Time to lock the doors, to put the kids to sleep, and to hide under the bed. Time to question everything you thought you knew about speed, power, or cars in general. Especially if you consider supercars as the ultimate pinnacle of automotive technology, time to think again.
If you ever wondered what the end of the world will sound like, the car we’ve had for the weekend gave us a pretty accurate idea. It’s what I, for one, would imagine the apocalypse sounds and feels like. There’s hardly any other way to describe how this monster drives and acts on the street. It inspires fear, in all the other cars on the road, as well as in yourself. It’s savage, in a very technological way.
Upon gazing at this one-of-a-kind M5, you can easily realize why it demands respect and why you’re 2.2 seconds away from the most furious experience of your life. It’s big, bulky, loud, fast, and uncompromising. It does not have a soul and it does not care. It just wants to devour mile after mile, leaving everything and everyone behind.
2. The Reason
After the initial shock, while we cruised through the forest roads, I couldn’t help myself ask “why”. Why this extreme power, why all these elements, why create such a beastly vehicle? The answer came directly from the owner, we’ll call him Mr. DAO for now, as I’m sure this is not the last we’ve seen of him.
The ultimate goal was to enhance an already capable car, in order to make it an exclusive project, that would be able to turn heads and deliver the highest performance it could. As Mr. DAO said, he wanted to build an M5 like no other in the world. And, as it seems, the goal has been ultimately achieved, seeing that the car is in a league of its own.
Having a car that can take the kids to kindergarten, yet wipe out a Lamborghini without batting an eye is something you don’t see that often, yet this is a saloon that’s being driven on a daily basis and that makes it even more surprising. There is simply no way to be prepared for when the throttle is pushed to the floor, but once it’s done, you understand exactly why this car was built.
3. Tuned And Tuned Again
Well, it was then, time for putting the plan to work. Enter the fine people from Racebox. The Romanian tuning powerhouse was the only one able to rise up to the desired result and their choices for the M5 were bang on the money, we reckon. Starting from the get-go, the Bavarian behemoth was already a powerful machine, providing 625 hp as a stock number. What followed is a massive do-over, which delivered whopping results.
On the exterior, the Bimmer got the first upgrade, with the Racebox Carbon Kit V3, which includes the front lip, diffuser, spoiler, and side skirts. For the wheels, a set of massive 21” Yido YP7.2 Forged were chosen, and boy, do they make an appearance. Especially because the stance has been lowered and stiffened by the KW suspension that was fitted in place of the stock one.
Now, for the actual performance part, the one that unleashed the full potential of the M5 Competition. Under the bonnet, an Eventuri carbon air intake has been installed, while the apocalyptic sound is brought to life by the Redstar downpipes and by the Remus exhaust which looks and sounds absolutely amazing. To top it all off, a full Stage 2 ECU software remap has been carefully implemented, to bring the final result to an official number of 800 hp. What this means is that it’s more powerful than an Aventador SVJ or an F8 Tributo. Or, basically, more than anything you have, or might think you have. Don’t even bother, this M5 will rip you to pieces and leave you to perish in oblivion.
4. It All Ends Here
Well, actually, it doesn’t. Although we can’t tell for sure, the mighty M5 could get another revamp in the future. And Mr. DAO, or Racebox, for that matter, did not build their last car with this project. However, they did build a special vehicle, one that has something to say, and says it aloud, and dark, and strong, and menacing. Just listen to that standing growl...
I got the chance to ride in some of the best cars ever since we started the agency, but this one hit me like a hurricane. Perhaps it has something to do with growing up with the E39 M5 on my PC desktop, or with the fact that I believe the M5 to be BMW’s last resort of what internal combustion engines can do. No matter the cause, the end result was the same: I left the photoshoot location and drove back to Bucharest with a huge smile on my face, but with my knees trembling.
All in all, the experience of something so hugely powerful was indeed a unique one. We might get the chance to test a faster car, or a louder one, no doubt about it, but it will be hard to top off this project. Because, what this M5 does, is more than inspire fear or demand respect. It showcases the fact that, by going to war against the monsters, it’s very likely you’ll become one of them.
The performance tuning on the featured car has been done by professionals in a controlled environment. Please do not attempt to self-tune your engine as it can result in serious hazards for yourself and others. For more info on this build and other amazing vehicles, you can follow Mr. DAO on Instagram.