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Now Available for the BMW F80 M3 and F82 M4

The Dinan High Flow X-pipe for the F8x M3/M4 elicits an aggressive sound that is sure to capture the ear of all bystanders and delivers the aural recognition that all M3/M4 owners deserve. Coupled with the associated Dinan exhaust the sound is further perfected into an aggressive growl that harkens back to the Dinan E9x M3 racing middle exhaust. Rightly so as the same custom X that was used in that application is implemented on the new F8x chassis for that perfect mix of exotic undertones and raw aggression. Unlike a stamped x-pipe that is so common in the marketplace the Dinan 'X' is thoughtfully designed for maximum flow characteristics and by itself is a work of art.

The Dinan X-Pipe removes the factory center section after the secondary catalytic converters, including the large resonator. In its place Dinan introduces straight through mandrel bent 2.75" T304 stainless steel tubing and the custom 'X' for better flow, and an improved throaty sound. In addition, the kit comes complete with mounting hardware, OE quality clamps and flanges, for simplified installation.

Movie Cars, Gumball Rally, Ferrari Daytona Spyder

Some people go to the movies because of their favorite actor. Others because the previews look amazing. One thing is for sure, any movie with a good car chase scene or two is worth seeing. Although there have been some great movies created in the last 10 years with exciting car chase scenes, nothing compares to the classics. Transcontinental road races were a popular theme among films in the 70’s and 80’s. According to blogger Matthew Lang at www.drivecult.com, “The most famous of these [films] is the series of three Cannonball Run movies, based on the actual Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy road races that took place in the mid-seventies.”

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You can’t beat the thrill of a grip-the-edge-of-your-seat road race scene, and the third movie in the Cannonball Run series, The Gumball Rally, had some pretty sweet European autos vying for position. Although the 1976 film received lackluster reviews from movie critics and was dubbed a “forgettable movie”, the European cars it featured were anything but forgettable.

Whether you’ve seen The Gumball Rally and it’s been a while, or you’ve never heard of it, put it on your to-watch list for the next time you’re in the mood for a movie. The Gumball Rally is about a motley group of auto enthusiasts who partake in a secret and illegal coast-to-coast road race across America. Prompted by a phone call from their mysterious leader and race coordinator, a bored but wealthy candymaker played by Michael Sarrazin, the race teams leap into action at his mention of the code word “gumball.” The race has one rule, “there are no rules.” The plot is wrought with unfortunately funny mishaps as the characters dodge the cops and engage innocent bystanders, deal with the crazy antics of their teammates, and maneuver through carefully coordinated stunts and chase scenes as they attempt to reach the finish line. It’s precisely these chase scenes that put The Gumball Rally on the map, pun intended.

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One of the chase scenes features an early 1970’s Ferrari Daytona Spider. Actually, it features two; the first, a 1972 (SN16467), the 71st of only 121 factory-built Daytona Spiders, which crashed during filming, was rebuilt, and went on to be used in the movie A Star is Born where it was heavily crashed again and later rebodied in a new style, a “NART Spyder”; and the second, a 1971 (SN14829), which replaced the first Daytona Spider and is still alive and well today. It was recently sold at auction in 2013.

Just like how a mediocre film can be transformed into a classic by virtue of its chase scenes, can the cars in those chase scenes become representations of our wildest fantasies of strength, freedom...and felony speed. An excerpt from the famous Daytona Spider’s auction listing posted on www.finecars.cc described the transformative properties of the European vehicle perfectly:

“Owning a Daytona Spider meant something. Out of the 1,406 Daytonas produced between 1968 and 1973, only 121 were spiders; they were the official factory-built convertible versions of the car that a Cavallino article describes as a sight to behold, mean looking and muscled, weaving dramatically on its overworked suspension, shaking and darting under heavy braking in a corner, literally pushing air and dirt aside, leaving a wake and making its own weather, loud as hell and scattering birds to the four winds. Add the feeling of an open roof, the wind whipping one's hair, the sun casting upon one's face, and you had a car that was the Enzo of the 1970s—an ultimate Prancing Horse status symbol.”

Once owned by Mel Blanc, the Man of a Thousand Voices (including the voice of Bugs Bunny), and his son Noel Blanc, the 1971 (SN14829) Ferrari Daytona Spider’s last known whereabouts are that it was purchased for $1.65 million by an unknown buyer at the August 16-17, 2013 RM Auctions in Monterey, CA. And if you remember the movie - yes, the rear view mirror has been replaced.

