It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH

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  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
    This BMW E46 is destined for the race track
    But in order to gain performance the affordable way, it needs to go on a diet
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
    Even before the "diet", the E46 performs valiantly
    It manages a 6.79-second time to 60 mph (97 km/h)
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
    A set of racing scales are used to emasure the weight of the car
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
    Removing the seats makes a big difference
    Just like that, the E46 drops 180 pounds from its 3,370-pound weight
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
    Removing the seats and changing the battery is just the beginning
    All plastic trim pieces are removed. The result is 3,043 pounds
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
    Nothing is wasted
    Good-condition interior bits like this arm rest are going for sale
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
    Removing all carpets and sound deadening
    The layer, bonded to the floor is removed using dry ice
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
    Sub-3,000 pounds achievement unlocked
    The result is 2,940 pounds (1,333 kg)
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
    How do 430 pounds less improve performance?
    0 to 60 mph now happens in 5.97 seconds and the stopping distance is almost 30 feet shorter
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
    More weight reduction after adding the roll-cage
    The door panels and most of the dash are still on
  • It's Easier Than You Think To Make Your BMW 3 Series (E46) Faster to 60 MPH
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