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The BMW specialist entrusts larger brake kit for its heavily modified hot hatch

Back in early 2022, the team from East Sussex-based performance BMW specialist, Hack Engineering, installed a four-piston EBC Brakes Racing Apollo Big Brake Kit to their F20-series BMW M140i project car, dubbed the ‘HE140i’.

Two years on, the team has now enjoyed countless track days and spirited road driving sessions with their hot hatch, commenting on how the brake kit provided a notable upgrade from standard, especially when the car is pushed hard.

In that time, the performance capabilities of the BMW have significantly improved, with the six-cylinder pocket rocket now boasting around 600bhp thanks to a Pure 800 turbocharger upgrade and countless other modifications (see full spec list below).

It therefore seemed like the obvious choice for the car to be upgraded to EBC Brakes Racing’s recently launched six-piston version of the Apollo Big Brake Kit to further improve braking performance. This kit utilises an upgraded version of the fully floating two-piece discs in the same dimensions as before (355mm), with a whole-new six-piston Apollo caliper and Bluestuff pads topping it off.

Following the seamless install, the Hack Engineering team have since managed to put some fast road miles in on the car, with company founder, Ben Koflach, commenting about the improved stopping power it now offers.

“The six-piston kit is yet another step-up in braking from EBC Brakes. From stock to the four-piston, we found huge gains in performance, and the six-piston caliper then adds even better pedal feel and confidence, with braking power that feels absolutely ridiculous. A must-do for any big power road or track car,” Ben tells us.

Stay tuned for further updates as Hack Engineering tests the kit out on a track day very soon.

Hack Engineering’s ‘HE140i’ – Full Spec

  • Pure 800 turbocharger
  • Dorch Engineering DS25 high-pressure fuel pump
  • Full Scorpion exhaust with sports cat
  • K&N air filter
  • Hot climate intake
  • Speed Engineering air box
  • Bootmod3 Flex-fuel kit
  • Hack Engineering mapping via Bootmod3
  • XHP gearbox mapping
  • Powerflex engine and gearbox mounts
  • M Performance LSD
  • Powerflex subframe bushes
  • AKG differential bushes
  • EBC Brakes Racing 6-Piston Apollo Big Brake Kit (front)
  • EBC Brakes Yellowstuff brake pads (rear)
  • Speed Engineering brake cooling kit
  • Protrack wheels
  • Millway Motorsport wheel stud kit
  • Nankang AR-1 tyres
  • BC Racing coilovers
  • M4 front control arms with Millway bushes
  • H&R anti-roll bars
  • SW Motorsport half cage
  • SW Motorsport rear seat delete
  • Carbon fibre bucket seats
  • MIllway Motorsport seat mounts

– Hack Engineering’s HE140i project is set to receive a raft of other modifications aimed at improving driver performance over the coming months, all of which will be documented over on the company’s YouTube channel.

– Based in Lewes, East Sussex, Hack Engineering has fast become one of the most respected performance BMW specialists in the country. Offering everything from general workshop services through to full-blown engine rebuilds in its dedicated machine shop, the team eats, sleeps and breaths BMWs. To find out more, head over to Hack’s website.

– EBC Brakes Racing’s Apollo Balanced Big Brake Kits are available now for a number of vehicle applications. For more information on this product, please click here.

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Apollo Big Brake Kits

EBC Brakes’ new Apollo Big Brake Kits represent the ultimate upgrade in braking performance, offering significant reductions in stopping distances whether used on road or on track.

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