An E46 M3 Touring & Extra: Turning BMW Desires Into Actuality

The Lore Is All-Consuming

Final yr, to have a good time 50 years of BMW’s M division, the BMW Museum displayed their again catalogue of one-off M automobile prototypes from a long time previous. Often hidden deep contained in the nuclear bunkers of Munich, these unicorn M automobiles would lastly see the sunshine of day and be placed on show for anybody who visited the museum. For me, this was a giant deal.

Like most youngsters, after I was youthful I used to be captivated by issues that went largely unexplained. The unobtainable was thrilling and mystical.


Open-world video video games are an excellent instance. I’d attain the boundaries of the digital map and be obsessive about what was behind them. How do I get there? Why can’t I am going additional? What lays behind this barrier? Deep down I knew the solutions had been easy. I knew it was simply an undeveloped a part of the sport, however not admitting that and hoping for extra was simply a lot extra enjoyable.

Naturally, this carried over to my curiosity in automobiles.


The quirks of large-scale producers stretch broad and much. Completely different areas of the world typically obtain totally different colors and trims; different nations have a wide range of engine choices; and sure continents get fully new fashions altogether. The method behind these choices has at all times piqued my curiosity.

I keep in mind being a young person and discovering out the E60 BMW M5 got here as a handbook in North America however not in Europe, and being dumbstruck. My teenage mind couldn’t determine why, and I didn’t need it to anyway. Once more, lusting over it was extra enjoyable than understanding why it didn’t exist.

Someday within the early 2010s, I discovered a photograph of an E34 Convertible M5 on an web discussion board someplace. It was a snap from the Nineties, clearly dated by the picture’s movie high quality and the old-style quantity plates on the automobile. I felt like I had found fireplace, dashing to inform anybody else throughout the web that this little nugget of automobile trivia existed. The lore was all-consuming, and little did I do know it was solely the tip of the iceberg.


BMW has been producing secret M automobile prototypes for many years now, and because the web matured a few of these secrets and techniques slowly leaked out. Boards grew to become stuffed with the outdated ‘my uncle’s neighbour’s older son’s nephew noticed this in Munich in 2001,’ and so forth, and so forth. Retaining these secrets and techniques grew to become tougher, and BMW’s perspective in the direction of them modified. The prototypes began to be revealed by PR workout routines.


To my horrible disappointment, I used to be certainly not the one who found the E34 Convertible. That prototype was launched to the general public in 2009, to mark 25 years of the M5.

The E34 Prototype was the actual deal, a correct, production-ready idea automobile which was really booked in to be displayed on the 1989 Geneva Worldwide Motor Present. However every week previous to being proven, BMW pulled the plug over fears the mannequin would decelerate gross sales of their 3 Collection Convertible.

There’s extra, too. In the course of the anniversary, BMW additionally revealed the E39 M5 Touring Prototype.


BMW clearly had different prototypes of their possession and repeated the gig in 2016 by releasing the E90 M3 Decide Up Idea to have a good time the M3’s thirtieth birthday. While there, additionally they revealed an E30 Decide Up that they had stashed away as a elements transport automobile some 26 years prior.

It’s as if BMW wished to play a recreation with us. They stored dropping breadcrumbs of clues and hints at extra potential fashions we merely by no means had, however possibly may have had. That was the attractive curse of their recreation.


It’s honest to say out of all of the M automobile concepts, one lingered round for longer than others and had grown a compelling following within the course of (of which I used to be a part of.). This yr, BMW lastly buckled and provided the general public what they’ve at all times requested to see: a fiery tackle the ever smart automobile of the folks, in any other case referred to as the M3 Touring.

Because it occurs although, as we speak’s M3 Touring has been brewing for some time.

These web rumours of the previous weren’t simply rumours. Over 20 years in the past, after the E46 M3 Coupe and Cabrio went on sale to most of the people, the engineers at M GmbH tackled the E46 Touring physique form. This M3 mannequin was going to occur, and behind closed doorways it did.


