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2003 BMW M3 E46 Convertible - Chill Factor

As a former contestant on Fear Factor, Nicole Barile used her winnings to build this M3 with a sick system to chill your nerves

Sunny Lee
Dec 1, 2005
Photographer: Josh Brown
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In the quiet neighborhood of Mahopac, NY most locals know Nicole Barile as the crazy girl who was on Fear Factor. Yes, she's got more brass than you. And for you Fear Factor junkies, you can see her stunts in the '02 season. On nice sunny days, you can also catch her driving her tricked-out M3 Convertible, thanks in part to the $25,000 show winnings. "I signed up for fun," she said. "I didn't think they'd choose me but to my surprise they did and I just went for it."

Topped up with money saved from running her family business, Nicole purchased a brand new BMW in spring '03. "I bought the M3 because I previously had a Mercedes-Benz SLK. It's only natural to move on to better cars," she explained. Like her fearless approach to stunts on the show, she transformed the car in one go.

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"That winter I planned and bought all the parts I wanted," Nicole explained, and unveiled it the following spring. She caught her friends by surprise and even gained the respect of male friends who believed girls and cars don't mix.The M3 comes with a highly-tuned engine, so she focused on other aspects of the car, but not before adding a carbon-kevlar intake from Gruppe M and B&B Tri-flo exhaust with a Stebro Section 1 mid-pipe.

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Thanks to the help of Audio Innovations, the car is outfitted with various aerodynamic parts. In the front is a Hamann Competition lip spoiler with brake ducts. The GT-R side skirts and rear spoiler is also Hamann. However, Nicole thought it would be best to go with a Schnitzer carbon rear diffuser as it matches perfectly with the exhaust. "The guys at Audio Innovations did a spectacular job. Their speciality is audio and upholstery but they helped with the body kit too," she explained. They also installed the HID conversion.

Hurry and pick up the December 2005 issue of eurotuner Magazine for the complete story, and a lot more photos

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