Although Vertice Design’s products are aimed at expensive European brands, they each have a purpose. On the E92, the goal is to aid drivability on the race track, not unlike many of his existing Vertex kits. The front fascia is lower, wider, and has extra intake openings for plenty of air to feed the huge turbo. Front end downforce is provided by canards, and front under diffusers. Moving to the side, wide front and rear fenders lead back to a new rear bumper that also has cut outs to channel air for added rear downforce. The hood, doors, and trunk lid are all made of dry carbon fiber, keeping the package light. Yokohama’s ADVAN Neova AD08 rubber is encased around Volk GT-F 18-inch wheels with a red paint finish, complimenting the signature Team Vertex red and silver livery. One of the most unique aspects of the BMW’s body work lies in its rear spoiler. The SARD Fuji Spec M GT wing is flanked by custom vertical carbon fiber splitters. In a straight line, the splitters have very little effect. However, when the car is going sideways in a drift they make the back end much less twitchy. The splitters were a new addition to the car for the 2011 season, and Ueno describes the difference in balance as night and day. Vertice Design’s craftsmanship doesn’t stop on the outside of the car. Nestled between the Okuyama roll cage is a dry carbon dashboard and dry carbon center console set which really ties the room together. Ueno’s signature Vertex Deep 90mm 10 Star steering wheel couldn’t be left out either, connected to the steering column via a Works Bell Rapfix quick release hub. Other interior amenities include Bride Zeta III carbon fiber seats, TeamTech 4-point harnesses, and an AiM Sports MXL Strada digital gauge displays all of the vital data. Ueno also has a HKS F-Con V Pro computer and HKS EVC boost controller at his fingertips to fine tune the specifications before each run. It may no longer be a luxury coupe for touring the German countryside, but it definitely functions as a D1 racing machine should.
Written by and Photos by Andrew Jennings
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:43
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