Motorsports Monday: Tube-frame Porsche 911 RSR LS3

Ah, another Motorsports Monday, and another opportunity to tick off the purists! I’ve had a string of LS swapped cars that I’ve reviewed recently, and here’s another to add to the list. In the 1990s, Porsche actually ran a program to develop a tube-frame race car; manufactured by Fabspeed – who notably also built Porsche’s tube-frame 944 racers, one example is still actively campaigned by Musante Motorsports in Connecticut. This car doesn’t appear to have the credentials of that particular example, but switching to a tube frame really allows racers to optimally set up both the suspension and engine configurations. In Fabspeed’s case, they moved the engine forward to create a mid-engined 911 long before the GT1 project. In this example’s case, it’s allowed for a 6.2 liter, 525 horsepower V8 to be mounted in the back. Under the guise of early 1970s RSR bodywork, this is clearly a track weapon:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche 911 RSR LS3 on eBay

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Motorsport Monday: 1969 BMW 2002 5.0 V8

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Two weeks ago I wrote up one of the coolest replicas on the market, a build your own 917K. Well, at least to me it’s pretty cool, but not many people seemed to agree. Perhaps Porsche folks are a tad bit touchy about replicas, or perhaps it was a little too extreme for most tastes. In light of that, today I have something a little bit more “working man” but from the same era. Sticking with the tube-frame theme but going in a very different direction is today’s silhouette 1969 2002, powered by a 5.0 liter Ford V8. Interested? Read on:

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Year: 1969
Model: 2002
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 30,398 miles
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1969 BMW 2002 5.0 Race Car on eBay

One-off Rally inspired Car
Titled as a 1969 BMW 2002

Built on a Cobra kit chassis VIN 1664243

This vehicle is anything but ordinary but guaranteed to out a smile on your face whenever you drive it. Built from the best of both worlds with a BMW 2002 body yet powered by a Ford 5.0L fuel injected engine shifted by a 5 speed. Just imagine taking a Cobra kit car with its tubular chassis, disc brakes, and mustang power plant and then positioning a BMW 2002 body reminiscent of the old rally cars on top.

This car is not for the purist but for the adrenaline junkie. With its lightweight body, powerful V8, suspension, and frame it feels like you are driving on rails. It has fiberglass flared fenders wrapped around its 16” wheels and tires. The more you look at this car, the more you will want to drive it and that I can tell you, is where the fun comes in. I have been around a lot of cars and to fully appreciate this car you need to drive it!!! Starts every time, run cool and is a blast to drive!

5.0L V8
5 Speed Transmission
Spectre Air Intake
New exterior paint
New Vinyl BMW racing style stripes
Front Disc Brakes
BBS style 16” Wheels
Copper P225/50 ZR16 Front
Cooper P245/50/ZR16 Rear
Sidepipes
New Aluminum trunk
Simpson drivers seatbelt
Aluminum Shifter knob
VDO Gauges
Victor Race style steering wheel
New Black Carpet
New Black Door Panels
New Black Headliner
New black Dash
Black BMW nose emblem
Cibie Fog lights
Aluminum rear bumper

Exterior: Freshly refinished in white paint with Vinyl BMW racing themed decals. It has fiberglass flared fenders and an aluminum trunk with zeus fittings. Glass is in good shape. Overall the exterior of this car has a great feel.

Interior: The interior has been finished with black carpet, dash and headliner with complimenting Red Recaro seats. It is very comfortable to ride in and will even house someone 6’5”.

I can see this car being a weekend cruiser, to a rally driver, to a race car. This is a unique car and I recommend to anyone interested to ask away any questions to help you make your decision, as I am pretty sure this is the only car quite like this in existence.

Affordable option to stand out from the crowd and have fun doing it. Any questions please email.

About us: This vehicle is being listed by Classic Motor Cars and is located in Lubbock, Texas. We have photographed this car and take pride in describing cars, although if there are specific items you would like us to inspect please contact us before bidding. We have assisted in the sale of numerous celebrity and high profile vehicles including Bella’s Truck from the movie “Twilight”, The “Fast and Furious” S2000, The “Transformers” Sector 7 Sandrail and Charlie Sheen’s Plymouth Fury to name a few. Please feel confident in our feedback, descriptions and the fact that people often write that my cars “Are better the described” This vehicle is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The car will be sold with a Ca title. Miles are exempt due to age. The highest bidder after the reserve is met has entered into a binding contract and NO RENEGOTIATION of any type will take place. Pick up or shipping of the vehicle is a buyer’s expense. A $500 non-refundable deposit must be paid within 48 hours of auction end with Wire-Transfer or via Pay Pal, Balance is due within 5 days of auction end by Certified funds or Wire-Transfer. Vehicle will not leave Lubbock, TX until ALL funds have cleared. No refunds, returns, etc. If you are planning on financing the vehicle, please arrange financing on this vehicle before bidding. Customers with zero, negative feedback, or less then 5 positive bid history must contact me prior to bidding or we reserve the right to cancel your bid. To maintain the integrity of the auction on such a high profile vehicle, we reserve the right to contact the high bidders and request contact information. I do report all fraudulent bidders to ebay. We reserve the right to re-list or sell the vehicle in the event of a non-paying bidder. Due to the collectible nature of this car there will be no Returns allowed. We also reserve the right to end the auction early.

Fees:
If buyer is outside of Texas a $50 documentation fee will be collected in addition to the sales price along with ADV tax (usually about $45) and a $15 temp plate fee. Documents will be faxed and signed and a drivers license copy will need to be sent over. For buyers in Texas the above applies, along with collection of registration and sales taxes per Texas laws.

