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Old Mon, May-12-2014, 02:10:09 AM   #1
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Default The "Red Drift Machine" HPDE car

Current Build Specs:

Estimated weight - 3025lbs (385 lbs lost)

Drivetrain:
Injen intake
Bimmerworld resonated race exhaust
Evolve Stage I software
VAC oversized coated bearings
CP connecting rods
JB Racing Lightweight Flywheel
UUC SS clutch line
CDV, SAP, aux fan and mechanical fan delete
SPAL Fan

Suspension and Brakes
TC Kline D/A coilovers w/ 700f and 600r springs
Vorshlag non-M camber plates
TMS adjustable rear control arms
Vorshlag RTAB limiters
Stoptech ST40 4 wheel BBK
Brake ducts w/ home made cold air intake (BW hub plates w/ universal ducts)
Stoptech titanium backing plates
BW solid subframe bushings

Interior
UUC SSK + DSSR
VEI gauges (oil temp, oil press, water temp)
VAC oil cap
VAC coolant pipe manifold
VAC floor plates
Sabelt Racer Duo Seats
VAC fire extinguisher and bracket
Schroth Quick Fit Harnesses

Wheels and Tires
Apex ARC8 17x9.5 et 35 wheels
12mm spacers
NT01 275/40R17 tires
75mm studs

Some may know, I had a 2004 330Ci that was fully loaded with mods to include a supercharger, w/a injection, cams, exhaust, headers, coilovers, BBK, stereo system, and on and on. That had to go.

I bought my 2004 M3 last Feb with 99,000 miles. Paid $13,500 incl taxes and tags.

Imola Red on Imola Red
Sunroof
6 speed
Aluminum trim
Premium package
Cold weather package

Here it is brand new...







It had some expert body work done!



Here is the IR interior which has long been sold.



The long term plan is to build it for a reliable HPDE car, addressing all of the known reliability issues first. Then decide on the direction to go....TT, racing, or just keep going for the HPDE trophy. The car needs to stay street legal in the near term. I'll be moving a couple of times and don't have the room or licensed drivers for add a tow rig and trailer.

First thing...gut the interior.



I just cut out the front carpets instead of taking the dash apart.



Imola Red interior which I personally think is horrid looking.





The spoils of gutting a used car...



Here's a blurry shot of the back seat. I removed all of the little brackets and bolts...another 5 lbs or so of lost weight.













I'm installing the Sabelt Racer Duo seats that were in my 330Ci. Its a steel tube frame seat which adds some weight but sheds a lot of cost. $640 for the pair. Recaro's are likely better for long trips but these seats work fine for track work.



The final result of the initial round of weight loss...


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Old Mon, May-12-2014, 02:19:05 AM   #2
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Default Re: The "Red Drift Machine" HPDE car

Installed a UUC SSK and DSSR. I know, I know...should have went AKG. As always...a massive PIA to install! UUC FTL!



Some maintenance. These Motive pump filler units are awesome! I have one for the tranny and one for the diff.



Very old and nasty brake fluid.



Rolling the front fenders flat with a heat gun and rubber mallet. I made a cut here to get the entire inner lip flat.





275s on an 18x10 et25 wheel with stock camber...



Ebay tow hook which I need to repaint. The paint for messed up screwing in the tow hook but...this is a track car!



Stoptech ST40 BBK fr and rr... to BimmerBrakes!



Sunroof delete which, to this day, I have not had a chance to install.

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Old Mon, May-12-2014, 02:24:03 AM   #3
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Here is the engine carnage...





So at this point, I put in VAC oversized coated bearings, JB Racing flywheel and CP rods...all else is stock.

Here is my engine being rebuilt by Momentum BMW. Dealers normally don't rebuild engines but I had their Shop Foreman tear it down. The results speak for themselves...not an issue 15 months later. Besides machine shop time...the tear down, rebuild, and assembly took about 18 hours of labor. That's pretty quick. I drove it and didn't have a single install related hiccups. Wasn't cheap but money well spent!

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Old Mon, May-12-2014, 02:35:43 AM   #4
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Onto the driving part...

My first track event (pre-engine rebuild).



First event post engine rebuild.


COTA from June 2013 with BMWCCA


Motorsport Ranch 3.1 with the Driver's Edge in Sep 13


Threw on a Bimmerworld resonated race exhaust in Nov 2013. Made a little difference but not much. If you buy one used...get the rear bracket. Mine is being held up with a coat hanger for in this video...DOH! But hey...it survived 2 events.

Nov 13 with the Driver's Edge at Texas World Speedway. First event I really felt comfortable with the car and liked driving it. Temps were also in the low 50's. My car is pretty slow in anything above 70 degrees.


Dec 13 with the Driver's Edge at MSR 3.1


Oops...


Onto March 2014...

MSR 3.1 with The Driver's Edge


More ooops...


I drove at COTA with BMWCCA in Mar...no video yet.

My last event in Texas and Houston MSR with the Driver's Edge.

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Old Mon, May-12-2014, 02:42:48 AM   #5
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A parting shot as The Red Drift Machine leaves Momentum BMW for one last time (for now)...



So now the car is in Milwaukee...ready to for lots of work as time allows. I just flashed in a stage 1 evolve tune...didn't get it in time to test in Texas. So review forthcoming.

I'll drive it at the Milwaukee Mile with the goal of being ready in Sep for Road America. So here's my to do list:
  1. Reinforce rear subframe
  2. Replace rear bushings
  3. Replace driver's side inner CV boot
  4. Replace rear wheel bearings (preventive maintenance)
  5. Install heat shield on BW exhaust
  6. Install front mount oil cooler (in series with OE)
  7. Install aluminum expansion tank
  8. Remove A/C (still not definite)
  9. Remove sound deadening
  10. Install sunroof delete
  11. Reinforce front subframe
  12. Clean intake system (MAF, ICV, throttle bodies)
  13. Service fuel injectors

Right now I'm building my winter to do list. Mostly maintenance stuff like the VANOS, cooling, and weight removal and safety things like a 4pt bolt in and a 6pt harness. I hope to finish getting my suspension setup dialied in...not sure if that will happen.

Long term, I'd like to add headers, pulleys, and a 4.10 diff. Really...I would like to stay close to stock power. I like the idea of having to learn and work to keep with other M3s that are more heavily modded. So far its been a mixed bag of success.

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Some pics from the Texas Trifecta at COTA with BMWCCA.














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Old Mon, May-12-2014, 03:25:41 AM   #7
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Weight loss post...

Right now, sitting at an estimated 3046. I weight everything going in and out and subtracted the net weight loss from the OE spec 3415 curb weight. I have not had the car corner balanced but I did pull the suspension out of a 2004 330Ci, although that car still had much of its interior intact.

OEM seats
Interior carpet, fr and rr
Rear Deck
Rear door panels
Side airbags
HPS airbags
Center console
Arm rest
Rear seats
Headliner hardware
Stereo (about 10lbs net)
Stoptech BBK
Lightweight flywheel
SAP delete
Windshield washer tank delete
Apex wheels
Aux fan
Mechanical fan
Fan shroud
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Awesome build Jae! looking forward to updates and seeing your car again this season
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