Track Battle: Can a Mildly Modified Nissan 370Z Take On a Track-Prepped BMW E46 M3?

A track-ready BMW M3 and an almost-stock Nissan 370Z throw down at Willow Springs Raceway, and the result might surprise you

Relationship goals

Both drivers have been at Willow Springs before. They are also a couple, which should make for a heated battle

Same wheel and tire combination

Both cars score Volk TE37 wheels wrapped in Nitto NT01 tires

Allison's 2001 BMW M3 E46 is a track weapon

Exhaust, intake, and a tune are just the beginning

Lightness and downforce

The interior is fully-stripped and there's aggressive aero added

Mildly modified, but definitely not slow

A Tomei exhaust and lots of chassis and suspension mods are what the Z relies on

LSD vs open differential

The M3 comes, as standard, with a mechanical LSD, while the 370Z lacks one

The NISMO touch

The Z features a full NISMO bodykit and brake callipers, which should count for something

A close race

Both cars seem evenly matched. The M3 has more RPMs to play with, while the Z has more low-end torque

Less than a second splits the two

Both cars manage to lap Willow Springs in the 1:30s

But there can only be one winner

The more track-prepped M3 is the winner, with a time of 1:32.41

The Nissan was close behind

Despite being outgunned the Z still managed a time of 1:33.00

Which on would you drive?

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