2011 BMW M3 FS Build:
- Alpine White
- Coupe, CF roof
- 6 Speed Manual
- No iDrive, “Stripper” example
Modifications & Settings:
- aFe Pro Dry S Air Filter
- Gloss Black Kidney Grills
- Ferodo DS2500s/ST43s + ti shims for Autox & Track
- Apex ARC-8 18×9 ET30 & 18×10 ET25
- 275/35-18 RE71Rs
- Titanium Lug Nuts
- Lug to Stud Conversion
- Weathertech Floor Liner
- Alignment (7/10/18)
- Weight (7/10/18)
- Engine Oil (July 2018): Red Line 5w50
- Transmission Fluid (July 2018): Red Line MT85
- Rear Differential (July 2018): Red Line GL5 75w110
- Brake Fluid Flush (July 2018): Red Line RL600
I picked up one of my dream cars, an E92 M3 on July 3rd, 2018. The Evo has transitioned to full-on track duty and will stay on its increased boost map and will continue to get tweaked for track days and HPDEs. I have been on the same platform of R56 Minis and CT9A Evos for the last 5 years, and have been thinking for a while about what platform to move to. Definitely rear wheel drive, something competitive in its solo class, but other than that, I wasn’t sure.
While I toyed with the idea of getting a number of different cars, including BRZs, 350zs, etc., ultimately I decided that there was no point getting anything other than what I really wanted to own. The E92 M3 is a good looking, well balanced, high powered sports car with a 414hp V8 that revs to 8300rpm. It is competitive in FS, especially in it’s ZCP trim, which is what I purchased. I found a clean version of what I was looking for in MD with only 25,000 miles on it and decide to pull the trigger.
It is Alpine White, coupe with the carbon fiber roof, 6 speed manual transmission, competition package, and not much else. It has the silverstone interior without heated seats, comfort package, anything of that sort. First thing I did was get the standard FS setup of wheels, Apex ARC8’s in 18×9 & 18×10, and went with 275/35-18 all around. That’s pretty much all I really want on the car at this point, and will explore bumpstops, FSB, and aftermarket exhaust at a later time. It does have an electronically controlled cutout welded onto the exhaust, but I’m really looking for weight savings more than anything. The car weighed in at about 3,540lbs with 3/4ths of a tank, so it should be right around 3,500 even in its current race trim.
Looking forward to the new platform and learning how to drive a high-powered NA RWD car. Both my Mini & my Evo have never required any throttle control, and though mostly tuned out, were understeer-y by nature. I’m hoping to train myself to become a better driver on this platform, and autox will be ideal for helping me learn car control.