APEX Spec E46 Shop Car

APEX Spec E46 Shop Car – Update #1

Our journey has just begun with our new-to-us Spec E46 shop car. We picked up this semi complete project car from a local racer. The team here at APEX will complete it and start logging in some seat time on the track starting in September. It will be used for HPDE’s at first in the SPEC configuration, and then it will be raced.

Not all the staff have their own dedicated track car, so this project will give some of us the ideal opportunity to get our hands on a more serious project, get ride alongs, and log seat time. We are starting with the basics; fluid changes and general maintenance. This car has been through a few serious track incidents so it’s had some serious body work done in various places. Front shock towers forward were replaced, and the rear quarter panel took a beating. Paint doesn’t match and parts are missing. The plan is to fix a lot of things and respray the car in Diamond Black to match our E30 M3. For now, we’ll just peel off the old sun faded vinyl and run the car bare. We’re aware that we’re going to lose 15 hp by removing all the race stickers.

The car came with two sets of beat up and rattle-caned wheels. They were heavy cast wheels, so we’re replacing them with a set of fresh 17×9″ ET42 ARC-8 wheels in Hyper Silver wrapped in 255/40/17 Toyo RR semi-slicks. We’re running that size as it’s the required Spec E46 size. A mix-match of old, worn-out studs were replaced with 90mm APEX bullet nose studs using our install kit.

We have some goodies coming in next week we’re excited about. We sourced the complete brake duct kit from Hard Motorsports along with a CAE Ultra shifter and DSSR. The driver seat and harness will be moved to the passenger side, and new gear will be installed for the driver.

Spec E46 Mods:

– Spec Legal Cage
– Momo Hans Seat
– Crow Enterprizes Belts
– Sparco Wheel and Quick Disconnect
– Carbon Fiber Sun Roof Delete
– MCS Single Adjustable Coilovers
– Ground Control Camber Plates
– Ground Control RSM
– Adjustable Rear Control Arms
– Bimmerworld Spec Exhaust
– Kaaz LSD
– Stainless Brake Lines
– Hawk Race Pads
– 2 Sets of Cast 17×9″ Wheels


Stay tuned as we continue our progress on this Spec E46 build. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more updates.