Bobby Rahal previews the first race of the ALMS season at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Also a reminder that BMW will be holding its BMW Conversations live chat from Sebring today (Thursday). Details are inside.
Individual Color M3s from M3POST recently gathered for an unprecedented photo shoot. In attendance were M3s in Fire Orange, Monte Carlo, Dakar Yellow, Brilliant White, and Laguna Seca Blue. Enjoy the photos inside.
Anyone in need of a 414hp lawn equipment toting track-ready car? Here’s an M3 spy sighting out of left field. Normally we’d dismiss this outright as simply a joke on spy photographers and us enthusiasts who pour over spy photos, but this prototype is actually registered as a BMW manufacturer vehicle.
We do not yet have info on what this car may be and speculate that it could be anything from a playful BMW joke (almost definitely) to somehow actually (and unbelievably) being a production for some type of utility M3 model. In any case, it’s a funny thing to look at, so we share our laughs with you. Looks like the drivers inside may be in the joke as well … CONTINUED
BMW will run two exciting vehicles up the hill at the 2011 Goodwood Motorsport Press Day on 17 March 2011. The first, the new BMW 1 Series M Coupe, heralds the introduction of a high performance sports car into a compact design that extends the BMW M portfolio and paves the way for a wider audience to appreciate M car ownership. The second, the BMW M3 GTS, is the most powerful version of the high-performance M3 Coupe and features a 450hp engine that offers the ideal preconditions for use at club sport events, while still being road-legal.
BMW continues to prepare for their re-entry to the German Touring Car Championship DTM beginning in 2012. BMW Motorsport announced yesterday that they will support three teams, each lining up with two BMW M3 DTM cars. The recently founded race team Reinhold Motorsport will join the teams Schnitzer and RBM. When it comes to success, BMW Schnitzer surely is to most renowned team. Schnitzer was not only involved in the DTM victory 1989, but also had tremendous success in recent years including a 1st place in 2010′s 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (see full list below).
BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen is looking forward to the collaboration: “The concepts presented by BMW Team RBM, BMW Team Schnitzer and Reinhold Motorsport GmbH ultimately convinced us. This is an … CONTINUED
Rumors abound yesterday about the BMW Ring-Taxi possibly not returning in 2011. However, reports of its death has been greatly exaggerated. The Ring-Taxi is not going away, but changing forms. We were able to reach out and receive official word from BMW M on the matter. The official situation is:
“The BMW Ring-Taxi will continue in 2011 and use the BMW M3 this year. It will be driven by the instructors from the BMW Driving Experience program – much like it used to be in past years.”
In other words, the only thing that changes is that the E60 M5 has been replaced by the E90/E92 M3, and the chances of Sabine Schmitz driving the Ring-Taxi are none this year, compared to slim in past years.
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Here’s a great M3 video review by the guys at Flatoutproject, featuring three M3s being run and reviewed in the Alps, along with some scenic stops along the way.
M3post member davem3fan will be pitting his mostly stock E90 M3 ZCP in the One Lap of America race against the entire field and more modified cars like the Schaut Active Autowerke E90 M3. Make sure to follow along his race journal thread as he updates before (prep and testing), during, and after the race.
Here are the first pics of the Netherlands-only limited edition Frozen Gray M3 Coupe Track Edition, courtesy of Autogespot. The track edition’s special bits include:
-frozen gray (matte) paint over black novillo leather w/ red stitching
-equipped w/ (zcp) competition package
-black 359m wheels
-black front grill
-bmw performance exhaust
-bmw performance splitters (carbon fiber)
-bmw performance spoiler (carbon fiber)
-bmw performance mirror caps (carbon fiber)
-brake calipers painted red