Equally to the E34 Convertible, the E46 M3 Touring Idea was the actual deal. It was a completely full, Touring M3 variant of the E46, from the S54 coronary heart to a customized two-tone M3 inside and widened M3 exterior. It even went so far as being examined on public roads, which might be the place the rumours of the automobile first got here from.

After all although, BMW finally denied us the precise to this manufacturing automobile. They once more pulled the plug on it. The expertise, the concept and the dream of the E46 M3 Touring was simply one other fuzzy concept of an alternate actuality, decommissioned to the unobtainable daydreams of automobile followers across the globe. Disgrace.


The E46 M3 Touring Idea was formally proven to the world in 2016, and we had been fast to study it wasn’t a failed mission. The person in command of M prototypes in 2000, Jakob Polschak, went on report to say that the M3 Idea demonstrated that “from a purely technical standpoint a minimum of, it was doable to combine an M3 Touring into the continuing manufacturing of the usual BMW 3 Collection Touring with little or no problem.”

And that, my associates, was an invite. An invite from the person in cost himself, for folks like Luka Marko Groselj to become involved with the M3 Touring dream.

The Expertise

Our story takes us south of Munich, to the attractive Balkans nation of Slovenia. Tucked away subsequent to the mountainous areas of Northern Italy, the Slovenian surroundings gives a mixture of mountains dressed with snowy peaks, contrasting far-stretching greenery and a set of thrilling, participating driving roads typically resulting in a hill climb, with little-to-no room for error.


In the present day’s location is the AMZS Heart Varne Vožnje, a small Slovenian observe used primarily as a educating floor for larger automobile management.

It could not appear like it within the pictures, however it was fairly busy on the observe. Each different minute a water sprinkler would go off within the distance, and we’d see a gaggle of automobiles tackle the slippery floor, rising their understanding of driving and automobile physics. It seemed awfully enjoyable, however not as enjoyable as what was in entrance of me.

A race-ready E46 Coupe parked subsequent to a automobile BMW by no means made. A really actual E46 M3 Touring.


There’s lots to unpack right here, and that is all due to the protagonist of our story. The placement you’re right here is definitely Luka’s workplace.

Luka has been within the driving recreation for a very long time now, far longer than his driving faculty has been arrange for. He’s labored at the AMZS Centre as an teacher for a couple of years, however for the final six years he’s run his personal drift faculty, performing as an teacher and coach for eager motorists who need to discover ways to go sideways, and mentoring skilled drift drivers.


Locals in Slovenia advised me that Luka was proper on the forefront of drifting as a bonafide motorsport, being one of many major drivers behind some iconic native observe drifting movies that got here out of the Balkans over the past 20 years.

The love for this got here from an curiosity in Group B rally automobiles when Luka was youthful. Earlier than Quick and Livid films got here out, within the Balkans ‘drifting’ was a time period that straight linked to rally automobiles.

Luka tells me: “In the present day, rally drivers chase milliseconds and prioritise the circulate of the rally automobiles to be environment friendly, however after I consider Group B, drivers could be pulling the handbrake simply to get the automobile pointing in proper path. I liked it.”


Luka had been eager to get behind the wheel of a automobile since he was a child, so when he acquired his driving licence issues merely snowballed. In 2003, he constructed his first observe automobile. In 2006, he entered and competed in the German Drift Masters sequence. By 2012, he had constructed an E36 competitors and present automobile largely based mostly on the E36 GTR.


It wasn’t lengthy earlier than Luka was given alternatives to do some fascinating work with a wide range of corporations and types. Akrapovič, the exhaust producer from Slovenia, was fast to note Luka because the expertise they wanted, scooping him up as their major (and solely) precision driver. Bilstein too appreciated what they noticed, and commenced a partnership with Luka that’s nonetheless going sturdy. In the present day, apart from being a driving teacher, Luka typically does stunt driving for varied media productions throughout Slovenia.

It’s honest to say Luka’s childhood goals have progressed properly over time as he grew to become accustomed to the trade he works in.