A complete description of the car’s history can be found here

Let’s talk handling.

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No car on earth handles better than a modern F1 car. In fact, we have all pretended at one time or another to be a fearless race car driver, hurtling into and out of sharp hairpin turns with elegance and precision. Unfortunately most of us realize the limitations of our vehicle and only half-heartedly perform this day-dream.

However, you can be one step closer to realizing this fantasy with performance-minded solutions from Star Class Motors. It some cases, suspension components have simply worn out with use & mileage. Or, you might simply want to upgrade beyond the OEM setup. In either case, we can help you sort through the options for your Mercedes-Benz or other European car or SUV.

Upgraded suspension systems not only transform the stance of the vehicle, but also help maintain ride quality and improve upon handling. This is accomplished by pairing springs sets with bump stops, spring perches or both to maintain suspension travel resulting in a smooth ride while also improving mechanical grip and handling.

Specifically if you drive a BMW, Dinan high performance spring sets and supplemental ride quality and handling kits will provide unprecedented handling & cornering ability in addition to lowering the vehicle into a much more aggressive stance.  Serious enthusiasts turn to Dinan because they appreciate their ability to make BMW performance upgrades which outperform the rest. Star Class Motors is an authorized Dinan Dealer / Installer.

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Regardless of which European car your drive, we have the experience to help keep it on the road in the safest, most comfortable (and quickest) manner. Please contact us today to discuss your options.

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Improved Handling. CHECK. Incredible New Stance. CHECK.

We have all pretended at one time or another to be a fearless race car driver, hurtling into and out of sharp hairpin turns with elegance and precision. Unfortunately most of us realize the limitations of our vehicle and only half-heartedly perform the day-dream. However, you can be one step closer to realizing this fantasy with a performance minded solution. The Dinan high performance spring set and supplemental ride quality and handling kit for the F85 X5M or F86 X6M provides unprecedented handling / cornering ability in addition to lowering the vehicle into a much more aggressive stance.

Star Class Motors is proud to offer Dinan performance solutions. At Dinan their passion for both BMWs and BMW parts is evident in their dedication to designing and producing the most innovative and performance driven BMW aftermarket parts on the market. Serious enthusiasts turn to Dinan because they appreciate their ability to make BMW performance upgrades that outperform the rest of the BMW aftermarket industry.

Suspension systems that not only transform the stance of the vehicle but also maintain ride quality and improve upon handling are what Dinan suspensions are known for. This is accomplished by pairing springs sets with bump stops, spring perches or both to maintain suspension travel resulting in a smooth ride while also improving mechanical grip and handling. This is what makes Dinan suspension systems unique. While we are able to sell each component separately it is highly recommend that both the spring sets and the supplemental ride quality and handling kits are used in tandem in order to maintain the Dinan quality standards our customers are used to. Experience the Dinan difference with this combination and enjoy the ride it provides.

Dinan’s Performance Spring set for the F85 X5M and F86 X6M provides greater control over body roll by virtue of carefully calibrated spring rates. Additionally, Dinan lowers the vehicle by a 5/8” in front and 3/4” in the rear for improved suspension geometry and an even more aggressive stance. The Dinan springs are CNC wound with high tensile chrome silicon wire and shot peened for stress relief to last the life of the car. The 10% increase in stiffness to the springs will reduce the rear suspension compression under acceleration and front suspension compression (or dive) under braking, giving your car a more controlled feel. The Dinan performance springs will also provide a noticeable improvement in grip, for high speed driving situations that will inspire confidence in your car’s capabilities. The reduced body roll makes the steering more responsive to driver input.

Benefits of the Dinan Performance Spring Set for the F85 X5 M & F86 X6 M:

  • Decreased body roll from higher spring rates (10% increase in front)
  • Lowers the vehicle 5/8” in front and 3/4” in the rear
  • Shot-peened for stress relief
  • Preset to prevent spring sag
  • Compatible with factory electronic shocks and load-leveling systems

NOTE: Dinan Performance Spring sets should be purchased and installed with the corresponding Ride Quality and Handling Kit to achieve the advertised ride height, performance, and ride quality. While not explicitly required, if the matching component is not purchased and installed you will get less than favorable results in the form of poor ride quality and improper handling traits. While we will maintain a full warranty on product defects, any claims against the car’s improper handling/ride quality traits due to not purchasing the corresponding handling kit will not be warranted.

