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Tuner GP 2013: European Auto Source Profile

2008 BMW Z4 M Coupe street car attacks the track

Annette Carrion
Dec 12, 2013 SHARE

Nine years ago a few enthusiasts in the automotive industry got together and formed European Auto Source (EAS). Since it has become a respected name in the BMW tuning world. The team brought a daily driven 2008 BMW Z4 M Coupe. EAS felt there would be some limitations due to its street nature but felt overall it was pretty solid due to its weight advantage and rigid chassis.

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Steve Lee, European Auto Source representative said, “It is primary a street car but it is also a weekend track car. We want to see how competitive it is as a daily driver. It is a good comprise with the supercharger from ESS Tuning. I don’t think it is the top car in any area but it is very consistent in all areas. Basically, hoping to be in the top five for all event categories. It isn’t setup for drag but should do well on the road course.”

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At the dyno, EAS put down a respectable 492hp and 338 lb-ft of torque. Its performance figures were very close to GSR Autosport’s C63 AMG, with both cars participating in the RWD category.

However, EAS felt that Platte Forme was its biggest competition, due to a similarity in builds. Read the full story in the February 2014 issue to find out if that was the case.

2008 BMW Z4 M by European Auto Source drag launch Photo 10/46   |   2008 BMW Z4 M By European Auto Source Drag Launch

Technical Specifications

Engine: 3.2-liter S54 straight-six with ESS Tuning VT2-525 supercharger kit, Aqua Mist water/meth injection, Macht Schnell headers, Aqron titanium cat-back exhaust

Drivetrain: 6-speed manual transmission

Suspension: AST coilovers

Wheels & Tires: 18’’ Volk TE37SL wheels and 255/35 R18 f, 265/35 R18 r Continental ExtremeContact DW tires

Brakes: StopTech ST60 six-piston calipers f, ST40 four-piston calipers r, 355mm rotors, Performance pads

Exterior: APR front splitter and GT wing

* Stay tuned for the remaining Tuner GP 2013 profiles leading up to the full story release.

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