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BMW 3-series (E30) General Information

A truly surprising car. The BMW 325 of the E30 shape, basically the 2nd generation 3-series, never figured in groupA but was well famous in groupN. Actually more accurately the E30 featured strongly in groupA, but only in the M3 version. But for some reason the M3 was a groupA car that didn't find friends in groupN and the 325 had the same situation vice versa.

The main difference between M3 and 325, apart from cosmetic details and the 325 in 4x4 form only being homologated as a 4-door, is that the M3 had a racing orientated 2.3 4-cylinder engine, while the 325 had a 2.5 6-cylinder in line engine.

Actually the surprise may be that the 2.3 litres M3 engine was just a 4-cylinder. For decades BMWs were famous for in-line 6-cylinder engines with a very specific, sweet sound, and the E30 in versions 320 to 325 was a masterpiece of exactly that. It might be a good guess that for racing maybe the 6-cylinder was a little heavy, while in road trim and therefore as well groupN the in those days very strong sounding 171BHP was a piece of cake for a 2.5L 6-cylinder!

The 2nd trick is that the 325 was available as a 4x4. And interestingly it is a 4x4 system like that of the Sierra XR4x4, the power would be directed 2/3rd to the rear such essentially it behaved like a RWD car with improved traction. And the 4x4 made a nice combination with the big 6-cylinder engine that had a very characteristic sound but also was very reliable as it wasn't tuned to the limits and it didn't have to rev its socks off for grunt. As you will find, the car was not always rallied as a 4x4. Only the models that have the "X" added to their name are 4x4, the other ones are RWD.

But it is surprising how efficient this groupN rally car was. It won groupN on several occasions with both transmission alternatives. One interesting hint may be that the car had 171BHP in road trim, a good groupN engine would probably be slightly above that, while a groupA Audi 80/90/Coupé Quattro was claimed to have 197BHP. So this groupN BMW did not have that much less power than what was a very respected groupA car at the time. The surprising highlight surely was Monte Carlo 1988, when Francois Chauche not only won groupN with his BMW France run 325iX, he was only 14 seconds short of beating Salonen's works Mazda for 5th place overall!!!!
 

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BMW 3-series (E30) Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
BMW 3-series (E30) 325i (86-55) 171/5800 238/4000 4325.1645.1380 1180 (6.9) RWD (2570)
BMW 3-series (E30) 325iX (88-55) 171/5800 238/4000 4325.1645.1380 1290 (7.5) 4x4 (2570)

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BMW 3-series (E30) Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
23rd. 1995 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fiori M. Bastelica #40 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fiori M. Bastelica #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1993 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fiori M. Bastelica #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
19th. 1991 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Feitler N. Demuth #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1991 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fiori M. Bastelica #35 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1991 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Ponce J. Deniz #10 [UNKNOWN] 7:50:33
36th. 1990 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo N. Koob . UNKNOWN #52 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
93rd. 1988 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Artru . UNKNOWN #87 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
6th. 1988 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Chauche T. Barjou #9 [UNKNOWN] 7:56:22
28th. 1988 WRC Swedish Rally A. Kulläng J. Skallman #46 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fiori M. Bastelica #42 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1986 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bernardini J. Bernardini #85 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bernardini J. Bernardini #112 [UNKNOWN] 14:56:22

BMW 3-series (E30) Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1992 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fiori M. Bastelica #29 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fiori . UNKNOWN #35 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1989 WRC Tour de Corse G. Fiori M. Bastelica #33 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bernardini J. Bernardini #23 [UNKNOWN] SS25 engine
Ret. 1988 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo N. Koob . UNKNOWN #46 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1988 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Coppier L. Léjeune #20 [UNKNOWN] SS0 electrics
Ret. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse F. Serpaggi . UNKNOWN #111 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bernardini J. Bernardini #117 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?