One affiliation, nonetheless, has particularly grown stronger and stronger from Luka since day one, and that’s his love for BMWs.

Made To Match


“I at all times wished to turbo an S54 engine,” Luka tells me as we stand wanting on the Coupe. “On the time, the plan was to construct a funds race automobile, to assist me get the entire S54 turbo factor out of my system.”

It was right here that I’d rapidly study that Luka’s love for driving automobiles run in tandem with a love for constructing them. Though the whole lot is calculated and methodical, Luka isn’t somebody to move up a great alternative. “This automobile really began out life as a UK shell. There was nothing majorly flawed with it; it was completely rust free, and had by no means been crashed or written off,” he defined.


Luka toyed with the concept of swapping an S54 M3 drivetrain into one other E36 chassis, however the timing and whole lot of the E46 shell made it extra handy to simply crack on and construct the automobile the place it belonged, as an E46. The shell would enable Luka to tick off one other merchandise off the to-do checklist, however this time round he was going to go away the construct transient ambiguous for himself.

“It was not going to be constructed to win races or drift championships, as a result of I didn’t need to focus it on both of these issues. I simply merely wished to construct a quick, turbo S54 M3 and set it up in a manner that allowed me to drive it how I wished to. I’ve completed simply that with this automobile. If I need to, I can slide it about fairly simple, however I’ve discovered it additionally outperforms many automobiles at time assault occasions. It’s surprisingly aggressive, however most significantly it brings me loads of driving pleasure every time I take advantage of it, which is principally for present runs for varied occasions across the nation.”


Luka didn’t need the construct to be excessive and prioritised longevity of the engine. The Turbosystems setup he selected encompasses a twin-scroll, ball-bearing turbo with two wastegates. It’s operating someplace between 0.5bar (7.3psi) and 0.6bar (8.8psi) of enhance, permitting the largely untouched S54 to make 517hp at the rear wheels.


Take a look at the headlights, which wanted to be minimize on the within simply to suit the radiator setup for all of it.

“Earlier than this, I used to be used to driving 300hp naturally aspirated automobiles, so really this was fairly a step up for me. I’ve a rule for myself the place I first prefer to really feel like I’ve actually mastered a automobile earlier than fascinated by extra engine upgrades. It’s pure for everybody to need over 1,000hp today, however it’s not one thing you possibly can simply soar into and use proper off the bat.”


“517hp is excellent for me and I’m actually pleased with it. Realistically, it is going to take me whereas earlier than I really feel I’ve used completely the entire energy it has to present. There’s no have to hurry for anymore upgrades for now.”


In Slovenia, automobiles like these usually are not highway authorized. “Should you’re caught driving this on the highway, you’ll go to jail,” laughed Luka, but when something it allowed him to focus the construct solely on efficiency fairly than creature comforts.


Whereas the powertrain setup is fairly informal for Luka, the remainder of the Coupe could be very a lot a track-focused machine. The automobile was left-hand drive transformed, after which nearly the whole lot deemed pointless was stripped out.


The intensive weight reduction programme introduced the Coupe’s weight all the way down to 1,230kg (2,712lb), making it a staggering 340kg (750lb) lighter than the usual automobile. Numerous work was completed to realize this. The doorways are constructed from carbon fibre by BMW themselves, coming from the manufacturing unit Cup Championship automobiles. The roof was made by an area carbon fibre firm, curiously run by a Slovenian ex-Olympic javelin thrower. The manufacturing unit gas tank and all of the mechanisms with it had been changed with a gas cell.


Inside, there’s in fact no carpet or stereo. As a substitute, you’ll discover a Recaro with Luka’s title on it. It is a one off, made-to-fit bucket seat that Recaro manufactured particularly for Luka again in 2006 when he competed in drifting. Being one of many sponsors of the German Drift Masters sequence, Recaro invited Luka in for a tailoring day and the result is what you see right here. So cool!


