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Buy this BMW E30 M3 racecar and win at track days

Yeah, you could just get a Caterham, but that’s so cliché

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Forget that 911 GT3, RenaultSport Clio or Caterham, because this right here should be your next track day car – a race-ready BMW E30 M3 that’s headed to auction next month, and will sell for between £75,000 and £85,000.

It’s a proper thing, too. Built five years ago from an original 1991 E30 M3 and seldom used since, seller Silverstone Auctions says with only a few minor modifications it could be eligible for club racing, sprint racing, hill climbs or even rallying. But if you’re just planning on using it for the odd track day, it’s turn-key.

The body is built to “Prodrive Rally M3” spec. It’s been seam-welded and further strengthened with a proper, custom-made roll cage, and dressed with lightweight, often carbon panels.

Meanwhile the suspension is all rose-jointed and built to Group A specs. The engine is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder making around 285bhp. Rebuilt just last year (and used for only five hours since), it drives the rears through a Group A dog-box and AP racing clutch.

The body (and interior) has been dressed up to look like an old DTM car, with a period-correct Alpina livery. Should sound like one too, thanks to a DTM silencer for the stainless exhaust.

Is there a more amusing track day car for the money? Not likely.

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