1995 BMW M3 427 FrankenBimmer (Now LS7 440 C.I. August 2017)

Started on March 15 by cglass8444

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My mission is to develop the outer limits of the road racing capabilities of the E36 BMW M3. I do DE’s so no rules & no spec. Hint #1: Roll cage built for 1000 RWHP. All looked good on paper two years ago and the reality is beyond expectations. Have been testing in incrementally increasing stages.

In 2008 ran a Chevy V8 LS6 350 ci with 400 RWHP & Torque…ran great all year. Chevy V8 LS3 bored and stroked to 427 ci with 550++RWHP & Torque ran the 2009 year…we will see where that takes us. If you are an old guy like me, you remember the CanAm and TransAm cars with 600 to 1200 HP…will be interesting to see where we end up.

Who knows, after 2009 shakedowns, may see us at the 2010 GRM Ultimate Trackcar Shootout!!!!!!

Thanks to the guys at Eurosport Automotive of Plano, Texas and Dallas Performance of Dallas, Texas for keeping FrankenBimmer in one piece.

HKE engine, StopTech brakes, Ron Davis radiator, Ground Control suspension, AST coilovers, CCW wheels, Hoosier tires, BimmerWorld parts throughout and Sparco/Simpson/SafeCraft safety equipment.

Spec sheet as follows:

1994/1995 BMW M3 FrankenBimmer a.k.a. Scooter’s Vorshlag Beta M3 Project

STAGE TWO

ENGINE 6.2 L LS 3 ENGINE (new) 427 cubic inch aluminum block/heads, 11.25 : 1 compression ratio, (naturally aspirated), Bored and stroked to 427 ci, Lifters / cam / forged crank combination, A.R.E. Stage III dry sump oil pan & pump w/ oil cooler & 3 gallon tank, LS3 (L 73) intake manifold & fuel rails, Siemens Deka Fuel Injectors 60lb/hr @ 3 bar short design, Fast 92MM throttle body, Eagle LS1 crank (4.100) & H -beam rods, Wiseco pistons (4.070) & GFX rings, WCCH L92 heads w/Patriot X-Treme springs,
ARP hardware throughout, Custom HKE cam LS1 238/250 113+3,
Morel LS1 hydraulic roller lifters/Manton custom pushrods/GM rocker arms, Aeromotive AN-6 port EFI Adjustable Regulator & hardware / quick disconnect, 255 LHP High Flow fuel pump, 5 pin MAF connector, OBD II connector for harness, Cold air intake w/ Dallas Performance design K&N filter, Taylor Thundervolt 10.4mm Black ignition wires w/heat covers, Numerous custom hoses and connections,

New GM alternator, Solid serpentine belt tensioner (locked) & Gatorback belt, Fuel starvation kit

EXHAUST & VORSHLAG SWAP KIT Long tube headers (custom fit) / parts / in swap kit total Motor mounts/trans mount/steering shaft/driveshaft (swap kit) Dual collectors to single 3.5" stainless pipe / new oxygen sensors 3.5" Magnaflow Polished SS Muffler

DRIVELINE T56 6-speed manual trans…rebuild Stage 4 and micro polished GM T-56 slave cylinder SS braided hydraulic lines for slave cyl with remote quick release & reservoir Rebuilt driveline components & driveshaft (custom) Pro 5.0 shifter Ford IRS 8.8 Diff with 3.27 gears McCloud dual plate clutch & flywheel

SUSPENSION / STEERING AST Coil Over shocks (3-way comp/rebound ft. & rr.) , Springs 684# ft. AST, 800# rr.Eibach Ground Control Sway bars ft. & rr.(adjustable)- "Heavy" hollow front sway bar

Adjustable sway bar linkages (solid bushing) Front strut tower stabilizer bar E36 M3 steel control arms with heavy duty bushing Solid front control arm bushings Poly rear control arm bushings Undercarriage brace Adjustable front camber plates Adjustable rear control arms (aluminum) M3 salvage source car…all M3 components and rear clip New tie rod ends, etc All front and rear bushings replaced Z3 steering rack (1997)

COOLING Ron Davis Custom dual pass large core radiator (50% more capacity) with fan BMW Euro M3 radiator reservoir tank 16" Electric fan…built in on Ron Davis unit 160 degree thermostat

LUBRICANTS Amsoil 5W-30 synthetic Motul 600 High-Perf brake fluid Clutch fluid DOT 3 (must be DOT 3) AMSOIL synthetic syncromesh trans fluid (MTF) Engine / Radiator Distilled Water Power steering fluid Standard GM Differential Standard gear lube with GM friction modifier

BRAKES Stop Tech M3 front & rear slotted rotors Big Brake Kit (355 mm ft & 332 mm rr) Stop Tech 4 piston ft & 4 piston rr Calipers (red) Pagid black Race brake pads front Pagid orange Race brake pads rear Earl's stainless braided brake lines (StopTech) Additional 4 inch front brake cooling ducts Upgrade master cylinder and entire system…1995 M3 setup M3 ABS computer

