So here it is our latest track car project…
No prizes for guessing it’s a BMW M3 3.2 Evolution (E36)
This car in it’s day was special but check these numbers out;
0 – 62 mph 5.5 seconds
Top speed 155 mph (limited)
Engine power 321 bhp
Engine torque 258 lbs/ft
Engine size 3201 cc
Valves 24 v
Fuel consumption (extra urban) 37.7 mpg
Gross vehicle weight 1950 kg
is to first lighten the car as much as possible but still maintain as much comfort for the long drives to and from the track. Lightening the car is the best way to gain performance without extra expense and with 321 bhp on tap why mess if it aint broke?
We have also gone for the 4 door saloon model, why you may ask?
The thinking here is that the 4 door model is more ridged and this will help with the stiffness of the chassis. The car has covered only 135,000 miles which is approx 8,000 miles a year, this makes it a very low mileage track star!
The body work is sound, and as you can see from the photos the car has not had any preparation, we have not even washed it…!
The M3 Evo comes with more power than the standard previous model and also a rear limited slip differential which is great for powering out of bends. We also know its also a handful in the wet…
As you can imagine,
the suspension has seen better days, so we have opted for the classic Bilstien and Eibach shocks and springs. Along with the suspension upgrades we have also got heavy duty H&R anti roll bars for the front and rear.
Talking of comfort and safety..
We located a pair of used Sparco Corsa seats with SABELT 6 point harnesses, that should work out well. The right seats are really important as driving on the track will equal higher G forces, both from cornering and braking.
Next on the list will be new discs and pads with an addition of a free flow air filter, but before we do any work we will give the old stud a power run to see how many of those 321 horses are still ready to run…watch this space.
We have called this project “Living the Dream”
11th Septemer 2013 update;
The suspension kit and heavy duty H&R anti roll bars have been fitted and we have given the car a power run, the 17th year old classic proved its worth and it measured 304.6 BHP, we will remap the car and add a K&N air filter and see what we get.
We have also changed all the front and rear discs and fitted Performance Friction pads to the rear and Brembo pads to the front. (Braided brakes lines to follow) We have also located a Momo Corse suede steering wheel which as been installed with a Sparco quick release hub for security and easy access in and out.
Gabs also thought it best to change the clutch and fly wheel, on examination the fly wheel was fine, the new clutch has really improved the driving feel of the car.