One upgrade not included as part of the Evo II package and one that could be considered overkill for the street, but one essential for frequent track use, is the Evosport Race Oil Cooling Kit. This was developed using Evosport's real-world race experience and frequent post-race engine oil analysis. The kit consists of an external oil cooler core, an adapter that allows replacement of the factory oil filter with an actual race filter (which is cleanable and reusable), and the Accusump failsafe, which monitors potential oil starvation conditions and can inject up to three quarts of oil into the system if such a condition is detected.
And there you have it-the entry-level optimized E46 racecar. As Rune becomes more comfortable both with the car and himself as a driver, he'll be using data acquisition tools in the form of a AIM MXL Pista data logger and digital display, and an AIM Smarty Cam to capture his on-track performance in real time. In the next project installment, we'll see exactly how one of these data-logging test sessions shakes out.
Bigger And Better Things
Evosport has announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art Performance Center in Huntington Beach, Calif. This move reinforces the company's continued growth and caps 10 years as an industry leader. The 15,000 sq. ft. center will house Evosport's multiple facilities under one roof, providing for performance product R&D, service and installation, and motorsport/racing support in one location. The new Performance Center will also allow Evosport to further focus on its Porsche brand programs in addition to its current specialty in BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Ferrari vehicles. The company will be able to provide even greater value to its worldwide base of customers, expanding on the expertise of its factory-trained technicians and race engineers, advanced service and diagnostic equipment, engine building services, chassis and rollcage fabrication, wheel and tire service, street and track alignment service, dyno tuning, and more.
The Best Worlds?
It's an enduring dilemma for the trackday enthusiast, particularly the trackday enthusiast on a budget: having your fun on the racetrack while maintaining some sense of normalcy and comfort for everyday street driving.
Maybe it's because I'm getting old, but the one-car-fits-all mentality just doesn't seem that viable anymore. Whichever direction you move in-maintaining comfort or optimizing race performance-will inevitably compromise the other. The two are mutually exclusive, and it's really just impossible to do with a big degree of satisfaction, this having your cake and eating it too.
In terms of track-lapping prowess, there's small doubt Rune's E46 will stand headlights and shoulderline above just about any fully accoutered street M3, performance modifications be damned. There's just no contest. On the day of this shoot, Rune and Brad from Evosport staged an impromptu drag race between Project E46 and a modded E92-and the E46 pulled on the newer car. That was in a straight line. Clock the two back to back on the road course proper, and the ET discrepancies would likely be many seconds apart.
That said, you probably wouldn't want to drive Rune's racecar on the street-even though you legally could (he keeps it registered and fully insured). You wouldn't, if only for the fact that it takes about five minutes to negotiate the cage and settle into a seat, then strap yourself down with the five-pointers, and then don your helmet (so you don't crack your head open on the cage should a smash-up occur). Not to mention it's loud, most of the moving hard parts interfacing with each other in metal-on-metal terms, and there's no stereo or air conditioning.
No, the best of both worlds would indeed entail having two worlds-two cars, each dedicated to its own purpose. Particularly if you'd like to move beyond autocross or open track days and compete in an advanced (non-stock) racing class.