#404 – Jake’s E36 M3

m3 apartmentJake purchased his 1997 BMW M3 on Labor Day weekend in 2013. At the time, it was a stock street car, used as college transportation for a recent Wake Forest graduate. He drove it home, ran it in NASA’s Time Trial group for two end-of-year events, then immediately set to pulling the car apart and actually “building it” to be competitive in TTD.

The car has evolved slightly over the years, and earned a few bumps and scrapes along the way. Its Cosmos Black paintjob is a bit worse for wear (just ignore the hood and driver’s door that Jake painted in his backyard one Thanksgiving morning) but the chassis is strong and competitive.

After three years of competition in NASA’s Time Trial (TTD), Jake earned his wheel-to-wheel competition license in March 2017 and has been racing #404 in NASA’s German Touring Series (GTS2) ever since.


  • BMW S52 – Dynos around 207 whp, 194 wtq with Bimmerworld restrictor plate
  • K&N “cold air” intake
  • Active Autowerke midpipe and catback
  • UUC short shifter
  • AKG poly engine & transmission mounts
  • DiffsOnline.com 3.64 Limited Slip differential with AKG aluminum¬†bushings


  • Motion Control Suspension adjustable dampers
  • Hypercoil springs
  • AKG poly control arm bushings
  • Racing Dynamics sway bars

on jackWheels & Tires

  • Apex ARC-8 17×9″
  • Kosei K1 17×8.5″
  • BMW DSII 17×8.5″
  • 245/40/17 BF Goodrich R1 for dry
  • 245/40/17 Hankook RS-3 for wet


  • Rollcage fabricated by Gorka of Blockstar
  • Sparco Ergo driver’s seat
  • Sparco Evo II passenger’s seat
  • G-Force six-point harnesses
  • G-Force window net
  • Spa AFFF fire suppression system
  • Momo mod.69 steering wheel with quick-release
  • Hard Motorsport electrical kill switch


  • Bimmerworld v2 Wing
  • Team Home Depot Racing plywood splitter

See posts about the #404 M3:
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