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The BMW E46 ///M3 is the M version E46 and puts out an amazing 333 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque at stock specs! There are an amazing amount of modifications for both the coupe and convertible models so read up and get started modifying your cars today!

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Old 11-02-2012, 04:52 PM   #1
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Yes... Yes.... Yes! The HPF hood is now on full throttle. We met up w/ the guys at Advance Composite Systems today to talk about how we are now ready to go full speed on getting this hood manufactured. A great meeting with the guys and are very excited to see the progress of the HPF Hood. Definitely stay tuned!

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Old 11-03-2012, 05:57 PM   #2
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So that colored one is the style you guys decided to go with?
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:16 PM   #3
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Looks pretty good but i would also like to see a painted ram air hood. Not the typical center mount but a twin ram with only the drivers functional
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Old 11-03-2012, 06:23 PM   #4
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Looks non-functional and reminds me of a modded Honda.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:45 PM   #5
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Looks aggressive, the one thing that people like myself love about the E46 M is the bulge in the hood. Don't know how the community will react if that is lost with this. I'd like to see one before I judge it.
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:11 AM   #6
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Aka an invader hood. I really like the looks of the invader hood, and if done well could match the bulge of the M3 hood judging by the drawings.

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Old 11-04-2012, 05:42 AM   #7
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Looks similar to my Asuka Design hood
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:00 PM   #8
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God forbid u get caught in rain looks like a mess in engine compartment. I am waiting a design that exhausts more with out making a mess.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:28 AM   #9
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Asuka will never be one-upped. Its the best example of an aftermarket hood, period.
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Old 11-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #10
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Asuka will never be one-upped. Its the best example of an aftermarket hood, period.
The HPF hood is:

#1) Made in the USA
#2) No fiberglass fillers. These hoods are 100% carbon fiber with a "core" center for added strength and lighter weight.
#3) Top AND BOTTOM layers of the hood are 100% carbon fiber. Not fiberglass.
#4) Designed as a DIAB sandwich core using the same method that Koenigsegg uses to build their cars. This is done for added strength and reduced weight.
#4) Comes with a UV Marine Clear Coat built in, not primered or painted to cover up defects.
#5) Has OEM quality fitment.
#6) Includes a 12 month limited warranty from Advanced Composite Systems. This warranty covers surfaced defects such as crazing of the topcoat, fading and disoloration of the topcoat, and chipping or checking not associated with damaged related to acts of God, misuse, abuse, negligence, road damage or installation damage. Nor does it warrant against damage associated with shipping.

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Tell me about the vents. Can they be closed in the rain or some sort of diverter system in it?

I do like the look of the thing.
Thanks. We will develop the hood so that an under vent rain diverter can be added to keep the engine dry.

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Version 2 is better, but It almost looks like some of the other hoods already out there. What iff the vents were more inboard, smaller and moved further up the hood so exhaust heat would be vacuumed out? Then either plumb up an intake tube for the drivers side or have it blocked off so rain wont get in on that side.... Just toying with ideas.
Thanks. I definitely agree with the rain block. The GTR style hood has the vents more forward and circular and the Asuka style hood has the vents more rearward and inward. We've looked at these other hood styles but have pulled away from trying to match the identical locations or styles of either M3 hoods.

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Removable 'plates/blockoffs' for the vents on the sides of the hood would make it a pretty slick deal for the street going crowd - open holes would probably turn off quite a few potential customers considering the amount of water that would make it's way into the engine bay (especially on the driver's side where the HID ballast would be pretty much directly below one of the cutouts).
I agree. I think rain getting onto the engine will deter some customers from buying the hood.

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Well it looks a lot like a vorsteiner product minus fins and a larger bulge. I like the larger more e92 style bulge but I want exhausting to come out the back of it and somehow tie into the windshield gutter so it does not leak a ton of water into the engine bay. If someone would develop a hood that can exhaust without the mess it would sell. I do like that bulge though.
I like the larger e92 bulge as well. The HPF carbon fiber hood will seal to the existing OEM location by the window so there will be no rain coming in from the windshiled gutter.

Thanks for the feedback everyone.

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Old 11-29-2012, 02:29 PM   #11
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Thanks. We will develop the hood so that an under vent rain diverter can be added to keep the engine dry.


Thanks. I definitely agree with the rain block. The GTR style hood has the vents more forward and circular and the Asuka style hood has the vents more rearward and inward. We've looked at these other hood styles but have pulled away from trying to match the identical locations or styles of either M3 hoods.

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Rain/Car wash shield lol....If you guys do in fact make the hood that has that option i will remove my vorsteiner that day and put an order in ASAP.
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Asuka will never be one-upped. Its the best example of an aftermarket hood, period.
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Old 11-28-2012, 02:50 PM   #13
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Asuka will never be one-upped. Its the best example of an aftermarket hood, period.
What made me want to have our own hood is shown in the video below. This was my M3 and an Asuka hood. My thinking was why do I have to put a set of extra hood latches to keep the hood down. Shouldn't the hood be strong enough to simply use the factory mounting locations without it breaking apart?

The second thing that made me realize this is when I closed the hood on Jason's Asuka widebody M3 the hood buckled at the point where the passenger hinge meets the hood. Shouldn't there be a hood that can open and close without it flexing at the rear hinges? In both cases I had to buy a new hood, one for me and one for Jason.

After getting a new Asuka hood on the HPF M3, I added two extra hood latches up front to keep it from flying off and replaced both hinges since they were ripped out of the car. Then I raced the HPF m3 on several tracks hitting fairly high speeds. At PIR I get to 160mph at the end of the front and rear straight. At these speeds the end of the hood closest to the windshield shakes up and down violently as if it's going to blow off again. Luckily it's not enough to break the hood but what will happen at 200mph even with the hood latches?

Now that's just talking about rigidity. I don't want a hood that requires pins to not fly off and shakes around at high speed. That's where the HPF M3 hood comes in. This is one of the main problems we are addressing with the new hood design.

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Old 11-05-2012, 05:23 AM   #14
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Looks non-functional and reminds me of a modded Honda.
This. Wtf.
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Neato. I'd never buy it.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:00 PM   #16
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Looks tacky from the drawings. Might be nicer IRL, but going off the drawings... pass...
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:39 PM   #17
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Meeting up with Advanced Composite Systems yesterday, we had a pleasure to watch the master Art Director Kris draw the version of the hood we wanted from scratch. All he needed was a description, a pencil, and a blank sheet of paper.

This might not be the final version as well. The hood will be tweaked here and there... but just know, this was how it all started.

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IMO, a fancy video showing 0 to no progress on a hood design that nobody (on any forum for that matter) is digging doesnt help sell a product that nobody is interested in.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:20 AM   #19
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I think nothing new in the world of hoods was done here. Try diff variations of changing of the kidneys!! i know lots wont like it and im probably one of them but im sure there is a way to tweek with them and make a new design. It has been alottt of years. Im sure i'll get hate for this but if chris can draw that fast he should go on wild side then slowly tone it back till mixes with rest of body or make a full kit
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:19 PM   #20
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Dont be so mean thats nice doodling. Try again with powerbuldge cowl induction type invader fins
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