Is the E36 the ultimate do-it-all sports car? I’ve certainly put my BMW E36 328is (“Ralle36”) to the test this summer. After a great race at Southern Ohio Forest Rally, I was eager to go racing again. M1 Concourse, a new motorsports complex built in Pontiac, had an open track day coming up in July. I signed the rally car up and did nothing but bleed the brakes before the event. I used the wheels and tires that were on the car before I turned it into a rally car. 500 treadwear tires and gravel suspension setup don’t make for blazing lap times. It was huge fun to throw the rally car around the track even though the setup was far from optimal. They allowed me to run in the advanced group because of my rally experience. We had one lead-follow session behind a Hellcat before being set loose on
It is safe to say Saabs of Anarchy’s first attempt at competing in the infamous LeMons racing series last year at Thompson Motor Speedway was a bit of a fiasco, (you can read more about our Thompson experience here and here or watch this video). Despite the two blown engines, biblical rain, and tireless work to get the car ready to go racing, we did leave with a trophy as well as the hard-earned understanding of what it takes to compete in this crap-can racing series. Saabs of Anarchy’s second attempt came at the Halloween Hooptiefest at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. After pulling the second blown engine from our Saab 9000 race car and rebuilding the original motor we (believed we) were ready. We were in good company for this race though, sharing a garage with the PA Saab Maab, while the eEuroparts.com Carbeque 900 and Full Nelson Racing’s 96 sat next door.
After 20 years, rally returned to the forests of Ohio in the form of the Southern Ohio Forest Rally. After the suspension on my 1998 BMW 328i came apart at Sno*Drift, I wanted to make sure it didn’t happen again. I took the whole rear axle off of the car for easy access to the trailing arm pocket. The first thing to replace was the old rear trailing arm bushings that were completely worn out. I put in an OEM replacement from eEuroparts.com. They only took a few minutes each using an RTAB tool. 18 years of Michigan roads did a number on them. I also replaced the bracket and bolt on the left trailing arm. On the body side of the RTAB pocket, I fixed all three bolt holes. I put Helicoils into the front two and welded a new nut into the rear spot. While I was down there, I
The eEuroparts.com racing teams are taking to the track tomorrow for what hopes to be a competitive weekend of racing. We are in two locations: New Jersey, USA and Ontario, Canada, so there will be plenty of action to follow along with. Also look for me Live! on Facebook at various times this weekend. Indian Summer Racing / eEuroparts.com Pro Team The Indian Summer Racing – eEuroparts.com Mini Cooper is north of the border at the Canadian Tire Motorsports park for “Part Deux” of the Pirelli World Challenge TC schedule. Follow driver Travis Washay and crew chief Nick Jacob as they take on what will prove to be the fastest track on the schedule this year. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park is a 2.48 mile 10 turn monster of a track with multiple high-speed corners. The action will be live streaming with links to follow below. TC Weekend Schedule Friday May 19
The thing about race cars, is there is always something to do, and always areas to improve. For this build, our primary focus has been weight reduction of our mostly-stock Saab 9-5’s parts. Starting out with a ~3,500 lbs luxury sedan has been tough, but we’re continually finding ways of reducing weight by removing/replacing Saab parts and materials, and getting creative with making that happen. Here’s how we removed the Saab’s sunroof to make that happen. Removing the Sunroof A factory glass sunroof presents both a weight and safety concern for dedicated race cars, and was one of those spots that required a little creativity. The simplest solution is to cut an oversized plate of aluminum and rivet that to the roof. It’s extremely effective, and extremely crude, but can likely be built in a couple hours and let’s you move on to the next task. While our Saab 9-5