I’ve rallycrossed the past few years in a 97 e36 328is. Being a paraplegic, one major disadvantage I have in the world of racing is that my vehicles have to be auto trans. And when I tell you the 328 auto trans was a slug, believe me- it was even slower than you could imagine. So a few years ago when I bought this DCT equipped 2011 135 as my DD but with the eventual intent of RXing it (and hopefully stage rallying it), I’ve longed for the day I finally got it out in the dirt.
Well, that day finally came last weekend with the Middle GA SCCA chapter (which runs events combined with our Atlanta chapter) and it was as fun as it looks in the pics below! Naturally I was scared out of my mind racing a modern German car in the dirt and fairly rough terrain of an RX course but it went about as smooth as I could’ve hoped. The warning chime came on during my drive home to tell me the brake pads were low but it actually ended up being that the brake pad sensor itself was damaged. That was it! No overheating issues, no broken suspension, nothing! (knock on wood)
I’m looking forward to the next race and getting more familiar with controlling the 300+ hp of this e82 in the dirt!
For those wondering, this car is fairly stock and it runs in the Prepped RWD class. Mods are:
- Wagner Race Intercooler
- AFE exhaust
- FTP Charge & Boost pipe
- Reiger rear diffuser
- 17" wheels with Blizzak tires
- Painters tape for race effects :-p
All work was done by my home shop, Technica Motorsports who you may have seen on The Smoking Tire with their e46 s56 swap and the 2jz e39 m5 ... these guys are incredible (and they also just got the only AWD dyno in Atlanta)!
Also, all these pics were taken by the same guy who proposed to his gf on this particular rx course a few years ago (some of you may remember this story but I couldn’t find it on the jalop site)
Feel free to ask any questions below!