The Track Rat: ESS Supercharged BMW M3

Posted by: Shelton Kwan onJuly 30th, 2014


I briefly wrote about this M3 way back in 2011, when the E90 was already 3 years into its transformation. With a TRAKRAT vanity plate, the direction of the upgrades to the car was clearly in focus. As the garage door opened to reveal the M3, you instantly get slapped in the face with that fat imposing ass. The 11 inch wide BBS LMs wrapped with ADVAN Neova AD08 295s completely transforms the rear view of the M3. One thing I’m jealous about with BMWs is that you can easily fit huge tire upgrades without having to weld on wider fenders, or roll the crap out of the inside wheel well.

Jason was one of the first customers for ESS’s E9X M3 supercharger kit. One of 5 prototype kits out on the market at the time, he helped ESS develop the 600hp+ system on his car prior to its official production run. The Akrapovic Evolution Titanium exhaust system raises the M3’s bark up a notch while maintaining a more refined and sophisticated tone compared to the Mercedes AMG V8s I’m used to. It’s still music to my ears as the engine roars towards the rev limiter.


Hiding behind those beautiful wheels are a set of Stoptech Brakes. With so much time spent on the track, it was a bit of a surprise that this was one of the later modifications on the car. It goes to show that the OEM braking package is fairly well over-engineered. Or it could be that the weight loss program brought on by the Carbon roof and CSL LCI trunk was enough to offset some of the extra power brought on by the supercharger.

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