BMW M3 (E30) Profile

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BMW M3 (E30) General Information

One of the most spectacular cars of early group A. It was a project that gave Prodrive a lot of recognition after the group B ban and the Porsche fall out. Without turbo and with only RWD it was an unlikely car to ever succeed on anything but tarmac, however this didn't stop Ari Vatanen having fun with one in Finland 1988.

The M3 (first of all a touring car) was tuned into a rally car with national championships in mind and after a promising debut on the Circuit of Ireland in the hands of Billy Coleman and Marc Duez, it was shortly after used on the French Rallye Grasse Alpine with Bernard Beguin, where it showed more promise. Yet on both these events the M3s actually retired. So it came as a big surprise and a welcome change to the norm when next the BMW M3 arrived on its first WRC event, the Tour de Corse 1987, and won the event outright! Since then it became a regular winner in French, Belgium and Irish championship rallies. Francois Chatriot in France, Patrick Snijers in Belgium and Bertie Fisher and Austin McHale in Ireland turned the BMW M3 soon into a championship winning car! As well the Merzig based tuner Hartge took on the rally adventure with the M3 and drivers as Ingvar Carlsson (German championship) and Patrick Bernardini (French championship) with considerable success.

It is difficult to write more about it, as despite its debut victory it was naturally a rare sight in the gravel dominated WRC. It is simply words just don't this car justice. It was never going to be a big story, as the days of RWD Escorts and the likes were long gone, yet every rally fan who has seen and heard the M3 on rally stages will still have a corner in his/her heart for the M3 today. Maybe they can explain why?
 

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BMW M3 (E30) Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
BMW M3 (E30) _ (87-0) 295/8400 285/6500 4355.1680.1350 1025 (3.5) Rwd (2565)

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BMW M3 (E30) Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
10th. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse M. Massarotto J. Gordon #23 [UNKNOWN] 6:25:06
7th. 1991 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bernardini P. Dran #29 [UNKNOWN] 7:24:25
15th. 1991 WRC Tour de Corse F. Dor P. Viale #38 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse F. Dor P. Viale #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
3rd. 1990 WRC Tour de Corse F. Chatriot M. Perin #3 [UNKNOWN] 6:49:05
8th. 1989 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Duez A. Lopes #18 [UNKNOWN] 7:47:29
5th. 1989 WRC Rallye de Portugal M. Duez W. Lux #10 [UNKNOWN] 7:26:29
2nd. 1989 WRC Tour de Corse F. Chatriot M. Perin #14 [UNKNOWN] 7:14:36
5th. 1989 WRC Tour de Corse B. Beguin J. Vieu #3 [UNKNOWN] 7:20:51
6th. 1989 WRC Tour de Corse M. Duez A. Lopes #10 [UNKNOWN] 7:26:53
12th. 1989 WRC Rally of Finland M. Duez A. Lopes #20 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 1989 WRC Rallye San Remo M. Duez A. Lopes #12 [UNKNOWN] 7:14:07
4th. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse F. Chatriot M. Perin #9 [UNKNOWN] 7:23:28
7th. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse B. Beguin J. Lenne #1 [UNKNOWN] 7:35:08
1st. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse B. Beguin J. Lenne #10 [UNKNOWN] 7:22:30
6th. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse M. Duez G. Biar #14 [UNKNOWN] 7:37:58
16th. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse J. Niemi . UNKNOWN #44 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

BMW M3 (E30) Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1993 WRC Tour de Corse M. Massarotto . UNKNOWN #24 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1992 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bernardini R. Demedardi #20 [UNKNOWN] SS10 crash
Ret. 1989 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bernardini J. Bernardini #21 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1988 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Zanussi P. Amati #12 [UNKNOWN] SS18 gearbox
Ret. 1988 WRC Rally of Finland A. Vatanen B. Berglund #5 [UNKNOWN] SS14 steering
Ret. 1988 WRC Tour de Corse M. Duez P. Thimonier #15 [UNKNOWN] SS10 crash
Ret. 1987 WRC Rally of Finland J. Niemi . UNKNOWN #110 [UNKNOWN] SS6 ?
Ret. 1987 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Niemi . UNKNOWN #85 [UNKNOWN] SS1 ?
Ret. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bernardini J. Bernardini #20 [UNKNOWN] SS7 crash