BMW M3

Everyone knows that the BMW 3 series is a highly coveted group of cars that has been delighting drivers for much some time. The BMW M3 is a sports version of these popular compact BMW 3-Series automobiles. It is manufactured by the German automaker BMW who continues to produce super fast cars that can appeal to a wide spread span of customers ' from suits, to moms, to teenagers. The M3 models have resulted from the E30, E36 and E46 models. The first M3 was based on the 1986 E30 3-Series and was introduced with a 2.3 L S14 engine, which was derived from the M10 inline-4 block. Some may wonder why BMW even had a need for such a model. It seems that the concept was developed to ready the M3 for Group A Touring Car racing, in an effort to be competition to the Mercedes-Benz W201, which had been introduced in 1983. BMW launched a campaign to set the M3 on the racing stage. It was backed, not only by BMW, but also by Prodrive and Schnitzer Motorsport. The M3 E30, though, differed from the rest of the E30 line-up in quite a few ways. To accommodate a wider track that had wider and taller wheels and tires, it was equipped with a stiffer and more aerodynamic body shell and "box flared" fenders. In fact, the M3 shared very little body wise with the other 3 series cars ' they only shared the hood. Not to mention, it had three times the caster angle of any other E30. This seems to have paid off given that it won more road races than any other model in history. Consequently, the E30 M3 is considered by many to be the world's most successful road race cars ever in the history of cars. Sadly, production of the original M3 (E30 coupe) ended in 1991.