133.3 hp per liter
(from MWDesign Press
Release) MWDesign Project E89 Z4 3.5 “Slingshot”
At MWDesign, we are huge
fans of all genres of design whether it is automotive, interior,
architectural or even product design.
Inspiration for car
themes often comes from random thoughts or from influences in our
daily lives. These themes can be developed from something as basic
as a single color or from something as complex as an abstract
feeling provoked by an image or words but in this case was developed
from a sport we are also passionate about; golf.
Like vehicle tuning and
customization, golf is a highly technical sport, which requires top
tier engineering and design of its precision equipment to enhance
In golf, while technical
innovation is important, aesthetics and design are never forgotten
which is an ideal that we like to convey through our projects.
In our concepts we love
to combine a collection of over-thought out details to create the
overall image and theme of the vehicle. Rather than using several
large and explicit details that do not flow, we prefer to build
layers with details and textures that may not be immediately
appreciated upon first glance. Factory like finishing and quality is
of the utmost importance to each project build.
Modern, subdued finishes
selected are devoid of polished and chrome surfaces unless
absolutely necessary to avoid an overtly “shiny” and gaudy look.
For this specific E89
build, asides from loving the boldness of lime green, we have also
had the pleasure of owning the Slingshot series of golf clubs
crafted by Nike. This shade of green associated with the Slingshot
series was the perfect starting base for our choice of green
Lime green is one of the wildest colors on the entire color wheel.
This color is perhaps best associated with extreme cars such as the
“Verde Ithaca” from the Lamborghini Gallardo and Murcielago lines as
well as “Sublime” from the Mopar greats such as the 70’s Plymouth
‘Cuda, Dodge Challenger and Charger.
In our opinion it is one
of the hardest colors to use successfully without looking overly
excessive and out of place. For this reason, we had to use the color
sparingly in combination with a monochromatic backdrop. A gradient
from black, gunmetal grey battleship grey, to white is used to
create a wide palette that still stresses neutrality but can still
match the green.
Modulare wheels have
sponsored our build with a set of 20” H1 three-piece wheels. We
specified these wheels to be custom built with a highly detailed
tinted brushed aluminum finish. From far the wheels look to be
painted gunmetal but upon closer inspection they reveal the beauty
of a machine brushed finish through the depth of a high gloss tinted
The wheel lips are then
finished in a gloss black to provide a visually cohesive look with
the long low body of the E89.
Toyo Tires has sponsored
us with a set of our personal favorite T1-R tires in 245/30/20 and
285/25/20 to keep the Z4 planted in conjunction with the H&R
IND Distribution /
Eisenmann USA has stepped in to provide us with the first prototype
exhaust for E89 Z4 3.5 turbo. The exhaust system by itself is an
amazing system that spans from the end canister to the catalysts.
The end result is an awesome looking rear profile with an increase
in power and torque with a low powerful tone without droning.
To match our
monochromatic scheme, we had the entire exhaust system custom
powdercoated matte black.
To further increase the
Z4’s power into supercar contention territory, our friends at DINAN
sponsored the vehicle with an ECU upgrade. The ECU upgrade is
definitely the best dollar for enjoyment modification adding a
sizeable 78 horsepower and 116 pound feet of torque.
When added in
conjunction with STETT Performance’s front mount intercooler and
diverter valves, air passes through colder and more freely resulting
in greater power output. STETT’s FMIC intercooler for E89 is rated
for 620 horsepower and is made from top grade aluminum and 304
To complete the car
visually, we applied our “CONCEPTuning” approach to digitally render
the car with the correct exterior modifications. Careful selection
of area to accentuate with green, grey and carbon fiber were crucial
in creating the correct look for the Z4. We are proud to say that
our digital render is a 100% likeness to the final result.
approach is vital in our tailoring of vehicles to ensure that the
end result is precise and is loved by the client prior to ordering a
single part to avoid having costly mistakes.
To complete the look we
added a polyurethane front lip spoiler by AC Schnitzer with a custom
made carbon fiber splitter that follows the curvature of the front
add-on. Bodywork and paint for the aerodynamics and roll bars were
done for us by Bismark Collision Facility in Richmond BC.
Our good friends at 3D
Design in Japan sponsored the rear spoiler and matte carbon for our
project build. The design of the rear lip spoiler and the rear
diffuser was our first choice to complete the rear for this build.
The weave and quality of the rear carbon fiber diffuser is
absolutely flawless and perhaps the finest that we have seen.
To complete the rest of
our theme, we dropped the car off at our long time business partners
at Blitzgear in Richmond BC. They followed our render with absolute
accuracy and created a matte carbon fiber fin to fit within the
character lines of the front hood, retractable hardtop and trunk lid
bordered with a battleship grey pinstripe.
Lime green accents were
strategically added to the front bumper air ducts, underneath the
rear diffuser, wheel lip striping and to the roll bar backs.
In our opinion this was
just the perfect amount, grey and carbon to accent with the factory
body to create the colorful yet minimalist modern technical look we
were trying to achieve.
We feel that the use of
modern finishing, precision engineering and no compromise design and
aesthetics parallel to the sport of golf, which inspired us for this
build. Our selection of a specific lime green also pays a great
reference and homage to the amazing Nike Slingshot series of clubs
and drivers that we have had the pleasure of owning and using.
The only thing missing
from this build at the moment is a set of custom big brakes, which
is currently in development.
Thank you for reading we
hope you enjoyed our build!
* MWDesign Technik has
no association with Nike, Nike Golf or any other subsidiaries. We
are just fans and owners of some of the equipment!
Dinan Stage II+ ECU Upgrade
**power rating at 400hp @ 420lb.ft torque
Eisenmann “Black Series” Quad Exhaust System + Midpipe
Stett Performance Front Mount Intercooler
Stett Performance Diverter Valves + Charge Pipe
Race Precision Intake Filter
AC Schnitzer Front Addon Spoiler with Custom Lime Green
3DDesign Matte Carbon Fibre Quad Rear Diffuser with Custom Lime
Green Vinyl Accents
3DDesign Rear Spoiler
Custom Carbon Fibre Front Lower Splitters
OEM BMW Performance Front Kidney Grilles
Custom Carbon Fibre Vinyl Exterior Accents with Primer Grey
Custom Lime Green Painted Roll Bars with Plexi Wind Deflector
Modulare Forged H1 20×8.5 F 20×10 R Wheels in Tinted Brushed
Center + Gloss Black Lip Finish with Custom Primer Grey/Lime
Custom Tinted Brushed Aluminium Center Caps with Primer Grey
Toyo Proxes T1R 245/30/20 F 285/25/20 R Tires
Eibach Pro Sports Springs with Reinforced Shock Mounts and Bump
H&R Adjustable Front and Rear Swaybars
BIG THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS WHO MADE THIS PROJECT POSSIBLE…
3d Design Japan
Auto West BMW
Also thanks to Matt Kwok
for his photography -