The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
8/28/17 9:17 a.m.

story by Tony Sestito • photos by Kevin Adolf

An old saying tells us there’s nothing more expensive than a free puppy. How about a free project car?

Now, imagine if that free project car was one of the most popular platforms for a track weapon? And what if that car was already divorced from its drivetrain, leaving a blank canvas for whatever automotive “what-ifs” that could be thought up?

That’s the origin story of the Bimmer Performance Center’s 3 Series project car. They wondered: What if BMW put a V8 in the inaugural edition of the legendary M3, then turned up the wick while using parts from across BMW’s illustrious and historic stable of proven performance machines?

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gearheadE30 HalfDork
8/28/17 9:27 a.m.

I just blew my turbo M42 up at a track day at IMS. Something about too much timing and piston crowns eroding. At any rate, someone informed me that the S62 is much cheaper than I thought it was, and now you guys have to go and post this. Ugh. Off to figure out how much cutting and welding is needed to make it fit...

Feedyurhed SuperDork
8/29/17 6:00 a.m.

It's a beautiful car and my favorite kind of build. BMW sure hit it right with the E30.

Indy-Guy SuperDork
8/29/17 7:38 a.m.

Very well written article Tony!

The GRM staff will do well to keep you writing for them.

Oh, and AWESOME car too.

Tony Sestito
Tony Sestito PowerDork
8/29/17 7:53 a.m.

In reply to Indy-Guy:

Thanks man! This car was a blast to write about. I love "parts bin" cars that use the best factory-offered stuff, and this one is among the best that I've seen. The S62 in the E39 M5 is magical, so putting it in an E30 built for track duty is mind bendingly awesome.

5/18/18 3:31 p.m.

Anyone know the color used on that?  It's fabulous.

5/19/18 8:50 a.m.

One of the best motors BMW has ever built along with one of the best looking BMW's they have made.


z31maniac MegaDork
5/19/18 10:09 a.m.

When rod bearings are a consumable.

NOHOME UltimaDork
5/19/18 10:21 a.m.

In reply to Tony Sestito :

Good read. Captures the nuance of what separates the high end amateur from the Pros when it comes to these projects.



imsadriver New Reader
5/20/18 10:03 a.m.

I wonder what the total build cost was for this car.

jdoc90 New Reader
5/21/18 4:44 p.m.

build cost is always one dollar more than you will ever have to spend lol. nice car and an inventive way to build it .

5/21/18 9:25 p.m.

Paint color?

Looks a bit like Mariner Blue.

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