We bet you didn't even know there was GTR version of the E36 M3.
The BMW M3 is an icon of the automotive landscape, and although many have bemoaned the styling of the latest model, there's no doubt that the M3 remains the benchmark in its segment. Thanks to loads of racing success, even the most fervent Ford fanatic knows what the car is. For some, this has grown into a love for German cars as a whole, and for a select few, it has become a passion that neither the spending of money nor the passing of time can diminish. But even the most obsessed M3 fan probably doesn't know about the exceptionally rare racer that is the E36 M3 GTR, and this ode to the original is for sale.
While the E46 M3 GTR got global attention from kids through video games like Need For Speed: Most Wanted, the E36 has hardly been heard of. And while the E46 GTR was supposed to have a production run of ten (how many were truly made remains a topic of debate), the E36 M3 GTR was limited to a run of just four. BMW reportedly still owns all four, so what are we looking at here?
This is a tribute car, but unlike other tributes that simply reference the styling of the original, this is a fully FIA-certified race car that's seen all of its bodywork refabricated in composite material. If that sounds a bit worrying, fear not. This car was built to race and is being sold with a second set of panels and all molds.
Other features of the car include an adjustable carbon-fiber wing, Ohlins three-way adjustable dampers with Wisefab suspension components, Combrake stoppers on each corner, 17-inch Team Dynamics wheels in Michelin slicks, a Compbrake pedal box, and a Sparco Circuit GRP light seat with a six-point harness.
All of this is necessary to help tame the engine, which is an S50 3.0-liter straight-six that has been bored and stroked to 3.2 liters, matching the capacity of the roadgoing E46 M3. The engine isn't stock in other areas and has a carbon intake, two bigger fuel pumps, an FIA-certified 120-liter gas tank, and some tuning. The result is 388 horsepower and 301 lb-ft of torque. And despite a proper roll cage, it weighs just under 2,628 pounds. As for the cost, Collecting Cars has it listed until later today, with the current highest bid at the time of writing reaching over $35,000.