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Tuner GP 2013: european car Profile

2003 BMW M3 project car entered by Senior Features Editor Alex Bernstein

Annette Carrion
Dec 11, 2013 SHARE

New to the event but not new to the pages of european car was our own E46 BMW M3 project car, which belongs to Senior Features Editor and Photographer Alex Bernstein. He described the Bavarian beast as a bit of a handful due to a combination of its massive single turbo kit and RWD.

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Alex Bernstein, european car staffer said, “We really just finished building it. It has taken a lot of time and tweaking to really dial in. It did well on the dyno - better than expected at a safe level on a stock motor. I’m going to tone it down a bit for the drag and road course portions. This car was built to be an all-around performer and street car. It’s a monster in a straight line and handles well. Aside from traction issues in the quarter mile I don’t see it having a downfall.”

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Major modifications include a Maximum PSI stage 1 turbo kit, Performance Friction braking components, KW Clubsport coilovers and Bimmerworld exhaust.

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At the dyno, our M3 project car went lean at high RPM, which forced the operator to lift off early to avoid a problem. Despite the issue, it managed an impressive 647hp and 498.8 lb-ft of torque on its first run. For more, read the full story in our February 2014 issue.

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Technical Specifications

Engine: Stock 3.2-liter S54 straight-six with Maximum PSI Stage 1 turbo kit, Turbosmart E-Boost, Bimmerworld/C&R radiator and oil cooler, Bimmerworld 3” Street exhaust

Drivetrain: 6-speed manual, Spec Stage 2 clutch and steel flywheel, Rogue shifter, Turner Motorsport subframe reinforcement

Suspension: KW Clubsport coilovers, Rogue RSM, Rogue FCAB and RTAB, Strong Strut tower brace

Wheels & Tires: 18” Enkei NT03+M wheels and 275/35 R18 Continental ExtremeContact DW tires

Brakes: Performance Friction 4-piston calipers and 355mm rotors (front), 2-piston calipers and 323mm rotors (rear), stainless lines, Z Rated pads

Exterior: Vorsteiner CSL trunk

Interior: Recaro Speed seats, Macht Schnell floor mounts, Arwon gauge

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

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2003 BMW M3 by European Car magazine drag ready Photo 13/38   |   2003 BMW M3 By European Car Magazine Drag Ready
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2003 BMW M3 by European Car magazine right wheel Photo 27/38   |   2003 BMW M3 By European Car Magazine Right Wheel
2003 BMW M3 by European Car magazine drift shoot Photo 34/38   |   2003 BMW M3 By European Car Magazine Drift Shoot
2003 BMW M3 by European Car magazine low drag Photo 38/38   |   2003 BMW M3 By European Car Magazine Low Drag
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