Imola Red. Named for the famed racing circuit that plays home to the Italian Grand Prix, it represents one factor: speed, and it has become a cult favorite of BMW fans since its first appearance on the E36 M3 GT. It is, by most measures, a rare color, no matter the chassis it is offered upon, old or new. Both the color’s aesthetic and history are fitting, though, for the F10 M5, introduced in 2011 as the fifth-generation of the iconic sports sedan.
I can tell already, getting rid of this one is going to hurt. I’ve bought and sold my fair share of cars at this point, and a good number have been personal builds or cars that I cherish. The “Parts Car” as it has been known amongst friends, my Group A tribute build, is no different. In fact, my girlfriend Emily put it succinctly last night: “it’s the most ‘you’ car you’ve ever built. In a way, I think she’s right.
With the latest M car comes IND’s latest build. When the F90 M5 arrived earlier this year, it was no surprise to hear that IND put one on order, and in typical fashion, ordered one in a not-so-subtle color. This example, finished in Snapper Rocks Blue Metallic, undoubtedly stands out from the crowd as one of BMW’s latest thrilling hues.
Exactly a year ago, we unveiled the latest StanceWorks build: a 1982 BMW E28 Group A tribute dubbed “the Parts Car.” Inspired by BMW’s ETCC racing efforts of the early 1980s, the E28 is an exercise in celebrating history, restoration, preservation, and most importantly, the embodiment of everything that makes the original M5 a one-of-a-kind machine.
This year, we’re back, and if you ask us, it’s better than ever before.
When building the StanceWorks “Parts Car” E28 last year, brakes stood as one of the more interesting hurdles of the project. Big brake kits aren’t exceedingly common for E28s – understandably – which means more often than not, the E28 community resorts to “OEM big brake kits:” sourcing larger brake calipers and rotor packages from other BMW models that just so happen to bolt up.