Gringo's ACS3 M3 track car- Wheels fitted!14/12/12
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    Gringo's ACS3 M3 track car- Wheels fitted!14/12/12

    Hello chaps, I thought it was about time I put up a thread on here as I havenít been on the forum much of late as been pretty damn busy with work and holidays away.

    I bought this car about 7 months ago. Itís a 1994 M3 3.0 and was quite seriously fettled with when it was new.

    I wont bore you with all of it but the brief spec is:

    ACS Camshafts
    ACS Exhaust
    ACS Type 2 wheels
    ACS Short shifter
    ACS Front Brace
    ACS Coilovers
    ACS Light weight rear wing
    ACS Window hugger
    ACS Rear Bumper
    Recaro Race Seats

    It goes stops and handles incredibly well but is a little bit raw for road use. Intentions are to get into track days with it living quite close to Bedford Autodrome.

    This is how it looked when I first got it













    All in all it was quite a straight car and has worn it's 160k quite well apart from the proverbial rusty arches all round.

    Got it booked into my paint guy and stripped it down ready for paint



    All painted up



    A few weeks ago I had it put on the rollers to see what it was putting out.





    The score was 277bhp and speaking to the rolling road guy he said it was in desperate need of a remap as it wasn't using any of the benefits of the cams.

    The graph print outs





    So when time allows it will go to Evolve for some remapping.

    Just before the rolling road I fitted a Simota Gruppe M which I'm not convinced makes the claimed 12bhp but it does quicken trottle response and sounds delicious!



    The ACS rear bumper I thought was pretty chav so had to go. Swapped that over today for an original M3 item from an Evo I'm breaking and also the back lights- I love the look of the ambers on a black car up front but can't stand the rear lights. The red engine cover has also gone and made way to a black one.

    As the sun was shining I took the car out for a few pics today.











    Over all I'm very happy with it. A couple of changes for the future are cage it. Re trim the Recaros with leather and alcantara. Change the Falken 452's as they can keep up with the suspension being so well set up and I think are fairly rubbish, ARP rod bolts and then a re map.

    I have put this up against 2 Evo's I have had in recently and it is a damn site quicker. I think this must be down to the fact its been on quite a diet.

    Any way I hope you enjoy. It's not everyones cup of tea I know.
    Last edited by gringog60; 14-12-2012 at 14:31.


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    Well bit of an update guys. Some good and some bad

    So the bad- I parked outside my brothers house a couple of weeks ago my brother's neighbour decided to reverse into the side of the car. I was slightly miffed to say the least. Damaged the door and the rear quarter and buggered both mouldings. The door wasn't a biggy as they can be replaced and I have lots of spare parts for the car including the door but the quarter panel I was pretty pissed off with. Being in the motor trade and having my own garage means I get cars painted practically every week so ran the car down to the body shop I used and got them to repair it and a couple of rust scabs at the same time.

    The damage was all pulled out as I wanted as little filler as possible and whilst I was at it I had a scab done on the front wing and one where thre rear bumper meats the rear light cluster on the side.

    All prepped and ready for paint:







    Got the car back and fitted the two new mouldings- £77 later for two bits of plastic from BMW the robbing bar stewards.

    Next came the good. The guy I had bought the car off had told me that it was a genuine Rossiters Schnitzer built M3 but I had taken that with a pinch of salt. Anyway whilst bored at work one day I decided to ring Rossiters AC Schnitzer and enquired if it was in fact built by them and Chris at Rossiters said he knew just about every nut and bolt on the car!. He told me a bit of the cars history and informed me that it was sold to his sister who ran a performance driving school.
    I did a bit of googling and got her number off the web, rang her and left a message expecting to probably be ignored but to my surprice Carolyn the woman called back and we chatted for about an hour regarding M3HAB.
    She had owned the car for 10 years and it spent the first 5 years in Germany where she got her race license in the car and then went on to win multiple trophies in the car for a BMW drivers school.
    She was very a happy to hear the car was in good hands and not owned by some scroat. She has various pictures she is going to send me and gave me loads of info. Apparently the car is very well known at the Nurburg Ring where it has been round many times and achieved an 8 minute lap! So I was very happy about that as I've not owned a car with as interesting a past. She also offered for me to do a driving day at the Pro Drive test track in Warwickshire at a heavily discounted price- guess where I'm going in a few weeks then...

    So the phone call spurred me on to get a bit more done to the car.

    First up came this:



    AN integra type R that came in on part exchange against an M3 I sold. Now you're probably thinkning WTF has this got to do with anything?!? Well the ACS M3 had Recaro seats in it that a) I hated the cloth pattern of and b) were begining to look slightly tired. The Integra (what an incredible drivers car I have to add) was releived of its nice alcantara seats and swapped for mine.

    My original seats:



    The Integra replacements:



    The are much nicer to look at in my opinion and much less saggy and think they suit the car a lot better.

    Next up was a random find on eBay. I'd seen in an old scanned brochure on the net that ACS did a steering wheel for my car and I went looking for one on eBay. I found one and after an intense bidding war I won the steering wheel.

    I paid way too much for it and slightly embarrassed to say it cost me £290 + a bit of postage from germany.

    The old wheel:



    The new Schnitzer wheel:



    I really like it despite paying a horrendous amount of money on it.

    Next up date will be fitting an X-brace and removal of the aircon for some weight reduction and hopefully a remap.


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    Will be watching this mate

    So, whens the remap ?

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    Can't see the new steering wheel mate but I read this on bfuk and love it mate it's some track car! Wow

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ferret View Post
    Will be watching this mate

    So, whens the remap ?
    As soon as work lets up I'm going to speak to End Tuning. The car has Schnitzer's own ECU in it so I'm hoping End can help with this. I wan't a rolling road remap to get the best out of it. My INPA lap top can't talk to the car so I'm really hoping he can help.


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    You've copied my seats!!! Other than that it's looking like a proper machine! The DC2 looks good as well.

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    That's a seriously nice motor you have there. I've seen it in the flesh and noted it was quick but now I realise just how quick it would have been if you pushed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrfty View Post
    That's a seriously nice motor you have there. I've seen it in the flesh and noted it was quick but now I realise just how quick it would have been if you pushed it.

    Johann
    Cheers Johan, Just taken another M3 Evo for some rear tyres and followed it down there in mine and the Schnitzer absoloutley murdered it on a dual carriage way


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    I like this a lot

    What tyres did you replace the Falkens with?

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    The Falken 452 are still hanging in on there on the front and the Kumho's out back are getting near the end of their life. I'm not sure what to replace them with yet. Thinking Toyo R888 but that will mean I can't use the car in the wet. I have to say I think the 452's are diabolical on a proper performance car. They do a good enough job on my 328 converible but push them hard and they are useless, the Kumhos seem to be a bit better.


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