An fascinating quirk of the inside is the place of the hydraulic handbrake. Luka advised me it’s the place it’s as a result of when he first began driving there was no go-to setup for hydraulic handbrakes and he needed to improvise. “My first hydraulic handbrake setup included a stick of steel bolted onto a Lada Niva clutch grasp cylinder. I’ve merely gotten used to it on this place.”

Connecting the S54 to the remainder of the automobile is a triple-plate Tilton clutch and Samsonas canine field. To maintain prices down on this space, Luka went for an H-pattern shift as an alternative of a sequential.


The roll cage was constructed in Croatia by Darkish Motorsports. Whereas Luka is aware of methods to weld, this job wanted to be accomplished by a registered skilled to present Luka the precise paperwork to enter the automobile into varied occasions.


The E46 is sitting on a customized Bilstein suspension setup which nonetheless receives common adjustment to make the feather-light coupe ever extra good for Luka.

“Anyway, I can take the doorways off, in case you like?”

Why Not?


It seems, for ease of use and alternative, each single panel on the Coupe is hooked up with quick-release clips. You can lay the entire automobile out on the ground like a technical inspection diagram, which is the place the lightbulb second got here from.


Luka’s Coupe race automobile strikes a stark distinction together with his awfully usable and strong E46 M3 Touring challenge. “You see, I’m a sucker for constructing good automobiles,” he begins to inform me, as we begin loading the race automobile bits into the again of the Touring.

Be very cautious to not scratch the black trim on the highest of the bumper, there can’t be many of those on the planet,” Luka jokes.


I consider him. He acquired a chuckle again from me, however in that exact second all these reminiscences of chasing M automobile prototypes as a child flooded again into my mind. I took a step again and seemed on the entire setting, reflecting on the truth that, on paper, this second shouldn’t be taking place. BMW by no means made this automobile, and solely 24 hours in the past I used to be sitting in my bed room in South London.

Over time, a couple of folks have completed the total Touring M3 conversions, however in my view they by no means fairly nailed it. Both the arches had been incorrect, the automobile would have a facelift entrance finish (sacrilege!), or among the stylistic selections would throw the entire thing off. This one right here although is good.

What Luka and the workforce answerable for the automobile did was pursue that infantile curiosity of “why not?” They usually ran far with it, a complete 4 years earlier than BMW’s official web site ever acknowledged the existence of the M3 Touring Idea.

That is what the automobile would have been like from manufacturing unit.


Its present proprietor is Luka’s good pal Aleš Hafner, who purchased it straight from Luka and was form sufficient to deliver it out in such wet climate for our story.

“That is really the fourth or fifth automobile I’ve purchased from Luka. I’m unsure how he retains getting away with… I assume it helps that he’s my buddy,” joked Aleš. However when confronted with the chance to personal this automobile, he needed to go for it.


I requested Aleš if folks on the road know what it’s. “Some do… some don’t. Those that know M division perceive and positively take a re-examination, however to most individuals once they see it on the road it’s simply one other outdated automobile.”


“Regardless of the character of it, that is the automobile that I take out not as a result of I’ve someplace to be, however as a result of I really take pleasure in what driving is all about. I’ve completed some household journeys in it although, and sure I’ve used the Touring side of it. I’ve had bikes in it, I’ve had my entire household in it. We’ve completed journeys to the Croatian coast in it, however its use is at all times all the way down to me wanting to really drive it.”


Aleš is an M man by and thru, with this being his third E46 M3. “That is the particular one. I’ll by no means see one other on the highway, which positively drew me into the acquisition,” he says.

It’s no static museum piece, and Aleš makes positive it’s taken care of, maintained and handled like an M automobile ought to be. “It likes being pushed; M automobiles don’t like to remain stationary for too lengthy.”

However, the highway to get up to now wasn’t straight ahead, and the 2 gents had been completely satisfied to inform me all about it.

