Redux wants to do for BMWs what Singer does for Porsches.
Restomods are all the rage right now, with many companies restoring and modernizing classic models. Singer has set the standard with its stunning air-cooled Porsche restomods, and now a company called Redux Leichtbau wants to do for BMWs what Singer does for Porsches. Its first creation is this lovingly crafted BMW M3 E30, and it looks breathtakingly beautiful.
The E30 M3 by Redux began as a passion project by the company’s CEO Simon Lord who wanted to build the ultimate E30 M3 race car. Limited to only 30 units, the first example has been delivered to Southern California from Redux Leichtbau’s headquarters in the UK. It started life as a standard 2.3-liter E30 M3 before being stripped down. You can either use a donor car, or Redux can source one for you. Initially, the chassis is reinforced with additional welding to stiffen up the floor pan.
Redux has worked with EXE-TC Competition Suspension, known for their WRC setups, to give the E30 M3 a three-way damper suspension system. AP Racing six-pot brake calipers with 330 mm discs up front, paired with four-pots and 304 mm discs at the back provide the stopping power, or you can opt for larger brakes or a carbon ceramic setup. It also rides on Forged aluminum wheels.
Under the hood, the E30 M3’ 2.3-liter four-pot engine is stripped down and bored out to 2.5 liters with custom rods, pistons and a BMW Motorsport crankshaft. Redux also fits a Motec ECU, a larger radiator, a bespoke engine loom, and a custom intercooler if you opt for the turbo option. As a result, the E30 M3 restomod produces 387 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.
Inside, the owner of this first example wanted to take their E30 M3 restomod to the track, so Redux has fitted it with a roll-cage, Alcantara trim, a golf ball gear knob, an AP Racing floor-mounted pedal box and a digital dash. Alternatively, more road-friendly options are available such as regular bulkhead-mounted pedals, normal seats, and leather or cloth materials.
To finish the project, the car is primed and block sanded before getting a water-based ‘Glasurit 90’ paint scheme. Sandpaper removes any "minor imperfections” before the car is polished. Redux says it takes between 18 to 24 months to prepare each car. Pricing is only available on request, but it won’t be cheap considering how much work goes into each car.