#404 – Jake’s E36 M3

Jake purchased his 1997 BMW M3 on Labor Day weekend in 2013. At the time, it was a stock street car, used as college transportation for a recent Wake Forest graduate. He drove it home, ran it in NASA’s Time Trial group for two end-of-year events, then immediately set to pulling the car apart and actually “building it” to be competitive in TTD.

The car has evolved slightly over the years, and earned a few bumps and scrapes along the way. Its Cosmos Black paintjob is a bit worse for wear (just ignore the hood and driver’s door that Jake painted in his backyard one Thanksgiving morning) but the chassis is strong and competitive.


  • BMW S52 – Dynos around 207 whp, 194 wtq with Bimmerworld restrictor plate
  • K&N “cold air” intake
  • Active Autowerke midpipe and catback
  • UUC short shifter
  • AKG poly engine & transmission mounts
  • DiffsOnline.com 3.64 Limited Slip differential with AKG aluminum bushings


  • Ground Control “race” suspension (Koni Yellow single-adjustable shocks, Eibach springs)
  • AKG poly control arm bushings
  • Racing Dynamics sway bars

Wheels & Tires

  • Apex ARC-8 17×9″
  • Kosei K1 17×8.5″
  • BMW DSII 17×8.5″
  • 245/40/17 BF Goodrich R1 for dry
  • 245/40/17 Hankook RS-3 for wet


  • Rollcage fabricated by Gorka of Blockstar
  • Sparco Ergo driver’s seat
  • Sparco Evo II passenger’s seat
  • G-Force six-point harnesses
  • G-Force window net
  • Spa AFFF fire suppression system
  • Momo mod.69 steering wheel with quick-release
  • Hard Motorsport electrical kill switch


  • Bimmerworld v2 Wing
  • Team Home Depot Racing plywood splitter

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