Run & Talk


The Touring construct started in 2012, beginning as an concept between Luka and his associates. From the get go, it was going to be a demo automobile for Luka’s associates who owned a physique store (the right excuse!) Boomerang Bodyworks had been answerable for the whole lot to do with the visuals, whereas Luka was introduced in because the mechanics man, getting the job of plumbing up the engine and making the whole lot work as it will in a real M3.

“The automobile was initially a 318i in ugly crimson… ‘Uglyrot’ I referred to as it,” Luka tells me. He additionally defined that he wished to start out the challenge with a six cylinder base for symbolic causes greater than something, however in hindsight it actually didn’t matter. “Should you search for the half numbers for the precise Touring chassis, they’re the identical on the 4 cylinder and 6 cylinder fashions.”

Every thing within the Touring got here from an immaculate Coupe donor, together with the S54 engine, rear differential, exhaust, all suspension parts and the all-important M3 physique panels.

“Once we began to do all of the mechanics, we merely grabbed the bits from the Coupe and fitted it into the Touring,” says Luka. “We made no upgrades or revisions; even the rubber bushes had been taken from the Coupe and put into the Touring because the Coupe was in such nice situation.”


Getting the engine to run and talk with the Touring chassis was fascinating. Luka explains: “We wished to make use of the electrics from the Coupe to verify the DSC and the whole lot labored completely, as if it the automobile was an authentic M3, together with the Sport buttons and so forth. However we had an actual battle to get electrical energy to the rear. We couldn’t get the precise Touring a part of the automobile, such because the trunk and rear doorways, to return alive.”


“Our constructing strategies had been slightly totally different again then; this automobile was constructed over a decade in the past now. Again then we didn’t know anybody who may code out the problems if we tried utilizing the unique Touring wiring with the S54. We simply couldn’t make it work that manner. Our expertise and data has superior since although, so if I used to be to do it once more I’d positively use the unique Touring wiring to work with the S54. All our complications from again then may be prevented now,” Luka says.

“We needed to have a couple of folks assist us to verify it labored, and in the long run in fact we acquired it completed. Electrically, as so mechanically, completely the whole lot labored on the automobile again once we completed it and it’s stood the check of time as the whole lot nonetheless works as we speak.”


As soon as the automobile was full, Boomerang caught to their authentic plan and used the Touring as a demo automobile for his or her physique store, however after seven years with the automobile, in 2019 it was time to let it go to a brand new proprietor. Being good associates with the store, Luka says “Boomerang compelled me to purchase it! I didn’t need it as a result of I knew how a lot it price to make and I didn’t have that form of cash.”

However, as loads of good tales go, Luka was finally minimize a deal he merely couldn’t refuse and the automobile lastly entered his possession. Right here, the enjoyable may actually start.

Bettering The Thought


“The very first thing I did after I purchased the automobile was to place a handbook gearbox in it.” When Boomerang requested Luka to take all of the mechanics from the Coupe to the Touring, they meant all the mechanics. The Coupe got here with an SMG transmission, and while it’s a unit that in my view doesn’t deserve the humorous popularity it has as we speak, Luka wanted a 3rd pedal to go well with his driving type.


Subsequent on the to-do checklist was to check out all of the bushes and suspension parts he had fitted seven years prior. Luka acquired slightly carried away although.

“The thought was to simply make a couple of revisions right here and there, however I dissembled the entire suspension setup and ended up changing each single bush.” With that taken care of, it was time for Luka to make some signature modifications to the automobile.


“I checked out how I may make the automobile trip slightly nicer over the usual M suspension and put in a set of Bilstein B8s. It’s decrease now too, however just a bit and it drives lots nicer.”

Following this, Luka tackled the rear finish. “The usual M3 differential is sweet, however having owned a couple of now I’ve realized that they put on out fairly rapidly and wish some normal adjustment.”


Luka pulled aside the restricted slip differential and changed the insides with an old-type E39 M5 ZF unit. It’s a stronger differential which doesn’t endure from breaking flanges that the later items had points with, and gives a bonus over the common LSDs. The common M3 LSD has a delay of a pair tenths of a second the place it slips simply the skin wheel earlier than activating, one thing Luka may eradicate with the ZF unit.


