E30 M3 Ring Attack!

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Today I was greeted by an email from a blog reader in Portugal named Helder. Helder wanted to share with us an incredible video. This video shows a BMW E30 M3 crushing the Nurburgring with a blistering 7:37 lap time. Watch as the E30 M3 just kills the ring and all cars in his way (including some nice modified Porsche 911’s)

I love E30s.

Thanks Helder for the email and for sharing with us all!

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The Best Gran Turismo Rig Ever – BMW E30 M3

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BMW E30 M3 Gran Turismo Rig

This is by far the best Gran Turismo game rig ever. Actually it was already one of my favorite E30 M3 BMWs before I even saw the front of it and realized that it is being used to play video games in! Garage Studie is responsible for this masterpiece. I have a feeling I’m going to need to stop by there during an upcoming trip to Japan…

Garage Studie BMW E30 M3 Gran Turismo RigGarage Studie BMW E30 M3 Gran Turismo Rig

Thanks to Gawa’s blog for stealing my post recently…if it wasnt for that I wouldnt have found your blog and been able to return the favor by stealing your content! 🙂 Great blog you have over there my friend!

See the full Studie shop tour post Here:



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///M-maculate by Stanley Ku

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The fact that the E30 M3 was never sold in Australia did not stop Dave Ross from acquiring one. Long story short, Dave’s search for an E36 M3 in 2004 ended up with the purchase of a 1988 E30 M3. The E36 M3’s he found were either overpriced garage queens or cars that had poor maintenance. In the search progress, he met Greg Lee who had imported two E30 M3’s from Japan into Australia.  Greg Lee would go on and become a very good friend as well as a pair of helpful hands in Dave’s car. At that point, Dave decided to purchase one from Greg. With a choice of black or silver, Dave decided on the black one because it had a mileage of only 46,000 miles.

All E30 M3 were produced as LHD from the factory so work began to covert it to RHD using the dash, steering rack, and few other pieces from a E30 325is donor car. The entire harness had to be extended and this is where Greg Lee put his electrical engineering degree to good use.

The shiny and wet paint that you see in the pictures is the original paint job that came from factory 20 years ago. The exterior has been accentuated pieces from the Sport Evolution including the Evo II front chin sporter, Evo III front splitter, and the Evo II rear wing. The red bumper tape completes the mimicked look of the Sport Evolution III.

The wheels are the AC Schnitzer Type I, which measure 17 x 7.5 in the front and 17 x 8.5 in the rear. The factory suspension has been replaced by Ground Control coilovers with Bilstein shocks and Eibach 475 lb. and 650 lb. springs in the front and rear respectively.


A few months after the car was on the road, on it’s first outing at the track, the unthinkable happened. A failing oil pump led to a spun bearing and just like that, the car was out of commission. With the help of a few beer, Dave was determined to rebuild the S14B23 engine with the goal of going force induction route. The next year was spent researching and gathering parts from all over the world for the rebuild. The car made it’s new home at RX Automotive in Cooper Plains where Simon Harrex will be working on it.


A long 2 years later, the car was resurrected. From the factory 2.3 L, the engine has been stroked to 2.5 L with the compression lowered to 8:1. Boost is supplied by a Garret GT3076R with a 0.82 A/R and to keep the boost in check are a TiAL 48 mm wastegate and a Turbosmart Plumb Back. To keep everything running cool, the radiator and intercooler are from PWR and the oil cooler is from Setrab. When it was time to get the car tuned, it made 270 rwhp @ 9 psi on a Dyno Dyamics. It was time to turn up the boost to 14 psi but unfortunately, the banjo bolt on the back of the wastegate blew off. However, Dave couldn’t be any happier to finally get the car running properly again. Keeping in mind that a Dyno Dynamics is on the conservative end with readings generally 10~15% lower than a Dynojet and coupled with the facts that the car weights less than 2,700 lb and boost coming on at 1900 rpm, makes this E30 M3 one quick and enjoyable machine.

A side note – I was inspired to write this article because BMW was the feature marquee for Speedhunters. Unfortunately I lagged on the article and never got the opportunity to try to submit the article after I have completed it. Nonetheless, I am glad that I was able to write about Dave’s immaculate E30 M3 and get the article up on here. This is also my first full-length car feature that I have written and it has been a new experience. Thank you Dave for the opportunity and be sure to visit his site at http://www.dcr62.net/ for more pictures and info.

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BMW V10 M3 Swaps and More

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My buddy Jon Sibal made a great post on his blog recently that I’m going to “borrow heavily” from here.


So you started reading this post because it said V10 M3 right? But wait just one second…First I want to show you a V8 (old M5 engine) powered E30 Alpina M3 which is SUPER CLEAN. I have a thing for E30s and this one is just perfect (color choice, wheel setup, everything is perfect and time appropriate for the look of the car).

M5 V8 Powered E30 M3M5 V8 Powered E30 M3M5 V8 Powered E30 M3

Alright, now that you’re warmed up lets get to the main course…V10 M5 power slammed into lighter chassis BMWs

First, how about a Z4 V10?

M5 V8 Powered E30 M3E60 M5 V10 Powered Z4 BMW

Now on to M3s as promised…

E60 M5 V10 Powered Z4 BMW

E60 M5 V10 Powered Z4 BMWE60 M5 V10 Powered Z4 BMWE60 M5 V10 Powered Z4 BMW

On that last picture, the wagon, the took it a step further and slapped on a pair of turbos. Why not…

Manhart-Racing is resposnible for these cars. If I had a BMW this is what I’d want to do with it! V10 E92 M3 with Ericsson exhaust and full aero, thats my style right there!

This stuff all brings me back to the mid 90s when I was totally blown away reading a magazine article about a Racing Dynamics 318ti with a 850csi V12 engine swap. Same idea, a decade and a half later and I’m still blown away by this stuff.

UPDATE: A Cardomain member is almost finished with his E60 M5 V10 swap into his E30 M3. To see the build go to:


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If I Had More Parking Spaces…

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I would totally buy a E30 M3.

I’ve always loved these and they just keep getting better with age. As BMW’s get more and more advanced with technology power and weight, there is something really nice about the rawness of the E30 M3. Although the E92 M3 definitely went the right direction and became a more focused drivers car than the E46 I don’t think we’ll ever see a sub 3000 lb M3 again.

The E30 happens to be around 2700 lbs which is equivalent to the S2000 which I also love as one of the purest drivers cars produced. Between the legendary handling of the E30, the lightweight design and the timeless blister fender design from the factory I think the E30 M3 will always be a classic.

I mentioned that if I had more garage space I’d buy the E30 M3…although there are a lot of reasons why someone should want the E30, there also happens to be a a great financial reason to get one…These cars will almost certainly never go down in value. They’re a great investment, they are affordable to begin with and they’re a great platform to modify if you’re not a purist. I think the SR20DET is a great swap for this car as well as a F20C, but BMW fanatics would I’m sure opt to keep the original 4 cyl engine.

This particular car was featured on Stanly Ku’s blog (a man with great taste in cars) and is one of my favorite street tuned E30 M3s. Plus its nice treat to see a front mount intercooler on the E30. Also loving the AC Schnitzer rims (this is the last style of theirs I liked). If I had a E30 M3 I think I’d do it just like this, it is perhaps a perfectly modded car. The only things I’d want to do is a custom Ericsson/Amuse exhaust and a custom design aero hood. IMO black is definitely the color of choice for this car.

E30 M3 Turbo


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