Wednesday, 6 February 2013

PTG E36 M3

We were looking recently at Stanceworks' enthusiasm for stretching their creative wings beyond the stance scene, and their keenness to spend loads of time gazing lovingly at the contents of BMW North America's Vintage Collection. So, here's another gem from that hallowed hangar...
The Prototype Technology Group (PTG) team's E36 M3 GTS-2s marked BMW's entry into the 1995 IMSA GTS-2 series. They were the only unibody cars on the grid, going up against spaceframed Porsche 911s and Mazda RX-7s, and thus the development work on the E36 really set out to prove the engineering excellence both of the base model and of the race team. It worked, too; after a faltering start, out of seven races the team finished in the top-10 all seven times, and the top-5 four times. Not bad for a fledgling effort, and they came back with a vengeance in '96, landing podium finishes throughout the season, including four first-place finishes in a row. And then they turned the wick up again for 1997... and '98...
You can read the full story, and see the magnificent photos in all their glory, here at Stanceworks.

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