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post #1 of 26 Old 28th March 2017, 03:26 AM Thread Starter
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Just a quick photo of a track-prepped M5 touring (wagon) ready to hit the road course

Just wanted to leave this for you. She's ready to hit VIR this weekend.

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- Ground Control coilovers (front) and Koni/airbags (rear)
- Stoptech front BBK with 2-piece rotors and PFC08 race pads with stainless lines front and rear
- SSR Comp 18x9 wheels with 275/35/18 Nitto NT01 track tires (square)
- Motul RBF600 racing brake fluid

If anyone is in the vicinity of VIR near Alton/Danville VA this coming weekend, come visit and go for a ride in either this or the M3 touring (also going to be prepped soon) at the BMW CCA HPDE.


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post #2 of 26 Old 29th March 2017, 12:56 AM
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Wow, that is bad *****! Don't think I've ever seen an M5 touring, much less one on track. Now go spank some Porsches! Looking forward to the full write up.
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Bimmerule & C4racer - BMW didn't release an E39 M5 Touring in any of the world's markets it operates in. There's a couple of prototype's that BMW did make and are now held in the 'prototypes that never made it to production' museum. Any E39 Touring's you see that have an S62 engine have been transplanted in and 'made' by enthusiasts, of which this example is one

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Hopefully there'll be some good video of this car in action !

Cheers, Dennis!

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Wow, that is bad *****! Don't think I've ever seen an M5 touring, much less one on track. Now go spank some Porsches! Looking forward to the full write up.
Not much to write up. I'm a track instructor with the BMW CCA and will be teaching this weekend at the track. Just for fun, not competitive. The better car of the two is the M3 wagon. If you guys are curious, Paul (blackknight) and I also custom built that one and there's a build thread here:

Redshifts E46 M3T build and modification thread - BMW M3 Forum.com (E30 M3 | E36 M3 | E46 M3 | E92 M3 | F80/X)

But the M5 does okay. It's just heavy and a handful.

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Very cool ! Is that a federalized euro import??
Dennis answered. Paul and I built it. Build thread here:

https://www.m5board.com/vbulletin/e39...pening-26.html


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Hopefully there'll be some good video of this car in action !

Cheers, Dennis!
A guy who does internal video for BMW NA and other manufacturers came here to visit a few weeks ago and took several hours worth of professional video and photos of both ///M wagons. I'll post it up as soon as he sends it to me when done. It'll be on Hitting Redline on Youtube.

Track video, probably unlikely.

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I kind of want to track my e46 M3 wagon, just for fun. Just seems silly when I have the M3 coupe with front/rear BBK, Ohlins, 300 lbs less weight, 100 more hp, camber plates/arms, track wheels/tires....

Still, huge benefit to tracking a wagon:

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the M5 does okay. It's just heavy and a handful.
That's pretty much the comparison of tracking the M3 vs tracking the M5 in general-- not touring specific.

I'd do an event in the M5 if I've already paid for it and the M3 coupe and wagon were both somehow down. But, I'd never actually choose to in advance-- I did one, and one was enough.
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You forgot the monoballs in setup info...after what we went through Sunday to get them swapped over too!

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I kind of want to track my e46 M3 wagon, just for fun. Just seems silly when I have the M3 coupe with front/rear BBK, Ohlins, 300 lbs less weight, 100 more hp, camber plates/arms, track wheels/tires....

Still, huge benefit to tracking a wagon:

Ha! I drove the M5 wagon to drop off the M3 wagon's track tires and wheels yesterday to Discount Tire. I was able to fit 4 brand new tires, and 4 wheels WITH tires already mounted, plus my daughter, in that car. No way that would fit in the M3 wagon. It was pretty comical.

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That's pretty much the comparison of tracking the M3 vs tracking the M5 in general-- not touring specific.

I'd do an event in the M5 if I've already paid for it and the M3 coupe and wagon were both somehow down. But, I'd never actually choose to in advance-- I did one, and one was enough.
Agree for sure, but, the M3 wagon makes a fantastic track car. Easily mid pack in the instructor group as of last time out. We'll see how it does with better alignment and fresh stickies this time around.

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You forgot the monoballs in setup info...after what we went through Sunday to get them swapped over too!
DOH! Totally forgot.

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Ha! I drove the M5 wagon to drop off the M3 wagon's track tires and wheels yesterday to Discount Tire. I was able to fit 4 brand new tires, and 4 wheels WITH tires already mounted, plus my daughter, in that car. No way that would fit in the M3 wagon. It was pretty comical.
I bet you could-- I often put four 275 wide tires (mounted on wheels-- my track setup) in the back seat of the M3 coupe, side by side. I can't think of any reason the wagon couldn't do that, plus 4 in the hatch (as pictured above), plus a daughter in the front seat!

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Agree for sure, but, the M3 wagon makes a fantastic track car. Easily mid pack in the instructor group as of last time out. We'll see how it does with better alignment and fresh stickies this time around.
Completely agreed the wagon isn't a worse track platform than the coupe-- my particular coupe is just modded up than my particular wagon to be more track friendly. That said, I still want to take the wagon out, just for the lols.
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