Having previously worked on his E90 M3 and F06 M6, this devoted M enthusiast returned to our facility with his newly acquired E30 M3. Like most cars that are approaching 30 years old, this 1987 Alpine White M3 was in need of some maintenance and restoration, but we weren't going to stop there. During the time E30 spent with us, we attacked every corner of the car to create a clean, high performance daily driver.
The first order of business for this M3 was improving the S14 motor. A VAC 2.5L stroker kit, carbon fiber intake system, custom stainless steel exhaust and a custom tune gave this naturally aspirated 4-cylinder some additional power. Next we focused on the suspension, where we installed a new set of coilovers, camber plates, polyurethane bushings and front/rear anti roll bars. Hidden behind the gold HRE 501 Vintage Series 3-piece wheels, a front Brembo big brake kit, rear cross-drilled rotors and stainless steel brake lines provide massive braking performance improvements.
The complete interior along with a pair Recaro Speed seats were stripped and re-upholstered in a beautiful brown leather/suede combo by Top Stitch. A new dash cluster, steering wheel, shift knob, short shift kit and an Awron DGA vent gauge give this E30 the tactile sensation of a brand new car. For the exterior, we installed a carbon fiber front splitter, a carbon fiber rear wing, new HID headlights, matte black kidney grilles and various new trim pieces add the finishing touches to this first generation M3.
While it may not be nearly as fast or high-tech as the other M cars in this owner's collection, this is the M3 that started it all. We're usually working on brand new BMWs day in, day out, so its actually a treat for us to dive into one of these legends. Take a moment to look over these photos and enjoy!
While this Silverstone M3 may be pretty, it isn't out to grab your attention, it's out to pass you. Considering it's fitted with an ESS VT2-625 supercharger system and an Akrapovic Evolution titanium exhaust, it really won't have much of a problem blowing by most cars on a straightaway. Even so, this E90's primary concern isn't all about straight line performance, it's about fast lap times.
Top of the line JRZ RS Pro coilovers give this M3 its exceptional handling performance, while AP Racing front & rear big brake kits provide lap after lap of fade-free stopping power. A set of APEX ARC-8 wheels wrapped in sticky rubber are used when at the track, but in its street mode this E90 runs the stock ZCP wheels. For its most recent visit to our shop, we took this M3 to the next level of track performance by installing Powerflex Race bushings in the subframe and differential. These hard compound polyurethane bushings eliminate unwanted movement and deliver more power to the tarmac, providing extremely planted and confident driving dynamics.
Just by looking at it, this subtle M3 won't give you much indication of what's underneath, so consider yourself warned now in case you happen to encounter this sedan on either the street or track. Enjoy.
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When an invite was extended for a private track day at Famoso, we immediately jumped on the opportunity. The M3 is not the best drag platform, but holds its own pretty well. With California having a relatively dry winter, conditions were optimal to expect some pretty good times. With some traction control issues, we were eventually able to crack a couple of low 11 second runs, almost dipping into the 10s. Best Time/MPH is as follows:
Best 60ft: 1.848
Best 1/4mi: 11.004
Best MPH: 130.40MPH
You read that right,.004 seconds from entering 10-second territory! Not too shabby for a street driven vehicle, especially seeing that MPHs we were pulling.
Posted: January 28, 2014||Tags: z4m , vorsteiner , vorshlag , volk , te37sl , swift springs , supercharger , stoptech , recaro , powerflex , macht schnell , kw suspension , kw coilovers , hankook , g07ex , european car magazine , ess , e92 , e86 , carbon fiber , bmw performance , bmw m3 , awron , ast , apr , ap racing , alpine white , akrapovic , 57 motorsport
Make sure to grab the latest issue (April 2014) of European Car Magazine to check out our 5-page article! Featuring our supercharged Z4M and supercharged E92 M3, the article gives an inside look of what we do here. We were given the opportunity to take the photos ourselves, so we took the cars out to El Mirage Dry Lake Bed and got lucky with the most beautiful sunset anyone could ask for. For your enjoyment we've posted some of the photos, but be sure to grab a hard copy of the magazine too!
When this customer came to us complaining that his Z3 wasn't handling like it used to, we knew what to do. As it turns out to be the case with many older BMWs, this Z3 had blown out shocks and several failed OEM bushings. To remedy the problem, we installed a set of KW Variant 2 (V2) coilovers, Poweflex front control arm bushings, Powerflex rear trailing arm bushings and Rogue Engineering rebuildable rear shock mounts. Once the car was lowered, it was obvious that the wheels needed to be pushed out to the fenders to complete the look. To finish the job we installed 18mm and 10mm Macht Schnell spacer kits. The owner couldn't be happier with the new set-up, saying it handles and rides 100 times better than before.