Track Car BUild DIlemma
How Far to do I go with this thing? How uncomfortable do I really want to be?
Well, I've hit that inevitable point that all car builds come to. A potential point of no return. I have to decide if I really want to turn this car into something that will be as noisy on the road as a city bus, and as comfortable as 1980's farm machinery. All for the sake of driving around in circles slightly faster than some other dude can drive around in circles. The way I see it, is that it's like going on a big vacation somewhere, and then being super picky about spending too much money on a plate of pasta. If I fly halfway around the world, spend thousands on travel and hotels, then I don't bother cheaping out on the food. I swipe my credit card and laugh at future me, who will inevitably have to eat ramen for the following 6 months back home.
Head to head with a Miata in a recent Budget track car comparison for "One Track Mind"
No this isn't an M3, or even a 330i. Its a 325i. With 4 doors, seat heat, and an integrated ski bag. It was never meant to be a track car. But since it is a BMW, the inline 6 is inside the front axle, the battery is in the trunk for better weight distribution, and drive goes to the rear tires. So now that I have done sway bars, coilovers, and a quicker final drive ratio, it is simply a riot on the track. It feels wonderfully balanced, and everything about it is very responsive and engaging. I can tell though that it could be so much more. I want it to be lighter, more powerful, and safer so I can get out there and do lap after lap to try and set a better time than buddy over there in the civic or whatever.
So now I need to decide if I start ripping the seats out, and finding someone to weld in a roll cage. That's the big question. Do I try and keep some semblance of a car that I could drive to work in? Or do I park it except for track days... Some might argue that I would be ruining a perfectly good well kept e46. They would be right. I guess I would. But in some way I feel like I would be doing the car justice by going all out with it. Showing the M3's and 330s what the little 325i can do. At least that's what I'll be telling myself when I start ripping up carpet...