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Pic of BMW 325

Pic of BMW 325

Pic of BMW 325

Pic of BMW 325

There’s an old adage in the auto industry that states simply, “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.” It’s attributed to a Ford dealer in the 1960s, but regardless of who coined the phrase it highlights the seduction motor racing has on its spectators. Clearly this cause-and-effect marketing is meant to entice customers to the show room. See a Corvette at the finish line, lust for a Corvette. See an Audi slip the checkered flag, yearn for an Audi.

In the case of James Demmitt, however, the correlation was more direct. See the PTG BMW M3s whomp the competition, must have a PTG BMW M3. Unfortunately, real BMW M3 CSLs and GTRs constructed by the Prototype Technology Group are somewhat hard to come by. When the “For Sale” sign is taped to the side window, the cars are often a tad pricey and they are hardly the best daily drivers. They tend to be loud and ride rough, and with massive amounts of rubber under the fenders they’re a pain in the ass to parallel park.

For Demmitt, these setbacks were not enough to subdue his desire for a racer that once dominated the American Le Mans series GT class. If he couldn’t own a GTR, the long-time enthusiast of Bavarian cars would have to do the next best thing-build himself an M3 reminiscent of the PTG champions.

Crack open Demmitt’s garage and you see he’s done that and more. He has built an intimidating brute that even resting quietly in its hangar seems eager to lunge forth. The thing is wide, really wide. Battleship wide, on the order of the U.S.S. Alabama. And under its carbon-fiber hood reside five-hundred steeds. With every blip of the throttle they buck and snort, each one eager to find an open road to stretch its legs.

But before the broad silhouette, before the slam-your-head-into-the-Sparco-seats horsepower, there was a green 1992 325 sedan residing in Demmitt’s garage. That was three years back when he was struck with the idea of building a streetable M3 racer. Resigned to the fact that there had to be compromises in creating a refined GTR, Demmitt settled on using his 325 as the project’s base. It was a four-door sedan, certainly, but the chassis was dimensionally identical to a factory E36 M3. This was an important factor as Demmitt had purchased an E36 M3 parts car to gain the much-needed suspension and brake components.

Wanting the look of the more modern, slim-eyed E46, Demmitt fitted the car with a bold M3-style fiberglass front bumper. A carbon-fiber hood was fabricated to match the E36’s dimensions at the windshield while morphing at the leading edge into the newer, in-the-hood kidney grille of the E46.

Source: europeancar

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