Turner BMW 1-Series Project Cars



Charged Up! Turner BMW Active E Project Car (E82)

We're one of the lucky 700 customers in the USA to receive one of BMW's new all-electric E82 1-series cars. This bold new model from BMW uses lithium ion batteries with rear-mounted motor for a peak output of 125kW (168hp / 184ft-lbs). With the batteries in the front they have achieved a perfect 50:50 weight distribution but with a curb weight some 800lbs more than a 135i.

Check out our BMW ActiveE page for more info, including photos, general info, and upgrades!





Turner / H&R Springs 2008 128i Coupe Project Car (E82)


T
he 1 Series is perhaps the hottest new addition to BMW's product offering yet. This smaller and lighter little brother to the 3 series is causing some excitement, as well as proving itself as a nimble street and track adversary.

With the help of our friends at H&R Springs, makers of the world's finest German made suspension products, we've started developing a 1 Series street project car of our own. Our primary goal? Creating the perfect street carving 1 Series that can also crank out some fast and fun weekend track laps at will.



Why not a 135i? There's no doubt that the twin-turbo 135i is a faster machine, but it's also more expensive than the 128i. So while the allure of the twin turbo power of 135i is compelling, we know that there are many who (for any number of reasons) might prefer a naturally aspirated version. So rather than build a 135i with the intention of gunning for some of it's bigger-bodied brethren, we thought "Why not build a 128i that can not only outshine a 135i, but also upset some of the M cars too?". This would of course be more of a challenge, and we've never shied away from challenges. Best of all, almost all the parts and products we'll be using on the 128i are also applicable to the 135i as well as the the convertible model 128i and 135i. This means we're not excluding ANY 1 Series owners or cars on this project.

Having a 1 Series here on hand means we have instant access at all times to develop and test our own new products, as well as test fit newly released offerings from Turner and our trusted vendors. Not only does this mean a more rapid delivery of new products to the market, but it means a higher degree of knowledge as well as better product quality control. Why would you want to buy parts for 1 Series from a company that doesn't even own one? You wouldn't. This is all just part of our commitment to our customers.

Here you'll find information, articles, and all of the performance parts, modifications and enhancements we have made to our E82 128i. You'll also find photos, galleries, and video clips of our 128i as we capture them. Check back often, as we'll be doing extensive work on this 1 Series project.

The Gallery:

** Update! Genuine BMW "Tii" Aero Added


Video Media:


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Wallpaper (Courtesy of H&R Springs)


The Parts:


Suspension


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H&R Premium Coil Over Suspension Kit
Engineered for street and occasional track use, H&R Premium Coil-Overs feature a fully-threaded aluminum front strut body rather than the heavier steel front strut bodies used in other kits, resulting in a 30-40% weight reduction when compared to stock struts. As with the standard H&R Sport coilover kit, the adjustability will allow you to precisely dial in height adjustment to achieve optimum weight transfer, or simply get the aggressive look you've been looking for.

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H&R 27mm Front Sway Bar for E82/E88
H&R Sway Bars are the perfect compliment to H&R springs or coil overs on the 128i and 135i 1 series. Designed to reduce body roll, increase lateral stiffness and improve handling as a whole, H&R Sway Bars are made using a proprietary alloy that is both stronger and more resilient than competitive sway bars. But it doesn't end there. All Sway Bar kits have precision forged ends and include bushings made from an exclusive urethane/Teflon composite that eliminates squeaks, and don't require lubrication. Ever. That means no mess, no maintenance - just bolt in H&R Sway Bars and go!

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H&R 20mm Rear Sway Bar for E82/E88
H&R Sway Bars are the perfect compliment to H&R springs or coil overs on the 128i and 135i 1 series. Designed to reduce body roll, increase lateral stiffness and improve handling as a whole, H&R Sway Bars are made using a proprietary alloy that is both stronger and more resilient than competitive sway bars. But it doesn't end there. All Sway Bar kits have precision forged ends and include bushings made from an exclusive urethane/Teflon composite that eliminates squeaks, and don't require lubrication. Ever. The installation on the rear bar on the 1 series is much more involved than earlier BMW's, so please keep this in mind when ordering.

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Wheels


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Forgeline ZX3P "Premier Series" Forged Alloys
You might not go 200 miles per hour everyday, but these wheels could - and certainly have! Forgeline wheels have been mounted on championship-winning cars of the Speed World Challenge and Grand Am Cup race series for numerous years.

ZX3P with Matte Black powder coated centers and gloss white powder coated

Front: 19x8.5" 5x120mm - 40mm offset (225/35/19 tire)
Rear:
19x9.5" 5x120mm - 47mm offset (255/30/19 tire)

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Exterior / Body Styling


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E82/E88 1 Series Genuine BMW Black Grills
We love how black grills help complete the "storm trooper" look on our 128i. While chrome is great in the right amounts, the "black out" or "shadow" look has been a hot trend the last few years, and we like it. These are Genuine BMW front center "kidney" grills that install in minutes, eliminating the chrome and giving you the blacked out "shadow" look that has become so popular and attractive. These work on any 1 series, including 128i and 135i (both coupe and convertible) and are the highest quality, as you'd expect from Genuine BMW factory parts. Kit includes one left grill and one right grill.

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Genuine BMW Performance Aero Front Spoiler
If you caught the photos of BMW's 1 series "tii" concept car, then you'll quickly recognize where the styling of this Genuine BMW aero kit came from. Available for all 1 series (including 128i and 135i coupe & convertible), this front spoiler transforms the 1 series' front end, giving a more aggressive, sporty look.

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Genuine BMW Performance Side Skirts
Genuine BMW side skirts, modeled after the sideskirts that appeared on the BMW "Tii" Concept car. These feature more aggressive styling cues which go nicely with both the front Performance spoiler and the Performance rear apron. These sideskirts fit all 1 Series including 128i and 135i coupe & convertible. Kit includes both left and right side skirts, which come primed ready to paint (professional paint and installation recommended).

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Genuine BMW Performance Rear Apron
Genuine BMW Performance rear apron for all BMW 1 series, including 128i and 135i (coupe and convertible). Give your 1 series the more aggressive styling of the BMW "Tii Concept" car, with this rear apron. Comes primed and ready to paint (professional paint and installation recommended). Please note, this apron is only for cars WITHOUT PDC (park distance control).

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Genuine BMW Carbon Fiber Rear Spoiler
This carbon fiber lip spoiler is perhaps our favorite piece from the BMW Performance Aero options. Made of beautiful and real woven carbon fiber, this spoiler is easy to install (it adheres to the E82 trunk lid) and it's the perfect balance aesthetically -- not too much, not too little, JUST RIGHT. And it's ready to install out of the box (unless you want to paint yours body color). We recommend installing it just how it is.

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Interior


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Genuine BMW Performance Seats
These are perhaps most aggressive sport seats BMW has ever offered for a street car -- but they aren't for sale in the