With that completed, Luka completed off his drivetrain mods by becoming the ever-popular 3.91 closing drive to switch the manufacturing unit 3.62:1 ratio. This allowed the automobile to be nippier off the road, serving to to make up for the additional weight of the touring form.

What Luka wished to realize with these mods was to enhance on the unique ethos of the E46 M3, actually specializing in the concept of creating it observe BMW’s slogan of the ‘Final Driving Machine’.


With a view to get there, Luka wanted to tweak the driving place, a job which he was fairly happy with. He minimize down the seat rail mounting factors, straight amending the chassis with a purpose to decrease the driving place by 30mm. “Whereas this isn’t an issue within the Coupe, I discover the entire cabin of the Touring appears virtually slightly greater,” Luka explains. The seats had been positively too excessive for me, and I’m not even that tall. And so, I needed to do one thing about it. The way in which they’re now could be completely good.”

“I used to be contemplating a set of Recaro Pole Positions, however in the long run I made a decision to stick with the extra civilian look, and the M sport seats had been good for that.” I requested Luka why the automobile doesn’t have seats from the M3, as they gave the impression to be the one apparent issues lacking. “I’ll be trustworthy, I simply actually don’t like them. I discover the M sport seats rather more comfy.”

The one visible exterior change Luka made to the automobile was to suit the manufacturing unit Touring roof bars.


So, the large query – how does it drive? “The Touring does really feel totally different to drive in comparison with the Coupe,” says Luka. “The extra weight makes it persist with the bottom a bit higher, so it’s not as tail-happy because the Coupes. Partly due to that, I feel the Touring would really make an excellent introduction automobile to the M model. It’s an excellent automobile for much less expert drivers, and you really want to go for it to ensure that the again finish to step out and misbehave. Coupes are rather more rowdy and aggressive.”


After two years of possession, Luka offered the Touring to Aleš. The unique plan was for Luka to maintain it longer, and he really gave the automobile to his spouse for normal use. However in the long run she didn’t need to decide to utilizing the uncommon, low, sports activities Touring. Apparently, she additionally doesn’t like Imola Purple. Luka didn’t need to lock the automobile away both, and determined to move it on.

Can You Inform?


Getting the drivetrain and mechanics sorted is one half of the coin although. To ensure that the E46 M3 Touring to essentially stay and breathe, it must appear like the actual deal too. The place issues get curious, is that Boomerang began the bodywork on this Touring 4 years previous to BMW’s official reveal of the Touring Idea. Whereas I’ve discovered a pair leaks of the Touring Idea courting again to 2011, there wasn’t a lot however a couple of flip-phone pictures to make use of as reference.


Boomerang dived into this challenge largely at nighttime, however it wasn’t a problem. “Boomerang didn’t battle with the outside work as that they had loads of expertise below their belt. They’re an excellent physique store, however even nonetheless, this job took loads of time. Getting issues spot is a time consuming job,” Luka tells me. “The very first thing folks ask about is the arches. These are authentic, from the Coupe. It’s only a regular M3 arch, and it was not a lot of an issue for them.”


The rear finish of the automobile was clearly the trickiest a part of the challenge for Boomerang. They determined to very barely mix the rear arches into the doorways, which is one thing BMW by no means did on the Idea. Jakob Polschak clarified that one of many guidelines he acquired from BMW for the idea automobile was that they couldn’t amend the rear doorways, as BMW merely didn’t have the funds to change the tooling.


Boomerang in fact didn’t have to fret about this, and went forward to create a wonderfully flush rear door mix into the manufacturing unit M3 Coupe rear arch. “That is how it will have been anyway, if Jakob had a vast funds again in 2000. The trickiest a part of the entire thing although was the rear bumper,” sighs Luka as he shakes his head and brings me across the again of the automobile.


