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Old 07-02-2014, 05:58 AM
engrmikl engrmikl is offline
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E36 or E46 for a Track car

Hey guys
I am looking to pick up a track car. I dont plan on going crazy with mods just brakes and maybe some suspension upgrades depending on what I end up with.
My buddy is running an e36 and loves it and says its a better track car then a e46.
I am sure this might open the can of worms but What say you guys?

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Old 11-06-2014, 01:14 PM
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It has been my experience that the e36 chassis is a lighter vehicle to begin with and the after market is very expansive. The e46 is is a heavier car to start with, but does have more power than the e36. The after market support for the e46 is equally good. I am of the mind set that it is easier to make a car more powerful than it is to make it lighter. Most of the BMW's I see around the tracks(Sebring, Homestead, Daytona) are e36's. They are always at the front of their classes and quite often are on the bumper of cars in a higher division. I have helped build 2 e36's (so yes, I am biased) (96' 325 and 97' M3) and they were very easy to work on. Your budget will take you further in an e36 vs. e46. The advantage of setting up an e46 for the track is that you would have more power to begin with. Ideally if you could find a S-54 motor and put that in an e36, NOBODY with be able to keep up, unless the are in a Porsche or big block V8 in the straights.
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