(Retired) ’11 E92 M3 FS Build

2011 BMW M3 FS Build:

  • Alpine White
  • Coupe, CF roof
  • ZCP
  • 6 Speed Manual
  • No iDrive, “Stripper” example

Modifications & Settings:


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 – a true stripper, no iDrive. It had 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. I swapped out the silverstone interior for black cloth/black, and that’s pretty much all I really want on the car at this point. While the Evo is my project car/tuner/track toy, the M3 is perfect for me in stock form.  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.