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Forgiato, Macht Schnell, Vorsteiner, Bavarian Autosport, Sharkwerks - Gear

The latest great stuff for your driving life.

Aug 20, 2010

Monitor your engine's vital signs and race with confidence while adding some style points to your interior with this Macht Schnell ashtray gauge panel for your 3 or 1 Series BMW. The panel fits the factory ashtray, will house three 52mm gauges, and is angled toward the driver for easy viewing. Injection molded from ABS plastic, this panel will resist warping or bending in high-heat applications. The smooth, textured finish perfectly matches your interior for the OEM appearance you expect and it uses existing mounting points with no drilling or gluing necessary.

Macht Schnell

Vorsteiner breaks new ground with its V6E Aero Package for the latest Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG sedan. The package includes a front spoiler, rear diffuser, and trunklid spoiler, all formed from highest quality high-temperature, vacuum-formed carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). This material features twice the stiffness and more than four times the specific tensile strength of comparable aluminum or steel components. The aero kit can be complemented with the pictured Vorsteiner V-308 three-piece forged wheels.


For the DIY BMW or MINI enthusiast, Bavarian Autosport has launched a blog containing hundreds of technical Q&A threads and DIY instructions on a range of topics. Check it out at The company has also combined its favorite car-care products into a new, money-saving kit that lets you wash, dry, polish, and wax your car to a showroom finish, which includes a rolling, five-gallon bucket with an internal grit screen and screw-on lid with O-ring for spill-free transport, and a foam cushion so you can use it as a rolling work stool. It is shipped filled with a selection of popular detailing products, including the Ultimate hose nozzle, a microfiber towel three-pack, Smartwash, Smartpolish, Smartwax, Smartdressing, P21S wheel cleaner gel, a small wheel brush, and a container of Rimwax. $199.95

Bavarian Autosport

This is the Sharkwerks 997 GT3 Track Exhaust, designed, developed, and tested in-house at Sharkwerks' Northern California facility. Incorporating two lightweight stainless steel race mufflers (two pounds each) and 3-inch stainless piping, it's engineered to dramatically reduce weight at the rear (by about 57 pounds) and to deliver an aggressive, Cup-car-like sound. Installation is made easy through the use of CNC-machined stainless steel flanges; factory clamps and ceramic seals are retained for an OEM-grade seal at the header/catalyst junction. Combined with the recommended EVOMSit software, initial gains were measured at a 22-hp net gain and more peak torque, more than 10 lb-ft extra. Intended for off-road use only; for daily-driven street cars, Sharkwerks recommends its Bypass Exhaust system.


Wheel of the Month

Forgiato puts the "custom" in custom forged wheels. The mesh-style Maglio is the company's latest offering, a one-piece, lightweight forged alloy ("monoleggera") design available in 19-, 20-, 21-, and 22-inch diameters. Each wheel is custom built to your specs and offered in a wide range of color and finish options that you can mix and match according to each wheel section. Check out the Build Your Wheel tab on the Forgiato website to actively design your own set of truly bespoke alloys.




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