We fitted an ESS 570 supercharger kit to this E46 M3 recently, which helps this engine to produce….you guessed it….570bhp.
We built a fully forged engine in-house so the power on-tap is coupled with reliability!
This is one of the most complete fast-road M3 set ups we have done.
It’s time this M3 had an engine to cope with the supercharger.
The stock engine unfortunately suffered a failure, has been recovered to us and now we will begin planning and building an engine to take the boost!
Keep checking back for the latest updates…
25/02/16 – Recovery of car – planning begins!
26/02/16 – Engine is out!
We didn’t waste any time; the M3 engine is out and ready to be stripped. We will inspect internal damage and prepare for the build. When the car is being built back up we will be tidying up the car in general including fixing other minor faults.
Now the car is in the hands of Perfect Touch it will be looked after, ready to win medals…
02/03/16 – Detonation!
We have had a look at the stripped down engine and can show you what has gone wrong. Essentially the water injection system that was fitted to the intake as part of the Supercharging has failed and the cylinder has become too hot causing the fuel to ignite before it is sparked by the spark-plug. You can see some of the damage this has caused to the top of the piston in the picture below.
We have an update on the progress of the BMW M3 E46 supercharged build. The engine components are starting to arrive, some of which you can see in the pictures below – rods, crankshaft, pistons, injectors and Schrick cams. We are also discussing other plans with the client including engine management and transmission changes. Watch this space…
24/09/17 – Power Run after remap
If you are reading this article then perhaps you are a BMW owner?
VANOS is the name BMW give their variable value timing mechanism,
we wanted to simplify this subject and help you to better understand BMW VANOS.
So what are the symptoms of BMW VANOS failure or deterioration?
- Lower power levels
- Increased fuel consumption
- Engine surging
- Idle Hic-cups
- Engine hesitation
- Noisy engine – Normally shows up at about approx. 3,000 rpm
- Increased oil usage
There can come a point when the only way forward is to replace or refurbish the unit whether a single or double VANOS, this involves specialist tools and experience, a job not for the faint hearted.
By definition this job takes time, specialist tools and specific understanding of BMW VANOS in particular. Please take a look at our time lapse video showing Dan Brooks, Senior Technician at Perfect Touch, refurbishing a client’s VANOS on his M3 (E46). It also shows what it takes to get the job done from beginning to end in less than 3mins.
So what does all this do for the car?
A return of power and smoothness, which is what BMW enthusiasts really love about that legendary straight six engine, plus most importantly a returned enthusiasm for your car.
To find out more about BMW VANOS repair and refurbishment please call Gabs on 01992 443900, he would be delighted to talk you through the process or just help you work out what is next for your BMW.
Please Note – other manufacturers also use a form of Variable Valve Timing, for example Honda’s VVT and Porsche’s VarioRam/VarioCam.
We recently carried out a full vehicle inspection and service on this BMW M3
We carry out servicing and maintenance on all BMW models and other presitge and performance cars, so why not get in touch today to find out what we can offer you and your car – call today on 01992 443900