Open Channel – 2021+ BMW G8X M3/M4 Performance Charge Pipe R&D, Part 2 – Prototype
As the age-old adage goes, “measure twice and cut once.” This sentiment applies to any undertaking, from massive infrastructure renovations to DIY projects. This mentality is essential when it comes to updating the boost channels through the G8X’s engine bay.
Proper fitment is critical for any component we engineer, but it’s particularly vital when snaking a redesigned charge pipe around the S58’s perimeter. It’s a tight fit under the M3’s hood, and our engineering team needed to ensure that our larger charge pipe wasn’t encroaching on other systems or components in the crowded engine bay. So, to triple-check our fitment, we brought our design to life.
Our engineering team has access to some state-of-the-art, highly sophisticated equipment and software that provides state-of-the-art design and modeling possibilities. Still, nothing quite beats installing the updated design on the vehicle, especially one that requires precise fitment. With the help of our bank of 3D printers, we can manifest the physical form of the digital rendering we showed in the last post. Since this fitment prototype is an exact copy of Mitch’s design, he can install this 3D-printed replica on our M3 and make adjustments as needed.
With our prototype installed and adjusted, we’ve taken measurements twice and are ready for our single cut. Make sure that you stay tuned for the first look at our final G8X M3/M4 performance charge pipe design coming soon!
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