SPEED NEWS March 2016

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T he E36 is a great candidate for a racecar. One look at NASA's German Touring Series will tell you that. The E36 strikes the right balance between a decent amount of power and a mindful eye on weight, and if you're creative, it's possible to get these down to less than 3,000 pounds. It's a little faster than a momentum car and not as psychotic as some of the faster V8-powered cars racing in NASA, and that makes it comfortable for a lot of drivers. In addition to its suitability for track and racing purposes, E36 production numbers were high enough to support a healthy supply of salvage parts, and the cars are now old enough that donor prices are rock bottom. M3 cars are a bit more difficult to come by Rear suspension bracing on an E36 starts with your cage builder. This roll cage ties into the differential subframe mounting locations with an X brace. Without the additional bracing, the floor can flex and crack. 1 The BMW E36 benefits from added chassis bracing and aftermarket parts. The modifications result in a stiffer chassis and greater longevity. STORY AND PHOTOS BY BRET T BECKER 32 UPGRADING AN E36 FOR THE RIGORS OF RACING DUTY BRACING FOR REALITY

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