BODY / AERO M3 front bumper valance and lip with Bimmerworld front air dam, front and rear flare lips with white body wrap, New windshield Weld in sunroof
Engine compartment hood insert, cowl and weatherstripping

LIGHTS / SAFETY Hi-Perf Xenon low / high headlights Italian air horns Safecraft LT5 SF1 approved fire suppression system (2 engine/ 1 interior locations)

WHEELS / TIRES 18 x 10 ft. & 18 x 11 rr CCW (track) Track tires: 285 & 315/30ZR/18 R compound Hoosier R6

D-Force 18x10 LTW black inset / polished lip wheels (street) Street tires: 285/30/18 Z Rated street tires 90mm wheel stud kit

INTERIOR Weld in roll cage (10 point) / subframe connectors and frame reinforcement with floor and susp. Reinforcements with rear tower brace and reinforcement. Setup for true rear coilovers / additional reinforcement for 1000 RWHP. Subframe and swaybar reinforcements Headliner (non-sunroof)/ A/B/C pillars & rear deck Sparco Evo III XL seats Seats mounting / slider brackets Simpson 5 point racing harnesses (latch type) Steering wheel…flat bottom Sparco with ball bearing quick release & horn buttons ScanGuage II Display Mechanical oil press and temp gauges with warning lights

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Latest updates

Aug. 15

Aero and new motor

Full aero has been added (thanks Bimmerworld and Alumilite!!!!!!) and sorted out very well. Feels like the Hand of God is securing the car. Cratered the LS3 427 motor (550 rwhp) June 2017. So naturally I am going bigger. New ...

Nov. 24

JUST KEEPS GETTING FASTER!!!!!

Continuous refinements to the M3 427 have almost gotten this car to the reliable stage...brakes, tires, time out maintenance parts and basic tweaks to go faster!!! Knock wood!!! Such a joy to drive...it truly is an M3 on quadruple steroids, ...

May 22

M3 427 Update May 2014

Full race with aero...just keeps getting better and faster!!!!

Dec. 18

Rear subframe pic

Another view of rear subframe roll cage setup. Have also added to the roll cage (20 point now and very solid!!!), trans/diff coolers, fuel cell, clutch / brake pedal assembly with adjustable brake bias...lots of refinements!!!!!

Dec. 18

Hand build rear subframe rollcage setup

Couple of pics of rear subframe artwork, solid aluminum bushings and rear end of car is solid as a rock... all 555 RWHP gets to the ground. Josh says it is "ScooterProof" and no way I can break it...time will ...

Dec. 18

M3 427 Update

Car is beyond all expectations. Full race on all fronts, 2800 lbs, 550 RWHP, ridiculous mechanical grip and no serious aero (yet???). Car is so fast and so fun to drive, with unbelievable mechanical grip, close ratio Rockland Tranzilla and ...

March 25

New Wrap

Finished shaking out mechanicals, completed initial bodywork and flares with white wrap...damn near presentable now!!!!!!

Oct. 06

FORD IRS 8.8 DIFF

Just finishing subframe fabrication at Dallas Performance for new diff...Ford IRS 8.8 with 3.27 gears...bulletproof design by Taylor. Do final tune on motor (should be 550 rwhp+/-), get it on the ground and start testing. Should make Texas Motor Speedway ...

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Comments

Mar 15, 2009 1:39 p.m.
thatsnowinnebago:
You're insane in the best way possible.
Mar 16, 2009 9:36 a.m.
Swank Force One:
Uhm. Wow. I got nothin'.
Mar 16, 2009 1:41 p.m.
corvettespike:
How much horsepower at the wheels? Any problems with the stock diff?
Mar 16, 2009 4:03 p.m.
cglass8444:
How much horsepower at the wheels? Any problems with the stock diff? Testing over the coming weeks...have a Ford Cobra 8.8 and/or Dana on the board just in case...for roadracing, believe stock LSD diff with brace will hold up...drag racing would be another story...but I don't drag race, so no worries!!!!
May 15, 2009 10:09 a.m.
cglass8444:
In 2008 with 350 ci, 390 RWHP and 390 RW torque. As of May 2009 with the 427ci, 520 RWHP and 500 rw torque...and that is with a very conservative "testing" tune. Expect 550/550 rwhp & t on 93 octane. I was wrong...just toasted E36 M3 LSD diff (3:23 to 1) at Motorsport Ranch Fort Worth...redesigning for Ford Cobra 8.8 Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) diff.
Sep 3, 2010 2:07 a.m.
Jhenrye30:
Thats one wild BMW. I'm 65 and remember can am & trans am cars. I have a Bmw thats a street car, but close to a race car. I need more HP and have a built 93 350 Chevy and a 5speed I thougt It would be wild, but it'll be nothing compaired to you car. It's awsome! Can't have to much HP!! I love it!! Nice rear end. I'm looking for ideas to replace mine.

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