CW E46 M3 Wins NCRC Time Trial Event @ Thunderhill


I recently brought out my street E46 M3 out to a time trials event on July 21st at Thunderhill Raceway with the Northern California Racing Club / American Racing Club. This is actually my first time bringing out this car to a race track, so I wasn’t too sure how the car was going to work out there. To my surprise the car handled very well and was quite easy to drive allowing me to push the car’s limits right off the bat. The car has very few modifications done to it so far. I had it equipped with Falken Azenis RT-615’s (fronts: 245/40/18 – rears: 275/35/18) all around on stock M3 wheels with spacers and KW Clubsport Coilovers with an street / track alignment from Mach III of San Francisco. The rest of the car in including the engine setup is all stock. The car handled very smoothly and composed throughout the day and managed all of the surface irregularities and curbing very well. The engine pulled decently, but feels a bit mild and dampened compared to my other 400-500whp+ competition machines I have been used to. I’ve been hella spoiled, I know. It still had enough speed and grip to pass many fully race prepped Spec Miatas, Fox-Body Mustangs, and older Porsche 911’s though. The car is still fully loaded with all of the amenities like leather heated seats and everything. Racing in straight luxury spec. Even with all that plushness going on, I was able to capture a 1st place finish in the GT3 class Time Trial Competition with a 2:08.726 on Falken street tires! Good times.

Falken Tire

Mach III


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