What do you have to do to prepare for a track day?
Preparing for a track day isn’t the hard part, it’s finding a way to get the money to buy all the tires! But, my track prep is pretty straight forward- I change the oil every track event and change any other necessary fluids that may have been compromised. Due to higher than normal temps to help with longevity of certain components, I also go over all the suspension bolts to make sure that noting has gotten loose from previous track events. Vibration going through the car tends to loosen up even the tightest of bolts. Basically, make sure everything works, no wires are exposed and fix anything that could potentially cause a catastrophic failure. I make sure all electrical components work, as they should, such as my accusump and fans. I also get an alignment every 2 or 3 track events to make sure that the car always drives the same, and I always check my preload on my coilovers to make sure they are still in spec.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve encountered with your build?
Probably the biggest challenge building the car was the financial aspect of the build. When I built it, I wanted to make sure that I used only high quality components because I didn’t want to be like those guys that spends more time in the pits fixing the car than on the track driving. But other than that, nearly every task that I had contained challenges of its own. This is because BMW owners normally don’t build their own cars- they let shops build it for them, so there is no one to ask when a problem comes up. There isn’t that much info online. I pretty much had to think of and design almost everything that I needed as I went. That’s also where DR Concept came in to helping design key components such as the motor mounts and other things in order to get the build finished.
What is your favorite part of your build?
It's kind of hard to say what my favorite part is. I love how the car looks from both the outside and inside, but if I had to choose, I would say it would be the beautiful bride seats that hug you in such a way that makes you never want to get out of them.
If you could start over, what would you do differently?
If I were to start over, I don’t think I would change much. I would obviously want more power, but that is still something that I can change. But, I would say I should have went with a slightly larger fuel cell. A 6-gallon cell is just a little on the small side, but other than that there is nothing I would change.