A Truly Special BMW M235i Project: Blue Ice

Blue Ice BMW M235i 20 photos
Photo: Matthew Alpert
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One of our older friends sent an e-mail our way today, telling us that he has bought a new car. Knowing his previous rides, we had a feeling that his new one would be special as well but we didn’t expect it to be this good though.
Matthew’s previous Bimmers (as he seems to be quite fond of the blue and white roundel) included an F10 M5 and E92 M3. We told you all about them a while back but this time, we’re working with something... smaller!

At least that’s what you should keep in mind, in theory. When it left the plant in Germany, this car was an ordinary BMW M235i, a car that we tested and found more than pleasing to drive. Well, now it looks more like the upcoming M2 and we’re not complaining at all.

The work on it was done by the guys from iND Distribution, as part of their Portfolio Projects that are reserved for their most loyal customers. The approach was to build an unique ride that would befit its owner and driver.

On the outside, you’ll immediately notice the extra width of the body that, according to them, was sculpted to resemble older models like the E46 for example. Each fender flare was hand made and bonded to the car as well as the wider skirts and bumpers.

That, in turn, posed new problems, like the diffusers and splitters they were going to use, that were not a bit short. Therefore, they had the guys from 3D Design put together a special set for this car alone. The attention to detail can be further noticed when you simply look at the kidney grilles that are now sporting a double-slate design just like on modern M cars.

When it comes to the technical bits, you’ll be glad to know that the M235i now has KW’s 3-way adjustable ClubSport coilovers, new Brembo GT brakes (with Estoril blue painted calipers), a new Eisenmann exhaust and a Gruppe M intake made of carbon fiber.

Step inside...

The cabin wasn’t going to be left out, of course, and it received the five-star treatment as well. Every surface had to follow the lead of the exterior so you know that only black and blue were accepted colors in their books...

Alcantara went all the way, from the dash to the headliner and rear parcel shelf even, while the seats were replaced with some proper BMW Performance ones, also wrapped in Alcantara and Performance hex fabric. Oh, and the seat belts turned blue as well.

After adding a limited-slip differential the car was complete and we have to admit that it’s completely stunning. Initially it was hopped on BBS wheels but since it’s winter in Chicago this time of year (and what a winter it is) Matt decided to temporarily replace them with some HRE 501 wheels until the weather gets better. Either way, we like his car. Check out the photos he sent our way in the gallery below and let us know what you think.

UPDATE: we added some more photos, courtesy of the car's creators, the guys from iND Distribution.
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