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      10-09-2011, 03:23 PM   #7
Kind of a big deal

Drives: an 1M not often enough
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: between Unlimited and Hard to Get

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That looks great, thx for pioneering.

Was at M studio this week as part of my ED and got to talk for to a lead engineer for quite a while; He clarified that these front fender areas that now suggest the vents, originally where meant to have real functional vents. They'd be even bigger then the ~2cm they are now. (Thus cutting them open in the shape they are now would apparently not provide much aerodynamic benefit ie release significant wheel well air pressure). However they couldn't get the fender sheet stamping molds accurate enough within the allotted time/budget. Particularly the two fenders sides exactly mirroring each other in shape proved too hard to achieve with functional vents. Pitty, but I do respect that they either do it right or not at all.

Last edited by eeghie; 10-09-2011 at 04:53 PM..