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      12-14-2010, 03:01 PM   #1
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Turner Motorsport Daytona Preview

Turner Motorsports provides an update on their new Rolex GT M3 build for next season's Grand-Am series, which will replace their M6. Here, they discuss the widebody full carbon fiber bodywork and dealing with the heat generated from the engine compartment.

Last season was Turner Motorsports' first in the Rolex Sports Car Series, after competing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge since 2004.

Here's the specs of the Grand-Am GT cars:

Top Speed: 180 mph
Max Horsepower
: 450
Maximum Race Length: 24 hours
Wheelbase: As production
Weight (min.): 2,200-2,800 pounds
Height (max): Production (based on ride height)
Width (max.): 74 inches
Fuel
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Gearbox
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Tires: Pirelli racing slicks (ungrooved)
Brakes: 4-piston calipers steel rotors (carbon pads)
Chassis: Steel tubing with integral roll cage or production tub with cage
Suspension: Front and rear - independent coil springs, upper and lower A arms
Traction Control: Not permitted





And here is a great video featuring Turner Motorsport's M6 from last season:





Updated 1/23/11 with time lapse video of their build:
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This video was taken in the weeks leading up to the ROAR before the Rolex 24 earlier this month. We are truly thankful for all of the hard work and dedication of our crew which has made this dream a reality. See you in Daytona with our two GS M3s and new M3 GT. We are ready to go racing again!
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      12-14-2010, 03:19 PM   #2
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      12-14-2010, 03:39 PM   #3
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      12-14-2010, 09:59 PM   #4
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Sounds like they are using the same steel spraceframe chassis from the M6 they campaigned last year. Just different M3 body work.

In the M6 they had last year, they used the engine from the E39 M5 to meet the regulations.
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      12-15-2010, 12:16 AM   #5
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Yeah it's a tube frame built by Riley Technology, who also builds the GT class-dominating RX-8 frame.
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      12-15-2010, 12:33 AM   #6
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Yeah it's a tube frame built by Riley Technology, who also builds the GT class-dominating RX-8 frame.
I have been searching the net. It doesn't say anything about them using the S65 from the M3. It just says they are switching to M3 body-work.

Will they still continue to use the S62?

I know they also campaign two M3's in the Continental Tire series as well. Those are basically modified street cars.
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looking forward to seeing this project through its stages.
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      12-29-2010, 01:25 PM   #8
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      12-29-2010, 03:04 PM   #9
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Just like the M6 it is a tube frame car with BMW body parts fit on. Wonder if it has the s62 like the m6 did
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tube frame is a turn off, just not impressed.
Speed channel series with the audi A4's, bmw, mazda 5 is closer to production cars, wish that series would take off like nascar.
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tube frame is a turn off, just not impressed.
Speed channel series with the audi A4's, bmw, mazda 5 is closer to production cars, wish that series would take off like nascar.
You will want to watch the Continental Tire Sports Car Series. Basically road cars with minor modifications. They have fields over 60 cars. They are best sports car racing going in the US. Turner has a two car team in Continental Tire also, along with Fall Line and others running the M3 with the S65 motor.

The Speed World Challenge series is dieing. They keep losing manufacturers and teams every year. It use to be on Speed Channel, but is now on VS Channel and called World Challenge.
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      12-29-2010, 04:28 PM   #13
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Just like the M6 it is a tube frame car with BMW body parts fit on. Wonder if it has the s62 like the m6 did
Not just like M6, it is the M6 car they ran last year. It just has a M3 body on it.

And it looks like they are still going to run the S62 from the E39 M3.
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      12-29-2010, 06:25 PM   #14
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It does seem to be coming along nicely. Very exciting stuff. Can't wait for Daytona

Photo from Turner Race Shop today.
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      12-30-2010, 01:53 AM   #15
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Most professionals at the top levels of motorsports started in go karts at ages between 6 and 10. Most top young drivers that are aiming to run at the top levels often will be in mid to upper level series before they are 16... not a requirement.
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      12-30-2010, 06:15 AM   #16
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      12-30-2010, 08:35 PM   #17
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umm "so hopefully anyone who wants a widebody M3 can order it" ughhh yes please!
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      12-30-2010, 08:46 PM   #18
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They just posted another update on the TMS M3.

Can't wait to watch this thing race live on Speed.

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