Driving Line and Nitto Tire invited us out for a private track day with just four cars for a pair of head-to-head races. In my case, it’s the 190E Cosworth versus my E30 M3, competing for best time on the big track at WSIR. I’m happy to say, I ran a 1:35.31 at Willow Springs, surpassing my expectations. Running that time didn’t come without some pitfalls, though.
I’ve been itching to replace the 25-year-old coilovers on the M3 with something modern and… not blown. My friends at H&R built a complete custom setup for the M3, and I wanted to take the opportunity to put together the ultimate how-to for assembly and disassembly.
The process is the same for any classic BMW.
The new H&R coilovers include camber plates, adjustable dampers, and aluminum RSMs, just to name a few details. The installation was as easy as could be, too.
– Photography by Romar Hiensch –
Born as a homologated touring car, the original BMW M3 has motorsports blood coursing through its veins. From its boxed flares to its high-strung S14 4-cylinder engine, it stands stark in contrast to its base-model brethren. It comes to a surprise to some, then, that there are indeed authentic E30 M3 convertibles, produced by BMW. 786 convertibles, to be specific.
Rare parts. At times, they can compliment a build to a point of completion, if not define the build entirely. Classic cars are built with classic parts, and it’s the oddities and rarities of an era that help to create and shape a vision. In the world of E30s, it’s the likes of M-Tech body kits, Alpina splits, and all of the Alpina trimmings, that help to set Jay and Claire’s E30 apart from the rest.
It seems that, for any BMW fanatic, there’s an undeniable allure to the idea of owning an E30 M3 race car. It’s something I’ve found impossible avoid myself, and clearly, Andrew Bishay shares the sentiment. As the winningest car in touring car history, the E30 M3 has cemented its place in the archives of motorsport, and for a countless number, it’s a machine that represents an all-consuming fantasy.