1997 BMW 328is with 82k miles on it. A great starting platform for a weekend warrior.
We went with these track proven coilovers from Suspension Techniques. These feature adjustable rebound, ride height, and camber plates.
We replaced all the factory bushings with Condor Speed Shop upgraded units. We also reinforced the rear sway bar mounting points.
The E36 non M cars all have very weak rear subframe mounting. We upgraded all the mounting points with BMW's uprate kit. Also the rear trailing arm mounts are under increased stress during high speed corner. These were reinforced accordingly.
During high corner G's the oil can be pulled away from the oil pump pick up. To keep oil at the pickup we installed this windage tray from Vac Motorsports. We also upgrade the rear oil pump pick up to the more modern design of the Z3 BMW. The oil pump shaft and gear can be prone to failure during sustained high rpm use. We upgraded the shaft to a hardened unit with improved hardware.
Now equipped with Condor Speed Shop engine mounts, transmission mounts, front control arm bushings, and new suspension parts we have a reliable platform to track.
The M52 remained stock for now. The water pump, thermostat, and drive belts were all replaced. The engine serviced with Liquimoly 5w40 Hitech. The transmission and differential where serviced with Redline Racing Oils.
With all the suspension upgrades a proper alignment is key. With the XTA camber plates and SPC rear camber arms we had plenty of adjustment.
As with any track car or weekend warrior the brakes are the most crucial part of any build. We upgraded all the brake lines to braided stainless steel. The brake pads were replaced with Hawk Racing HP+ units front and rear. Last but possibly the most important upgrade, brake fluid. Castrol SRF was used as an upgrade over the factory dot 4 fluid.
The BMW was built at Panzer Performance in our facilty located between Bradenton and Sarasota in sunny Florida.
With any build at Panzer Performance we like to road test the vehicle prior to delivery. We want to make sure that the vehicle performs to our standards without fault.
The E36 performed flawlessly the whole weekend. The customer was happy and after 2 hours on the track the BMW was ready for more.
Project E36 was back in before it's next track day for some more upgrades. Bigger E46 brakes coupled with PFC brake pads where added for more stopping power. Apex wheels with Hankook Rs3 tires rounded out the upgrades.
The new wheels and meatier tires make the E36 look the part of a proper track car.
Peter wheeling the Project E36 through Sebring's Turn 3-5 complex.