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      01-14-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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NASA GTS-4 Build {VS Motorsports}

We know this is not an E92 M3 but we thought some of you may like this build. All the work has been done by us in house.

This E46M3 came to us in many different forms through our relationship with our customer. It started out as a show car where the owner took to local events around the Chicago land area and eventually a supercharged time attack car. The owner who also used to competitively go kart started to get the itch to move in to road racing and that is when his car began to transform into a full time track car. This winter he decided to turn it into a GTS-4 car in NASA club Racing. The supercharger was taken off and the the car stripped down.

The car was brought to us with the entire interior stripped out along with some of the sound deadening taken out. We are building an 8-point cage out of chromoly with a nascar style driver side. The car is also having gussets on the A/B pillars. Along with the cage we are removing excess wiring, reinforcing the rear sub frame, replacing bushings with solid/ spherical bearings, heater core delete and more.

As more work is completed we will do our best to keep you guys updated.

First day at the shop getting wrapped in protective plastic.


Main Hoop Mounting plates


Main Hoop Mocked up in place


Main Hoop and Front bars dropped down to weld completely 360 degrees all around


Rear X-brace being welded in.




Passenger side X-Brace before gussets are added


Driver side footwell protection


Passenger side footwell protection


Nascar style bars in process of being built on the drivers side


Nascar bars completed


View of nascar bars from inside


Tacking gussets into place


Passenger side gusset tacked into place


Driver side gusset tacked into place


View from the front of the car. Gussets are currently being made for the front pillars


Picture of the wiring harness that we are going through, taking out all the unnecessary wires


Box of wiring that has been taken out so far


Block off plate for the heater core delete


Some of the goodies we are installing during the sub frame reinforcement
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      01-14-2011, 06:39 PM   #2
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nice...subscribed...

cant wait to see more updates
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wow looks great, look forward to updates
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damn stefan has gone crazy, cant wait for more updates !
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saw this car in person... Looks amazing... VS really know how to make a proper race car...looking great.
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saw this car in person... Looks amazing... VS really know how to make a proper race car...looking great.
+1 saw the car and gotta say quality and precision is amazing at vs
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      01-15-2011, 10:44 AM   #7
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saw this also in person while the cage was being put together. VSM has phenomenal fabrication skills!! i can't wait to see this when it's done!
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      01-15-2011, 11:16 AM   #8
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Wow, this looks like a fun project!

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nice...subscribed...

cant wait to see more updates

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Thanks Guys we wil do our best to update as much as we can. Should have some more next week!

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damn stefan has gone crazy, cant wait for more updates !
Yep he is ready to turn it inot a full track car.

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saw this also in person while the cage was being put together. VSM has phenomenal fabrication skills!! i can't wait to see this when it's done!
Thanks guys. We should be out at the autobahn country club a lot this summer if you want to see this car and us in action.

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Yep it is. Always a fun project getting to completely change a car street car into a race car.
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what the hell is that
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sick build can't wait to see more
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what the hell is that
NASA is a club racing organization. Which stands for National Auto Sport Association. This M3 will be racing in their German Touring Series.

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Thanks I have a couple updates to post today.
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Have a couple updates for everyone. The front gussets are made and the heater core delete is on the way. Below are a few pictures of the gussets and plugs for the cooling system.

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Passenger side tacked into place


Cooling system plugged where it would normally go to the heater core.
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      01-18-2011, 11:30 PM   #15
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He will lose his fillings with those solid sub-frame bushings but other than that looks fantastic!
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He will lose his fillings with those solid sub-frame bushings but other than that looks fantastic!
im pretty sure from the last time i was there they are replacing all of his bushings
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Awesome.
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He will lose his fillings with those solid sub-frame bushings but other than that looks fantastic!
Yep its going to be solid everywhere, engine, trans, rtabs, and sub frame. Then even the suspension will be spherical bearings. So its going to be one tough ride.

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Just a few small updates. All the unnecessary wiring is out of the car, DME has been sent off to our tuner, front gussets in and our under drive pulleys have been installed. We will be working on re wrapping all the wiring up nicely, and putting the motor back together. Hopefully within the next couple weeks we have all the other parts we need to finish up the car before paint.








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oh man...this is exciting!!! did you guys go with Oscar Velez for the tune? what color are you guys respraying it?
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oh man...this is exciting!!! did you guys go with Oscar Velez for the tune? what color are you guys respraying it?
Yes were going to use the Oscar Velez tune, and were going to match the cars interior color to the exterior color.
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Below are some pictures of all the wires and connectors that were taken out.



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