To me, this is great. I’m not sure if it’s because it looks the part, or because it’s so nontraditional. Part of me just loves ticking off the “everything must be as it came from the factory” folks and just doing something a little different. This is about as different as a 2002 gets, with crazy box flares that are extreme but don’t look too out of place. I wish they had done a “roundie” body as I think it would look a little cleaner, but really appreciate the BMW race-inspired graphics, Cibie lights and gold BBS replicas. This car has just got to be a hoot to drive. The interior looks reasonably appointed and they even stuck a Roundel on the engine, just to stick it to the man. Short of a S54 swapped 02, there isn’t much that’s likely to keep up with this replicar in a straight line and it’d be sure to draw a crowd at your local meet, track day or fun rally. It probably wasn’t a cheap build and I’d guess the reserve is at or over $20,000, but for that amount you could really show up the BMW crowd at your chosen event. Just be sure to do a burnout for me, if you please!

-Carter

V8 Week Motorsport Monday: Turner BMW/Riley M3 Race Car Pair

I have to admit, I got pretty excited when we first started talking about V8 week. There are so many different cars to choose from; but, it makes “Motorsport Monday” a bit more difficult. “Why”, you say? Well, it turns out that even though most of the marques we feature use V8s in their road cars, not that many of them use them to race with. Finding an Audi DTM V8 Quattro would have been my preferred method of solving this problem, but there just aren’t that many out there for sale. The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3s and Audi R8 GT ALMSs are still a bit too new to come up on the used market, and that really only leaves one option: The BMW M3 V8. Well, at least, that’s what you would think, though the reality is that calling these Turner M3s “M3” is a bit of a stretch. Tube frame, carbon fiber bodied, M5 powered race cars that look like M3s, sure, but the reality is that these cars share only some dimensions with your road going E9x. Still, since this isn’t “M3” week, but “V8” week, I think we’ll allow them – and besides, for the asking price, you get two!

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Year: 2011
Model: M3
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed semi-automatic
Mileage: N/A mi
Price: $450,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 E92 M3 Rolex GT Race Team at Turner Motorsports

FOR SALE: Turner Motorsport Riley Chassis GT Class M3s

The No. 93 and 94 Rolex GT M3 are for sale. Riley tube frame chassis / M3 carbon body race cars highly competitive (7 class victories) in the GT Rolex class and are legal (with a few modifications) to run in the Rolex GT-D cars in 2014. We have invested over 1.6 million into these cars over the last couple years. Priced to sell $450,000/both (with enough spares to run them for many races !)

Car #94
Car #93

Past Drivers / Alternates:
Boris Said, Bill Auberlen, Billy Johnson, Maxime Martin, Andy Priaulx, Dirk Werner, Dirk Müller, Jörg Müller, Pedro Lamy

Chassis/Body
Chassis: Riley Technologies Mk XVI GT tube-frame
Layout: front engine – rear wheel drive
Body: carbon fiber based on BMW E92 M3 with 1″ Fender flares all around
Weight: Aprox 2600lbs w/o ballast.

Drivetrain
Engine: BMW S62 V8
Engine Management Bosch Motorsport
Motech Dash
Emco Transaxel w/ Paddle shifters. No lift shift and Automatic blip on downshift.

Suspension
Front upper and lower wishbones
Penske coil over damper
driver-adjustable sway bar

Brakes
Front Alcon 4-piston calipers
380mm Rotors
Rear Alcon 4-piston calipers
330mm Rotors

Wheels & Tires
Front Forgeline 3-piece
Rear Forgeline 3-piece

Price: $450,000.00

Price includes both cars and all spares. Please email spassen@turnermotorsport.com for more information. Serious Inquiries only.

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If you’re a fan of Rolex GT or Continental Sports Car racing and a BMW fan, you’ve really enjoyed Turner’s fight against the seemingly overwhelming competition in BMW M3s. I believe I’m correct that these cars have been the most successful M3s over here since the days of the PTG E36 M3s. Tune in to any race they’ve been in and you’re guaranteed to see Auberlen sliding these cars around the way few can, pushing the limits of what he’s been given – and often ending up on the podium. But for Turner the times and rules have changed and they’re moving on, leaving us with not one, but two of their well developed Riley tube frame race cars to purchase. Turner claims 1.6 million invested, and watching the performance over the years, that number is pretty believable. Racing ain’t cheap. But, as we’ve seen in Motorsport Monday features, buying someone else’s old race cars can save you a bundle of money.

That’s not without it’s issues, as again if you’ve been following Turner’s races, you’ve witnessed these cars “trading paint” with some of their competitors, bounce through gravel traps, and fly through the air at inopportune and unexpected times. Despite this, they are simply the best developed “M3″s that you can buy right now. A veritable who’s who of sports car racing has piloted these two cars. They were no expense spared, best parts out there builds. The M5-derived S62 powerplant has proven reliable enough to run in the Daytona Prototype category. Brakes, suspension, wheels, aero, electronics and transmissions are all state of the art. It’s noted that these cars will be eligible for the new rule set with modification, but the future owner would also be able to qualify for other series as well – including BMWCCA racing, NASA, and in the future some vintage race events. Turner has given BMW fans, German car fans in general, and Motorsports fans something special with their run in these cars and watching them has truly been magic.

On a side note, I was also pretty excited as to how many categories these two race cars qualified for – at six individual categories, I may have just set a GCFSB.com record. I also have a special connection to Turner; when I was about 14 years old, Will gave me one of my first rides on the track way back when he was an instructor with the BMW club running a then not-very modified E30 M3. It’s really neat to see how far he’s been able to come! Now, grab your 1/2 million dollars and go set some records of your own by owning these great pieces of history!

-Carter