A 1996 BMW M3 Coupe's Journey from Street to Track - Bring a Trailer

shawn By On 29/04/2024 at 17:28

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Discover the awe-inspiring journey of a 1996 BMW M3 Coupe transformed into a track-dominating racing machine. From its humble beginnings to its exhilarating performance upgrades, explore how this powerhouse evolved into a force to be reckoned with on the track.

A 1996 BMW M3 Coupe's Journey from Street to Track

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The story of a 1996 BMW M3 coupe is no ordinary tale of ownership. Acquired in 2005, this once-stock vehicle underwent a dramatic transformation, emerging as a force to be reckoned with on club racing circuits and NASA ST3 events.

Beneath its hood lies a powerhouse of a 3.2-liter inline six engine, finely tuned with custom engine management software, precision headers, and an optimized exhaust system. Paired with a five-speed manual transmission and a Diffsonline limited-slip differential featuring 3.91 gears, this car delivers performance at its peak.

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Step inside the race-ready cockpit, and you're greeted with a suite of professional-grade racing equipment. A Cobra Sebring Pro racing seat, Sparco harness, and TC Design roll cage ensure safety and stability during high-speed maneuvers. Advanced features like the AIM digital display, cool suit system, and fire suppression system underscore its commitment to performance and safety.

Externally, the BMW M3 has undergone a striking visual overhaul. Carbon-fiber and fiberglass bodywork enhance its aerodynamics, while an adjustable rear wing adds both style and functionality. Complemented by Apex EC-7 18" wheels and StopTech brakes, this car is as visually striking as it is performance-oriented.

But the transformation doesn't stop there. Revised bodywork includes carbon-fiber hood and sunroof covers, along with fiberglass front and rear fender flares. A vibrant green and black vinyl wrap gives it an unmistakable presence on the track.

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Underneath, meticulous attention has been paid to performance enhancements. JRZ adjustable dampers, Eibach springs, and Ground Control strut mounts and sway bars ensure precise handling and cornering. Reinforced subframes and polyurethane suspension mounts further enhance stability and control.

Inside the cockpit, driver comfort and control take center stage. A Sparco steering wheel trimmed in microsuede commands an AIM digital display and data logger, providing crucial performance metrics at a glance.

And powering it all is the heart of this racing machine: the 3.2-liter S52 inline-six engine. Meticulously tuned with Active Autowerke engine management software and high-performance components, it delivers unparalleled power and responsiveness on the track.

With a rich history of competition and a host of performance upgrades, this E36 M3 coupe race car represents the epitome of automotive engineering and racing prowess. Now available for sale with Bring a Trailer.

Gallery: 1996 BMW M3 Coupe


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