Motorsports Monday: 2002 BMW M3 NASA GTS4

If we kept tabs on which particular car makes an appearance in our Motorsports Monday segment the most, the BMW M3 would certainly rank right up at the top of that list. For thirty years, this car has been the darling of track days, from the original E30 variant up to the last of the two-door M3s built in 2013. We’ve seen a lot of variations on the racing theme, from rally cars to full on Le Mans tributes. This 2002 M3 is a recent build that has been tuned to spec for the German Touring Series of the National Auto Sport Association. In addition, it has the flexibility to tune it for several different classes of GTS.

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Year: 2002
Model: M3
Engine: 3.2 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 115,000 mi
Price: $42,000 Buy It Now

Started the build August 2014 and have been running the car quite successfully in NASA TT3 this season with the intention of transitioning to NASA GTS4 once the car was fully developed. Well, the car is now fully developed but unfortunately I am relocating to Denver for my career and will not be bringing this along.

The car comes with a clean title and could theoretically be street driven, although I would not recommend it. In total, I have over $60k and hundreds of hours invested in this car. In the right hands, this car could run in the front of the GTS4 pack as-is. It could also easily be detuned to run in GTS3. The car is 4/4 on TT3 wins this season, with one track record. At the NASA Round 2 race, the car’s best TT lap would have qualified on pole in GTS4. The car has 321 whp and weighs approx 2900 lbs. Needs nothing, ready to go racing or do track days.

I can show the car in South Jersey any time. Here are the specs:

Engine:
Bimmerworld race exhaust w/ diffuser exit
Catless/equal length ceramic coated headers
Epic Motorsports race tune
aFe Magnum intake
EVOSport pulley kit
Bimmerworld/C&R oil cooler kit
BW Oil diverter valve

Brakes:
Performance Friction BBK F: Z45 355mm R: Z34 328mm
Performance Friction braided stainless brake lines
Performance Friction carbon metallic race pads F/R
Bimmerworld carbon brake ducts/hoses/backing plates

Wheels/Tires:
(Set 1) Apex ARC8 18×10″ ET25 Hyper Black w/ 275/35 Toyo R888
(Set 2) Apex ARC8 18×10″ ET25 Anthracite w/ 275/35 Hoosier A7
TC Kline wheel studs and nuts kit

Suspension:
Ground Control front control arm bushings
JRZ RS double adjustable dampers
Hypercoil 2.25″ Springs F: 6″ 850 lbs R: 5″ 950 lbs
Hotchkis adjustable sway bars front/rear
Ground Control front camber plates
Ground control rear height adjusters
Bimmerworld adjustable sway links
Bimmerworld TrackCABs (FCABs)
Corner Balanced
Race alignment

Aero:
Bimmerworld V2 Wing
Bimmerworld dive planes
Bimmerworld rear diffuser
Custom carbon fiber splitter w/ uprights

Drivetrain:
Rogue short shift kit
BW Sport transmission mounts

Interior:
Carbon fiber sunroof delete
OMP Superquadro steering wheel
OMP wheel hub
Custom powder coated door cards, bulkhead and misc. panels
“GT3 style” red cloth door pulls
BW extended delrin shift knob
OMP HTE-R 400 seat
VAC floor mounts
VAC side mounts
Schroth HANS harness

Chassis:
Roll cage by C2 Race Development built to NASA/SCCA/BMWCCA standards
Subframe reinforcement
Powerflex rear subframe mount kit
Powerflex rear trailing arm bushings
BW Subframe/Shock tower reinforcements

Miscellaneous:
Bimmerworld fuel starvation kit
AeroCatch flush hood latch kit
Tow strap set
AIM data acquisition OBDII cable
AMD X240 transponder

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This M3 might not wear the flashiest of race liveries, but I like its subtle nature. A stock M3 is already a car that will tear your face off under acceleration, so one that weight less than 3,000 pounds is no doubt going to be a riot. Race cars can be a losing proposition when it comes times to sell, and this one is no different given the amount of money invested. But competition vehicles represent much more than just turning a profit. It’s about putting a smile on your face as you nail that perfect line around the apex and adding to the trophy collection in the garage.

-Paul