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"Lola" - Highly Modified E39 M5 in Performance BMW Magazine!

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Hi all,

I just wanted to give some visibility amongst BMW5 members who are also M5 owners about this months Performance BMW issue in which there's a spread of one of the most highly modified E39 M5's on the planet!

I personally know the owner of 'Lola' over in Los Angeles and had the pleasure of meeting with him to talk all sorts of BMW related things and just to hang out for a while :) - Next time Chris, Dinner and Drinks are on me ;)

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I've seen the car in the metal quite a few times - 2009 & 10 SEMA shows in Las Vegas and it's something else when seen in the metal and in full glory! here's some pictures I've taken;

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There are many ground breaking modifications to Lola and remarkable at the level of quality of work and attention to detail each upgrade has, full of inspiration and dedication - the fantastic side of all that, is the bunch of guys behind various elements who all come together and help under the MFest community. It's that community spirit - BMW inspired yet welcoming of all cars and enthusiasts which sometimes surpasses the cars themselves I find absolutley incredible! It's shared with us guys on BMW5 as well and I know that myself and many other's I've met and talked to at shows and events - feel the same way!

Check out the issue !

Cheers, Dennis!

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Ha!

E39 mad - The kit is a Hamann Competition setup and it's aesthetics are definitely a bit 'marmite' ! Only a 'few' Hamann products have ever caught my eye personally!

bm530 - yes, it definitley does pack a punch under the bonnet for power ;)

Cheers, Dennis!

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It's an amazing piece of dedication and love, definately not to my personal taste, but I would bow down before the guys who worked on this.

As Dennis alludes to, it's not everyones cup of tea, but the work and skill must be applauded

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Give me the engine, wheels and brakes... the rest I have no time for. Bits added on for the sake of it and thus spoling the smooth lines of the E39. However, the power bulge... I quite like that :D

Ok, as others have mentioned, you have to appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into it but it goes in the face of what a lot of E39 M5 owners love about this particular model. So in that respect, you also have admit the courage of the owner wanting to be different is admirable.

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Give me the engine, wheels and brakes... the rest I have no time for. Bits added on for the sake of it and thus spoling the smooth lines of the E39. However, the power bulge... I quite like that :D

Ok, as others have mentioned, you have to appreciate the craftsmanship that has gone into it but it goes in the face of what a lot of E39 M5 owners love about this particular model. So in that respect, you also have admit the courage of the owner wanting to be different is admirable.

Nearly +1, i care not for the wheels.

Seriousely, that is an ambomination. Has it crashed through an upmarket halfords? Ok, there has been a lot of skill and experience in the execution, but the design is bloody awful.

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Hi

Here's the car when I first saw it in the metal at SEMA 2009,

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As I've mentioned, it's not to everyones taste, and I personally have not been a fan of Hamann's styling products for the most part. There's other BMW's, E39s and M5's that go beyond this example for instance! wide arch conversion E39's, LS1/7 engine swaps etc etc. Lola is a focus car for the Chris and the MFest community, it's that dedication, skill and community from the various car customising specialists in and around the LA area that have their work in Lola. The quality of work is better than factory that's for sure!

My camera battery had run out, but I wish I had the pictures of the Alpine white, Supercharged E39 M5 and the great owner of that that was around one of the days - the styling of that was more along the lines of an oem+++ level.

Check the issue out for more :)

Cheers, Dennis!

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The front end looks much better with the OEM bumper and hamman splitter. The lastest incarnation of it looks like what "all those crazy kids" used to do a few years ago where they got a bumper off another car, chopped it up, glued it onto their original one but upside down, then added the obligatory laguna front splitter to make it sit about 3mm from the road.

In other words, bloody awful

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Hi

I remember that phase of Laguna front splitter being put on everything ! I think even a 'variant' of it appeared as oem on Porsches! it looked VERY similar!

As mentioned, Hamann's styling products have always polarised opinions ! for me, there's only a few products I'd consider of theirs!

Hopefully, next time I'm back out there, I'll have some more E39 M5's to see and take pictures of ;)

Cheers, Dennis!

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this is what i call perfection 8)8)8)8)

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Now that is classy ...

Thats how I want mine to look ... once i have bought it of course :D

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