It's been a busy month, sorry for the lack of updates.
Since the M3 primary intentions will be track duty, safety is #1 concern. Race seats and a harness bar are up next on the agenda.
- VS Motorsports Bolt-in Roll Cage
- RECARO Pole Position Seats, Black Cloth
- RECARO Slider Track Kit
- Macht Schnell Competition Liteweight Floor Mounts
- Macht Schnell Harness Receptacles
- Macht Schnell Seat Shell Adapter/Side Mounts
Being a master Recaro dealer, the seats and hardware were already in stock.
Recaro Pole Position seats were chosen for this build. Black cloth will match the speedcloth interior on the door panels, breathe easily and will last for years both on and off the track. 3-point belts will be retained for the street, a set of Schroth harnesses will be utilized at its upcoming track event next month.
Oh the hardware end, Macht Schnell had everything covered to allow a fully bolt-in installation for the Recaros, as if it were originally offered by BMW themselves. There is zero flexing - you are locked within the seat during spirited runs.
With seating taken care of, we called upon VS Motorsports in Chicago to fabricate a harness bar for us in 4130 Chromemoly steel. Weighing in at a hefty 80lbs, this is built for strength, with sharp looks following after. The harness bar is very well built and allows minimal gap between the factory headliner and main hoop.
After arrival, the harness bar was test fitted, verified and greenlighted for powdercoating. Guards Red was chosen as to closely match the AP BBK setup.
Coding was applied to remove the airbag monitoring in the OEM seats, keeping the dash error free.
M3 feels solid during spirited driving. In the end, we were able to arrive at a savings of approximately 20lbs going from a full interior to the Recaro/VS setup. There is little no no increase in cabin noise with the rear seats removed.