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Cars For Sale: 2001 BMW E46 330 Coupe - Track & Street

This listing is for a car built and maintained by Vorshlag Motorsports and owned by Terry Fair, Vorshlag's owner. This is one of Vorshlag's "long term builds" featured in this build thread. This car was originally purchased as a bone stock 2001 BMW E46 330Ci 5-spd coupe. We modified the body, interior, suspension and drivetrain for use first in SCCA "DSP" class autocrossing. After a season of competition we switched things up a but to make this into a dual-purpose street/track car. It is now set-up for NASA Time Trial events around the "TTD" class. It can be daily driven to work all week then taken straight to any road course and mix it up all weekend long, then back home again when you are done.

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WBABN53451JU25079
"M54" 3.0L DOHC Inline-6, approx 250 hp
5-speed manual, Rear Wheel Drive
Lapis Blue with Black Leather
18x10" wheels & 285/30/18, custom steel flares, 4-point rollbar, roof swap, OS Giken LSD, (optional) headers + custom exhaust, and much more.

  exterior

There are a lot of special modifications about this car that are obvious from the exterior. First off, Vorshlag took a sunroof-equipped 330 Coupe and swapped to a factory "no-sunroof" roof panel, because we could not locate a "sunroofless" 330. More on this is shown and described below. Another obvious change are the hugely flared fenders, also shown in more detail below this first round of thumbnail pictures (which you can click for larger images). The rear fenders were also flared to cover the same rear tire size, done in steel and completely custom.

Once these external changes were finalized and tested for clearance on track, the entire exterior was reworked to remove all dings, scratches and imperfections, then the paint was re-sprayed using PPG products in September 2012 by Heritage Collision in Sherman, TX. The factory matched base/clear paint is now FLAWLESS. Other exterior appointments include the factory Xenon HID headlights and LED rear brake light assemblies, not normally seen on a 2001 model 330. Nothing on the outside is overly flashy, but the curvy fender contours and exceptional paint set this car apart from other 330 BMWs. With the immaculate paint, fat wheels and tires, and overall good looks that any E46 coupe has this car gets "thumbs ups" driving and turns heads whenever parked.

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We have a few more pictures below showing some "in process" steps during the significant body modifications we have performed to this E46 330. The big items include the roof swap and the fender flare work. The roof panel swap involved dozens of hours of careful spot weld cutting, welding, and bonding, using a BMW supplied roof panel and extra roof bow - with all parts imported from BMW Germany. To complete the interior updates a new black headliner panel and new A/B/C-pillar coverings were also added. This roof change made for a 32 pound weight savings, all from high up in the roof, as well as added 2 extra inches of headroom. This helps tremendously for drivers 6 foot tall and over, especially when wearing a helmet.

The flared front fenders are a combination of factory BMW E46 M3 front fenders ($300/each) and custom welding and blending of the E46 330 front fender inner sections, side marker lights and beltline trim parts, so that the finished fender matched the original 330 look (the distinctive "fender side grills" from the M3 are absent). This was done to maintain SCCA DSP class legality. The rear flares are completely custom, involving both sheet metal and bodywork. These big curvaceous flares at both ends are used to cover the much wider 285/30/18 tires (3 inches wider than the stock 225mm tires) on the big 18x10" wheels mounted at all four corners, and clear at full bump travel with room to spare. The included "street set" of D-Force 18x10" lightweight wheels has 285/30/18 Yokohama AD08 street tires mounted, but we also have a second, identical set of 18x10" wheels mounted with a fresh set of Hoosier R6 tires in 285/30/18 size. You can pick up this "race set" for an additional $1500, all of which which cost $2500 new (the wheels are brand new, and the Hoosiers have less than a dozen track laps on them). The "TTD class buildout" we have done on this car includes the use of these 285 R6 Hoosier for a fast, track worthy set-up.

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  interior

The interior of this 330 Coupe is relatively stock except for the addition of a 4-point roll bar made by Kirk Racing. We added this for use as a mount for an in-car camera and the shoulder straps from a set of 5-point racing harnesses. We used this car for a competition autocross car (SCCA DSP class) for a season and then did a handful of track days in the car as well. The rear seat was unmolested during the roll bar install and it all still looks perfect. The rollbar was sent off for custom powder coating and is covered in a black "krinkle" coat and with an immaculate finish.

Some pictures of the previous "race car" interior are shown below, just for reference. The OEM steering wheel, factory 10-speaker HK radio, and factory front seats that were removed during the one season of autocrossing have been reinstalled. The roll bar is still in the car, as is a Rougue Engineering shifter and their carbon fiber shift knob. If you look closely you will note that the speedometer is in kilometers per hour, as is the odometer. If you want a speeodometer that reads in in MPH we can swap out this gauge cluster for another from a US-spec 2001 BMW 330 we have here at Vorshlag - just let us know.

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  suspension updates

Much of what we do at Vorshlag revolves around suspension development and this E46 served as a development platform for many of the items we manufacture and sell. Our spherical top mount Vorshlag E46 camber/caster plates reside up front on top of AST 4200 double adjustable monotube coilovers, and allow for more positive camber and more negative camber travel for both mild mannered street and high grip cornering on track. The double adjustable AST coilover shocks are track worthy, but still comfortable enough for daily driving on the street. Eibach adjustable swaybars reside at both ends of the car as do Powerflex bushings and Mayle HD control arms. AST spherical rear shock mounts sit atop the rear shocks and fresh Lemforder "Z4M" style rubber RTAB bushings reside in the rea trailing arms, surrounded by Vorshlag RTAB limiters. We've replaced any born bushing or bearing in the entire suspension, such as the upper rear control arm spherical bearings shown in the last picture (with OEM replacement parts).

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  drivetrain modifications


This 2001 BMW 330 Coupe has a factory 2005 model "M54" 3.0L DOHC inline six engine. The engine is completely stock internally other than an upgraded VAC oil pump drive and a brand new harmonic balancer. The engine was a low mileage engine taken from a low mileage 2005 model 330Ci, which we swapped here at Vorshlag. All of the wear items under hood have been replaced, including: all of the cooling system components (water pump, thermostat housing, thermostat, coolant temp sensor, coolant level sensor, radiator hoses, coolant reservoir, and radiator), both serpentine drive belts, valve cover and oilpan gaskets, alternator, VANOS seals, VANOS sensors, and more. Every oxygen sensor has been replaced as well. All of the top end gaskets are new, as are the spark plugs. An aftermarket K&N open element air filter is one of the few "power modificaitons" on the car.

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As you can see below the car has a completely custom exhaust system that is avilable. This was fabricated and installed here at Vorshlag and is made up of 3" 16-gauge 304 Stainless Steel tubing, 3" mandrel bends and a 3" Flowmaster Hushpower II muffler. There is also a 3" high-flow catalyst with a metal matrix 100 cell core within this system, and feeding into it is a and a Stett Performance stainless steel, medium length exhaust header. This entire "race" exhaust sytem can be purchased with the car for a small price.

Update: There was always a small issue with a "Check Engine Light" that would pop up when used with this exhaust system, especially in cold weather, so in February 2013 we installed a complete, factory BMW exhaust system from a 2005 330Ci. This included the manifolds and pre-cats, post-cat downstream, and the entire stock exhaust system to the exhaust tip. With this system in place the car is "CEL" free, and passed Texas Emissions checks on Feb 7, 2013, so the inspection sticker is brand new.

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Pictures of the ligthweight "race" exhaust, also avilable. The car is much quieter with the OEM system in place, now


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This car is sold - thanks for looking!