“Red Death” Mike’s M3 (E90)

Mike Maravilla has been a good friend of mine and collaborator with JDM Chicago over the last few years.  His media group, Unscene Media has been instrumental in capturing the essence of official jdmc events.  Most people have seen his Melborne Red M3 at local meets, but not many know much about the car.  It’s funny, although we are primarily a Japanese car related site- we love showcasing European cars with a bit of Japan flair.  Mike’s e90 m3 perfectly embodies this distinction.

Mike has always been a fan of the M3, and the timing couldn’t have been better with the release of the e90. Although his 2008 has been through several different looks, his background in design has helped him define the car’s aesthetics.  The details such as the carbon fiber side splitters tie in perfectly with his Challenge USA GT3 CF front lip.  It’s this kind of attention to detail really makes this m3 stand out amongst his counterparts. Click here for a 1920×1080 wallpaper of the above shot.

I’ve been a willing passenger in Mike’s M3 on several occasions and come to appreciate the combination of refinement and power. Today things were different as I had to hold on to dear life during a few highway runs.  Thanks to our good frinds at IND Distribution, a ESS Tuning VT2-625 Supercharger (Black Series) was installed earlier this year.

I’ve said this on many occasions, but I really love seeing Japanese wheels on European cars.  The Volk TE37’s arguably look good on any application.

Challenge USA  came though for Mike for his rear diffuser. Additionally, Mike dumped the heavy steel trunk and replaced it with a carbon fiber aftermarket piece with integrated spoiler.  I really love this look as it keeps the car looking somewhat OEM.   Hoped you guys enjoyed this quick feature on Mike’s M3. See below for his complete mod list.

– ESS Tuning VT2-625 Supercharger (Black Series)
– Motorsport24 Oil Cooler
– Eisenmann Race 83mm exhaust (Black Series)
– Challenge USA X-Pipe (Race, Catless)
– Secondary Cat Delete

– Recaro Pole Positions (Leather)
– Macht Schnell/Recaro floor + seat mounts
– Rogue Engineering short shifter kit
– IND Shifter Extension
– Carbon Guard CF leather full trip wrap
– OEM euro rear foglight switch

– Gloss black front grilles
– Gloss black/Melbourne Red side grills
– OEM Melbourne Red/Gloss black M5-scheme mirror covers
– Challenge USA GT3 CF front lip (painted gloss black)
– Challenge USA CF E90 rear diffuser (painted gloss black)
– Challenge USA CF LCI trunk (painted Melbourne Red)
– Custom carbon fiber side skirt extensions
– Full OEM ‘09+ LCI rear conversion
– Euro front bumper + reflector delete
– 35% tint all-around
– Debadged

– Volk TE37SL (18×9.5+15, 18×10.5+20)
– Nitto NT05 (265/35/18 front, 285/35/18 rear)
– Alcon E9X M3 Superkit (384mm front, 370mm rear)
– KW Clubsport coilovers
– Rogue Engineering toe arms
– Macht Schnell stud conversion
– Muteki SR48 lug nuts



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