“This… this rear bumper was an actual ache within the arse. One way or the other, the Touring is a bit wider within the rear than the Coupe is, so we needed to cut up the Coupe bumper in half, then mix it into an OEM Touring bumper, which is why this black trim beneath the boot lid is a one-off. We needed to make a customized inset from plastic, so fairly than it being manufacturing unit unpainted plastic, it’s a easy painted piece.”

“We wanted to maintain the exhaust dimensions the identical as on the Coupe, so the rear bumper is an actual combine up of customized jobs. Wider on the prime, wider within the center, after which again to the manufacturing unit exhaust diffuser on the backside. Right here, Aleš added the CSL diffuser after he purchased the automobile from me.”


The decrease diffuser part is one other place the place the automobile differs from the Idea, because the Idea featured a completely distinctive diffuser which bizarrely poked out in step with the exhaust ideas, in between them. There was in fact no possible way of figuring out this could have been the case on the Idea when Boomerang constructed the Touring although.

Naturally, Boomerang used the Coupe as a benchmark for his or her tackle the E46 M3 Touring rear finish. With a view to accommodate the M3 exhaust, Boomerang needed to minimize out the unique Touring boot flooring and exchange it with one from the Coupe. Whereas they had been down there, Boomerang strengthened the entire space. Luke tells me, “This bit wasn’t too troublesome for an skilled welder.”


The Touring wheelbase is precisely the identical as a Coupe, so the aspect skirts clipped straight on. You’d suppose this could even be the case for the entrance finish, however BMW threw Boomerang one other curveball right here. Whereas the bonnet, bumper and lights did go on with out kicking up a battle, your complete entrance wing design needed to be chopped up with a purpose to match onto the Touring form.


Because it seems, the Coupe entrance wings are for much longer, that means Boomerang needed to fastidiously minimize up the manufacturing unit M3 entrance wings and transplant them into the skeletons of the Touring ones. The identical utilized to the wing mirrors, had been Boomerang needed to match the M3 mirrors into non-M bases, which differ from the Coupe ones.

The eye to element is actually gorgeous with this automobile, and the extra I write about it the extra I’m impressed with the general final result.


To complete my unimaginable time with Luka, Aleš and my good pal Dino (who put me in contact with the fellows to start with,) determined to line up the M3 Touring towards Luka’s trailer simply to admire what may have been. The automobile doesn’t have a tow hook, but when it did, that is what it will have seemed like.

So, expensive reader, I have to know… are you able to inform? Are you able to inform this automobile by no means got here out of Munich? As a result of to me this seems to be like one thing Luka purchased model new at a BMW seller again in 2001 and immaculately maintained till as we speak. When Aleš advised us that most individuals on the road assume that is only a common automobile, he was paying credit score to the workforce at Boomerang Bodyworks for doing such an immaculate job that most individuals can’t even inform it’s a customized challenge.


When BMW introduced that the M prototypes could be out on show at their BMW Museum, I didn’t hesitate and booked a flight to Munich to go and test them out. My dad at all times had property automobiles after I was youthful, and we’d at all times do lengthy drives from London to Krakow and again to see the household. Seeing the M3 Touring would actually be my meet-your-hero second. For me it wasn’t a Countach, or an F40, however a foolish BMW property that would do my household journeys at twice the pace we did it at.

Two weeks earlier than my flight, and for some cause that was by no means defined, BMW pulled the show out from their museum forward of schedule. I missed seeing this one-of-one, unicorn, dream idea automobile by two weeks. I didn’t know this till I rocked up, and I keep in mind attempting to determine the place the hell the automobiles had been on the show. I requested three members of workers the place the show went, and so they all checked out me like I used to be loopy. That they had no concept what I used to be speaking about. I used to be completely gutted.


Because it seems although, I used to be wanting within the flawed place. The true deal has been in Slovenia all alongside, being tracked in Luka’s fingers and now crossing nations below Aleš’s possession. Maybe I’ll cross paths with it once more at some point. Till subsequent time, M3 Touring!

Michał Fidowicz
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