Great Weekend Drives: The Black Hills of South Dakota

Through spindly rock sculptures and past herds of grazing bison is South Dakota’s Needles Highway. Our neighbor to the north is known for its monuments, but most don’t know about the scenic drive that connects them. Another one of the hidden treasures in the US, the Needles Highway stretches 40 miles from one memorial to the next creating the perfect weekend drive. You’ll begin the journey at the Crazy Horse Memorial. Still a work in progress, the finished product will represent Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear riding horseback, surveying his lands. Started in 1948, the sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski’s family continues to chip and carve at the massive rock. This means you could take this trip once a year, and watch the progress!

Now it’s time to take that performance vehicle for a stroll along Highway 87 through the majestic Black Hills. And we’re not kidding when we say stroll – the speed limit is 35mph! The reason? This part of the scenic drive goes through ponderosa pines, granite outcroppings, and pastures of grazing bison, antelope, deer, and elk. You wouldn’t want your baby-on-wheels to meet one of those head on! After strolling down Hwy 87 for fourteen miles, you’ll find yourselves in Custer State Park. Home to the largest herd of bison outside of Yellowstone, you can explore in the shadow of Harney Peak, whose altitude is between the Rockies and the Swiss Alps at 7,242 feet. It’s in this shadow you’ll find the cathedral spires, one of the most popular attractions in the park. These needle-like spires that rise from the forest floor, as well as many others, are what give the Needles Highway its name.

The final leg of this journey through South Dakota takes you down Iron Mountain Road or US 16A. At seventeen miles long, it’s known to be a winding view-worthy drive – perfect for your performance vehicle. In fact, it’s been called a historic work of art that’s made to slow you down. Iron Mountain Road is also known for its one-lane tunnels and wooden spiral-shaped “pigtail” bridges. These are what frame the way to Mount Rushmore. The road is known to have 314 curves, 3 tunnels, 3 pigtails, and much more.

South Dakota’s Needles Highway is perfect for the weekend travelers looking to slow down. Enjoy feeling your European performance vehicle hugging every curve and winding through nature. There’s still more open road to explore – wait until you see where we take you next!

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The area's road network features hundreds of curves, many tunnels and several pigtail bridges.

Iron Mountain Road is known for its wooden spiral-shaped “pigtail” bridge

Iron Mountain Road paves the way to Mt Rushmore

The cathedral spires, one of the most popular attractions in the park,  give Needles Highway its name

South Dakota’s Needles Highway is perfect for weekend travelers looking to slow down.

 

Great Weekend Drives: Flint Hills, Kansas

A performance vehicle deserves a chance to be driven on a beautiful scenic drive. Think you need to travel far to find a road deserving of the drive? Although the US is full of beautiful highways and byways, you don’t need to take vacation time to explore them. In fact, you don’t need to look any farther than to Nebraska’s southern neighbor, Kansas. Running slightly parallel to I-35, you’ll find Route 177, an 85 mile stretch of road that is one of two National Scenic Byways in Kansas. Starting in Cassoday, KS, you’ll head north. The route is a beautiful drive through the true prairie land. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve encompasses the highway north of Cottonwood Falls. Within the preserve you’ll see Bison, meadowlark, and other local wildlife – that is, if the prairie is fully grown, which can be as tall as 4 to 5 feet!

Within Cottonwood Falls, you’ll see a piece of history: Grand Central Hotel. This is where they claim the West began. Continuing your drive north, you’ll travel through the Flint Hills of Kansas, ending in the college town of Manhattan. The Flint Hills are known for their wildlife as well as their beautiful varieties of flowers.

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Kansas is also home to part of the Historic Route 66 Byway. Starting just east of Galena, you’ll be able to see many of the original structures as you drive along a part of “The Mother Road.” One on these structures is the Marsh Arch Bridge, the only one left on the historic route. You’ll even find the original tow truck that “Mater”, from the Disney movie, “Cars”, was modeled after.

Because Kansas has some of the last original prairie land, you can also expect a naturally beautiful scenic drive the whole way.

These are two of eleven scenic byways throughout Kansas. Each route is deserving of a long stroll or fast-driving curves. You bought a performance vehicle because of the way it drives; why not take it on a road it deserves?

And stay tuned – we’ll let you know about more scenic road trips just a short drive away.

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"The route is a beautiful drive through the true prairie land. The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve encompasses the highway north of Cottonwood Falls."