW M3 not only allowed Christian Stöber, Vice President and Technical Director at G-Power to get the M3 up to 207 mph at the 2011 Nardo High-Speed Test event, but did so with no major engine damage. Only two cars with 900hp and 1000hp were faster at this event, which speaks volumes of G-Power’s new BMW M3 package.
Hit the jump for details on the BMW M3 SK II by G-Power and a video of its achievement at the Nardo Ring..
The new M3 package was equipped with G-Power’s latest SK II kit that increased the 4.0 L V8 engine’s output to a total of 562 HP (up from the car’s standard of 420 HP) and 417 lb-ft of torque. With the extra power, the M3 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and to 124 mph in 12.9 seconds.
During the high speed test, the car was also equipped with a high-performance brake system that contained powerful disc brakes with a 396 mm diameter at the front axle and a 380 mm at the rear axle. These disc brakes were combined with 6-piston and 4-piston calipers that allow decelerations beyond 1.0g. Customers interested in this package can also choose between steel brake discs and ceramic alternatives (which are about 50% lighter).
Just to illustrate how awesome this ride really is, after it was shredding the Nardo Ring, Mr. Stöber, the Vice President and Technical Director at G-Power, actually drove the car back home personally. So not only was the vehicle capable of surviving the metal-twisting heat and pressure of the high speed test track, it was then tested further by traveling just over 1,864 miles over a four day period. Stöber even commented that the experience was "one of my best business trips ever..."