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The Perfect Mix of Form & Function? Bingo’s Pandem 335i

We know we’ve been going on and on for a while now about the start of the Link ECU Drift Games Extreme (DGX) and Drift Games Nationals (DGN) championships, both of which kick off super soon, but something we’ve not really mentioned is how that also coincides with the start of the Irish car show season too, or more importantly, what the Irish car show brings with it – new car builds!

Once such build we just had to show you guys is Darren (or Bingo as he’s also known) Coleman’s new-look Pandem-kitted E92 BMW 335i that came along to the Drift Games Spring Break Bash back in February, because this thing is absolutely insane!

You guys probably won’t be surprised to learn that some of the crew behind these builds alongside Bingo and his son Craig are the same guys that built the world’s first road-going Rocket Bunny MX-5, the incredible Gary’s Green Rocket Bunny S15 Nissan Silvia, the Pandem-kitted E46 M3 and plenty of others in Rick’s Car Care back in the day.

Now though, Bingo’s latest and greatest creation encompasses the best of both European build quality and Japanese styling all rolled into one perfect project.

Of course a project of this calibre, and with a body kit as wide as the Pandem kit on this car, requires a wheel selection to make you drool and these 3-piece Work VS-XX certainly do just that.

The custom re-lipped and monstrous 19×12 fronts and 19×14 rears would make a straight-from-factory E92 BMW look more like a monster truck, but in its current form, tucked neatly under the perfectly executed exterior, they look right at home. 

Many may also look at the exterior and think no more of this in your face build, but this certainly isn’t a case of “all show and no go”. Under the bonnet of this perfectly manicured exterior lies an N54 engine running over 450bhp, all thanks to an MHD map alongside a HKS intercooler with custom pipework, coupled with two HKS intakes.

And if the bold exterior didn’t grab your attention while blitzing past you on a country road, the fully custom catless exhaust system certainly has the bark to wake the neighbours on a lazy Sunday morning. 

Getting back to the true showpiece of the entire build though, the fully reworked and resprayed exterior is finished with an M3 front and rear bumper and topped off with an M3 bonnet to which the insanely wide Pandem kit is fitted to give the 335i a presence like no other. 

Stepping inside sees the mash-up of that European and Japanese flare, with custom retrimmed Recaro seats with blue stitching to match the exterior, as well as a Keys Racing deep-dish steering wheel usually reserved for only the rarest JDM machinery. 

What better way to finish off the interior than with a fully custom canary yellow half roll cage? In any other E92 that might just get the owner checked into the nearest asylum, but in this car it works perfectly when seen as part of the complete package.

A show car is nothing without its stance, and managing everything with a simple touch of a button is exactly what you want (or maybe just queue the arguments between static and air fans.) In Bingo’s BMW though, it’s an Air Lift Performance 3P system keeping the 335i sitting perfectly, whether it be in the halls of the biggest and best car shows or tearing up the Irish roads. 

Laying all the components out for all to see, could this 335i truly be the holy grail where form and function can work together to create the ultimate road car? We think so, but if you think this E92 has reached its final form you’d most certainly be wrong, as Bingo already has changes and parts in the pipeline. 

Want to check out this insane build in person? Make sure you come along to Round 1 of the Link ECU Drift Games Extreme series, which coincides with Modified Live – the first event of the car show season in the Republic of Ireland – making this season opener absolutely unmissable for any petrolhead in Ireland. See you in Mondello Park on Sunday, April 21st!

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