Don't put this magazine down just yet! You might be thinking that you picked up the latest issue of our sister publication european car. But wait a minute...There's a good reason there's a BMW in the pages of pbskids. This car is one of four Euro-related features in the issue to help give you a li'l glimpse into the other side of the tuning world. And while it would have been easy to hit up our friends at Evasive Motorsports or Bulletproof Automotive for a Bimmer rolling on TE37s or wearing a Varis body kit, I wanted to dig deep, back into my roots as the former editor of eurotuner, to find a BMW specialist that has been killing the game for years and give you a flavor you haven't tasted before. Meet IND.
How I Met IND
My first introduction to IND was a eurotuner cover feature in '09. I hopped on a plane to a small town in Florida to photograph a customer car IND's staff had built, which was perhaps one of the sickest BMW M3 builds of all time. This E92 coupe was taken completely apart, repainted a rare BMW Individual color, fitted with the most rare parts—many of which had to be imported from Germany—and also featured one-off custom carbon pieces you would think manufacturers Koenigsegg or McLaren whipped up. It was then when I understood the IND way. The company doesn't simply sell you parts just to make a buck. Every component it touches is carefully thought out, comes from the best of the best, flows with the overall theme of a car, and zero sacrifices are taken. The fit and finish of its work, along with attention to detail, come off as if its employees were handpicked from Munich—OEM-like quality and service, if not better!
What IND Does
So now that you know a little bit about IND's work, it'll also help to know a little background about the company. IND was founded in '06 and started out helping clients get the most rare and sought after parts for M cars; in JDM terms, think of a company that was known for bringing in all the Type R, NISMO, or TRD parts from Japan that were never available here. Over the years, it developed exclusive contracts with many top-tier manufacturers such as Eisenmann exhausts (Germany), 3D Design aero (Japan), RKP Composites aero (Germany), and Eventuri intakes (U.K.). But what really set IND apart from the rest was building complete projects and customer cars like the one mentioned before. No Mickey Mouse builds here; every IND "Porfolio" car as they call it is above and beyond when it comes to its design, part selection, and fabrication of custom parts.
Over the course of 10 years, IND has been a part of or completed 50+ "Portfolio" builds—basically each car is worthy of a SEMA booth space or magazine feature. You can check out its website for a full list, but a few of our recent favorites included a pair of E90 M3s and an M5 that were all featured in european car.
These M3s ticked all the boxes and more. Both were supercharged to 600+hp, sported KW coilovers and Brembo brakes, and were also painted a bold Porsche GT3RS green hue. I also can't argue with the choice of wheels—BBS FIs and Volk Racing TE37s.
As for the M5, I vividly remember seeing the car debut in the Falken Tire booth at SEMA '12, and it was the first F10 body style 5-Series that I actually grew fond of. Most M5s you see on the road will rock an expensive set of wheels, maybe an exhaust, and a drop; however, IND gave its "Portfolio" project a true tuner feel with a 3D Design carbon aero kit, carbon roof 'n' trunk, Recaro seats, custom rollbar, KW coilovers, and BBS FI wheels. To be honest, if any of us were able to afford an M5, this is exactly how we'd do it!
And today we come to this...IND celebrates its 10th anniversary by putting together this purple '16 M4. You won't find any riveted-on widebody or extra accessories just to add to its spec list. Every modification on this car is functional, but also either rare or made with extreme care. As for the car's theme, it's an interpretation of BMW's flagship M car, the higher-powered, track-ready M4 GTS (available only in Europe).
The first step in this build was disassembly. We're talking about taking every panel, piece of carpet, dash, etc., off a brand-new $75K car! When it gets to be a rolling chassis, IND picked a beautiful color called Ultraviolet found only on the new Porsche 991 GT3RS. The gorgeous paint was also applied to carbon-fiber bumpers from 3D Design—unfortunately you can't see them, but leaving the carbon exposed just wouldn't look as right. 3D Design also supplied the side skirts and rear spoiler that complement the lines well. And to cap off the exterior, IND showed off its skills with a one-off carbon-Kevlar reinforced front splitter that's mounted to the chassis. Pretty dope stuff!
As for wheels, I'll help put things into context for you...If you owned a GT-R or NSX, you're most likely gonna rock Volk Racing wheels nine times out of ten. In the German world, BBS is typically the weapon of choice; in IND's case, they have forged BBS FI-R, which are very hot right now, especially since BBS makes them specifically for the M4 with staggered 19" and 20" fitments.
Behind the split five-spokes are Brembo GT brakes, a no-brainer for any complete build. In IND's case, they aren't just being installing to look pretty. The company has years of experience testing Brembo brakes to know they can handle heavy and constant use on the track.
And speaking of the track, the M4's suspension is also on point, but IND installed a package of Fall Line arms and components along with KW Clubsport coilovers to finish off the chassis. So in essence, while this car looks like something you'd see inside a glass case showroom, understand that underneath that pretty face is a chassis that's ready to rock 'n' roll.
The M4's 3.0L, six-cylinder twin-turbo engine is another part of this car that's not afraid to get used. Already equipped with 425 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, it's already a beast out of the factory, but IND injects more adrenaline into the motor with a high-flow Eisenmann exhaust—still tame at idol but open up the car when your right foot is on the pedal. Plus, an Eventuri intake amplifies the roar under load while complementing the factory carbon strut bar.
Perhaps my favorite part of this build is the interior. First, the dash, door panels, pillars, and center console have been upholstered with elegant alcantara. The steering wheel comes from BMW Performance catalog, a factory accessory you can't beat—you wouldn't want to put a tiny race wheel in this work of art. The rollbar isn't anything ordinary, either; in fact, it's one of the hardest pieces of the puzzle to acquire on this build. It's sourced from Germany and comes stock on the special M4 GTS. IND had to pay a pretty penny to import it before color-matching and installing it inside this M4's cockpit. Behind the bar is a one-off, hand-laid carbon closeout made by IND's elves. It's seamless and simply beautiful. If there was a piece I would love to see more in our industry, people need to take notes off IND's carbon rear seat delete. Speaking of seats, a pair of Recaros would have sealed the deal, but IND moved mountains to get these E46 M3 CSL chairs installed. According to IND, these might be the best OEM seats BMW has ever made. And while they come from an older model BMW that's only available in Europe, we might just have to agree!
So if you made it this far in the article, I commend you. You might just have an appreciation for all awesome cars like myself, or maybe you might be in the market to switch up to a BMW. But whatever the reason, just know there are thousands of enthusiasts and companies that have been doing this for years in the Euro scene, and they're happy to steer you in the right direction, much like IND.