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Old 05-15-2016, 08:59 PM   #1
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M3 race car is ready for the first race

Built a cage over the winter to turn my track car into a race car.

There are a few details to complete like the dash, and other little things, but I already gave it a good shake down, and it is dialed.
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Old 05-15-2016, 09:46 PM   #2
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Wow Nice build........ I have to ask, whats your DD??
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Old 05-16-2016, 05:43 PM   #3
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wow. can you take a pic of the bay? looks like the driver fog is a intake hole?
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:42 PM   #4
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wow. can you take a pic of the bay? looks like the driver fog is a intake hole?
Brake cooling ducts.
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Brake cooling ducts.
true.... didnt even think of that
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:29 AM   #6
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:10 PM   #7
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OP, I just noticed in your engine bay photo you don't have the splash guard on underneath. You really need to add that. It aids airflow through the radiator by maintaining a pressure differential between the front and the back of the radiator. Without it, air comes up behind the radiator and seriously reduces the differential. On a road car you may not notice it ever, but on a race car, you don't want to take that chance.

The other option is to extend your splitter back underneath the car. That should aid in downforce as well.
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Old 05-17-2016, 02:42 PM   #9
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Old 05-17-2016, 08:53 PM   #10
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Wow Nice build........ I have to ask, whats your DD??
Thanks! I have a Volvo XC60, and a company car. Nothing fancy

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wow. can you take a pic of the bay? looks like the driver fog is a intake hole?
Sure! I'm always down to post pics of my engine bay. On the driver side I have 1 brake duct, and 1 intake dusct

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true.... didnt even think of that
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OP, I just noticed in your engine bay photo you don't have the splash guard on underneath. You really need to add that. It aids airflow through the radiator by maintaining a pressure differential between the front and the back of the radiator. Without it, air comes up behind the radiator and seriously reduces the differential. On a road car you may not notice it ever, but on a race car, you don't want to take that chance.

The other option is to extend your splitter back underneath the car. That should aid in downforce as well.
Yes, I actually have a splitter that extends to the middle of the car. That one picture happened to have the splitter removed. I'm a bit of an aero freak, and have a diffuser on the drawing board. Good eye, though!


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Old 05-17-2016, 09:18 PM   #11
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Couple more pictures

MPR battery bracket for the Phantom battery
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Engine bay


MPR Exhaust bracket





More engine bay




Love this piece



One of my favourite shot



I used to have a comfy interior



Playing for keeps



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Very nice build. What tracks do you race at? Mt. Tremblant? Shannonville?
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Don't know which sanctioning body you run with,, but i thought SCCA now require 2 or 3 horizontal anti intrusion bars at least in most of the classes a E46 would play in..
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Don't know which sanctioning body you run with,, but i thought SCCA now require 2 or 3 horizontal anti intrusion bars at least in most of the classes a E46 would play in..
1. OP is from Canada. All racing there is sanctioned by CASC I believe, likely more aligned with the FIA.

2. It has two intrusion bars. Last I was in the SCCA (been a few years now) a set of X bars in the sides counted as two bars.
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1. OP is from Canada. All racing there is sanctioned by CASC I believe, likely more aligned with the FIA.

2. It has two intrusion bars. Last I was in the SCCA (been a few years now) a set of X bars in the sides counted as two bars.
I could be looking at the pictures weird, but I don't see any anti-intrusion bars, unless you are talking about the door bars? FD rules (the only ones I am familiar with) require dual door bars as well as anti-intrusion bars, which look like this

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Ah, I see.

Like I said, it's been a few years since my SCCA involvement, so cage rules may have changed, but those were never required. In fact, they may even be illegal as there is (or was anyway) a limit to the number of attachment points as defined by the mounting plate.

But again, this is likely CASC which I believe follows FIA rules more closely.

[edit] I was wrong on the number of attachment points. Minimum 6, maximum 8. In addition to intrusion protection, if constructed correctly those tubes add considerable stiffness to the chassis.
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Very nice build. What tracks do you race at? Mt. Tremblant? Shannonville?
Thanks, This weekend I'm racing at Mt. Tremblant, my favorite track. I've been to Shannonville once, and that was enough. Mosport, Icar, Calabogie are tracks I'm regularely at.


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Looks good. I like your battery setup
thanks, I have yet to see a better, lighter combo

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Don't know which sanctioning body you run with,, but i thought SCCA now require 2 or 3 horizontal anti intrusion bars at least in most of the classes a E46 would play in..
ASN/FIA Rules. Its still club racing, and rules are more lineament than most american sanctioning body, from what I can see.

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1. OP is from Canada. All racing there is sanctioned by CASC I believe, likely more aligned with the FIA.

2. It has two intrusion bars. Last I was in the SCCA (been a few years now) a set of X bars in the sides counted as two bars.
Indeed. I'll see how the race goes this week. I might end up moving to a different series which would require more cage work
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Thanks, This weekend I'm racing at Mt. Tremblant, my favorite track. I've been to Shannonville once, and that was enough. Mosport, Icar, Calabogie are tracks I'm regularely at.
Cool!

What was your issue with Shannonville? Billiard flat? Confusing with the myriad courses?

I did Spenard-David Racing School there in 1989. David Empringham was my instructor. Never made it to Mosport or Mt. Tremblant. Now I'm in Texas.

That said, Texas has come a LONG way since I moved here 20 years ago. Some really great road courses exist here. The Texas World Speedway road course is one of the best (if not THE best) road courses associated with an oval in the world. God knows the road course at TMS is dead boring.
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